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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

goombah99 Boiling oil (211 comments)

I think pouring boiling oil from the roof would be effective. I mean would you try to make a run for it knowing that they would not just stop you but actually try to pour boiling oil on you? hell no.

3 days ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

goombah99 should be banned or regulated (237 comments)

Lyft and Uber drivers should have to follow the same not-free regs as taxi drivers. things like displaying a hack lic, certification of insurance or bonding, and penalties for systematic race discrimination are things that taxi drivers and their companies are required to follow. Undercutting these is not a good idea.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

goombah99 Man in the middle versus E2E (147 comments)

E2E encryption likely won't work. The router would set it self up as a proxy to allow a man in the middle attack. But you might be able to use encryption of the ballot itself, not it's transmission layer to avoid a problem. However this would be a pain in the ass since now the user has to somehow assign passwords and stuff.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

goombah99 Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

Inhofe is now the head of the senate environmental commitee that oversee 100% of all climate change legislation and policies in the US.

He wrote a book 305 page book entirely on the subject of global warming. The name of this book is "the greatest Hoax".

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest...

about two weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

goombah99 as a perl wizard.... (217 comments)

all i can say is neener neeener neener

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

goombah99 Re:shift inter-locks (150 comments)

what does the $ do?
or is that some shell's version of backticks?

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

goombah99 overtraining? (31 comments)

we will see if this works next fall

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

goombah99 cell phones and notepads (415 comments)

Analogously, cell phones are a throwback to old crank phones because you have to charge them before you use them. We used to have perfectly good powered land lines. Cell phones with their short battery lives and constant attention are for eclectic hobbyists I'm sure.

And don't get me started about notepads when a paper and pencil pad can store your information for a century or more with no format changes impairing data retreival. current ipads are the equivalent of undecipherable babelonian cuniform clay tablets. Ludicrous anyone would want to go back to such fragile formats for information storage

about three weeks ago
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Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed In Wget

goombah99 super user (58 comments)

so dont run wget as root?

about three weeks ago
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Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

goombah99 Lose Dark matter with this one weird trick (93 comments)

This story seems like click bait the way it just leaves it as a cliffhanger. so you bombarded an aluminum plate and .... a superhero aluminum man emerged? what what?.... how did this submission get promoted to a front page story? I'm surprised it did not end with "your jaw will drop when you see what happened next".

about a month ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

goombah99 why not Transportation? (165 comments)

IN old england, the prisons became so over crowded they started using the rotting hulks of navy ships as prisons and as that became full they resorted to "transportation" which basically meant you get a one way ticket to help settle australia. (see book "the Fatal Shore"). Now that mars transport is about to approach feasibility ans Elon Musk says we need vast numbers of people for sustainable living I'm shocked the UK govt isn't sentencing these hackers to Transportation.

about 1 month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

goombah99 Boy toy (786 comments)

Madonna wore a Boy Toy tee shirt. Does this explain the lack of female pop singers today?

about a month ago
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

goombah99 Stock market gambling (59 comments)

Investing in the stock market, is generally betting in a situation where there is a net win. That is, most of the time, even bad investments don't lose money in the long run, they just don't win as much as you could have one, or they have greater fluctuations than a portfolio with an equivalent return.

Day trading is however very addictivive. even people who only trade weekly will still check their stocks many times a day. As the problem goes on, penny stocks become a big lure as they have higher fluctuations giving one chances to Win big (a great feeling compared to inexorable index funds slow creep).

So does one have to be a masochist to be addicted to gambling? apparently not.

Even index funds are somewhat crazy. Right now the SP 500 trades at high price to earnings multiples even in stocks are unlikely to achieve earnings that can match that price. It's a combination of the greater fool theory along with the unusual condition that there's few "safe" places to put money right now. There's too few shares of stock in health companies (due to the slow economic growth) being chased by too many dollars. As long as the chase continues then it's "safe". But long term enormous growth is required to match those P/E multiples. Google and Amazon have essentially no earnings.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

goombah99 metro (252 comments)

I hear the 12" is code named Metrocity,

about a month ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

goombah99 You cannot charge a car battery in 5 minutes (395 comments)

It would take megawatts of power. Are you going to connect a megawatt cable to your car and expect it to work every time?

about a month ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

goombah99 how does this work at all? (79 comments)

