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Comment: Corporate Lobbying and reform sabotage? (Score 1) 142

The reason this relic still exists is likely explained at 0:41 into the video where you can see the words "Iron Mountain" above the entrance. What can be processed with a few low power computers in a rack for a few hundred dollars a year is generating a mountain of cash for Iron Mountain in rental and consulting "fees".

Follow the money.

Comment: Tesla will not cave on this (Score 2) 387

by Coward Anonymous (#46231339) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

It is not a coincidence that Tesla has no dealerships. It likely never will.

This strong-arming is a perfect example for the reason. Dealerships wield in an inordinate amount of political power in their regions. The result hash been that once a manufacturer grants a dealership license to a dealership in a certain area, it is perpetual, geographically exclusive and irrevocable by the manufacturer. Unheard of conditions in practically any other business.

Tesla will sooner open its own dealerships across Ohio's state lines. The lost sales taxes will eventually prove irresistible to the coin operated legislature.

Comment: Re:This issue was solved years ago (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by Coward Anonymous (#45480379) Attached to: Online Car Retailer Launching Nation's First Car "Vending Machine"

No, the real reason the whole car buying experience is horrific is that there is no competition, by law. Car dealerships have indefinite, irrevocable monopolies in the regions they cover due to historical events that occurred 90 years ago. The real solution is to erase outdated laws, break the monopolies and open the market to real competition.

Here is a podcast about it:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/02/19/172402376/why-buying-a-car-never-changes

Comment: Drive it in Belgium (Score 1) 722

by Coward Anonymous (#45245181) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

I propose Google set their cars free in Belgium. If they can prove that they drive safely through Belgium I'll be somewhat convinced.

Why Belgium you ask? Belgium has a very extreme interpretation of yielding right of way at intersections to traffic coming from your right. So extreme that it often extends to blind intersections where you might not even be able to see there is a road intersecting on your right (think alleys in towns). You need to be familiar with the roads in question to know where to yield, otherwise there is no way for you to know what to do.

Comment: Classic EU bureaucracy (Score 2, Insightful) 791

by Coward Anonymous (#45119887) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Let's mandate an inferior standard and kill a superior standard so everyone can be the same on paper.

If you bothered to ask iPhone owners, you would find three things:

1. They enjoyed the same 30-pin connector for nearly a decade (a decade!) while other handset makers changed their connector and chargers for every new handset. They will likely enjoy the clearly superior Lightning connector for another decade.
2. They have no beef with their connector, or the cable - it works really well.
3. They don't care what Android is using or dream of having a compatible connector because they don't have an Android handset.

It's uniformity for the sake of a pencil pusher's concept of uniformity - not for consumers.

Comment: Re:I still want... (Score 1) 256

by Coward Anonymous (#44854513) Attached to: US, Russia Agree On Plan To Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Scalability.

The chemical weapons attack in Syria was a small one. It included a relatively small number of rockets with a small total payload on a single night. It managed
to kill ~1.5% of those killed in the Syrian civil war. In one night. It killed at 10x the rate of the rest of the war.

The Syrian population is largely defenseless against it (unlike a prepared military in WWI, for example) as nobody has supplies of gas masks and related protective gear. This was a small attack. Full scale attacks could wipe out entire rebel held cities of largely unprotected civilians overnight.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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