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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

sturle Re:Beating the Chicken-or-Egg Problem (230 comments)

A Tesla Model S refuels from empty to 80% in 30 minutes from a Supercharger, and they rarely need one because the car is fully charged every morning. I am not very picky about where I charge, as long as the kids and I can stretch our legs a bit after six hours of driving. For a while I used to ask hotels before I booked if they had a power outlet available for my car, but I don't bother any more. They do. They only differ in how fast charge they can provide, but that's usually not an issue when the car is plugged in all night. There is plenty of public parking spaces with fast-ish chargers as well now, and shopping malls with outlets outside to attract customers with modern cars. Tesla owners probably spend less time at charging stations than fossil car owners spend at gas stations. Charging is something which happens when you are doing something else, like shopping. I know, you can shop at many gas stations as well, but not while filling the tank for free.

about 6 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

sturle Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

well, smart is relative. This shows him to be pro society.
From a stock holder perspective. it's a very dumb move.

Not at all. Tesla Motors owns a large supercharger network that Tesla owners (the 85 kWh version) can use for free. If other car makers support charging from Tesla superchargers, the owners of other car models would have to pay for use. Subsidizing free power for Tesla owners. And I'm sure no Tesla owner would complain if there are more superchargers availble for them to use, even if they would have to pay to use the non-Tesla superchargers.

about 6 months ago
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Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

sturle Free renewable energy! (122 comments)

I'm going to set up an array of training wheels with generators outside my garage, and harvest free power to charge my Tesla S! Or a flashlight. A small one..

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

sturle Use for space propulsion? (223 comments)

A possible use for this is propulsion in space with no fuel. Even ion thrusters need fuel, and eventually run out of Xenon gas. If you can create matter in this way, it would, at least in theory, be bossible to make an engine which use only electricity from solar panels to make electron/positron pairs, and acellerate those in the opposite direction of where you want to go. Enabling satellites to stay in low earth orbit forever, and geostationary satellites to stay in position until it is time to de-orbit. And it would actually be economically feasible to de-orbit them, it will just take a very long time.

about 7 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

sturle Evolution (267 comments)

I'm afraid those scientists are 155 years late with their findings. Humans have adapted to their environment as explained by Charles Darwin in 1859. We have adapted to live on Earth, not in space or on the bottom of the oceans. This should not come as a surprise to anyone in 2014. To overcome this we have to gradually start living higher up, and perhaps in just a few hundred thousdands years our decendants will take their first steps in the vacuum of space, breathing sunlight and radiation instead of air.

Or we could just adapt the envioronment in the space ship / space habitat. Probably a lot easier..

about a year ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

sturle Re:Ubuntu One (197 comments)

Or one.com and their Cloud Drive. We have One Drive, One Cloud, Cloud Drive and IBM's CloudOne. Drive One sell cars. Drive Cloud is free!

about a year ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

sturle Re: It'll be fun to watch. (197 comments)

There should be a Drive before Drive 360. And let's not forget Drive 3.11, Drive 95 and Drive XP and ME, and then Drive 7 and 8, which all serve the same purpose. And Drive 2012 Enterprise to make the confusion complete.

At least Microsoft will keep an eye (+ hundreds of NSA's eyes) on what you store there, and delete your account if they don't like it. http://wmpoweruser.com/watch-w...

about a year ago
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Omate TrueSmart Watch Stands Alone — No Phone Required

sturle What's the use of putting the phone inside? (167 comments)

What if I want a smart watch but no phone? Putting the phone inside the watch isn't going to help. I value my privacy, and don't want to walk around with an effective radiolocation beacon.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

sturle The obvious choice is (406 comments)

Stephen Elop. No doubt. Their platform is burning!

about a year ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

sturle Re:When you ride at night, (413 comments)

.. in the summer ..

wear white.

Yellow reflective vest works even better at all times of day and year.

about a year and a half ago
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Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

sturle Re:How about this (279 comments)

How about this? Stop making stupid Star Wars movies and come up with a new idea.

Hear, hear! Disney aren't making more Star Wars movies, they are making a Star Wars soap opera.

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. House Wants 'Sustained Human Presence On the Moon and the Surface of Mars'

sturle China will be first (285 comments)

I'm willing to bet a large lump of bitcoins that the next human on the Moon will come from China. This may make Congress act if they are able to do anything but fight. Do you have a budget yet?

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Boasts of Tiny Energy Saving With IE

sturle Bing less power efficient (243 comments)

The first thing i noticed: Browsers use more power on Bing than on Google and even Facebook. All browsers. Don't use Bing on portable equipment. (Like if anyone ever did)

My power saving tips:
- Adblock (does IE even have Adblock?)
- No flash. Just remove it.
- Ghostery (in Opera to kill unwanted javascript) or NoScript (Firefox).

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

sturle Re:Nice idea, wrong problem (193 comments)

Many! Most are of course not well known. Lamborghini which is well known for obvious reasons, only made 2197 cars in 2012.

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

sturle Re:Nice idea, wrong problem (193 comments)

I'm not advocating anything. Is the goal of this system is to keep Tesla in business and profitable? No other goals? Really?

I can't understand current U.S. politics at all. I find this entire filibuster politics retarded. Do you have a budget yet?

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

sturle Re:Nice idea, wrong problem (193 comments)

Tesla's not turning a profit due to focusing on an electric car. According to this WSJ story http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324659404578499460139237952.html it's due to selling pollution credits to other car makers.

How stupid are journalists alowed to be without getting fired? Look at this: Tesla acknowledged in a recent SEC filing that emissions credit sales hit $85 million in 2013's first quarter alone—15% of its revenue, and the only reason it made a profit.

No, it isn't the only reason it made a profit. Tesla made a profit from selling cars. This is a by-product of selling electric cars in the USA (only). The editor of this paper must believe his readers have negative intelligence. Yes, if you take away a major source of income from any company without replacing it with another income, then some numbers will turn red. No wonder he became a journalist if he thinks that is news. His supply of "news" is endless.

Tesla can take much higher prices if they want to, and still sell everything they make. The price tag is higher in Europe, where they don't get those pollution credits. If you order a Tesla Model S now, at least in Europe, it won't get delivered until next year. The car is immensely popular despite it's price tag.

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

sturle Re:Nice idea, wrong problem (193 comments)

Add to that the tax credits offered by State and Federal income tax, a large loan from the US federal government and federal grants.

All U.S. car makers got larger loans and grants than Tesla did, and Tesla already paid their loan back. None of the fossil car makers have paid back their loans.

about a year and a half ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

sturle Re:Nice idea, wrong problem (193 comments)

Tesla have sold almost all the cars they are going to make in 2013. This means they must be selling vehicles that people are more than willing to buy. Thousands of them have already been pre-sold in my country (not U.S., so no car credits), and the first delivery isn't due until September. Which other car producers have sold their entire production to consumers for months to come?

about a year and a half ago

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