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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Mercedes shouldn't talk. (195 comments)

You're an idiot. Continue being a broke asshole. As a guy with a $135,000 Maserati, 5k/year in service would be nice. Guess what, enjoyable cars are expensive. Not everyone is some geek technophile who wants a soulless EV.

You're an idiot and, a rich asshole with no taste to boot. $135k for a Maserati? I think a movie quote here is apropos: you are "a self-indulgent wiener with too much bloody money." Spend your money better, and buy yourself some taste.

11 minutes ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Myopic viewpoint (195 comments)

You missed his point completely. Tesla might not exist at all in 5-7 years.

You missed my point completely. I think Tesla will be alive and flourishing in 5-7 years.

15 minutes ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Myopic viewpoint (195 comments)

5-7 years? You're living in a dreamland if you think that Telsa will be able to offer something like a Model S for less than half the price in 5-7 years.

I don't expect a Model S for half the price in 5 years. I simply expect a reasonably priced car that actually looks like something people would want to drive. I don't need a lot of the bells and whistles that come in the Model S. Give me an electric with the style and price of a C Class or 3 Series and I, and most likely a lot of other people, will be perfectly happy. (Give me a decently priced electric pick-up/SUV and I will be your customer for life)

3 hours ago
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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

Nidi62 Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (28 comments)

Anthony Weiner would like to have a word with you. I also think he has some pictures you might find interesting.

5 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Where is your model S competitor... (195 comments)

If you want style you buy the S class. The B class is supposed to be an affordable econobox.

That's the point though. People have shown they want affordable to also look good. That is why the road isn't covered with Priuses and SmartCars. I really think Tesla will be the first company to actually combine affordable, hybrid/electric, and asthetically pleasing. This is the modern day equivalent of Ford saying people can have the Model T in any color they want so long as it's black; the car manufacturers are saying you can have any cheap electric car as long as it looks like that.

5 hours ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Nidi62 Re:My Notice to General Mills (154 comments)

Private companies are NOT bound, in any possible way, by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights...

So....they are allowed to quarter troops in my home?

5 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Where is your model S competitor... (195 comments)

That B-class electirc drive looks hideous. That's why Tesla is getting a lot of notice right now. Their cars actually have style to them, not just the generic electric/hybrid look.

5 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Waste (195 comments)

He drives around the world just to get his stupid name on the record books.

Nah, look at the kind of books he has written. He probably did this so he can make money on the speaking circuit.

5 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Nidi62 Re:Myopic viewpoint (195 comments)

If you're spending $70k on a car and your options are between the two companies I could definitely see the appeal in sticking with a tried and true brand.

The thing is, as more and more people buy the $70,000 car, Tesla can start mass producing cheaper models as well. When my truck completely wears out in about 5-7 more years or so, I would certainly consider buying a Tesla if they have a model costing around $35k. As they are able to reach potential customers at the lower price points their brand will grow. Tesla isn't DeLorean, is much more practical than SmartCar, and has much better asthetics than any other electric car out there today. I think the company has legs.

5 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Nidi62 Re:It's crap (1448 comments)

That might have been the case in 1791, when the strenght of an armed force was roughly proportional to the number of men with guns it had.

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

Air power alone does not win wars. Tanks can take ground, but they cannot hold it. It takes infantry, boots on the ground, to do both of those things. A small group of infantry, properly prepared and led and on the proper ground, can hold out for a very long time against even a modern army. Look at Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. You don't even have to win the battles to win the war, or beat your enemy to defeat him. You just have to take away his will. You make the cost not worth the benefit.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Nidi62 Re:It's crap (1448 comments)

What? Militias aren't some Libertarian fantasy force. Militias are what countries with limited resources used in lieu of a standing military. They're also all but obsolete in a world where military technology has advanced to the point that private citizens can't be expected to field their own effective arms

Uh, not quite. Even some of the best and wealthiest armies of the times used militias(English Empire, Prussia, etc). The idea was more to have a centralized, smaller, professional fighting force that, when called upon to fight in or defend an area could count on members of the local population to join the ranks and fight. This reduced the number of troops that needed to be trained, fed, housed, and paid, but still allowed a state to field a sufficiently large defensive force. Their record in offensive combat is atrocious, however in defensive situations militia can play a strong role, especially in long-term, low-intensity conflicts. They can be used in anything from guerrilla actions, to urban combat, or even in COIN operations alongside regular troops (my Master's thesis was about this). In urban combat-or at least, urban combat that seeks to do anything more than just simply leveling an entire city- military capabilities change drastically. Armored vehicles cannot safely navigate tight streets and air support is severely restricted if the city has a significant skyline. Soldiers still have to clear individual buildings, leaving them vulnerable even to arms available to (American)civilians such as shotguns and semiautomatic rifles. In places where fully automatic weapons are available to civilians militia have shown to be very effective against regular troops. But in any case, the definition of a militia since at least the 1700s was civilians who arm themselves with their own weapons and join the lines of regular troops. As carefully as the writers of the Constitution chose words, if they had meant anything else they would have chosen a word other than "militia".

And the fact is, if open conflict comes to American soil, militias (in function if not in name) would have to be utilized in some fashion due simply to the size of the country in terms of both landmass and population. Here, I think, is where your "libertarian fantasy force" comes into play, as I do not see large scale open conflict occurring on American soil as long as America remains a cohesive entity.

yesterday
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Nidi62 Re:old tech (165 comments)

Just picked up a 1944 Izhevsk ex sniper.

LK

Now you win. I'm jealous :)

2 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Nidi62 Re:old tech (165 comments)

but come on, I have guns that were used to kill Nazis.

LK

I have a1942 Izhvesk Mosin Nagant as well :)

2 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Nidi62 Re:old tech (165 comments)

I collect WWI/WWII vintage guns. I have guns made as far back as 1923 even though a new AR is cheap, easy and available.

I have an Austrian Lorenz rifled musket that has been in my family since the Civil War. I win. But seriously, one gun I really want to add to my collection is an M1 Carbine made by either GM or IBM, because that's just plain cool, and one hell of a conversation starter.

3 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Nidi62 Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

a gun to calculate Pi value...

According to a couple of Canadian mathematicians,

I didn't realize we had annexed Canada recently. I hope we didn't also get Quebec.

3 days ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

Nidi62 Re:Do you even know why you eat prawns? (116 comments)

If everybody else in the world was vegan, would you still be insisting that it's 'normal' to eat animal products?

Yes, because our teeth are designed to chew meat and our body is evolved to process animal protein.

5 days ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

Nidi62 Re:Not very secret (116 comments)

I eat the legs off first so it can't run away, then the arms so it can't fight back, then I eat the head off then finally the body. Done it that way since I was a kid.

5 days ago
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Fruit Flies, Fighter Jets Use Similar Evasive Tactics When Attacked

Nidi62 Maverick (65 comments)

Good thing they didn't try to perform a split-S; that would have had Charlie all over them. Everyone knows it's the last thing you should do.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Nidi62 Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Totally not the same thing. These companies have the option of not using OpenSSL. In your analogy, where's my option of not getting hit by you?

Well, you chose to be sitting on your couch when he drove into your living room, didn't you?

about a week ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Nidi62 Re:Hire Al Gore! (313 comments)

I thought his fulltime job was looking for Manbearpig

about a week ago

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GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  about 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 2 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 2 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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