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Open Source Transportation Technology

Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour 188

First time accepted submitter joe5 writes "Like what Elon Musk has done and want to go all Etsy and build your own electric car? That's apparently now possible now thanks to the OSVehicle Tabby — dubbed the first "Open source vehicle" (memo: it may be cool, but it ain't the first). The OSV guys are taking pre-orders for the Tabby starter kit, with both the two-seater or four-seater configurations going for €500. Then you click to add options. (Note: seats is an "option" so that's the level of luxury you are dealing with here.) When the transaction's complete, OSV sends the parts to your home and you can download the plans and start building. Since the Tabby is open source, OSVehicle will also look to a community of owners and tinkerers for suggestions and recommendations."
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

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  • I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LookIntoTheFuture ( 3480731 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:26AM (#46170667)
    that the motto for Slashdot should be changed from the beloved "News for nerds, stuff that matters" to "FUCK YOU, THAT'S WHY"
  • Down with Beta (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:27AM (#46170669)

    Seriously, it is terrible.

  • Re:I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CheezburgerBrown . ( 3417019 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:29AM (#46170699)

    Classic Slashdot or no slashdot

  • by Bob9113 ( 14996 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:38AM (#46170757) Homepage

    The meat of Slashdot, the substance that draws viewers here instead of the alternatives, is the comments. Lose those comments and you will lose the eyeballs. Lose the eyeballs and you will lose the ad revenue.

    Alternatively, you can accept that you made a mistake, keep Slashdot classic, and keep the steady flow of cash. Make the right business decision, here, Dice. Don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

  • Slashdot Beata (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:39AM (#46170765)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ1H8KBnnhM [youtube.com]

    I just wanna jizz on you forever

  • NO! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:42AM (#46170781)

    If you move me to the beta slashdot abortion i'll add this place to the block list and never visit again.

    Too many other news sites regurgitate the exact same storys i see here. And all of them don't look as shitty as the beta slashdot.

    Stop being stupid.

  • Re:I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dmbasso ( 1052166 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:42AM (#46170785)

    Let's start a sig campaign, prefix your's with [FUCK BETA]. This way you can stay on-topic and still protest.

  • Re:I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dmbasso ( 1052166 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:44AM (#46170791)

    Gee, that apostrophe was terrible, sorry. s/your's/yours

    Btw, fuck beta.

  • Re:I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aardvarkjoe ( 156801 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:51AM (#46170825)

    Screw staying on topic.

    The fact that every comment thread is being overrun with complaints about the beta site is going to drive a lot of people away. That costs /. money as the ad revenue disappears. And that's apparently all that those running the show understand.

    If there's anything that I've learned in the last 15 years about Slashdot, it's that they essentially ignore all complaints. Giving them "feedback" about the new site isn't going to do anything. Depriving them of their money -- that might get their attention.

  • Fuck Slashdot Beta (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NineNine ( 235196 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @01:53AM (#46170835)

    I will quit reading Slashdot if that stupid Beta shit is implemented. It's horrible. It fixes nothing. It is not an improvement in any way.

  • Re:I think (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @02:09AM (#46170889)

    Nice work. But if you pardon my analogy, that's like giving a condom to the guy who's trying to rape you.
    [FUCK BETA] Now for Anonymous Cowards too.

  • Re:Not road-safe (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Firethorn ( 177587 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @02:19AM (#46170917) Homepage Journal

    That vehicle would never get approval where I live, because it does not have suitable protection for driver and passenger. It would get bootstomped the moment an inattentive soccer mom in a big assed hummer H3 started yelling at her "adorable" group of kids, while trying to enter the roadway from the drive-through lane at the fast food gorge-and-puke she stopped at to get "food" for all her "little superstars."

    In most locations 'kit-cars' assembled by the consumer are exempt from most safety requirements, only needing the very basics such as lights. Selling said vehicle might be difficult though, and if you're selling them you probably want to be able to show that you're not making a business of it. IE you pay $15k for the parts, spend dozens to hundreds of hours putting it together, drive it for 5 years, sell for $5k.

    Depending on the strength of the body kit, it might not be that bad in a collision, though it's still more of a beefed up gold cart than a car.

  • Re:yoinker? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @02:56AM (#46171023)

    How did you go from "with blackjack & hookers" to the guy that makes coffee and buys pizza? I already hate your version unless you at least spring for the hookers.

    To be fair coffee and pizza is pretty much the nerd version of blackjack and hookers.

  • by pitchpipe ( 708843 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @03:26AM (#46171165)
    Agreed! I will not use beta. Ever.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @03:51AM (#46171253)

    I feel bad for the person who thought Slashdot Beta was a good idea. That person is like the kid on South Park who shit his pants in the middle of class.

    However, unlike the kid on South Park who shit his pants in the middle of class, it's not too late for the Slashdot Beta designer. Sure, we have all seen Slashdot Beta, we have covered our eyes, held our noses, and screamed "WHAT IS THAT!?" But unlike a turd splattered into one's pants, Slashdot Beta can be undone. It can be returned to the place from which it came. And then it can be crafted into something that isn't a turd.

    Don't destroy a good pair of pants for nothing. You can stop this.

  • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @04:10AM (#46171303) Journal

    It blends well with Metro UI at least

    I don't think that's a benefit.

  • NO WORDPRESS! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by unitron ( 5733 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @06:53AM (#46172023) Homepage Journal

    Trust me on this.


    It's the resemblance to WP sites and HuffPo that makes beta so objectionable in the first place.


    I get 15 mod points at a time on a regular basis, by the way, even though it's been a while since I submitted anything.


  • by MickLinux ( 579158 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @07:51AM (#46172293) Journal

    What would help is for some php coders to get together and come up with a website that has the look and feel of classic,and is scalable. Register a domain name, and have it waiting in the wings.

    Or better yet, approach the guy who runs xkcd with it, and take it from there. He's shown that he can do well enough with what he had.

  • Re:Fork Slashdot? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JustinOpinion ( 1246824 ) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:35AM (#46173407)
    BTW, you should consider coordinating effort with others who are attempting roughly the same thing. E.g. user Okian Warrior [slashdot.org] has registered AltSlashdot.org [altslashdot.org] and is planning [slashdot.org] to put a slashcode install there.

    In fact, there may be more parallel efforts out there. On the one hand, competition may be good (let the best replica win!); on the other hand, migrating a community the size of Slashdot is no small task, so we may only get one shot at this.

    Also, for legal/trademark reasons, you may want to consider a name that doesn't include "Slashdot" so overtly. E.g. tpaudio [slashdot.org] has suggested [slashdot.org] "Plusdot". Another idea (mine) is to call it "divergence" or "divergence operator [wikipedia.org]"... the logo would be the mathematical form of divergence, i.e. nabla [wikipedia.org] symbol followed by a dot (which looks like an augmented "slash dot").

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