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Comment Re: Getting a car repair (Score 1) 355

My "genuine dealer service" accidentally put power steering fluid into my brake system ruining it.

At first they were going to fix it but once it went north of $3000, they balked and said a prior maintenance 7,000 miles previously might have put the fluid in (since i came to them for the one 3,500 miles before).

In the end, they gave me a verifiably good deal on a replacement new car when I pointed out they could fix the car for almost "free" since it was mostly labor.

Since then, I always tell the service tech this happened on a prior visit before they start and I always check the fluids before I leave the lot.

But there is nothing magical about a particular mechanic.

I agree on the warranty. Now that I've retired I will probably be exiting 'new car land' in another 5 years and be in the land of used cars again.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 3, Insightful) 355

You can still buy the "less expensive" incandescent bulbs that are actually much more expensive than LED's now (plus the risk of changing high lights on a ladder every 9 months.

Did you read the parent post? This is a case of buyers who want to buy electric... who walk in prepared to buy electric... and the sales people steer or even actively push the buyer away from electric. Mainly- again from the article- because the electric car will cost the buyer LESS money on maintenance.

You can bet the dealerships have set up commission structure to encourage sales of gasoline cars too.

Electric cars don't make as much sense as they did in 2014 with oil breaking $40 a barrel. But in 2-3 years oil is going to scream back up to over $100 (inflation adjusted) a barrel (it's done it twice before) and electric cars will be almost free to buy then when you consider improvements in battery life and capacity combined with an average $16,000 gasoline savings vs an average $1600 electricity cost. Plus another $4,000 in reduced maintenance costs.

The gas car is the "less expensive" bulb that breaks down and requires more maintenance AND burns 10x the energy that that the "more expensive" bubls do.

Most LED bulbs (now at $4.98) pay for themselves in 3 months now. The rest is free money from reduced energy bills.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 355

For my last three honda's, I used internet pricing.

I send an email to each dealerships requesting a bottom line final offer quote and then go buy from the best price.

One time I got their and they tried to change the price (which was ironically about $700 over the next price but at a more convenient location). I walked out the door and got the car cheaper at the other dealership. After getting service there a few years, I switched to the more convenient dealer (probably bad practice on my part encouraging the scammy dealer but it was a half hour difference in driving time each way).

Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 219

States are people.

Allowing the creation of states with 38 million people 2 senators while other states with 560,000 people also got 2 senators warps government tremendously.

If the founding fathers had any idea this was possible, they would have probably set limits on how big a state would be and we would have 200 to 400 states.

Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 219

Very interesting. It wouldn't fix the problem since it says to limit to at least 200 representatives and at most 1 representative per 40/60 k citizens (they'd probably resolve the senate and house versions to something like 50k.

But thanks a lot. I'd never heard of this odd corner of the u.s.a.'s history and constitution.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 5, Informative) 325

Having been with windows since win 3.11 (and the amiga os before that), I can honestly say this time is different.

Partially it's the stronger drive to a subscription model but mostly it's the spyware aspects of the new O/S.

A tablet or phone can probably do the same shit and get away with it but the PC is a PC. You are supposed to own it- it's not supposed to own you, spy on you, force installation of programs, block installation of programs and generally be owned by the company even tho you paid for it.

I could see dividing between a "serious" PC based on linux (which I've noodled with for the last six years) with a generic software stack that runs on multiple O/S. (Blender, GIMP, Libreoffice, Minecraft, etc.) and then a game machine which I don't use seriously, don't use for financial stuff, etc. But, as I play more boom beach (etc.) my motivation to have a PC for gaming has been declining. I'm more likely to use an inexpensive console for gaming.

8.0 was merely bad. Windows 10.0 is the devil.

Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 2) 219

If we had scaled representation as the population of the nation grew, it would be much more difficult to buy representatives.

Representation at levels we had when the country was founded would result in over 9,000 representatives today-- over 500 from LA and New York city each.

Likewise- Senators are grossly unrepresentative with some citizens having one senator per 280,000 citizens while other states have one senator per 19,000,000 citizens.

If states had been kept smaller and were divided by roughly equal populations, we would have over 600 senators.

It would be very tough to buy half of them. Votes would matter more. And as a voter, you'd know your representative better.

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge (Score 1) 166

The company that I was very fortunate to retire from is now in year 6 of a 3 year SAP project. People there tell me the schedule has now been officially adjusted from a 3 year project to a 20 year project to be completed in 2030.

Infosys told them it had SAP expertise and then failed to deliver. The company even had to hire back some of the people it laid off at higher salary.

Dumb dumb dumb.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 1) 166

And when you sell the company to cash out, all of those employees will be screwed heavily about 90% of the time.

In many cases, the customer list will be taken, the employees will be dumped, the physical and software capital will be ash-canned.

You can never depend on a company to take care of you unless is it in writing.

For most employees, if they stay at a company over 10 years, they are screwed if the job ever ends.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 135

Most of the money held by the top 1.67% is not in salary. It's not a result of productive work.

Most of it is invested in a way prioritized to cause the rest of society to 'race to the bottom' through a combination of automation, offshoring, and elimination of choice (80/20 selling) with the 80% being much lower quality goods than we used to get.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.