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Comment Re:Caller ID Blocker (Score 3, Insightful) 248

But this does answer, and it answers with "Hello? Hello? Hello?!?!" if that doesn't get you transferred to a live agent, the dialer is a failure.

These days a lot of autodialers ARE failures. If you actually answer it, about half the time it either hangs up on you or there is nothing there but silence and you eventually get tired of saying "hello" and hang up.

Comment PINO (Score 1) 212

Some of Porche's current offerings I could see getting the self drive treatment. Like the Panamera and whatever the heck they call their SUV/XUV/whatever they are called this week. I could see people who want the Porsche label for name only, but want a sedan or minivan totally picking the self drive option. They could rebadge these models as the Porsche PINO edition and all the hipsters would fall over themselves to get one. At least until they find out it means Porsche In Name Only.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 212

And not to forget you need an automatic transmission for that.

Not necessarily. BMW makes a dual clutch manual transmission with an automatic clutch. You can use the paddles, you can use the bump shifter. It has no torque convertor. It WILL roll backwards on a steep hill.
I would have rather had a full manual with stick shift, but we are a two car family and we occasionally have to swap cars. My wife will not learn standard. Sigh.

Comment Re: APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 0) 212

Because Republucans are lazy, and typically the only people that can afford such things.

Actually, it is mostly nouveau rich lottery winners, flash-in-the-pan musicians, actors, and reality TV stars that tend to buy supercars, and most of them are usually democrats.
But back to the original false statement. Republicans are lazy so they like to buy cars that don't drive themselves? Um, what?

Comment Re:Time to give the consumer total choice (Score 1) 164

Netflix is quickly becoming an over-the-internet only service. The problem with that is that you have to already have internet to your home to be able to make use of that. In most places, you have few choices for internet, and one of them is the cable company. The cable company makes it price prohibitive to JUST have internet with them. So, even though netflix is only $12.95 a month, in reality, it is actually about $80 a month.

Comment Re:Discovery Channel is all BS reality TV now (Score 1) 164

Exactly. Discovery used to be one of the reasons I had cable. Now, I hardly watch it anymore because it is a bunch of shows about building custom motorcycles, searching for gold in the snow and other extremely low budget reality shows. How do they keep making shows more cheaply, with people who are so desperate to be on TV that they don't even have to pay them, and then expect us to pay more to watch them?

Comment Re:been done (Score 1) 133

Another factor: How efficient is it - I predict a considerable transmission loss too, and in this era of energy saving dictates it might be a bad idea.

And the same people that buy electric vehicles and look down their noses at all the inferior people are the same ones that buy wireless everything and would use one of these wireless chargers.

Comment Re:Forbes again (Score 1) 118

I love how it keep trying to convince me to turn off my ad-blocker.

"Hey, turn off your ad-blocker so our malvertisers can give you something special!"

Really. I wasn't going to click on your ads anyway, so to save both of us some hassle and bandwidth, I am blocking them up front. You should be thanking me for lowering your cost of doing business.

Comment Re:superior liability coverage (Score 1) 113

a more proximate cause is Yellow Cab losing a $8 million accident liability suit by a passenger who is now paralyzed......So much for the medallion cab argument that they offer superior liability coverage.

To be fair, they did cover it.

Maybe they need bankruptcy insurance :-)

The lesson is that ANY cab-like co better be ready for an 8-mil zinger.

Exactly. A REAL cab company doesn't need liability insurance because they are going to have $8 million in a bond somewhere that can be used to pay for a catastrophe such as this.
An independent contractor HAS to have liability insurance, because they probably are lucky to have $5,000 sitting around in case of a catastrophe.

Comment Budget shortfall and now this? (Score 1) 510

First, the Oklahoma Budget is a hundred and some million short, so they cut about $60 million out of the schools. They cut meal programs, STEM programs, arts (always. They cut those even when money falls out of the ceiling). Probably cut Science too, making the whole bill moot.
But one thing they DIDN'T cut is administrative salaries. Administrative salaries account for 90% of salaries in Oklahoma schools. This SHOULD be about 5%. But Oklahoma, along with pretty much every other state has bolstered the useless overhead administration in education by a factor of many hundreds over the last 30 years. There are some school districts where the administrator to teacher ratio is higher than 1:1. There is literally more than one administrator per classroom (of course, they never set foot in a classroom).

Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 117

Throw the share holders and all customers in too. They were funding this entire mess.

If you have a 401k and it invests in NASDAQ index or comm stocks, then you are also one of the shareholders.
As a rough guess, I would say there are probably 60 million people in the U.S. that are either shareholders or customers of this company. That is a lot of people to put in prison.

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