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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

onkelonkel Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

You nailed it. My neighbor drives a big dodge pickup with a hemi. Drives it 60 miles every day to work round trip. Gets 15 mpg tops. Bitches constantly about the price of gas. Why not drive a commuter car with double the gas mileage and save $2k a year? Because once a year he hauls his boat to the lake and once a year he hauls it back. (Honestly I think he just likes driving a big ass truck, and the boat is an excuse.)

about three weeks ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

onkelonkel Re:Bears? (333 comments)

For the nocturnal badgers. Vicious. Kill you as soon as look at you.

about three weeks ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

onkelonkel Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Can we give the ribbon thing a rest? It has been out for 7 years, you should have figured it out by now.

about three weeks ago

Norway Scraps Online Voting

onkelonkel Re:What logic! (139 comments)

"There's an awfully lot of overhead behind polling stations" - Not so much. Around here polling stations are some folding tables in a church hall or school gym. We use paper ballots and cardboard ballot boxes. Total cost = pennies per voter.

about three weeks ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

onkelonkel Slashdot should get some editors (254 comments)

"Why" "is" "Paradigm" "in" "quotes"? Secular? WTF is secular decline? Is that as opposed to ecclesiastical decline?

about a month ago

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

onkelonkel Re:Microchip (76 comments)

"What's wrong with microchip?"

How quickly memory fades. It was regarded as a dumb-ass conflation of micro-circuit and chip. An IC should be called a chip. Just chip, no micro- in front. Micro-chip implies that there are much larger full sized chips, which is nonsense. Also a "micro" was a microprocessor, so a micro chip might be an 8085 or Z80, but not all chips were micros.

Then as now, nerds were sticklers for precision in language.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

onkelonkel Re:Change is coming for car dealers (455 comments)

pendant - a hanging ornament. I can't tell if you are being subversively sarcastic or just can't spell pedant.

about a month ago

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

onkelonkel Microchip (76 comments)

Are we still annoyed at people who say "Microchip" or have we gotten over it? I remember when it was a suitable target for nerd rage.

about a month ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

onkelonkel Re:Laws of Physics have become Heresy? (649 comments)

You are correct. Life on earth can't get more complex over time, because that would require energy and the sun doesn't exist.

about a month ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

onkelonkel Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

Cool, you could go get real Chinese food instead of this RedOliveLobsterGarden corporate pale imitation. (Try the Xiao Long Bao)

about a month ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

onkelonkel Re:"disruptive" = scam (507 comments)

"Scam" Do you know what that word means? A scam is a confidence trick or fraud. How exactly is uber tricking people out of their money?

about a month and a half ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

onkelonkel Re:#notallgeekyguys (1198 comments)

I have seen a woman at an MTG tournament. Really. It was awesome. She was, from what I could see of her play, a decently skilled mid to upper level player. (Not a total random scrub like me). She was also young and very pretty, with long blond hair and a sweetly voluptuous figure. She wore a push-up bra and a super low cut top. All the nerd boys were drooling and ogling her cleavage so hard she kicked their buts right up to the semi-finals. At the semis she lost in 2 to the guy who ended up winning the tournament. He was smart enough to see through her female version of the "Jedi mind trick" and wouldn't have noticed if she had two heads.

about a month and a half ago

Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

onkelonkel Re:It's a numbers game - Art History anyone? (325 comments)

You are exactly right.

There was a sad story on the radio the other day. A nice lady with a PHD in Art History was living in her car because she was broke and unemployed.

What struck me was how very _betrayed_ she felt. Here she had studied hard, gotten good grades, and had achieved the highest academic degree possible and yet the job she expected wasn't forthcoming. All her life she was told "you need a degree to get a good job" and she somehow interpreted that to mean that if she got a degree she would get a job. Her whole attitude was that she was all but promised a job, and that it was the university's fault that this job wasn't there, and that she should have been told by the university that there were no jobs in her chosen field "before they took her money".

She wanted to work as a museum curator, cataloging and managing the museums art collection. When asked how many such jobs existed, she was taken aback, as if she had never thought about it and then said maybe 10 or 20 in the entire province.

about a month and a half ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

onkelonkel Point Roberts (321 comments)

There is a tiny "Island" of America called Point Roberts at the extreme NW corner of Washington State. The Canadians who live right along that border are forever fighting with their cell providers to take off roaming charges because the phone will often pick up the AT&T cell tower on the US side instead of the Telus (or whatever) tower on the Canadian side. The carriers seem quite helpless to fix the problem; some people I know there have to get roaming charges taken off every month.

about a month and a half ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

onkelonkel Re:Depends if the "Idiot" is a Volunteer or Paid (255 comments)

"both have other official "significant others"

Blackmail is such an ugly word. But it could work in this situation.

about 1 month ago
top Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

onkelonkel Re:Registration != ownership (264 comments)

Around here we call it the Swooshstika.

about 2 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

onkelonkel Re:Misinformation? - Shingles (493 comments)

I got very lucky, I went to my doctor within a few hours of the pox appearing, and he had me on antivirals about 5 minutes later. Stopped it in its tracks.

about 2 months ago


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