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Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 398

And the engine maintenance?

Was that free too?

According to the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car over five years.

No Engine, no transmission. The braking system powers the battery which greatly reduces the amound of time your pads actually contact the disk. What equipment there is in the car is fully enclosed from the weather unlike an ICE that is fully exposed to the road and weather while you drive, corroding wires and hoses.

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 1) 212

Not me. I'm lazy. Zoneminder sends me a notification if a zone alarm goes off. It records zone movement outside the house and sends me a notification if one occurs inside the house. So far, other than testing, I haven't gotten a notification. The fact is that even a security company has to call you first, before the authorities can be notified. I just cut out the middleman, and the monthly payments, no extra hassle for me.

Comment Re:Slower, Same range, within 5 years?!? (Score 1) 213

The BMW i3 is a weird car. However the issue with EREV's is that unlike full BEV vehicles you still have standard vehicle maintenance. You might and in fact not believe this but the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car in recent years. No oil, no exhaust, no transmission (relatively speaking). The brakes ride on the recharge system prolonging brake pad life. No wiring exposed to the elements. In fact all of the components are in an enclosed space making them much less susceptible to the environment.

My point being that a fully BEV (battery electric vehicle) can potentially make back the money you've invested in the car initially, by the time your payments have expired. This may not be True for your EREV (extended range electric vehicle)

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 4, Insightful) 212

My house was broken into with the alarm blaring. It's happened to a couple of my neighbors too. Someone pulls up they smash in the front door. Then spend about 30 seconds rifling through the house looking for valuables and then get in their car and run. The security system did nothing but make noise, and yes the cops were called. So what. Even if they would have been able to react immediately they would never have been able to get here in time.

So I put up some cameras in places outside, totally visible in areas that you can't walk around behind them. I have a small linux based home server/backup system that is built into a cabinet downstairs anyway, so I put zoneminder on it. If someone actually enters the house I get a message, and I can call the police. But it doesn't happen. No one wants to walk up in front of the cameras, and yes I know they could wear balaclavas or some crap, but they can't walk around the neighborhood like that without someone calling the cops, and the whole idea is to be inconspicuous.

There is no sure fire cure, and anyone who really want's in will get in. The idea is to make it more difficult than it's worth.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 311

Technically what AM was charging for is to remove accounts that people suddenly regretted making. There are a lot of unhappy marriages out there, and who knows the motive of every person that signed up for that site. However I'm pretty sure that people figured out pretty quick that the women weren't real. Then they were left with the realization that they made a stupid decision. So AM would happily remove their account for a fee.

The thing is it looks like in most cases they actually didn't remove the personal information, and that may in fact be what they get sued for in the end.

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688

I love all these "I know someone, who isn't me" posts about something.

I actually am a leaf owner. So I'll let you know from personal experience. I bought mine used for $14,000. It had just over 20,000 miles on it. It wasn't the base model it was fully packed older model with a battery in very good condition. And before you ask, the answer is "no my situation is not uncommon". My brother bought his new, and walked out having paid $22,300. If someone actually paid $32,500 for one they got ripped off.

electricity costs.. $2.50 per what?
Per month for me.. I couldn't tell you, honestly I have never been able to notice any solid increase in my bill. I notice more when my wife does a lot of cooking. The charger uses far less electricity than the hot water heater, or the stove.

The older leaf I own has a reliable range of 40-50 miles, I'll agree with that. In the dead of winter when it's freezing out and I'm running the defroster and the heater in traffic I probably wouldn't do more than 40 miles. I've had to use the quick charger a couple times when I had to do a lot of driving or if I forgot to charge at night. No more than ten minutes worth of charging on the quick charger, it's usually if I'm getting low, and I never let it get below 20% so that has to be calculated into the actual range. In the summer even with AC on full time I do more like 60 miles before getting to 20%. I don't give a rats buns about watching my power usage so I couldn't tell you what the range is without using AC, or smoking cars off the lights. The car has quite a nice bit of acceleration, and it handles hella solid in the corners because of the low CG. On top of that, my maintenance costs are zero. No oil changes, no transmission, no engine parts to replace. The regenerative braking kicks in to slow the car until you are almost at a dead stop which means the brakes last a hell of a lot longer.

Also worth noting, Nissan has just announced that starting as soon as August newer cars will be equipped with an improved 30kwh battery up from the existing 24kwh battery. It's just newer tech in the same size battery pack giving the car another 30% usable range.

Personally I don't think electric cars are for everyone. At least not yet. But they are getting there. The cost of Lithium Ion batteries have dropped 50% in the last few years and they are expected to get even cheaper and yield much higher energy densities in the future. When you can buy an electric car (that looks like a normal car, gotta say that) that will give you 200+ miles on a single charge for around the same cost of a ICE car people will opt to buy them.

Now if it only ran Linux..

Comment Re:Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 1) 177

Exactly, in France much like New York you must purchase a Taxi medallion. In NY these are well over 1M dollars each in France they are over 300K Euros. It's a lot of moola, but it's also an investment. If and when you get out of the biz you can sell the medallion to someone else. Uber has just side stepped all regulation making those medallions worthless . It's much like burning someone’s house down. Most of these people will never be able to get back the investment by simply driving a cab. Which means Uber is stripping much of their retirement fund. So ya their pissed.

Comment Re:News Agencies Responsible for Murder and Terror (Score 1) 96

Terrorists are looking for reaction. We can fairly assume that they are going to tune their actions toward public exposure in any case. If reporters did not choose to report on any terrorist actions, they would simply find the next best thing. Perhaps spending more time working terror at the local level or moving toward bigger and more harmful actions in an attempt to gain a response.

While on the one hand you may be exciting evil doers who's actions were taken to prompt this kind of notoriety, you may also be leaving the public blind to potentially dangerous situations they may not otherwise have gotten themselves into. Some may say that IS stopped kidnapping reporters because there has been less publicity about it, but it might also be said that fewer reporters are putting themselves in those situations.

"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics