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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ericloewe Re:How does the quote go...? (264 comments)

The number was not universally known, but it was known among those who could make use of it (explorers and cartographers).

The western route was probably ruled out for a number of reasons:
It's significantly longer
Requires much more exploration and there's little to no information on what's beyond the Atlantic
An Atlantic crossing is significantly more difficult than a journey hugging Africa (more places to stop, basically) - the difficulty of the latter may have been underestimated at first.

It's also important to note that the long timeframe was designed into the method used (intentionally or not): Expeditions that slowly chart a bit further and then report back, so that the next phase can be planned and then sent on its way.

Reaching India by going West would have required pretty much the same innovations, and it's safe to assume most were aware of this.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ericloewe Re:How does the quote go...? (264 comments)

He originally pitched his idea of the route to "India" over here, so he was most certainly not aware of what was going on. Whether anyone in the whole operation knew is a different story.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ericloewe Re:Umm? (264 comments)

Tesla has had safety issues?

The only fatality in a Model S was a moron who stole one and crashed in a ludicrous speed chase in the middle of a city, cutting the car in half and wedging one of the halves between two buildings.

Then the three caught fire after hitting stuff (IIRC, only one of them was driving normally and not involved in a crash, but was hit by some nasty debris), but as you said, they addressed that head on, with insane overkill.

I'll subscribe to the sentiment about GM, by the way. I considered the Volt the next best thing until Tesla had something a bit more affordable. Now, I consider it a likely deathtrap, like all GM cars.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ericloewe Re:How does the quote go...? (264 comments)

Being Portuguese, I'm damned happy that my ancestors laughed Columbus out of the country.

Only a grade A moron arrives in America and says to himself "I have arrived in India!".

The Earth's radius was known with some precision back then. Nobody with an education really believed that the Earth was flat. Anyone with half a brain who planned exploration would've figured out that the continent whose existence was vaguely known was not far enough to be India.

2 days ago
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Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

ericloewe Re:online internet jobs (37 comments)

It's spam, did you expect a logical set of ideas?

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

ericloewe Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (302 comments)

It's not the weakest, so it's in line.

I wouldn't buy such a phone, but you can't say it's a problem that is unacceptable - nobody complained about the HTC.

Of course, this hinges on the test being somewhat accurate. I'll reserve judgement on that for now.

2 days ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

ericloewe Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (302 comments)

Recall-worthy? No, it's in line with other, comparable phones.

A stupid, easily-avoided consequence of the foolish pursuit of extreme thinness? Definitely.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ericloewe Re: I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

An LED would have little problem running from a PWM dimmer, as long as the eletronics around it don't blow from it.

The diode itself couldn't care less about the voltage waveform, as long as it stays away from the breakdown voltages.

5 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

ericloewe Re:Risk management? (200 comments)

At this rate, it won't be cheaper than the F22.

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

ericloewe Re:Lil' Putin (197 comments)

Attention everyone! We have a Russian shill over here!

According to your logic, it's totally cool if Russia doesn't invade the whole country.

Your claim that they didn't attack Ukraine is absolute bullshit. Even if we were to take Putin's word at face value (which is a stupid thing to do, as he's admitted to lying about this before, besides all the other evidence from secret burials of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine to the infamous Buk launcher that was hurried back across the border after they realized they'd shot down a 777), he's admitted to have had military operatives in Crimea (which he'd previously denied). If that's not an act of war, nothing is.

about a week ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

ericloewe Re:Because of Apple engineering (262 comments)

Not sure if a magnificent troll, or a magnificent Apple shill...

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

ericloewe Re:Memory doesn't cost that much. (262 comments)

Or, they could simply write a decent OS, that can handle the Oh-so-difficult (/s) task of loading applications from external storage.

Maybe, in a distant future, iOS will have feature parity with Symbian. Right now, it's ridiculous that of the three major mobile OSes, none of them does everything that Symbian did back in the day.

about two weeks ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

ericloewe Re:"CipherShed" (268 comments)

To make things worse, GIMP is an acronym that includes a backronym.

The ATA guys really like their silly nested acronyms like nobody else, though. Seriously, whose brilliant idea was "eSATAp".
eSATA powered
external SATA powered
external Serial ATA powered
external Serial AT Attachment powered
external Serial AT-sounds-like-a-cool-name Attachment powered

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ericloewe Re:Unified Kernel (352 comments)

Well, Windows 9 seems to officially finally do what 8 should've done from the beginning.

At least Vista was feature-complete, instead of a half-assed attempt that everyone realized needed more polish ASAP.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ericloewe Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

It doesn't make *me* fear. I know better.

It does scare other people away from the platform, which is bad for everyone (except Apple and Google).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ericloewe Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

For what it's worth, other than typical mobile browser issues, IE on Windows Phone 8.1 (and 8 to a lesser extent) works fine with every site I've tried.

about three weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

ericloewe Re:I doubt your doubt (222 comments)

Who said anything about holding stock back?

It's as simple as launching before there's enough stock for a reasonable launch. Let's not forget some suppliers where complaining of a very late design change to the screen.

And they do need the hype - they have a large portion of customers who are more likely to be repeat customers if they're gently pushed to upgrade instead of waiting.

Your doubts have no substance. The questions you asked have many possible answers - both in favor and against an artificial scarcity.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ericloewe Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Seems to work fine. Default is the mobile site, desktop site puts me back on the mobile site when clicking "details", but works fine nonetheless.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

ericloewe Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

So, why have I, in real-world usage, never encountered this mythical memory shortage?

about three weeks ago

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