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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

beltsbear New way to profit..... (305 comments)

1) buy a used devalued car with this capability
2) load it up with $10,000 worth of music
3) sell it with the added value of the music for $2000 more then I paid
4) PROFIT!

Seriously though, one could do that with a laptop and iTunes and not need to deal with a DMV transaction and a 4000lbs vehicle.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

beltsbear Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (49 comments)

The problem with the recovery of the boosters (for the Shuttle) was that it was almost as expensive to re-use them as to make new ones from scratch. By using a liquid fuel rocket and landing it on solid earth SpaceX will have a lot less work to do to refurbish the first stage of the Falcon 9.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

beltsbear Re:ESPN (401 comments)

In an area with good over the air reception the signal is not compressed heavily as it is over cable. Here, Comcast is the worst, followed by the satellite services. FIOS has the least compression but I still see it on some fast moving stuff.

Over the air can be as good (to me) as BluRay.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

beltsbear Re:Visualing this? (155 comments)

I think that is what needs to be worked out by testing.

While the FAA is probably not going to allow any of this, 300' would be too high as helicopters can be in that zone.

If the FAA were to approve it (which they wont), it would have to be at a low height like 50' or less, limited weight, lots of safety features, human observation, not allowed in winds and probably a ton of things I have not thought of.

One could make a foam covered, enclosed fan drone that could do the job that would do little (but not zero) damage if it failed. The problem is that it would still weigh something and could in a failure fall uncontrolled into anything.

about three weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

beltsbear dumb clickbait article (126 comments)

Why is this at all surprising? We know how HIV works and that it can hide in cells. So when someone is 'cleared' of it you can never be sure. The longer the drugs are taken increases the chances of clearing any dormant HIV (when it emerges). One can statistically figure out the best time to stop the treatment and many people could be free from reinfection for life but it is not a 100% certainty.

The only news is that a mother stopped the drugs too early.

about three weeks ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

beltsbear Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (103 comments)

500 helicopters that are not quite as good as the cheaper ones we already had.

about three weeks ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

beltsbear Re:...Except when they're owned by Republicans. (455 comments)

GM management wanted the closures, not the government because their business DID NOT SUPPORT all of the extra dealers. GM's sales were down to almost half of what they were and they still had almost all of the dealers. They definitely needed to downsize the network.

Basically you made the whole political angle up to serve your petty DEM vs REP crap.

about a month and a half ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

beltsbear Re:Its the margins they are scared of losing. (455 comments)

The margins are huge. Part of the thing dealers love is preying on people who just don't know about buying a car. Either a full sticker priced sale, or dealer add ons that are insane such as $2000 running boards are a great way to make money off a sucker. Just one item like that can be much more then the normal profit made on a car.

It took me a week to buy my last vehicle. I felt dirty and angry after several of my purchase attempts because I was quite clear on the phone before visiting what I wanted and did not want to waste time going to a dealer who was not willing to do it. I wanted to pay invoice and get fair market value for my old vehicle. Some of the dealers tried to cheat (keeping rebates), others did a good deal but then offered be well below market for my old vehicle. It was a very frustrating process. In the end after failures at 4 dealers I found one that was at least honest. They still made dealer 'holdback' plus other incentives which is enough profit.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

beltsbear Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

http://www.howtobuyamerican.co...

Shows my truck Ram 1500 with the same US Engine, US body, US transmission that I have.
The 2500's and up are made at that plant in Mexico. And the 1500 is most of the sales not the larger ones.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

beltsbear Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Yes. Actually it is and actually carries a 100% content label even though we know the sub components are not 100%. So I am not deluded at all but apparently my truck is not the normal for Dodge Ram. Many of the USA sold 1500's are made here at this plant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...
but apparently the 2500's and up are made in Mexico. My engine is made here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...
but apparently some of the engines are not. Finally the tranny is made in the USA as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

to sum it up go below and see Dodge Ram 1500, backs it up:
http://www.howtobuyamerican.co...

