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  • The final cut of TMC Podcast #34 is available now with topics timestamped. We covered Tesla's rollercoaster prices, Toyota pushing junk science, Mike's new Model 3, Optimizing track mode for snow driving, FSD V11 apparently coming by the end of this week, and more. You can watch and check out the chat replay on YouTube.

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  1. UrsS

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

    I'm suspicious that the glass roof is actually cheaper to make and install than a metal roof. The metal roof has to be welded in, painted and a headliner installed after the roof is in the car. A glass roof just needs to be glued in - 1 step for glass - about 3 much more elaborated steps for...
  2. UrsS

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Looks like there is a coordinated effort by trolls/bots/Putin's minions (?) to derail this TMC thread. Let's hope they have the same success - or even less - than their army in Ukraine. Don't feed the trolls - don't feed Putin!
  3. UrsS

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

    Some thoughts about the Roadster deliveries this year: I don't think there will be a Roadster 'line' - they will be mostly hand built - probably with a Plaid or modified Plaid drive train (from Fremont). So, the Semi is right now being hand built in Nevada - but not forever. Once the Semi...
  4. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    Amazing how one Russian bot can occupy so many knowledgeable posters here. Arguing with Putin's disruptors is by definition futile. But then that is the whole purpose of the bot.
  5. UrsS

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    As far as I can see tweets amplifying Putin's agenda is pretty dangerous. After all it got us 4 years of Trump presidency and about 1/3 of the American people totally removed from reality (Big Lie, QAnon etc.) It also got us Brexit and most likely the fascist presidency in Italy, almost in...
  6. UrsS

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

    Well, to the best of my knowledge “coup de grâce” is French - not English. 🤷‍♂️
  7. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    Looks to me like eleison is a bot; AI generated debating points.
  8. UrsS

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

    I'm right and you are wrong . . . no you are right and I'm wrong . . . no I am wrong and you are wrong . . . nope I am right and you are right . . . prove it . . . no disprove it . . . no I can prove it . . . no you can't prove it . . . no I can't prove it . . . your data is wrong . . . no...
  9. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    The results are in: Wearing masks, getting vaccinated, social distancing is (at present just like in the last years) saving millions of lives worldwide.
  10. UrsS

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

    Paraphrasing: "If you repeat a lie often and loud enough people will believe it." Could this apply to the truth/facts as well?
  11. UrsS

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

    Well, Caterpillar is by no means the first one. Switzerland's electric mining dump truck charges itself - Autoblog And there is no problem charging this particular 600kwh mining truck.
  12. UrsS

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    And it got put back together by Putin; and now we see the results of that.
  13. UrsS

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

    You might be on to something. On the next Covid lockdown Tesla can be self sustaining not only in car parts but also in supplying their work force with food produced right on the premises.
  14. UrsS

    Politics - Quarantine Thread

    What I do not see discussed here is Putin's use of Twitter* to install his puppet Trump as the "Leader of The Free World". How is Elon going to prevent similar (ab)uses of the most popular platform? - - Free speech? less bots? subscription? censorship??? *This is my opinion based on my...
  15. UrsS

    Elon & Twitter

    This will be interesting when Elon lets Putin back on Twitter. Brief explanation: To me it is clear that Trump is steered/manipulated/coached by Putin and his army of thousands of psychologists, professional manipulators, political and demographic analysts etc. Putin has been very successful in...
  16. UrsS

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

    If Musk had used Twitter in the same manner as Trump (Putin) did, we would have much fewer ICE cars on the roads and a very much diminished fossil fuel industry. So perhaps Twitter is (or could be) very much involved in Tesla's mission and success - and the Stock Price 🤷‍♀️. Perhaps this is...
  17. UrsS

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Hmmm . . . sending at least 15,000 soldiers to their death in less than a month is not suicidal? Well, perhaps the individuals are not suicidal, but the ones in power seem to have no qualms having their subordinates eliminated by the thousands (millions?). And they think they are safe in their...
  18. UrsS

    Elon Musk

    Agree with the basic premise that blocking somebody from your twitter account does not show any support of 'freedom of speech'. On the other hand many of the criticism Reich voices here are either poorly researched (if at all) or just not quite true (SEC, etc). Also in my opinion (and the...
  19. UrsS

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

    May I point to the divestment movement against the South African apartheid regime that had a substantial influence on toppling the white regime. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinvestment_from_South_Africa
  20. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    On the other hand your health insurance premium will go up much more than those taxes (if they go up at all) ever will.
  21. UrsS

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

    Will this have any effect on the share price? It is a bit old. Starlink satellite forces Chinese space station to evasive maneuvers (July and October 2021). Millions of Chinese call for boycotting Tesla. China accusing the USA of violating international space treaties. (in German)...
  22. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    The question here is what is the percentage of infected unvacinated people compared to other states. Even if the vaccinate rate would be 80% there would still be 20% of the population that can get the virus and that is still a large number of sick people.
  23. UrsS

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

    If I recall correctly the UAW threw the workers of the old NUMMI* plant under the bus - totally abandoned/sacrificed them to get some deal in Detroit. Now no auto worker in Fremont want to have anything to do with the UAW. * That was the Toyota/General Motors joint venture which Tesla bought...
  24. UrsS

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

    May I suggest that Elon buy 2 republican senators with the left over proceeds of his tax sale. It appears that currently only 2 senators are needed to pass or block any legislation. This way Elon will have total control over almost any US legislation until the next 'election'. 🤷‍♀️
  25. UrsS

    Anyone have experience with Bridgestone Quiettrack tires

    Got Qiettrack on my Model 3, so far ~~ 6000 miles. About same efficiency as the original Michelins that came with the car. I had another set of tires inbetween that gave me about a 5% lower efficiency. The most striking thing about them is how much quieter they are. My Model 3 is an early one...
  26. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    Follow the money: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-4d0d18b24e0dd41de2424e19b3ed994f
  27. UrsS

