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Comment Re:I love beating the dealers to pieces (Score 1) 439

So why not give him that price in writing? I went through the same thing a while ago. Called several dealerships, they gave prices. I told them I was going to ask around. They immediately offered a lower price on the condition that I took the offer right away. I told them I would consider the lower price if they'd mail it to me AND that I wouldn't even consider a new offer if their first offer was much higher than their competitors.

They all mailed me much lower prices than the best offer they made by phone. I forwarded the best offer to the other dealerships. Most offered slightly lower prices, some said they couldn't match. I went with the original best offer because the difference was marginal and I felt best about it (because their first offer seemed fair as the others didn't go much lower). Which I also told them and they seemed to appreciate. Got friendly and helpful service.

I do hate negotiating, but when it's about a lot of money I feel I have no choice.

Incidently, a little while later, as I was still in a negotiating "rush", I tried to negotiate the price on groceries and it actually worked. I felt like a cheapskate and probably won't do that again, but it really surprised me how this is possible while most people won't even think about it.

Comment Re:broccoli? (Score 1) 257

My children like broccoli too. Actually they like all vegetables. I think it depends on the way they are prepared. A lot of people treat vegetables as a necessary evil which has to be boiled down to a mush and has to be eaten to be granted the reward of a big chunk of meat.

Don't get me wrong, I love meat. But I love vegetables too. You just have to prepare them well. For example broccoli is easy to overcook and you cannot keep it fresh for more than a few days.

Comment Solution (Score 1) 20

I'm not convinced that this solution works until I see it in Kerbal Space Program.

Also, I'm a bit dissapointed that the solution is presented as an animation which is constantly sped up and down and rotated and with music playing. I would have liked something a bit more scientific, for example a narrator explaining the most important events and HOW they actually reached this solution and why it is so special (better than the others).

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

Although I own a car I never use it for shopping. I can pack one week of groceries for five people on my bike. Although I usually go shopping twice a week so I can eat more fresh food. If I need extra capacity I can take a family member to carry the rest. The shopping mall is two miles from my home, but I used to live in a different place where the nearest decent shops were 10 miles away. It never bothered me to go shopping by bike. Get some fresh air, exercise, relaxation and save on gas and parking.

Comment Re:Possible problems (Score 1) 183 (dutch)

They will experiment on how to add traction and say they might add sand or gravel if they can't solve this problem with just plastic. On the topic of degradation they claim that plastic is being used outdoors a lot already without problems. I am not sure if the circumstances are comparable though.

Comment Re:Expansion / Contraction? Damage? (Score 1) 183

These questions remain largely unanswered. It is mostly just an idea, I wouldn't even call it a concept just yet. There is more information in dutch here:

They claim it is weatherproof and can handle temperatures from -40 to +80 degrees Celcius, but I cannot find any science to back this up. They haven't worked out how to link the segments yet. No word about damage repair, but they do mention they want to use it for bicycle roads first. On the subject of fire they say they are looking into a fireproof coating (which I think is highly dubious).

Comment Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 230

True, however skimming the articles I skipped your post because the capital MURICAN. It might be my loss because I missed a potentially brilliant insight, but then again, you are the one broadcasting the message and you're missing listeners because of the way you write

Comment Re:why not crack down on the rioting protesters? (Score 1) 177

I thought I'd help out a bit and look it up. FACT: something said to be true or supposed to have happened. So it's a fact that the uber passenger experience is nicer, because Noah Haders said so, and I agree with him. The fact may be proven wrong, but that's beside the point. After all, we're just arguing semantics...

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 1067

I'm afraid your post won't get much notice here, buried a few comment layers deep off the front page. It's unfortunate that you didn't provide this background with your question, because it would probably have led to a more interesting discussion.

Anyway, I think it has been sufficiently pointed out to you that the universe will come to an end if you equal divide by zero to zero. However, I do feel your frustration. I too work on reporting tools which have very unreliable inputs and making sure the program catches all the errors takes up a large chunk of my time. I have much respect for your position to try to cater to anyone.

Yet it would still be a very bad idea. You just can't know what people will do with your statistics, even though you don't think they are important at the time you make them available. Most likely they will make decissions based on your statistics (otherwise why would they want them) and when they're not correct things can go very bad.

As others pointed out, there are plenty of occasions where zero will be an acceptable solution, but this should always be a conscious decission.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 3, Insightful) 1067

Right, I don't even... ehh... totally confused. It's not aprils fools right? Did this article get approved just to mock the submitter, or has Slashdot gone totally of the rails? Ok don't answer that last question.

Maybe the submitter would care to submit an example of where he thinks it would be appropriate to equal divide by zero to zero, because I honestly don't know where to start.

Comment Re:carsickness (Score 1) 435

If I could turn the front seats in my current (small) car backwards, there would be plenty room for a decent table. Most tabletop games don't need a huge table. I suppose it depends on where you live whether the roads offer enough stability. That and magnets.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.