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Comment Re:Me too. (Score 1) 207

It's largely because of context. I *hate* how my dealership inserts itself between me an my purchase and tries to siphon off money for itself. I went through the trouble of looking for the *same* model and make of my previous purchase between two dealers - and got two "rock bottom" prices that were $1000 different. I know they were "rock bottom" prices, because the dealership told me so.

Now, it depends on the total price of the car but, given a new car in the $30k range, that isn't a big difference (Would you be upset if someone said a rock bottom price was $100 and another said it was $97?)

One dealer may be paying a lot more to occupy their lot - or may have less sales volume, requiring them to make up the overhead over fewer purchases.

Now, I'm not saying you want to pay $1k more but, percentage-wise (assuming a $30k vehicle) a 3% difference is pretty minor - or may be due to something as weird as different rims on the car.

Comment Re:Bad practice. (Score 1) 242

However, if someone renders you unconscious, they can take your hand and unlock your phone - and you'll have no idea whether you were robbed in the normal sense, or robbed and forced to unlock your device (which might have your saved banking and credit card passwords).

Of course, the real solution is to decide who/what you need to protect against and plan for that. If you are worried about someone in your family that could take advantage of you when you are exhausted, sick or inebriated - then a password is better. Protection against regular criminals - a fingerprint is probably the way to go. Someone targeting you, who is willing to commit assault to get what they want - a password might be better. Unless they would hit you with a $5 wrench to get your password. In that case you are pretty much screwed.

Comment Finally (Score 1) 187

Finally - an advantage to being an old guy. All you young kids can worry about your DNA privacy AND get off my lawn!

In all seriousness, privacy is being eroded from so many directions, if we (and by we I mean almost everyone) don't start fighting against it, we will discover that the War on Privacy is over, and we have lost. In fact, between Facebook, Google, ISPs and electronic health records, it's probably over already - but I want to be optimistic.

Comment Re:Failing upwards (Score 1) 198

It appears to me sometimes, that a lot of CEOs spend their entire tenure as CEO . . . as NOT being the CEO. Instead, they spend all of their time doing interviews on CNBC and conference calls with with Wall Street analysts.

That's what CEOs are supposed to do. If they are publicly traded, they need to manage Wall Street since those funds are generally the majority stakeholders in the company. Also, you do interviews to get your corporate message out there, and get a little free publicity.

Comment Re: Reasons things fail (Score 2) 118

2) Scope creep (the customer asked for a no-frills Ford, then says they need air, cruise, and a high-end stereo/GPS)

Or, they say they don't need air, cruise and a high-end stereo and then complain it is too hot, doesn't maintain its speed and they aren't able to hear any music during their test drives.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 2) 267

Thankfully polling has been done on privacy issues with results freely available to all:

Here's the problem with the poll - they ask people about privacy, security and surveillance - but they don't test to see if people understand those topics, or how much they REALLY care about it.

For example, people claim they care about things being made in America - - However, one look at how much we import from overseas, and it is obvious how much they (don't) care.

Here's a (bad) car analogy - if I asked, "Do you want cars to be safer?" Most people would probably answer, "Yes." However, if I followed that with, "Do you want cars to be limited to 35 MPH?" Most people would think I'm crazy.

Here's the reality - even people who are aware of their data, how it might be shared, and are actively trying to protect it, are leaking data like a sieve. Most aren't willing to go to the lengths necessary to protect their information properly. Using gmail or any web mail provider? You are leaking information. Buying something online? Name, address, credit card info. Carrying a cell phone? GPS location and contacts. Using iCloud, Dropbox or any online storage service? I hope you have everything encrypted - and I mean your encryption, not their baked in service. I also hope you have never accidentally clicked a link or ad you didn't intend to (or even intended to) - because that info is going all over the place. See the complexity of ad networks here:

You might claim you care about privacy, security and surveillance; but how much effort are you really putting into protecting it?

Comment Re:Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter (Score 2) 232

Just to be a spoil-sport, "subsequent encounter" isn't that they've experienced whatever injury again, it's that a complication popped up after primary treatment, such that they need more medical care.

What you describe is known as sequela which also has a code.

From Wikipedia:
In ordinary language it may be described as a further condition that is different from, but a consequence of, the first condition.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, so I could be mistaken.

Comment Re:Must be Silicon Valley (Score 1) 264

Except a $250k house in the midwest is probably large, with a big yard and close to work. In San Francisco, Alex has a multi-hour commute, higher taxes on his house and not much space if he has children.

I had a 45-minute commute when I lived in Iowa because I lived in a small town about 30 miles out. However, in that town you could get a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house on 2 acres for less than $100k. So, having the same commute as SF, but saving crazy amounts of money, is an option...

Comment Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 250

So, yes, I am getting a raw deal because I am raising kids that will contribute to me and to you and you are getting a free ride by having no kids.

Are your kids using public education? Using public playgrounds? Are you getting a tax break for more dependents?

Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 2) 410

Los Alamos, or Santa Fe is probably where I'd live given the chance though.

I would recommend you give Albuquerque a chance (that's where I live). If you want less crowded, you can live in the east mountains (Tijeras, etc.) I live on the east side of the city, and I am 2 blocks from the foothill trails, and a 5-minute drive from the tram that will take you to the top of the mountain.

The cost of living is far, far cheaper than living in Santa Fe; and the coffee shops don't close at 7:00pm like they do in Los Alamos.

Comment Re:better idea (Score 1) 166

Yes. And everyone is losing money - including the Saudis.

However, in a few months, when the fracking industry has been destroyed, and the tar sands have been shut down, the prices will return to "normal". It will take years for production to ramp up to where it was before the drop in prices, with the Saudis (and OPEC) reaping all of the profits.

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