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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

ksheff Re:How does the quote go...? (250 comments)

Oil changes are very simple and don't really take that long to do. There are much bigger things to worry about with an IC car than oil changes.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ksheff Re:Americans are smart. (425 comments)

Too many people listen to the celebrity because the media is all too willing to give them a platform to spread their misinformation.

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (591 comments)

Probably for the same reason that many showers in the US only have one knob that will allow you to adjust the temperature of the water and turn off the water flow instead of having knobs for controlling the amount of hot & cold water and another to control the water flow like is done in many places in Europe and Mexico. It's different and the plumbing contractors don't want to deal with it. I've seen the dual flush toilets in Mexico and they make a lot of sense. Having the flush lever for public toilets be foot operated makes a lot of sense and cheaper than the motion detection ones.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

ksheff Re: (591 comments)

I recall reading something that the rated lifetimes of CFLs assume that the bulbs are on for at least 15 minutes at a time and that shorter on/off cycles seriously degrade the life of the bulbs as you have experienced.

3 days ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

ksheff Re:Android sells one and Half Billion every day (206 comments)

The carriers drop support for them a month or two later, so people need to keep buying a new one to make sure they're up to date. ;)

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

ksheff Re:They can do what they want... (474 comments)

Then as long as the Irish are exporting the product, he doesn't have much to worry about what goes on in Scotland.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

ksheff Re:Federal Overreach (156 comments)

that's what they do best.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ksheff Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

I'm curious how this is going to work with the chip and pin card requirements that are supposed to be in place by Oct 2015.

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

ksheff Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

They wouldn't have to go through all the effort of setting up shell corporations in various countries and could bring money earned outside of the US back to the US to find projects, pay dividends to stock holders, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

They can sell more than one brand, but what's stopping someone from setting up a dealership that sells only electric cars and installs & services the home charging systems?

about a month ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

ksheff Re:state still dealing with Tesla (157 comments)

Tesla gets heaps of cash from selling zero emission credits to other auto manufacturers, so it isn't shy about getting "help" via governments to become profitable.

about a month ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

ksheff Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

So is that why businesses are needing to run their own apprentice programs due a lack of skilled labor and vocational colleges are boasting near 100% placement rates of their graduates?

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

That's true with or without climate change.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

ksheff Re:Impacts (708 comments)

Exactly. Lots of people tune things out when others start talking about "doing X for the environment". They are tired of the Chicken Little warnings and the "holier than thou" attitude that often accompanies the message. They do tend to pay attention to "doing X will save you money/make your life more comfortable/whatever".

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and even if $Z-Y =0, the person still has to file a tax return with the IRS. For some that can be a significant expense and/or stress that they wouldn't have needed to endure if they were a citizen of some other nation.

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

and yet the number of people who are renouncing the US citizenship because of tax and other financial reasons is on the increase due to idiotic laws.

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

ksheff Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

The problem is not the lack of a VAT, it is the US corporate tax rates are much higher than the rest of the industrialized world. That is why there is so many news stories about US companies buying other companies that are headquartered in countries with a lower tax rate, and then using that location for tax purposes. It's why Burger King is buying Tim Hortons. I don't see how a VAT is going to put any more pressure on offshore companies than "on-shore" companies. Or are you thinking that since the tax is included in the advertised price that they'll somehow be more competitive than they already are when it comes to pricing their products?

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

ksheff Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

To be blunt, the USA views STEM as low class.

... Really? Since when? What fucked up part of the world do you live in that believes such a silly statement? Who are the 'upper class' then? Blue collar workers perhaps?

Low class is probably not the correct term. However, if one looks at most of the stuff churned out by the entertainment industry over the last 30-40+ years, the perception is that people who are interested in STEM subjects are the "unpopular or weird kids". The underlying tone is that these people are not normal and should be avoided or mocked.

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

ksheff Re:SO WHAT? (329 comments)

If CS does become a core subject for US high schools, I'm sure that most of the schools will do just as good of a job as they are doing with other STEM subjects. I'm sure university CS educators are just going to love that!

about a month ago

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