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  1. AndreN

    What are your thoughts on Andrew Yang?

    In the recent debate his response to climate change included "We are too late. We are 10 years too late." and made it clear he thinks his Universal Basic Income proposal is more important. He said the same thing back in April when he was in Des Moines, and several people dressed as penguins...
  2. AndreN

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Not sure that's bad news. They're likely aiming for max gross margin on S/X. Running double shifts costs overtime, so they make less per car output.
  3. AndreN

    Articles re Tesla—Fact or Fiction?

    This article has some decent analysis of the issue (er, non-issue).
  4. AndreN

    Articles re Tesla—Fact or Fiction?

    Dana Hull should win some kind of award for this Bloomberg article headline (assuming she wrote it). The actual news of course is the release of the $35k Model 3. Somehow that didn't end up in the headline. Musk Pledges Belt-Tightening as Tesla Cuts Prices, Warns of Loss In my mind, that...
  5. AndreN

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    EVNow said: ↑ So, then what will they do ?
  6. AndreN

    Tesla, TSLA & the Investment World: the Perpetual Investors' Roundtable

    Side windows in cars are tempered glass. Tempered glass is under self-tension, making it stronger than regular glass, until you actually apply enough force to break it. Breaking any part of a pane of tempered glass causes the entire pane to shatter almost instantly into hundreds of small pieces.
  7. AndreN

    Deloitte: Automakers may have completely overestimated how many people want electric cars

    In case you missed it... CleanTechnica analysis of Deloitte report
  8. AndreN

    Delivery Experiences at the Bellevue, WA store?

    My current experience is mixed. In the past they've been great fixing whatever issues my Model S had. Last weekend I'd scheduled my Model 3 (dual motor non-perf) pickup for Wednesday morning. Tuesday afternoon Tesla called and said the car wasn't in yet and moved the appointment to Thursday...
  9. AndreN

    Articles re Tesla—Fact or Fiction?

    If I were Elon, I'd find out which supplier leaked this, second-source whatever they were supplying me from someone else, then cancel their contract and never do business with them again. Given Elon's personality, I suspect he's going to do exactly that.
  10. AndreN

    "Space Force" branch of the military created

    There seems to be some disagreement as to whether Trump can order the creation of a new armed forces branch. The constitution says congress holds the power to raise and support armies. See article: link
  11. AndreN

    General Discussion: 2018 Investor Roundtable

    One problem here that the article doesn't mention is that it takes more energy to reverse any chemical reaction than was released by the forward reaction. In other words, burning some hydrocarbon fuel releases energy plus CO2 and water. Reversing that reaction to recreate the fuel requires...
  12. AndreN

    Elon Musk

    A rather negative article from The Seattle Times' Jon Talton about Elon: link If anyone wants to respond to Jon (politely pointing out how he's mistaken), you can email him at jtalto[email protected] . There are also online comments after the article but since I don't have an account, I can't...
  13. AndreN

    General Discussion: 2018 Investor Roundtable

    This older tweet may have been the origin of the mason jar thing. Caution: TheOnion article has strong language. Elon Musk on Twitter
  14. AndreN

    Frozen handle and windows.

    Turns out solar power did the trick, mostly. Just waited this morning until things warmed up a bit. The window was able to blip down when I opened the door and back up when I closed it, but the manual switch to make the window go up/down wasn't doing anything. I shoved down on the window...
  15. AndreN

    Frozen handle and windows.

    Need to be careful pouring hot water on a freezing cold window. My dad did that when I was a kid and cracked the windshield. My Model S window decided to freeze today. I stupidly yanked the door open but then couldn't close it while inside the car since the glass hits the brightwork. Can't...
  16. AndreN

    BMW i5... again?

