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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the rotating-magnetic-wheel dept.

frojack writes:

"Tesla stock soared today, up over 17% at one point, on solid earnings reports, and also due to achieving the highest recommendation of all cars from Consumer Reports (Note, not linking direct to paywalled CR site). In addition, Tesla Motors Inc. is expected to make a big announcement regarding its 'gigafactory' battery plant this week. Tesla is rumored to be partnering with Japan's Panasonic Corp. or South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The location of the factory is also yet to be determined, although analysts have bet on New Mexico or Arizona. One thing is sure: 'Tesla hopes to reinvent battery production like it already did to other parts of the auto supply chain,' one Wall Street analyst said.

Within the next few weeks, CEO Elon Musk will go to China to deliver the country's first Model S according to CNBC."

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Photovoltaic Cell Factory May Open in Buffalo, New York 8 comments

The USA Today and Reuters report that Tesla Motors and Panasonic announced their intention to open a factory in Buffalo, New York. Photovoltaic cells, and modules containing them, would be made there. Production might begin in 2017.

The two firms signed a non-binding letter of intent to make the cells for Tesla's stationary power storage units, the Powerwall and Powerpack.

The companies are already collaborating in the production of storage cells for rechargeable batteries.

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by sudo on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:09AM

    by sudo (647) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:09AM (#7795)

    This story is trash. TSLA reported earnings last week. Thought /. was where we went for old news?

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by cwix on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:22AM

      by cwix (873) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:22AM (#7800)

      Backlog of stories and the desire not to push them out to quick is my guess.

      • (Score: 1) by cwix on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:24AM

        by cwix (873) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:24AM (#7801)

        Sorry this was supposed to be a reply to comment 7795. I mush have clicked the wrong reply button.

        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:32AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:32AM (#7804)

          It was a reply to comment 7795.

          • (Score: 0, Redundant) by cwix on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:57PM

            by cwix (873) on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:57PM (#7919)

            Hmm after I posted, it looked like a second commend. Well either way I screwed up lol, Mea culpa.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by sigterm on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:58AM

      by sigterm (849) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:58AM (#7812)

      That's actually a very good question.

      There are several interesting stories on the submissions list, so why aren't we seeing them on the front page? Is SoylentNews still in need of more editors?

      • (Score: 2) by nobbis on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:43AM

        by nobbis (62) on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:43AM (#7825) Homepage Journal

        Agreed, plus we have a dupe on the front page, and a story about xenophobia that is outside the focus of this site

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      • (Score: 2) by gringer on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:50AM

        by gringer (962) on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:50AM (#7827)

        I don't think it's a lack of editor problem. Look at the time stamps on submissions -- it's a fairly consistent 1.5 hour separation, on the half hour/hour. I would expect less consistency in submission time if editors were a problem.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheRaven on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:47PM

        by TheRaven (270) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:47PM (#7942) Journal
        And who is LaminatorX? All of the stories he (or she, or it) has posted on the front page today have been crap. I went to my settings to block him, yet the list of editors I see is:
        • Cactus
        • mattie_p
        • NCommander
        • robind

        So I don't seem to have the option of saying 'LaminatorX is the new kdawson'.

        To avoid this post sounding too negative: Dopefish has managed to fill up the front page with interesting articles. Keep up the good work!

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        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:35PM

          by Sir Garlon (1264) on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:35PM (#7960)

          Stories come from the community. If you want better stories, submit better stories. (I've submitted a couple, and they are not the most outstanding things ever to grace the front page of Soylent. Submitting a good story is not as easy as it sounds, I quickly learned.)

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          • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Friday February 28 2014, @09:26AM

            by TheRaven (270) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:26AM (#8386) Journal

            Stories come from the community and are filtered by the editors. There are quite a few interesting stories in the submission queue, and yet LaminatorX managed to pick the ones that embodied the worst of Slashdot. Dopefish, in contrast, managed to pick a load of interesting articles from the same queue.

            Given the posting rate of about one story per hour, the problem is not the shortage of submissions, it's poor choices by the editors (or, specifically, by one editor). Looking at the current submission queue, there are 48, and about a quarter of them look like they'd be interesting. That's enough for the next 12 hours, even if nothing else is submitted.

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    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:31PM

      by Sir Garlon (1264) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:31PM (#7936)

      Nope, ./ was where we use to go for flame wars and fanbois. Soylent is not about the fresh news, it's about the discussion. We can discuss a week-old story just fine, thank you very much. I think the editors are doing a great job.

