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Comment: Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (Score 2, Interesting) 352

by Strudelkugel (#46784073) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

I sympathize. I have a similar story about my former Benz. At 70K miles I had repair problem with the motor. MB's fault really, had to have been set up wrong at the factory. Cost of repair was about $7K. They put in $2K, but I had to fork over the rest. I will never buy another Benz. I have owned several cars. None ever had a catastrophic failure at 70K miles. Of course the dealers will tell you that is why you should buy an extended warranty. My response is the policy and its renewal fee would have been about as much, so it would have been worthless to me. After I decided to get rid of the Benz, I was quite tempted to buy a Model S after driving one. Ultimately I thought I would wait until they add a few features I like that are available on other cars. When the warranty is about to expire on the new car I will buy the Tesla.

It's also worth noting what a huge difference there is when buying a car from a dealership and a Tesla from the store. I think 99% of us share the opinion that buying a car from a dealership is the most insulting retail experience there is. Dealers know it but don't care since the franchise laws protect them from reasonable market forces. No wonder they are all trying to stop Tesla from selling direct to consumers. But car dealers are not the only industry that plays the regulatory game. Just one of the worst abusers.

Comment: Stevens never deserved that job. (Score 1) 1583

by jcr (#46771181) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

His antipathy towards our most important civil right, the right to self defense, shows that Stevens was never fit to be admitted to the bar at all. The second amendment doesn't need fixing, it needs ENFORCEMENT.

The right to keep and bear arms isn't for the government to grant or withhold, and the second amendment doesn't even presume to do so. It acknowledges the right as pre-existing, it cites one important reason for preserving it, and forbids the government from infringing it.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 792

The sick fuck principal and the sick fuck vice-principal at my middle school just loved to paddle kids until their asses were purple.

Never encountered that in school, but by 9th grade I already knew what kind of damage you could do to someone if you knew their name, address and SSN.

-jcr

Comment: Re:For something that's actually happening.. (Score 1) 157

by jcr (#46752129) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

one big-ass rotor is far more efficient and generates far more lift than a bunch of small ones.

The trade off is that one big-ass rotor makes a hell of a lot more noise, and is a single point of failure. The multicopter can lose several motors before it's unable to stay aloft.

there is a reason basics of helicopter design has not changed in decades, nothing else makes sense.

The multicopter wasn't feasible in the days of mechanical controls. Computers are better/faster/cheaper, and make things possible that weren't possible in the past.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Certifications and experience are more importan (Score 5, Insightful) 286

by jcr (#46747661) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Would you rather hire a support technician with an arm's length list of industry certifications or a 4 year degree?

Neither, actually. When I interview people, I really don't care about what tickets they've gotten punched. I want them to demonstrate proficiency.

-jcr

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