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Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 2) 749

by Hodr (#47455741) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

I know Slashdot isn't all one mind, but I seem to remember the arguments from our European members being the opposite when it came time to try Microsoft for being a monopoly.

How can the EU fine a US company? Simple, they fined the portion that was incorporated in the EU.

This is the same issue; The US is not going after the EU Microsoft corporate entity, they are going after the US corporate entity. That these may be the "same" company (like a person with dual citizenship) is not really the issue. They can ask the US company to provide the data (wherever it is located), and if they refuse they can be held in contempt, found to be obstructing, etc.


Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by Hodr (#47455687) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

You already have so many replies this one is bound to get buried, but I wanted to point out that you are missing the legal argument completely.

This absolutely NOT an issue of sovereignty or one country imposing its will on another.

This is the same as if they have you in custody and subpeonaed evidence you stored in another country. Sure, you don't have to turn it over and they likely can't force anyone in that country to get it for them, but they still have you and can find you in contempt of court.

So, Microsoft doesn't need to turn over the data, but they would presumably get hit with a heft fine if they don't.

Comment: Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (Score 1) 208

by Hodr (#47314665) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

So if you could only own one video game at a time (like most people only have one cell phone with one OS), then the market can shift like you propose.

But that isn't the case, and for many a video game (even at $60) is an impulse buy. It doesn't have to be the best, or even all that good, to maintain a decent market share.

Comment: Re: Controversy? (Score 1) 215

by Hodr (#47271433) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Just like so many other things that the rest of the world like to complain about the American's making use of (Imperial measurement, colonialization, etc.) we got the word Soccer from.......the English.

Yup, Soccer was the word the English gave to the sport to differentiate it from other games of foot ball like rugby foot ball(or basically any game concerning a ball that wasn't done from horseback).

So the question you may want to ask is not "why do American's call it soccer", but rather "why did England/other english speaking countries decide to change the name, causing most to follow".

Comment: Re:One example (Score 1) 455

by Hodr (#47270755) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Admittedly I have only purchased two cars new, but my experience was that you can negotiate on an out the door price. My process was to find a model I was interested in, wait until they were motivated to sell, then started e-mailing.

I e-mailed all 7 of the dealers within 60 miles of me and asked for a no kidding out the door price, and told them not to figure in a single incentive that the general public wouldn't qualify for (good student, military, etc.).

Then I took the best price and e-mailed those who were close to that price and told them they had one more chance.

In both cases I came out with a price that was well below what truecar says is a good price, and when I wen't in to buy it was easy. I had financing in hand and when I got to their closer (the guy who upsells you) I just said no to every single thing he offered and walked out with the keys 20 minutes later.

Comment: Re:Not 10K (Score 1) 377

by Hodr (#47253985) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Just going to mention that the theory sounds good, having two systems means suffering the disadvantages of both. That said, the evidence has shown many hybrids to be among the most reliable cars on the market.

My car (2012 Prius C) was rated the most reliable car of any class that year by Consumer Reports (who otherwise disliked the car) and JD Power & Associates, based on an industry wide study of maintenance (scheduled or otherwise) and non-collision related repair work.

Comment: Re:Keep it Apples vs Apples. (Score 1) 377

by Hodr (#47253731) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

So the Prius C, not the Prius is the equivalent model to the Yaris. And while the breakeven is still pretty high, the cars are not exactly similar internally.

The Prius C has more inside room (despite having the same frame), and has a much nicer trim level.

I actually set out to find the best deal on a Yaris and ended up buying a Prius C because the cost difference was only $3k.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

by Hodr (#47253559) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

2/3rds the price, and 2/3rds the mileage. Fuelly shows the average Fit getting 35Mpg and the average Prius C getting 51. If you live in a warm climate, the Prius C numbers will be much better. I have been averaging 58 (measured, 60 according to the car itself) without even trying, and can easily get over 60 if I try to employ all of the tricks (pulse and glide, drafting, etc).

But a short commute and cold climate will kill your mileage. I have found I lose 10+Mpg on my 6 mile commute during the winter.

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