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Comment Re:I think physics has shown (Score 1) 387

The problem is, all the other planets are bad choices for colonization. Mars is the best choice of the 7, and it suffers from low gravity, thin atmosphere, and high radiation.

That's why we should colonize Venus. It doesn't have any of those problems. Of course, the temperature at the surface is hot enough to melt load, but at about 50 km above the surface where the air pressure is about 1 atmosphere, you'll find the temperature to be about the freezing point of water. You still have to deal with 300 mph winds and the long day-night cycle, but a place with Earth-like air pressure, temperature, and gravity isn't a bad place to start. As a bonus, since the atmosphere is mostly CO2, a balloon filled with Earth air (nitrogen and oxygen, both less dense than CO2) will float on Venus.

Comment Re:Robots Revolt! (Score 1) 392

What I've seen is that the insurance company will sell you your old car back for essentially the scrap value. So if the car is worth $5000, the scrap value $300, so you keep the car and they write you a check for $4700. It can make sense to do this if you think you can get the car fixed cheaper, or in the case of older, low value cars that can be "totaled" from minor damage - just not fix the car and drive it as-is. I've seen them "total" cars for hail damage before.

Comment Re: median vs average (Score 1) 622

I can't imagine how much it costs a 14 year old, German, large luxury sedan on the road. That's the kind of car you want to buy new, and then dump as soon as the warranty is expired (assuming of course you can afford to) because the maintenance and repairs on a car like that are insane. There's a reason those things depreciate so quickly, you know.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I don't know about Mazda, as their cars from the 00's have some major rust issues. Maybe that's behind them now, but we really won't know about today's cars until 7-10 years from now.

I do have to agree about quality falling. The Japanese, Toyota especially, seem to be just coasting on their reputation. That's not to say they won't sell you a reliable vehicle, but the cost cutting is obvious. The Koreans are really trying. Jury is still out on them, but it's undeniable that they've made impressive amounts of progress in a few years. Things were looking up for the domestics, but it seems they're slipping back into the pre-2008 mode of focusing on trucks/SUVs with a few cars on the side.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

Keep in mind that the car is usually several thousand more if you finance versus pay cash. Those ads that say something like "0% financing or $2500 cash back!". That's an instant $2500 discount if you don't finance.

Of course, the best solution is to not use the dealer's financing. That way you can have your cake and eat it too (though likely won't get the 0%, so YMMV).

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

That's pretty remarkable. Japanese cars from the 70's - 80's are not known for their rust resistance. Here in salt country Japanese vehicles of that vintage are basically extinct from the roads. I bought an '88 Nissan in 1998 that already had significant rust, and it was disintegrating at an alarming rate by 2005. 90's and 2000's cars are much better. A 15 year old Toyota (that's not a Tacoma) will probably just starting to show rust, though a lot depends on how well the owner(s) took care of it. Most rust starts off as cosmetic so it's also up to the owner how much rust they are will to tolerate. Most cars scrapped nowadays may have rust, but were taken off of the road for some other reason.

By the way, the 1992-1996 Camry is legendary around here - dead reliable with many examples still on the road with no rust showing after 20+ winters. Unfortunately the Camry's built after that generation don't seem to be built to the same standard.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

They seem to assume you're driving a fairly new car, and you've financed it. Therefore, you have a pretty big depreciation hit every year, insurance is higher, registration fees are higher, and they factor in the financing fees/interest.

A lot people will be well below that. I own my car, so no financing fees. It's 17 years old, so depreciation is minimal, insurance is less, registration is a lot less. I also drive less miles than they seem to assume. Maintenance is probably about the same.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

The trucks of today are sold as status symbols. They've grown massively in size, aggressively styled to look like oversized toys, and come loaded with luxury car features with a price tag to match. Kind of sucks for the guys who actually, you know, need a truck to actually do truck things. The basic work/farm truck as a utility vehicle with manual transmission and vinyl interior is dead, to be replaced with today's weekend toy-hauler. It's no wonder I see lots of trucks from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and early 90's still earning a living out in farm country.

Comment Re: Windows 10 (Score 1) 249

The original nForce and nForce 2 was the best you could get on Socket A, which was otherwise plagued with shit chipsets from VIA, SIS, and including AMD's own. Then I later made the mistake of buying some nForce based boards for the AMD64 processors. Utter garbage.

I really want to like AMD, but eventually I switched over to Intel because at least their chipsets work.

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