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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

torkus Re:And how long does it take... (190 comments)

Not only that...but if EVs were ubiquitous then chargers in parking lots would be (nearly) equally so. Right now there's no reason for big-box stores, parking garages, etc. to equip more than a very small number of spots with chargers (if any at all).

If 10% of the cars that used a parking garage in a major city were EVs you can bet they'd offer to plug them in for the day for a few bucks. Maybe not supercharger speed but even a regular plug for the 8 hours most people work would put some decent charger into the battery.

As the market demands, the demand will be met and some will surely make money off it. That money may be indirect (shoppers in our store get free charging) or direct (swipe your card for $x per hr/wkh/etc) from companies. Anyone who things this one happen doesn't understand entrepreneurship.

about a week ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

torkus Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

If both those claims are equally accurate...it about jives with my experience as well

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

torkus Re:Government selection of connector technoglogy. (191 comments)

Honestly if the wireless charging standards would get un-stupid we wouldn't need the charging cables to begin with. There's not much reason you couldn't build a recovery method via BT or WiFi instead of wired either.

Heck, I still don't know why someone hasn't done a mag-safe type USB. Oh yah...patent law. See how that's promoting innovation? (sorry, frustration...not troll attempt)

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

torkus Re: What for? (191 comments)

Yah, but that's basic mechanical pins to hold the connector. Pretty much every small connector has them in some form or another. Even if they fail, it just means the plug can fall out...but it will still work.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

torkus Re: What for? (191 comments)

Actually Apple makes a large profit on each device sold...so yes there are more relaxed cost constraints but it's not like they're eeking by and just barely making money on these.

The actual savings comes from Apples immense and immensely simplified manufacturing. Not only do they sell eleventeen billion of ONE product SKU (ok, some colors or extra flash but that's NBD). So Apple doesn't order 20% of battery A, 40% of battery B, 10% of C, etc....they order eleventeen billion of ONE battery. At that point they get it custom made to exactly what they want and for a substantial discount...they're well known for buying the entire factory output of a certain product for a given time. That's a big reason why the original iPod was the only device so small...they effectively (and realistically) bought the entire production of 1.8" hard drives.

Yes, they do use good materials and have extremely tight tolerances. Efficiency of scale. It's funny though, some people have chronic problems with connectors and cables - complaining about lightning, 30-pin, mini/micro-USB, etc. I never see to break my cables or connectors. Like...ever. I seriously have no idea what 'these people' are doing. I don't baby my electronics either!

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

torkus Re:This gave me a chuckle (393 comments)

I'm pretty sure at this rate the Falcon 9 beats every other space delivery system in cost by far (both development and recurring) and reliability (so far at least).

Granted they've had the entire history of space exploration as a guide towards their design...but then again any other company in the space game has access to at least the same information. I'm pretty sure the contractors and companies that built the shuttle and other rockets actually have significantly MORE information than is publicly available on top of it.

Yet who do we see actually DOING this? Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. It amazes me that the 'leadership' in the US can't understand that basic axiom.

about three weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

torkus Re:Politicians - Ignorant, Stupid, or Conmen? (393 comments)

You can thank how easily and readily the news are manipulated for this type of nonsense.

"NASA buys rocket launches from SpaceX with tax dollars. Therefore tax dollars fund SpaceX. Therefore SpaceX should be subject to the same scrutiny as any government-funded project"

Derp.

Apply the same logic to the other option - buying launches from Russia - and see how hard they laugh. Oh wait...didn't they stop or curtail launches for the US already because we're being assholes?

about three weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

torkus Re:Implausible. (393 comments)

...especially not to another of Elon's companies.

Sometimes the best measure of success is how hard other people try to hold you back or stop you.

about three weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

torkus Re:You don't say.... (393 comments)

If the SpaceX rocket is obsolete(or too trouble-prone), all other rockets in the world are also. To make a space rocket which is not already obsolete (or too trouble-prone) requires trillions of dollars*. No one has come up with a way to build a practical space rocket which is not complicated and expensive.

*actually if you build the thing on your own instead of doing things the "right" way per the US gov't you can drop that by a few orders of magnitude.

about three weeks ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

torkus Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Technically if you have more people competing for a smaller pool of jobs, then H1B shouldn't come into it.

If you're talking about H1B's competing for the job...well the salary should already be set at 'market rates' per the H1B process.

So...US jobs don't get priced lower as a result. Since the job is so critical and they can't find candidates it typically would be at the high end of the cap. They would even pay MORE because the position is for a highly sought engineer.

Right? ...

Right?

Bueller?

Oh...right. Sarcasm. This is why H1B needs to just die a fiery death.

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

torkus Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Yes and no.

The H1B program means you have to hire a qualified, eligible local person before importing...however it's stupidly easy to disqualify candidates. A rule like this one? Yep...pretty sure it's legit as far as H1B regulations are concerned. Now that's it's gotten some spotlight it might not fly as well...but that assumes the media keeps covering it long enough to matter.

