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Comment Re:It's not the FWD that are the real problem (Score 1) 132

"but they've got access to plenty of capital"

I worry about this - I think they're a crash coming, probably triggered by the collapse of the Chinese market and I don't think North Am can avoid ripple effects.
If....when....that happens, Tesla's capital sources will dry up. If they haven't launched the Model 3 by then or turned Solar City around, Elon is going to need another hair transplant.

Comment Re:It's not the FWD that are the real problem (Score 1) 132

There's another useful metric - cost of repair. Tesla isn't profitable and has enormous expenditure for their vision of electric mobility. Every dollar spent fixing something they should have gotten right on the production line is another that has to be borrowed to build the Gigafactory or Superchargers.
They're about $7 billion in the hole and still a year, at least, before their mass market car ships.

Comment It's not the FWD that are the real problem (Score 4, Interesting) 132

Most people expected those to take time to get right.
But the issues with poor build quality was simply horrendous and would have been unacceptable for cars costing well below the Model X base price.
They delayed the car by 2 years and still couldn't get it right, FFS

Comment Re:Pretty sure I read this story last decade. (Score 4, Interesting) 352


11 years without a major hurricane strike. I was pretty sure the east coast and at least NYC were supposed to be under water by now


Under the right conditions, a "major hurricane" isn't required. Have we already forgotten Hurricane Sandy, the disaster which led a respected Republican to embrace a Kenyan?
Hurricane strikes are largely luck or the lack of it.

Also, try not to be US-centric - it's called GLOBAL warming; there has been some impressive typhoons in the past few years, including one that was 1/2 the size of India - or 2.5 times the size of Texas. That was Haiyan aka Super Typhoon Yolanda which killed 10,000 Filipinos.

There's also some dispute as to whether or not we'll see more superstorms as wind shear may be exacerbated by a warming world and that should reduce the number of hurricanes.

Comment Re:KITT (Score 1) 186

"A talking car. Well, now it's my turn to be impressed. KITT, is it? What an intriguing voice. A little too much gain in your tweeter, and a slight metallic tone to your bass."
"Do you really think so?"

If TV was as explicit then as it is now, that might have been written as "just let me demonstrate some of the features of your seat and we'll see just how much gain we can get out of your tweeters"

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

"Worth noting that Autopilot was never advertised as 100% autonomous - this new system will be"

In time, not today, not this year and not next year. But this & future generations of the hardware will be capable, just awaiting the software to catch up, which will take time. Another question is just how good the earlier & existing Autopilot cars can be since they simply don't have the hardware for L5 which Elon confirmed 2 years ago.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

5 yrs seems too soon; my guess is more than 10. Cars will probably have fair-weather driving nailed within 5-10 yrs but the Northern Hemisphere gets all kinds of crazy weather and L5 cars will have to be able to cope reliably. Nine times out of 10 won't be good enough, it'll have to be more like 995 times out of 1000.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

"self driving" should not require a human at wheel. tesla requires one"

This announcement is about the hardware necessary for autonomous driving but there's a huge amount of testing & programming to get the software up to that level. And I'm reasonably certain legislators or insurers will still insist on a human behind the wheel for years after the cars are good enough.

"how about an alarm to warn driver that he has been away from wheel after a few seconds"
I believe that was implemented in a recent update & Autopilot will be disabled if the driver ignores too many warnings

"musk and tesla better learn that false advertising will get them in trouble as crashes pile up"
I think they are learning that lesson but should have been more cautious from the very beginning

Comment Re:odd--- (Score 4, Interesting) 237

Don't forget to mention.
Who work in an area where they can easily find a job elsewhere.
I bet these guys had jobs ligned up before the "bravely" quit Apple.
Rarely a whole department will quit at the same time. If the job really sucks you will see a migration where people quit over the course of months. Because normally before you quit you need an other job.
Having Apple not join open compute sounds more liike the first intent to look elsewhere. Then the reason to quit.
I expect they all just got picked up by some companies they found out they were all quitting at the same time so they used that as the reason for their exit interview.

What they did was found a new company, SnapRoute -

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