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Comment: Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (Score 2) 190

by repetty (#48792645) Attached to: Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

I don't accept that at all. Electric cars need servicing, new tyres, brakes, repairs, body work and spare parts. They need firmware updates, diagnostics, battery changes too. And of course there are second hand sales. There is plenty of business for an aftermarket to provide. It may well be that Tesla has to sell / licence the training, tools and software to do some of this but that doesn't stop dealers from offering the service.

Speaking in an absolute sense, you are right. Even electric cars need servicing.

Be practical, though. We aren't talking about just a few degrees of difference between electric cars and old-fashioned cars. The difference will prove to be huge.

Imagine an gasoline car but then remove the piston rings, gaskets, timing chain, water pump, starter motor and alternator (both of which mysteriously often fail), fuel pump, carburetor or fuel injectors. Petroleum burning vehicles have a level of complexity that is an order of magnitude greater than electrical cars. Of course they are going to fail more and require more frequent servicing.

In the long run, this debate will be moot. People buy whatever is cheapest up front. In the end, the fewer moving parts a device has, the cheaper it is. Count the moving parts.

The reason some Americans are concerned about this situation is because there is the very real possibility that in 20- or 30-years we could be stuck with automotive distribution regulations that are comically and expensively out of kilter with reality. Here in the colonies, business and government are often the same thing.

Comment: Re:bathtub curve applies (Score 1) 602

by repetty (#48004263) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I've installed three GU10's at my house. Before, though, I did a TON of research, including tear-downs.

Most of the different GU10 vendors on Amazon are cheap Chinese crap-makers with names like Sunthin and Triangle or whatnot. I went ahead a paid a lot more for Philips brand.

Comment: Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (Score 3, Insightful) 398

by repetty (#46816067) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

The overall maintenance schedule is ridiculously light. No $600/year checkup. No oil changes. It's pretty much just cabin air filters and brakes.

Which is why dealerships in the various U.S. states have been fighting Telsa so vigorously. The Leaf doesn't scare them... yet.

There's a lot of money to be lost in empty service bays.

Comment: Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (Score 2) 398

by repetty (#46816041) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Everything is relative... In west Texas, pickup trucks with dual fuel tanks are not unheard of.

Urban drivers (most the the US population) would still be well-served by an electric vehicle.

Most people are more than willing to pay for more than they need, which explains a lot about cell phone data plans and such.

Comment: Air-Condition Compressors (Score 1) 250

by repetty (#43763717) Attached to: Electronics-Loving 'Crazy Ants' Invading Southern US

I know a couple people in Austin who've paid for air-conditioning techs to "fix" their AC. It turns out that a relays in the compressor boxes outside their homes are caked with dead ant bodies, creating an insulating layer. Kinda pisses people off that nothing is actually broken but the service bill is tendered, just the same. ...and, of course, it's 100-degrees outside so it does need to be dealt with promptly.

Comment: Re:Did TWC see this coming? (Score 1) 72

by repetty (#43378987) Attached to: Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

You should have seen Charter drop prices from $75/m to $30/m within 3 days of another ISP announcing fiber. Too bad the naked 30Mb was only for new customers and for me to get the deal, I would have to bundle in a ton of extra channels and phone and a 2 year contract with a $300 cancellation fee.

Wonderful story, and EXACTLY why I avoid long-term contracts with all of the energy that I can muster. Long-term contracts are great for service providers but very bad for customers, regardless of the "discounts" that they are promising you get. Once you are in a contract, you are their bitch.

I want my service providers (not just ISPs but providers of all stripes) to wake up every morning, wondering what they will to do to keep my business -- I want to be a new, potential customer every day.


Comment: Re:Smack the Incumbents! (Score 1) 72

by repetty (#43378939) Attached to: Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

It is good to point out the Austin has Grande Communications, which actually has pretty good service for the price. The problem is they have limited coverage.

Grande coverage is so limited that no one I know has it -- not a single person. Maybe someone in Round Rock gets Grande but I know only a couple people out there and they use TW.

No, effectively Austin has just two large ISPs providing service and controlling the market: TimeWarner and ATT. They both pretty much suck.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming