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Elon Musk

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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #165 on: October 21, 2018, 07:41:40 PM »
Hahaha I've never read Machiavelli, but that sounds just like Dune (I assume the similarity was deliberate)
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #166 on: October 21, 2018, 07:55:35 PM »
Hahaha I've never read Machiavelli, but that sounds just like Dune (I assume the similarity was deliberate)

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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #167 on: October 22, 2018, 05:10:38 AM »
The interesting thing about Nicolo Machiavelli is that he was not a statesman or a ruler, or even a prince. He was a diplomat. And as it turned out, a pretty bad one.

But the particular part of The Prince that I was referring to was about how to quell the resentful population after taking over a city. When you invade a city, the people will hate you because you're an invader and you deposed their previous prince, whom they - of course - loved. So you install a governor and return to your own city. While you're away, the governor cracks down hard on any rebels and is generally a huge asshole to the people. The people come to hate him at the same time as he gets rid of any rebellious elements.

Then a year later, you return to the city and say "oh my I had no idea that this guy I installed was such a bastard!" and you execute him. And the people love you for it.

I just saw a bit of a parallel with Musk stepping aside for someone else.

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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #168 on: October 22, 2018, 10:04:28 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-musk-tunnel-20181021-story.html

Elon Musk says first tunnel for proposed underground transportation network will open in December

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In subsequent tweets Musk said there would be an opening event on the night of the 10th and free rides for the public the next day.


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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #169 on: December 19, 2018, 02:25:00 PM »

Elon Musk unveils his company’s first tunnel in Hawthorne, and it’s not a smooth ride - Los Angeles Times

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On Tuesday night, in a parking lot next to SpaceX, Musk’s Boring Co. unveiled its first tunnel — a 1.14-mile route that runs 20 to 40 feet beneath the streets of Hawthorne, through a neighborhood sandwiched between the 105 Freeway and Hawthorne Municipal Airport.
Musk had promised modified “but fully autonomous” vehicles at the unveiling, but the reality was more modest: a Tesla Model X that reached a top speed of 53 mph, manually driven by an employee who previously drove in the Indianapolis 500.

The trip through the tunnel took about two minutes, illuminated by the car’s headlights and a strip of blue neon lights tacked to the ceiling. The Model X rolled on two molded concrete shelves along the wall, which were so uneven in places that it felt like riding on a dirt road.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #170 on: December 19, 2018, 02:36:37 PM »
So it's a tiny tunnel that some guy drives you through?

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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #172 on: December 20, 2018, 05:14:34 PM »
The Tesla tunnel will do exactly what Elon Musk wanted it to do.

One day he was unhappy that he had to fight LA traffic for 45 minutes to travel a total of 12 miles (6 miles as the crow flies). He wanted to fix that.

When this is done Elon Musk will be able to travel between those two places in about 5 minutes.

Mission accomplished.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #173 on: December 21, 2018, 10:48:37 AM »
The Tesla tunnel will do exactly what Elon Musk wanted it to do.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #174 on: February 28, 2019, 08:03:18 PM »


Tesla starts charging $7,000 to add Full Self-Driving features post-delivery


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Tesla is splitting its self-driving function into two tiers -- Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability -- and charging a few thousand extra dollars for Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, Summon and other features coming out later this year.

If you buy a new Model S, Model X or Model 3 today, it's $3,000 to add Autopilot and $5,000 for Full Self-Driving Capabilities. The manufacturer says Autopilot "enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane." Meanwhile, FSD includes the ability to have your car find you anywhere in a parking lot (Summon), park on its own (Autopark), and adds the company's most robust self-driving features (Navigate on Autopilot). Later this year, Tesla expects to introduce the ability to recognize and respond to stop signs and traffic lights, and auto-navigate city streets.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #175 on: March 01, 2019, 12:08:22 AM »
An attempt at freemium that does not understand the core of how it works.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #176 on: April 09, 2019, 02:39:16 PM »


Tesla's Sentry Mode has already caught a suspected car thief


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San Francisco-based Jed Franklin received an alert on his phone informing him that Sentry Mode had been activated. On arriving at his vehicle, he found that the window had been broken, but that the perp had fled empty-handed. Franklin then downloaded the video captured by Sentry Mode, which had recorded a clear image of the suspect's face and license plate number. He turned it over to the police, who were able to make an arrest.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #177 on: April 09, 2019, 06:35:48 PM »
Makes it sound like an autobot tried to break into the car.

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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #178 on: April 10, 2019, 11:57:47 AM »
An attempt at freemium that does not understand the core of how it works.

I’m not sure I understand what you mean by this.
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Re: Elon Musk, love him or hate him
« Reply #179 on: April 10, 2019, 12:19:43 PM »
An attempt at freemium that does not understand the core of how it works.

I’m not sure I understand what you mean by this.

TLDR: I'm not surprised you didn't understand. It wasn't understandable.

I was mostly thinking about other posts related to value. In this case was flirting with the difference between freemium software and crippleware. Freemium apps like Slack or LastPass have a robust product with solid features and performance for free. If you need access to more advanced feature sets you can pay for those. A small number of paying customers make those products profitable. Crippleware is software that teases core features, or watermarks the outputs, or limits file sizes, etc.. It isn't really functional unless you pay for it.

Without breaking down the ideas into anything that clear I slotted the advanced safety features into "crippleware" in my vague thoughts, with some sense that freemium would make more sense as a business model. It wasn't a coherent thought. First, physical products don't map well to software because physical products (almost) never reach zero marginal cost. Second, the base level feature set for Teslas is a robust product with a solid feature set.
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