* Posts by DainB

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

I don't have issues with San Francisco team when they do proper reporting on IT news.

What I do have issues with is when they start substituting reporting with thinly veiled propaganda and trying misrepresent memo by using terms "trash diversity manifesto", "controversial bro-grammer", "scatterbrain screed", "inflammatory claims" and so on.

If I want to read opinion pieces disguised as journalism Goebbels style I will go to HuffPost.

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controversial bro-grammer ?

Is there a way to filter out all SJW insanity that comes from San Francisco based The Register team ?

Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Last name on the list is not likely to be Russian

Vladimir Venkov ?

If you read last name as VEnkov it'll be Bulgarian, if you read it VenkOv it'll be Russian, but considering that Vladimir is not a popular first name in Bulgaria he is Russian.

Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Re: But why didn't Google decide to simply kill off the company?

"From what I have seen it appears that Uber is banking on using self driving cars in the future and are just keeping those pesky human drivers around until then."

With self driving cars or not Uber will be just an app. What proprietary technology do you think would stop say Lyft from buying self-driving cars and offer exactly the same service once self driving car technology reaches general availability and proper car manufacturers start mass producing them ?

Uber's bet is that they can be first to make self driving cars technology work and sell it to someone for lots of money.

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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Re: "So someone decided use different battery size for Model 3 "

"It's unavoidable when the technology is evolving."

What are you even talking about, what exactly you think is evolving there ? Same batteries of same size are used in electric scooters and bikes all over the China and rest of the world for years, in fact whole Gigafactory is an old semi-manual battery assembly line moved from China to Nevada in exchange to some US Govt credits for Panasonic and Tesla after Panasonic upgraded China factory.

Making battery larger without changing anything else is not an evolution.

Changing crucial part of car you're making while you could simply use Model S compatible batteries is a lunacy that cost 2.2bn a year in losses.

But look - car in space ! Pfft.

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Re: "So someone decided use different battery size for Model 3 "

The real problem is some dimwit thought that it's a good idea to have different battery packs for different Tesla models, the only compromise there is with common sense.

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So someone decided use different battery size for Model 3 and now Gigafactory can't produce enough of them ?

Who would have thought.

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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Re: The folly of individuals notwithstanding...

"IIRC, this means they charge you an arm and a leg in interest from the date of the transaction."

That arm and leg is roughly about 2% a month for your average credit card.

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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L-shape

You can't arrange server racks in L-shape and arrangement have nothing to do with hanging cables.

Calling BS on this one.

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: Improbable

"As for 5V being too low to cause a current surge, have you ever used an arc welder?"

On a PCI bus ?

No.

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Re: Improbable

Me

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Re: Improbable

"Please keep away from hardware design."

I'm mostly writing autopilot software for self-driving cars these days, much easier and safer than designing hardware.

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Re: Improbable

Or he might as well have been testing his 8-segment indicator driver with 220V AC, or as many idiotic scenarios as you can imagine trying to prove your point, but none of them change the fact that it is improbable that short circuit on PCI bus can turn PC into "either glowing, or smoking, or both."

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Re: Improbable

And ? How is that contradicts what I said ?

Hint: your power supply might be able deliver 70A but those 2 mm wide and few microns thick power lines on PCB won't be able to pass them without melting. And that where your roasting typically ends.

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Re: Improbable

How about you explain me how short circuit inside 5V powered chip caused "power surge".

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Re: Improbable

Power socket on your wall can deliver much more and yet on some reason it does not burn down your house every time you plug something into it.

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Improbable

There's nothing in PC, modern or 30 years old, that could have caused this.

OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks

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Re: Are European cards vulnerable?

Only if they try to use card online. If it's over the phone, say hotel booking, it will still likely go through.

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: Fascinating

Well, the world was created by a rainbow serpent if you believe everything Aboriginals say, so it's a very valid suggestion.

How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

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Re: @ Credas

Softether

Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: And here I was, sitting around

"but if there are bodies doing the same job, with the same effective seniority and skills, they should be paid the same. Period."

You would never find two salaried male employees who have same age, exactly the same skills and paid exactly the same even within one team of company, let alone company-wide, so why do you expect different rules should apply to women ?

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"The best ISP sysadmin I have worked with is woman."

Well, you probably need to change your work if that's true.

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The third option is to hire best person to do the job.

Which means there won't be any women in IT at all.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: AMD not vulnerable

Probably made a mistake while copying Intel microcode.

Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

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Re: Sad

Space X is a private company, until it goes public it you can't pump share price with public stunts.

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Get Musk to bullshit about normal tunnel and it will instantly became cheaper, greener and with solar panels slapped on top. Does it really matter what you bullshit about something you don't plan to deliver ?

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Re: Sad

Musk is an entertainer. Like kardashians. No one knows what they do but most know their names.

Business case here is to regularly create buzz about bullshit projects and pump up the only asset associated with Musk, his Tesla shares.

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Why is it called loop

if it only goes straight line ?

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Re: Check and mate

"Facebook wants you to eat food and drink water."

Oh, we've got mentally disabled mental acrobat here. That's cute.

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Did it pass Facebook test ?

You know that anything Facebook wants is bad for you by definition.

Facebook wants Net Neutrality.

(predicting incoming swarms of mental acrobats trying to prove that either one or both of these statements are false).

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

May I leave it to you to figure out why wood which is 4 times as energy dense as TNT does not produce same result when it is releasing all that energy ?

