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Buy John Romero's Ferrari On EBay 396

Posted by chrisd
from the california-is-the-one-true-ferrari dept.
TheMightyZog writes: "John Romero is selling his Ferrari Testarossa: eBay and his own site. Is anyone else distrubed by the graphic on the top of his home page?" At last check, the reserve was not yet met.
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Buy John Romero's Ferrari On EBay

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  • by yobbo (324595) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @04:44AM (#2886942)
    The car comes with 50 free copies of daikatana. That together with 20 dollars of petrol, adds a combined total of 15 dollars to the price of the car! *BARGAIN*
  • by Metrollica (552191) <m etrollica AT hotmail D0T com> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @04:46AM (#2886945) Homepage Journal
    Is anyone else distrubed by the graphic on the top of his home page?

    Quite frankly, I am disturbed by all the graphics.
  • by Romothecus (553103) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @04:46AM (#2886946)
    Did anyone else notice a comment under user feedback at ebay, claiming that Romero won an auction and didn't pay for the item? Kind of what I felt after buying Daikatana.
    • The one comment in his eBay profile that caught my eye was the one that said he ordered the Dokken video tape. LOL, and I thought he only looked like an 80's reject :) --Jon
    • The first thing I went to after the main ebay page was the seller's ratings. Yup, there it is.

      "Complaint : Won Item..3 e-mails- never received payment since 3/30. DOESN'T HONOR BIDS."
    • And while we're at it, he's also blatantly in breach of the T&C's by linking to a site that attemps to sell the car outside of eBay, rather than just providing more information on it.

      • Links from the eBay Item page to pages that promote off eBay sales in any way are forbidden [...] Users may not use systems or techniques to circumvent eBay fees. Some examples include ... Offering in a listing the opportunity to purchase the item or other merchandise outside of eBay.

      And last but not least:

      • [Banned:] Listings with an e-mail address or domain name in the title

      Seller is John rome.ro [rome.ro], right? ;-)

    • by Mr_Perl (142164) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @11:51AM (#2888158) Homepage
      To be fair, the guy complaining has 9 negatives and 12 neutrals [ebay.com].

      Not exactly ebay premo himself.
    • by Malc (1751)
      Why is this marked as interesting? This seems like a miss-leading troll. That's one complaint out of 60. In most cases, the praise is very high. In that light, I think I would more than overlook that one complaint and just assume that something else happened for which I know not the facts, or that the complainer was a bad apple.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @04:51AM (#2886957)
    Is anyone else distrubed by the graphic on the top of his home page?

    Well, look at the face on the far right of the graphic [www.rome.ro]. I see someone how's definitely not fit to drive. Maybe that explains why he's selling his Ferrari on EBay?
  • by Buran (150348) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @04:52AM (#2886959)
    I'm vastly amused by the fact that this Italian supercar is humbled by the same annoying automatic seatbelts [rome.ro] that I, to this day, cannot stand. It was DOT regulation at the time, so all US-market cars in 1991 had them, but ... you just don't think about that when you think about Ferraris.

    Incidentally, "testa rossa" is Italian for "redhead" -- I believe it was a reference to the fact that at least some of these had red valve covers (or something like that -- anyone know?) in the engine. Most are red to go with the meaning of the name.

    Don't care much for the wheels. I'd think a good set of BBS wheels, like the ones on this [vwvortex.com] car, would be nicer. But if you have that much money to spend on a car, you have the money to drop $1500 on a good set of wheels and tires.
    • Actually, the regulation required some sort of "passive restraint". Cars could either include the motorized seatbelts or airbags. In 1990 and 1991, most manufacturers hadn't added airbags to all cars, so many cars were sold with the motorized seatbelts as a temporary solution to meet the requirement. A few 1990 and 1991 cars actually have airbags. Ferrari is a fairly small manufacturer, so developing a working airbag system probably required some time.
      • There are cars before 1990 with airbags. Dual airbags were standard equipment on the 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo. My insurance company regularly removes my airbag discount, as someone there keeps thinking that a 1988 car couldn't have them.


