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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

repetty Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

I don't accept that at all. Electric cars need servicing, new tyres, brakes, repairs, body work and spare parts. They need firmware updates, diagnostics, battery changes too. And of course there are second hand sales. There is plenty of business for an aftermarket to provide. It may well be that Tesla has to sell / licence the training, tools and software to do some of this but that doesn't stop dealers from offering the service.

Speaking in an absolute sense, you are right. Even electric cars need servicing.

Be practical, though. We aren't talking about just a few degrees of difference between electric cars and old-fashioned cars. The difference will prove to be huge.

Imagine an gasoline car but then remove the piston rings, gaskets, timing chain, water pump, starter motor and alternator (both of which mysteriously often fail), fuel pump, carburetor or fuel injectors. Petroleum burning vehicles have a level of complexity that is an order of magnitude greater than electrical cars. Of course they are going to fail more and require more frequent servicing.

In the long run, this debate will be moot. People buy whatever is cheapest up front. In the end, the fewer moving parts a device has, the cheaper it is. Count the moving parts.

The reason some Americans are concerned about this situation is because there is the very real possibility that in 20- or 30-years we could be stuck with automotive distribution regulations that are comically and expensively out of kilter with reality. Here in the colonies, business and government are often the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

repetty Re:UPS (236 comments)

A $500 is disposable.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

repetty Re:bathtub curve applies (602 comments)

I've installed three GU10's at my house. Before, though, I did a TON of research, including tear-downs.

Most of the different GU10 vendors on Amazon are cheap Chinese crap-makers with names like Sunthin and Triangle or whatnot. I went ahead a paid a lot more for Philips brand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 3 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

repetty None on the Dealer Lots (398 comments)

The biggest improvement that Nissan could make to the Leaf, at least in Austin, Texas, is to actually have a couple units on the dealer's lots.

Last time I visited a Nissan dealer, they just had Leaf brochures.

about 9 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

repetty Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (398 comments)

The overall maintenance schedule is ridiculously light. No $600/year checkup. No oil changes. It's pretty much just cabin air filters and brakes.

Which is why dealerships in the various U.S. states have been fighting Telsa so vigorously. The Leaf doesn't scare them... yet.

There's a lot of money to be lost in empty service bays.

about 9 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

repetty Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (398 comments)

Everything is relative... In west Texas, pickup trucks with dual fuel tanks are not unheard of.

Urban drivers (most the the US population) would still be well-served by an electric vehicle.

Most people are more than willing to pay for more than they need, which explains a lot about cell phone data plans and such.

about 9 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

repetty Skeptical: Google B-Average Interns (358 comments)

Just curious, is anyone aware of a Google intern that has a B-average in college? I mean, was hired that way.

about 9 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

repetty Re:15" Golf Holes (358 comments)

Rice plays Texas because there's good money in it. That's how amateur sports work.

about 9 months ago
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NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

repetty HAM (166 comments)

The answer to this is obvious: Contract with a HAM radio club or some group associated with the American Radio Relay League to do it.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

repetty Pink Zip Ties (250 comments)

Pink zip ties. Works fine in small groups.

about a year ago
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Square Debuts New Email Payment System

repetty Re:Sorry. (240 comments)

Credit card buyer protection is all the reason that I need.

It's my negotiating sledgehammer. I *always* win.

End of story.

about a year ago
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Electronics-Loving 'Crazy Ants' Invading Southern US

repetty Air-Condition Compressors (250 comments)

I know a couple people in Austin who've paid for air-conditioning techs to "fix" their AC. It turns out that a relays in the compressor boxes outside their homes are caked with dead ant bodies, creating an insulating layer. Kinda pisses people off that nothing is actually broken but the service bill is tendered, just the same. ...and, of course, it's 100-degrees outside so it does need to be dealt with promptly.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

repetty Re:Did TWC see this coming? (72 comments)

You should have seen Charter drop prices from $75/m to $30/m within 3 days of another ISP announcing fiber. Too bad the naked 30Mb was only for new customers and for me to get the deal, I would have to bundle in a ton of extra channels and phone and a 2 year contract with a $300 cancellation fee.

Wonderful story, and EXACTLY why I avoid long-term contracts with all of the energy that I can muster. Long-term contracts are great for service providers but very bad for customers, regardless of the "discounts" that they are promising you get. Once you are in a contract, you are their bitch.

I want my service providers (not just ISPs but providers of all stripes) to wake up every morning, wondering what they will to do to keep my business -- I want to be a new, potential customer every day.

--Richard

about 2 years ago
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Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

repetty Re:Smack the Incumbents! (72 comments)

It is good to point out the Austin has Grande Communications, which actually has pretty good service for the price. The problem is they have limited coverage.

Grande coverage is so limited that no one I know has it -- not a single person. Maybe someone in Round Rock gets Grande but I know only a couple people out there and they use TW.

No, effectively Austin has just two large ISPs providing service and controlling the market: TimeWarner and ATT. They both pretty much suck.

about 2 years ago
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Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

repetty Re:Translation ... (893 comments)

Intelligent people go to great lengths to avoid having to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to. But if you're poor you don't pay much tax at all, so what the hell are you complaining about? You're using the same roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. All for a few hundred bucks a year.

I guess what you don't understand, Dunbal, is the difference between legal/illegal and right/wrong.

about 2 years ago
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Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

repetty Re:the more things change... (130 comments)

I OWNED a Commodore 1541 hard drive and, yes, they were slow but they held a lot of data and -- most importantly -- they doubled as a convenient electrical hibachi.

about 2 years ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

repetty Re:I don't believe it. (1121 comments)

They don't provide any actual data or proof on the site.

You have to have faith.

about 2 years ago
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Manga Girls Beware: Extra Large Eyes Caused Neanderthal's Demise

repetty Brain Size == Simplistic Drivel (290 comments)

Equating intelligence with brain size has always been both stupid and puzzling to me, particularly since there's no good evidence to support it that can't be countered by contra-evidence that at least as good or better.

about 2 years ago
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My favorite resolution for the new year:

repetty Re:Screen resolution is measured in PPI (266 comments)

Out of several hundred comments, you seem to be the only person who know what the hell he's talking about.

There are geeks and their are posers.... God bless you, geek!

about 2 years ago

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