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Comment Re:Except weight and mileage DOES count... (Score 1) 713

The problem is, fuel efficient cars weigh less, and therefore do less damage to the road.

That's not always true. There are hybrid SUVs now that weigh more than my all-gas camry, but get the same MPG.

The taxing should be use-based. I'm not saying eliminate gas taxes entirely -- there should also be an incentive to drive a fuel efficient vehicle. But they should be lessened and an alternative taxation method formed like this GPS idea or increased toll roads.

Comment Re:Why not raise the tax on gas? (Score 1) 713

The downside is any state that just raises the gas tax now has an incentive to promote the use of gas hog vehicles, and a dis-incentive to promote more efficient vehicles.

Their idea has merit -- people should be taxed based on how much use they are getting out of the roads, since a lot of the money is used for repairing those roads/infrastructure.

Is it fair to let electric vehicles that pay zero gas tax use the roads?

However, in my opinion, it would be cheaper to build toll stations that can read license plates, and require a credit card on file to charge for toll roads, compared to equipping every vehicle with a gps system.

If someone doesn't have a checking account or credit card for auto-pay, you mail those people a bill every month, with a surcharge to discourage this method. If they don't pay in 30 days, you mail them a fine, same as a red-light ticket does.

Comment Re:Not astonishingly suprising... (Score 2, Insightful) 300

After all, what kind of car does your mechanic drive? Do you know when your mechanic last did an oil change on their own car?

Hint - the mechanic's car is usually fixed last, if ever.

Care to try and back that statement up?

I happen to work in the automotive repair industry. Good automotive techs know better than most that it's far cheaper to maintain their vehicle than it is to repair damage later.

Comment Re:Whaaambulance (Score 2, Insightful) 655

It's time you came to the realization that taxes are a part of what makes living in this country great.

No, our constitution and enforcement of it through our legal system are what make this country great.

Taxes are just a necessary evil. Switching over to a system like the Fair Tax would at least bring some sanity, and perhaps 'less evil', to the endeavor.

NY should drop their income tax and replace it with a flat sales tax increase.

Comment Re:An Alaskan's perspective (Score 1) 337

The world isn't black and white or good vs. evil. People are often shades in between.

We have 300 million people in America. I'm sorry, but I really can expect our elected officials to be good, completely good, and not "shades in between."

(Really, Ted Stevens may have done some good things, but I hated his guts for the amount of wasteful pork he was responsible for -- that's OUR MONEY he's wasting. FUCK TED STEVENS.)

Games

Submission + - Rumor: Nintendo of America to Relocate

njkid1 writes: "A report from a reputable gaming website claims thatNintendo of America will relocate all of its sales and marketing. It's not clear if this will affect all of NoA, but employees have already been notified apparently. Targets for the new location include San Francisco and New York."
Wii

How Wii Is Creaming the Competition 377

CNN has a report on the Wii's success in the games marketplace right now, referring to their sales dominance as 'creaming the competition'. The article tries to break down exactly why Nintendo's console has sold so successfully, discussing the system's marketing, engineering, and philosophy. "Next, engineers settled on a new approach for the Wii's looks. Just as the DS shunned the Game Boy name to appeal to a broader audience, the Wii would adopt a sleek white exterior instead of the toylike loud colors used on the GameCube. Even CEO Iwata got involved in the design process; at one point he handed engineers a stack of DVD jewel cases and told them the console should not be much bigger. Why so small? To work with the motion-sensitive wireless controller Nintendo planned, Iwata reasoned, the console would have to sit directly beside the TV. Make it any larger and customers would hesitate to leave it there. " Their sales strategy is working in spades. CVG reports that at least one analyst thinks that Wii demand won't be met until 2009. This past weekend Chris Kohler had an interesting comment on the 'ambassador programs' Nintendo ran in advance of the Wii's launch, and how that might tie in to the system's financial success.

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