Elon Musk

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100% electric does not solve our problems, but yeah, cars for rich people (currently subsidized in many US states by a wealth transfer to rich people) _definitely_ doesn't solve our problems.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 9 September 2019 18:41 (eight months ago) link

My impression is that having as much of the global economy's energy needs supplied by electricity as possible is the most viable path to weaning us off fossil fuels. Personal vehicles as a method of transportation are terrible at efficiency, but getting people to stop loving their cars is going to be massively difficult. By comparison, getting them to adopt EVs will be child's play.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 September 2019 19:44 (eight months ago) link

getting them to adopt EVs will be child's play.

this is going to happen v fast, with any luck. Given that the average lifespan of a car is 10 years, it's conceivable we see a massive shift within a decade.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:54 (eight months ago) link

This is pretty good news on that front: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2019/09/09/teslas-lab-secrets-talking-about-20-year-lithium-ion-battery/

DJI, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:09 (eight months ago) link

Interesting they mention Sl_lSI partners in that. I’ve met them and they know a lot about finance and a a lot about wishful thinking but stuff all about battery chemistry. Basically they will invest in battery projects that meet their IRR requirements, preferably where someone else is holding the risk.

There are 20 year lithium batteries today. Toshiba Lithium Titanate cells should get you there at a (very high) price. It all comes down to whether the Tesla team can scale that chemistry and electrode structure in a cost effective way. This is probably a when, not if, but when is a long time where battery tech is concerned.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:47 (eight months ago) link


mookieproof, Monday, 16 September 2019 16:05 (eight months ago) link

what a defense!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 16 September 2019 16:08 (eight months ago) link

You don't understand, "Mr Unsworth is a pedo guy" is the name of my dog!

nickn, Monday, 16 September 2019 16:35 (eight months ago) link

just some guys he does pranks with

Mitch C. Palace (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:12 (eight months ago) link

I see what u did there

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 September 2019 17:12 (eight months ago) link

In determining my guilt or innocence the court must consider my frame of reference, which is whatever I say it is, because there is no way to corroborate my assertions.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:40 (eight months ago) link

Any Major Afrikaner Will Tell You

... (Eazy), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:43 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...


let it be clear that "pedo guy" is a known insult among south african youth and not meant to be taken literally

also, Elon hired some scammer out of the UK who randomly offered to dig up dirt on pedo guy for $50K. he will, unfortunately, not be continuing the investigation as our prospective detective is currently in prison

mh, Friday, 4 October 2019 20:31 (seven months ago) link

Elon Musk's deposition in the "pedo guy" defamation lawsuit is one of the most revealing windows into the way Elon Musk's brain works. I don't necessarily encourage you to dive in, but here are some highlights if you're curious: https://t.co/I12CnQWndG

— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) October 8, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 21:51 (seven months ago) link

He seemed suspicious.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 21:56 (seven months ago) link

hope musks heart explodes from all the ching some day soon

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 22:01 (seven months ago) link

Here's a great idea! Instead of thoroughly testing this feature, which would probably delay its release for months, if not a year or two, let's just release it and let our customers play around with it using their own vehicles. They'll tell us where are the problems are, then we can fix them!

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:42 (seven months ago) link

move fast and dent things

El Tomboto, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:31 (seven months ago) link

some of these people just lack the MP

Tart Prepper (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:28 (seven months ago) link


Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 06:07 (seven months ago) link


NEWS Giant penis frog didn’t have a giant penis after all (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 06:19 (seven months ago) link

that is not safe for life

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Thousands of pages of internal documents and testimony show that the CEO’s promises about SolarCity were misleading or false.


mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:31 (six months ago) link

that shit was obvs so shady

lag∞n, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:14 (six months ago) link

like hey lets buy this debt ridden other company i own its a great deal weve got uh fuckin solar roof tiles

lag∞n, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:15 (six months ago) link

dude he shot a car into space

mookieproof, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:28 (six months ago) link

lol the dude I know who worked at SC and now works at Tesla explained that the SolarCity internal messaging was *very clear* that it wasn't an Elon Musk company, it was a completely unique and independent venture run by his cousin

then Tesla did that shit and the curtain was pulled back

mh, Thursday, 14 November 2019 15:06 (six months ago) link

So far, though, Musk has mostly adopted a defiant (if not irritated) tone at his two depositions. In a back-and-forth with the plaintiffs’ lawyer, whom Musk called “dude,”

lag∞n, Thursday, 14 November 2019 15:57 (six months ago) link

When pressed for details on the challenges with the acquisition, Musk called the lawyer “shameful” and a “very, very bad person” for scrutinizing a company that’s trying to change the world for the better.

lag∞n, Thursday, 14 November 2019 15:57 (six months ago) link

a ver bad dude

lag∞n, Thursday, 14 November 2019 15:58 (six months ago) link

everyone sounding like Trump

mh, Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:07 (six months ago) link

destroying astronomy, the night sky now


The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 18 November 2019 14:33 (six months ago) link

The world needs fewer big stupid pickups rather than more but this might be the first tesla to actually look interesting.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 22 November 2019 05:05 (six months ago) link

Destroying science so that Musk can call anyone a pedophile anywhere on the globe.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 22 November 2019 05:18 (six months ago) link


Elon Musk’s glitzy unveiling of the first Tesla “cybertruck” descended into farce when a PR stunt testing the “bulletproof” body strength of the electric vehicle resulted in smashed windows.

The Blade Runner-meets-cyberpunk themed launch of the $39,900 (£30,000) futuristic armoured vehicle was meant to take aim at the traditional Detroit carmakers, proving that Tesla could make a credible electric version of America’s favourite vehicle, the pickup truck.

In a theatrical series of demonstrations hosted by Musk, black-clad Tesla staff attempted to demonstrate the vehicle’s durability with tests involving sledgehammers, a simulation of a 9mm bullet strike and hefty metal balls.

Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer, asked Musk if he could lob a metal ball at the window of the vehicle. “Really?” said Musk. The window smashed. “Oh my fucking God,” said Musk. “Maybe that was a little hard.”

Showing confidence in the vehicle, Von Holzhausen then suggested he should lob it at a second window. “Try that one? Really?” asked Musk moments before the rear window was also smashed. “It didn’t go through, that’s the plus side,” a stunned Musk said.


actor Robert de Niro disguised as an Uzbek homeopath (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 22 November 2019 11:19 (six months ago) link

hefty metal balls

mark s, Friday, 22 November 2019 13:41 (six months ago) link

a rival weighs in:

Nobody *expected* the Land Shark either mate and it’s completely bollocks https://t.co/n0sY49WZa9 pic.twitter.com/DMUSf8LUlf

— GrumpySkeletor (@GrumpySkeletor) November 22, 2019

mark s, Friday, 22 November 2019 13:44 (six months ago) link

This is incredible.

Matt DC, Friday, 22 November 2019 13:51 (six months ago) link


frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 15:21 (six months ago) link

Whatever its flaws, I love the design of this thing and hope they make it work eventually.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 22 November 2019 16:56 (six months ago) link

that's a deformed Honda Element right there

mh, Friday, 22 November 2019 16:59 (six months ago) link

the haters are dead wrong, you're just not ready for it yet, it's beautiful

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 22 November 2019 17:02 (six months ago) link

I'm into it. idk. Normal pickup trucks are the dumbest looking things on earth. At least this looks like a dumb sci-fi thing. I don't specifically care if you can throw a rock through the window.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 22 November 2019 17:13 (six months ago) link

I'm into it. idk. Normal pickup trucks are the dumbest looking things on earth. At least this looks like a dumb sci-fi thing. I don't specifically care if you can throw a rock through the window.

― ☮ (peace, man)

look, i try really hard to be a law-abiding citizen, but if i saw one of those things on the street i'd have a hard time _not_ throwing a rock at it

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Friday, 22 November 2019 17:33 (six months ago) link

can we stop acting like this dude is a genius now

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 17:40 (six months ago) link

as my dad would say, "Who's 'we', Gunga Din?"

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 22 November 2019 17:49 (six months ago) link

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