      If you are dissatisfied with the timeliness of the stories, perhaps you'd care to submit a few and help keep us up to date.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by edIII on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:45AM

    by edIII (791) on Thursday February 27 2014, @05:45AM (#7808)

    Betting on New Mexico getting it.

    Arizona is a very toxic place to businesses at the moment. They are not endearing themselves to anyone with the rampant and bigoted legislation in the last few years.

    Not a solid bet to any company seeking to create major infrastructure and move/hire thousands of employees in the state.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Lagg on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:12AM

      by Lagg (105) on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:12AM (#7817) Homepage Journal
      As someone living there I agree heartily. Also this hellhole (yes most of the state is a backwater, except Tucson maybe) is not a fate I would wish upon anyone. It isn't just the politicians who are bigoted, I'll leave it at that. Not to mention that the weather and environment is not something conducive to a good working environment and related equipment. As just one example, the dust in the air here apparently has a lot of metal particulate in it. I'm assuming the factories are near sterile, but still. Why take chances of ruining equipment because someone tracked in our good ol' wasteland dust.
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      • (Score: 1) by Yog-Yogguth on Thursday February 27 2014, @08:17AM

        by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @08:17AM (#7847) Journal

        Not to mention that the weather and environment is not something conducive to a good working environment and related equipment. As just one example, the dust in the air here apparently has a lot of metal particulate in it. I'm assuming the factories are near sterile, but still. Why take chances of ruining equipment because someone tracked in our good ol' wasteland dust.

        For someone aiming at Mars (Musk that is, SpaceX etc.) I would think this makes for a fantastic win-win situation :)

        [Not that McGregor, Texas ("SpaceX Rocket Development and Test Facility") or some land not far from Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville, Texas (for a launch pad all on their own) look particularly wet and humid, and that's despite Boca Chica Beach being right next to the Mexican Gulf lol.]

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:30PM

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:30PM (#8001)

      New Mexico is a backward state too. That's the state where some poor guy driving through was pulled over for DUI (wasn't drunk, or so he claims), then locked up for two years in solitary confinement without any kind of trial at all. They finally remembered they put him there, let him out, he sued and won $15M, but the guy's a complete wreck now. NM isn't much better than Florida, it just has much less population so there's less crazy crap going on due to that. I wouldn't live there.

      If they want to build a new factory somewhere, the rust-belt states are probably a good location (they used to be highly industrial before anyway), or maybe Oregon or Washington. Oregon is home to several of Intel's newest and most advanced fabs, and Washington is home to Boeing, so they're both already experienced with high-tech manufacturing. Both of them are very close to the Bay Area (where Tesla is located), and neither of them push for the idiotic auto dealership-supporting laws that some other states have been pushing and passing.

      • (Score: 2) by edIII on Thursday February 27 2014, @07:01PM

        by edIII (791) on Thursday February 27 2014, @07:01PM (#8084)

        I never knew anything substantive about New Mexico.

        Tesla would be far better off in the areas you suggest.

        Two years being forgotten? That's not just 15 million. Some people needed to go to prison too for that level of gross negligence that resulted in harm. No excuses for that. Simply amazing.

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        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:11PM

          by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:11PM (#8121)

          The problem is that this is law enforcement, and they almost never go to prison for their negligence or even attempted murder or any other crime they commit. Did LAPD officers to go prison for their attempted murder when they emptied their magazines shooting at a pickup truck with two women in it, thinking that Chris Dorner was in it? (Their pickup didn't look anything like Dorner's truck, its only commonality was that it was a truck.) Nope.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by fortyseven on Friday February 28 2014, @02:42AM

      by fortyseven (2167) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:42AM (#8217)

      I'm betting on Roswell, NM.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:35PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday February 27 2014, @09:35PM (#8122) Journal

    One of the perennial charges levied against electric cars by advocates of the ICE industry is the inadequacy of battery technology. This factory, and the economies of scale that come with it, rather undermine that. Setting aside all the posturing, won't it be nice to have your car recharge at your house overnight without doing anything special? I live in the city, but imagine living in the suburbs without ever having to visit another gas station or be left vulnerable to a Hurricane Sandy-style supply disruption again quite attractive. The prospect of my dollars not going to Saudi Arabia to fund wahabist madrassas to train terrorists to kill me & mine is a bonus.

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    • (Score: 1) by timbim on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14AM

      by timbim (907) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14AM (#8347)

      Unless the power goes out, then you're fucked.