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Comment Re:Horrendously Expensive Windshield Wipers (Score 4, Funny) 286

The problem with electric cars is that windshield wipers are horrendously expensive to replace. With my previous car windshield wipers were way less than 1% of total maintenance over five years. My Leaf is about to turn 5 years old and windshield wiper replacements 75% of my total maintenance costs. This is outrageous!

Comment Re: Hardly news.. (Score 1) 89

"This is completely wrong. A race does not "instill systematic impediments" - individual people do that." OK, I stand corrected: individual of a specific race instill systematic impediments.

"Note that I'm not trying to say that racism is good or bad." I would hate for you to go out too far on such a moral limb.

Comment Re: Hardly news.. (Score 1) 89

Are you trying to draw a parallel between people who have a beef with Microsoft with racists?

- My OS good yours bad even though they're simply very complicated hammers for different nails.
People get frustrated because a monopoly power has a long history of poor design decisions and forcing users to apply "updates" that create more flaws which leads to unpreventable system compromises. Seems like a legitimate reason to hold a grudge to me.

- My race good your race bad even though genetically they're indistinguishable.
One race instills systematic impediments that create an uneven playing field holding back other races from equitably participating in the riches of our society. This is just wrong!

Comment Re:Yes and No (Score 3, Insightful) 103

MS Office regularly crashes on me. The document recovery feature in MS Office is also absolutely horrible. It offers the user multiple copies but it is never clear which copy has the most recent updates.

I have had LibreOffice crash on me as well, but the document recovery feature in LibreOffice is so smooth I never worry. It recovers easily and flawlessly even after the loss of power.

Comment Re: comcast wants you to buy HBO with cable tv and (Score 1) 170

The problem is two-fold: 1) carriers have been selling oversubscribed bandwidth and then complaining when people hit the actual limits, and 2) the public wants everybody else to pay to their incessant over-consumption of bandwidth. If carriers want to sell an unlimited bandwidth package then they should charge enough to cover the costs. And if people want the unlimited bandwidth package they should pay for it.

Comment Scientifically Optimize for Which Variable? (Score 3, Insightful) 609

Using scientific reasoning to rationally choose between potential decisions is a great idea, but it doesn't solve the problem of deciding the basis of the questions. Logic can really only solve for one variable at a time. People will still have to decide which societal variables to solve and how to balance the weight of multiple variables. Fair is never fair to everybody. You are always having to make trade-offs between forms of fairness: equity, equality and welfare.

Comment Re:Safari has monopoly on iOS (Score 1) 249

Tough to tell how the browsers are being tracked, but they are each easily identifiable. Interestingly even Chrome has a Safari fingerprint.

xx.xx.xx.xx - - [03/Jul/2016:17:17:36 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 295 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 9_3_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/601.1.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/9.0 Mobile/13F69 Safari/601.1"

xx.xx.xx.xx - - [03/Jul/2016:17:16:32 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 295 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 9_3_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/601.1.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) FxiOS/4.0 Mobile/13F69 Safari/601.1.46"

xx.xx.xx.xx - - [03/Jul/2016:17:20:06 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 295 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 9_3_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/601.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) CriOS/51.0.2704.104 Mobile/13F69 Safari/601.1.46"

Chrome on Linux
xx.xx.xx.xx - - [03/Jul/2016:17:27:35 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 295 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.106 Safari/537.36"

Comment Re:More context (Score 1) 228

And the answer was, sure, but THEY (the unwashed poor masses who buy the Model 3) will have to pay for it, while you (the rich washed) will still get yours for free.

Another way of looking at it would be:

Sure, but THEY (the unwashed poor masses who buy the Model 3) will have the option of not paying for Supercharger access, while you (the rich washed) will still have to pay for access regardless if you ever intend on using it.

I think this is a much more accurate statement.

Comment Re:Brakes? Tires? (Score 2) 555

Here is an article that discusses the health risks of rubberized materials such as crumb rubber on football fields.

Personally I do not think that this is a big issue for electric cars being the weight of batteries is what causes tire wear. It is the fact that electric cars are so damn quick off the line. If we can only make electric vehicles as sluggish as gas cars the tire problem would go aware.

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