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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

WoTG Re:IMHO... someday they'll have a 100mi range mode (133 comments)

But, my point is that a 100mi range car, that I can temporarily upgrade to 2-300mi range, is a FAR better value than a 100mi range car that has no such option (if they're about the same price). In fact, I wouldn't even consider a strictly short range vehicle over a gas car, if I only had the budget for 1 car. In addition, Tesla will probably continue to have the best charging network for these vehicles. I'm not saying that all Gen3 would be medium range, I think they've stated 200mi range for the launch edition, I'm just saying, that I wouldn't be surprised if an even cheaper Gen3 option with a smaller battery became available in the future. Who knows, maybe a few generations of batteries later, and the battery swap will be able to give a Model S a temporary 400mi range (with a taller battery, maybe).

about a month ago

Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

WoTG IMHO... someday they'll have a 100mi range model.. (133 comments)

I actually did read the article which seemed to think this was all a ploy to get additional green credits. While I'm sure this is a factor, here's my theory. Some day they'll want to release a cheaper model (which isn't even a secret) but with a lower battery capacity, say 100mi. More than enough for most people on their daily commutes. But, give the option for a battery swap to the 2-300 mile battery for the big trips. They get to trim a few K off the cost of their most entry level edition, and the buyer can still use their car for a big roadtrip, they just have to rent the big battery for the cost of a tank of gas!

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

WoTG Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

I'm not 100% sure, but Gmail does require something different for IPV6 email than IPV4. I ran into this a few months ago when my VPS provided "helpfully" added IPV6 support. It was either DKIM or maybe it was encryption...

about 2 months ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

WoTG Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

This is what we do in Canada with the federal GST (or HST in some provinces). People with lower incomes get a quarterly cheque, roughly equivalent to what someone would spend on the tax during a quarter.

about 4 months ago

Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

WoTG Where are they going to fab the chips? (340 comments)

This is kind of interesting... but they don't have a modern fab in Russia, do they? It'll take a lot of foreign parts to build a domestic fab...

about 7 months ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

WoTG To check your OpenSSL version... (303 comments)

To get your version, run:

openssl version

Yes, I looked it up... in hindsight, I guess it was kind of obvious and I should have been able to figure it out. Anyway, it's done. Hope it saves someone a few seconds....

about 10 months ago

Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X

WoTG A buyout is unlikely... halfsies on battery plant? (99 comments)

Nice rumour mongering on this one. I'll suggest it's battery related. It's no secret that Tesla is planning the worlds largest LiON cell plant. They're planning on being the largest user of LiON cells on the planet... I'm guessing that Apple is right up there too. Tesla will need partners... some with cash, some with tech. Apple fits the cash bill...

about a year ago

FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

WoTG Re:"Download Now" ads... (197 comments)

Unfortunately, it's not that easy to remove "all" of those annoying, misleading, "download now" ads. My website shows ads through Google AdSense (i.e. the biggest ad network out there) and despite my going through every week or two to ban entire misleading advertiser accounts, there are always new "Download" ads waiting in the queue from new accounts. I've literally blocked hundreds of accounts by now - 5 or 10 every week for a year or two.

I feel bad for my random users that get caught by the adware (or worse) that is available on these sites; but, there's not much I can do about it.

I think it's time Google did some work on this - there must be hundreds of AdSense users like myself blocking off advertisers, they should be using their magic to disable accounts entirely from their system after a few people flag bad ads...

1 year,33 minutes

Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

WoTG Re:So make the power reliable... (293 comments)

Ditto to this. I work with some smaller retail stores... I used to recommend UPS's on the POS computers, but after discovering a model of Belkin entry level UPS's that would cease completely if the battery got too old... we stopped using them. Changing the battery on a scheduled basis is impractical, having remote staff successfully swap a UPS would cause more problems than the UPS's would save (most power outages don't break anything if you have write-back caches disabled).

1 year,30 days

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

WoTG Sounds like he visited torproject.org recently... (547 comments)

I read the PDF (shock).

It sounds suspiciously like they just checked the logs to see who had visited Tor related websites and then went and interviewed the handful of people who happened to visit these sites within a few days. Maybe interview those who had exams in the 4 listed buildings at the designated time?

Or, possibly, they just checked who had used Tor in the last few days on their network - can you ID a Tor packet by looking at it?

It doesn't sound like they needed to crack Tor.

about a year ago

Google Updates ReCAPTCHA With Easier CAPTCHAs For Humans

WoTG ACK. The MS Captchas... (81 comments)

This is embarrassing... but also terrible interface design. I once spent 10 minutes trying to solve a Microsoft captcha. It turned out that the page was designed such that pressing "enter" to finish the captcha actually triggered some other form option. I tried multiple browsers. And finally... decided to try clicking the submit button with the mouse.

