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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

steveg Re:Here you go: (147 comments)

I don't know much about cold winter days, but the efficiency of my hybrid drops significantly on hot summer days.

5 hours ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

steveg Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (147 comments)

I'm certainly no fan of the Republican Party, but the PATRIOT Act and all its progeny were bipartisan.

And the surveillance state got out of hand under the Republicans, but it didn't get any better under the Democrats, so I'm not seeing any partisan moral high ground here.

5 hours ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

steveg Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (147 comments)

A 40 mile range, daily would do me.

But it wouldn't cover the days when I need 7 or 800 miles.

A Tesla with 300 mile range and charging stations properly placed for cross-country trips would be great. I'd jump on that in a minute, if it were $30k.

20 - 30 minute breaks for charging and meals would be fine by me.

5 hours ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

steveg Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (147 comments)

If you're not carrying a logbook, then there are no legal limits on how far you can drive, at least not anywhere I've ever been. As far as that goes, if you *are* carrying a logbook, the limitation is on hours, not miles, but you're right that 800 miles would bust that limit.

I'm pretty sure this is true even if you are driving as an employee. As a wireline engineer there were no legal limits on how far or long I could drive, because I drove a passenger car. My truck crew were DOT drivers and they *did* have legal limits.

It's been 25 years, so it's possible details have changed, but I doubt the basic rules have changed that much.

5 hours ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

steveg Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (147 comments)

That's really not very realistic. A couple of thousand mile trips a year would overshadow the cost savings an electric would bring. If you add in the half dozen or so trips in the 300 mile range that *might* be in the range of an electric but would be dicey, then it's really not very practical.

It also assumes that each trip has lots of lead time to arrange a rental. This would mostly be true for the very long trips, but rarely true for the short ones.

I'm always amazed by people who say "Sure, get an electric car, you can rent if you need to go further." In what world does that make economic sense?

6 hours ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

steveg Re:I'm sorry (282 comments)

When you say "free," I'm assuming you mean legal.

There are a couple of (rural, sparsely populated) counties where prostitution is legal. If there are a hundred legal prostitutes in all the brothels in Nevada at any one time, I'd be very surprised.

Now, Las Vegas, that's a different issue. But prostitution in Las Vegas, is definitely not legal. There may be thousands of them, but that doesn't make them legal.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

steveg Beta link (208 comments)

Is anyone else irritated by an explicit link to the beta site in this summary? You can edit 'tech-beta.slashdot.org' to be just 'tech.slashdot.org' and they do still offer the link back to the real site once you get there, but it's still annoying.

Maybe the solution is "just don't click on links while on Slashdot." That's a grand old tradition here anyway, I guess.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

steveg Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Common carriers are regulated, but they don't have the kinds of restrictions you're talking about. Part of the point of a common carrier is that nobody is allowed to inspect the contents in order to determine what's in there.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

steveg Re:The real questions to ask (209 comments)

Well, it wasn't that the phone was incompatible, it was that VZW was unwilling to transfer the plan to new phones. They certainly could have, it was a choice on their part.

When I got this phone I had the choice to pay full price for the new phone and keep the unlimited plan, or get the discounted phone and drop down to 2G a month. From a practical perspective, my normal data usage typically runs to between 300M and 500M a month. A road trip will double that or more. The closest I've come to running over that was a combination of a road trip *and* letting my neice play with my phone in a restaurant. Those funny dog videos from Youtube really add up.

In any case, it wasn't worth it to me to pay the extra up-front costs of a full-retail phone for the benefit of being able to let my niece run wild on Youtube once a year.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

steveg Re:huh? (269 comments)

True. So *you've* consented.

But you're not the only party, no matter who owns the car. Has the other party consented? In some states, as long as one party has consented, you're fine. But in many states, that's not enough.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

steveg Re:other people's money (167 comments)

Standard starting salary for a lecturer (non-tenure track) at the largest public university system (California State University) in the US is around $45k.

Just for comparison.

about a month ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

steveg Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

Well, you're right there. But are people actually using Gnome 3 or Unity? :) As far as that goes, are people actually using Windows 8?

Also, just out of curiousity, do proprietary drivers for Windows also do the same kind of regression for old hardware that we see in Linux? I don't mess with Windows enough to know.

about a month ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

steveg Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

Of course, when switching from one version of Windows to another version of Windows, the cost of training the average city employee to use that new version of Windows could buy you a dozen copies of Windows. Especially if you're factoring in training on the newer versions of Office.

The interface changes between Microsoft versions are as radical (or more radical) than the interface changes in transistioning between XP and Linux.

about a month ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

steveg Re:The Future Is Not That Close (185 comments)

Exactly. It was an option on the Ford I bought a year and a half ago -- the difference is that if you completely take your hands off the wheel it will give you a few seconds of operation before it alerts and tells you to pull over, you're too tired to drive. It was intended to help keep you from drifting lanes, not to do the driving for you, but it's really the same technology.

It sounds like GM has decided that it's reliable enough they don't have to cut you off after a few seconds. Or maybe that the public has more confidence in this type of technology since it's been in the news more.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

steveg Re:I quit buying Samsung (220 comments)

I think they did you a favor. My point is that ICS on hardware that can't support it is pretty unpleasant to live with. I really wish they had *not* decided to upgrade the Bionic to ICS. Evidently they considered the Bionic to be powerful enough to justify the upgrade.

They were wrong.

I agree about locking the bootloader -- at one point they promised "no more locked bootloaders." I think their arguments later were in the category of, "Oh no, *we* didn't lock the bootloader, it was the carrier."

about 2 months ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

steveg Re:Srsly? People can't drive cars at 2x bicycle (107 comments)

It's the miles of separation that's the biggest issue. If I'm in the air and I see another aircraft a mile away I think I've cut it pretty close.

The best pilot in the world flying as close to me as I routinely experience in ground traffic would scare the bejeezus out of me. Yeah, the Blue Angels can do it, but even they don't spend a lot of time going in opposite directions at those distances.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

steveg Re:I quit buying Samsung (220 comments)

Personally, I've never understood all the rancor directed at Motorola (or anyone else) because they didn't roll out the latest version of Android immediately. My OG Droid got updated (eventually) past its hardware's ability to handle it, as did my Bionic. Some of the early Droid updates really did address some serious problems, but most of the updates were more along the lines of "Ooh, shiny!" and weren't substantively better. I was very sorry to get ICS on my Bionic -- it became painfully slow, almost unusable. Gingerbread worked very nicely.

My daily ritual for the last 6 or 7 months has been to deny Motorola's request to upgrade my Droid Maxx to KitKat. The Maxx under Jelly Bean has been by far the best phone I've ever owned. All reports about KitKat indicate that it is a step down. Less battery life, removal of features like OTG USB mounts, a less useful interface, etc.

Motorola has been pretty quick to get those updates out, and I wish they hadn't.

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

steveg Re: Huh? (406 comments)

My 89 Acura had it on a 5 speed.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

steveg Re:My own experience (544 comments)

You bring up a very good point, and that is console sessions. Swype convinced me to drop the hardware keyboard (I stopped using the physical keyboard on my OG Droid almost immediately after discovering Swype.) But Swype is *not* particularly good for console use (especially the beta version a few years ago that insisted on capitilizing the 'I' in exIt)
On the other hand, the Hacker's Keyboard gives me access to contol keys, alt keys, and so on, more than the old hardware keyboard ever did. And I can switch between keyboards trivially. Hacker's Keyboard if I'm using ssh, Swype for everything else.

about 3 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

steveg Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

My first smartphone was the OG Droid, and one reason I went for it was that it had a hardware keyboard.

Then I found the Swype beta, and the hardware keyboard was never used again.

about 3 months ago

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steveg steveg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

steveg (55825) writes "The Slashdot main page went wonky for users who had logged in. Some other pages were fine, but the main page looked like this. If you logged out, everything was fine."

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