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by madbrain
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 10230

Re: Price of haircut?

$7 + tip at the nearest place down the hill.
by madbrain
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 140
Views: 7357

Re: Do people still use AAA?

If people are relying on AAA to change a tire...you screwed up in life. THat should be a requirement for a drivers license. And if you're a guy a cant change a tire...pfffttt...nuff said. Many new vehicles don't come with spare tires anymore. Certainly none that I have now (Chevrolet Bolt & Volt), ...
by madbrain
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 140
Views: 7357

Re: Do people still use AAA?

I cancelled AAA few years ago and instead added "emergency road service" to Geico. The savings is quite signficant. AAA costs about $56/year while Geico only $4.80. And if my credit card provides this service for free, I will even drop Geico. Few months ago, I got stranded on the highway. Called Ch...
by madbrain
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles
Replies: 112
Views: 8196

Re: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles

Epsilon Delta wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:59 pm
kibi, mebi, gibi, ....
Does anyone actually use these ?
by madbrain
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Re: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?

You wouldn't "jumpstart" an EV -> no starter motor, no gasoline engine to start. Probably just need to tow it to the nearest charger if the only issue is being out of energy. This is not correct. EVs and PHEVs all have two batteries, the main big EV battery, and the starter battery. My Volt's EV ba...
by madbrain
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Re: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?

Not sure, but I can tell you the following anecdote. Bought a 2015 Volt in July 2015. After my last 2 week vacation this year in May, starter battery was flat. Upon return, I called Chase to have it jumpstarted (Sapphire reserve covers roadside assistance, up to 4 incidents per year up to $50) It wa...
by madbrain
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles
Replies: 112
Views: 8196

Re: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles

Why not install a free gas pump too for all of the other guys? Because there is no shortage of gas pumps, and people can generally fill their tank fairly quickly. Not so with EVs. Even DC fast chargers can take an hour or more for a full charge if your battery is empty. Also, there is not a single ...
by madbrain
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles
Replies: 112
Views: 8196

Re: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles

(FWIW, my employer in the liberal Bay Area has EV chargers, but they aren’t free. Do you happen to have statistics for how many employers provide free chargers?) My employer in the Bay Area also has chargers that charge money. This is a very large company and we have about 12 chargers on campus at ...
by madbrain
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Priority Pass- not quite totally useful
Replies: 19
Views: 2054

Re: Priority Pass- not quite totally useful

I find it very useful . I have used the lounge at many airports. The Air France lounge at SFO is very nice. Las Vegas lounge was fine too. Last week we were flying back from Ho Chi Minh on EVA and had a 4 hour layover in Taipei. The "More lounge" didn't have much in terms of food, except for the Haa...
by madbrain
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles
Replies: 112
Views: 8196

Re: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles

Whats the average current draw to charge an electric car? It's impossible to say what the average is. Charging rates can be from 1.5 kW to 120 kW depending on which vehicle and type of charger you have. Of course the later is for DC fast chargers which is not for residential use. 1.5 kW would be th...
by madbrain
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

If you aren't charging a Tesla you will be limited to about 6.6 kW. 7.2 with a Bolt. I think the BMW i3 uses 7.2 as well but I am not sure. I use a JuiceBox 10 kW EVSE at work but my Leaf charges at 6.6 kW just like my Leviton 6.6 kW EVSE at home provides. I have two EVSE units. One for work and on...
by madbrain
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

And possibly nothing at all if your panels are fully amortized and cover 100% of your electricity usage. On a cash flow basis, yes, although the cost of sizing the panels to cover the car's consumption can't really be ignored (or alternative net metering value), and if you want to be be really comp...
by madbrain
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

On a related note, moving to an area with a high cost of electricity could increase that another 10%, although you'd still be spending less on electricity than on gas for a conventional car. You could very well be spending more on electricity than gas, depending on what gas car you compare your EV ...
by madbrain
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

How often does your cell phone run out of battery? I’d be willing to bet it’s pretty rare for most people. I use the phone enough while at home and office to require multiple quick charges every day. If I was on the go more frequently, I would expect that situation to possibly increase as well. I t...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Now we're getting somewhere...I don't buy the 12 minutes at 90 mph thing, though. That's 18 miles range at that speed. When I hit 80 mph on the freeway, the range is not great, but its about 3x that. No way I could ever achieve 55 miles at 80mph in the Leaf. 55 miles at 55mph with heater on was mor...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

A lot of keyless systems just require you to have they key. You don't have to place it anywhere. You walk up, push a button and drive away. No looking for a key. If the key card is too much trouble then use the cell phone. With the cell phone you walk up, push a button, and drive away. No looking f...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computors?