I wasn't too impressed.

about a year ago

Nvidia CEO: We Are Working On Next Generation Surface

WoTG It worked for the RIM Playbook... (200 comments)

RIM launched their first (and only) tablet without their premier email product. That worked out super-well for sales too.

Seriously, I didn't know the RT had no Outlook! It really was useless for business.

about a year and a half ago

Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw

WoTG Re:Ah... Shaw. Their email has caused grief for ye (150 comments)

Oh, sorry, I meant that in a good way. I meant that a lot of people need a desktop email client, and in the past Hotmail and Yahoo didn't offer that, whereas Gmail has had it for years.

about 2 years ago

Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw

WoTG Ah... Shaw. Their email has caused grief for years (150 comments)

I've been working with a Vancouver based retailer's email newsletter for years. Around here, Shaw is by far the worst of the bigger email domains on the list for deliverability - at least on any of the big webmail providers, recipients can white-list the email address we use to send out emails. Further, some emails will be completely deleted and not put into the junk folder at all. And emails that are suspected spam, will be deleted after only 7 days - don't go on a 10 day vacation.

I could go on, but suffice it to say that I if I notice an associate or friend or family member using a shaw.ca email address, I will often strongly suggest that they move to any of the big webmail providers.

BTW: Gmail provides IMAP and POP access, which is a stumbling block for those who want a desktop email client. I'm not sure about Yahoo or Hotmail.

about 2 years ago

Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

WoTG It's not that hard... every iOS device... (393 comments)

This isn't a huge surprise to me. iOS is a real fraction of all web browsing now, Flash dependent web sites are a bad idea (now).

about 2 years ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

WoTG Voice turn by turn on iPhone 4! (279 comments)

Yay! A free upgrade for iPhone 4 users like me, who were left out of turn by turn navigation. Just in time for my first trip to a new client's office tomorrow.

more than 2 years ago

ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

WoTG I used to butt dial 112 in Canada (354 comments)

A couple phones ago on a candy-bar format Nokia, more than once I butt dialed 911 by dialling 112. Even if I locked my phone, since it was an "emergency" call, it would make the call. After the second time, I swore I would stick to flip phones forever... that lasted until smart phones came around. I still haven't managed to butt dial on a locked iPhone, so I guess that's progress.

more than 2 years ago

New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

WoTG Yes, Vista and Win7 will prompt for a password... (300 comments)

But, unfortunately, so will two dozen different updates. Adobe Reader, Windows Live Mail, Adobe Flash, up until recently (maybe even currently) Firefox, and dozens of other apps that "automatically" update all require admin privileges. Most users just start clicking yes or entering their password for every dialog that pops up.

I'm responsible for a fair number of PC's used by "regular" staff... they get to use Limited user accounts in XP (or Win7) and giving them an admin password is very much frowned upon. Sooner or later they'll write it on a post-it note by the screen. The number of update requests is frustrating, to put it mildly. Google Chrome is looking better all the time.

more than 2 years ago

Lessons Learned From Cracking 2M LinkedIn Passwords

WoTG PayPal + Fido (in Canada) don't mix. (198 comments)

Yeah, you're not alone. I was happily using PayPal's 2 factor authentication that used SMS, and then it stopped working months ago. I haven't had a chance to figure out who to blame, Fido or PayPal. It's too bad, it was a good system, I wish my banks would do something similar.

more than 2 years ago

Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?

WoTG Don't forget laptops! (565 comments)

I'm writing this on my 3 year old laptop w/15 inch 1440x900 screen. When I bought it, I believe the standard screen resolution was 1280x800. For the extra $100 or so, I've been very happy with the extra pixels. Unfortunately, this laptop is falling apart and I've been trying to figure out what to do screen wise on it's replacement.

Thanks to widescreen TV, almost all entry level laptops only come in 1366x768 screens, "HD". I've used other people's laptops, and I'm pretty sure I would miss the vertical pixels. (Why isn't more software optimized for widescreen use yet?)

Without going to a 17 inch laptop, it looks like I'm going to have to pay a huge premium (i.e. at least 50% more) to upgrade to a mid-range laptop from whatever entry level laptop is on sale at a bricks and mortar, or at Dell. Even then, there's not a lot of selection.

more than 2 years ago


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What do I need a journal for?

WoTG WoTG writes  |  more than 11 years ago Why oh why does Slashdot provide this? Who knows. Perhaps someone will read this and give me a good reason.

Well, if anyone reads this, you might also want to Visit the Web World of Leonard Chan. Or take a peak at my personal corporation: Perceptus Solutions Inc.

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