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Comment Re:Better Summary Info (Score 1) 212

In 2016, the battery pack cost is still ~$227/kWh, meaning that a 60kWh Tesla battery pack is ~$13600. The target cost for parity with ICE vehicles is $100/kWh, which is likely to happen sometime between 2025 and 2030.

This presumably assumes prices continue to fall at the current rate. However, the Gigafactory is no longer the only game in town, there are at least two or three other players in the process of spinning up battery production facilities of similar scale. Massive increased demand from not just EVs, but also residential and commercial energy storage, and eventually short-range flying electric vehicles, will drive the cost down much faster than the existing rate.

Comment I experienced this recently at Google. (Score 1) 433

My last manager at Google was a gaslighter par excellence. I filed an HR complaint, but he was a director, so they sided with him. He threatened me with a performance improvement plan in order to hold my feet to the flames to force me out of the company (my performance was great). So I quit. Sometimes you literally have no power to fix these sorts of situations. Companies that tolerate (and even protect) these types of behaviors put themselves on a self-harming trajectory.

Comment Probably because you're using AdBlock Plus (Score 1) 766

If you're using AdBlock Plus, every single page load will block until AdBlock Plus has finished running expensive regexps against the DOM. (That said, the browser really is bloated and slow, but invasive extensions like ad blockers will slow down the entire experience.) Just disabling AdBlock Plus won't necessarily speed up the browser though, because ad bloatware may slow down the browser even more than AdBlock Plus. Instead, try uBlock Origin -- it is much, much faster than AdBlock Plus, and supports all the AdBlock Plus blacklists. Your web experience will fly again.

Comment Because of Javascript (Score 1) 766

Javascript is single-threaded by design, and hitting a script tag stops all partially-completed layout and rendering until the script has been parsed, compiled and run. Hopefully things will get faster once a big chunk of the web has been rewritten in a language that compiles to WebAssembly -- but this will take at least a decade or more.

Comment Uber and Tesla both (Score 1) 383

Both Uber and Tesla have plowed headlong into creating autonomous driving technology, without engaging in rigorous formal system safety proof and testing methodologies -- and this is reckless and irresponsible. Waymo has driven over a billion miles of road in a simulator as a result of regression testing every major software update -- other companies are not apparently doing this. Waymo technology has something like eight nested failure modes of degraded performance if sensors or other hardware starts failing, and they use formal methods to provide soft proofs that these failure modes work in reliable ways. The other companies (all 50+ of them now) are simply saying, "let's just apply deep learning, it will give us super-human performance with very little effort." No.

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