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

imgod2u Re:Still pretty affordable (388 comments)

Yes on the later question. In northern CA, they also offer "EV" plans where there are no more tiers. The base rate is higher (11cents/kWH after 11pm, peak of about 35cents/kWH during the day) than the tiered system (which starts at 5cents/kWH after 11pm with a peak of ~15cents/kWH, but grows exponentially).

But if you're charging an EV, you'll likely blow past the tiers anyway so having the EV plan works better. With a Model S, at least, you'll really only need to charge it at night and the software lets you schedule charging.

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

imgod2u Re: Still pretty affordable (388 comments)

Well let's see:

Your food.
The gasoline you buy.
The other cars you could buy.
Your bank account insurance.
Your home insurance.

The list goes on and on. I don't think you live in the Somalian government free paradise you think you do.

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

imgod2u Re: Still pretty affordable (388 comments)

That math really only works if you charge during peak hours (which most people don't) and compare it to the cost/mile driven of a Prius. Which is about as stretched of an assignment as you can make

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

imgod2u Re: More importantly (388 comments)

LiON batteries can be recycled...

3 days ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

imgod2u Re:The suck, it burns .... (179 comments)

I think the criticism isn't so much that they're too responsive to consumers or not -- they obviously listen. The criticism is that there are so many holes to begin with and that their attempts to fix things that are obviously broken -- things that their competitors seem to be able to make work just fine -- often don't work or cause other problems. Knowing the Microsoft engineering culture, their stuff is mostly a patchwork of different groups not talking to each other. In the Windows API, there are something like 17 different representations of strings depending on which engineer/department wrote the code!

When you're disorganized like that in a giant company with a giant piece of software, it's easy to see how bugs can get out of hand.

about a month ago
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Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

imgod2u Re: Is Tesla making cars... (195 comments)

People haven't stopped beta testing. Either in hardware or software. They have been quicker to release because the vast majority of software nowadays are done inside a sandbox (mobile apps, cloud servers, etc) rather than from scratch.

It's not like software or hardware back then was any more reliable. Office, OS9, Windows (all versions) have always been plagued with problems and one can argue they have fewer obvious bugs now than they did before - When's the last time you got a BSOD?

The counterbalance is that the consumer base is far far far larger now. Some of us who were at Intel at the height of the Pentium 4 were happy to have sold 40M units in a year. Mobile phone processors at qualcomm nowadays clear 400M/quarter.

If it seems like hardware and software bugs show up faster, it is because the userbase that uses and report such bugs (easy to do now via social media) is much much much larger.

about 8 months ago
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Casting a Jaundiced Eye On AnTuTu Benchmark Claims Favoring Intel

imgod2u Re:Time for ARM to invest in GCC (82 comments)

Well, no. There are better compilers out there for ARM. Keil for one. More importantly though is the fact that real code that cares about performance won't just write a loop and let the compiler take care of it; they'll use optimized libraries (which both Intel and ARM provide).

Compiler features like auto-vectorization are neat and do improve spaghetti code performance somewhat but anyone really concerned with performance will take Intel's optimized libraries over them. So if we're going to compare performance that the end-user cares about, we'd use a benchmark that not only mimicked the functions we'd see in actual software but the libraries they use.

about a year ago
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Graphene-Based Image Sensor To Enhance Low-Light Photography

imgod2u Re: 1000 times better? (103 comments)

Exposure is exponential as well. So a camera with 2x exposure goes from 80% QE to 90% QE for example. The next 2x will get you to 95.

