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Comment: Re:Are they actually dialing up... (Score 1) 153

by Aereus (#49672623) Attached to: Closing This Summer: Verizon To Scoop Up AOL For $4.4 Billion
I finally got my dad to stop paying full price for his dialup account almost 15 years after he got cable internet. He now pays $3/mo through the same provider for just a "business email account" that forwards his old address (which was his sticking point). And the kicker—they had long since given up on updating the old email service, so it still only had 25 MEGABYTES of storage space. The new account has like 10GB and is probably ran through the Gmail backend. He still couldn't tell the difference when I asked him if he was logging into his email via the web login or the standalone email application though, of course.

Comment: Re:$30 (Score 4, Insightful) 515

That may be true, but there is something to be said for not having to be behind the wheel for those 6 hours. Train accommodations tend to be roomier than plane or bus, as well. People on business trips could take care of emails and preparations and arrive well-rested rather than restless and sore. Assuming this line has track priority, you would also get there in half the time or less.

Comment: Re:skating on the edge of legal? (Score 1) 302

by Aereus (#49629051) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas
Might they need revision? Sure. But part of taxi service is the social wellbeing consideration that they must operate at all hours, and to all areas of a city. If Uber is allowed to skirt any law they want and run conventional taxi services out of business, I hope you like having to pay $100 for a taxi ride home from the bar at 3am, or flat-out can't get a ride at all, because nobody wants to drive to X area.

Comment: Re:If i can't work on my car (Score 1) 292

by Aereus (#49408653) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car
I have a 2011 Mazda6, and had both of my low-beam headlight lamps fail within 2 days of each other, before I had time to replace the first one. Long story short: The bulb access is through the wheel well— behind the debris shield attached with about a dozen grommets. Of which you can only access half of them without removing the wheel itself. What should be a process that takes minutes was instead an agonizing 90 minutes in 10F weather with no gloves, as it was late at night and I was nowhere near home. I damn near ripped the liner out completely in frustration. The next day I went and paid the $65 extortion charge for replacing the other standard halogen bulb. Getting the brighter type I would have installed myself would have cost me closer to $100 from them.

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by Aereus (#49290225) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
Considering just the bottom line, I see automated vehicles as an inevitability, whether we like it or not. Companies will always seek more profit, and what's cheaper than having a driver you don't have to pay, works 24/7, will never complain or quit, and doesn't need benefits either. Lobbying will make this happen. They already own congress.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson