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Comment Windows Refrigerator Features (Score 1) 178

1. It will crash and your food will spoil.
2. You will get calls requesting your SSN and bank details from people with Indian and Russian accents saying they are from Microsoft support and you have a virus.
3. You will need to double click on the door handle to open it.
4. You will have to pay $300 a year to subscribe to fresh food.
5. The camera will send pictures of you in your underwear at 2 AM to Microsoft for quality improvement.
6. You will need to subscribe to virus protection for your refrigerator. ... I can't wait!

Comment Re: No surprise here (Score -1) 212

PowerShell is M$'s "replacement' for the Command Prompt. ...or at least that was the idea. Someone spent a whole bunch of time to take the broken M$ command prompt and make it Object Oriented. So instead of just writing a little script, which you essentially can't do in Windows because Batch is almost useless, you create objects. I write software for a living... have used everything from IBM Mainframe assembler to C++, Java, and you name it ... and I played with it for a couple of hours once and found it not worth my time to figure out how to use it. It was complicated and ... like everything else M$ ... it worked if you got it right and generated nonsense messages if you didn't. I hated it ... Fortunately 'exit' still works. ...not quite sure how one determines when it is broken.

Comment Re:Sweet (Score 2, Insightful) 286

This made me laugh. Having written programs in most of the languages living people have heard of, Perl is the one language I can write something in and 15 minutes later can't figure out what it does! I always called Perl the perfect write only language.

Having said that... I could write a Perl program in 5 lines that I would spend HOURS trying to figure out how to do in just about anything else. ... but if it's obscure I better add a comment to say what it is supposed to do. Because given problem 'x' I would be like 'I can do it like this' but a year later with no context it's ... 'What the hell is this supposed to do??? It's worse if it involved Perl's RegEx extensions and you don't remember what the incoming string contains. Just looking at the line makes you want to jump off of a bridge instead of trying to parse it in your head.

Comment Re:So it's useless in the real world. (Score 1) 80

Why do we cave to people who want to use ancient unsupported stuff? Microsoft does not even support this stuff any more, and it's only used in places like banks where some idiot is in charge of IT and insists on 'standardizing' on something that is unsupported and a security nightmare. I support a VERY large application that is designed for Fortune 500 companies, and we simply tell them old IE is unsupported because it is not HTML5 compliant. Use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. We get one second of pushback until they fire up IE and the page looks like crap and EVERY OTHER BROWSER renders perfectly. Then they install a real browser and I no longer need to support garbage. We just removed Flash support in the most recent version, and nobody noticed.

People use IE because they THINK it's the standard browser. as soon as they see that it is fundamentally broken, they switch.

Comment Re:Tone (Score 1) 162

Bear in mind that quite a bit of Tesla profits are going into the Gigafactory, which is going to make them the largest producer of batteries in the world. So the cost for batteries for them go WAY down, and they can sell batteries to other companies for a profit. This is a big part of their plan. Their cars get cheaper to manufacture if they don't have to buy their batteries from third parties at a premium because they are sucking up a HUGE part of the market. If I want 70% of the batteries in the world, and others want those batteries, the battery manufacturer is going to charge me a premium for eating such a huge chunk of their capacity. ... and even more if they know I am using my profits to eventually compete with them. Also, if I am a battery manufacturer I want to please LOTS of customers, so while I like the idea of selling lots of batteries to one guy, it costs me customers. If I am a Lithium mine operator, I don't care. My customers are middle men. If I can sell everything I can mine to one guy and my life gets simpler. I don't care if it hurts some other middleman.

The Gigafactory is going to change the economy of scale for Tesla.

Comment Range Anxiety (Score 1) 162

My brother in law has a Model S, and he has never had problems with range anxiety. He lives in southern England (Kent) and travels to London and Peterborough frequently and says it isn't a problem. From my point of view living in Southern Florida, there are charging stations all up I75 and Across the I10, so I could visit my parents in Houston without an issue. We have driven there several times, and we stop in the gas stations and truck stops and usually spend 20 minutes or so getting drinks, hitting the restroom, or grabbing a sandwich, so the charging time would not be a huge issue. Maybe a slight inconvenience if I have to waste another 10 or 15 minutes, but for the fuel savings I would gladly do it.

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