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Comment: Re:Putting the Voltec system into other vehicles.. (Score 1) 229

This. I own a Volt and an Equinox. I'd be at the dealer at the first possible moment that I could order a Voltec powered Equinox.

I've been seeing more glimpses of upcoming Volt marketing. I'm hoping the marketing team will push it exclusively as the Gen 2 release gets closer.

If I were GM's CEO, I'd make Voltec standard for all of their vehicles, cutting the pure ICE garbage right out of the market. Electric only as an option for every vehicle. The marketing team would have to do their jobs to pull it off, but when the people learn they can get near-Vette performance out of a Sonic...

Comment: Re:Stagnant electric car sales (Score 1) 157

by ffsnjb (#47829143) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

Other than the rear deck height being higher than the front, I don't notice many drastic styling differences from a Cruze, Malibu or Impala. The height difference is the consequence of the Volt technically being a hatchback, so it doesn't really bother me. If you were talking about the styling of a Leaf or iMiEV, I'd be inclined to agree, which is one of the reasons why I don't own either of them.

Comment: Re:Netflix should know better (Score 2) 289

by ffsnjb (#46306467) Attached to: ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

Agreed, every time I look at any various looking glass to see why something is broken on the internet, it's Cogent dropping the ball... Remember this?

Every time I have to troubleshoot a broken internet problem, and it goes up to Tier 1 land, check the looking glass... It's Cogent being stupid. As soon as this story hit... check. Sure enough, Cogent-Level3 has ~3% packet loss the last 24 hours, with stupidly high latency. Screenshot .

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 1063

by ffsnjb (#42558675) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Obama had not been re-elected yet when the CO incident happened. There was no way that he'd have been re-elected if his current shenanigans, with Biden as the fall guy, happened before election day. The CT incident was the spark that allowed Obama's initiatives, that would have spelled disaster for his re-election, to be brought to the public with a giant media push.

Think of the children!

(Sarcastic tin-foil hat conspiracy theory) Someone crafted the incident to force the liberal agenda that they've had to wait for since the sunset of the retarded Clinton Gun Ban (end crazy but plausible in the current political theater theory).

Comment: Re:I was saved from that, thankfully (Score 1) 371

by ffsnjb (#33466708) Attached to: Harvard Ditching Final Exams?

Agreed. In 4 years, I had 1 class with a TA (4002-210, Programming with Classes). The professor taught the lectures and coached the projects, but the TA covered the labs.

Now that class isn't even required; it doesn't look like current MIS students are required to have any real IT background. One more degree that's been watered down since the COB name change.

-- MIS '02


Outlook Inertia the Main Factor Holding Business From Google Apps 394

Posted by Soulskill
from the safety-blanket dept.
Meshach writes "There's an interesting article in PC World claiming that the major factor preventing businesses from transferring their communication interface from Outlook to Google Apps is employees' unwillingness to give up a tool that's so familiar. Basically, Google is underestimating how attached businesses and their workers are to Office and Outlook in particular. Quoting: 'Google has found out that, yes, many companies are happy to ditch Exchange for Gmail if it means saving money and eliminating the grief of maintaining Exchange in-house. However, and maybe to a degree unexpected by Google, it also discovered that many companies consider it a deal-breaker to lose the functionality that the Outlook-Exchange combo provides, thanks to the deep links that exist between this client-server tandem.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Post on Myspace - get a brick through your window

Submitted by
xfletch writes: "Steve Beall moved to a new job as manager of a chocolate store in the picturesque northern english Industrial town of Barrow in Furness. After a miserable week he posts a comment to his Myspace Blog "Well then what else is there to say about Barrow-in-Furness apart from it's a s**t hole!!". The next thing he knows the local newpaper has picked up his comment and made it headline news, and his store gets smashed up by the locals. I have always said how much I liked Barrow-in-Furness. Really."

+ - Why has Microsoft avoided liability lawsuits?

Submitted by ultimai
ultimai writes: While doing research to start my own computer consultancy business, I ran into errors & omissions liability insurance and how it was a big must for anyone doing any sort of consultancy work. But it also made me ask why Microsoft (or a lot of other software companies) have avoided error liability lawsuits from bugs causing millions in damage? From their reputation as a maker of faulty software, the laws of different jurisdictions, the shaky legal status of EULAs and other such things, hasn't there been ANY high profile lawsuits? Does a few magical sections in their EULA shield them from this type of legal threat? Or do they do something like auto manufacturers with their secret warranty programs?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.