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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (157 comments)

I think most people would say that "clean energy" and "renewable energy" are synonymous with one another. Why would you exclude hydroelectric as a clean and/or renewable energy source? When considering ALL forms of clean energy combined, Texas is not first. Not first in total production. Not first in percentage of generation.

If you are going to exclude hydroelectricity generated energy because it's only available in certain parts of the country, shouldn't you also exclude wind generated power since it's only feasible in certain parts of the country too? I'd probably also include solar since the further north you go, the less viable it becomes.

yesterday
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re: Texas? (157 comments)

There's major rail lines that crisscross the nation. Anywhere there is an automotive plant they've figured out how to ship any number of large and/or heavy items that are needed in large quantities for the production of automobiles. While there is no doubt that convenient shipping would be advantageous, my guess is that Tesla's investment for transportation of supplies and vehicles would be similar whether it's in Texas, California, or any other place that has developed transportation infrastructure. It's not like they would be paying for a dedicated rail line from wherever their plant will be all the way to a seaport.

yesterday
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (157 comments)

What state is the largest producer of clean energy (of any kind)? Hint, it's not Texas.

Building a factory that produces vehicles for nationwide distribution based on the criteria of the ranked production of "clean wind energy" is silly.

yesterday
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Re:Texas? (157 comments)

Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars.

But that's a REALLY big gamble. While having a massive production plant may give you some extra leverage, once it's built it's not like Tesla will be able to just pack up and leave if they don't get what they want. I guess only time will tell which side wins.

yesterday
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

cdrudge Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (653 comments)

Potatoes weren't introduced to Europe until well after Columbus had died. But it was part of the subsequent Columbian Exchange that did bring them.

yesterday
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cdrudge Texas? (157 comments)

Why the hell is Texas in the running? I mean, it makes perfect sense to reward a state that makes it as difficult as possible to sell a vehicle with Tesla's sales model.

yesterday
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

cdrudge Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (252 comments)

Fuck him too. I weigh 285. I can walk a 6:25 1/4 mile. I have 11% that probably isn't body fat. And I have been a Type II diabetic probably for the last 9 years. Fuck him for shaming people with a disorder period, regardless of the type.

3 days ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

cdrudge Re:And? (194 comments)

It's strange how your Metro is nearly 10MPG higher then it's rated economy, while your Prius is 10MPG lower than it's. Plus I also bet your Metro didn't get anywhere near 52MPG city driving where your Prius is designed for it's best economy due to regenerative braking.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

cdrudge Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

And ICANN makes laws now? You "refuted" that there is a ICANN policy, not a law.

4 days ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

cdrudge Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (278 comments)

So what is this ideal password keeper? And how to do you access it whenever and wherever you're located?

5 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

cdrudge Re:Do as they do in job references (423 comments)

Check local laws. Many companies chose to provide only the information you suggest in order to essentially eliminate any risk of a defamation lawsuit. But that doesn't mean that they can't say more. If the statement is factual and can be supported or demonstrated with evidence, it very much could be revealed in a reference check. So I wouldn't say that is "the worst" as "the worst" may be much, much worse.

Plus, the above doesn't even consider your former employer breaking the law, blackballing you, whatever. If that does happen, you'd have to find out, then sue, and then win. And that takes money...something most people looking for jobs probably don't have much of a surplus of.

5 days ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

cdrudge Re:Moisture Farmers! (89 comments)

If it takes 12 hours to charge a cell phone, I'm not sure how much water you'll be pumping in the same time period.

5 days ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

cdrudge Re:No need to qualify (382 comments)

There should be no legal prohibition against me buying a car directly from Tesla, GM, Toyota or any other car maker if I want.

Is the opposition coming just from the dealers? Or is it coming from the established manufacturers by way of dealers?

Many industries sell only through distributors, dealers, or otherwise "authorized" retail outlets. The company I work for is in the HVAC industry. We only sell to our dealers and never directly to the end consumer. I don't know of any major HVAC manufacturer that sells direct to consumer. It's not that there are laws that prevent direct sales of furnaces or air conditioners, rather that's just how the industry chooses to sell. However if an new manufacturer decided to sell direct a new type of furnace or AC that was "better" and therefor a legitimate threat, I wonder if you'd see types of legislation from the established players to slow if not stop the new competition.

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

cdrudge Re:Leaks or spying? (243 comments)

The next level could be a new version of watermarked paper, which knows when it has been accessed or photographed.

Can you explain how paper, with presumably some type of magical substance applied to it, would know the difference between a human eye reading it vs a camera lens? Both are operating by receiving light that has been reflected, or more correctly, not reflected, off the ink.

I suppose you could use some type of photosensitive chemical that could detect a flash...but that would easily be defeated by just not using a flash, plus likely would destroy the document should you look at it outside or by a sunny window.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

cdrudge Re:So was the landing successful? (112 comments)

It sounded to me like what they were testing was successful (did the legs deploy, did the engines restart, did the vehicle slow down, etc), but that it wasn't a full test with the goal of being able to reuse the rocket as it was a water landing. And due to rough seas, the rocket was destroyed once it was in the water.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

cdrudge Re:and what would i do with it? (126 comments)

Of course then they'll run into copyright issues, so probably best just to sell the units.

What copyright issues? I don't even think you can copyright a specific shape or model. Patent or trademark possibly, but not copyright.

about a week ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

cdrudge Re:What about the ads (147 comments)

Where do you understand that from? AFAIK cable companies don't insert ads into the local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc). They do insert ads into "cable channels" but those ad slots are specifically designed for the cable companies to sell ad space for. There may be a default commercial that plays for the national feed, but it can be overlaid with a local ad if the slot sells.

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

cdrudge Re:Idiots (147 comments)

Networks don't want Aereo as it will rock the boat and introduce competition in markets that have long been dominated by oligopolies. In most areas, you have one cable company that services the area, and if you're lucky, the local telco might also offer television service. You also have Dish and DirecTV.

Most networks opt to charge the cable/telco/satellite company a fee instead of forcing them to be carried as a must-carry station. If a more convenient or alternate source of locals were available, it could result in lower revenues from fees. So stations have a reason to want to keep availability scarce. Networks obviously have a vested interest in keeping the stations happy, so they fight the fight. Cable companies also join in as they may also own the local tv station. Or the TV network. Or are the content producers. Or all the above.

It's all about maximizing revenue while stifling competition that may take a portion of their pie.

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

cdrudge Simplified summary (147 comments)

So a simplified summary of the issue is:

Aereo: We're not a cable company, we don't have to pay royalties.
Networks: Yes you are, you have to pay us
Aereo: No we aren't. Sue us.
Networks: Ok
Lower Courts:You're like a cable company.
Aereo: Are you sure?
SCOTUS: Yes.
Aereo: Crap. We'll be a cable company and pay the royalties then.
Networks: You're not a cable company
Aereo: C'mon man!

about two weeks ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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