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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

tekrat Re:Bob's smokin' crack (261 comments)

Citation??

I see an article that claims GM has sold only 58000 Volts over three years, and I know that Tesla has sold more than that in the same amount of time.

Anecdotal: I see way more Teslas on the road than Volts, and I live in NJ. Admittedly, I'm near the NYC area where the wealthy love to show off fancy cars, but still, way more Teslas, by far, and I'm a fairly good car spotter while driving to work.

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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

tekrat Bob's smokin' crack (261 comments)

GM wishes it could get Tesla's customers... Witness the Cadillac version of the Volt, $70,000 price for a Volt with a better interior -- The Cadillac ELR. How many Volts and ELRs combined does GM have to sell to even come close to the Tesla?

yesterday
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

tekrat 100 years from now... (475 comments)

And if ISIS is successful, in 100 years they will get to rewrite the history books to show that they were the good guys and all atrocities committed in their name was for the greater good.

Although you can gloss over paying Native Americans for the Black Hills, you cannot wipe the stain of bloodshed from that period. Say what you like about ISIS, but go back to any period in our history, and the USA was no better. We condoned slavery, murder and rape to get what we wanted, and we patted ourselves on the back for it.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

tekrat Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

The west was won by murderers and rapists. That's the path to legitimancy since the days of Ghegis Khan or the Vikings. Just ask General Custer.

about a week ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

tekrat "forced labor" (183 comments)

Which is what, a euphemism for "slavery" ?
Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

tekrat get an Elio instead... (393 comments)

84MPG, only $6800 -- that's not a typo.
http://www.eliomotors.com/

Yes, it's an enclosed motorcycle, but it drives like a car. You will not need a helmet in almost all states. It will solve more problems than the Tesla will, which is a just a Green toy for Rich people. This is an actual vehicle for you and me, regular people that earn less than 6 figures a year.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tekrat I've never understood this... (974 comments)

They don't want the kids to learn science or even mention things like evolution... Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?

Why not then have chemistry class where two potentially explosive chemicals are mixed and the teacher tells the students "Don't worry, if your heart is pure and Allah is with you, it will not explode!"

As Dr. Tyson says -- science is true whether you believe it or not. The explosion will happen no matter what you think of Allah.

Allah doesn't protect *anyone* from a bomb or a bullet. So, what exactly is the point of learning about him/it, instead of learning math, which is actually a useful subject?

The moment you ban teaching something, it's usually because it's pretty easy to prove what bullshit your particular religion is, whether it be Christian or Muslim.

Texas Republicans don't seem to be any better, BTW.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat BREAKING (200 comments)

*BOTH* Boeing and SpaceX have won contracts. Only SNC is out of the race... Apparently NASA doesn't like the Dreamchaser, but they are ready to rock and roll with both capsule designs.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tekrat Translation... (200 comments)

Boeing paid off the right people.

SpaceX aside, Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser was a better design all around. Essentially the X-20 DynaSoar, it's cheaper, re-usable, and fits the mission. The only advantages for the Capsule design of Boeing and SpaceX is that the mission can be expanded with the same hardware for Moon/Mars missions, and that said, I think SpaceX had the better design -- this contract going to Boeing is a mistake all-around.

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

tekrat Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Yeah, I couldn't remember Kozmo's name fast enough for a quick post... Damn, it's been almost 15 years!

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

tekrat Urban Fetch (139 comments)

Urban Fetch was this exact same idea in NYC, and it died a horrible death during the web 1.0 collapse. Does no one remember these things??

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

tekrat The big question is 'why' ? (330 comments)

Isn't Minecraft last week's news? The time to buy them was before the minecraft bubble. Now it's too late. That's like buying Tesla *after* the market for high-end electric cars has been saturated. Unless this developer has a new trick up their sleeve (unlikely); they aren't going to be creating anything bigger than what they already have. They are on their way down, not on their way up. So the buy makes no sense to me, except as another asset to sell off later, when MS is against the ropes and slowly dying. MS seems to constantly be throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. That's not a sound policy.

about two weeks ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

tekrat Gravity Predition Come True (100 comments)

The Movie "Gravity" had Sandra Bullock aiming for a Chinese Space Station which she ultimately uses to get home. Fuuny thing is; when the movie was made, I scoffed at the Chinese Space Station for being "sci-fi"; but it looks like they got me, and there will indeed be such a station (but no Space Shuttle, sorry George Clooney!).

So, Gravity was right!

about three weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

tekrat check writing equipment... (160 comments)

how did the scammers get professional check writing equipment? Did they buy it on craigslist with a fake check??