How does this work. They show a guy with a grinder mvong it around on a wall up near his head. Now how did he get into that position and how is he able to move the grinder around. If all the joints are loose then they offer no support. If they are tight then he can't move. And if he selectively locks the myriad number of joind it will be a confusing puzzle to get the the right set locked to support weight along some axis but not others. Does this mean all grinding must be back and forth and not up and down? if you are grinding along a verical edge how do you avoid repeately lifting this.You would be lifting both the weight of the grinder and the weight of the fortis frame every time.

the frame looks heavy including a cantaleivered weight in the back. SO it seems like its adding a lot of weight. How does it manage to carry it's own weight as you move. Or are you repeately lifting this when you bend over or walk somewhere.?

very puzzling how this works

about a month ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

goombah99 Re:Microsoft re-invents graffiti (100 comments)

with experience graffiti worked fine with finger tips. the stylus just let you see things better

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

goombah99 like the iwatch (100 comments)

LOL Microsoft developed an analog keyboard. OR they just remembered how their palm pilots worked and ported it to android..

my thought exactly, and then I recall how blackberry took a big chunk of the pda market from palm. perhaps the smaller form factor will make it compelling again.

on the otherhand apple watch already demoed transmitting drawn shapes on their watch presumably for the same rationale of input to a small form factor.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

goombah99 roblox? (102 comments)

lots of paintball capture the flags on roblox. not very realistic motions however unless you can jump higher than your head

about a month and a half ago

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Netflix quietly ending saturday delivery

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about 4 months ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "The USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn't waiting. A few customers have noticed it's no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead. Company spokesman Joris Evers tells Engadget that it's been transitioning in that direction over the past year and ended Saturday processing (usually a low volume day) entirely in early June."
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Peak Copper: The end begins in 30 years

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about 9 months ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "If electrons are the lifeblood of a modern economy, copper makes up its blood vessels. In cables, wires, and contacts, copper is at the core of the electrical distribution system, from power stations to delicate electronics. As consumption has risen exponentially—reaching 17 million metric tons in 2012—miners have met the world's demand for 10,000 years. But that might soon change. A group of resource specialists has taken the first shot at projecting how much more copper miners will wring from the planet. Results of their model, described this month, show that production peaks by about midcentury even if copper is more abundant than most geologists believe. That would drive prices sky-high, trigger increased recycling, and force inferior substitutes for copper on the marketplace."
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What parts of a game can be copyrighted?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  1 year,9 days

goombah99 (560566) writes "We've all seen how game makers copy each other's hot game, sometimes slavishly. Just when does a reimplementation become a copyright violation? Recently to learn objective c I implemented from scratch code for old Atari and Apple II games. As placeholders I initially screen grabbed some icons and sound effects from the original. The goal was to make it look and feel the Same not to improve it. The results were great and since I can't find these games anymore I thought I'd make them available. I got nervous about the copyrights in the icons and sounds so I replaced them with imitations that were intended to be similar. But that got me wondering if that was necessary and if it was what other aspects I might need to change? The game window layout? The scoring scheme? The game play? Would something as generic as pong be copyrighted? If not then what would make a game worthy of copyright ? Or Is copying games only something that rich folks with lawyers to stall C&D letters can do?"
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Online Banking Scares Me. How do you safeguard your accounts

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Brokerages where I keep my mutual funds are just password protected. They do sometimes ask extra security questions but these seem tissue thin (like "what's your favorite food?"). I can use above average passwords but then I need to write them down or put them in a key chain so I don't lose them. I fear key loggers or someone stealing my home computer or it's contents. Is there anything to stop people from draining your account if they have your password?"
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Google goes full court evil.

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "According to developers, executives and investors in mobile gaming and payment sectors , Google warned several developers in recent months that if they did not switch to Google Wallet or continued to use other payment methods — such as PayPal, Zong and Boku — their apps would be removed from Android Market, now known as Google Play. In one email sent to a developer in late August, Google said the developer had 30 days to comply, otherwise the developer's apps would be "suspended" from Android Market. Reuters obtained a copy of the email this week. "They told people that if they used other payment services they would be breaking the terms of use," said Si Shen, founder and chief executive of Papaya, a social gaming network on Android. "Whether it's right or wrong, we have to follow the rules.""
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iphone 4s benchmarks: A successful failure?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "The initial response of geeks to the iphone 4s was a sort of Mehh. Which is odd considering one rarely hears of a computing device 2x faster than its nearest rival. Anadtech benched it and found the overall performance was about 2x faster than the new Galaxy S II phone. Indeed it's tied in speed with the ultra speedy Galaxy tablet yet runs at a slower processor speed for long battery life. The graphics boost is 6x that of the iphone 4. Then there is Siri, which how hard usefully accurate voice command is, ought to at least evince rubber necking to watch either a spectacular Apple boast fail or a surprising breakthrough. Then there's the fact that it not only sold out a rather large pre-release inventory but it managed to sell a million in 24 hours (to real people, not just into "channels". Yet various news organizations have called it a "letdown," a "dud," a "stumble," and a "gaffe." Geeks sometimes deride apple as nothing more than a pretty case, and yet here the only thing that didn't change is the look and feel. Are we geeks guilty of judging the book by the cover?"
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Iphone 4S is almost 2x faster than galaxy IIs

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Benchmarks from Anadtech show that on both graphics and overall benchmarks the iphone 4s is about 2x faster than it's nearest competition: Samsungs's Galaxy S II. In graphics frames-per-second it is more than 6x faster than the iphone 4. Indeed, it is essentially equal in speed to the larger Galaxy II tablet, while running at slower clock speed for extended battery life. The apple A5 strategy looks like a category killer."
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What's right and wrong with software patents

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Nilay Patel makes a very cogent argument that software patents are not a bad thing at all. He argues that the problem is the Trolls. And his solution is not only simple, but actually exists and is well tested in other countries, such as Germany so it's pretty easy to evaluate if he's right. He squarely puts down common strawmen like "software algorithms are just math and you can't patent math". And he points out that patents bring methods in to the public domain, unlike the bad old days of trade secrets. In a few years even those seemingly "obvious" patents will be legally obvious and free to all, so in a way there is a clearing house process in effect that is de-encumbering entire fields, such as Amazon-like stores, in the long run. And when people are forced to work around patented methods they explore new more diverse methods, broadening our knowledge. His solution is mandatory licensing at reasonable rates of all patents not in active use by the holder. This allows universities to continue profiting from patents while encouraging people to license widely rather than sit back and wait to litigate when someone succeeds. The end of trolling is within reach."
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What alternatives to Net Nanny do slashdotters use

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Net Nanny is the well known software to shield young children just getting started on the internet. But I figure that maybe computer savvy folks have other solutions or things that can be layered on top. If there was a list of naughty sites one could of course toss that in a Host file but, having tried that approach, those lists can be pretty long (and thus slow) despite being incomplete and they don't filter by content just IP. The other problem is that they are not per-user so mommy and daddy can't browse freely. I don't mind paying and don't require an open source solution. But I do need one for a mac osx computer. All this goes without saying that supervision and participation are important but you can monitor every key stroke and page load even when you are in the same room. Almost every google phrase you can think of has some close by salacious analog: My 5 year old like Ben 10, and I encourage him to use logic to form his own search phases, but there are some naughty Ben's in the world apparently. What do slashdotters do?"
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slashdot Poll: There is No...

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "There is No...
1) try
2) spoon
3) sunshine when she is gone
4) Third rule of fight club
5) Devil, it's just Cowboy Neal when he's drunk."
6) option 7"
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Victorian Postal Service Resembled E-mail

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Written mail in Victorian London was delivered and picked up 12 times in a 12 hour day. It also resembled e-mail in the way it was used. Messages often sought replies by the next postal pickup. And even the lazy practice of sharing links rather than writing a thoughtful letter became commonplace as people would send copies of previously read newspapers instead of writing. Like now, newspapers saw their circulations plummet as their content was shared freely this way. And as the price of mail droppped to negligible, junk mail was invented along with the 409 solicitations from strangers. All in all it seems like a good evidence that charging more for e-mail delivery would arguably cure its worst tendencies."
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Victorian post closely resembled e-mail

