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Comment Re:"stormed off to Arizona in a huff"??? (Score 1) 122

I'm pretty sure the "bribes" you're talking about are a $150 fee for the first 10 test vehicles and $50 for each additional 10 test vehicles.

Yeah, that's it. Far less than it cost to ship the cars to Arizona, and far less than the administrative costs of the program.

Boy, Uber sure came out ahead on that one.

Comment Re:Some hints (Score 1) 118

1) I like my vision sharp, so I have it tuned as tight as I can get it, just a bit better than 20/20.

2) I like my high contrast term.
Terminal background color - white.
Terminal foreground color - black.
Cursor - blinking black rectangle, can't miss it.

Web browsing defaults are also white background, black text.

3) Eh, it's about there.

4) Contacts, all the way. No headache from the frame, and full focus peripheral vision, you can never get that from glasses, there's always a line beyond which things are blurry.


Lockheed Martin Screwup Delays Delivery of Air Force GPS Satellites ( 68

schwit1 writes: Incompetence by a Lockheed Martin subcontractor will delay the delivery of 32 new Air Force GPS satellites and will likely cost the government millions. Bloomberg reports: "Lockheed has a contract to build the first 10 of the satellites designed to provide a more accurate version of the Global Positioning System used for everything from the military's targeting of terrorists to turn-by-turn directions for civilians' smartphones. The program's latest setback may affect a pending Air Force decision on whether to open the final 22 satellites to competition from Lockheed rivals Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. 'This was an avoidable situation and raised significant concerns with Lockheed Martin subcontractor management/oversight and Harris program management,' Teague said in a Dec. 21 message to congressional staff obtained by Bloomberg News. The parts in question are ceramic capacitors that have bedeviled the satellite project. They take higher-voltage power from the satellite's power system and reduce it to a voltage required for a particular subsystem. Last year, the Air Force and contractors discovered that Harris hadn't conducted tests on the components, including how long they would operate without failing, that should have been completed in 2010. Now, the Air Force says it found that Harris spent June to October of last year doing follow-up testing on the wrong parts instead of samples of the suspect capacitors installed on the first three satellites. Harris 'immediately notified Lockheed and the government' after a post-test inspection, Teague said in his message." So, the subcontractor first failed to do the required tests, then they did the tests on the wrong parts. Sounds like the kind of quality control problems we have seen recently in Russia and Japan. The worst part? The contract is a cost-plus contract, which means the U.S. tax payer has to absorb the additional costs for fixing the screw-up, not Lockheed Martin or its subcontractor.

Comment Re:Hopefully better than their hard drives. (Score 1) 78

I've got one that finally failed after over 20 years in service. Most reliable drive I've ever had, that Rodime.

The funny thing is that it was recalled a few months after I got it, Apple wanted to replace it with a Seagate. After two bad drives out of the box, I told the dealer I'd keep the Rodime.

No, the Apple IIgs it was connected to wasn't being used much by the time that drive finally died, but it was still annoying. The computer still works, it's over 30 years old now.

Comment Re:this crap is why we need school vouchers (Score 1) 328

That's exactly the wrong approach. What we need is good public schools, not a giant money transfer to for-profit companies, which is what a voucher system would very quickly degenerate into.

The opposite approach would actually do much more to improve education - a complete ban on private schools would motivate parents with more resources to push for improvements instead of pulling their kids out.

Comment Re:What about electrical, plumbing etc? (Score 1) 315

You know, I don't remember where I looked, it's been quite a few years. Gas is basically plumbing, with some special considerations for the fact that it's potentially explosive if it leaks. Most of the run was done with corrugated stainless steel tube, the floor penetration had to be iron pipe. Don't use regular plumbing pipe dope on gas pipe, btw, it's not designed for gas. CSST is really easy to work with, just remember do not lubricate the fittings.

Here's a link to the standard code:

That's probably not the exact code where you are, so you'll want to look it up.

Comment Re:What about electrical, plumbing etc? (Score 1) 315

Well, I absolutely am. The law is quite clear on it, as the homeowner I can do all of it.

My water heater that I put in is 10 years old now, it hasn't blown up yet. I wired the HVAC system, have done quite a few plumbing jobs, installed the gas stove in the kitchen, fixed the insanity that somebody hacked up on the electric outlets in one room (seriously, somebody wired a couple outlets to one leg of a double-pole 30A breaker - absolutely nuts).

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 468

I call $10k pretty price competitive for the 2013 plug-in that I bought last year.

I've found that it doesn't make enough of a dent in my electricity bill to even notice. It's around 9 cents/kWh here, gas is around $2/gallon. I've gone from putting gas in twice a week to once or twice a month, so I'm coming out ahead on what it's actually costing me, the old car was paid for, I'm making payments on this one.

I doubt that tax is coming very soon, if at all. There's no point in figuring it in now because it doesn't exist yet, and I've got the car now.

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