The H1B program has so many loopholes it's laughable. It's a bold-faced lie directly covering up exactly what we all know it really is. If there really were a shortage of engineers...I'd say the last 15-20 years would be long enough to rectify the situation. Hell, if there was REAL demand and that many GOOD paying jobs it'd be worth going back for a 4-year education and changing careers. But no...this is not about actual shortages as we all know.

With that said...aren't the majority of the Nokia folks outside the US anyhow?

about a month ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

torkus Re:Why? (138 comments)

All this will increase is torrent traffic.

I can't stand the 'exclusive' bullshit that networks and providers are playing lately. You try to edge out other providers so people 'have' to use your service? Nahhhhhh....

It's kind of funny that Netflix/hulu/etc. won't compete on service or ease of use or price or etc. but instead play exclusivity games. If you want XYZ you HAVE to use us. (ok, they phrase it differently)

Screw you guys, I'm goin home.

about a month and a half ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

torkus Re:The hero Gotham needs (78 comments)

Paypal was unique and groundbreaking in it's day. I would certainly be proud of it.

Imperfect? Sure. Still is for that matter. How they managed to avoid getting classified as a bank is beyond me (tin hat: backroom deals to provide info to TLAs)

How eBay's using it now is obnoxious and abusive for sure.

about a month and a half ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

torkus Re:The hero Gotham needs (78 comments)

Agreed. Despite plenty of unnecessary/unrealistic opposition he continues to Get Shit Done.

Oh, Tesla cars ... yah but let's try to make your dealerships illegal.

Rockets? Welllllllll......we *might* let you launch them from your own space. Maybe. Oh...you might take them out of the country? NVM...here some some approvals.

I'm not saying give the guy carte blanche but his track record is pretty impressive even despite the artificial barriers thrown up in front of his work. I mean...when he's delivering cargo for NASA that they simply *CANNOT* deliver as they lack the equipment to do so AND doing it for less money AND making some profit in the process?

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. :)

about a month and a half ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

torkus Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (162 comments)

And then you have the option of just ... stealing the scrip pads assuming you don't bother to forge one. It's not rocket science by any stretch - and that's assuming the pharmacist bothers to check it.

If they think anything sketchy is going on they call the Dr to confirm...typically via the number on the scrip. Derp. Also pharmacists in chain stores are often assholes...oh you have a scrip for opiates or amphetamines? And tattoos? Yeah...uh huh. Right. We're going to have to call this in. Come back tomorrow.

Or you go to a mom and pop place where the biggest problem is if they have it in stock.

Or if you *really* want to get the evil eye...try filling a scrip like that without insurance. "No, I'll pay for that oxy in cash please" Good luck...

about a month and a half ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

torkus Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

Actually that's EXACTLY what bloomberg suggested at one point.

If nothing else, it shows how utterly out of touch with reality that man is.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

torkus Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

Agreed. Most POs are (or should be) there to help keep the peace. Deal with the drunken idiot. Handle the domestic violence case. Block traffic around the accident.

When someone with body armor and a rifle perches atop a building and starts shooting people ... having the gallant POs rush in will get more people hurt, not less.

SWAT has it's place - against truly dangerous situations akin to urban warfare. We don't want the military operating on US soil so we need something that can handle those types of situations.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

torkus Re:Shill (534 comments)

That's an interesting thought. You can still sue a governmental agency but as far as I know there's a wholly different set of protections and limitations when it comes to suing cops vs. private corporations.

I'd also question the legality of them acting as government agents (i.e. cops who arrest/detail/etc.) if they're a private corporation. Last I heard private security does NOT have the same powers as police. Not even close.

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

torkus Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

*tin foil hat*

What's to say someone hasn't released a virus that infiltrates the live executable on PCs and tweaks a few bits to weaken the encryption? It's unlikely but not impossible. Verifying source code is not the same knowing the executable files in memory are clean. You need a verifiable real-time hash check every step of the way...etc.

Not impractical to follow though. KNOX from Samsung does something relatively similar to prevent rooting and similar hacks. It may not stop them but it will shut down your security container (or the device) instantly if something changes it's hash or starts writing to memory outside it's sandbox/etc.

So even after the audit (which I supported) I'd consider it 99.99999% safe. But don't think it will safe you if you do something to REALLY piss off the gov't.

Also they'll just beat you with a wrench...queue xkcd

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

torkus Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Kind of ironic that the government agency that requires 6 or 7 years of receipts/documentation be available can somehow limit themselves to a 6 month retention policy on THEIR documentation (well email, but these days that's definitely relevant).

I work for a self regulated organization (finance) and we're required to retain every-fucking-thing for 7 years. It's not 'save your PST file' ... it's a WORM compliance archive of email that's completely automatic and not even visible to the user. It boggles my mind that the IRS doesn't have something like this. From the sounds of it they're literally downloading from exchange and deleting the server copy. What the actual fuck? I think the last time I did that anywhere in or out of the enterprise realm was the old Outlook Express client on Win 98 or something. Like 15 years ago.

about 2 months ago

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