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

    According to Mich McConnell there will be no bipartisan anything whatsoever.
  28. UrsS

    Wiki Butt dialing FSD purchase

    Happened to me. All of a sudden there was an $11,000 charge on my credit card from Tesla. I had no idea how this came about. Nobody else uses my cell phone and to butt dial that purchase is about as likely as Elon getting to Mars by tomorrow evening. I'm suspicious that that 'butt dialing' was...
  29. UrsS

    250000 miles on a 90D

    Very interesting. I'm curious how this continues. Please report periodically. Wish I had a battery like that one in mine (85) - it is at 84% after 8 1/2 years.
  30. UrsS

    2012 Model S P85 Battery Replacement Receipt - sharing is caring

    $22,000 for a new battery - way more expensive than driving an ICE ? There is one cost nobody her has mentioned yet: the damage caused by the CO2 from the ICE (health, climate catastrophe, air pollution damage . . .). The only study on this I saw so far (and I can't find the link any more) put...
  31. UrsS

    Difficulty swiping trip and tire pressure cards in new driving visualisation [2020]

    Touching the windshield wiper icon at the bottom row brings up that card. From there you can swipe left for tire pressure and right for the various trip miles cards.
  32. UrsS

    Yellen's idea to tax unrealized capital gains

    What about taxing every financial transaction with something like 1/100 of 1%? Deducted by the broker at the time of the transaction. You sell $10,000 of stock and you pay $1 in taxes, you buy some other stock with that $10,000 and you pay another $1 in taxes.
  33. UrsS

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

    This reminds me of the early days of nuclear power: "Electricity too cheap to measure - free for everybody . . ." Perhaps a little bit of environmental (and other) reflections prior to rushing into Chernobyl, Three Miles Island and Fukushima would have benefited a few thousand (million?) people...
  34. UrsS

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

    I'm desperately waiting for the 150kwh battery so I can tow a trailer. More efficiency in the car does not help that at all. And I have the sneaky feeling that I'm not the only one.
  35. UrsS

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

    " . . . it is the Tegra daughterboard that Tesla charges $120 for. Total cost, including labor, is closer to $400." Wait a minute. If Tesla sells the daughterboard for $120 it should cost them somewhere between $12 and $60. Normal mark-up for parts between manufacturing and end user are 100% or...
  36. UrsS

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

    True, but the Mission of Tesla (Accelerate Sustainable Energy) will be advanced considerably faster than under Moscow Mitch's rule. And that is why I hold TSLA and drive Teslas. All that money does me no good on an overheated planet.
  37. UrsS

    No wonder Elon is anxious to get Tesla Semi production ramped up

    Smog is the stuff that comes mainly out of the tailpipe of ICE vehicles. So, if there is anything coming out of the tailpipes of your trucks it is smog. So, yes these truck, no matter how 'clean' their exhaust is, they produce some smog.
  38. UrsS

    Phone App: iPhone/Android app

    No service, just regular updates. Unfortunately it might have been a year or more since I tried to unlock the car from the app. So I have no inkling as to when it stopped working.
  39. UrsS

    Phone App: iPhone/Android app

    Can't unlock the car from the app. For some time now - U do not know how ling or what version - the unlock feature is not working on my Android app any more. It connects to the car, honk, flash lights, climate, etc. work, but it does not unlock the car. I uninstalled and re-installed the app -...
  40. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    ..but we spend very little to stop this.. Really? Although I have no data to support my inkling here, but I think that the amount of money spent on an ongoing base to reduce traffic injuries and death far exceeds whatever is, has been, and will be spent on Covid-19; probably including the...
  41. UrsS

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

    Maybe late to the discussion about Elon's 'fascist' tweet, but I did a tiny bit of google search: The Alameda County sheriff’s ties to the racist far right Now add the fact that Chevron has a huge refinery in Alameda county and spends lots of money influencing local elections - there are...
  42. UrsS

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

    About AI and Stop signs: Once FSD recognizes that it should stop at an intersection weather there is a stop sign or not then I think the stop sign problem has been solved. Sort of like a reasonable driver. :)
  43. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    How believable is this? Early Antibody Testing In Chicago: 30-50% Of Those Tested For COVID-19 Already Have Antibodies, Report Says
  44. UrsS

    Market politics

    Looks like Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign.
  45. UrsS

    Sudden loss of charge amount and driving mileage.

    There is a whole tread dedicated to this - has been going on for a while: Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software
  46. UrsS

    Coronavirus

    Well, I'm so far back in reading the posts that my comments would be out of context; and this is not the "Which Health Care System Works Best" thread. But now that you ask: First let me say that I do appreciate your medical knowledge (of which I have none) your information and your intellectual...
  47. UrsS

    QuietTrack vs Avid Ascent GT vs PureContact LS tires, which is most efficient+quiet?

    Since you had 18" wheels I assume that you are driven a Model 3. I thought that the quiettracks are not available for the Model 3 yet. :confused:
  48. UrsS

    Software wishlist

    Here you can find instructions on how to get all the battery information on your car. Lots of useful info on battery life etc. Also lots of rants about Tesla's communication. Sudden Loss Of Range With 2019.16.x Software
  49. UrsS

    Software wishlist

    There is probably more information than you bargained for here. But if you read through the posts you will find how to get all the info you want from your car: Model S: Battery & Charging
  50. UrsS

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

    This is not political, it has to do with reality. A word of caution: By now we should have learned that whatever Trump says has absolutely no meaning. He can utter the exact opposite within an hour or less. He does not have any knowledge (of anything) and whatever he says and does is only for...

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