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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

hurfy Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (389 comments)

lol, the house across the street from me is listed at $80k right now. Disregard the smell and don't touch the garage lest it fall down on you, but the house is pretty solid.

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

hurfy Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

You're behind the times. I am out at the fair all this week, the lastest and greatest is a cheeseburger with a glazed donut for the bun :)

about two weeks ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

hurfy ARRRRGH (170 comments)

" there is about three times less lithium in stars than expected "

God I hate this style of description. We expected to find 100 units but we found -200 instead?

pet peeve of the day completed.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

hurfy Me too (635 comments)

Average age of stuff in my house must be a good 25 years old.

Or the equivalent in the case of my flip-phone from 2007 which several people have said sounds better than their smartphone :) Even my TV is almost 20 years old (ok, I don't want to replace the 30 year-old entertainment center actually) My home phone has Bell Systems stamped on it and the other is Conair Trimline that has survived 100+ falls by now. My stereo is over 30 years-old now and does a great job of recording 8-tracks but it weighs about 1000 lbs. Just got rid of my 23 year-old car for one that's only 9 ( i was aiming for pre-2007 on purpose). Finally got my 1974 Opel on the road again. The Atari 2600 isn't tooo dusty. None of my music is on a HD, nor video for that matter. ...insert other 2 pages...

Even the 386 gets a little use as my music database doesn't sort on a HD larger than 250MB due to the 25 year-old shareware program from my 286.
I DO have an i7 gaming computer......attached to a CRT :)
Hell, my toaster is from the 70's because all the prettier replacements died in a year or two. After the 1st couple I gave up. (ISO: 70's proctor-silex toaster that is NOT green)

To make matters worse I collect old toys and computers. I have a working 1960's slot car setup in the basement and my original 1st year Hot Wheels in a wall display.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

hurfy Re: slashdot (635 comments)

But if you just keep repeating it enough.....

about three weeks ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

hurfy Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

It wasn't that long ago a tons of standard power cables were discovered to be subpar. Grab your thinnest feeling one and cut it open.

I think I still have a cable that says "18 GA 15 amp" that contains at best 24 ga wire but looks even smaller. Probably ok on the cheap thing it came with, but they get swapped around a lot and hooking that to your laser printer is not so good.

I always found the ones with 3 strands like the pic to be the better ones (Dell usually)
Luckily my HP one has been replaced a friendly Chinese company already...

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

hurfy LOOK! (341 comments)

All you can eat pizza.... ...only $1.00 per slice.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

hurfy missed one (506 comments)

Convince the AI to pull onto your yard to wash it :)

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

hurfy Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

lol, that was one of the 1st things I tried when my dad got our 1st FWD car. It had no problem dragging the locked rear tires. While moving it does little but make a lot of tire smoke. Only useful for flipping a 180 while parking the car, oh, and holding it in place afterwards ;)

I just tested my 'new' car. The engine wins from a stop even, much less a running start. Does ABS encourage this by not locking the tires? Either way I suspect Traction control+Adaptive AWD beats out ABS.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

hurfy What makes no sense? (611 comments)

My cable company DOES make a quarter of those shows now.
The other cable company ...um used to? ...I gave up trying to decipher Time-Warner.

about 1 month ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

hurfy *COUGH* (194 comments)

Mine says, "Lifewise"

It also says, "Essential Silver 2500 HSA" which defines it as one selected from the website. The network name probably identifies it also. Not to mention the 4 other id numbers on the card.

Not sure why a doctor would care as they seem to be rather normal insurance plans but they could tell if they wish.

Medicare/Medicaid are a whole other story. Often patients don't have the copay and that is profit for many procedures/items due to low payments on SOME things. (and some are still overpaid) Often the additional paperwork and the threat of an audit put many off accepting those. Or, as in my case, All of the above plus the fact I can't afford the bookkeeper JUST for 3rd party billings.

I currently sell medical supplies and did the books for a medical supplier for almost 20 years.
Survived a Medicare audit and a Sales Tax audit with no penalties ...don't try this at home!

about a month ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

hurfy Re:plot from Crichton novel (56 comments)

lol, I think you'll still be ok for bit. It took them 11 hours to make the letter K. It would take them days just to cuss at you. To make something threatening would take... way longer than anyone is going hang around and keep them charged.

