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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Jeremi Re:50-80k is an insane estimate (366 comments)

What if I want a Model 3 but without the battery and the electric motor? I'm going to mod mine, Flintstones-style.

Perhaps you would be interested in a BMW i8?


Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Jeremi Re:Renewable (81 comments)

Just as a quick jab, maybe I want poor Canadians to be paid by rich beachfront property owning Miamians? Just something to think about.

Hmm, a sort of environmental extortion racket? I like it, but somehow the Canadians don't strike me as quite the type to try it. Maybe I'm wrong about that. :)

Inflation: It would cost more today to retard economic growth and combat climate change than it will in 2025.

Are you sure? Because while the relevant technologies will have no doubt advanced by 2025, the scale of the problem will be that much larger by that time as well. It's not obvious (to me anyway) how one would predict where the "sweet spot" would be, or if there even is going to be one -- it's entirely possible that the problems will continuously grow faster than the technology needed to solve them, so that it will never be cheaper or easier to combat climate change than it is today.

2 days ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Jeremi Re:SF stories optimistic? (190 comments)

It seems that we are going to have to fight off aliens for our survival.

Er, why does it seem that?

Is it because any aliens that come here are going to want to take our resources? That seems unlikely, since any aliens capable of coming here would also be quite capable of gathering all the raw materials they need from other locations closer to wherever they came from -- avoiding interstellar freight costs is a huge incentive. (the exception might be "exotic" materials that can be found only on Earth, e.g. DNA, which might explain the cattle abductions -- but they only need samples of that since it's straightforward enough to duplicate as necessary)

2 days ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Jeremi Re:Spoiler (190 comments)

Old news. This was attempted over 2000 years ago, and it ended badly.

Phooey. It only failed because they didn't use XML.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Jeremi Use best practices (265 comments)

The standard IT solution for this problem is to encode the data as DNA and inject it into a few dozen cockroaches, which you then drive to the nearest KFC and set free.

If you ever need to restore from backup, just put some twinkies in a bowl outside your door, and some copies of your data will be available to you by morning.

2 days ago

Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Jeremi Re:Renewable (81 comments)

The problems I have with it are the government favoring it over a neutral policy and mandates forcing me to use it when it's not yet the least costly.

That raises the question: Least costly to whom?

If, for example, the carbon emissions from your cheap energy today are going to result in my air conditioning bill doubling next year, shouldn't you be held liable to compensate me for the costs you incurred?

Or on a larger scale, if Shell's tar-sands pollution over the next few years causes Miami to have to be evacuated in, say, 2025, should the cost of losing Miami and relocating all of its people not be somehow factored in to our calculations about what is really "cheapest"? Otherwise we're just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

3 days ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Jeremi Re:High-power industrial civilization may not last (195 comments)

Given a couple of hundred million years things would probably be back to plentiful when it comes to all those resources.

Possibly true, but that isn't much help for those of us who plan to live (and have our descendants live) during the next few centuries.

4 days ago

Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Jeremi Re:As a private citizen (213 comments)

if I had the capacity to mine gold on an asteroid I certainly woukd not 'land' it in a nation but in international waters.

Given the relative densities of gold and water, you might want to reconsider that plan ;^)

5 days ago

SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Jeremi Re:Something tells me they have had this for a whi (210 comments)

Hmm. So you get easy access to amazing hardware that previous generations could only fantasize about, at bargain-basement prices, and still you manage to find a way to get upset about it, because somewhere out there, somebody might be making a profit by supplying you with products you want at a price you're willing to pay.

I'm finding it a bit difficult to feel much sympathy for your plight.

5 days ago

SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Jeremi Re:Looks Slow (210 comments)

So store a movie on the first 2 GB and watch it while the rest of the data copies off.

OP does point to a real issue though -- drive capacity is increasing faster than drive bandwidth. That means that as time goes on, it takes longer and longer for full-disk operations (e.g. drive backups) to complete.

