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Comment: Re:Thoughts (Score 2) 152

by MMC Monster (#47946621) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Pretty sure they hit the '25,000 electric cars to the people' mark. ;-)

As for buying cars from dealers, I've been in quite a few purchases myself. The only dealer I had a reasonably good experience with was Saturn.

With Lexus, Jaguar, and BMW, there was a lot of negotiation. I had to go to several dealers to get competing prices (which were *always* with a spread of $2-3K). In addition, the push was always to buy something either off-the-lot or something that they could have brought over from another dealer's inventory within 2-3 days.

I was with my dad when he went to get his BMW 5 series. They pushed him into a few options he wasn't particularly interested in because they could get the car to the lot in 2 days. And once he signed the contract, it was a done deal. He called the dealership a couple hours later and wanted a different color, and the answer was that the car was already on it's way from across the state. It arrived more than a week later with barely a 'sorry for the delay' from the dealer.

Comment: Re:Expert. (Score 0) 329

Whether or not his new digital music format can or cannot be pirated is something that remains to be seen

Can you listen to it with your headphones of choice?

The answer to this will be 'No'. The obvious way Apple is going is to change the audio output jack to the headphone to something proprietary like Lightning.

(It won't work, but it will fail like FireWire did. A few people will buy it, but at best it will be an accessory port in addition to the standard audio jack.)

Comment: Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (Score 1) 329

Not necessarily. Whenever I make a call, I am interacting with the audio stream from the other end of the line.

Perhaps he's suggesting musicians just get (900) numbers and publish them.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pay to have U2 sing to me live via my phone, but some others may.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 2) 609

Or they could have set the price to $0 for the next 1 or 6 months or something like that.

I'm not a U2 fan. I think I like one or two of their songs. I have no interest in getting their new album (or being some of the people counted as why their new album went Double-Platinum).

If, instead, I was given a free $10 gift card from Apple to anything in their catalog, I would be happy to make my own selections.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 194

by MMC Monster (#47886039) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Because many human drivers totally lose it in a roundabout. Especially here in the U.S. If you ever drive in one that just pops up in an area without them, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Some drivers have no idea who has right of way and will come to a dead stop in the round. Others (I swear I've seen this) try to make a U-turn when they miss their exits and get confused at all the oncoming traffic, and others try to zip through, (probably) thinking that you're supposed to maintain speed when entering the circle.

I cringe whenever I see one in PA (I've only encountered a couple so far). I don't even want to think about dealing with Jersey drivers in one.

Comment: You, too? (Score 4, Interesting) 363

by MMC Monster (#47860279) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

As someone who lives and works in the U.S., I love BBC. Listen to BBC news radio on the way to work every day (free streaming on TuneIn Radio) and watch several BBC shows on cable.

In fact, BBC is something I wouldn't mind spending extra money to get a 'TV license' for, just like they force people in the UK to pay.

So offer me one. Give me a internet license for BBC online and let me stream it from whereever I am on the planet. If you want you can do it by creating your own VPN and renting that to me.

Comment: Re:WIl they use my tax money? (Score 2) 260

by MMC Monster (#47855067) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Could be a while. as they don't even have a design released to the public for the Model 3 and the Model X is still pre-production.

I took a plung and bought the Model S.

Best car I've ever driven in any class with very good handling in the rain. This will be my first winter with it and I want to see how it will do with the original all-weather tires.

It's not for everyone at it's price tag. But I do get a lot of questions from people that own high-end luxury cars. Much more so than economy cars. Toyota has nothing to worry about from the current iteration. Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes do (and so do their dealers).

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