On the other hand...I'll take a set as cat toys. See how long they can hold the shape of a mouse :)

6-12 hours per formation....there is probably a good reason everyone uses virtual ones.

about a month ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

hurfy Just in case (66 comments)

Just in case we all get our flying cars soon, I am going to buy up all the car washes. Have you ever had to wash a small plane? They get very big very quick ;)

Any. Day. Now. Just a couple more physical problems to work out. Then we will easily solve the issues of who can fly em, and where, and when. The issue of cost will solve itself with volume, once everyone has one, everyone will be able to afford them ;) Breeding enough of the Rainbow farting unicorns to power them may take a little longer so be patient.

Mental masturbation at it's finest. We have been humbled by the pros!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

hurfy Re:Good Idea (179 comments)

Build a new computer. The instructions are right there on the CD that comes with the motherboard.....

about a month ago
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Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

hurfy all of them then? (79 comments)

This looks like fun, I probably wouldn't catch that bank example and family certainly wouldn't. Looks like pretty much any word could substitute one letter.

No idea exactly what these "combinations" are. The example used one letter substitution. Using this example and the little display of new letters there would appear to be billions of potentially misleading combinations.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

hurfy Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

When I was a kid I spent the summer in drum corps. Lots of work and exercise but I got to see places I never* would have otherwise. By the time I was 21 I had been to like 45 states even if only passing thru. This was how I got to the Smithsonian for one being 3000 miles from home, it's not like we were gonna make a day trip there. We tried to hit an amusement park and a cultural site each year. 6000+ mile bus trips show you a lot of America ;)

For various degrees of 'never'. I may have got to some of these places with family eventually but I know many of the others would not ever get there otherwise.

I don't see how this could be done with year-round school. We basically practiced school hours in June and July to prepare for August.

PS. I could have done without seeing downtown Houston in August just fine however :O 30 years later I still want to slap whoever thought that parade was a good idea....

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

hurfy only time I actually had a use for Google image (790 comments)

Aye, Google's is also matching part(s) of the image and not the whole pic.
I tried to find a larger version of an old poster I have. It was from a fair or something so seemed reasonable there might still be copies around. It was actually done as a manipulated photo. Anyways, Google found a zillion matches where someone recreated(and a thousand people copied) that photo in photoshop for iPhone screensavers, impressive and correct. It also found a bunch of photos like the main subject but the entire photo/context is very different and that subject is only 10% of my photo.

It never did find info on the actual photo partly because the free screensavers buried everything else. I had to take it out and search with the photographers name, etc to find out it's not as common as I thought. I seem to have a lot of things Google doesn't have a clue about. Too bad rare doesn't always mean Insanely Expensively :(

about a month and a half ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

hurfy Too busy picking on superhuman (125 comments)

They also mention it still has problems with twisting, sounds like one has to twist themselves PLUS the suit. Seems to defeat the pick this up and put it over there aspect for a LOT of values of 'there'. Not to mention 'there' can't really be up or down a slope either.

I agree on the the headlines. Save em for when they actually apply. I plan for my car to be really fast someday, but I can't write the world record headline quite yet...unless maybe I can be an editor at Slashdot too ;)

It MIGHT give you superhuman strength SOMEDAY. Today it sounds closer to a nice back support. They seem to have found a use anyway, that's rather impressive, and not detailed of course.

about a month and a half ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

hurfy ditto (570 comments)

Presumably mine has fallen off everything finally. Sprint* chased after an ETF fee on a month to month account for 10 years from the 90's.

*Only people to ever actually ask for it OR report it were the collection agencies NOT Sprint as they probably knew they were unlikely to get it. They should all be dismantled. Make one prove you owe the debt per the rules and they just sell to another when they can't. Rinse and repeat until you eventually miss the 30-day or whatever window for something :/

I'd have actually felt sorry for the 1st collection company as Sprint didn't disclose the dispute status if they hadn't sold it on to someone else. They admitted they weren't having much luck on some of their latest collections...mine wasn't they only bad one by far.

about 2 months ago

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