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  1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the world by storm when he debuted a gorgeous next generation Roadster at the recent Tesla Semi unveiling event. The sequel to the company’s first ever production car, the new Roadster has record-shattering performance in several categories and capable of achieving 620 miles of range from its massive 200 kWh battery pack. “The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smack down to gasoline cars” said Musk when he revealed a gorgeous red prototype of the car. “These are all world records.” Almost as quick as the Roadster’s touted 1.9 second 0-60 mph and 8.9 second 1/4 mile times, attendees of the Tesla Semi event impulsively plunked down their initial $5,000 deposits for the chance to one day take a journey through Maximum Plaid. Within 10 days after an initial deposit is made, Tesla requires reservation holders to submit a total deposit of $50,000 ($45,000 cash) for the base version of the Roadster that’s priced at $200,000, and a full payment of $250,000 ($245,000 in cash) for a limited edition Founders Series car. Though a Roadster Design Studio won’t be made available until closer to 2020 when the vehicle is slated for first production, at the earliest, that hasn’t stopped some fans from daydreaming about having the electric beast in their very own garage. Graphic designer Miguel Castro from Spain took this imagination one step further by building an interactive color picker for the electric supercar. Beyond the red and grey Roadster prototypes seen at the Tesla Semi unveiling event, Castro gives us a good look at what a Multi-coat “Brilliant Yellow” or “Electric Blue” Roadster may look like. Visit the interactive Roadster color picker to visualize the vehicle in your favorite color. The post Tesla Roadster paint colors imagined in new interactive configurator appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  2. Black Friday

    “Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”
  3. Why net neutrality matters

  4. Tesla has released the expected base price for its Semi, pricing the 300-mile version of its all-electric truck at $150,000, and $180,000 for the long range 500-mile variant. Those looking to kick it up a notch on the exclusivity scale will be able to buy a limited production Founders Series Tesla Semi for $200,000. Tesla notes that only 1,000 units will be produced. Interested buyers of the Tesla Semi have an opportunity to reserve a truck by first placing a $5,000 deposit, and following it up with a wire transfer for the amount of $15,000 for the standard version, and $195,000 for the Founder Series. In essence, the 1,000 Founder Series buyers will need to pay Tesla $200,000 in full, while buyers of the base version are required to make an initial $20,000 deposit. The $150,000 starting price makes the Tesla Semi surprisingly competitive to its diesel burning rival on cost. Factoring in the additional cost saving as a result of not having to purchase gas, and the reduced maintenance cost over the truck’s lifetime, and Tesla Semi’s price point really begins to make sense.Tesla markets the Semi as having the lowest cost of ownership on its website. “Electric energy costs are half those of diesel. With fewer systems to maintain, the Tesla Semi provides $200,000+ in fuel savings and a two-year payback period.” Beyond the cost savings, Tesla’s semi-truck has unparalleled performance and can accelerate from 0-60 in 5 seconds, and 20 seconds with 80,000 lbs of payload. The vehicle’s performance is helped by four electric motors that operate independently. Two motors, the same electric motors used in the Model 3, are mounted to each of the truck’s rear axles. Teslarati recently had the chance to take a close up look at the truck’s drivetrain assembly. Supporting Tesla Semi’s impressive range will be its massive battery pack that’s estimated to have close to a 1 MW capacity, and the company’s “Megacharger” network for refueling. CEO Elon Musk said at the unveiling event that the high-powered Megacharger will be capable of replenishing 400 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes of charging. Tesla Semi is expected to come to market sometime in 2019. The company has already taken on reservations from Walmart, Loblaws, J.B. Hunt, Ryder, and other freight and logistics companies looking to test the benefits of the Tesla Semi. The post Tesla Semi has a base price of $150k, limited Founders Series at $200k appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  5. Tesla has released the expected base price for its Semi, pricing the 300-mile version of its all-electric truck at $150,000, and $180,000 for the long range 500-mile variant. Those looking to kick it up a notch on the exclusivity scale will be able to buy a limited production Founders Series Tesla Semi for $200,000. Tesla notes that only 1,000 units will be produced. Interested buyers of the Tesla Semi have an opportunity to reserve a truck by first placing a $5,000 deposit, and following it up with a wire transfer for the amount of $15,000 for the standard version, and $195,000 for the Founder Series. In essence, the 1,000 Founder Series buyers will need to pay Tesla $200,000 in full, while buyers of the base version are required to make an initial $20,000 deposit. The $150,000 starting price makes the Tesla Semi surprisingly competitive to its diesel burning rival on cost. Factoring in the additional cost saving as a result of not having to purchase gas, and the reduced maintenance cost over the truck’s lifetime, and Tesla Semi’s price point