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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

beltsbear Re: This is a defense of iPhone 6? (301 comments)

That is a reason why I am not buying. I would love a iPhone 5s2 with a better CPU and Apple pay but same size and build quality of the 5s

3 days ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

beltsbear Re:Who are the proposed customers? (56 comments)

Maybe you are right. But the primary thing that needs to be done is up the build quality and make people feel comfortable about the long term prospects for the car. The car has unusual good looks. Rich people will buy it if they think its not gonna leave them stranded. I said $5000 because that gets the car under the magic $100,000 price barrier.

about two weeks ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

beltsbear Re:Who are the proposed customers? (56 comments)

Supply has been limited for both the Tesla S and Roadster. There are multi-month preorders right now and the situation will not improve anytime soon. The Karma with some minor upgrades and maybe a $5000 drop would sell.

about two weeks ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

beltsbear Re: What's Wrong with DC Drivers? (179 comments)

The new 7000 cars are being delivered to metro and replacing the 30 year old cars first. Within two years most of the cars will be new again.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

beltsbear Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Nope. The cost will drop just from them being made in that factory at half speed. Half the savings is from everything being close together, the batteries being made in the building then being put into packs in the same building. More cost savings comes from the fact Tesla is the majority owner, and finally all of the government incentives reducing cost. From just half capacity the cost of the battery will be low enough for a $40,000 car before government incentives. So basically from day 1 they will be fine. They will also be making utility scale batteries which will most certainly have a buyer with Solar City.

Contrary to the other skeptics, I think the plant will be fully booked. As soon as each line is built, it will be running at full tilt for customers including Tesla. They will build out the lines as fast as they can and may even need to consider a SECOND factory by 2020.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

beltsbear Re:Bullshit (207 comments)

I get scratches from keys on my glass with the iPhone 5 and 5s. They are minimal but they do happen.

about two weeks ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

beltsbear Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

They don't exempt one specific company by name. They exempt all approved battery producers with over 2000 proposed employees in a certain county or some trick like that. Is if fair? No. But that is how it is done legally.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

beltsbear Why not 16? (105 comments)

I would have thought a 16 core config would be an efficient number.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

beltsbear Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

I am not for the tax breaks but the state of Arizona should come out ahead even after them. This factory will represent 3% of the states economy.

Tesla is building the factory for the purpose of getting the cost of batteries down to make a 4 door sedan in the 30k range though I expect it to cost more like 35k in the end AFTER government incentives.

As for the Toyota gas pedal thing, Tesla also got slapped with all of the 'fire' stories even though fires are more common in gas vehicles.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

beltsbear Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Close. Argentina did not play hardball. The US courts confiscated the money they had access to preventing the payments to the 92%. Argentina will not fund those payments anymore if the US courts re going to take the money before it gets to it's intended recipients.

about a month ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

beltsbear Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

Leave the Tesla plugged in, it will take care of itself.

about a month and a half ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

beltsbear Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Unfortunately the price of Coal fired power is meaningless for the same reasons. The price of the cleanup of the pollution is not included. Even natural gas powered plants produce enough CO2 to warrant a cleanup cost. Sure, the cleanup is nowhere near the plant, and it might not be now (like nuclear) but in the end someone will pay.

about 2 months ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

beltsbear Re:Sensational headline is sensational... (183 comments)

I am not defending their stupidity but there is ZERO evidence that they have actually done this. They said it was a 'joke' and that they have never used that clause. Whether or not it is a 'joke', there is no real examples of people being charged for bad reviews.

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

beltsbear New way to profit..... (317 comments)

1) buy a used devalued car with this capability
2) load it up with $10,000 worth of music
3) sell it with the added value of the music for $2000 more then I paid
4) PROFIT!

Seriously though, one could do that with a laptop and iTunes and not need to deal with a DMV transaction and a 4000lbs vehicle.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

beltsbear Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (49 comments)

The problem with the recovery of the boosters (for the Shuttle) was that it was almost as expensive to re-use them as to make new ones from scratch. By using a liquid fuel rocket and landing it on solid earth SpaceX will have a lot less work to do to refurbish the first stage of the Falcon 9.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

beltsbear Re:ESPN (401 comments)

In an area with good over the air reception the signal is not compressed heavily as it is over cable. Here, Comcast is the worst, followed by the satellite services. FIOS has the least compression but I still see it on some fast moving stuff.

Over the air can be as good (to me) as BluRay.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

beltsbear Re:Visualing this? (155 comments)

I think that is what needs to be worked out by testing.

While the FAA is probably not going to allow any of this, 300' would be too high as helicopters can be in that zone.

If the FAA were to approve it (which they wont), it would have to be at a low height like 50' or less, limited weight, lots of safety features, human observation, not allowed in winds and probably a ton of things I have not thought of.

One could make a foam covered, enclosed fan drone that could do the job that would do little (but not zero) damage if it failed. The problem is that it would still weigh something and could in a failure fall uncontrolled into anything.

about 3 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

beltsbear dumb clickbait article (126 comments)

Why is this at all surprising? We know how HIV works and that it can hide in cells. So when someone is 'cleared' of it you can never be sure. The longer the drugs are taken increases the chances of clearing any dormant HIV (when it emerges). One can statistically figure out the best time to stop the treatment and many people could be free from reinfection for life but it is not a 100% certainty.

The only news is that a mother stopped the drugs too early.

about 3 months ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

beltsbear Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (103 comments)

500 helicopters that are not quite as good as the cheaper ones we already had.

about 3 months ago

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Visual effects artists use MPAA's own words against them fighting big Hollywood

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 7 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "“The MPAA is so worried about piracy they are not going to claim that on the Internet you can do anything that you want,” he said in an interview with Pando. “When push comes to shove, they are probably more concerned about preserving the ability of the government to crackdown on piracy than on preserving their subsidies.” — David Yocis, a lawyer who has consulted with visual effects workers, says that the MPAA is caught between its two competing priorities, and that its legal filings prove it may finally be forced to choose between the two."
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Apple starts blocking unauthorized Lightning cables with IOS 7

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  1 year,9 days

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest IOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."
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Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Following a reasonable view of drug patents, the Indian courts have decided that making small changes to an existing patented drug are not worthy of a new patent. This ruling makes way for low cost Indian cancer drugs that will save lives.
From the Article:
"Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap copies of the drug in the developing world and has implications for HIV and other modern drugs too.""

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Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 2 years ago

beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about.

Starting soon Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to be pirating will receive alerts.

  "The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,"
If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge."

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After 10 months, Largest Bitcoin Ponzi collapses with a loss of 5.6 Million USD

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scam from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE online Ponzi except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take."
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Police use of GPS is ruled unconstitutional withou

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and tracked its movements for 28 days. — NYTIMES"
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