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Comment I get a call EVERY DAY from cardmember services... (Score 1) 215 215

I get a call every single day on my cell phone from a robocall company called "Cardholder services" and sometimes they go by "cardmember services" and they refuse to stop calling me. They've been calling me every day for almost 2 years now with a pitch to lower my credit card interest rates. I have threatened them with everything from bodily harm to legal action. Nothing seems to help. They just call me back the next day and the cycle repeats. I guess they figure if they didn't get my business the first 600 times they called, maybe if they just call me 601 times, that will do the trick.

Dang.. I should be in for some BIG settlement from these guys if Time Warner had to pay up...

Comment This will NOT half the cost of batteries (Score 1) 214 214

Even if this is true, it will not cut the cost of batteries in half. It only cuts the cost of manufacturing. The trouble is, most of the cost of batteries comes from the raw materials. So I wouldn't expect a huge drop in cost to the consumer.

Comment Re:Why no "skateboard" designs? (Score 1) 229 229

The skateboard design will force the vehicle to be taller. But even if that is desired, it is still not practical for a plug-in hybrid because you still have to deal with things on the bottom of the car like exhaust channels, gas tanks, etc.

Comment Engine noise is a thing of the past. (Score 3, Insightful) 823 823

This sort of reminds me of when Motorola was putting fake antennas on their cellular phones (with the real antenna inside) because they thought people wouldn't buy the phone if it didn't have a visible antenna. But eventually, society learned that an visible antenna was not necessary and we moved on. I suspect in another 20 years most cars will be a lot more quiet as a result of hybrid and electric drivetrains. I've been driving an EV now for 3 years and now that I've grown accustomed to the silence, hearing any engine noise at all sounds so yesterday, so obsolete.

Comment I've never understood gambling. (Score 1) 59 59

I guess because I'm good with math, statistics, and the law of probability. It doesn't take a genius to realize gambling is 100% certain to cause you to go broke. Even if on occasion you win a large amount, the over all trend is always to lose money.

Comment If they are automating tech support, then good. (Score 4, Insightful) 236 236

If those are tech support jobs, then they might as well automate them. The best I can tell those workers they hire over there have essentially no skills in the products they are supporting. They basically just read what the computer screen tells them to say or ask. As a customer, I'd honestly rather be talking to a machine as it would give me the same answers but might actually be at little easier to understand.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.

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