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Comment: Options (Score 1) 229

The trend with electric and hydrid-electric vehicles has been to build them with higher trim level features as base, or even offering them as premium models (ie Tesla). Do you have any intention of stopping this practice and offering less "well equipped" or "well optioned" vehicles at more reasonable prices?

Comment: Re: Electric car progress (Score 1) 229

Ford's current Fiesta and Focus are actually quite good cars. Actually, the Focus has been a good car since it was I introduced. The Fiesta has the sorrow of having a been a previously used name for an abysmal car...but the current one is decent. I ended up stepping up to a Fusion for ergonomic reasons but every time I've driven a Focus I've had a blast with it. Fun car considering the power and cost.

Comment: Re: God I hate those neverlost things (Score 2) 188

I came here to say just this...I had one of these systems in a car I rented from Hertz in October. Aside from the fact that they wanted you to check in via video conference and the system was down yet the staff didn't want to help... And aside from the fact that I actually asked for a car without GPS... The most annoying part of the experience was this damn system. It had an off switch/brightness switch that was deactivated, and it was positioned in this particular car in such a manner that it completely blinded me at night to the right side. No right sided vision and no use of the rear view mirror, because all I could see was this god-awful 100% on LCD blasting like a friggin spotlight at me. It didn't help that it was raining, so the light was also reflected off the car windows. Seriously, Hertz...let us turn them off or at least turn down the damn brightness.

Comment: Re:Ditch the DSLR (Score 1) 108

by jo7hs2 (#48497905) Attached to: Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR
The manner in which you speak of "zoom" and added in cell phones cameras suggests to me you know nothing about serious photography. All of what you have said is true for consumer snapshots. For serious photography, it is nonsense spewed by someone who knows just enough to be dangerous and not enough to be useful in terms of giving advice to consumers.

Comment: Re: Who ends up paying for this? (Score 1) 85

by jo7hs2 (#48449305) Attached to: Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion
I don't disagree that we're getting ripped off...I've already stated I don't think I'm getting a great deal. My point is the America-bashing commentary was uncalled for and rude. Also, your own plan tends to refute the argument we're all getting ripped off. And in my case, since I have only managed to use my full 1GB allotment twice (both time on vacation, whoop-tee-do-day a $15 overage) and I live in a spot where coverage aside from Verizon and AT&T is crappy (I have one of those free 200mb deals on my iPad with T-Mobile that barely can connect outdoors), I haven't had much incentive to change carriers. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing about it. We get that many if not most developed countries have cheaper service. Doesn't mean we're a nation of idiots.

Comment: Very difficult. (Score 3, Insightful) 834

by jo7hs2 (#48360395) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment
I was a severely bullied youth. So severely that I have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result, as some of the events were life-threatening. In once instance, I was an early victim of what would now be termed cyber-bullying. It also was illegal under Maryland's two-party consent for voice recordings law, but was none of it was ever prosecuted. Anyway... I was recorded against my consent in day-to-day conversation. The content was then edited to make me sound either like I was intellectually disabled or a homosexual, depending on their mood. Nothing wrong with being either of those things, I'm neither, and obviously this was being done to harm. The audio files were posted on Geocities/Xoom/or one of the other free internet hosting providers at that time in RealPlayer format. This was around 1998-1999, for perspective. Due to Maryland's two-party consent laws, my 14-15yo self was able to get the audio taken down, repeatedly, by the hosting provider. Unfortunately, it took several violations before the provider finally convinced the students in question that their account would be deleted if they stopped. Each time, of course, their account was suspended until they complied. This made them very unhappy, leading to much worse taunting, and even shockingly well-targeted and convincing arguments that I should kill myself. Eventually, the audio was taken down permanently because they got tired of it. The point of my story being, this is not an easy thing to fight. Online harassment is difficult to fight even when you know the names of the offenders and they've clearly broken a law...that is nothing new.

All the simple programs have been written.