    NEDC range, so about 300 miles EPA range. Basically playing catch-up with Tesla. Well, except this is a concept and you can actually buy a Tesla.
  17. AndreN

    Clicking "read full article" button on a blog post page fails

    Thanks, it's working for me now. Sorry about not listing the actual link. Chad's article was the one, but I also saw the issue with the "Welcome to TMC" blog post in this Site Feedback section, but that's working today as well.
  18. AndreN

    Clicking "read full article" button on a blog post page fails

    Specifically, it opens up a new browser tab, but instead of showing the blog post, it just navigates to the main TMC page. This is happening both on the Microsoft Edge browser and on Internet Explorer 11. (Sorry, don't have any other browsers installed to test with.) Am I the only one seeing...
  19. AndreN

    2017 Investor Roundtable:General Discussion

    OK, this is the second time you've used ROFWSIG, and Google has never heard of it. Can you explain what it means?
  20. AndreN

    Nuclear power

    Two bits of not-so-good nuclear news I ran into this week. 1. Three Mile Island is shutting down. They couldn't sell their future power at a profit. 2. Broadcom is bidding on Toshiba's NAND flash business. How is this related to nuclear power? Toshiba is essentially being forced to sell a...
  21. AndreN

    Elon Musk

  22. AndreN

    Citizens Renewable Energy Fund

    A couple companies have done or are doing something similar to this. Solar Mosaic previously crowdfunded solar installations. Small investors would contribute to have a solar project built for a school for example. Then the profits from the electricity generated would pay back that cost over...
  23. AndreN

    2017 Investor Roundtable:General Discussion

    I guess they don't realize those fuel cell vehicles are also BEVs since they use electric motors to move and have batteries for extra propulsion on acceleration. The fuel cell is just an expensive range extender. Edit: should have said "inefficient and expensive range extender".
  24. AndreN

    2017 Investor Roundtable:General Discussion

    I find green harder to read. I've skipped reading many previous posts with green text because it wasn't worth it to try to read it. If you want to quote something, the existing quote block works OK for me: Left square bracket followed by QUOTE="the internet" (or whatever the source is)...
  25. AndreN

    Which actress should I name my Model 3 after?

    Carmen Electra, obviously...
  26. AndreN

    Sliding down menu bar makes me dizzy

    I'm on Win10/IE11 and if I use the mouse wheel or the down arrow to scroll down, the menu bar alternates between dropping and hiding again on each mousewheel detent or down arrow.
  27. AndreN

    Will Donald Trump's denial of scientific fact affect Tesla?

    No, it is entirely possible, because it is exactly what happened. A Republican election official looked into it and could not find a single person in those precincts that had voted for Romney. Source: What’s behind fears of voter fraud?
  28. AndreN

    Short-Term TSLA Price Movements - 2016

    Looking at Florida election results, looks like Amendment 1, the power industry-sponsored, ironically named "solar energy choice" amendment which would have actually limited rooftop solar, will lose, only getting about 51% of the vote when it needed 60% to pass. Hey, at least I found one piece...
  29. AndreN

    Maximum Solar Capability to Convert Electeicity

    Shockley–Queisser limit - Wikipedia
  30. AndreN

    Short-Term TSLA Price Movements - 2016

    Favorite comment from the bozo on Marketwatch's live blog of the results: "We have results, and it appears to be profits. That can’t be right, double checking."
  31. AndreN

    Scientists Accidentally Convert CO2 into Ethanol

    Burning, say, ethanol and producing CO2 is an exothermic reaction. We get energy out of it. To reverse the reaction requires putting at least that amount of energy back in. The other problem, activation energy, or extra energy required to make the reaction happen at all (to get over the...
  32. AndreN

    Overall, which do you prefer? 7.1 or 8.0?

