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Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by bmo (#47942255) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

The dealer shill thus spake:

the local dealer may have overpriced their product so you buy elsewhere, but that local dealer is still obligated to do the warranty service (for which they are paid quite well by the manufacturers).

In no other industry is this true. In electronics, white goods, etc, there are "certified warranty service centers" where you can call up and get them to fix your stuff. For example, you don't have to go to an Apple dealer to get your high-priced computer fixed under warranty - you can bring it or ship it to one of many service centers.

Please note that the requirement to become a service center does not include having to be an Apple reseller.

Ford, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Chevrolet, etc., should be able to certify garages for warranty work. But no, the automobile industry is the only industry where you have to go to a dealer to get warranty work done.

Leeches, all of you. Die already.


Comment: Re:In before... (Score 1) 246

by bill_mcgonigle (#47940215) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Can we quibble about the statistical method to use after we've settled the basic cause and effect relationships? Here's the retired TED talk: Religions and Babies.

I think the title is supposed to be provocative but I find it has the opposite effect (two things young men don't want to talk about...) - it's really about assumptions underling the modeling of world population.

Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 1) 104

by MightyMartian (#47937617) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Indeed. And quite often even dead FOSS projects can be cannibalized. The difference between dead open source and dead closed source projects is that the bones of one sit in an open pit that anyone can pick at, and the other sits in a concrete bunker twenty miles underground.

Comment: Bring it, "Draftsmen"! (Score 1) 87

by pla (#47937325) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back
because as you and I have seen over the years, every time there's a court ruling it just means that you have to word the patent claims differently.

Good! Let 'em try to twist it into something still allowed but borderline, like business method patents - That knife cuts both ways, and for enduring a few more years of patent abuse, perhaps we can finally get those banned as well.

Comment: Thought crime (Score -1) 136

The problem is that the general public now wants the police to keep them safe against everything and anything, not just prosecute criminals. In this case, the people that were arrested haven't actually done anything yet. They have only thought about it. So they are being prosecuted for a thought crime.

Comment: Which is worse: Russia or Bezos (Score 4, Insightful) 18

by Required Snark (#47934129) Attached to: ULA and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Announce Rocket Engine Partnership
So Jeff Bezos, aspiring monopolist, holder of the infamous one click patent, wants to replace Russia as the engine manufacturer for the ULA. Somehow that is so appropriate.

ULA has been a major player in trying to keep US heavy launch platforms dependent on Russian RD-180 engines by any means possible. Their employees in Congress, Representatives Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have sent a letter to NASA "demanding that the agency investigate what they call 'an epidemic of anomalies' with SpaceX missions".

These three red, white and blue Republicans, defenders of American Freedom, critics of government interference in the market place, gung-ho capitalists, have ULA facilities in their districts. So what would be more natural then their trying to squash competition, make the US vulnerable to foreign pressure, and degrade US excellence in aerospace technology. They would never place campaign contributions and the narrow interests of their constituents ahead of the interests of the USA, would they?

So if Blue Origin and ULA prevail, do you think that Bezos would threaten to deny access to orbit if there were legislation that would negatively impact Amazon's business model or tax breaks? He already seems so in tune with the current ULA congressional caucus.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."