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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

zwede Re:Use Linux (331 comments)

Posting to undo accidental mod.
It can be debated WHY Linux has almost no viruses, but the fact remains that it is much less impacted. Since you don't need AV on Linux it tends to run faster.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

zwede Re:In Germany, I will not buy an electrical car (247 comments)

Just centralizing pollution, horrid efficiency (fossil base to movement) and further stress on power grid. An electrical car is tolerable as soon as it's operated FULLY on renewable sources, e.g. the sun AND has an acceptable range (600km at 140km/h == 86 m/h).

Has been debunked already. Even when operated on 100% coal power, the Model S produces 1/2 the pollution of a small economy gasoline car.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

zwede Re:Tesla's Ugly Duckling (247 comments)

I thought Tesla had turned the corner when it comes to electric car styling. I see that thought was a bit premature.

It seems that when vehicle manufacturers cheapen up a car, the first thing they throw out is looks. I understand why attractive women are expensive, but I don't see why the same rule has to apply to cars.

Interesting comment considering no one has seen the Model E yet. Can I borrow your time machine, please?

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

zwede Re:Smaller? (247 comments)

Another consideration is the size reduction, 10% smaller is not a good thing for Americans. I weigh about 200lbs and because of the way the steering wheel adjusts in the model S I can't physically fit in the driver's seat. I have actually sat in the car so I think the steering wheel could be designed to tilt instead of just going in and out a few inches. The model S is not a large car to begin with, if you make things smaller still you are greatly limiting your market from the majority of Americans.

Huh? The MS has tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The MS is a big car. It doesn't look it, but the interior and trunk space is of a full-size car.

about 2 months ago

Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

zwede Re:No voice control? (88 comments)

Or someone pays for a license for speech to text implementations. Just because it's Linux, doesn't mean there can't be commercial software on it, commercial licenses available, etc.

This is what Tesla did. They run Linux (although it's their own, Debian based, flavor) and they licensed voice recognition (Googles, I think). It works really, really well. I have a slight accent and it still gets it right every time.

about 2 months ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

zwede Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

solar is going to be affordable for me to install on my roof (technically it already is today, but due to HOA rules I can't have them

Have you checked with your HOA recently? TX now has a law that regulates what HOAs can demand as far as roof top solar. An HOA cannot simply say "no solar panels allowed". Instead there are guide lines in the law that the HOA will make you follow, such as the panels must follow the roof angle, no tilt panels that follow the sun, panel frames and mounts that blend into the HOA color scheme (probably they will ask for black). Stuff like that. The law isn't perfect, there are loop holes in case the HOA is run by jerks. But if you're willing to go to arbitration it is very likely you will win. I'm in Dallas and installed 20 solar panels (5kW) earlier this month. My HOA was very supportive and changed some of the rules due to my suggestions in order to make the process easier.

about 2 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

zwede Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

Tesla offers a "we-cover-everything-but-tires" service for $600 annually (including consumables!), and while cheaper than most vehicle services over the same period

I looked at that and thought it was really, really expensive.

I agree. I looked at the Tesla service plan and decided not to do it. Btw, if you pre-pay the service cost is less. $400-something, but still too much, IMO. What they do is rotate the tires, check alignment, replace wiper blades and cabin filter, refill washer fluid. That's about it. Every couple of years I think they also replace the brake fluid. I can do these things myself for much less than $400.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

zwede Re:Automatic software updates (136 comments)

The Tesla SW update works like this:

The updates are batched by Tesla so not all cars are updated at once. In case there's a problem with the new SW, that limits the number of affected vehicles.

Once the VIN has been tagged for update, the car downloads the new SW (over 3G or WIFI if available) and stores it locally. A prompt is shown on the main screen that new SW is available. Options are "install now" or "schedule install" (midnight is pre-selected), or "do not install now".

about 3 months ago

eBay Compromised

zwede Ebay overloaded (193 comments)

Tried to change my ebay password and got this:

Page not available
Ebay is asking its users to reset their passwords due to the unauthorized access to our corporate information network. This may result in a delay of service due to the high traffic volume. We ask for your patience and that you return to eBay soon. In the meantime, please be assured that no activity can occur on your account until your password is reset.

about 3 months ago

A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zwede Re:Camera gun (765 comments)

They can put a camera on the gun today. That's what they ought to focus on. Maybe someday we'll have guns smart enough to only take disabling shots, or phasers on stun. But today, we can at least establish where a gun was pointed when it was fired,

It was pointed straight at the bullet hole.

about 4 months ago

Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

zwede Re:real reason why.... (193 comments)

"standard" usage will reach about 2/4 years before the degrade in mileage and performance warrants a replacement.

Not sure where you get your information from, but so far things are looking much better than that. The Tesla Roadster had a slightly older battery technology and they have about 80% of the battery capacity left after 100,000 miles. Still very usable. A couple of Model S have hit 70,000 miles and have ~95% of capacity left, so the Model S battery is better. The 8 year warranty is a fairly safe bet by Tesla.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

zwede Re:Old proverb (396 comments)

Would have been insightful had Snowden actually committed a crime.

about 4 months ago

Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:Questions: (93 comments)

* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car ?


* Can the owner switch off the remote control/access to their car by Tesla as well as the owner ?


* 6 character password. Is that the minimum length or the length it must be (Ie can't set a longer one) ?

Minimum. The password can also contain special character.

* It mentions an iPhone app. What if I don't have (or want) an iPhone ?

There's an official android app. I think there's an unofficial winphone app too. There's an unoffical chrome plugin and stand-alone JAVA app.

* What cars made by companies other than Tesla have similar systems ?

No one has anything as comprehensive. Closest is probably on-star.

about 4 months ago

Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:I had issue with this day one when we took deli (93 comments)

The article is a bit misleading. The Tesla account requires a MINIMUM of 6 characters for the password. You can use a much longer one. The password also allows special character. You're not brute-forcing mine this side of the end of the universe. It's a generated password, very long and all kinds of special characters.

about 4 months ago

Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

zwede Re:Option? (93 comments)

Yes. The remote access to the car has to be turned on by the owner. When the car is delivered it is turned off. Tesla still has remote access even if the user-level access is off, but that would prevent access via the REST API and mobile app.

about 4 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:Or I could buy three Ford Fusion Hybrids (318 comments)

A fully loaded Fusion Hybrid Energi Titanium is about $35K.

And from 50 feet away it's nearly indistinguishable from a Tesla.

It also has a gasoline engine that'll get me home when the batteries are depleted.

I've seen 'em, sat in them. I think it'd be a tough sell convincing me it's $55K better.

It's easily $55K better. Sorry.

about 6 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year (318 comments)

Renault Alliance was Motor Trend's Car of the Year. My dad bought one and it sucked. I quit listening to anything they had to say after that.

In their defense: What other new cars were there in the early 80's? The Chrysler K-car? Maybe the Renault really was the best (least sucky) at the time.

about 6 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

zwede Re:One thing that gets overlooked (318 comments)

It cost me $55. My house was built in 1999 and already had 200A service. I went to Lowes and got a NEMA 14-50 receptacle, a 50A breaker and some 6 gauge wiring. I installed it according to code, of course. Don't want to take any short cuts with a 50A circuit.

about 6 months ago

Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

zwede Re:Odd (335 comments)

You have your mp3 player, so you're not changing radio stations.

Unless, of course, you're listening to the radio and, y'know, want to change stations.

Which, on the Model S, you do with the steering wheel controls. Next.

about 6 months ago


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