For the most part you can find deals as good, or better than Black Friday ones all year. Start with Slickdeals. I disagree with that. It really depends what you are looking for. I have bought tons of computer parts in the past during black friday/cyber monday that weren't seen at this price again f...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

$59k gets you the 3 Long Range (LR), with the Premium package (PP), autopilot, and FSD (eventually, maybe). The difference's you're seeing are because the 3 LR has more range (310+ miles compared to 238 miles), is faster (0-60 in 5.1s versus 6.3s), and has auto-pilot/FSD. The base 3 ($35k) with the...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

The EPA range has matched our use cases...a lot of two-lane driving at 40-50 mph in a variety of weather. If you CA driving was all on the freeway at 70 mph...that is another story. The range on mine falls off a cliff around 65-70 mph....but most of my freeway legs are only 10-15 miles. Yes, my CA ...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I did not read the entire thread,but this is typical nowadays.The 35,000 is a come on. Do not be surprised if this new “bargain priced” Tesla has a lot of problems.I believe Tesla has become a status symbol and they should be called out for their pricing which was supposed to make it affordable for...
by madbrain
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Tesla was very clever promising a $35K car and offering to take reservations on them, then doing a bait-and-switch and delivering only the fully loaded $59k models. That is incorrect. The minimum price for the early deliveries is $49k, which includes long range battery, premium interior package (se...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I'm sorry you had a hard time with your 2012 @madbrain. They changed the chemistry to be more heat tolerant mid 2013, 4 years ago. They also switched the upper trims to a heat pump cabin heater (which reverts to resistance heat only in extreme cold). My 2013 has been a dream....30k miles and no not...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I bought a Honda Accord brand new for $19,500 (2015). It's safe, rock-solid reliable, gets 30+ mpg, has a range of 500+ miles (can be replenished in about 2 minutes), oil changes for $24.99 twice p/yr. Doesn't require an expensive charging station in my garage. And on and on. You conveniently forge...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does/can Walmart offer such inexpensive prescriptions?
Replies: 107
Views: 7257

Re: How does/can Walmart offer such inexpensive prescriptions?

I am a physician (as are many on this Forum, I would suspect!). ...We live in an age of inexpensive medications. If you have meds that cost you more than $10/month, you should ask your physician if there are alternatives that are less expensive (and if the alternatives are as good as the one that t...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Car: Ever make sense to lease?
Replies: 84
Views: 5584

Re: New Car: Ever make sense to lease?

Yes if it's an EV, and the dealer/finance companies are passing the EV tax credits into the lease. You could end up with a much lower total cost of ownership during the lease period than owning. $200-250/month with 0 down leases are common. There have been some EV leases as low as $79/month with 0 d...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Chevy and Nissan also make long range EVs, and have dealers across the US. Nissan does not really made a long range EV yet. Even the 2018 Leaf only has 150 miles EPA range. If you use the heater, account for about 30% loss. That's closer to 100 miles. I would probably have to drive 55 or stop the h...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 308
Views: 22243

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I would cancel. That is too much money to pay for an unproven model in it's first year of production. +1 I think the Nissan Leaf is the smart buy for this type of run around town vehicle. YMMV. A car with a 240 mile range is not just a run-around-town vehicle. A Bolt for example is a much better va...
by madbrain
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does/can Walmart offer such inexpensive prescriptions?
Replies: 107
Views: 7257

Re: How does/can Walmart offer such inexpensive prescriptions?

I am a physician (as are many on this Forum, I would suspect!). ... We live in an age of inexpensive medications. If you have meds that cost you more than $10/month, you should ask your physician if there are alternatives that are less expensive (and if the alternatives are as good as the one that ...
by madbrain
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

my point was not that chromecast only works with Google Wifi, only that it would be more likely to work with the same vendor than a 3rd-party like Orbi or eero or Lyra or <insert 3rd-party wifi mesh system>. but the onus is on Netgear to get the compatibility with chromecast, it is not really on Go...
by madbrain
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 10801

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Wish I could buy a super high deductible catastrophic plan for cheap and have a budget of $20k for health care, I'd come out way ahead. Isn't a "bronze plan" what you describe? A bronze plan covers all medical conditions, including chronic conditions, so it's still far better than a plan strictly f...
by madbrain
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 10801

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Well with the elimination of the CSRs by the Feds, my unsubsidized Blue Shield Silver PPO plan in California is going up a full 50%!!! This happened on Thursday. How can you possibly have new premiums to reflect that on Friday? My understanding is because the cost sharing reductions payments were "...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

