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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:I never liked those state/city incentives (149 comments)

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I'm sure that it's some bizarre, pestilential outside influence which has banned community ownership of teams (save for the grand-fathered-in Greenbay Packers) and required that a minimum percentage of a team be owned by a single individual.

No, no. It's patriotism. Community ownership is COMMUNISM, and totally un-American. It says right there in the Bible and the Constitution, that the individual profit is sacred. Besides, no fat-cat wants to live in Green Bay, where you get sucked dry by 12 pound vampire mosquitoes in summer and get your nads frozen off in winter.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:The dealership model is broken (149 comments)

True... However the dealership model is one of the few decent middle class jobs creator in the country that doesn't require a lot of education and/or certification.

Direct sale just means more profit to the big auto makers (Their price will not be lowered) and less people will benefit from the auto economy.

Not just that, but warranty and aftermarket maintenance are performed by the dealerships as well. Without a dealership presence in the state, if your car is busted, then you are just out of luck, or you have to have your car shipped to the manufacturer to get it fixed.

I'm pretty sure that a factory owned retail outlet would provide pretty much the same level of service as an independently owned dealership.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:The dealership model is broken (149 comments)

>True... However the dealership model is one of the few decent middle class jobs creator in the country that doesn't require a lot of education and/or certification.

It used to be, but sadly that is no longer true. The owner makes good money, and so do the parts manager, shop manager and sales manager. Sales droids, for the most part, don't make a living wage and don't last very long, with the exception of maybe 10% of them. Parts guys don't make squat. The mechanics make a good middle-class income, but that work needs to be done anyway whether at the dealership or a private shop. Also, being a mechanic these days takes an AA degree and lots of certifications.

If car companies owned the retail outlets, it would all be pretty much the same, except the owner wouldn't be getting rich. If one guy owns half the Ford dealerships in the state, how is that better than Ford Motor Co. owning them?

4 days ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Crichton is an idiot. (762 comments)

>"Science requires only one investigator who happens to be right, "

The one investigator publishes a paper, his work is confirmed by many others, he wins the Nobel Prize, and a new consensus is created. This differs from one loud voice who disagrees with the current consensus. For a handy metric for differentiating the two, see John Baez's Crackpot Index.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Gotten? (762 comments)

Passive voice example should have been, "He has been sick, but he has gotten well."

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Gotten? (762 comments)

It is proper English. It is the difference between the active and passive voice. "He was sick, but he got well." "He was sick, but he has gotten well." The difference is actually tangentially related to the story subject. When I was in university [mumble] decades ago, all scientific papers for publication, and by extension all term papers, were required to be written in the third person past passive voice. This was thought to appear more objective. Printing costs for scientific journals drove the change to active voice, because, in English, that voice uses fewer words. Now that journals are largely electronic, printing costs are less of an issue, leaving aside Dilbert's PHB's concern about using up electrons. Active voice may also be more readable, particularly for those being taught by teachers who say things like, "Me and him went to the store."

about a week ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:I for one welcome (64 comments)

Unless, of course, they turn out to be Cnidarians with a truly spectacular neurotoxin in their stinging cells.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (341 comments)

>Trash company - ok

Where do you live that the trash company isn't a wholly owned subsidiary of Mafia, Inc? I've never heard of such a thing.

about three weeks ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Old news (144 comments)

This only proves that Italian traffic lights are easy to hack.

Who cares? No one pays attention to Italian traffic lights anyway. A red light is not even a suggestion; it's an insult.

about three weeks ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Spoiler Alert: FTA (99 comments)

Out here on the West Coast, all it takes to get a good dinoflagellate bloom going is ocean water temperature a bit higher than normal. A variety of factors can contribute to this, including El Nino, lower than normal winter rainfall, increased air temperature, weakening of the longshore current. Of course in the Southeast, consideration of climate change is illegal in many states. In Florida, it's probably easiest to blame it on Cuban Communists.

about a month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Great... (582 comments)

>And I thought my hometown of Detroit was fucked.

You are correct. Detroit is fucked. Your other observations are correct also.

about a month and a half ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Kozar_The_Malignant Very Low Activity (160 comments)

Sadly for Brazil, Neymar went through the recent World Cup with very low soccer playing activity as well. Brazil's defense seemed to exhibit very low brain activity as well.

about 1 month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Terrorist is an impossible label (242 comments)

You doubt the Ministry of Love's ability to reliably detect thought crime, Citizen? Please report to Miniluv Headquarters to explain yourself. Ask the receptionist to take you to Room 101.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Kozar_The_Malignant Really Old School (359 comments)

copy con

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Kozar_The_Malignant Pretty much the same experience (365 comments)

I have had about the same experience, with one exception. In 2006 at a new job, my employer bought me a 17" HP that was built like a tank and worked flawlessly for six years. Of course it cost more than a comparable Macbook at the time. Battery life was awfule, as in I had to buy new batteries every 18 months, but it worked great. It also weighed as much as a tank. I currently use a 13" Retina Macbook Pro that is better in every way.

about 3 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Kozar_The_Malignant Average Eleventh Grader? (293 comments)

The "average eleventh grader" can't write three consecutive sentences of of grammatical English let alone pass any AP test. Actually, the average eleventh grader is not going to go to college, although if you leave out Joe Average, Jill Average is likely to enroll in some sort of post-secondary education.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:RAZR fro the win! (321 comments)

Yes, you can sim lock such phones. One of the great things about T-Mobile is that they have always unlocked phones for free and without hassle.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:AT&T (321 comments)

Back in the late Sixties, everyone regarded AT&T as the Acme of Evil, an avatar of the Great Enemy on Earth. The Beast was chopped into bits, stakes driven through the multiple hearts of the bits, and each bit chained and confined to separate parts of the land. People grew complacent, and slowly the separate parts of the Beast began to stir. Tentacles slithered into emerging areas of the telecommunications industry and into the pockets of regulators and legislators. Slowly, the bits began to reassemble themselves into a new form until now it has fully reemerged to prey on the unwary.

about 3 months ago

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Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about a year ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent."
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Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meetin

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft shareholders left today's annual meeting grumbling about the 15 minute Q&A period with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer and the lack of any real specifics about corporate direction. Many shareholders are concerned about Microsoft's static share price over the last decade."
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New Bacterium Lives on Caffeine

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A newly-described species of bacterium, Pseudomonas putida has been found to live on pure caffeine. The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. They were found living in a flower bed on the University of Iowa campus, not in the drain of an espresso machine as one might expect. The paper presenting the research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in New Orleans this month where caffeine metabolism will have to contend with the traditional ethanol metabolism."
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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns to Earth

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The secretive X-37B robotic space plane has returned to Earth after a seven month mission. This was the vehicles first flight. Looking like a cross between a Predator Drone and the Space Shuttle, it landed at Vandenberg AFB in California, which was to have been the military's shuttle launch facility. Speculation is that the X-37B is an orbital spy platform."
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Japanese Launch Human With Bottle Rockets

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A group of Japanese (scientists, techies, drunks?) have launched a human using a jetpack of water powered bottle rockets. The article in Popular Science calculates that the aquanaut experienced about 10 g of acceleration at launch, which probably explains the expression on his face. He also appears to have gone quite a bit farther than his support and retrieval crew expected. A few more bottles and we might have had a Darwin Award contender."
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Software Glitch Yields Innacurate Election Results

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A unique Election Transparency Project in Humboldt County, California has uncovered a flaw in the county's election software that resulted in the county certifying inaccurate results. The software bug resulted in 197 ballots not being counted, which fortunately woulkd nopt have change the outcome of any race in this election. Humboldt County uses optically scanned fill-in-the-bubble ballots.

According to the article, "The basic idea behind the first-of-its-kind transparency project is fairly simple: every ballot cast in an election is passed through an optical scanner after being officially counted and the images are then placed online and available for download. Software, created by volunteer Mitch Trachtenberg, then allows viewers to sort the ballots by precinct or race to conduct recounts at their pleasure."

The GEMS election software is sold by Premier Elections Solutions (Diebold Election Systems, Inc. in a new dress), and they appear to have known about the problem for at least four years. In addition to Humboldt County, the software is used by San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as well as the State of Maryland and others.

Yes, this is that Humboldt County. No, the County Data Center is a No Smoking zone."
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Massive Martian Glaciers Found

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Scientific American is reporting that "data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter point to vast glaciers buried beneath thin layers of crustal debris..." Data from the surface penetrating radar on MRO revealed that two well known mid-latitude features are composed of solid water ice. One is about three times the size of the City of Los Angeles. This certainly makes the idea of establishing a station on Mars far more plausible."
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Research: Press Harder On Obama Than McCain

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A report to appear in the November issue of Scientific American shows that "despite popular accounts, researchers found that Barack Obama got more negative press coverage than John McCain did in the early summer." According to the report, "This past summer, just as the view that journalists were going softer on Barack Obama than on John McCain was becoming widely accepted, CMPA issued a report showing that 72 percent of the statements in TV news reports about Obama in late spring and early summer were negative, whereas 57 percent of the statements about McCain were negative." This flies in the face of Republican contentions that the media is soft on Obama and is a fine example of the "Ideology Trumps Facts" story on Slashdot the other day. Somehow I doubt that Bill O'Reilly will be reporting this story."
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Swiss Jet Man Succeeds in Channel Crossing

