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

germansausage Re:hahaha (155 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.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

germansausage Re:Simple Solution - Exam Mode (359 comments)

Because no smart teenager would ever find a way to fake exam mode. PKI notwithstanding, it just needs to fool a high school teacher. We hand wired fake reset switches into our HP-41CVs back when,

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

germansausage Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (579 comments)

Alas, no. I hate M$ as much as the next geek, but I have to admit there is nothing like that. There are all sorts of open source mail clients and some calendar tools and IM clients, and some will connect to an Exchange server, but sadly, nothing open source can touch MS Outlook + Lync. Individual products have some of the functionality, but nothing has it all, and nothing has it integrated like MS. Doesn't seem like an itch that the open source devs want to scratch.

about a month and a half ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

germansausage Re:The new and improved buggy whip (109 comments)

All broadcast TV in North America must be captioned. Pre-recorded shows can be captioned in advance. Anything live, news, sports, award shows, current events shows etc are all captioned live and in real-time using steno. While you are watching the show, someone with a steno machine is watching the same broadcast and transcribing it live. The steno goes to a computer that translates it to English, and then by modem or vpn to the studio's caption encoder and on to the tv. A small but thriving industry.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

germansausage Re:Ingrates (262 comments)

Rent control? No wonder there is a shortage of affordable housing.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

germansausage Re:SF Rents (262 comments)

Do what my friends did. (not SF but another city where single family homes can cost over $1 mil). Three of them pooled their savings, put 10% down on an older larger house. It's at the fringes of a gentrifying area, not far from downtown. They live in the basement, and rent out the upstairs. The rent pays over half the mortgage. In a year or two they will have enough equity to put a down payment on another house. Moral of the story - pay yourself rent, not a landlord.

about a month and a half ago
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Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

germansausage Re:Coley's Toxins? (111 comments)

Liquid Metal --- Cyanide.
 
One of these things is not like the other.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

germansausage Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

Are programmers willing to work for $45/hr? Then that is what they are worth. Did you think the laws of supply and demand don't apply to you (you precious thing)?

about 2 months ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

germansausage Buy some? (159 comments)

Or, you could just go to the store and buy some.
 
Guy from Seattle

about 3 months ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

germansausage Re:Amen man (146 comments)

Nasa 2014 - about $18 billion
Iraq + Afghanistan - $4 to $6 trillion
 
So about 200 to 300 times more for the war than what NASA gets this year.

about 3 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

germansausage Re:Good? (273 comments)

What Taxi owners enjoy is a system of "Supply Management". It artificially creates scarcity, eliminates competition and keeps prices high. The owners of the medallions make a fortune, the taxi drivers make less than minimum wage, and the consumer gets a bunch of problems including waiting far too long for cabs at peak times (bars close or cruise ships arrive). As with many things done with good intentions and counter to market forces it has the opposite effect of what you claim is intended.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

germansausage Re:The central tenet of atheism (1330 comments)

No. Wrong.
 
Not believing in a deity (because perhaps you see no convincing evidence of one) means that one possible explanation - "God made everything" is rejected. There are any number of other possible explanations of how the universe came into existence, and you might choose one based on observation and evidence rather than faith. Or do you think that belief and faith are the same thing?

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

germansausage Re:Burn the heretics! (567 comments)

Anthropocentric global warming is being forced down our throats. But not in the way you meant.

about 3 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

germansausage Re:bitcoin has to much fluctuation for them to hol (87 comments)

1. "bitcoin has too much fluctuation for them to hold it" - correct
 
2. Do you want to show up at the hotel and be told you have to pay more to make up the short fall - What shortfall? See #1.

about 3 months ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

germansausage Re:Non News (78 comments)

Mod the hell up and close the thread. Not much left to say.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Impulse 2 Makes First Flight

germansausage Re:Bravo! (34 comments)

Windmills do not work that way. Good night.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

germansausage Re:I call bullshit: "No such thing as 'rape cultur (1198 comments)

"When women are paid less then men for the same work" - Where are these women? I want to hire them. If they will do the same work as men for less money, I am going to replace all the men that work for me with these women. Any sensible employer would do the same.

about 4 months ago
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Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

germansausage Re:so true :| (192 comments)

Mod way up. I have a relative who has moderately severe schizophrenia. Unable to make good decisions is exactly what this condition causes. Add in some paranoid delusions and you have a person who seems perfectly ok (on a good day) but is utterly incapable of functioning in society.

about 4 months ago

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Math Gender Gap is Cultural Not Biological

germansausage germansausage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

germansausage (682057) writes "A new study was published today in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, looking at data from 86 countries, to test the "greater male variability hypothesis" as the primary reason for the scarcity of outstanding women mathematicians. It concludes that cultural and not biological factors are the chief causes of the gap in math skills between men and women"
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