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VW is going for the chonky van market of high rollers.

Bloat.  Part of the charm of the classic VW van was it was compact yet had room inside and with a tail wind couuld maintain highway speeds, all for a reasonable price.  This is sounding like our current super sized pickup barges trucks that take at least three tugboats to get them to the dock.

Hmm.  There was a big late Neolithic population decline in Britain that has not yet been explained. So I wonder if this could be it.

They talk about the Bronze Age but the Bronze Age came 1,000 later to Britain compared to Southern Europe and the Med.

Water Cooler / Re: Gigablast Kaput
« on: May 21, 2023, 06:41:55 PM »
Big Tech owns the operating systems, the browsers, search engines, ad networks and can pay others like Apple for exclusive default placement on their devices and software.  It's going to take either regulation or anti-trust breakup to get that to change.


Older, high mileage, ICE vehicles will end up in the Third World because they are a step up from a moped.

>missed the boat

I agree.  EV's may work just fine in Europe, but in the US we are going to slam up on the limitations of EV's right sharply.

I think hydrogen will get used on things like trains and large trucks first which will help gain consumer acceptance for smaller vehicles.

Water Cooler / Re: Gigablast Kaput
« on: May 17, 2023, 06:31:22 PM »
I didn't see any mention from any of the alleged search engine news sites.  And they pretty much ignore all the alt search engines.

Water Cooler / Re: First Vietnamese EV's Coming to America
« on: May 17, 2023, 04:04:40 PM »
German Opels were good cars.  The Korean Opel ran nice when new but just felt cheap.  The doors sounded tinny when you closed them.  And it had quirks, like when running the heater/AC fan had no Off position.  It was always on and blowing.


Yeah you got me on that one.  A friend of mine had 2 Fiats in succession, one was that neat looking wedge sports car (X-19?) and the other was a hatchback copy of VW's Rabbit/Golf.  Nice looking designs but both rusted out by the time he drove them the length of his driveway.  When they ran they handled well - very sporty.  Poor mechanical quality and the rust killed Fiat in the American market.


Mind, mid to late 1970's American cars also rusted fast (we called them pre-rusted from the factory) but not as fast as the Fiat's and korean pretend Opel's.

Water Cooler / Re: First Vietnamese EV's Coming to America
« on: May 17, 2023, 10:50:31 AM »
That sounds really bad especially at those prices.  I hope they can work the bugs out.

Korean cars were bad at first.  Back in the late '70's Buick imported a Korean "Opel".  I never saw a car that rusted out faster, but the price was cheap.  Korean cars, like GM's "Geo" line were known as "60,000 mile cars" because they were either rusting apart or just about dead from falling apart by 60K miles.  Yet the Koreans persisted and now make a pretty good car by all accounts.  So I hope the Vietnamese can work it out too.

Monetization / Re: This is how stereotypes are created...
« on: May 14, 2023, 03:27:56 PM »

The problem with these things that are based on commodity prices is the retail price never seems to quite go back down even when the commodity price has dropped. 

Water Cooler / Re: EV tidbits
« on: May 12, 2023, 02:15:30 PM »
Have you seen this little green electric vehicle in OKC? It's one of the first in America

he is one of the first if not the first motorists in the United States to own a Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV Macaron, a wildly popular car in China but one not seen on a Plaza District street until October, when he started tooling around the area in the cute little four-seater that goes about 106 miles on a charge and has a starting price about $4,400.

>wrong direction

I agree.  Tipping lets the employer off the hook for paying a fair wage.  I get annoyed when fast food places now expect a tip for handing me a sack with a sandwich in it. (I'm looking at you Subway.)  A tip is for service and handing me a bag is not service.

Water Cooler / Re: TallTroll
« on: May 04, 2023, 09:51:04 PM »
He was a very nice guy.  RIP Brendan.

Web Development / Re: Bluesky
« on: May 04, 2023, 06:27:18 PM »

I joined.  It's not completely free.  Joining is free and easy.  They use a points system, 1 pt. = 1 cent, to access "premium content" and so you can tip creators.  I got 50 points upon joining.  So the getting around paywalls is not free, but might be cheaper than paying for a full subscription.  Ihave not seen what the charge is for a premium article.  You can earn points by sharing articles.  But like everything the odds are in favor of the "house" (as in gambling) so sooner or later you are going to have to give them your credit card info and dummy up some dough.  So it's a micro payment system.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I guess it depends on the news sources they make available and the cost.

As far a social network goes basically outlaws everything including snark.  You can make reasoned comments I guess.

I haven't tested it or posted anything yet so I can't tell you how interaction works.


Good name.

RC have you tried this?

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