That may not seem like much but keep in mind that vision itself is logarithmic. So going from 98 to 99% QE gets you dramatically better results than, say 40% to 41%

about a year ago
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Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

imgod2u Re:Big shock... (312 comments)

When a large mass of people are willing to pay, but you choose to limit the market to a much smaller mass just so that you can charge more, that's the definition of artificial scarcity.

more than 2 years ago
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Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

imgod2u OLED's (424 comments)

The idea is valid for all of the smartphones running OLED displays. OLED's take no power (or very little) to display a black pixel. It takes full power to display white.

more than 2 years ago
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The F-35 Story

imgod2u Re:Only "troubled" if you're not Lockheed Martin (509 comments)

Problem is, they've already spent the money both on internal equipment and people's salaries. Even if you liquidate the company, you're not very likely to get even half of that money back and you'll put thousands out of the job. Granted it's probably jobs they should've never had, but still, politically, it's rather impossible to do.

more than 2 years ago
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The F-35 Story

imgod2u Re:Only "troubled" if you're not Lockheed Martin (509 comments)

Aside from the problem of lobbyists, a big difference between DoD projects and private companies is that you have very few (hell, if any) private companies with enough cash reserves to do one of these projects. The private sector has very few "here's the money, now promise with sugar on top that you'll spend it wisely" type of contracts. Generally, you build something using your own cash (or venture capital/IPO funding) and then sell it. A ~$66 billion project is something even Apple can't fund out of pocket, let alone smaller manufacturing companies.

So we're left with the problem of how you can reign in costs if you have to give said contractor money just to start research. You can't be overzealous with auditing as that has negative effects on results; they'll be too busy keeping records and artificial metrics that they will spend less time doing the actual R&D. But on the other hand you can't just let engineers/managers run wild with an unlimited budget.

And at the end of it, if they're late, you can't just cut them off because that would mean you've thrown all the money you've given them away.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Hopes To Drop Samsung As Chip Supplier

imgod2u Re:So... (107 comments)

I doubt there's anything so sinister. One thing to note is that TSMC's 28nm process is ready now; chips will start mass production at the end of the year on it.

I don't think Samsung has their 32nm HKMG ready for the type of volume that Apple would need for A6. The A5 is already huge and would likely not fit in a phone. Apple's only chance of getting some more horsepower inside future iPhones without having to use the A4 again is to switch to a smaller process.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

imgod2u Re:Intel is at 22nm and ARM is still 45nm (255 comments)

2012 is the release schedule for 28nm ARM SoC's. Intel's processes are still way ahead, of course, since they've already moved into several generations of HKMG.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

imgod2u Re:Retribution (255 comments)

I don't think they're switching to x86. Rather, Intel will be fabbing ARM chips again.

more than 3 years ago
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50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

imgod2u Re:This is why Apple is a dangerous company.. (292 comments)

As to why there's not a Android "iPod"? Good question. Apple has sold just as many iPod Touch units as iPhones, which is why combined sales of iPhone and Touch and iPad combind beat out Android combined devices by 59%.

Not really. Even if you count "other related music services", iPods are still half the revenue of iPhones. There were more iPods sold but the profit margin isn't as fat on those as iPhones.

That being said, I think you can clearly say tablets and mobile media players are dominated by Apple. And even if you could dismiss Android's success as "carriers who don't have iPhones provide it", there's still no question that in their most profitable product space (smartphones), Apple is losing out.

That being said, with as much profit and mind-share that Apple gets -- and how huge the smartphone market will grow to be -- even if they own 20% of the market, that's still enough to be a huge wad of cash.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

imgod2u Re:No. (1486 comments)

"I think, therefore I am"

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

imgod2u Re:Reasons for it being consistent? (1486 comments)

What you're arguing here is that all observations and internal consistency of the human brain is up for question. Which may be technically true but hardly equivalent to belief that scripture describes accurate non-observable phenomenon and history.

Are they both leaps of faith? Sure. The former leap of faith (believing in observable reality) causes me to get up in the morning and eat instead of going "fuck it, none of it is real anyway".

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

imgod2u Re:EASY!!!! Science *CAN* produce miracles! (1486 comments)

People made planes without physics? Many modern day integrated circuits wouldn't work without understanding quantum mechanics....

more than 3 years ago

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