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Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#49548175) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

you're driving

big negative there. it's more distracting to try to read a text on an ultra small screen than it is to just pull our your phone.

You shouldn't be doing either one of those things while driving. I really doubt that anyone texting you has something so important to say that it is worth you and those in your car or nearby cars dying for.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#49548157) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Later in life, some time after you leave your parents' basement, you'll find that free-time comes at a premium.

Ah, so rather than get a smartphone or smartwatch and have to peck out tiny misspelled messages on a tiny inefficient keyboard, the current generation instead waits until they are at a full computer with keyboard where they can return messages more quickly and also efficiently since they are not having to task switch constantly.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#49548139) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches
blither snyp's frognouth sitely norberg higgle farnard clsan's splff

What? You didn't understand that? Grammar rules are a fiction and a way the ruling class imposes control on others by establishing an arbitrary "right way to do things" then castigating those who do not kowtow to it.
I should be able to use any spelling, punctuation or grammar and everybody somehow will understand it even without any established grammar rules.

Comment: Re: This product reminds me of... (Score 1, Insightful) 145

by tompaulco (#49548113) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

I don't think anyone's going into debt over the 10K watch. It's for people with more money than they know what to do with, and the desire to spend it all on themselves instead of helping others.

People who have more money than they know what to do with don't buy crap like this. People who want to pretend like they have more money than they know what to do with buy this kind of crap. People who temporarily have more money than they know what to do with and will broke in a few years buy this kind of crap.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 1) 604

by tompaulco (#49533559) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

...or the inability to haul large items.

Do you know this for a fact? I know that not all electric cars are created equal in much the same way that a tractor is not equal to a ferrari is not equal to a ford fiesta (or worse a "hybrid"), but when compared to an electric engine... my understanding was that generally an equivalent 3 phase electric motor should have better and flatter torque curve compared to combustion engine, hence the high potential for performance compared to combustion... it should also make it pretty good for hauling stuff in theory.

Well, I was speaking more in terms of space. Most of the EVs are pretty tiny, except for the hybrid versions of larger cars and SUVs. They probably in theory could haul a trailer full of stuff, but I have never seen one doing so, and am not familiar with their towing specs. I looked up a few. For the Chevy Volt towing is not allowed. For the Toyota Prius, towing is not allowed. For the Nissan Leaf, you can now get an available hitch, but the specs all say Not Applicable. Towing anything with an EV is dumb anyway. You are going to be adding weight, which means less distance, and normally when you are towing, you are going for more distance.

Comment: Re:question (Score 1) 277

by tompaulco (#49528737) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

And France, the UK,... Spreading racial/religious hatred is forbidden in most places in Europe.

Well, that kind of depends on which religion doesn't it? I mean we have to be tolerant of those who hate us, even if they want to kill us, or even if they do kill us. It would be wrong to stifle their spreading of hatred throughout the world.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 4, Interesting) 604

by tompaulco (#49528675) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

For most people, especially ones with NEW cars, the cost of fuel is such a small portion of TCO that gas mileage is almost inconsequential within reason. People get psychotic when gas swings one way or another because people are idiots, who cannot ignore the 20-80 dollars they spent today in favor of focusing on the 500 dollars they pay every month.

Maybe they shouldn't assume that fuel cost is the reason people got rid of their electrics. Maybe they got tired of the low range, or the length of recharge times, or the inability to haul large items (they are in for a surprise on how little you can put in an SUV, though). Maybe they got tired of having one car for fuel economy and one car for everything else.
The article is trying to paint a picture that people who switch are shortsighted idiots, but there are many other far more likely reasons that people switched.
It does make one feel better about one's own inferior intellect if one paints everybody else as an idiot.

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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 391

by tompaulco (#49525243) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Well, I am pretty sure that anything that makes you perform beyond your norm is likely to lead to burnout at some point. As some have mentioned, some people use this to get by on only a few hours sleep, but it doesn't replace sleep, so there is bound to be a crash at some point. Not to mention, short term memory loss.
Of course, to your point, enhanced productivity for a quarter or two followed by the employee dropping dead is just fine with the Job Creators.

Comment: I bet we would win back more civil rights (Score 1) 398

I bet we would win back more civil rights if even half of these cases that went to the supreme court were ones where they guy whose rights were violated was not ACTUALLY GUILTY of a FELONY.
I mean I've got a lot more sympathy for a guy who was pulled over, run through the dog test for an hour and not found to have any drugs, then a guy who actually did have drugs.

Comment: Re: Wow (Score 1) 536

by tompaulco (#49516785) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

You don't do "affordable housing" at cost. It is almost always below cost. He will lose money on this unless he makes it section 8, in which case he will get government vouchers. Not that making money is his goal.

If he is smart he won't do Section 8. The agencies which approve houses for Section 8 housing have ridiculous requirements which basically mean that people who get housing paid for the government are entitled to better housing than people who pay their own way. Also, Section 8 renters can skip out on the lease with no punishment from the Section 8 agency. They also will not assist you in collecting rent or collecting balances due. They refuse to be responsible for the damage their clients cause or for unpaid rents, utilities, etc. Their clients are also more likely to leave with no notice than other renters. If their client leaves without giving proper notice according to the terms of the lease, Section 8 stops paying at the same time, even though the lease indicates 30 days (or more) notice. They will even assist their clients in finding a new place to live prior to the end date of the lease, in violation of the lease. They also take several weeks to schedule an appointment to inspect the house, during which time you are losing money by not having the house rented.

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.