We live in a dense area with a lot of wifi networks and surely other wireless devices like phones and baby monitors. Forcing all our devices up to 5GHz helped a lot. That's another avenue to try if you have good signal strength but slow and erratic performance. Many devices don't have 5 GHz radios,...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

The few times I thought the Google wifi was going bonkers (as all other wifi routers/repeaters have done for me in the past more than occasionally), it turned out that the entire house internet feed was down, or the power had gone out completely. Unfortunately, a lot of devices are tied to the clou...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

I tried the plug-in wifi extender. My devices always dropped connection when transitioning between signals. Instead I bought an access point: Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LR Networks Enterprise Wi-Fi System https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-UAP-AC-LR-Networks-Enterprise-System/dp/B015PRCBBI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma in October
Replies: 56
Views: 5010

Re: Sonoma in October

Smoke from Napa can be felt in San Jose 60+ miles south More like 100 miles south. And yes, I felt it. It was terrible on wednesday. Felt better yesterday and today. Official air quality numbers say that it is worse now, but I just don't see it. I live in hills so that could make a big difference.
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

I originally purchased the Orbi prior to buying my Google Wifi because it got great reviews. I had issues setting up the Orbi and found Netgear's tech support to be awful, so I returned it and bought the Google. I read the same thing in the Orbi support forum when I was having trouble...it worked g...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4786

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear....
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 10801

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Your quoting average health insurance costs through an employer. For the 2013-2016 period, the total increase for either individual or family shown above is 10% in total (not per year). In contrast, the unsubsidized individual market has seen skyrocketing costs under Obamacare, increasing 100%+ in ...
by madbrain
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917221

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Why did this film have a low turn out? Some articles mention the demographic was 30 and older males came out to see it, plus the R rating. Is the younger crowd suffering from short attention spans? Blade Runner 2049 is number one at the box office this week, so not quite sure what you mean by low t...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 130
Views: 14424

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

letsgobobby wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:20 pm
tbradnc wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:26 pm
You have to be within 100 yards of your theater to book a ticket.
soooo... can't get one for my kids? (who don't have cell phones of their own)?
You may be able to get around the 100 yards of your theater restriction with some smartphone app that fakes your location .
by madbrain
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 130
Views: 14424

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

Not so sure it's really legit. Some people have reported that MoviePass who used the service to see many movies a month had MoviePass raise their price even before the one year contract was up. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/122-great-found-deals/2912800-moviepass-unlimited-daily-movie-ticket-subscri...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917221

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Stronger", in the theater. This is about the Boston marathon bombing, and one of the survivors. Much better movie than "Patriot's day' on the same subject that came out last year.
by madbrain
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink
Replies: 22
Views: 1673

Re: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink

I also recommend a laser color printer. After dealing for years with inkjets and their endless cartridges (and mainly just using a b/w laser to avoid draining the ink), I ponied up for a color laser printer earlier this year. After printing enough to drain a couple of rounds of ink cartridges, my t...
by madbrain
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for a new hot tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2713

Re: Shopping for a new hot tub

Costco had a model called the Aquaterra Chesapeake on sale until monday for $4499. It's no longer for sale at all, unfortunately. It was 7' x 7'7" which would be more ideal for my space, which was the reason it was on my list. One Spa dealer is selling one on Craigslist for the same price and adver...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4643

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

Well that makes an EV almost no fun at all. I can't really see the safety issue if you had a proper trailer. Now if you had a small Honda portable generator running in the back seat, then yeah, CO poisoning would do you in... As opposed to ICE, where you also have to stop to refill your gas tank ? ...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4643

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

Electric towing a trailer with a gas generator and some extra gas for the generator. It's a DIY hybrid configuration. Interesting concept. I wonder how well it works in steady state. How big a portable generator is needed to keep your Tesla or Bolt running at 40 mph indefinitely? And those cars are...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4643

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

I can stock extra gas by filling some cans. If it is a full electric car (non-hybrid) how would you stock extra electricity? You need to drive out of state an the normal 3 hour drive will take you 12 hours - will your electric-charge last? Will there be a place to stop and charge on the way? Makes ...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4643

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

A short range EV should not be your only car if you are worried about this sort of situation. Many if not most households have more than one vehicle, at least one of which is an ICE. We have a Bolt (100% EV) and a Volt (PHEV) . The later can take either electricity or gas. This is the one we would u...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917221

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just came back from watching "9/11". This is a fictional story. There is some decent acting with Whoopi Goldberg and Charlie Sheen, but I had a really hard time with some of the racist lines. I recommend skipping this one.