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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

segedunum Re:Yeah? (359 comments)

Those cars are built and designed for Europe. You don't see GM or Ford bringing over models from the US and trying to sell them because they know they wouldn't.

5 days ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

segedunum Re:Yeah? (359 comments)

The simple fact is, for the moment Tesla is an expensive car but not a luxury car.

Put simply, Tesla are making the wrong cars. The Model S is simply too large to be sold outside of the US and that limits their market still further. Too big = electric car fail. An SUV, and heaven forbid, a pickup? I think Elon needs to learn to crawl across the floor before he can run the 100 metres. Alas, he's burned through several hundred million dollars and he's not going to get away with burning through several hundred million more.

While the Model S looks cool, and they've got themselves in on that front, it simply doesn't solve any of the fundamental problems of an electric car that people need, which are range and what happens to that range once you start turning on heaters and air con. The car that needs to be electrified is the car taking the journeys that most people in the world do, and that's a family hatchback - the Volkswagen Golf. Solve that problem and you can move on to bigger and greater things.

As it is widespread electric vehicle adoption is a long, long way off until people realise what the problems are and actually solve them. That goes for Mercedes and anyone else.

5 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

segedunum Re:whine (226 comments)

No.

Yes. That's how we end up with shit like MongoDB in production creating race conditions that a decent sysadmin would have said "Fuck off" to in less time than it takes him to hear the word Mongo.....

about a week ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

segedunum Re:whine (226 comments)

Errrr, they're developers. Developers don't know how to run a production environment. That's what gets on my nerves with the whole devops religion.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

segedunum Errrrrr (423 comments)

No.

about a month ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

segedunum Re:Why still DVDs? Really? (490 comments)

Yep, that pretty much covers it for me. Another angle is I have more control with a physical disc. I've bought it, I'm not renting it, there is no monthly fee thereafter and it isn't suddenly going to disappear because someone didn't pay a licence fee or they've decided to alter their pricing.

When I get DVDs and Blurays via postal rental there's a wider range of titles and I can watch it as many times as I like. With streaming I always have in the back of my mind that retarded rules would be brought in if they thought they could get away with it where they would restrict the number of views. I'm also not reliant on a functioning internet connection and also on the required bandwidth I need which I don't want to rely on to be able to watch anything.

about a month ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

segedunum Re:Fortunately for Jobs (129 comments)

Assuming organs could be copied of course, but that's the usual silly things you see when people try and compare code to real world objects.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

segedunum Interfering West Again (878 comments)

But this is the kind of thing that tends to happen when the west deliberately destabilises a country for its own ends to try and keep the ponzi scheme going.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

segedunum So..... (878 comments)

Kind of like a Russian Sarah Palin then?

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

segedunum I Can Believe That (710 comments)

It wouldn't be the first company to have disappeared into its own fantasy world like that, especially one with ridiculous amounts of spare seed funding they don't actually need.

The hula hooping episode could have been dismissed as some high jinx but taken into account with everything else, no.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

segedunum Re: A bit slow Slashdot? (710 comments)

Doesn't really tell us anything and certainly doesn't deny any of what Julie has alleged.

about a month ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

segedunum Of Course..... (286 comments)

When it comes to national forecasts London isn't interested in anything north of Watford.

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

segedunum Re:However.. (247 comments)

They happily took the risk, with full knowledge.

If the expected combined loss after a rescue mission was greater than the expected loss without one, the right decision is to not stage a rescue. That's not a popular decision, obviously, so the correct decision was likely exactly what was done: don't look, because if you do see a problem you can't (or shouldn't) do anything about it anyway.

That is an extremely slippery slope that just ensures a guaranteed disaster, and I'm afraid making idiotic assumptions like this is how and why Richard Feynman showed up NASA's incompetence and stupidity.

In fact, I can't quite believe how moronic this post is.....

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

segedunum Re:However.. (247 comments)

In a nutshell you've described the problem here. Making assumptions that nothing can be done will not make the problem go away and neither will deliberately not looking at it.

about 2 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

segedunum Re:However.. (247 comments)

However, this presupposes that you knew about the problem before trying to land.

There was a flurry of internal e-mails at NASA that showed they were very aware of the problem, and that they weren't going to do anything about it.

about 2 months ago
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Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

segedunum Too Late (146 comments)

That is all.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

segedunum Re:Model X is the Wrong Model (155 comments)

They would have to make it cost less then $60,000, and there would be the challenge and the potential.

Anyone who thinks the Nissan Leaf is a Golf competitor is an idiot.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

segedunum Re:The Model E (155 comments)

No they aren't. Did you miss the part where I mentioned the Golf?

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

segedunum Re:Model X is the Wrong Model (155 comments)

Just like Nissan has with the Leaf?

The Golf market segment is not one inhabited by the Leaf. That's just daft.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades

segedunum Re:Model X is the Wrong Model (155 comments)

I hate to break it back to you but the S is not a hatchback in any way shape or form and it's stupid to say that it is. The Golf segment hatchback in the US and throughout the rest of the world dwarfs anything else. As it is he's got no chance of selling US-centric cars in the rest of the world and will forever be painting himself into a niche.

about 2 months ago

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