Since NAND access is (at least in principle) parallelizable, perhaps there is some new SD interface that can increase the transfer rate so that we can keep up for a while longer? I certainly don't much look forward to waiting 15 hours to make a copy of my 5TB SD card...

5 days ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Jeremi Re:So, tax cuts... (149 comments)

but if a political party (let's say the GOP) proposed general tax cuts that apply to everyone, it would be mocked and pilloried by the commie libs who post here. Why?

Commie lib here: because the GOP's tax cut proposals always amount to massive cuts for their hyper-rich campaign donors, coupled with a fig-leaf of minor tax savings for everyone else, followed one year later by the inevitable budget crunch

that then impacts the quality of life of everyone except those who can afford to seal themselves away from society. It's a grift -- everyone but the GOP's campaign funders end up poorer afterwards.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Jeremi Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

I nominate: 3a) discreetly getting notifications during meetings. Did no one else catch the part about its buzzer being inaudible?

The first killer app for the Apple watch will be two-way Morse-code base communication using the buzzer, for discreet Googling of the answers during tests. (of course, mastering this technique will actually require more work than just learning the test material, but that won't stop anybody)

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Jeremi Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

Then I'd argue that it is too early to sell it.

Apparently Apple agrees with you, as they are not selling it yet.

This comes out and, cool as it may be, I can't think of very many uses for it that aren't exceedingly niche.

That may be so, but let's not rule out the "something I can wear just to get more attention from the people I want more attention from" application. That application has sold lots of other types of jewelry for centuries, and much of that other jewelry costs a good bit more AND doesn't put a realistic animated butterfly flapping its wings and changing colors on your wrist.

about a week ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Jeremi Re:Apples and Oranges (buses are not cars) (486 comments)

A bus will only get a few mpg, but carries a lot more people.

Sometimes it does. I see a lot of buses driving around 90+% empty.

about a week ago

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Jeremi Re:COBOL (385 comments)

I learned the one, what's it called? it has the little turtle that moves around in straight lines? Is that one still in use?

Ah, you're thinking of LOGO. It isn't widely used anymore, except as a niche language for cruise missile guidance systems.

about two weeks ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Jeremi Re:Get used to it (215 comments)

Until then any talk of "ending the war" is as silly as claiming you can tear down a dam because the river stopped flowing. It stopped flowing because of the dam.

Eh, the idea was that once the Iraqis had built up their own dam, slightly downstream from the US-built temporary dam, that we could remove the US dam and let the Iraqi dam take over.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Iraqi dam was made out of paper-mache... :(

about two weeks ago

Hackers Break Into

Jeremi Re:so (150 comments)

these are from the government officials who answer to people who were telling us a few years ago that the VA was the model of ideal healthcare delivery

The problem with the VA is that it had to handle a large influx of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and there was no corresponding influx of resources to handle them. I don't know if the VA model was 'ideal' or not, but any system will hit the wall at some point if you keep increasing the load factor and never increase its resources.

about two weeks ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Jeremi Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (253 comments)

This. There's likely trillions of dollars invested in IPv4 that is going to be around for decades. Consider the Internet like highways and train track widths - we're stuck with it for a very long time.

I'm probably missing the point, but isn't NDN just a way to do content-addressable lookup of data? And if so, why would we need to throw out IPv4 in order to use it? We already have lots of examples of that running over IPv4 (e.g. BitTorrent, or Akamai, or even Google-searches if you squint).

about two weeks ago

Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Jeremi Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

Is there some particular quality of an "automated driving system" that will make it signficantly more reliable than a home computer? I'm sure the auto manufacturers will try their best to avoid bugs, but then again Apple and Microsoft also try their best.

about three weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Jeremi Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

There are plenty of not so time critical scenarios where some sort of manual override is needed and those aren't going to go away even when we trust the software to do all the driving

No worries -- to handle those scenarios, we'll download the app and steer the car using our phone. Bluetooth FTW!

about three weeks ago


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