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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Nidi62 Re:hahaha (154 comments)

I had a friend who worked in the finance dept of a car dealership. People would spend 2 hours trying to wangle the best possible deal from the salesman, beat him down, get free floor mats, whatever. Then they would walk into my friends office. How does $400 a month sound for payments? OK sure. And in 2 seconds they would agree to a loan at 12% where the banks would have given them 5%. And the dealer would earn an extra $3k on the car loan.

I went into a dealer just about 3 weeks ago, told the salesman I wanted a new car, was trading in my truck, and wanted to spend no more than $130 a month over 3 years. He almost fainted and then basically called me crazy. The sales manager even tried to get me to lease a car instead of buying. Ended up walking out of there with a new car(end of the model year) for $125 a month for 3 years with $10,300 trade in on my truck (KBB value around $9900 and needed about $2k worth of work-not including some cosmetic body work) and $2k down. Think I end up paying about $300 in interest if I take all 3 years, but plan to pay it off sooner. I save more in gas than my monthly payments cost. The trick was knowing what we wanted and refusing to budge from it.

4 days ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Nidi62 Re:Eh... (195 comments)

Why would any intelligent creature want anything to do with us?

because we have Elvis and Beethoven, and they don't.

I thought the aliens already got Elvis.....

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Nidi62 Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (818 comments)

How about some shareholders agreeing to make slightly less profit on their investments

Airlines are already notoriously bad investments.

Delta's stock price has increased 400% since 2009. That's 5 years. Still sure about "notoriously bad investment"?

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Nidi62 Re:Theft is not piracy (448 comments)

"pirated" is not the verb you want there, it's "stolen". To equate piracy with theft is purely political and thus retarded and dilutes the meaning of both words.

You wouldn't download a tank......

Why yes, yes I would

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Nidi62 Silver lining (212 comments)

Since a lot of hog hunts are done at night, the slight glow should make the boars a lot easier to see

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Nidi62 Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Assuming that you are implying American boots/bombs on the ground in the Ukraine, are you crazy? I mean seriously. Are you?

We could send in the Germans, but we should probably wait until after the winter to do that.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Nidi62 Re:I like... (643 comments)

Ever watch Wild Justice on NatGeo? They wear small cameras mounted on their shoulder, not sure if it is just part of the show or standard equipment for them, but the show has used footage from the cameras before and they don't seem to affect the capabilities of the officers at all.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Nidi62 Re:I like... (643 comments)

Think about it: Where is the money going to come for all these cameras?

Federal/state/local governments aren't exactly flush with cash right now so either taxes will need to be increased to purchase said cameras or something will have to be cut (and that opens up a whole other can of worms.)

Or the departments could just take the funding they put aside for a couple surplus MRAPs and buy these cameras instead. These cameras have the added effect of actually improving officer/civilian safety (less chance of violence on both sides if they know a camera is recording) with the only downside being the cops don't have bad-ass trucks they can ride around in while pretending they're Marines riding through downtown Fallujah.

about three weeks ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Nidi62 Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

But my property in Metro Atlanta will suddenly become valuable beachfront property

about a month ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

Nidi62 That's not all you can see (134 comments)

As a bonus you can also tell if they are pale Irish or if they have long red hair and boobs.

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Nidi62 Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

I can't remember the last time I saw a payphone in the wild.

Airports

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Nidi62 Re:ALREADY HAPPENED! (New Mexico) (359 comments)

Naw, for the equipped Slashdotter, you will want one of these bad boys.

Gotta cover all your bases.

Just what you need for any apocalyptic scenario. It has heat resistant layers, a bulletproof layer, and a layer for make you comfortable in your worktime.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Nidi62 Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

Doesn't quite fit, does it? In that show/comic, only southerners survive.

Actually, no. In Season 2 Rick, Herschel, and Glenn run into a group of guys from Philly at the bar near Herschels farm. And the past season and upcoming season involve getting a scientist to DC on government orders. So it's been proven that at least up until that point there are survivors from outside the South.

Having not read the comics I can only comment on the show

about a month ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

Nidi62 I don't see it (74 comments)

So...because Rockwell and Bazille's paintings both have windows, people, a chair, and a stove they are influenced by each other? All of these are common things that you would expect in any building in the late 1800s and mid-50s (note the age of the building implies it is not new construction at that time and would definitely still rely on a stove for heating). I guess they are trying to argue that the placement of the items is the connection? Barbershops always have their chairs on one side near the wall, and people tend to put chairs near walls and objects as well, not in the middle of the floor. The right angle formed by the wall and floor and then the pane in the window seems a bit of a stretch, since wouldn't any painting of a man-made structure include right angles at some point?