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

beltsbear Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

And yet my Dodge Ram is US body, US engine, US transmission, US tires and made within the last three years.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

beltsbear Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

Agreed about the expensive part. Not really gutless though, they have good low end torque and do give very good MPG for non-lead footed drivers.

I have looked at several hybrids and they are $10,000 more then the gassers such as the highlander. I am not paying that much for the hybrid option.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

beltsbear Re:"Costing"? (179 comments)

And if the government got over it's SpaceX fear, it could launch many of them on the Falcon 9 for much less money.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

beltsbear Re: thankX (179 comments)

Except the Atlas, Falcon, Anartes all having good reliable launches.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

beltsbear Re: thankX (179 comments)

Just to underscore how unreliable the Proton is you are referring to not even the latest failure, that was the 2013 failure. Just last month ANOTHER failed. Russian rockets are not super reliable.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

beltsbear Re: thankX (179 comments)

Care to back that up with anything? The last engine test that blew up was a Russian one for a Antares rocket. The last rocket to fail with payload was a Russian proton.

Soyuz and space shuttle are almost identical for loss of crew rates. Russian rockets are not more reliable.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

beltsbear Re:Would the government auction off Euros? (232 comments)

Why is there a requirement to turn them over in a single day? When the US offloaded GM shares it did it at a slower pace. In this case the government could offload them over two weeks and maximize return.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

beltsbear Would the government auction off Euros? (232 comments)

If it did as opposed to going to a standard exchange this would make sense. If it would normally just change them for Dollars at a bank at a KNOWN RATE then this Bitcoin auction makes no sense. The government may get only 50% of the value or less of these Bitcoins by doing it this way when a known US company such as Bitpay or Coinbase could do it for them at a pre-arranged rate.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

beltsbear Re:show me (507 comments)

I said 'may be'. I do not know. I am not an expert on laws in the UK.

A scam would be someone who takes money for a cab ride but does not deliver it, or someone maybe who charges an undisclosed fee to unlock the doors at the destination. Uber is not a scam. The user is not being defrauded, nor is the provider.

Confidence trick
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Con man" and "Scam" redirect here. For other uses, see see Con Man, Confidence man, and Scam (disambiguation).

A confidence trick (synonyms include confidence scheme and scam) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, in the classical sense of trust. A confidence artist (or con artist) is an individual, operating alone or in concert with others, who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté, or greed.

about 1 month ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

beltsbear Re:scamming their competition & taxpayers (507 comments)

You need to learn what the word scam means. Uber may be breaking laws or violating rules, but so long as they reliably and fairly do what they advertise, it is not a scam.

about 1 month ago

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Visual effects artists use MPAA's own words against them fighting big Hollywood

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 5 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "“The MPAA is so worried about piracy they are not going to claim that on the Internet you can do anything that you want,” he said in an interview with Pando. “When push comes to shove, they are probably more concerned about preserving the ability of the government to crackdown on piracy than on preserving their subsidies.” — David Yocis, a lawyer who has consulted with visual effects workers, says that the MPAA is caught between its two competing priorities, and that its legal filings prove it may finally be forced to choose between the two."
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Apple starts blocking unauthorized Lightning cables with IOS 7

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 10 months ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest IOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."
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Novartis denied cancer drug patent in landmark Indian case

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about a year ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Following a reasonable view of drug patents, the Indian courts have decided that making small changes to an existing patented drug are not worthy of a new patent. This ruling makes way for low cost Indian cancer drugs that will save lives.
From the Article:
"Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. The ruling opens the way for generic companies in India to manufacture and sell cheap copies of the drug in the developing world and has implications for HIV and other modern drugs too.""

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Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 2 years ago

beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about.

Starting soon Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to be pirating will receive alerts.

  "The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,"
If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge."

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After 10 months, Largest Bitcoin Ponzi collapses with a loss of 5.6 Million USD

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  about 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scam from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE online Ponzi except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take."
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Police use of GPS is ruled unconstitutional withou

beltsbear beltsbear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beltsbear (2489652) writes "The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and tracked its movements for 28 days. — NYTIMES"
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