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Comment: Re:Far too expensive for a used car (Score 2) 65

by CrankyFool (#49607091) Attached to: Tesla Adds Used Models To Its Inventory, For Online Purchase

I'd be shocked if you also got the federal tax credit. For one thing, it could lead to fun games: Imagine if every purchaser of the car gets the $7500 tax credit.

I buy it from the factory, I get $7500 (but pay about $100K).
I sell it to you for $7500. You get $7500 back. It's free to you.
You sell it to me for $7500. I get $7500 back. I keep my car, and you just made $7500.

Repeat as necessary.

Comment: Re:LIbertarian principle (Score 5, Insightful) 437

by CrankyFool (#49584709) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

In a free country, businesses don't get massive government subsidies and de-facto monopolies. Also, in a free country, governments can decide no business serves their constituents well and decide to serve their constituents directly.

But that's not the ISP landscape right now.

Comment: Not a Netflix Algorithm (Score 2) 210

The article summary is, if not inaccurate, misleading. Sabah left Netflix almost three years ago, and now works for Workday.

This is an important distinction because A) Workday can make a reasonable case for this being a valuable product to offer their customers; and B) Netflix cannot (and, speaking as a hiring manager at Netflix, we get a little antsy when it comes to monitoring employees -- it's a pretty laissez faire environment here).

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 2) 536

The problem is that you can't back out of a home purchase after closing; during escrow, you can, based on any arbitrary rules you put in during the offer (assuming it got accepted). And of course, since you can't technically order the service until you own the house ... that probably won't work as well as you expect it to.

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 4, Interesting) 569

I'd guess that it's because the US is at the top of the list of "the person whose house you're about to invade is likely to be heavily armed."

I spent two weeks in the UK recently, with their largely-unarmed police force in full showing (mind you, I also walked by Buckingham Palace and Parliament, where I saw very heavily armed cops). They know that the vast majority of their citizenry is similarly unarmed.

Compare that to the US. I'm guessing SWAT officers are rather more trigger-twitchy because of that. I would be.

Comment: Re:Most geeks seem to think (Score 1) 252

by CrankyFool (#48731189) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

I finally got to the (current, temporary) end of the the comment page on this article, and I find this particular comment somewhat ironic, given that it seems like about 80% of the comments about floppies have been pro-floppy, anti-change-for-change-sake, "maybe there's a very good reason to use floppies in this case."

It may be that most geeks seem to think that tech should be bought every six months, but certainly most Slashdot commenters seem to think otherwise (and, in general, are prone to being luddites, in my experience -- manifested as profound distrust in new technology and a dismissal of any new tech that's not ready to be useful today, right now, in its current state).

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 440

by CrankyFool (#48609733) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Not to start an argument, but are you sure about the 2nd amendment?

I'm a documented permanent legal alien here (Green Card); I own numerous guns. While as a non-citizen I have to show one extra piece of ID when purchasing a firearm, even in California (known for restrictive gun laws) I have the ability to purchase every firearm that a citizen can. I've never seen any indication of permanent residents being treated differently in terms of the ability to own firearms compared to citizens, and it feels like if the 2nd amendment (which refers to "people," not "citizens") could be construed to not include residents, someone would have already passed a law taking that particular capability out of my hands.

Comment: Re:Raining on the parade (Score 5, Insightful) 172

by CrankyFool (#48509331) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Over the long term, you're going to die anyway.

If HIV becomes the sort of virus that basically will take decades and decades to kill you (with lots of medicine, it pretty much is already that, except that in a lot of countries you don't get "lots of medicine"), then its relevance to your lifespan decreases.

There's a form of prostate cancer that develops so slowly that if you're old enough when you get it, it's considered quite reasonable to not even treat it, but rather monitor it to make sure it continues to develop slowly.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"