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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

suutar Re:Not just 9 (160 comments)

development does that (I've heard) so drivers won't freak out at a major number change.

13 hours ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

suutar Re:huh? (159 comments)

They get their music by having their customers upload it.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

suutar Re:Windows NG was a better name (606 comments)

Well, after avoiding 9, going to Windows DS9 would be silly, but Windows Voyager could work.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

suutar Re:No 9? (606 comments)

This (and the AC's mention of German) makes more sense than anything else I've heard :)

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

suutar Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (467 comments)

Sure, anyone connected to the grid is likely to be drawing power from it at some point. But the point that has the energy companies up in arms is that over the course of a month, some people will not be net consumers, and the current billing system is not designed to handle that in a realistic fashion.

2 days ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

suutar Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (467 comments)

This. I have no problem at all if they want to split my bill into two parts, a fixed cost for just being hooked up and an incremental cost for generating the electricity I consume, as long as the two costs are calculated sanely. The proper fix is to adjust the tariffs to reflect the growing reality of universal connection without universal consumption.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

suutar Re:Yeah ... but ... it's true. (264 comments)

This. Yes, right now Tesla is absolutely a fringe player. But all the signs seem to point to them growing to be much more substantial, especially once (as Bob himself said) they get their next tier of lower price, less frills up and running.

2 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

suutar Re:So, import it (334 comments)

Not necessarily. Some states (I know CA, and someone else mentioned Massachusetts) will consider a car that enters the state less than X years/miles after purchase to be taxable (although CA, at least, considers how much sales tax you paid in the state you bought it as part of the calculation of how much you owe in CA sales tax.)

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

suutar Re:Read it and weep ... (334 comments)

Only licensed dealers may engage in the business of selling cars at retail. Test drives are probably considered to be part of that business; there's not many other cases where a company will lend you a vehicle for free to drive a couple of miles.

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

suutar Re:What do test drives have to do with it (334 comments)

Test drives are probably considered to be part of "the business of selling cars at retail" because while an individual may lend you their car for something, most companies will not lend you a car for free to just drive around a block or two.

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

suutar Re:The "old boys' club" (334 comments)

My understanding is that Iowa is not saying "you cannot sell to an Iowan". They are saying "you aren't licensed to have a showroom, or give test drives".

Most dealers buy the cars from the manufacturer (which is typically a transaction crossing state lines) and then they sell them to locals (a transaction not crossing state lines), although they sometimes have enough creative bookkeeping that they don't pay the manufacturer until they get paid. An Iowan is, as far as I know, perfectly able to order a car from Tesla of CA and, assuming they can arrange shipping, take delivery in Iowa. But they can't go to a showroom in Iowa, look it over, and take a test drive, so they better be sure it's what they really want. They also may have a hard time finding a shop that can service the car, since Tesla isn't licensed to have one of those either.

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

suutar Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (334 comments)

I've never gotten that pitch in so many words, but when my wife and I rent cars (which is at least 3 times a year) we always call it "test-driving" and we'll choose the specific car based on whether we've tried that model before. (We still tend to prefer Japanese brands, in part because we're used to how Japanese brands do the steering column stalks :)

3 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

suutar Re:Fine! (363 comments)

New Math isn't all bad. It gave us a Tom Lehrer song :)

5 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

suutar Re:Risk management? (200 comments)

F35 had other options that got picked: fancy unused bells and whistles, and pork

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

suutar Re:Oh good (903 comments)

There's a reason the entire summary is in a quote bar. Most of them these days are ripped directly from the article.

5 days ago
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Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

suutar Re:Will this internet of things die already? (103 comments)

There is that, but if I were to want to log the internal climate of my apartment I'd want pressure and humidity too, and I'd wind up just getting one of those outdoor weather rigs and setting it up in the dining room. (The wind thing would become a "cats got up on the table and started playing" measure :)

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

suutar Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

I 3 my belt pouch, personally :) My front pockets already have other stuff in them, and I wouldn't want to put a phone in my back pocket; I sit too much.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

suutar Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

Now I have Tom Lehrer stuck in my head :)

about a week ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

suutar Re:Counterintuitive (356 comments)

Of course! Now it all makes sense!

about a week ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

suutar Re:Black holes are real, we observe them all the t (356 comments)

Based on the arxiv summary, it sounds less like "we don't think black holes exist" than like "when we add hawking radiation to our model, it doesn't collapse down that far, wtf", leading to (in my mind) the questions "well, do we see anything that looks like what this model is saying" and "in that case where do the things that look like black holes come from". (I suspect the answer is going to be "there's a bug in this model right _here_", but we shall see :)

If you happen to read the whole paper and feel like updating this thread with more description, I for one would love to read it.

about a week ago

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