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Written mail in Victorian London was delivered and picked up 12 times in a 12 hour day. It also resembled e-mail in the way it was used. Messages often sought replies by the next postal pickup. And even the lazy practice of sharing links rather than writing a thoughtful letter became commonplace as people would send copies of previously read newspapers instead of writing. Like now, newspapers saw their circulations shrink as their content was shared freely this way. And as the price of mail drop to negligible, junk mail was invented along with the 409 solicitations to strangers. All in all it seems like a good evidence that charging more for e-mail delivery would arguably cure its worst tendencies."
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Is the free VOIP business model sustainable?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "VOIP provider ooma offers no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US. While the service is free forever, you do have to buy their unit. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate and behaves like a regular hassle free phone. Moreover, reviews say the voice quality is consistently as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 7 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the most in depth ones are on Amazon. They claim there is no catch: it will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not need to be replaced (e.g. you break it or want to upgrade it) I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's website traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. On the otherhand ooma's bundled services (voicemail, local calling, etc...) have changed from year to year so what you get depends on when you bought into it. Is there a catch?""
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What is your experience with ooma, the free VOIP?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Back in 2005,I heard about the free voip phone service ooma, but their peculiar business model at the time let them make local calls on your local land line in return for free long distance VOIP turned me off. That business model is gone now and they are simply offering no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 7 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate. Moreover, reviews say the voice quality is as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the most in depth ones are on Amazon. They claim there is no catch: it will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not need to be replaced (e.g. you break it or want to upgrade it) I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's website traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. Is there a catch?"
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Your experience with ooma, the free voip service.

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Back in 2005,I saw the free voip phone service ooma a few years ago, but their wonky model of using your conventional land line in return for free voip turned me off. But now they are simply offering no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US and cheap rates outside the US. This will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not bust. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 8 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. (The only recurring charge from ooma is $12 in E911 fees per year.) All reviews say the voice quality is as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the best ones are on Amazon."
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DVD Piracy temporarily legal in UK now

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "TGD Daily reports that due to a notification glitch dating back to 1984, the UK laws governing DVD piracy are said to be unenforceable until the European Union Commission can meet to accept the UK law. This is said to be unlikely to happen before 2010. The problem arose in 1984 and was repeated in 1990, when the laws governing pornography and DVD piracy in the UK were not, as required under the EU agreement, sent to the the EU commission for approval."
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U.S. Judge halts sales of MS Office

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes ""On Tuesday, a U.S. district court in Texas issued a permanent injunction that bars Microsoft from selling recent versions of its Word software." reports many news outlets. Sales must cease in 60 days. MS will appeal to a higher court, however in addition to the judge's ruling, previously a jury as well upheld the patent infringement and awarded 200 million dollars. The ruling also bars not just Office 2008 but also any translation of documents between docx to word 2003 and later. The patent itself is for a specific way of serializing an XML document. Instead of putting markup tags amidst the text, you simply write the text out raw with out any inline tags. Then in a separate storage area you list each xml tag followed by a pointer to the character position it should be inserted into that bulk text. Since the tags and raw content can be stored separately, the claim is this encoding has the desired feature that changes to format tags won't require re-writing the whole document body, and you could associate many different format tags sets with the same raw text for different "views". The regenerated document inverts this to produce XML which can then be handled normally."
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Now as many Iranain as Chinese Users of Freegate

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "NyTimes Columnist Kirstof reports that the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, an organization that creates freespeech internet passages for China and other countries saw a surge of 200 million hits from 400,000 unique visitors on Wednesday. Since the release of the Farsi version of Freegate, a firewall evading anonymous browsing system, there are now almost as many Iranian users than Chinese. Note the Global Internet Freedom Organization is concerned about their servers overwhelming so I'm not supplying a direct link to quash the slashdot effect. Kristof notes that a pending bill in congress would support funding of block evading software platforms and it needs your help."
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Affordable 300mpg car on sale next year

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Aptera is making all a hybrid powered car it says will get 300MPG on gasoline or 125 miles on a plug in electric charge and be priced in the range $30,000 . There's YouTubes of it driving around Carlsbad Colorado from CNN and Aptera's promo. It's been road tested since 2007. The "Typ-1" model looks looks like a stylish 3-wheeled airplane fuselage (think beechcraft). A four wheeled 5 passenger Typ-2 only exists on the drawing board still but the target selling price is even less (mid 20K). It's not the goofiest looking electric vehicle on display."

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