    • Incidentally, "testa rossa" is Italian for "redhead" -- I believe it was a reference to the fact that at least some of these had red valve covers (or something like that -- anyone know?) in the engine. Most are red to go with the meaning of the name.


      Whatever the case, I've taken to calling them Testosteronas for reasons which should be obvious.
  • by Eskimo Bob (546493) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:01AM (#2886962) Homepage Journal
    Sure, it's all shiney an' purty, but...

    I'd rather bid on a lock of his hair.

    So I could secretly make... A JOHN ROMERO CLONE WHO IS 10 TIMES SEXIER THAN THE ORIGINAL JOHN ROMERO!

    I mean, just look at the man! Look at the mans hair! Does it not totally scream out how utterly and completely sexy he is, it is?

    it's hard to try to make a joke when yer abs are cramping up from coughing.
  • Graphic ... (Score:4, Funny)

    by YeeHaW_Jelte (451855) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:06AM (#2886969) Homepage
    "Is anyone else distrubed by the graphic on the top of his home page?"

    Yes, very much so, as it makes my mozilla segfault.
  • by woolite (193398) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:07AM (#2886972) Homepage
    I would be most grateful if someone could send me the advertising rates for these kind of adverts.

    TIA
  • by oingoboingo (179159) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:08AM (#2886973)
    I'd bid for it as long as it didn't include any annoying sidekicks that got in the way of your driving and always died at inopportune moments.
  • by KL1NK (228827) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:08AM (#2886975)
    It probably has lots of his long, silky hair in it.
  • Revenge? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Gogo Dodo (129808) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:19AM (#2886988)
    Is /.'ing his server revenge for Daikatana?
    • Re:Revenge? (Score:3, Funny)

      by slittle (4150)
      Nothing could ever make up for that.. but this [penny-arcade.com] comes close..
      • Re:Revenge? (Score:2, Funny)

        by Lord Sauron (551055)
        Nothing beats Walter Mercado [waltermercado.net] and his mystic powers. And, yes, it's a man.
      • Re:Revenge? (Score:3, Funny)

        by schlach (228441)
        Puh-leeeze! Everyone knows the best thing to come out of the Daikatana fiasco (excepting Old Man Murray [oldmanmurray.com]'s coverage of said fiasco; who can forget "Daikatana Development to be aided by Helpful Monkey", and "John Romero Reserves the Right to Suck It Down"?) was the Laziest Men on Mars' Superfly's Johnson [mp3s.com]. From mp3.com's description:

        A parody of one of the worst games ever made, "John Romero's Daikatana." A game that was notoriously late, terribly designed and without any redeeming qualities... except... when the characters' dialogue is taken out of context and laid over a trashy 70's waka-chika porn groove, the game suddenly becomes _much_ more interesting. A must-have for Romero bashers and FPS players.


        If you haven't ever listened to this, I strongly recommend you download it. You'll never feel like Daikatana was worthwhile until you do...
    • by mizhi (186984) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @09:46AM (#2887459) Homepage
      1) The picture on top is scary.
      2) Fuck Romero's site, I'm more interested in his girlfriend's server [stevana.com]. She's got some nice pics there and she's quite the looker. :-)
  • by stuffman64 (208233) <stuffman&gmail,com> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:20AM (#2886990) Homepage
    As stated on his page:

    ...conversion from Naturally Aspirated (carburator) to Electronic Fuel Injection with a Motec system. You can have your passenger plug a laptop into the computer (behind the passenger seat, inside) and remap the fuel ranges while you're driving!


    I can see it now. While driving along peacefully at 65mph, obeying the speed limit, your 14 year old script-kiddie son sitting next to you remaps the fuel injector to inject the fuel at full capacity regardless of throttle position. Since he was running Windows, his computer crashes shortly afterwards and you find yourself cruising down the highway at 200mph. You put her in neutral, in a vain attempt to lose speed, but the engine over-revs and blows up. As you finally coast to a stop (about 10 minutes later), you teach your son a lesson.

    Never remap fuel settings in Windows!

