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Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330147) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
Mine says it has an 85 mile range on a full charge. However, I make it a point to reset the trip meter every time I charge it. One mile driven != one mile off of the distance countdown. That's probably the most annoying part of the car. I typically charge to 80%. I start with 75 miles. I drive 30 miles. And I end with 35 miles. It's the same commute day after day, and pretty much the same result. I've learned to expect it and pretty much ignore the "miles remaining".

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330079) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
I have a 2012 model and I tend to be closer to the 50-60 range, and my commute is typically 45-55mph on back roads. I live in FL so cold isn't an issue. Granted, I keep the charge at 80% to help the battery last longer, but even with a full charge, I think 80 miles is a fairy tail. The last time I took it to the airport (about 65 mile round trip, mostly freeway @ 65mph), it started with a full charge and made it home with 2 miles remaining on the indicator.

I don't say this to complain about the car. I actually love it. I've been to a gas station about 5 times over the last year. My average commute during my work day is 20-30 miles (depending on where I go for lunch), and a busy day tends to max out at 50 miles. I just recognize the limitations. My second car is a Prius and that's what we use for long hauls.

Comment: Re: Hey US... (Score 1) 650

by alcmena (#44387719) Attached to: US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden
Also, keep in mind that it is the debtor and not the lender who truly holds the power. Don't believe me? Look at the massive losses that banks took during the lending crisis. One single f--k you to the lenders and the lenders have lost their investment. Sure that causes losses for the debtor (see Argentina) but those losses are only real if the lender has the ability to force the issue. Most don't.

Comment: Re:Eh, that's it? (Score 3, Insightful) 619

by alcmena (#43178741) Attached to: Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4
To be fair, it's more like buying a new car and just replacing the software on the touchscreen computer. A custom ROM is just software whereas everything else you listed is hardware. The hardware for the S3 is fantastic. I'd love to get a S4, but I think I'll wait until Cyanogen, or someone else, manages to clear out all of Samsung's "awesome software". I know I may not be their target audience, but I would really prefer to have the option to get a vanilla Android install one of their devices. The Galaxy S3 has better hardware than the Galaxy Nexus, but the Galaxy Nexus runs just so much better than a stock S3.

Comment: Re:The exception proves the exception (Score 5, Insightful) 506

by alcmena (#42599889) Attached to: Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax
The US suffers from the prisoner's dilema... Pretend you have a small grouping of 10 isolated people. Zero of those people have guns, which means that you as an individual have a 0% change of being shot... ever. Now, assume that the 10 people don't know that no one else has a gun. They believe that at least one of their neighbors has a gun. Therefore, one decides to do something about it and procure a firearm. That one person has now increased the changes of being shot in that community to a non-zero number. Ignoring the fact that you are more likely to be killed by a gun you know than a gun you don't and we will assume that the person with the gun has a 0% chance of being shot with a gun and everyone else now has a non-zero chance.

Now, as a non-gun owner, you say, "well, I must too have a gun." After such an event, everyone's risk of being shot with a gun doubles given that there are now two guns in the community. The original owner of a gun went from a 0% chance to a non-zero percent chance as well. The risk to the community has increased greatly, but yet, two members feel more secure, even though their actual risk increased. Continue that throughout and it's easy to understand the gun nut philosophy.

Those who profess that the problem isn't too many guns but rather too few completely fail at the prisoners dilema. Be sure to avoid doing anything significant with them; they apparently have already proven they will chose their own self interest over the greater good.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton