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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

MMC Monster Who are the proposed customers? (42 comments)

Anyone who could afford a Karma and wanted electric would have already bought a Tesla S or Roadster.

The only way they'll sell some is to greatly upgrade the interior to Tesla Model S-type screen and software.

yesterday
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My resting heart rate:

MMC Monster Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (141 comments)

If it's over 100 you really should see a doctor, period. There's almost certainly something wrong other than just deconditioning.

yesterday
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

MMC Monster Re:Thoughts (155 comments)

Pretty sure they hit the '25,000 electric cars to the people' mark. ;-)

As for buying cars from dealers, I've been in quite a few purchases myself. The only dealer I had a reasonably good experience with was Saturn.

With Lexus, Jaguar, and BMW, there was a lot of negotiation. I had to go to several dealers to get competing prices (which were *always* with a spread of $2-3K). In addition, the push was always to buy something either off-the-lot or something that they could have brought over from another dealer's inventory within 2-3 days.

I was with my dad when he went to get his BMW 5 series. They pushed him into a few options he wasn't particularly interested in because they could get the car to the lot in 2 days. And once he signed the contract, it was a done deal. He called the dealership a couple hours later and wanted a different color, and the answer was that the car was already on it's way from across the state. It arrived more than a week later with barely a 'sorry for the delay' from the dealer.

3 days ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

MMC Monster Re:Expert. (348 comments)

Whether or not his new digital music format can or cannot be pirated is something that remains to be seen

Can you listen to it with your headphones of choice?

The answer to this will be 'No'. The obvious way Apple is going is to change the audio output jack to the headphone to something proprietary like Lightning.

(It won't work, but it will fail like FireWire did. A few people will buy it, but at best it will be an accessory port in addition to the standard audio jack.)

3 days ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

MMC Monster Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (348 comments)

Not necessarily. Whenever I make a call, I am interacting with the audio stream from the other end of the line.

Perhaps he's suggesting musicians just get (900) numbers and publish them.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't pay to have U2 sing to me live via my phone, but some others may.

3 days ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

MMC Monster XBMC support soon? (174 comments)

Hopefully this will allow a good XBMC client. Would love to be able to watch netflix seemlessly within XBMC.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Small setup (283 comments)

As an aside, what's an excellent wifi repeater? Mine can't cover an acre, but my back yard gets wifi signals from across the street.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Small setup (283 comments)

Agree 100%. I with I had more ethernet connections in my livingroom and bedroom media closets. When I finish my basement I'm not going to make the same mistake.

WiFi is great for laptops and phones and stuff, but I don't want my movies or music glitching because of wifi interference.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

MMC Monster Re:Not my cup of tea (283 comments)

Much the same. I have a single NAS in the basement with a backup of the important stuff (documents, photos, mp3s, home videos).

My personal desktop keeps all the movies, etc. All the computers on the network rsync my desktop computer (which is essentially always on).

3 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MMC Monster Re:More importantly (389 comments)

Arghhh.

I have the 19" wheels and have about ~12K miles on them, I think. Will have to pay attention to them this winter. :-(

First winter in my Model S, and the last time I had a read wheel driver car through a winter was 2004-2005. :-)

4 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MMC Monster Re:50-80k is an insane estimate (389 comments)

Pretty much like the last BMW 3 Series I bought, in other words.

Seriously. BMWs are great cars to drive, but they nickel and dime you on the options at time of purchase.

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

MMC Monster Re:It's not your phone (609 comments)

Or they could have set the price to $0 for the next 1 or 6 months or something like that.

I'm not a U2 fan. I think I like one or two of their songs. I have no interest in getting their new album (or being some of the people counted as why their new album went Double-Platinum).

If, instead, I was given a free $10 gift card from Apple to anything in their catalog, I would be happy to make my own selections.

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

MMC Monster Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Because many human drivers totally lose it in a roundabout. Especially here in the U.S. If you ever drive in one that just pops up in an area without them, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Some drivers have no idea who has right of way and will come to a dead stop in the round. Others (I swear I've seen this) try to make a U-turn when they miss their exits and get confused at all the oncoming traffic, and others try to zip through, (probably) thinking that you're supposed to maintain speed when entering the circle.

I cringe whenever I see one in PA (I've only encountered a couple so far). I don't even want to think about dealing with Jersey drivers in one.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

MMC Monster Re:How much! (405 comments)

Indeed. If I had $400 million to blow on marketing, just giving away the product is not the worst way to go. Just make sure your walled garden has high enough walls and developers will be paying to get in.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

MMC Monster Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

I'm not sure if you want a Citrix client for your watch. That being said, I'm not really sure why anyone would want the client for their smart phone, either.

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

MMC Monster You, too? (363 comments)

As someone who lives and works in the U.S., I love BBC. Listen to BBC news radio on the way to work every day (free streaming on TuneIn Radio) and watch several BBC shows on cable.

In fact, BBC is something I wouldn't mind spending extra money to get a 'TV license' for, just like they force people in the UK to pay.

So offer me one. Give me a internet license for BBC online and let me stream it from whereever I am on the planet. If you want you can do it by creating your own VPN and renting that to me.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

MMC Monster Re:WIl they use my tax money? (260 comments)

Could be a while. as they don't even have a design released to the public for the Model 3 and the Model X is still pre-production.

I took a plung and bought the Model S.

Best car I've ever driven in any class with very good handling in the rain. This will be my first winter with it and I want to see how it will do with the original all-weather tires.

It's not for everyone at it's price tag. But I do get a lot of questions from people that own high-end luxury cars. Much more so than economy cars. Toyota has nothing to worry about from the current iteration. Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes do (and so do their dealers).

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

MMC Monster Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

But see, that's the point of Tesla. People have been clamoring for a vehicle which has those specific advantages, and they don't care about the disadvantages. There's plenty of people for whom the range is simply not an issue. If they need to go farther, they'll have their driver take them in their A8L or long S-Class, or they'll take a black car service or limo service — perhaps to an airport. I mean, we are talking about people who can afford to dash off $70k+ for a car that is not all things to all people. These people are far from broke and they can probably write all of this off, anyhow.

You should take a look at the Tesla forums. Specifically: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com...

Poor guy bought a BMW electric car and was informed by the dealer that he can use any charging stations he saw on his phone app. The dealer didn't educate the purchaser about charging stations appropriately and the guy didn't have a proper charging port in his garage. The guy bought the car because he listened to what the dealer said and didn't do much independent research.

Fuck dealers.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

MMC Monster Re:They are stagnant (157 comments)

In other words, electric car sales are stagnant because of a supply problem, not a demand one. They can't produce more cars and they essentially are sold out months in advance.

As a proud owner of a Tesla (6 months and 15K miles so far), I can't imagine buying a non-electric car in the future. I live on the east coast and the supercharger network is built out around me well enough that I don't have any range anxiety at all.

Several friends are looking to see how I do this winter before putting money down themselves. A couple others already put down a ridiculous amount to be on the list to buy a Tesla Model X when it finally hits production.

Dealers should be concerned. If the big auto manufacturers go the Tesla way, dealers won't be making much in service contracts in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

MMC Monster Re:A solution to a problem (152 comments)

Protopage gives me 90% of what iGoogle gave me before, plus a few newer features. Works most of the time with google calender and mail. Haven't tried it with other Google services.

about three weeks ago

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