    (Ok, so the above story wouldn't actually work because the butterfly valves would prevent any air intake to the engine, but who cares..)
    • Actually unless you're using a dedicated system, you always remap fuel settings in windows. But running the car too rich would just blow fuel and smoke out the back and backfire, not over-rev the engine.
    • by DG (989)
      The Motec ECU is a pretty serious system. It gets used in LeMans LMP cars, WRC cars, and the like.

      http://www.motec.com to see. You can download evaluation copies of the programs to play with, if you like.

      I have a similar system in my race car, made by GEMS (http://www.gems.co.uk) and it's awesome. Computerized fuel injection has revolutionized racing. You wouldn't believe the crap that thing can do.

      Of course, the downside to having complete and total control over the engine is that you have to do all the calibration yourself. After having programmed the idle control/antistall stepper motor, and the accursed warmup maps, I have a huge amount of resepct for the OEM calibration guys.

      Getting a car to idle smoothly under all weather conditions is tough work.

      In any case, if Romero's Ferrari has a Motec system in it, then that ain't your garden variety Ferarri.

      DG
    • by Don Negro (1069)
      No script-kiddie son of mine will be running Windows!
  • Background? (Score:3, Funny)

    by dayL8 (184680) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:22AM (#2886992)
    Could someone post some background on this story, like who is John Romero and why would one care that he is selling his car?
    • by Yakman (22964) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:53AM (#2887042) Homepage Journal
      Could someone post some background on this story, like who is John Romero and why would one care that he is selling his car?

      John Romero was a "rock star" of the computer game industry in the early 90s. He then disappeared to work on the "ultimate computer" game. Instead fucking it up, releasing Daikatana, and now needing to sell his Ferrari to buy Ramen Noodles.

      In summary, he's no one relevant and you shouldn't care.

      • Beh.. he should keep the car and sell his girlfriend instead. A geek knockout who can design her own maps AND kick my ass at Quake simultaneously .. finally some proof that there is a god out there! :)
      • He's got a new company that's producing and publishing games for handhelds. His first game for the PocketPC (Yeah, I know...) has gotten good reviews and it looks like a good candidate for a GBA game from the screenshots they've done.

        The only odd thing is that they're purportedly operating out of Quinlan, TX- that's this little town that's about a 20 minute drive to the south of Greenville, TX. Greenville is the county seat of Hunt county, some 45 minutes to the north and east of the Dallas side of the DFW metro area. It'd cost next to nothing to open up shop in Greenville or Quinlan as the rent's definitely much, much cheaper (One of the main Pharmacy tracking/billing/etc. software packages on the PC is developed in Greenville...)- I know this because I used to live in Greenville, TX.

        It could very well be that he's selling the car to capitalize the GBA version of his game or any other number of things of that sort of nature.
  • I might feel 'distrubed' if I had a clue what it meant, is it like feeling 'lubed'? Some car slang maybe?
  • Heavily modified (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slashdot.org (321932) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:25AM (#2886997) Homepage Journal
    Although this goes well beyond what should be discussed on /. and has practically no significance at all, I have to say that 'Heavily Modified' bothers me when it comes to cars like this.

    I always find it a bit sad. Like the original creators didn't do a good job. If you spend that much money, why buy a car that you don't agree with?

    And if you (apparently) plan to sell it, it's pretty silly. Almost no-one will agree your mods are so kewl. By now they are out-dated, start to fail (believe me, I had a 911 Turbo and the one mod caused me a major headache) and it's practically impossible to bring the car back to it's original condition.

    When a car like this is modified it usually means that it was just a rich kids toy. Not someone that bought it because they loved the car. For the true lover, there's nothing but the original.

    In any case, the $100K Buy It Now is horribly over-priced. You get an original Testarossa from the same year for a little more than half of that. And it will still be worth something 10 years from now. (for example [collectorc...online.com], not that I anything about this car, so this is not a recommendation) ;o)
    • Re:Heavily modified (Score:5, Interesting)

      by psych031337 (449156) <psych0&wtnet,de> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @08:30AM (#2887294)
      As stated before, this is far away from being "stuff that matters".