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

tekrat ironic (260 comments)

that's ironic, considering nevada has some of the cheapest electricity rates in the country, because of the hoover dam.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

tekrat We paid for that crap, where's my REFUND? (448 comments)

Every nut and bolt of American Military Hardware was paid for with MY TAX MONEY. And now we are blowing it up because our own military is too freaking lazy to collect their own shit when they leave a country.

So, we are spending money to blow up our own money.

The Pentagon/Military Industrial Complex is a self-running money-spending machine that cannot be stopped. They add nothing of value to our country and only destroy money and lives. The more we spend, the more we fuck up the planet. Theoretically; infinite money == destruction of the world.

ISIS isn't the enemy. We are. We have met the enemy and it is us. Even if ISIS disappeared tomorrow, we'd invent another enemy to replace them. Because without an enemy, the MIC can't function. It's a monster that needs to be fed, and we're happy to feed it because America Fuck Yeah!

Anyhow, trillions of tax dollars down the tube. And yet the GOP wants to complain about the cost of Obamacare. Fucking shysters. Where's my needless war refund?

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

tekrat Hexidecimal (169 comments)

Did he also decide to produce the Hex output that is entirely useless and without merit? I understand that's for debugging purposes, but who decided that was a good idea to leave in for a consumer-level OS? Seriously.

about a month ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

tekrat Any advice for actual geeks? (226 comments)

I have watched the show off an on, I somehow missed the first three seasons entirely -- but as a rather "normal" geek (I have a social life beyond playing D&D and videogames, I even work on cars and ride a motorcycle) -- I have to ask if you can offer any advice about scoring a smoking hot chick on the level of Penny -- I fail to see what it is Leonard offers in the relationship that appeals to Penny, other than complete monogamy.

She is simply so out of his league in terms of looks that ironically, that's the portion of the show I find the most hilarious. The real world simply doesn't work that way and I challenge you to find an example to prove me wrong (excluding billionaires, of course, we all know a fat wallet makes you more attractive).

about a month ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

tekrat Child porn site 4chan has a policy? (134 comments)

I'll believe it when I see it.

4chan has been the site most noted for "to be raided by the FBI', and how they've managed to stay in business all this time frankly has me scratching my head.

about a month ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

tekrat dumb as fuck celebrities (311 comments)

Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?

I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.

Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!

about a month ago

Submissions

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Facebook IOS latest update broken

tekrat tekrat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tekrat (242117) writes "If you're thinking of downloading the latest update to the Facebook App for your Apple IOS device, don't! Although the new "chat heads" feature sounds appealing, the newsfeed is completely broken, resulting in a grey screen with the "rotating flower" indicating it's trying to load the newsfeed, but never actually does. Nice job beta-testing there, facebook."
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Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "A business controlled by Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp., sued 11 companies including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., saying they infringed patents on Web-based technology. AOL Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc., Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Google’s YouTube were also named, according to a statement today from Allen’s Interval Licensing LLC. Interval Licensing owns the patents of a defunct computer science and communications research company Allen and David Liddle founded in 1992, according to the statement."
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Anime master Satoshi Kon passes away

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tekrat (242117) writes "Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon's death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only 47 years old and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two people had mentioned Kon's passing, though those two people are trustworthy members of the anime industry: the President of Madhouse Studios (Mindgame) and one of the founding members of Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Now it has been confirmed that Kon has passed away. He died of cancer."
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tekrat writes "We've had PC case mods aplenty. They are now boring unless they are really off the wall, but hey, what about your PC's accessories? Here's a guy that decided to modify the case to his new bluetooth optical mouse, and house it in something much more classy — a SUN type 3 optical mouse. Now all he needs to do is modify the keyboard as well. Not only is the link a decent hardware hack, it shows a bit of computing history as well. That optical mouse with the bright red LED in it you're using right now was invented before most of the people reading this story were born!"
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tekrat tekrat writes  |  about 8 years ago

tekrat writes "The ZENN all-electric car, manufactured by a Canadian company is going to be powered, not by batteries, but by a new type of ultracapacitor created by EEStor of Austin Texas. What's unique about this is that their claims about the storage capacity and the recharge ability of their product could make regular batteries obsolete (9 minute recharge time, provides 52 kilowatt-hours, sustaining a million charge/discharge cycles before needing replacement). Although the ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) car is a low-speed neighborbood grocery-getter, it's obvious that EEStor is looking to create a storage system using their technology (patent application US 20040071944A1) for an all-electric high-speed car that could free many economies from fossil fuels. EEStor seems to be on to something here — even if their product does 50% of what they claim, it's pretty revolutionary and could potentially change the world."

Journals

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Anybody know how to use this thing

tekrat tekrat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?

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