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Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 150

by sumdumass (#47950105) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

There is more to it than that. Buying and selling car between commercial entities is highly regulated. For instance, you need a special license to open a new or used car lot, even if that lot is your driveway. Many states even have laws that consider you to be a commercial sales entity if you purchase and sell more then so many cars in a year (5 or 6 in my state).

But you also need special licenses if you want to purchase junk cars, salvaged vehicles and so on. The regulations by the state goes well beyond dealerships getting burned by the manufacturers. Its because the public was harmed- salesman lies about condition of car or the car is a lemon- warranties voided for not being serviced at a specific location or using a specific branded product- selling car with leans on the titles so the new owner ends up getting them repossessed by third parties. There are lots of reasons, even the little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday stems reasons.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 150

by sumdumass (#47950043) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

The law should not bind Tesla or any other new manufacturer to a business model GM and Ford designed many decades ago that puts the new entrant at a competitive disadvantage.

It most certainly should bind them. If you don't like the law, get it changed. But any law on the books needs to apply to everyone equally. Every other automobile company has to play by those same rules. think of how much cheaper toyotas would have been if they were mail order back in the day (and they were both cheaper than American cars and got better fuel economy). How about the Yugo, you saw specials of 2 for one for just $9,000.

If you do not like the laws, get them changed. But until then, anyone wanting to join the circus must erect a tent.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 395

by LWATCDR (#47948655) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

I have seen it a lot in the arts.
Gay men trying hook up with straight men and accepting that their advances are unwanted.
Straight women trying to hook up with gay men that are just not interested.
Straight men hitting on straight women that are not interested.
Straight women hitting on married or men in committed relationship.

You name it and it has probably happened.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 150

by sumdumass (#47943739) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

You mean they will not let a manufacturer open a car lot in their state? Or is it that they will not allow yhem to act as one without a physical presence the state can regulate?

This seems a lot like Uber and Lift were people want every business regulated then are shocked to find they are subject to regulation if they act like a business or that their favorite business is regulated too.

Comment: PDP11 (Score 1) 266

by danheskett (#47942197) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I had a PDP11 in my basement, all full working, with loads of equipment to go with it. I had a fun time learning about the genesis of the industry and learning about the internals and workings of the machine.

Then I had a housefire. The machine and all of its components were completely ruined. I had a good laugh explaining it to the insurance adjuster. I think I got decent money for it because it was an antique, but it was limited because I didn't declare it separately on my policy.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 150

by sumdumass (#47941801) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Because they sold the rights to sell those items with restrictions on competition (franchises called dealerships) in various areas of the states and laws have been created to both enforce those rights and restrictions and protect the consumers from the fraudulent acts of unaccountable people.

And actually, they likely can deliver right to your door, they will do it the same way 1800 flowers does business and use a local dealer as the intermediary who actually procures the vehicle and delivers it. I'm not sure how they can get around dealer markup so it will likely cost. I know there are some dealerships that will deliver purchased cars to your front door. Some will even pick up and return vehicles for maintenance and repairs ( I saw both when I was in New Jersey- Ford, Mercedes, and I think it was Audi. there may be more)

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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