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Comment: Small portion? (Score 1) 622

by CHK6 (#49528927) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
I happen to own a 2013 Toyota Camry and I'm a slight road warrior putting in at minimum 110 miles a day for work. The biggest expense I have had to my all gas vehicle was a $2K dealership replacement of my rear axle hub assembly after 130K miles. Considering I replace the oil every 5K at $45 a pop, I have spent to date $3350 in oil changes and one repair. Add in the vehicle cost and I have just under $24K for everything.

I have roughly paid $15K in gas alone so far. Trust me gas prices is not a small portion for some of us. Once I see the average TCO of hybrids drop at or below a 20% difference on the same all gas vehicle with the same full range, I'll change.

Comment: Re:Dealerships HAVE become more cost competitive (Score 1) 649

by CHK6 (#49518305) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
After 30 years I haven't found an honest dealership yet. I was all into "have the dealer do it" with my last car, but after a routine oil change (that I brought in my car every 5K on the spot) with 30K on the board and they tried to get me to buy a new oil pan because they stripped out the oil plug. Please... After informing them it was them that stripped the plug and with records of every oil change they did in hand, I was clear enough in their showroom floor that they handled that issue.

Comment: I felt a great disturbance in the force (Score 1) 540

by CHK6 (#49512343) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
I felt a great disturbance in the Force... as if millionaires suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Please tell me G. Lucas will be naming the streets and park too? Every low income housing needs two parks; toddlers and kids. One call Jarjar Binks Playground and the other shall be called The Temple of Doom.

Comment: Been there done that - twice (Score 2) 536

by CHK6 (#49343751) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home
My first experience was exactly like yours. The second time before making the purchase, but had earnest money down, in a rural area I told the sellers I would be ordering high speed internet to their house 30 days prior to signing. I told them the final condition after all was said and done was I needed high speed internet. Once the tech came out, wired the house, and flipped on the router I confirmed the house did indeed have high speed internet. The sellers were relieved and I was happy I wasn't moving into an Internet brown zone. If I didn't get high speed access, I'm only out $500. Lessons learned.

Comment: They fear making the wrong choice (Score 1) 269

by CHK6 (#49334837) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple
I believe the Millennials are an all-in social group. And to point out the flaws of something they whole heartily given themselves into is taken as a personal attack on them and their decision making abilities. And the idea of you cannot tell another their opinion is incorrect is taken to the extreme of fanatical fandom. Whatever they are into is their religion and faith. They also show traits that if you point out a flaw, inconsistency, or area that needs improvement, then what you you must be willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Millennials are extremely passionate and if they are on your side all is great and if not well then you find yourself in the position of a pariah. It all boils down to they fear they are going to make the wrong choice and they do not want anyone or thing to disrupt their bubble.

Comment: International (Score 1) 108

by CHK6 (#49326377) Attached to: IBM Will Share Tech With China To Help Build IT Industry There
I think readers are forgetting that the I in IBM stands for International. I'm still a firm believer that by opening up China to a wider global market helps the people of China and prevents China from becoming something akin to a N. Korea with nukes. Sure there is some beef that China is actively seeking to undermine the Internet and gain access to US technology and secrets. But who isn't?

Comment: Re: Laptop? That's so 00's (Score 1) 385

by CHK6 (#49287943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
Well, I'm definitely not saying a cloud server should be used in leu of university supercomputer lab. Rather answering the question. The costs of a cloud server is better than a laptop. Laptops can be stolen, broken, and really bad at power consumption with moderate to heavy computer loads. Unless there is no connectivity, I see little reason to have a high end laptop.

Comment: Laptop? That's so 00's (Score 1) 385

by CHK6 (#49286397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
If the solution can be on Windows or Linux, then personally I would provision a sever in AWS or Azure that houses all of the heavy specs needed to do her work and research. Slap on VNC or RDP on the server and be done with it. Just make sure she turns off the server when not in use to reduce monthly costs.

All my laptops act as dumb terminals to my real work in the cloud. You can thank me later when her laptop goes belly up.

Comment: Worse than? (Score 1) 322

by CHK6 (#49282885) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
I cannot see how we treat software pirates worse than murders and rapists in the literal sense. But I will say the heavy handed justice department has been overly tenacious at punishing non-violet crimes; specifically in the technology realm. So I understand your sentiment in scale of comparison.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein