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Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 452

Well I was going to let it be since someone else who also didn't get the joke down moderated.

But since I got multiple responses while down modded...

It was a joke.

Playing on the idea that the ability to see A cup porn stars is a critical aspect of having a high quality life.

One dead frog at your service*

*This is an idiomatic expression. It refers to having to explain a joke. I am not literally killing a frog.

Comment Re: Getting a car repair (Score 1) 452

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) 452

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) 452

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) 222

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) 222

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) 352

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) 222

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.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.