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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.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 2) 377

by Hodr (#47253331) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Except that isn't always the case. After shopping around for a while I found a decent deal where I only paid a $3k premium for the hybrid version of the vehicle I wanted. According to fuelly.com I am averaging 26mpg better than the average for the non-hybrid version. So, even accounting for my driving more conservative than most people, I will still make up that $3k in 3-4 years given the amount of driving I do.

And I keep my cars for 8-10 years. So in my case the hybrid option definitely made sense and will be a money maker for the majority of my vehicle ownership.

Comment: Re:Just imagine "if" (Score 1) 347

by Hodr (#47253225) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Or the IRS could have their networks managed in a similar fashion to the Navy / Marines (The Navy Marine Corps Intranet, NMCI, managed by a private company).

They archive your mail, and they encourage you to use encryption. But, they don't seem to be very good at restoring lost mail. They are iffy about restoring CAC certs, and if you encrypted something with your EFS cert, forgetaboutit.

So, you may get your mail back only to find out that you don't have the rights to view that mail or the ability to find the certs.

Comment: Re:OCA (Score 1) 184

by Hodr (#47245401) Attached to: Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

So I don't necessarily disagree with anything you say, but please explain what exactly gives a State judge the right to appoint themselves arbitor of Federally classified information? And even if they were granted acess, and then released what information they deemed to be "safe", how would that make them different than any other person who illegally releases classified information they believe the public should know about?

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