    Why I voted for 7.1 in three words - "8.0 media player".
  33. AndreN

    The Volkswagen I.D. Is The Electric Future Of Compact Cars With A 373 Mile Range

    Exactly. 373 miles seems to convert to a round 600km. Probably closer to 500 in reality. Maybe it'll go 300 miles.
  34. AndreN

    Climate Change / Global Warming Discussion

    It's 99% from CO2, 1% from the waste heat itself. From Wikipedia: "waste heat flux...accounted for only 1% of the energy flux created by anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
  35. AndreN

    Volkswagen Is Ordered to Recall Nearly 500,000 Vehicles Over Emissions Software

    Just spotted this news article: Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in US emissions probe Looks like this is the first person from VW to be criminally charged. The engineer in question has apparently entered a plea deal and is cooperating with the government.
  36. AndreN

    Launch Pad Explosion during Static Test Fire - Sept 1 2016

    Oxygen, liquid or gaseous, is not itself "flammable". Oxygen is what allows other things to be flammable (for combustion to occur). But yes, liquid oxygen can make anything flammable burn extremely quickly. Search YouTube for "barbecue liquid oxygen" (link). Someone pours liquid oxygen on a...
  37. AndreN

    Study says fuel taxes are the best way to encourage sales of greener cars

    Funny thing here is, as much as I might like to blame Republicans for this, I just looked up the Washington state House and Senate bills (HB 2660, SB 6455, year 2011-2012) and all the sponsors for the bills appear to be Democrats. I didn't look to see who sponsored the recent bill to raise the...
  38. AndreN

    New invention to increase range of Teslas

    It sounds like she's saying the 70% greater range comes from the ability to remove the liquid cooling and make the cells that much larger. But that means the pack would cost more, not less, since it would have 70% more cell material to produce 70% more kWh of capacity. Is there some reason her...
  39. AndreN

    Some details of new battery at WSJ article

    18650 cells are 18mm x 65mm. No idea why WSJ is calling them 18/650. No one does that. Also the 21/70 would be called 21700. From Wikipedia: "The larger rechargeable cells are typically assigned five-digit numbers, where the first two digits are the (approximate) diameter in millimeters...
  40. AndreN

    German Der Spiegel sensationalist headline

    Here's the Der Spiegel article: link For some reason Google translate only translates a short portion of the article, so here's the Microsoft translate version which does the whole thing: link
  41. AndreN

    Loss of Gas Tax Revenue For Roads

    There's a list of the 10 states that charge EV fees here. Though I think Washington state's full EV fee moved up to $150 on July 1.
  42. AndreN

    Fact Checking and Truth Squading media articles on Tesla

    There's already a thread on this topic - Articles re Tesla - Fact or Fiction?
  43. AndreN

    SolarCity (SCTY)

    Are there any options experts around? Since this deal is a buyout via stock, not cash, this website (link) says things work differently, namely: All-Stock Offer With an all-stock merger, the number of shares covered by a call option is changed to adjust for the value of the buyout. The options...
  44. AndreN

    EV Transit Buses - NEED HELP!

    King County (Seattle area) Metro is currently testing electric buses. Here's an article with some details about range, efficiency, and cost savings: link
  45. AndreN

    Massless Energy Charger

    So, if anyone can apply the technology, why hasn't anyone? A simple way to get free energy? Why haven't you built such a device yet?
  46. AndreN

    SolarCity (SCTY)

    Q1 of every year for SCTY is a down quarter. Last year they dropped from 176MW to 153MW Q4'14-Q1'15 (link). Hard to install lots of solar panels during winter.
  47. AndreN

    On board generator

    Teslas already have a generator onboard - it's the motor. When you let of the accelerator, instead of the motor being fed electricity to move the car forward, the car's momentum is used to spin the motor and generate some electricity to recharge the battery a bit. It also creates a lot of drag...
  48. AndreN

    Why I try not to argue online

    My favorite part about correcting someone's provably false statements online is when my comment containing verified facts (with source listed) gets thumbed down by people. I can almost hear them saying "I reject your reality and substitute my own!"
  49. AndreN

    Is This a Scam?

    I can tell you that Jason Calacanis is a real person, an angel investor who bought the first two Model S's (Sig 1 and 2). Apparently he gave away the second one in a contest Delivered: Model S Sig #1 - Jason Calacanis. And your link seems to be pointing to his blog site (posts there go back...

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