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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

smack.addict Shill Much? (631 comments)

Who could possibly have anything positive to say about an electronic payment systems designed by marketers around QR codes and data mining?

Other than MCX shills, that is.

about a month ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

smack.addict Re:Bob's smokin' crack (267 comments)

Cadillac has a luxury version of the Volt that sells for approximately the same price as the Tesla. No one buys it.

The fact is, comparing Tesla sales to Volt sales is idiotic. They aren't remotely similar cars and they aren't remotely competitive.

The Tesla Model S is outselling every single brand in its class. Porsche Panamera sales in California have fallen to non-existent.

I'd bet damn near no one shopping for a car in that price range who drives a Tesla would buy anything else. It's that good.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

smack.addict Schooling Doesn't Make the Technologist (117 comments)

The idea that you must have a technical degree to be "worthy" of the CTO title is idiotic. Stupidest Slashdot submission ever.

about 3 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

smack.addict Re:Odd (335 comments)

And then there's cold weather. A 50 mile range becomes 25 really quickly in the cold.

about 8 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

smack.addict Re:Odd (335 comments)

I can't fathom why anyone who can afford a Tesla Model S would buy something else.

Yes, it's electric. But it's also the best damn car on earth.

The only thing Nissan could do to make me consider a Leaf is make it a clone of the Tesla. I don't think they are going to achieve it at the Leaf's price point.

The Leaf's chief issue for its target market is range. And, as another posted, the Nissan dealers are Nissan's worst enemy in selling them.

about 8 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

smack.addict Odd (335 comments)

I don't see the Tesla as competing with the Leaf. The Leaf basically competes with the Volt. It's biggest problem is range. The Leaf suits only a narrow market who either has a very short commute or a relatively short commute with charging at their destination.

There's nothing wrong with that, but it does mean there's necessarily a small audience for it.

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

smack.addict Re:Must be more to it (467 comments)

Once a warrant is issued, the statue of limitations goes out the door.

about 9 months ago
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Google's Definition of 'Open'

smack.addict Shades of Openness? (168 comments)

If you destroy the value of something the minute you fork it, it isn't open. Period.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

smack.addict Re:Arson? (329 comments)

There's nothing under the hood other than what you put there. It's a trunk.

Funny point of driving a Tesla covered in a light layer of snow is that the snow on the hood doesn't melt like it does with a gas car.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

smack.addict Re:Norwegian Issue (476 comments)

As a side note, the battery on my wife's BMW is reporting issues and she's having to leave it running :)

Gas cars have batteries too!

Summary: Tesla doing fine in the cold, BMW having issues

about 10 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

smack.addict Norwegian Issue (476 comments)

I am in the middle of the polar vortex (-13F today) and haven't been having any issues charging my Tesla. I also haven't heard of anyone else in MN having charging issues. This really appears to be a Norwegian issue moreso than a general Tesla + cold issue.

about 10 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

smack.addict OP doesn't understand the 4th Amendment (871 comments)

You can't be coerced into providing witness testimony. You don't have to speak to the cops even if you are just a witness UNLESS the state offers you immunity. If you are offered immunity, then you can be coerced. But I doubt that's what the OP was talking about. If it is, then his diatribe makes even less sense that it tries to make.

about a year ago
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How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

smack.addict Re:lobbying for their own exemption (688 comments)

Actually, in other states where the battle can work, they have consistently lobbied for wider changes.

about a year ago
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How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

smack.addict Re:Holy Fuck People! (688 comments)

Tesla doesn't want these buffoons selling Teslas because dealers don't really want to say them.

Sure, they'll pay lip service to the idea. But the problem is that Tesla's have very few moving parts. There's no money to be made off of Tesla services. And that's where these guys make their money. So they will use Tesla's to draw people in, but they'll sell something else.

By the way, who cares why? What if it is just because Elon hates TADA? In a free market, he should be able to sell direct if he wants.

about a year ago
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How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

smack.addict Re:lobbying for their own exemption (688 comments)

That's not what they were doing.

They knew there was no way in hell they would get a blanket exemption or get the law repealed (Tesla's preference). So, they tried to craft the most palatable thing that could be passable.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

smack.addict Re:To say these are flaws is an opinion (161 comments)

If I were to try this attack, I would up the car to a range charge and turn air conditioning on full blast. Then I would go through cycles of charging the battery up full and discharging it.

The electricity will add up, but maybe not a lot for most who can afford an $80K+ car.

The bigger issue is that this will decrease the battery life.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

smack.addict Re:Heater & A/C (161 comments)

1. Only if there is a vulnerable third-party site with whom the user has shared their credentials. Out of the box, no.

2. I would consider that a flaw in the car if you could do that. The API and the fact it resulted from a hack would be incidental to the whole thing.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S REST API Authentication Flaws

smack.addict Re:Seems Trollish (161 comments)

Re: #1
What has logging in over SSL got to do with anything?

If a third-party is storing credentials that control everything, then you are screwed if that third-party is compromised. Twitter suffered greatly from these kinds of problems prior to adopting OAuth. The trick with OAuth is that the third-party never sees the primary credentials, just an application-specific set of credentials with very specific access rights. Because of the design of OAuth, it's also easy to revoke credentials on an app-by-app basis and thus not impact the other apps interacting with the OAuth system.

Re: #2

Tesla is blameworthy because they opted for a less secure approach than is commonly accepted practice. If a third-party is compromised in an OAuth environment, only that one token with the application's specific access rights are at risk. You can revoke them and re-issue without impacting anything else using those credentials.

Finally, there's no need for any panic at all. TFA is not pushing panic. It's pushing the facts of an architectural flaw that does not arise to the level of being an active vulnerability. A flaw that exists for no good reason at all.

about a year ago

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The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment

smack.addict smack.addict writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smack.addict (116174) writes "Most of the takes on the AWS outage have been about the negative impact it's had on AWS customers and cloud computing as a whole. While the real impact on customers and the social web are real, the truth is that this incident illustrates the value cloud computing provides, not its downside."
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Your Cloud Needs a Sys Admin

smack.addict smack.addict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smack.addict (116174) writes "Cloud computing has deluded programmers into thinking they no longer need sys admins. The cloud enables the automation of many of the tedious tasks on which programmers have traditionally looked to sys admins to support. Without those barriers, it takes just a credit card for programmer to fancy themselves as sys admins. Don't let the ease of provisioning fool you; your cloud needs a sys admin."
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Is an Open Cloud Worth Wanting?

smack.addict smack.addict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smack.addict writes "Caught in the middle of the back-and forth between Microsoft and the Open Cloud Manifesto team is the question, what does it mean for the cloud to be Open? All of the vendors in the cloud space have paid lip service to the idea of Openness in the cloud; and most everyone believes that being "Open" is a "good thing". In an environment in which few people agree on the specifics of defining the term "cloud computing", what exactly does it mean to have an Open Cloud?"
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Why I Don't Like Auto-Scaling in the Cloud

smack.addict smack.addict writes  |  more than 5 years ago

George Reese writes "It seems a lot of people are mistaking the very valuable benefit that cloud computing enables of dynamically scaling your infrastructure with the potentially dangerous ability to automatically scale your infrastructure in real-time based on actual demand. This O'Reilly blog entry discusses why auto-scaling is not as cool a feature as you might think."
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