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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

rjstanford Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (254 comments)

Do you often fill your gas tank up every two days?

The electric is completely full every morning; your wife's a 40 mile round-trip plus a 30 mile jaunt downtown (seems like an excessive estimate, it assumes that she works 20 miles away from downtown and you also live 30 miles outside of downtown in the same direction) is still only 100 miles.

yesterday
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

rjstanford Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (254 comments)

Sounds like you'd be a poor customer - don't buy one.

Thankfully for the electric car business, you're also an outlier - the vast majority of drivers daily needs can actually be satisfied by the electric cars currently on the market.

yesterday
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

rjstanford Re:I admire what they are trying to do but... (164 comments)

You also can't build that kind of scale for $5M, even today.

Its like someone announcing that they're getting into the atomic collider game and have raised another $107. Just makes them look silly.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

rjstanford Re:It's called marketing. (149 comments)

Very well pointed out. Professional website themes are inexpensive these day to the point that anyone using hand-scrawls like http://www.graphviz.org/ are just asking for disdain.

2 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

rjstanford Re:Just moves a choke point (395 comments)

Right now everyone who wants to drive - even those not driving for 4+ hours at a stretch - fuels up at a gas station. With electric, many (certainly not all, but many) people will be able to slow-charge overnight. Having electric fast charge stations be less common will be just fine, and there'll rarely if ever be a need for one in a traditional residential neighborhood.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

rjstanford Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Oddly enough we've become comfortable with large underground storage tanks that, when not maintained, will start to leak gasoline into the groundwater. Those are coupled with very large trucks delivering fuel often in mostly residential neighborhoods.

Replace the fuel storage with a moderate power buffer (flywheel, battery, whatever), and add a moderate charging line and we'll be fine.

Just because something is different doesn't make it worse - or better.

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

rjstanford Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Agreed. People forget that sloshing gasoline around is dangerous too - we've just become blasé about it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

rjstanford Re:Fuck beta! (178 comments)

If you logged in, the system would happily remember your preference. When you tell the system that you don't want to be remembered, don't blame it for not remembering you.

about two weeks ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

rjstanford Re:Forgot the biggest one: Money (229 comments)

You don't have to. Build a website. Do marketing. Sell your product however you want to, and when someone's ready to buy you can provide them with a link that opens the App Store and gives them a "Purchase" button - no need for you to mess with handling payments or fulfillment.

The App Store replaces your shopping cart and shipping desk, not your sales and marketing department.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

rjstanford Re:Ask yourselves these questions... apk (294 comments)

Even being noisily right with an answer to a question that nobody's asking, in a conversation about something completely different, is annoying and should be discourages.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

rjstanford Re:VPS (294 comments)

If your disk is slower than your network connection then either you have terrible disks, or your network connection is just peachy and you should stop worrying about it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

rjstanford Re:SpeedTest.Net (294 comments)

They all count... on the one hand you're testing your local loop, on the other you're testing your ISPs peering. Both are valid tests.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

rjstanford Grown Up Terminology (294 comments)

Really?

Either just say, "... my ISP, Comcast..." or don't name them at all. Trying to be cute just muddles the conversation and gains absolutely nothing.

Why do you care about other people's results, too? Just upload a large file to somewhere with known good bandwidth (amazon S3 might be a good choice, or FTP it to Dreamhost, or whatever), time it, then pull it back down again (and time that). You'll get a pretty accurate "actual bandwidth" there.

If you're paranoid - and it appears that you are - make the file something unique and check the checksums in both places (or just record a brand new 60 second video, timed upload it from one machine, then timed download it to another and play it). No way that anyone can optimize that transfer - if they could, they wouldn't be wasting the technology on you (and, quite frankly, if they could move 7 megabits/second over a "5 megabit/second pipe" then they'd be entitled to say that they had a 7mpbs pipe.

Not everything needs a dedicated app.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

rjstanford Re:Wait... (315 comments)

If only it didn't take so damn long to melt down a dinosaur.

Of course now we have the classic problem of re-creating dinosaurs to melt also.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

rjstanford Re:Oblig Adm Rickover Quote (315 comments)

(10) The final stage of fuel processing that will lead the most energy while greatly reducing the waste will be prohibited because someone might be able to steal it and process it further into a bomb.

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

rjstanford Re:Memory doesn't cost that much. (264 comments)

They could do so, yes, at a small yet non-zero cost to every other user of the device (a tiny amount of money, a larger amount of missing space resulting in a larger phone, less physical battery, or some other similar cost). No design decision is without an impact.

The fact that they don't attempt to please everyone but aim to please a large percentage of the population just a little bit more than would otherwise be possible has contributed in no small way to their success over the past decade.

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

rjstanford Re:Memory doesn't cost that much. (264 comments)

2 months in the wilderness, hiking so you're packing light. Solar charger strapped to the back of your pack provides enough juice during the day to keep your phone charged. Hoe many photos might one take in 2 months? How much video? microSD cards are lightweight enough that you can carry a few TB with you if you so choose.

Yup. And yet, oddly enough, rather than design their high-end mass-market product for that guy, they chose to design for people with more common lifestyles.

That's like complaining that your new BMW doesn't go everywhere that your Unimog-based camper with powered trailer can. It may be true, but it shouldn't imply that the BMW was poorly designed for its intended purpose.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

rjstanford Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

And the 'saving lives' part I will believe when the ashes are cooled down in 200.000 years without hurting anybody.
And if the sites and the guards will have been paid by the energy companies for those 200.000 years.

Right now if they ground up the waste and vented it into the atmosphere it would be less damaging than that caused by coal mining, megawatt for megawatt.

I'll believe that "traditional" power is fine in 200,000 years when the oil reserves are replenished and the mountain ranges we've ground down have been regrown.

Or is it just possible that you might need more time than that?

about three weeks ago

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