      What bugs me as weird though, is the fact that the car had a new angine at a little more than 33000 miles. I know that Ferrari's are not really known for longevity, but the engines are commonly seen as the best parts of the entire car. How can you kill an engine with that few miles? He must have a terrible driving style... I don't think I would buy that car based on that info.

      And it will still be worth something 10 years from now

      It might be worth somethin, but not a lot. A buddy of mine has worked at the Hamburg (germany) outlet of Ferrari for three years. He had the time of his life, for sure, but also had his illusions taken away from him. These cars rock if you turn them in for heavy inspection every 5000miles or once a year and face a 8000 bill every time. If you dont, the thing will fall apart under your ass in less than 5 years. EVERYTHING is inferior save the engine, gearbox and suspension. The interior is cheap and cracks and chuckles in fast turns. The door fittings (the rubber parts) are porous after two years of middle-european weather (mild winters, actually). They start falling off in the third year. Also, rusting is an issue if you don't live in the middle of the desert (or Italy). People who use their Ferrari on a regular basis (daily driving, at least when road conditions permit) buy a Ferrari exactly ONCE. The only regular customers are those who drive their car a few times a year (and even those get rid of it after 3 years max).

      Ergo: The image is better than the cars.
      • by tgd (2822)
        I'm actually suprised he got that kind of milage out of a Ferrari engine (not at ALL known for reliability) running turbocharged (which is absolute HELL of an engine not designed for it), and that kind of power level. That is absolutely fantastic that he got that kind of lifespan out of his engine. I know people who have burned out $15k engines with $10k of mods on them in a couple thousand miles!

        As someone who has spent way too much money modifying cars, I can say for certain that reliability is entirely dependant on how well done the entire collection of modifications is. At that price level, even on a Ferrari, he didn't just slap a turbo on the engine and call it there. I'm sure there was a lot of fabricated parts that went to ensuring the whole package ran reliably, and clearly whoever did it did a fantastic job.
      • He mentioned that it had titanium pistons. I'm suspecting that the engine wasn't shot completely, but in order to add goodies like the pistons and other things which might add longevity to the car at its increased power, a "new" overhauled, custom-assembled engine was put in.

        Or, maybe being a rich young guy in a hot car, he trashed the motor.
      • by cgleba (521624)
        "If you dont, the thing will fall apart under your ass in less than 5 years."

        What do you expect from the country that brought you the Fiat (which the lovely Yugo was based on)? What can you expect from the country that tried to 'fix' the Leaning Tower of Piza just before the second World War and instead made it lean more then it ever had?

        Face it, the Italians make excellent food and have good style but they can't engineer for the life of them :)

        (this is in jest, obviosly)
        • A buddy of mine [worked for] Ferrari for three years [and] had his illusions taken away . [...] People who use their Ferrari on a regular basis buy a Ferrari exactly ONCE

        Sounds like your buddy should have done his research. Ferrari's have always been (practically) "sold as seen" even when new, and Enzo was notorious for the contempt he showed for customers who brought theirs back with a problem. Ferraris were and always have been sold as ongoing projects, not finished vehicles. Heck, maybe the $100k Romero blew on this folly was just to keep it running.

        • What bugs me as weird though, is the fact that the car had a new angine at a little more than 33000 miles

        Various .plans down the years indicate that Romero's use of his toy was tooling about at 25mph blipping the throttle to attract attention, intersperced with bouts of frenzied drag racing (you know, like real car racing, but modified for a ten second attention span). It's a wonder it's lasted as long as it has, to be honest.

        By the way, I'm not criticising Romero's essential childishness, as I own an equally impractical Lotus 7 replica, I'm just narked because I had to build my folly lovingly by hand from bits of old Fords, while Romero blew $200k of our and venture capital money for his toy, and is still trying to promote it as "cool" (not cool enough for him any more though) rather than having the panache to market it as what it is: a hugely useless, stupid and self indulgent penis extension. Come on John, show a little self awareness. Your cred went in the trash at the same time as all those copies of Daikatana.

      • As stated in other posts, John Romero was a kind of 90's game-designing rock star. His conspicous excesses, trophy girl, and dubious new-money lifestyle became emblematic of dot.com and new tech millionaire waste in general. Thus, the fact that Romero is selling his Ferrari (an object scorned and ridiculed at Oldmanmurray.com, among others) is also emblematic of how the mighty have fallen.

        And, to accomodate an earlier post: no, long hair, especially girlish long hair, is *not* sexy on men. It's silly and immasculating. Anyone not half as "tough looking" as Lorenzo Lamas (ha!) comes off appearing oh-too-fey. This isn't 1988, John Romero. The '80's called, and they want...actually, you know what? The '80's didn't call you at all. Nobody is, in light of the Daikatana debacle.

        Rock and Roll, baby.
      • What bugs me as weird though, is the fact that the car had a new angine at a little more than 33000 miles. I know that Ferrari's are not really known for longevity, but the engines are commonly seen as the best parts of the entire car. How can you kill an engine with that few miles? He must have a terrible driving style... I don't think I would buy that car based on that info.

        Well, it was either Romero or Carmack who was featured in Car and Driver a few years back. Whoever it was, they didn't give a shit about longevity....they just did mods to boost performance.

        The article was great, as I recall, but unfortunately, C&D's archive on their web site doesn't go back that far.
    • When a car like this is modified it usually means that it was just a rich kids toy. Not someone that bought it because they loved the car. For the true lover, there's nothing but the original.

      Absolutely, unless you plan to actually race the car, kewl modifications almost always detract from the value.

      I have a '77 MGB which probably hasn't lost any value because it lost its CA emissions system many years ago and picked up some Weber Carbs. to replace the standard SU units, but the same mods on an E-Type or a TR would cut into value.

      As a performance car the problem with the TR is that it will spend more time in the shop than on the road. For not much more than the current bid price you can buy a brand new XK8 that will likly be trouble free. For less than the current bid price ($50K) you can buy a clean TR of the same year which has not been messed with.

      The last thing you want to do with a Ferrari is make it less reliable.

      The other problem with the car is that it is the wrong color, Ferraris are RED.

    • Plus, it doesn't appear that it'd be street legal (at least not in CA -- no catalytic converters or muffler).

      For that kind of money, go buy a new 911 GT; less HP, but at least it'll last more than two years.

  • by slashdot.org (321932) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:36AM (#2887013) Homepage Journal
    I'm waiting for him to get rid of his girlfriend [stevana.com]
  • Why does he expect it to sell for more then the Blue Book Nada value for the car (I garnered this from his 100,000 buy it now option and who knows what the reserve price is). Suffice to say John Romero really must be sorta full of himself, least in my opinion, if he thinks someone is foolish enough to pay almost twice the value of the car just cause he drove it?!?!?!?! Sure it has a new engine and updated body? But my question is what happened to the old engine? Then again what am I saying, I have met the guy a couple times and in my opinion he is full of himself.
    • "But my question is what happened to the old engine?"

      Running 14lbs of boost on stock NA pistons, connecting rods and crank either did a number on them or he feared that he would do a number on them and decided to rebuild the engine with stronger parts to handle the boost.

      All you need is for the engine to lean out ONCE at a good level of boost and you'll literally burn right through the pistons. He was probably screwing with his "fuel curve" via his laptop while driving and leaned out the engine.
  • by servasius_jr (258414) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @05:57AM (#2887051)
    Will /. be running adverts for QVC next?
  • Now we know the real cost of Daikatana. It sucked so bad that the guy had to go and sell his Ferrari. heh.
  • by Nazghal (550040) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @06:17AM (#2887086)
    Selling his car..
    Stooping to doing commander keen clones [monkeystone.com] for pocket pc for a living..
    He even recently cut his hair short (expect it on ebay soon?)
  • Shop around first (Score:2, Informative)

    by Metrollica (552191)
    If you really wanted that same model, you could find it from another less well known seller and end up paying less for basically the same car. Minus the mods made to it. Shop around first of all. You don't have to buy it off the famous John Romero.

    Description for anyone wanting it. [supercarstats.com]

    Now some other Ferrari Testarossas that are better deals

    http://www.findit.co.uk/uk/cars/ferrari/173188.h tm

    http://www.findit.co.uk/uk/cars/ferrari/174393.h tm

    http://www.findit.co.uk/uk/cars/ferrari/195377.h tm

    http://pro-auto.com/showroom/91fertest.htm
    • Forget that. Why woud you want a Ferrari when you can have a 10-second K-car?

      Check out this video [thedodgegarage.com].

      The cheer from the crowd is much cooler then the looks one gets for driving a Ferrari :).

      (BTW check out this guys site. . .he did it with a 2.2L 4-cylinder, lots of boost and no nitrous).
  • by edmudama (155475) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @06:51AM (#2887149)

    Adrian Carmack: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
    John Romero: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think with my rippin' Ferarri and my wad I could hook that up, cause chicks dig a dude with money.
    Carmack: Well, not all chicks.
    John Romero: Well the kind of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.

  • Is Slashdot becoming the Drudgereport?
  • Moderation. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Night0wl (251522) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .wodnai.> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @07:59AM (#2887251) Homepage Journal
    Why is it they never give me moderation points when good stories come along?

    I'm a funny guy, I prefer to moderate when things are funny. Instead they give it to me when some company is fined millions involving thinks I don't know or care about.

    Or when something scientific has happened over my head. I don't have a clue what's going on.

    But this story, I see lots of moderation needing to be done here. "Who the fuck is John Remero?" +1 Interesting.

    "Daikatana sucked!" +1 Insightfull

    "I can't believe it's not butter" +1 Funny.

    But for once, I find my self joining those usually modded down. This is news for nerds? Stuff that matters? Please.

    I don't care if bill gates sells his wifes vibrator. I don't want to hear about it. We might as well start posting submissions for Penny Arcade.

    "It's Monday, and PA is back at it!"
    Posted by Whomever: Todays, 2:45AM
    Timmy_l33t was first in line this morning, with important news about penny arcade! Amazingly they've posted yet another comic, this one apperently asking /. to stop linking them, and that HomeLAN is considering cancelling there sponsorship, isn't that a hoot?

    Flame, troll, funny, I don't really care. :p
  • by Faeton (522316) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @08:30AM (#2887292) Homepage Journal
    There's no muffler and no catalytic converters, just pure sound blasting out of the turbo, which acts as a kind of muffler.

    The lack of muffler and cat makes this car illegal for use on normal roads. But nowhere in the ad does JR mention that. Yet another undocumented feature.

  • by k0der (553208)
    but the mileage has past 31337
  • Normally I don't make these kinds of comments, but this really typifies the very antithesis of "Stuff that matters". Is there a story quota you were deperate to meet, or what??
  • no muffler or cats.. ok so you cant license this car in any of the 50 states or legally drive it on the road.

    I also like the "kenwood stereo that hides away so noone can see it" What the hell for? you're afraid that someone will break into the car to steal a $300.00 car stereo?? the window glass and damage from the break in would cost more. leave it in the open, and the doors unlocked.
  • Sorry, but unless you already have a Ferrari, I'd recommend against bidding on this one. Why? Ask anyone who owns one (I'm not one, fortunately), but you always buy them in pairs because one is always "in the shop." Not that they aren't great cars, but unless you have a place where you can drive it 150mph, the engines will always have problems. These cars are clearly built to be driven fast, and if you don't drive them fast, it's brutal on the engines.

    If you already have one and need another for those days when your other Ferrari is in the shop, then feel free to bid.
  • ...you must outbid me, John Romero. Hey, if someone would buy it for $1e5, why not up the ante to $1.2e5 to help make up for the Diakatana bust?
  • New engine ehh? -Oh yeah... that means this thing's been ragged out like my mom in a junior high crackfest...

    "Heavily modified"... Car lingo for: "Yeah.. we run drugs..."

    "you will swear you're in a top fuel dragster as the car geometrically accelerates to a top speed of 200 mph..." Yeah... down hill in tropical storm bertha..

    "A 10% non-refundable deposit will be required within 48 hours, and the balance must be paid within 5 working days..." Translation: My swiss bank account has mad interest so get yo ass a job

    "This is the most awesome Ferrari Testarossa you'll ever see." You.. have... *seen* a Ferrari... right?

