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Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 436

Mine tend to last under 20k miles, and I seem to need new discs every 30-40k.

Yikes. I replaced one of the rotors on the truck when I did the brakes, but that was mostly because it was faster and more convenient for me to replace the rotor than to take it someplace and have it resurfaced. The other three were fine.

What kind of pads do you have? My truck came with semi-metallics and I replaced them with the same, but a lot of cars come with cheap organic pads that don't last very long.

Comment Re:I've never found it quick or easy to buy any ca (Score 1) 436

It took me nearly screaming at him to tear everything up before he would give in inch. Still pissed at myself for giving in to the "mandatory" processing fee and agreeing to 19.2K.

No need to scream. Just say, "the agreement was 19K out the door. Not a penny more.", and walk the moment they refuse to honor that. For bonus points (and because I'm a horrible human being), tell the closer that it makes you smile thinking about him explaining to the sales manager how he let you get away that late in the deal.

Comment Re:Someday electric cars may be the norm (Score 1) 436

The one thing limiting the transition to plug in electric cars is the infrastructure of charging stations or battery exchange locations allowing long distance travel.

And charging time. Unless you've got a Tesla, you're going to be waiting a few hours to recharge your car. Even if you *do* have a Tesla, it's still far longer to charge than it is to fill up a gas tank.

Comment Re:Better Question (Score 1) 436

These companies don't publish sales numbers but I'm willing to bet he's taken at least 1/4 of their business by how quickly they are trying to respond to a market they all said was pointless two years ago

Yes, the companies do publish sales numbers. You just have to know where to look.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla sold a little over 33,000 cars by the end of Q3 this year. Cadillac sells more than that in less than two months. Lexus and Mercedes are at 249,956 and 249,890 respectively for the year through Q3.

1/4 of their business? Hardly.

Comment Re:Easy solution - COSTCO does it better (Score 1) 436

It has been a long time, many years, since I purchased a car in person, the last few were via e-mail.

Same here. I decided which car I wanted, and determined exactly how much I wanted to pay, out the door. I emailed a number of dealers and explained that this was my price, and if they were willing to deal they should fax me a quote for my amount, with the key text "out the door". After doing this about six times, I got a quote from a dealer, drove down, and had the car a half hour later. They weren't real happy when they found out I already had the financing in place, but a quote is a quote. :-D

Comment Re:Jar Jar Binks (Score 3, Interesting) 424

Natalie Portman is an award winning actor and quite good in other movies.

The parent poster wasn't saying she was bad, and was pointing out that even she couldn't save Hayden's performance. The other obnoxious, annoying, incompetently-acting individual he was talking about was Jake Lloyd. Part of my disappointment was due to Christensen's performance, but a lot of it was due to the awful script and having to deal with Lucas's idea that Darth Vader was a whiny little bitch most of the time.

As for my part, I felt it was quite disrespectful to Sebastian Shaw's memory and career that he was replaced in the ending scene for no good reason. It doesn't make sense either - Obi-Wan's ghost was still old, as was Yoda's, so why is Anakin magically returned to his 20-something self when no one else is? And if you're going to replace Shaw with Christensen, why not also replace Alec Guinness with Ewan McGregor?

Comment Re:Great (Score 4, Interesting) 111

It's usually a little more subtle than that. Once the evidence is discovered via illegal means, the information is forwarded on to the local law enforcement folks, who then might tail the suspect until they do something *provably* illegal (tail light out, improper lane change, loitering, etc.). Once they have an excuse to detain the suspect, they can use dogs (also questionable, IMO) or whatever other *actual, documented* means (as opposed to "theoretical" means) to get the evidence that will then stand up to scrutiny in court. I imagine it often happens that the arresting officers themselves aren't even let in on the secret by their bosses. They're just told to look for a specific person or make/model of car with this license plate number, and find a reason to pull it over.

Your basic premise is sound though - it's still nothing more than a near-bulletproof means of gaining evidence illegally and keeping the true means by which it was discovered from the court. Lies of omission are still lies.

Comment Re:They have no plan (Score 1) 188

I photograph auroras for fun, and in learning about them... and as I am both a ham and an engineer... it does tend to provoke some paranoia. And as for the neighbors... this is Montana. :)

What are the auroras looking like lately? I'll be spending a week a little north of you in Lethbridge, AB, and it'd be awesome if that's far enough north to see anything.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux