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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

johnpaul191 Re:Because Hybrids Don't Pay For Themselves (998 comments)

The article says "people buying a car in 2011". Maybe the shoppers either had not had the car long enough to see the difference, or had older hybrids that were not as magical. He is in the cult of Prius, but my brother did the math and his car would pay for the hybrid upgrade if he keeps the car for a certain number of years. Not 20 years, but more than 2 or 3 for sure. Less time than he expected to keep the car. I know his math was also based on fuel prices less than we have seen in the few years he has had his Prius, so he should be ahead of the estimates. He's also somebody that does not flinch at the concept of keeping a car for 10 years. One thing environmental car people say is that the more efficient car is probably the one that already exists, and not the one you are building from scratch. Buying a new Prius every 2 years is maybe not the best thing for the world (unless the used car is trickling down to somewhere replace super gas guzzlers). In the purely environmental impact sense you are better with an 80s VW diesel or an older little Honda.... because they are already built.

more than 2 years ago

Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

johnpaul191 Re:Diesel (998 comments)

In the Philadelphia PA (USA) region (burbs too) diesel is about 30 MORE per gallon than regular grade gasoline. I'm not sure if that is due to state fuel taxes or location or what.

more than 2 years ago

Sources Say Apple Originally Planned AMD Chip For MacBook Air

johnpaul191 Re:This would have been great for.. (197 comments)

Well, if this is true, Apple is actively building prototypes with AMD. I have also recently heard that Apple considered AMD when they did the x86 switch... unless that rumor was actually the first leaks of this report. Either way, it seems Apple has been working plan B (if not also C, D and E). We also just learned Job devoted a lot of resources into using WiFi to create a virtual cell service without using a traditional carrier for the iPhone. Those rumors circulated months before the iPhone was officially unveiled, so it's interesting to get slightly more info about those rumors a few years later.

more than 2 years ago

Sources Say Apple Originally Planned AMD Chip For MacBook Air

johnpaul191 Re:CPU & GPU performance not relevant (197 comments)

Does Apple care that much about a GPU for the Air? I wonder what the split is for machines like the Mac Mini where you can get the GPU upgrade. I don't discount the delivery volumes being a major factor, depending on why they could not ensure delivery. It's kind of interesting because if the AMD chip had benefits that Apple saw as a major advantage, they could have thrown them a ton of cash to improve production. We know Apple gets first grab of components by using that stockpile of cash to pre-pay for parts. The big manufacturers can buy a lot of chips, but how fast will they take delivery, and more importantly, be able to pay for them? As a freelancer I have a few clients that pay me on the day I work, and one that has taken almost 90 days to pay (and many in between). You can guess which ones I give priority to when booking my schedule.

more than 2 years ago

Motorola Reinvents the RAZR

johnpaul191 reapirs? (208 comments)

You and your 20th century terminology!

more than 2 years ago

Juror Tweets Could Create Mistrial

johnpaul191 almost happened in PA Senator corruption trial (148 comments)

This trial has been going on for a while in PA. The Twitter/Facebook story hit on Sunday, but today (Monday) he was found guilty on 137 counts and they did not replace that juror. I am guessing that will be among the things his lawyers put in his appeal? Something about it being unfair. 137 counts of corruption and i bet they cray about something posted on facebook.

more than 5 years ago

Free SMS On IPhone 3G Via AOL IM Client

johnpaul191 Re:Ummm... (267 comments)

there are still a LOT of people that don't have email on their cell phones. there is still a weird disconnect between some people's phones. some phone (iphones and more) can't receive or send picture messages, many don't have email. i suppose the issue is when you try to send a picture to a few people at once. say you have something like a Treo that supports picture messages and emails. you have to split the people up into delivery options. If your Treo is on Verizon (like mine is), then they strip out all incoming email attachments if you use the built-in email client... and being Verizon you do not have the same 3rd party app options as other people.
Yes, it's a first world problem, but it's just stupidity of the carriers. The US had the same issue some years back when you could only send a text message to people on your network. I actually had to think who had the same carrier as i did before i sent a message.

more than 6 years ago


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