parislemon

parislemon:

Elon Musk on the ruling that you cannot buy a car directly from a manufacturer in the state of New Jersey:

It is worth examining the history of these laws to understand why they exist, as the auto dealer franchise laws were originally put in place for a just cause and are now being twisted to an unjust purpose. Many decades ago, the incumbent auto manufacturers sold franchises to generate capital and gain a salesforce. The franchisees then further invested a lot of their money and time in building up the dealerships. That’s a fair deal and it should not be broken. However, some of the big auto companies later engaged in pressure tactics to get the franchisees to sell their dealerships back at a low price. The franchisees rightly sought protection from their state legislatures, which resulted in the laws on the books today throughout the United States (these laws are not present anywhere else in the world).

The intent was simply to prevent a fair and longstanding deal between an existing auto company and its dealers from being broken, not to prevent a new company that has no franchisees from selling directly to consumers. In most states, the laws are reasonable and clear. In a handful of states, the laws were written in an overzealous or ambiguous manner. When all auto companies sold through franchises, this didn’t really matter. However, when Tesla came along as a new company with no existing franchisees, the auto dealers, who possess vastly more resources and influence than Tesla, nonetheless sought to force us to sell through them.

The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none. Moreover, it is much harder to sell a new technology car from a new company when people are so used to the old. Inevitably, they revert to selling what’s easy and it is game over for the new company.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an outdated law being twisted to impede progress and maintain the status quo. Even better:

An even bigger conflict of interest with auto dealers is that they make most of their profit from service, but electric cars require much less service than gasoline cars. There are no oil, spark plug or fuel filter changes, no tune-ups and no smog checks needed for an electric car. Also, all Tesla Model S vehicles are capable of over-the-air updates to upgrade the software, just like your phone or computer, so no visit to the service center is required for that either.

This is so clearly the future of the automotive industry, so this is ultimately just delaying the inevitable. But consumers have every right to be outraged and New Jersey should be ashamed of itself.

carpeaqua

carpeaqua:

willw:

True Detective – “Who Goes There” Long Take

(Video is possible SPOILER for True Detective, you should really watch it from the start.)

I’ve fallen in love with True Detective, it’s simply the best television I’ve seen in years. An amazing eight episode series with one director and one writer. Most of all I’m blown away by the visuals. The cinematography and art direction work together so so well.

Last night’s episode though, fuck. They took it to the next level with this six minute single take steadicam action sequence. I watched it repetitively, trying to figure out how they pulled it off. For a while I had convinced myself that their blended cuts were that seamless, but no, it’s an honest single take. The most impressive thing I’ve seen on TV in years.

What he said.

thoughtfollower

thoughtfollower:

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People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. People hate glasses. You can feel them on your face. You can see them on your face. They restrict…

sequoiacapital

sequoiacapital:

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WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton

Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.

From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…