I guess I just don't "get it"

about a month ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

Nidi62 Sweet (56 comments)

Well we almost have the ammo, now we just need DARPA to work on our Empees to fire it. Although hopefully we can find something better than a spandex unitard as a uniform/battle armor.

about a month ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Nidi62 Zorg? (219 comments)

With this in mind, the AR PGFs have a new "free fire mode," in which you can tag a target once and then shoot at it as many times as you want by pulling the trigger directly, with all the shots using the ballistic data from the first shot’s tag.

With the replay button, another Zorg invention, it's even easier. One shot...and replay sends every following shot to the same location.

Although I guess in this case you actually want to push the little red button.

about a month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Nidi62 Pacific theater (246 comments)

I would love to go visit islands like Guadalcanal, Pelileu, Iwo Jima, Betio, etc. Walking along the beaches or under the jungle canopies knowing what people went through on those spots 70 years ago and not knowing what you might find in some long-forgotten cave or jungle clearing would have to be an incredibly haunting and moving experience.

about a month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

Nidi62 Re:Mice don't get 'Alzheimer's disease'... (105 comments)

" An animal with dementia cannot even fend for itself in the wild"

Citation needed. I've seen plenty of animals with Rabies and other essential forms of dementia survive for quite a while, long enough to have been a potential vector to several thousand people.

My last dog lived to be 16 years old, which is pretty old for a medium-sized dog. We ended up putting her down because, one night something happened and she just would not stop barking. She didn't eat, didn't sleep, didn't move, just laid there constantly yelping (and not out of pain either) for three days. When we took her into the vet to put her down, even the vets could tell she wasn't herself (she would get grouchy and mean around other people-even had a bite warning sticker on her vet folder). If that's not evidence that an animal with dementia/cognitive impairment wouldn't live long in the wild I don't know what is.

about a month ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Nidi62 Re:Different colors (267 comments)

Same here. If I look out of one eye and then the other, I can discern that eye sees bluer/darker and the other eye sees redder/brighter. I've always wondered if this is a common thing or not.

about a month and a half ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Nidi62 Re:"Secret" (390 comments)

TIN FOIL HAT TIME:

1) The .mil has been experimenting with ebola for decades. What biological weapons program wouldn't? In the process of experimenting, they've also developed countermeasure in case the Ruskies (or other enemy agents) are doing the same.

Or, you know, since American military forces may at times work with African military forces or be asked to deploy to central Africa the military decided it would be a good idea to work on treatments for a highly deadly disease that they would very likely come into contact with.

about a month and a half ago

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GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "The GAO, through a fictitious company, recently requisitioned parts from China in order to determine if the Chinese government was living up to its promises of battling counterfiet parts. The report from the GAO found that "
334 of 396 vendors who offered to sell parts to the fictitious company were from China" and that "
all 16 parts eventually purchased by the fake company came from 13 China-based vendors and all were determined by an independent testing laboratory to be counterfeit." The parts requested were supposedly for use in F-15s, MV-22 Ospreys, and nuclear submarines, and were asked to be new parts. It also says that over the past 3 years, over 1 million counterfeit parts have been found to have come from Chinese companies. This stands in sharp contrast to the Chinese government's promise to clamp down on the production of counterfeit parts in China"

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Michael Bay to remake TMNT as aliens.

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90 minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in which the turtles are not created with ooze, but rather are "from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable." There is no word yet on whether or not he is consulting with George Lucas on how to totally destroy the origin and essence of a classic story."
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University Copyright Case About To Go To Trial

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "A Duke University blog covers the possible ramifications of the latest motion in the copyright case against Georgia State University. Cambrigde, Oxford, and Sage have proposed an injunction that would first enjoin GSU to include all faculty, employees, students. All copying would have to be monitored and limited to 10% of a work or 1000 words, whichever is less. No two classes would be allowed to use the same copied work unless they paid for it, essentially taking fair use out of the classroom. Along with this, courses would be allowed to be made up of only 10% copied material, the other 90% must be either purchased works or copies that have been paid for by permission fees. And, if this isn't enough, the publishers also want access to all computer systems on the campus network, to monitor compliance and copying.

This proposed order, in short, represents a nightmare, a true dystopia, for higher education....Yet you can be sure that if [these] things happen, all of our campuses would be pressured to adopt the “Georgia State model” in order to avoid litigation.

Disclosure: I am currently a graduate student at Georgia State University."
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Anonymous to Attack Iran?

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "CNN has an article that Anonymous plans to use International Worker's Day as a basis to launch an attack on Iran, in an attempt to bring the revolutions spreading across the Middle East into Iran. Supposedly the attacks are supposed to start at 5am GMT Sunday. Other than that, the article is very short on substance. Is this really Anonymous, or could this actually be an attempt by Iran to make themselves look like the victim of another cyber attack?"
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