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This Autopilot Tesla Crash That Killed 2, With A Fire That Took 4-Hours To Extinguish, Angers, Disappoints & Saddens Me.

by Anura Guruge


The above is from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click here for their outstanding coverage.


This is FRIGGING bloody wrong. This makes me very angry, sad & dissapointed.

We are NOT ready for autopilot cars, Tesla or otherwise — & I write this as a HUGE Tesla fan & a very contented & happy, v. long-term Tesla investor. Yes, this crash will send TSLA stock tumbling on Monday. That does NOT bother me much. SMILE. I invested in TSLA years ago. SMILE.

This is WRONG. Bloody WRONG.

We are just NOT there when it comes to autopilot. To plug autopilot is just pure wrong & irresponsible. Yes, ‘they’, government agencies & families should go after Tesla. Sue the pants off them — & again, I speak as one who owns more than just a few shares of Tesla.

This has to END.

We need tighter regulations about autopilot.

I would be so, so, so upset if an autopilot car killed one of my kids. Think about it.

Plus, firefighters being unable to put out the fire caused by the batteries. This is NOT RIGHT. 4-hours to put out a car fire! Jesus wept.


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“Tesla” (2020) Movie On Amazon Prime — Glorified Rather Poor Documentary; At Best Just For Buffs.

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Click for Amazon Prime Video listing.


Click for IMDb.com listing.


YouTube trailer


NOT to be confused with ‘Current War‘. That wasn’t stellar BUT much better than this. I am glad I had seen ‘Current War‘ because it filled in many of the gaps that this movie overlooks.

Strange. V. strange movie. Really a documentary disguised as a movie. The ‘freewheeling’ & ‘unconventional’ terms used in the movie description are spot on.

You are probably much better watching one of the many — much better — videos on YouTube.

Kind of felt cheated. Didn’t come close to what I was expecting.

I would find it hard to recommend this movie. Sorry!


This review on IMDb.com gets it spot on.

Click to ENLARGE & read here.


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IF You Bought ‘Tesla’ (TSLA) On Tuesday, When I ‘Implied’, YOU Would Have Made $200(+) A SHARE!

by Anura Guruge


Today, Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Market Close. << GRIN >>

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Post. SMILE.


Numbers NEVER lie!

Plain as day, $2,017 when I posted on Tuesday, $2,245 TODAY. SMILE.

Yes, I bought SOME TSLA. My kids already had SOME TSLA.

I bought my first TSLA, 3 (4 maybe 5) years ago, at $380 a SHARE. People told me I was CRAZY. SMILE.

I know I am CRAZY. I am CRAZY as a cat. SMILE.

Yes, I am SMILING.

I have been LONG, VERY LONG (like 6-years) on AMZN, TSLA, NVDA, ROKU (since IPO), AVGO …

So, have the kids, BUT they also have NFLX & APPL. SMILE. GRIN.

SMILE.


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You Can STILL Get The ‘Tesla’ (TSLA) 5-for-1 Stock Split Post Aug. 21 — Even Today.

by Anura Guruge



The STATED August 21, 2020 ‘ex-dividend’ date for getting the 5-for-1 stock split is ‘BOGUS’! SMILE.

I even checked with Fidelity.

While a stock split is considered a dividend it doesn’t work as with a normal monetary dividend. With a monetary dividend IF you BUT after the ex-dividend day, you don’t get the dividend, just the stock. The seller gets to keep the dividend.

Doesn’t work with a stock split, BECAUSE ALL the shares are SPLITTING.

Yes, I bought some. SMILE. I have been LONG on TSLA for years. I first bought TSLA, 4- or 5-years ago when it was $380. SMILE. Did NOT buy many. SMILE. Earlier this year I added a BIT (& bough TSLA for both kids. SMILE). Today I sold ‘bits-&-bobs’ & bought a bit more TSLA. Enough. Now, after the split, this Saturday I will have a ‘decent’ amount. YES, the actual NUMBER of shares matter IF you are an ADDICTED option trader like I. Smile. [P.S., If you could see my kids’ portfolios. SMILE. High risk, HIGH rewards. SMILE.]

Just thought I will share this with you.

August 21, 2020 day meant NOTHING.

You can carry on buying TSLA till 4:00pm on Friday, August 28, 2020 & still get the 5-for-1 split.

It is ‘OK’. You do NOT have to thank me. This is what I do. SMILE.


