The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit.
Okay, so we debunked this silly argument back in 2006 (and again in 2008), but it appears to be back again now that the net neutrality battle is heating up: it’s the idea that because we have CDNs, the internet has never been neutral.
Researchers at Harvard Business School call this the “red sneakers effect”. In a study published by The Journal of Consumer Research they note that professors dressed less formally at academic events as they gained higher status. Students also perceived unshaven, devil-may-care professors as more knowledgeable than ones in a dress shirt and tie. These mildly rebellious signals are powerful in a culture that has long emphasized conformity as the road to social acceptance. “Instead of showing you can afford to spend money,” the authors explain, “you’re showing you can afford to spend your social capital… You’re saying, I’m so autonomous and successful that I can afford to dress in a non-conforming way.”
The way we signal status has also changed. Especially in business, success isn’t just about looking wealthy, but about looking different. A lot rides on the perspective of the viewer. Not everyone will look favorably on red sneakers in a professional setting. At a recent business-school symposium at which a professor wore red converse sneakers, executives who also owned a pair of eccentric shoes granted the professor higher professional status than those who didn’t.
But besides science, there’s also common sense. Any intense exercise comes with the risk of injury—perhaps especially one that has Pukey as its mascot. And if you dive into CrossFit after not working out for a while, you’re probably particularly prone to breaking something or worse. Even the CrossFit founder acknowledges—and celebrates—this. “It can kill you,” he once told the New York Times. “I’ve always been completely honest about that.” Whether he likes it or not, the science only seems to back him up.
“Become an anti-disciplinarian. We use the word “anti-disciplinary” at the MIT Media Lab. We want people who both break the boundaries of disciplines and can move seamlessly between them. Worldviews and frameworks are so different between the traditional disciplines that practitioners have a difficult time talking to each other. The anti-disciplinarian has a global worldview that means you can translate what you learn from one discipline into another. That means you can pull together insights and translate them usefully for others. As disciplines keep changing and reinventing themselves, and as the world gets more connected, being able to move seamlessly between these different languages becomes increasingly important.”—How to thrive in a world where change is constant | ideas.ted.com (via vanderwal)
Glenn Greenwald talks to WIRED in a candid interview about the importance of the most recent Snowden leak, the liklihood that there is a second leaker, and why the government asked him to not “name names”.
“This belief implicates a difficult and important question of religion and moral philosophy, namely, the circumstances under which it is wrong for a person to perform an act that is innocent in itself but that has the effect of enabling or facilitating the commission of an immoral act by another,” he writes. “Arrogating the authority to a binding national answer to this religious and philosophical question, HHS and the principal dissent in effect tell the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed. For good reason, we have repeatedly refused to take such a step.”
In the case syllabus, the majority points to the moral and theological questions involved and writes: “It is not for the Court to say that the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs are mistaken or unreasonable.”
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over
There’s a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It’s a design bug woven into people’s identities and sense of self-worth. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it does and should be fixed before it gets any worse.
Other phone cameras may have bigger sensors or more megapixels, but the iPhone’s combination of reliable image processing, speedy performance, and vast selection of editing apps have made it the choice of countless photographers
This year’s event restored my faith in big ideas that can profoundly affect the world. It is a place that can nurture ideas that are only half grown and need to be developed. Ideas might be worth spreading but first they need to be incubated in a safe environment.
GOP Representative Bob Latta’s legislation would limit the FCC’s authority in its current net neutrality proceeding.
Latta said in a statement. “At a time when the Internet economy is thriving and driving robust productivity and economic growth, it is reckless to suggest, let alone adopt, policies that threaten its success,”
Economic success from the Internet stems from whats on the Internet, not the infrastructure of the Internet, and certainly not from the last mile providers at which Net Neutrality is aimed.
In fact, you could argue that it’s happened in spite ofthem.
TWC, Comcast, Verizon and the others used public tax money to build out infrastructure in exchange for what is largely a government granted monopoly. In other words, they’re a utility. They’re just not governed like one.
To put Bob Latta’s statement into a local context, it’s as absurd as someone saying that Florida Power & Light is responsible for the new jobs Grumman just announced.
9 years ago, the Supreme Court decided that your local broadband providers are “information services” and not “telecommunications providers”. It was a silly argument in 2005, but its even more nonsensical in 2014 when most of our telecommunications takes place over these so called “information services”. On top of it, the Internet has gone on to become a necessity for both businesses and families alike — you can’t even sign up for the health insurance that the government forces you to buy without it.
Here’s a brick and mortar metaphor…
Imagine if all roads were tax payer funded but run by a private company. That private company was the only one in the area allowed to ‘own’ the roads. On top of it, that company was also allowed to own and operate businesses along those roads. Dry cleaners, grocery stores, gas stations. Whatever.
One day, the road company decides that even though they’re charging drivers a monthly fee to access all the roads, they’re going to decrease the speed limit in route to their competitors to 15mph. Unless, that is, their competitors start paying them a percentage of their earnings.
Everyone in their right mind would call it for what it is. Extortion.
Cable companies face their first real legitimate threat in Netflix, and now they’re all lowering the speed in which their own paying customers can access Netflix. Unless, of course, their competitor pays them each an additional fee. Meanwhile, the ever increasing number of cable channels, which runs over the same tax payer subsidized infrastructure, is more accessible than ever before, and left completely unhampered.
The Internet works because anyone, anywhere can create something and compete globally with very little startup costs. It’s the only real industry left where the little guy routinely kicks the big guys ass and we reap massive economic rewards because of it.
The end result of all of this could very well be massive artificial barriers to entry in what is otherwise the closest thing to a functioning free market the world has ever known. Certainly the only global one.
This hit home in many ways. Once or twice a month, someone goes out of their way to tell me how much they loved and/or miss Emurse.com. It was absolutely the right decision to sell, but it was such a cliche experience in many ways.
Really makes me happy to hear that Yahoo sold back the domain. We tried with Emurse but we just couldn’t reach an agreement. Too many lawyers charging too many fees, I guess.