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

Because it is simply not possible.

"cheap, safe, long-lasting batteries" and "much more range in their electric vehicles" are two mutually exclusive things as range requires nothing else but higher energy density. Or lower power consumption. Or more batteries.

If you try even triple energy density of Li-Ion battery (0.875MJ/kg x 3) you're right next to gunpowder which has energy density of 3 MJ/kg. If you want increase it 5 times you're now in TNT territory (4.6 MJ/kg).

Would you prefer car that can do half the range or the one that goes further but literally has 500Kg of TNT under your ass ?

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Re: Not worrying about the future of the planet

"Care to explain why someone who is obviously going to buy an Electric car is NOT caring about the future of the planet?"

After you explain where's electricity for your car will be coming from.

Hint: it's not wind and solar.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"Cough cough solar city bailout..."

Lyndon Rive is the co-founder of SolarCity and served as its CEO until 2017. SolarCity; a provider of clean energy services that designs, finances, and installs photovoltaic systems, performs energy-efficiency audits, and retrofits and builds charging stations for electric vehicles. Rive co-founded SolarCity with his brother Peter in 2006.

Rive is a cousin of SolarCity investor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, and their mothers are twins.

That's all you need to know about SolarCity bailout.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"If you are going to give examples of failure, at least give examples of failure. I think everything you mentioned is actually still in progress."

Ok, you've asked for it, it's all a google search away if you want to check yourself.

"Gigafactory - production ramping up."

Really ? Why Tesla bought batteries for South Australia "thing" from Samsung only 3 months ago ? Regardless of that Gigafactory is just an old Panasonic equipment from Beijing factory and does not look anything like it was promised to be.

"Hyperloop - people starting to build prototypes."

Google Maglev Loop for a starter. There's no prototypes. There's nothing whatsoever. There's even no Hyperloop One company thatt is working on it, it's all once a week conference call.

"Powerwell - installations going on around the world. Related - Pueta Rico and the Australian thing that just went online."

Try to place order one for a starter. They don't exist.

"Solar Shingles - early days, but still going and a great idea."

Oh you don't know that SolarCity was owned by Musk's cousin and that's exactly why it was "bought" out on a verge of bankruptcy, do you ?

"Constellation/Global Broadband (same thing) - Two prototype satellites going up early next year."

Ahaha. 4500 satellites over 5 years - you can figure out how many car sized satellites need to be launched every day to reach that number yourself.

"Boring Company - currently building a test tunnel."

14 metres long using old sewer drilling rig he bought for cheap. He needs it to channel all bullshit from Tesla office.

"Model 3 production ramping as we speak."

Right... all 262 of them, assembled manually.

"SpaceX - undercutting its competitors by a considerable margin and now launches about half the worlds satellites. "

Again marketing garbage from Musk, you don't even know that there's two different Falcon 9, one that can return and one that can actually deliver some load to the orbit and they're still no competitor to Chinese and Russians.

Look, I understand it's not what Musk wants you to know when he mumbles another bullshit from the stage but you can figure that out yourself.

Problem is you don't want to.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"... also not leaving anything remarkable for the future generations, either"

So same as Musk then ? Fine with me.

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Re: Overstretch

Tesla Roadster was designed long before Musk joined board of directors.

Go read Wikipedia or something and try harder next time.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"He's built three billion-dollar-plus companies in a row, all starting from nothing, and all of which have been highly successful at disrupting " blah blah blah

None of which turned single cent of profit.

"What's *your* record?"

Not burning through 600 millions of investor dollars a quarter.

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Re: Overstretch

"In your desperate bid to pick an argument, you've assumed that I was saying that they didn't use any external suppliers, which (if you go back and read it) was not correct."

I'm just pointing quite obvious fact that Tesla Inc does not have any unique technology and just assembles cars from third party components. And doing it poorly.

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Re: Overstretch

"You know, South African bloke, he was one of the founders of Tesla Motors, name escapes me."

Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, neither is South African.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

Oh, so no one remembers Hyperloop, Powerwall, Global Broadband Constellation, Gigafactory, Solar shingles, Boring company anymore ? All of them are failures. SpaceX is nowhere not close to claimed performance and price per launch, only 1 out of 3 landed first stages were reused, no one knows how much left from original engines. Model S can't make any money with price tag of 100K+, Model 3 manufacturing can't even be started.

The only thing Musk managed to do right is to hold on to PayPal shares after he was kicked out from CEO position by PayPal founders.

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Re: Overstretch

Let me fix it for you

"So not content with building the cars completely from scratch,"

Tesla as a company does not have anything to do with Musk, neither did first Tesla Roadster.

Fremont factory is an old assembly line of GM and Toyota closed in 2009 and sold to Tesla.

Chassis is developed by Lotus.

Electric motor is from Taiwanese Fukuta.

Batteries are from Panasonic (yes, Gigafactory ones will be as well, if it ever starts production).

Controller is from Chinese manufacturer of electric buses, can't be bothered to look it up now, BDY ?

What did you say was built from scratch there ?

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Re: Nothing to worry then

Except Steve Jobs actually delivered something and almost always on time and built most profitable company in the world.

What's the track record of Elon Musk ?

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"Before the downvotes come flooding in, I have a Model 3 reservation and am looking forward to driving it sometime in 2019."

Downvoted, you deserve it for not caring about future of this planet.

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