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Dec 17th 2012 2:00AM That is a common multi-prong adapter so you can use a variety of 220V plugs. The center is for bare wires (used more often than you think) when the plugs break.
May 31st 2010 10:09PM My wife and I ate at the local Panera ONCE. The food was average quality, the service was marginal, but the price was premium.
Apr 21st 2010 3:08PM I agree. My Rainbow is almost 25 years old. VERY pricy at the time too, something like $825 but in all those years I've only had the on/off switch replaced once. Sucks water, dirt, pet hair with no changing bags. Just flush the dirty water down the toilet or if there's a lot of solid crud in in, just do it outdoors and shovel up the dirt after the water drys.
Nothing stops this machine from working.
Apr 15th 2010 2:52PM Note that NO ONE has driven one that's not directly or indirectly involved with the company. Even the "test ride" is exactly that - you're a passenger and not the driver.
I too saw them up close and personal, and although I smiled at the car, I didn't smile at all the questions that they demured to "later". None of the other "depositors" were impressed once they actually saw it up close. Certainly the $25-45,000 price for what's essentially a 3-wheeled electric motorcycle with a body on it isn't appealing.
Apr 15th 2010 2:48PM The original Aptera design had two rear facing cameras and two screens on the dashboard. The new one has regular side view mirrors because they said "the government requires rear view mirrors". I asked one motorcycle rider what the law was and he said one square inch is all that's required, so the Aptera could have had the cameras and little tiny mirrors to satisfy the fed.
Jan 20th 2010 2:45PM I've seen the Aptera up close. Not that impressive at all and neither are the staff that's trying to sell them. I talked with other people that had put down an deposit for one and generally, the view was "its ok, but not worth $25-40K" Simple questinos like "where's the spare" were unanswered. I got my deposit back instead of waiting for one that "might" be built in 2010. The original designer and engineered were fired by the venture capitalists that own the company. A Detroit auto "expert" was hired to run it (add into the ground).
Nov 28th 2009 2:06PM I got my dental work done in Jordan by a dentist with a PhD in implantology and a MS in maxilllofacial surgery. He teaches implantology around the world and hosts the regional implantology conferences.
The cost was less than 35% of the cost of work done in the US and I was treated like a valued friend instead of a walking wallet.
I worked in the healthcare field in the US for 20+ years and saw what happened to the medical system when insurers started paying whatever was charged. It priced medical care out of reach of most citizens by going up 10% a year. Wages certainly didn't do the same.
Aug 27th 2009 4:43PM We also must realize that all these stock losses the execs are taking are going to be offsetting their regular income if they bought at "market" and sold at "market". Since these were awards, I'm wondering what the tax picture looks like for them as opposed to the regular investor.