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Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 432


I only go to the dealer for the every 30K service. The more frequent stuff I do at whatever "jiffy lube" happens to be most convenient on that particular day.

Going to the dealer for everything is too much of a bother.

That's one reason I would avoid crummy American brands and over hyped luxury brands.

Comment Re:Yea blame the salesman (Score 1) 432

Of course blame the salesman. This problem isn't just about electric car. It's also about cheaper versions of gas cars. That also includes all of the stupid "dealer add ons" they indulge in. Some of these are consumables that only last for the first year of the car and jack up the price significantly.

My favorite one is the "nitrogen filled tires". [breathes in deeply]

I was interested in a car that was already on the lot but I had to out wait the stupid salesmen on my last car for about 4 months before they actually broke down and sold it to me.

I would find it less bothersome to pay MSRP and order it directly from the factory.

Comment The guy aint no Sagan... (Score 0) 311

All you have to do is tell someone that there's money to be made in space. If there's a giant diamond asteroid or one made of gold, people will make it happen. It might not happen today or even in anti-Sagan's lifetime but the dreams of avarice will be fulfilled.

Plus there's the whole "living in glory until the end of time" thing to consider.

I'm sure every Robber Baron would love a holiday dedicated to their name.

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 2) 311

If space cannot be opened up to individuals then it will never be open at all. During the age of Columbus, any schmuck with a ship could go out exploring. Before that, any schmuck with even a tiny canoe could go exploring the high seas.

The idea that Lorne Greene can launch a moon mission from his backyard has to become feasible before serious exploration of space happens.

Private companies getting in the game are just a necessary natural evolution of the technology.

Comment Re:Projectors? (Score 0) 212

Since you can't seem to get basic technical details correct, I am not sure we should trust anything you have to say on the matter.

On the the other hand, the old school educational use case seems to be pretty effectively handled by the current generation of projectors. Just use the old pull down screens and a bog standard media cart. Any projector is certainly more mobile and less awkward to carry around than ANY decent sized TV.

Beyond schools, one does not use a projector because they are "cheap".

Comment Re:Scheduled programming is doomed. Maybe ads too. (Score 1) 212

Antenna TV really only works if you really really REALLY don't care about the crap you're watching. Otherwise, it's painful and confusing and you quickly realize that you would be better off with your own DVDs.

Broadcast TV mutilates content. It even mutilates stuff originally made for broadcast.

Comment Re:For the foreseeable future, right where it's at (Score 1) 212

Something else that you can do with a cheap set top box is have a single unified user interface imposed upon all of your displays without the need to restrict yourself to a single display vendor.

The premium for the smart parts of my first smart TV was 3x the cost of one of these little boxes. Simply not worth it for embedded functionality that will quickly be desupported.

It's much easier to replace an external box and keep the nice expensive display.

There is simply no need to replace displays on the schedule that industry wants you to.

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 2) 212

Cell phones and tablets are cool when you are on the road. This is especially true if you have a less lame device and you can store stuff on the device and not be dependent on slow and unreliable networks.

At home, the bigger the better.

The first month that the original iPad was out I figured out how to stream video to it (around the house) and quickly got bored with that idea.

Give my my 120inch screen. The display device doesn't need intelligence. It's actually better if it has none since external boxes are cheap and are evolving quickly.

The smarts doesn't need to be built into the TV. It really hasn't been since the advent of cable. There's no compelling reason to change that now.

Comment Re:Intended? (Score 1) 338

> I replace my PC's at about 1.5 times the rate of replacing my Macs.

Then you're an even bigger idiot then one would think from the rest of your post. Macs are inherently less maintainable and more prone to failure due to the stupid form factors they use.

My entire Mac flirtation period came and went while my main PC kept chugging along being useful and just powerful enough (despite years of use) that upgrading it makes no sense.

With extra memory slots and the option to upgrade my GPU, it can still remain useful for YEARS despite being pretty old already.

My Macs quickly became doorstops, especially because of the GPUs they came with.

Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 2) 250

Sure. However some people have no real argument and realize that they have no real argument. So they will happily use an obviously bogus argument that's emotionally loaded.

Unfortunately, it works very well. Otherwise people would not bother.

It doesn't help that most people on both sides of the pond are nitwits.

The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to take your income and add ten percent.