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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

aitikin Re:Bada boom bada bing (229 comments)

This is the way buying a car should be: you tell the dealer which model you want, hand over a check and drive off. Letting the dealer do anything else "for you" is asking to be screwed over. Despite what the salesman claims, there is nothing the dealer can do to make your life simpler, except maybe fetching your plates from the motor vehicle registry. Do everything else yourself, including determining the price you'll pay for the car.

For someone like you and like me, where the salesperson has to do virtually nil, I agree whole heartedly. For someone like my mother who will walk in with a bit of an idea and not much more than that, paying closer to the sticker price is fine by me, so long as the salesperson wasn't trying to sleaze the whole time.

The dealership I bought my car from, I'm quite happy with how they handled it and they were very respectful and didn't beat around the bush with me as I knew exactly what I wanted. When my parents went in, they took 3 weeks of looking at various cars before they decided which one specifically, and their salesman was respectful and knowledgeable, still cut them a bit of a deal, and still made money for his time. Frankly, I don't see the problem with a salesperson who is knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and not a sleaze making decent to good money.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

aitikin Love how the AC trolls are out in force (348 comments)

So far there aren't many comments here, but all of them are sitting here flaming Tim Cook. No where in the articles linked did it say that shareholders (as a group) wanted this. In fact, if you RTA (the last linked one), you'll see that it received less than 3% of the vote. But people who are too afraid to post under a user name are also apparently all too happy to post that Cook is doing a disservice to his shareholders, even though the overwhelming majority of said shareholders agree with him.

So what should those that don't do? Buy something else. I don't get why people who are seemingly for the free market are up in arms about a company doing something their way and telling people that if they don't like it, they can go somewhere else. Just because the ROI in one company might not be as high as possible (according to a think tank, not a court of public opinion by any stretch, which is where Apple exceeds), doesn't mean that the company is doing a disservice to its shareholders, unless those shareholders are in it for the shortest term possible.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

aitikin Re:FTFY (330 comments)

Some of the company's other projects look just as ludicrous.

Helps when you put the D in there.

about 2 months ago
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Egg-free Flu Vaccines Provide Faster Pandemic Response

aitikin Re:Vegan Flu shots? (64 comments)

Depends on the vegan. My brother will consume honey, but he is still a vegan.

about 2 months ago
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Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM

aitikin Re:STOP REDIRECTING DAMMIT (140 comments)

I don't know why, but I did not get redirected to Beta. Ever. The only reason I knew everyone hated it was the comments (and the fact that I saw it when it was initially created and left feedback that this sort of thing would happen). I have no idea as to why, but I'm not complaining.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

aitikin Re:As both a sound guy and a salesperson (299 comments)

Studio One is amazing and if I didn't have years of Pro Tools under my fingers, I'd be running Studio One. Elegant, relatively simple, and still powerful.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

aitikin As both a sound guy and a salesperson (299 comments)

I have tried just about EVERY option I can find in FOSS and they do not quite hold up to the current commercial offerings. Frankly, both as an end user and as a pro audio salesperson, I've only ever had mediocre luck with Make Music/Finale. At the very least, with Avid's Sibelius, I've been able to get decent tech support. I haven't had as much luck with Ardour as I'd like, and Audacity doesn't cut it. Getting into a decent Sequencer without dropping a fortune, I'd get into Studio One personally.

If you want more details and/or want to know more about my opinions on the matter, please feel free to PM me.

about 3 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

aitikin Re:"First?" (104 comments)

Yeah, it's come a long way since the original, it's called Fretlight. Sure, there's some added features on the gtar over what the Fretlight's have, but not much.

about 3 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

aitikin Re:No matter it's Soylent or Soylent Green ... (543 comments)

As I recall, it's not food in the eyes of the FDA. It's a dietary supplement. Muchlike Slimfast shakes don't fall under the same privy of the FDA as, say, that box of Kraft Mac & Cheese. As such, there's different regulations.

Note, I'm not extremely knowledgeable about that topic, I merely am recollecting off of what I read in my research last time this topic came up on /.

about 3 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

aitikin Re:Planned intimidation tactic (1034 comments)

Clinton, a very educated man, never perjured himself. According to the terms of the case, sexual relations meant intercourse. As he never had intercourse with her, he was being honest to the letter of the law/terms of the case.

