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Comment: Re:Obsessed with keeping government out of busines (Score 1) 289

by randallman (#49721877) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

"if local government is using public funds to run fiber, allow other telcos the use of that fiber at cost"

That's the best solution. The item that it naturally scarce is owned by the people, serviced by contractors every few years. Then we can have a real competitive market by leasing access to the network.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

by randallman (#49536449) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Just a data point for those interested in SUVs. I've got a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee with a great 4-wheel drive system and 7,000 lb. towing capacity. On my recent trip trip to Atlanta, I drove 620 miles mostly highway on one tank using just shy of 20 gallons of diesel. That's 31 mpg for a vehicle with true utility.

Comment: Re:Billionaire saved by taxpayer (Score 1) 118

I wasn't referring to loan repayment. In response to your "potential for future" statement, I was referring to the ROI in terms of progress and advancement. There's no guarantee the grad student will do anything significant in return for the loan. Tesla on the other hand, already has.

Comment: Re:Quality Journalimism (Score 1) 397

by randallman (#48918141) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

I tuned into "Rush" today for some entertainment. According to El Rushmo, the NWS is full of liberals who love crisis and government control - and so the "overreaching" forecasts were just for their pleasure.

As for the crisis part, I could only think of Fox News with its constant "ALERT" banners. Compared to the "liberal" NPR, which helps me go to sleep.

Comment: Re:Come on, Elon, quit fooling around. (Score 5, Insightful) 283

by randallman (#48111929) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

How do you think the model 3 development is funded? This IS the business model. Make expensive cars to raise money for the development of (lower margin) affordable cars. Also, this doesn't inhibit the model 3's development. It's not like they have to do one thing at a time.

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