really begins to make sense.Tesla markets the Semi as having the lowest cost of ownership on its website. “Electric energy costs are half those of diesel. With fewer systems to maintain, the Tesla Semi provides $200,000+ in fuel savings and a two-year payback period.” Beyond the cost savings, Tesla’s semi-truck has unparalleled performance and can accelerate from 0-60 in 5 seconds, and 20 seconds with 80,000 lbs of payload. The vehicle’s performance is helped by four electric motors that operate independently. Two motors, the same electric motors used in the Model 3, are mounted to each of the truck’s rear axles. Teslarati recently had the chance to take a close up look at the truck’s drivetrain assembly. Supporting Tesla Semi’s impressive range will be its massive battery pack that’s estimated to have close to a 1 MW capacity, and the company’s “Megacharger” network for refueling. CEO Elon Musk said at the unveiling event that the high-powered Megacharger will be capable of replenishing 400 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes of charging. Tesla Semi is expected to come to market sometime in 2019. The company has already taken on reservations from Walmart, Loblaws, J.B. Hunt, Ryder, and other freight and logistics companies looking to test the benefits of the Tesla Semi. The post Tesla Semi has a base price of $150k, limited Founders Series at $200k appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  6. Che Guevara

    Here is Che Guevara executing helpless women in Cuba. People who revere and celbrate him are fools. Che was a heartless communist murderer with a bloodlust. He wasn't doing this because he loved the Cuban people. He wasn't even Cuban. He did it because communism cannot exist any other way. This is what communism really looks like, everyone. It is brutal force in the hands of a few. And, remember what Vladimir Lenin himself said, "The goal of socialism is communism." Everyone might want to keep that in mind when Bernie Sanders cranks up his next campaign. I know what the argument is, "Our socialism is different, its for the good of the people." I'm sure many in Cuba thought the same thing in the early days ... Until they got power.
  7. Elon Musk’s The Boring company has filed a permit with Los Angeles to extend its tunnel project within city limits. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Engineering, Mary Nemick, confirmed the filing made by Musk’s tunnel digging venture though no further details were provided. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO previously revealed plans to build an underground tunnel beginning near LAX airport and continue along the westside of Los Angeles, into the San Fernando valley. “First route will go roughly parallel to the 405 from LAX to 101, with on/offramps every mile or so. It will work like a fast freeway, where electric skates carrying vehicles and people on pods on the main artery travel at up to 150mph, and the skates switch to side tunnels to exit and enter.” said Musk. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who’s historically been a big proponent of Musk and his projects, took to Twitter on Wednesday to welcome The Boring Company’s forward-thinking vision for the city’s transportation system. “Los Angeles has always been a place where innovators come to build new ideas that can change how we live our lives,” said Garcetti. “We look forward to continuing our conversations about this new transportation technology, and exploring the ways that it can help us build a better future for our city.” If approved, the newly filed permit will allow Boring Co. to dig beyond the existing 2-mile test tunnel that’s currently being constructed beneath 120th street near SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas said in August, after The Boring Company won city council approval for its tunneling project, “The city of Hawthorne is excited to see the rapid progress at which the tunnel is being completed, we are looking forward to seeing Elon Musk begin testing his system and making subterranean travel a reality here in our city.” Elon Musk reveals progress on The Boring Company’s 2-mile test tunnel adjoining SpaceX The company has been testing a prototype of an electric skate that will be used to transport vehicles at high speeds within a 13.5 foot diameter tunnel that’s located 44 feet below ground. According to documents submitted to the city council, “The test tunnel project would involve SpaceX engineers repeatedly testing personal vehicle types suitable for placement on the skates; refinement of the design and technology; and general data collection on performance, durability, and application,” As The Boring Company awaits approval to extend its tunneling project into the westside of Los Angeles, Musk and team will continue to iterate on streamlining the process for tunnel building. Unlike traditional underground tunnels for passenger vehicles, Boring Co.’s tunnels will be smaller and able to maintain a vacuum in order to support Hyperloop transportation. Reducing the tunnel diameter by 50% will also reduce the cross sectional area of the tunnel by a factor of four. Musk noted in his speech at TED2017 that having a smaller tunnel just large enough for a vehicle will cut 75% of the time associated with digging, thereby introducing a significant cost savings. The Boring Company’s tunnel boring machine will also look to install tunnel walls continuously while it digs, thus eliminating the need to pause operations and speeding up the process entirely. In addition to its project in California, the company received approval by Maryland officials to dig a 10.1-mile tunnel that aims to connect Baltimore with Washington, DC. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in a Facebook post on October 19, “Incredibly excited to announce our administration’s support for The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation technology to Maryland, connecting Baltimore City and Washington D.C.” The post The Boring Company files permit to extend tunnel project in Los Angeles appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  8. Elon Musk’s vow to install the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage system in South Australia within a 100-day window has been honored. Tesla has completed construction of its massive 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system at the Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown. The project first made headlines in July after Musk said that his team could install a large scale energy storage solution within 100 days of signing a grid connection agreement or the entire system would be free. The agreement wasn’t officially signed until September 29, and by then Tesla had already completed more than half of the project. Tesla’s Powerpack system will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and deliver electricity during peak hours to help shift demand away from a stressed grid. The batteries will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes during blackout periods, says Tesla. “While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer,” state Premier Jay Weatherill said in a statement. The battery storage units were designed to reduce power shortages, minimize intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure. The system is expected to go online before December 1 after completion of regulatory testing and confirmation that all South Australian Government requirements have been met. “The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage.” said Weatherill. The post Tesla has completed its massive battery project in Australia appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  9. When the SEMA show went down in Las Vegas, I was particularly delighted to see so many companies featuring a Tesla on display at their booth. But one particular Tesla Model S made a splashy entrance at this year’s automotive specialty parts trade show when it unveiled a wide body transformation of the all-electric sedan. Above: Kenny Pfitzer at Zero to 60 designs created a new front end bumper that gives a far more aggressive aesthetic (Photo: EVANNEX) I had the opportunity to sit down with Kenny Pfitzer at Zero to 60 designs to discuss his Zero TS body kit custom-designed for the Tesla Model S. Pfitzer started restoring cars like the 1960 Volkswagen Microbus in his Dad’s garage. As a teenager, he learned the craft from his father Karl Pfitzer who was a rocket scientist with NASA. Later, Kenny went on to a prolific 20-year career at Metal Crafters, Foose Designs, and West Coast Customs where he worked on high-profile celebrity car builds made popular on their TV show. Above: Interview with Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 designs, designer of the new Zero TS aftermarket body kit for Tesla (Youtube: EVANNEX Aftermarket Tesla Accessories) Pfitzer started Zero to 60 designs to be one of America’s top creative automotive design houses. He decided his marquis project for SEMA this year would be a completely reimagined Tesla Model S. Pfitzer explained that he designed a full Model S body kit including a customized front, rear, rockers and optional side fenders to give it a bold, performance look. Above: Subtle side fenders add style along with new wheels (Photo: EVANNEX) Pfitzer noted that the Tesla Model S he had on display at SEMA included a $40,000 exterior PPG paint job in dolphin gray with a Solar Gard clear topcoat to help protect the finish. In addition, this Model S was also fitted with black HRE wheels, custom Brembo brakes, and Nexen Nfera tires. Above: This stunning $40,000 “dolphin gray” paint job flatters the lines and curves of Pfitzer’s new design (Photo: EVANNEX) Pfitzer also showed me the interior which was transformed with a European red leather — double-stitched in an ornate diamond-shaped pattern. Bolsters were also added to the seats for extra comfort. In addition, the windows were tinted with Solar Gard’s LX Series protective window film. Pricing for the Zero TS hadn’t been finalized but Pfitzer said the body kit starts around $6,500 and goes up from there. Above: Pfitzer forgoes carbon fiber accents and (instead) chose a glossy piano black finish on the spoiler, logo area, and redesigned rear diffuser (Photo: EVANNEX) In the past, Pfitzer had worked with the Ford Motor Company to develop their Ford Bronco Concept. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s angling to have this customized Model S catch the eye of Tesla’s internal design team. In any event, judging by the chatter at the unveiling, the SEMA crowd seemed quite impressed with the car. And based on this successful showing at SEMA, it’s likely you’ll be seeing more from Fitzer (soon) with the Model 3. === Note: Article originally published on evannex.com, by Matt Pressman The post Celebrity car customizer reimagines Tesla Model S with wide body kit appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  10. Violence and Extortion in Mexico

    Nationwide, 2017 is on track to be the deadliest year in recent Mexican history. From January to October, authorities say, Mexico registered 20,875 homicides — almost 4,000 more than the 16,881 homicides reported during the same 10 months last year.
  11. Roughly a month after it was revealed that The Boring Company was beginning to sell hats, serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk confirmed that his tunnel digging venture has sold $300,000 worth of the merchandise. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO thanked all buyers of the company’s “super boring hat” over Twitter saying, “You rock, figuratively & literally. All cash goes directly towards more boring.” He is of course thankful for the outcome of his tongue-in-cheek “Initial Hat Offering”, or IHO, because, after all, the company has been in the midst of building an underground tunnel beneath Los Angeles. “Gonna build that tunnel one hat at a time” said Musk last month. The one size fits all baseball cap with velcro back strap isn’t luxurious by any means. But Musk, always the showman, managed to still sell 15,000 units of the $20 hat. Musk recently announced plans to connect the congested Interstate 405 in Los Angeles with U.S. Route 101 with an underground tunnel dug by The Boring Company. “First route will go roughly parallel to the 405 from LAX to 101, with on/offramps every mile or so. It will work like a fast freeway, where electric skates carrying vehicles and people on pods on the main artery travel at up to 150mph, and the skates switch to side tunnels to exit and enter.” said Musk. As Boring Co. continues to dig its 2-mile test tunnel beneath a section of land adjoining SpaceX and Tesla’s Design Center in Hawthorne, CA, the company is expected to learn from its test project and ultimately reinvent traditional tunnel digging by building faster boring machines and implement more efficient processes for tunneling. Musk’s grand vision for The Boring Company is to build a multi-level underground transportation network where vehicles can travel at high speed on electric skates. The tunnels will also be able to serve as the infrastructure for Hyperloop transportation. The post Elon Musk raises $300k for The Boring Co. in “Initial Hat Offering” (IHO) appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  12. Apple iPhone or Google's Pixel 2?

    What do you think? I am currently thinking about my future computing universe and am ready to look outside of Apple. What do you all think of Google's universe? What about these phones? Recommendations? Thoughts? Google Pixel 2
  13. Humans Need Not Apply

  14. As computers get more creative and AI begins to create better AI...... Once it becomes cheaper to use robotics than human labor..... What will people do? I remember making a post called Humans Need Not Apply that compared us to horses 120 years ago. Maybe, in an attempt to be optimistic, governments will tax automation and provide a universal basic income for everyone? Then we will all spend our time learning piano or art in liberal arts degree universities with recorded lectures over YouTube.
  15. Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, Quartz reported today. The term “location services” oftentimes refers to exact GPS data for app usage, such as Google Maps finding your best commute route, or Uber figuring out exactly where you’re standing to let drivers know your pickup point. Quartz’s report details a practice in which Google was able to track user locations by triangulating which cell towers were currently servicing a specific device. Since January, all kinds of Android phones and tablets have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending the encrypted data to Google’s push notifications and messaging management system when connected to the internet. It’s a practice that customers can’t opt out of — even if their phones are factory reset. A Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge that all modern Android phones use a network sync system that requires mobile country codes and mobile network codes, so tower info called “Cell ID” codes were considered an “additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.” Google ultimately discarded the cell tower data and didn’t go through with the original plan. A source familiar with the matter stated that Google added the cell tower data-collecting feature to improve its Firebase Cloud Messaging, where devices have to ping the server at regular intervals in order to receive messages promptly. The findings are surprising, given that cell tower data is usually held by carrier networks and only shared with outside companies under extreme circumstances. Through Google’s practices this year, an individual’s particular location within a quarter-mile radius or less could be determined with the addresses of multiple cell towers. This has particular security implications for individuals who wish to not be tracked, meaning that the safest way to avoid being tracked at all is probably to stick to burner phones. It could also create a bigger target for hackers looking to obtain personal information. An update that removes this cell tower data-collecting feature will roll out by the end of this month, according to Google. Google’s terms of service, at the time of publish, still vaguely state, “When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location” using “various technologies... including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell tower.” Google does offer details on how to control Google’s location access points, though after reading through the instructions, the company could admittedly do a better job of making this clearer and simpler for its general consumers.
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