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Very Fancy, 8-Dock Tesla Charging Station In Rochester, New Hampshire.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Google. Probably NOT up to-date.


WOW. The fanciest Tesla charging station I have ever seen — & to be honest, I haven’t seen many.

As you can see from the map we don’t, as yet, have that many up here in New Hampshire. The only one in this neck of the woods, as far as I know, is a 2-bay station in tony Wolfeboro.

Rochester is an interesting choice. Not exactly the richest town hereabouts. Not actually sure if there are 8 Teslas in Rochester in total. Yes, further South. But, Rochester.

Must be a sign of the time — & today Tesla shares went up $84.38 & the stock cracked the $1,000 mark. SMILE. Yes, I own Tesla stock. Alas NOT many. But, my Tesla stock has TRIPLED in value since I bought them. SMILE. Yes, TRIPLED. At the current rate they will triple again. I will then be able to buy a Tesla, maybe used, from my few Tesla shares. SMILE.


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‘POSE’ — Features Galore, But Simple To Use, Powerful Cloud-Based ‘Point Of Sale’ (POS) Solution By Israeli Tech Giant ‘Interspace Ltd.’

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Click image to access the ‘POSE’ Homepage and start your FREE trial.

 


Click to ENLARGE and admire.


Interspace Ltd.‘ is Israel’s GoDaddy — i.e., provider of anything and everything to do with Web hosting and e-business. They are a Tech Giant in Israel. It is a company with a proven ‘Midas Touch’! Everything they touch turns to GOLD.

POSE is the latest offering by Interspace and the first Interspace product available in the U.S.A. Wow.

Interspace was founded, in 1996, by my friend, Dr. Itzik Nosatzki — who I consider to be THE CLEVEREST (and most charming) man in Israel. Back in the 1990s I had the honor of working with Itzik. Talk about GENIUS, was like being in the presence of Einstein, Edison & Tesla rolled into one. In my book Itzik is a visionary’s visionary. A serial entrepreneur with a long, proven & solid record and portfolio of success.

This is why I am backing POSE — without reservation. Itzik does not screw up. You can put your money on anything developed under Itzik’s leadership.

So, POSE will be a huge winner. More than likely a market leader within 12-months.

He, generous as ever, is offering a FREE trial. So, what have you got to lose.

Give POSE a try. You will be glad you tried.

Enjoy.


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‘The Current War’ THE MOVIE — I Am Real Eager To See This As Soon As It Comes Out.

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This is a story that continues to intrigue and enthrall I. I know the basic plotline and, of course, who won. Nonetheless, I am a huge fan of Tesla (and for the record, of the car company too — and yes, I am a shareholder). I have watched a couple of documentaries — though I have yet to read a book on it.

I had heard about this movie. Then it fell off my radar. Then this last week I kept on seeing trailers for it and each time it was ‘yes, yes, I want to see it‘. So, I am going. Not sure where it is showing. But, I have time. It is next week.

I did some quick Googling. I was not familiar with what had happened, i.e., it getting shelved, sold etc. Wow.

Well, let me go see it first. I will, of course, share with you. SMILE.

 


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Tesla Going Private — Why You Should Always Back Elon Musk.

by Anura Guruge


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I have learned from experience, good rather than bad, that it is always best to embrace Elon Musk rather than better against him. Yes, I talk as one lucky enough to have owned PayPal stock from day one. I had been invested in eBay for decades. So, when the PayPal spin-off came I automatically got PP shares. Since then I have sold most of my eBay and bought PayPal. That is how I realized that Elon Musk can make you money.

Two (maybe three) years ago I bought a FEW (and I truly mean) FEW shares of Tesla for $240. It was an expensive and risky stock. I held on to my few shares through thick-and-thin. I just wish I had bought more, but I never complain. If you make money, it is always a good thing. There is no point worrying about the money you didn’t make. Just enjoy and be pleased with what you did make.


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Short Course in “Electrified Cars” By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge



Dick, who had owned a Toyota Prius for many years, just upgraded to a Prius Prime. I (very ignorant when it comes to electrified cars) had no idea what the difference was and why Dick was so excited about the Prime. When I asked for clarification, Dick, as is his wont, came up with this brilliant and pithy tutorial. It was too good NOT to publish and share. So, for your edification.


I’ll give you a short course in “Electrified Cars.”  There are now three types of “Electrified” vehicles now for sale:
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV):  These have a small battery, which traditionally have been Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) chemistry, typically about 2 KwHr capacity. and you have no ability to externally recharge the battery.  As the car is driven, the traction electric motors draw energy from the battery when appropriate, and then they put energy back into the battery when appropriate.  This has been the design of the classic Toyota Prius since its inception in the U.S. in 1999.  These cars are medium size cars, carry five passengers and luggage and get over 50 mpg.
The great efficiency of this configuration comes mainly from three factors:
(a) The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) never has to be idling.  The car can startup under electric-only power and then bring the ICE into play when appropriate depending on throttle opening, temperature, speed, battery reserve energy, as well as other factors.  So, sitting at a traffic light everything is dead off. – No idling.

     (b)  The hybrid car uses dynamic braking, so when you press on the brakes, the computer slows the car by turning the electric motor into a generator and this both slows the car and charges the battery.  This efficiently transfers the kinetic energy of the moving car into potential energy stored in the battery.  In non-electrified cars this energy is dissipated as heat by the brake disks.

    (c) This one is more complicated, but very important.  The computer uses the ICE to charge the battery only when the ICE is being used also to propel the car, which greatly improves the efficiency of generating electricity.  If I want to put 10 horsepower (Hp) of electricity (aprx. 8 Kw) into the battery and I started up the ICE to do that, I would be running the ICE, with all of its horrible internal losses, just to produce that 10 Hp. – Very inefficient.  BUT, if the ICE is already running at say 50 Hp driving the car, then I can draw off the additional 10 Hp much more efficiently since all of the ICE’s internal losses are already being expended in driving the car.  I hope that makes sense to you.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PHEV):  These include my Prius Prime, the Chevy Volt and several others.  The battery is externally chargeable, and gives 25 – 50 miles of electric range, and then the vehicle operates like any hybrid, combining the ICE and battery for the best results.  Since the majority of working folks have a commute drive of less than 25-50 miles, this means that for most of their use of the car, they will only need electric power.  However, unlike a pure electric car, the PHEV can easily do a cross-country trip with no electric charging needed.  My Prius Prime uses an 8.7 KwHr Li Ion battery which is about four times the size of the battery in our old 2006 Prius we enjoyed for 12 years.
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV):  The Tesla, the Chevy Bolt, and the Nissan Leaf are the best selling of these pure electric vehicles.    They have no ICE and are powered only by a Li Ion battery supplying electric motors. The battery capacity in now-available BEVs varies greatly, and therefore the driving range of the vehicles varies greatly.  Early BEVs had only 50 – 80 miles of range, but that was not very popular.  Remember, when a BEV its out of charge, you are struck at the side of the road!   Tesla upped the game a lot with around 200 miles of range in their cars.  The Chevy Bolt has 238 miles of range and the Leaf is moving up to 210 miles with their upcoming 2019 model.  Batteries in these cars are all Li Ion, and energy capacity is in the 60 -80 KwHr range.  Currently, these Li Ion batteries cost about $180 per KwHr, making a 80 KwHr battery account for about $14,000 of the cost of building a BEV!  Remember, though, there are great savings in manufacturing costs by eliminating the ICE and transmission.
     The electric motors in BEVs are typically permanent magnet, three-phase, AC synchronous motors.  Since the speed of a synchronous motor varies with the input frequency, the car’s D.C. battery voltage is fed to an inverter that supplies the variable frequency power to the motor.  These motors work at voltages in the 500 – 800 volt range.  This high voltage is necessary so as to reduce the current loads.  The Tesla electric motor can produce a whopping 700 Hp! – This requires about 500 Kw of electric input.  If the operating voltage is 500 volts, then you have about 1,000 amperes flowing into that motor.  The total capacity of the service entrance in your whole house is only 200 amperes, so this car at max power requires the current equivalent of five US households, drawing the maximum energy their service entrance panels can put out.  Wow!

Ok now go out and buy a Prius Prime.  So far, for the 200 miles I have driven, my average fuel mileage is over 66 mpg.


Dick’s brand new 2018 Prius Prime.


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It Would Be Wrong To Move On To Easter WITHOUT Giving A Nod To The Ingenious, Convention Flouting Tesla Watch — Model W.

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I love it — and that is BEFORE my patriotism as a Brit kicks in.

Yes, it is a tad clunky but I think I would cope.

Alas I think, given that it is from Tesla, that it would be WAY beyond my pay grade.
Alas.

I can’t even afford an Apple Watch.