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Comment: Re:Echo just another gimmicky product (Score 1) 26 26

I've had mine for a month now. I figured that considering the reviews as a decent Bluetooth speaker, that alone made it worth the $99 pre-order price. The voice recognition is excellent- better than Siri or Google. I've found it useful as a kitchen tool (set timer, tell me the forecast, give me a news briefing, etc) I don't think that I'd pay $200 though, because I can get a similar quality Bluetooth speaker for much less than that, but at $99, the 'gimmicks' are a nice added bonus.

Comment: Re:The future is coming. (Score 1) 214 214

Really? BMW i3 is $40k which, while certainly higher than the median new car price of $33k, is still 'within the ballpark'. I'm seeing them more frequently in my middle-class town. If you want to go below the median, you can get the Nissan Leaf for $30k. The VW e-Golf is $33k, and the Ford Focus Electric is $29k. Of course you CAN go high-end with the Tesla for $70k, but that's the exception, not the rule. And these prices are all before any tax credits.

Comment: Re:Amazing post (Score 1) 496 496

It's not a myth. The problem is someone who is consuming 2500-3000 calories a day will be on a slow weight gain trend with no exercise. When they start exercising, and are now burning 500 calories a day, they would otherwise start to lose weight. But often, the mentality is that they want to reward themselves for their exercise, and have a an extra helping at dinner, and/or a nice desert, and that extra beer. And now they've compensated or exceeded that 500 calories that they burned, and wonder why they haven't lost any weight.

I lost 40 pounds a few years ago simply by cutting my calories. I consumed half of what I would normally eat. If I would normally have a bagel at breakfast, I ate half a bagel. If I was going to have pizza for dinner, I would have 1 slice, instead of the 2 or 3 slices that I would normally eat. It took 3 months, but I lost the weight with no exercise. After I took the weight off, I decided I wanted to eat again because I like it, so now I run 20 miles a week, and have gone back (mostly) to the same level of eating I was at before.

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 2) 516 516

I think it's a problem with some of the file preview code. When you click on a folder, Explorer scans each file to get preview info- picture date, resolution, length for an mpg file, etc. If I delete the folder while this is being done, I will get errors that the file is in use, and that can persist for several minutes.

Comment: Cutting rates 90% is significant (Score 3, Interesting) 243 243

There was a study done comparing Israeli Jews to European and North American Jews, with the premise being that parents in North America and Europe have been directed to withhold peanuts from babies/toddlers, while this practice is not in place in Israel. You have a genetically similar pool of Jews that migrated to the 3 different regions in the last 100 years. Jewish children in Israel have an allergic rate 10% that of Jewish children in Europe and NA.

Comment: Re:Sweet, sweet karma (Score 1) 257 257

Well, since the warranty is 8 years, assuming it costs the same $12k that it does today, that's $1,500 year- IF it fails or capacity has significantly diminished by 8 years and 1 day. But you don't have to factor in are: transmission replacements/rebuilds, timing belt replacement, etc.

Comment: Re:better solution: don't make cars network-capabl (Score 1) 44 44

While it's not ONE standard, there is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And it's already being implemented by auto manufactures (2015 Hyundai's, for example). And even though there are two competing standards, multiple manufactures have stated that their cars will support both.

Comment: except the investors, who paid everybody up front (Score 1) 181 181

And are expecting to make that money back, along with profit after the movie is released. And if they don't make their money back after the movie is released, they won't finance future projects, and this grips, editors, and audio engineers will find themselves unable to find future work.

most movies don't make back their initial investment in first release. It's DVD, rental, and other broadcasting rights sales where they make much of their return.

Comment: Re:Money talks, electric car walks (Score 5, Interesting) 181 181

Get out of the gasoline mindset. I commute to work 5 days a week, 30 miles each way. I park my car in my garage every night. I fill up my tank about once every 8 days. It takes about 5-7 minutes each time.

With an electric car with a 200 mile range, I would still drive my car 60 miles a day, but I would no longer be stopping at a gas station every eight days. I would be plugging in every night. The only time I would ever need a charging station is when I need to drive more than 100 miles away from my house. I do this MAYBE once a month. So, already my demand at a 'fueling' station is 1/4 of what it was.

Add to this the difference in costs build a fueling station. A public level 2 charging station can be installed for as little as $5000. Level 3 would currently cost about $50,000. A charging station can be anywhere, and can be built in days. Charging station supply will be able to increase very easily as demand does. You can even put one in a school parking lot. The electrical infrastructure to deliver 'fuel' to just about any corner of the continent is already in place. Basically, you charge your car wherever you park it. A gas station is a destination.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?