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Comment: Re:Real-world conditions (Score 1) 238

by bobjr94 (#47094279) Attached to: Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine
Here in the US, mileage estimates are usually slightly less that real world. Most every car Ive owned have gotten better that the epa estimate. Our current cars are a 04 subaru wrx sti, it's rated 16-22 under the new ratings. I average 24 in mixed driving and get 27 on long freeway trips. My wife just got an 15 wrx, rated 21-28, she has averaged 27 in mixed driving and over 32 on one long trip.

Comment: Re:GM: Welcome to 1995 (Score 1) 216

by bobjr94 (#46985701) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet
Well, I'm sure the gm board room is full of suits near/past retirement age. They have little knowledge of things like this work. They were likely approached by a mobile internet provider, told we have this great deal for you, you get 30% of sales and all you need to do is put this little box in your cars. You can keep making money on each car after it leaves the show room. They said yes, that's been the problem, we only make money off a car 1 time, when it sold, now we can keep bringing in money for years.

Comment: Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (Score 3, Informative) 216

by bobjr94 (#46985651) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet
No different than the cars that come with xm radio, after the free 3-6 months almost no one continues and pays for a subscription. Many people don't even know about the free trial when they buy their car. My wife's new Subaru supports bluetooth audio, wired ipod/Iphones, usb drives and hd radio. So do many mid-range and up aftermarket radios. You can play internet stations though bluetooth on your phone to the car for no extra charge and what ever songs are in your device's storage. They even shows the audio track tags on the display when on bluetooth or usb.

Comment: I remember the old shareware stores (Score 1) 92

by bobjr94 (#46939711) Attached to: What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?
Back before the interne, I remember going to little stores packed with thousands of disks ranging from 99 cents to maybe 3.99 of programs and games from indy developers. Some games were free, you just bought the disk and some you cost a bit more. Most of the time the games were pretty bad, if they even worked, but now and then you came across some pretty good ones. At worst, if you didnt like the program, just delete it and you now had an new blank floppy disk.

Comment: Re:Chromecast? (Score 2, Interesting) 117

by bobjr94 (#46676601) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own
My sister has a chromecast stick, it's kind of a pain, we are staying with her for a week. You need to keep your phone nearby, keep netflix or whatever running all the time, cant use your phone for anything else and can only see apps that support chromecasting. You can't just display anything from your phone on your tv. Movies will cut off half way though if your phone goes dead and if you want to run to the store, you have to leave your phone home or whoever is watching netflix will have to wait till you get back. So after 2 days I bought her a roku 1 box at walmart for 48$, it's much better. Has its own remote (or you can use your phone) plays netflix, hulu plus and more, streams content from local networks (movies from my laptop, with a upnp server, xbmc in my case) and it's always there. Spend the extra 10$ and get a set top box and skip the chromecast. It's a neat gadget but long term not very useful.

Comment: Re:nope! (Score 3, Interesting) 496

by bobjr94 (#46646293) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
Back in the 90's people started playing with cheap geo metros to see just how much mileage they could get (because 54mpg just sucks). They took of outside mirrors in a gas saving effort and gained around 3-4mpg. Course on a tahoe it might be 0.3 mpg, a civic 1.3mpg, it all depends on the weight and original mileage. They also put on smaller (narrower) tires, smaller alternators (or removed them altogether) and took out weight (door panels, spare tires).

Comment: Because movies keep coming and going (Score 1) 323

You see some movies you want to watch, a few weeks later when you have time they aren't available anymore. Other movies you want to watch are never available. You could go pull out the dvd but it's easier to just find something else. You could subscribe to 4 or 5 streaming services and not get 10% of the content of an average pirate site. Then more isp's are bringing in bandwidth limits, a normal family can burn though 200-300gb easily under a month with 2 or 3 netflixs running at the same time. Then there is the millions of people with no access to real broadband, satellite users who may get 175-300mb per day (enough for 20 minutes of streaming) and others using 3/4g service at home with tiny monthly data amounts starting at 2gb per month (64MB per day) for $50 going to 20GB for $120+. People try to do it legally, in the end it's still easier to just acquire them from other sources at no cost.

Comment: Re:Must use MacOS (Score 1) 299

by bobjr94 (#46088365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
If your not running an free os like Linux, Windows hardware will be much more affordable for the same hardware and performance level, no reason to pay for the Mac name. You can get all the same software for Windows vs Mac. Maybe until 5 years ago Mac was the standard for audio or video editing, that marketshare has since been slipping fairly fast. I tired Reaper, didnt really care for it.

Comment: About time (Score 1) 138

by bobjr94 (#46061209) Attached to: South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable
Hopefully the US follows them one day. Ive had to root several tmobile phone just to get rid of all their junk Ive never used once I started running low on phone storage. One app would pop up after 7 days saying my phone had been on along time and I should reboot it soon, pretty useless. After the 5 tmobile apps I got rid of google plus, hangouts, drive smart, evernote, lookout security, a few streaming music services and a bunch more.

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