    "Inside the car, add-ons include a cell phone, a Kenwood CD player, woofer-speaker box, and front and rear radar detectors." Golly gee really?

    "The floor mats are slightly worn as are the edges of the seats, but there are no tears or cuts anywhere inside." -Translation: Hey! I know your girlfriend... eh..

    "The rest of the body is just beautiful." ...but you'll see those sides after you pick it up, heh...

    "Amazing handling & smooth ride" -You've... never felt the clutch on a sports car have you?....
  • by nyquist_theorem (262542) <mbelleghem&gmail,com> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @10:32AM (#2887676) Homepage
    From his feedback:

    minakokenshou (387) Jan-05-01 10:11:29 PST 503523037

    Praise : Took awhile, but very polite. Thanks!


    Hmmm, sounds rather like that last game attempt of his, doesn't it?
  • by sunhou (238795) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @10:40AM (#2887724)
    From John's description of the car:
    The stereo is in a hideaway spot in the center of the car so when someone looks in, it's not there.

    Yeah, people often break the window of a $100,000 car just to steal the stereo. I'm glad whoever buys this car won't have to worry about that. He better also make sure he doesn't leave a $20 bill lying out in the open on the dashboard.
  • Personal cutdowns (Score:3, Insightful)

    by juju2112 (215107) on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @11:29AM (#2887964)
    Why do you all feel the need to insult John Romero?

    Why do you think he's "full of himself", and "egotistical"? Just because of some overzealous marketing department? On what basis do you make this statement?

    To you, he is only words on a screen. But he's a real person. When he reads all this, he will most likely feel insulted, hurt, or pissed off. Is there something wrong with treating your fellow man with respect?
  • The top of the page (Score:3, Interesting)

    by The Madpostal Worker (122489) <abarros.gmail@com> on Wednesday January 23, 2002 @11:39AM (#2888042)
    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
    Apache/1.3.20 Server at rome.ro Port 80
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 15:38:21 GMT Server: Apache/1.3.20 (Unix) mod_throttle/3.1.2 mod_bwlimited/0.8 PHP/4.0.6 DAV/1.0.2 mod_log_bytes/0.3 FrontPage/5.0.2.2510 mod_ssl/2.8.4 OpenSSL/0.9.6
    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
    Apache/1.3.20 Server at rome.ro Port 80

    Yeah, that is slightly disturbing. You would think he would have a real ISP.
    • He's got a real hosting service, I suspect that he didn't expect the page views that he just got today and didn't pay for the larger service agreement from them.

      He's obviously not being extravagant like he was with Ion Storm these days. The core Ion Storm crowd seems to have formed a new company called MonkeyStone [monkeystone.com] and they're producing games for handhelds (Something less ambitious than Daikatana and more easily done on a garage style development budget). The official offices are in Quinlan, TX (A small town some 15 or so miles to the south of Greenville, TX, a town 45 minutes drive time to the east on I-30 from the Dallas side of the DFW metro area...)- office space is dirt cheap there in Quinlan (it's not exactly "pricey" in Greenville, either...).

      Looks like he's going for the garage games route of develoment, etc.- something sustainable with reasonable resources. Your guess is as good as mine as to why he's selling it. Could be he's trying to capitalize the GBA version of his game (they DO have to pay a license fee to produce the game for GBA) or he just decided it was an expensive toy (read: penis extention) that he just couldn't justify anymore and is trying to shift it for that reason.
  • . . . I can't see paying some $60,ooo for a car. If it's speed you want (aside from the looks of a Testy) I can modify a freakin' [focaljet.com] Ford [fordrallyesport.net] Focus [focusfrenzy.com] that'll smoke that slashdotted machine to hell.

    I swear this isn't flamebait or a troll. I see this as the equivelant of buying a PowerMac instead of building the comprable machine yourself. Mod it to hell if you want, but the Ford team came in second overall in World Rally for 2001 and is poised for greatness in 2002 (Go Colin!!!)

  • But the slashdoting. The guy can't even afford decent hosting anymore :P
  • ... that informs us "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" ?? :)

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