That being said, it doesn't make it right, but it's a much less meaningful lie than, say, there are weapons of mass destruction, we know where they are and we're going to get them...

about 3 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

aitikin Re:Alter reading some comments, I would like to po (117 comments)

My friend (a 24 year old mechanic at the time working one job and having one heck of an alcohol habit) bought a car that originally retailed for nearly $40k without putting too much thought into it.

The upper-middle class can afford a $35k car if they want it enough or if they buy used. The middle class individual hits 50k according to your information, figure a 5 year loan, 10% down, 4.9% interest (which is a high rate for the current market) the monthly payment is approximately $600/mon ($7200/yr) buying new. That comes to 14.4% of gross income which is a little high for the debt-to-income ratio if the household bought an expensive house, but not impossible by any stretch.

Long story short, this is not a loan that a bank would necessarily turn down on the numbers that you have provided. And if you're a good negotiator, you can probably make it lower, or you can wait and buy used like many people do. $35k for a car is not unheard of in upper-middle class. Upper class, well that's a drop in the bucket when you look at Porche and Ferrari, and don't even get me started on the real high end ones.

about 3 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

aitikin Re:Alter reading some comments, I would like to po (117 comments)

You obviously missed my point by removing details from the quote. The upper middle class car that I'm talking about is the vehicle that Tesla is claiming will be to market in approximately 3 years and will be in the $35k range. Tesla was founded in 2003, 5 years later, the Roadster came out, 8 years after that, they're aiming to have an upper middle class price point.

about 3 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

aitikin Re:Alter reading some comments, I would like to po (117 comments)

5) Even so, maybe some of the cleantech projects will ultimately succeed and gave back so many benefits that covers all the failures we see now (that is one of the opinions from Khosla), but I find the right now doubtful. Even the company many cite as successful (Tesla), is right now just a company that makes expensive luxury cars to enormously wealthy people (of course that can chang in the future, but it is so right now), if that is the best outcome of so many public money invested, the results are really bad.

I don't have time right now to address the other issues you've pointed out, but I feel the need to point out that you're wrong about Tesla. As a 2010 post on non-other than slashdot references, Tesla makes the drivetrain for the RAV4EV, which ends up being about a $20k premium over the equivalent, gasoline based RAV4. Additionally, Tesla has paid off their subsidized loans early. In even more recent news, Musk was on CNN's New Day in a a prerecorded interview this morning commenting on how they're working on a new car that's going to be more reasonably priced (about 1/2 the price of the Model S) to be released in about 3 years.

Frankly, if it takes a company 13 years to go from no product, to 5 years later an extremely high end, only the super rich can afford situation to a situation, that's fine, then 8 years later they're at hey, an upper middle class, or even middle class individual can afford their vehicle, I'd consider that reasonable. Especially if they decided that it was more important to pay off their debts first.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

aitikin Re:XBMC ftw (420 comments)

You say that there are other solutions that are brain-dead simple, but you don't list any, so without that, I cite the age old internet adage, link or it didn't happen.

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

aitikin Re:Prison lighting (767 comments)

I'm shocked anyone would advocate for government (!) to have the power to outlaw technology they don't "like."

Really? REALLY?! Name once piece of technology that has NOT be government regulated in some way, shape, or form. And if you want to get really technical, one piece of technology that's even REMOTELY as old as the incandescent bulb.

about 3 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

aitikin Re:oh duh (301 comments)

For examples, in two different films with Matthew Broderick, his modifying school records, assuming that he does indeed have credentials, is not implausible..

Interesting factoid about those, as I recall, Broderick actually learned to code the 8080 for his role in Wargames and saved some time in filming because of it.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

aitikin Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

/me==idiot, talking about...not calling.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

aitikin Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

You're calling a Private School to an entire topic of Charter Schools. Please, please, please, learn the difference.

about 3 months ago

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First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 5 months ago

aitikin (909209) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."

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Apple Retailer facing Class Action Suit over Employee Bag Checks

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 9 months ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."
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Inventer of the Mouse dies at 88

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 10 months ago

aitikin (909209) writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.

Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.

The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""

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Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns

aitikin aitikin writes  |  1 year,13 days

aitikin (909209) writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.

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How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."
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Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."
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aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:

"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""

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