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Swiss rocketman Yves Rossy has succeeded in flying across the English Channel. Leaping from a plane at around 9,000 feet, he made the 22 mile crossing from Calais to Dover in ten minutes. His route follows the first airplane channel crossing in 1909 by French aviator Louis Bleriot. I wonder when the retail version of his jet pack will be available."
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Ancient Yeast Used To Brew Modern Beer

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Yeast trapped inside a 45 million year old weevil, trapped inside amber has been extracted, activated, and used to brew beer. According to the report, the beer has "a weird spiciness at the finish." The brewer, Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, attributes this to the yeast's unusual metabolism. "The ancient yeast is restricted to a narrow band of carbohydrates, unlike more modern yeasts, which can consume just about any kind of sugar," said Cano. Cano brews barrels of Pale Ale and German Wheat Beer under the Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. label."
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SFO Laptop Was Stolen

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The San Mateo County (Calif.) Sheriff's office now considers the "lost" laptop containing personal information on 33,000 travelers to have been stolen. Although Verified Identity Pass has claimed that the information was not compromised, but TSA is still examining the results of their forensic analysis of the laptop. The laptop was recovered inside a locked cabinet inside a locked office. It is also being reported that the sticker with the serial number was removed from the laptop. Anyone else think it might have been an inside job?"
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Airport Security Threatened By Stolen Laptop

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A laptop containing the unencrypted security data for 33,000 travelers using the Clear system was stolen at San Francisco International Airpot on July 26, according to CBS5 Television. The Clear system allows travelers who register and pay a $100.00 annual fee to speed through airport security by using a smart card at special kiosks in some airports. TSA has suspended new registrations in the system, which is run by a private contractor, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., a subsidiary of GE. The laptop was apparently stolen from a locked office at SFO. The company has now decided that it might be a good idea to encrypt the data in their systems. They are in the process of notifying customers that all of their personal data, including name, address, SSi number, passport number, date of birth, etc. has been compromised."
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Macrovision Funded Study Says DVD Piracy High

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A study reported on in the International Business Times shows that nearly one-third of DVD users in the US and UK admit to making copies of pre-recorded DVDs. According to the article, "The report alluded to magnitude of the profit loss, though actual revenue figures were not revealed. It found that 77 percent of US respondents would have legally purchased the titles if copying was not available, while 63 percent answered similarly in the UK, indicating potential revenue lost to piracy."

What is not being well reported is that the survey was paid for by Macrovision the copy protection company. Considering the source of funding, I am sure no one is really surprosed at the results."

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Western Digital HD Comes With Bonus Asian Porn

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Over on The Consumerist, they are reporting about a fellow who purchased a Western Digital external hard drive from Best Buy that came with bonus Super Secret Asian Lady Porn. He accidentally deleted some of his photos from the drive. When using a recovery tool, he recovered much more than he deleted. Some of the "models" look a bit on the under-age side as well, which could be really bad if someone else found this on your drive. One wonders if this is from the manufacturer's read-write testing, or a free-lance Geek Squad project."
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Least Favorite Rite of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Least Favorite Rite of Spring:
  • Income tax
  • The mud
  • Attack of the pollen
  • Attack of the mosquitoes
  • Too much light through basement window
  • Guys in Shipping wearing skimpy outfits
  • Spring? It's still snowing!
  • CowboyNeal going shirtless
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Favorite Rites of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Your Favorite Rite of Spring
  • Cleaning the hard drive
  • Attractive co-workers wearing Spring outfits
  • More light through basement window
  • Change skins on software to pastel
  • It's still snowing here you insensitive clod
  • Annual bathing of CowboyNeal
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Ballmer Trying to Buy Sonics

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is reportedly trying to buy the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team. His partners include Deutsche Telekom CEO John Stanton and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. The team is trying to relocate to [shudder] Oklahoma City. Now that notorious chair-thrower Bobby Knight has retired, big time basketball needs another chair tossing wild man."
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Man Builds Vigilante Dalek

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Bar owner Rufus Terrill has built his own robotic overlord to chase drug dealers and other scum our of his Atlanta neighborhood. Boing Boing has a story and a link to video from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The thing has a loudspeaker, camera, light, water cannon and looks kind of like a Dalek. Some of the parts came from a smokehouse, and he says it stills smells a bit like chicken."
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Motorola To Bail Out Of Mobile Phone Business?

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "According to an AP story reported by MSNBC, Motorola is seriously considering getting out of the mobile phone business. This is a proposal Carl Ichan made last year during a losing proxy fight to obtain a board seat. Looks like more than Ed Zander is being tossed out."

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