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Comment Re:Shitty refund policy (Score 1) 129

This is exactly what I said, there was no need for drastic measures such as "completely disagree". However, used car dealers are still major player on the market and as such indirectly affect the prices set by private parties. For example, you cannot sell a car on Craigslist for more than asked by the dealer around the corner, because the dealer also provides a 2 month warranty, etc. As such the dealers indirectly steer the prices set on Craigslist.

Comment Re:and for those who didn't sign up? (Score 1) 114

tell them even more about who I am

Why, no, you can use it to tell them who you want to become. E.g. I am going to update them that I am on the market for a multi-million racing yacht. I only want to see adverts about racing yachts. Who knows, maybe after enough ad brainwashing I might just buy one :)

Comment Re:dealer miles; test drive miles (Score 1) 129

Because the dealer does this to relocate your car, so you have to trust him like you would trust a valet. A private party reselling a car after only a year probably drove into a lake on it. If a significant share of buyers were sceptical of auto dealers then the dealers would never ever drive them, at the additional cost of having a truck shuttle new cars around.

Comment Re:Shitty refund policy (Score 1) 129

A car looses 25% off resale price as soon as it drives off the lot. I agree that this is a standard heavily influenced by the old industry that demanded a fat dealer markup, but with advent of private selling websites the industry has less and less say in setting resale prices. The real reasons are as follows:
  • It is natural for people to want something shrink-wrapped from the factory
  • Did the previous owner change oil? Did he redline the engine? Submerged the car in water?
  • Is the car being sold before its time is up because something is wrong with it?

Buying a used car carries risk and people like being compensated for taking risk. If your friend/coworker is selling a car because of death/divorce/relocation then your risk would be lower yet still little incentive to pay above market price.

Comment Re:Computer cannot make that decision (Score 1) 451

So you don't see the highway ambush sutuation that I outlined above as probable. This kind of crime is not only rampant in the third world countries, but pretty common in the US of A as well. Also you use the word "pedestrians" and "passengers" interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. It is possible that you never seen pedestrians, but in the cities there is quite a few of us.

Comment Computer cannot make that decision (Score 1) 451

Let me start off by saying that I don't value my life above others. If my car is flying towards unsuspecting pedestrians and the only other option is to go off a cliff -- I will go off the cliff. On the other hand, if the highway is ambushed by a pack bandits who calculated that my car's AI will opt to kill the driver, then it is their turn to go off the cliff. This decision simply cannot be made by a computer, ever.

Comment Re:Stranger Danger! (Score 1) 211

If most owners of your building feel that way, they are free to make "no subletting" building policy, enforced via the above mentioned doorman, and not force the entire city to follow your needs.
I live in a building with a doorman and still lock my door. There are maintenance and delivery workers always around, not to mention that I am not personally acquainted with the other 2000 tenants who live in the building.

Comment Re:Gets popcorn... (Score 1) 418

We cannot tell him what he should care about. In general people (and animals) are programmed to care about their self/offspring, relatives, race, species -- in that order. [Some of] this sequence has been experimentally verified. There will always be individuals not following this sequence, i.e. acting irrationally (in view of the majority). Thankfully, they will always be a minority because the rate of procreation of people who hate children, relatives, and humanity in general approaches zero. The real dilemma is with people who trade future of humanity in exchange for a short term enrichment of self.

Comment Re:Gets popcorn... (Score 0) 418

planet is too crowded already

What metric have you used to draw that conclusion? I hear this claim was repeated throughout the history yet here we are. There is definitely still an abundance of both food and space on this planet. Our speed of evolution only recently surpassed that of monkeys because there were too few of us on the planet. With increase of population the speed of our civilization development accelerates, which is a good thing. With new technologies coming around it looks like starvation will never be an issue. It sounds like your philosophy is based on a personal opinion, which is not a very strong foundation.

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