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First lap from the race yesterday. We had beautiful seats.
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Sunset in Daytona
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Yeah I never thought the city view could look that nice unless you're sitting directly on the Intracoastal... I was mistaken. I looked fine.
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Dinner in Deerfield Beach. 
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Did you stop by and see iSys HQ?
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Hey, all. New member here. I've been infatuated with moving to a car that could one day disengage from the traditional fueling infrastructure. I was "this close" to pulling the trigger on a Volt, but the math just doesn't work for my usage profile (1,000 miles/wk, all but 50 on the interstates). I see a 2012 Passat TDI nearby that seems far more appropriate for the same price.

My primary goals are high MPG, the ability to go with WVO/SVO/B100 far in the future, some creature comforts (I'm coming from a Cadillac), reasonable maintenance costs and the tech toys (Nav and Bluetooth with music; an HDD would be a huge bonus).

Any words of wisdom for a potential first time VW and TDI buyer? 

Thanks!

EDIT: I did some digging and it seems I can forget about anything above B5 for anything later than 2005. Got it!
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The more I research the HPFP issue, the less interested I am in buying this car. Each time I read that VW is blaming the drivers, the angrier I get.

More importantly, I plan to drive it in at least half a dozen states each week for the first year alone, and keeping up with the biodiesel mandates state by state is going to be a nightmare. That, paired up with needing to watch out for unscrupulous stations or fuel deliverymen is making it ridiculous. It seems the only way to protect myself is to record every time I fill up the car so that I can prove I used diesel and not gas by mistake.

I need to be able to stop for gas at any station and at any time and know that I'm not going to get saddled with an expensive repair bill because the diesel was mixed with "even a tiny amount of gasoline".

Too many red flags. 
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What do you think about high schools running student council elections using cryptocurrencies? A school can design their own coin, pre-mine a good chunk of it and give it out to students who want to vote. Teachers can give out some more as a reward for good behavior and test scores.

Students vote by donating to candidates' election fund. Candidates post their QR codes around the school, on their shirts, lockers, notebooks, cellphone cases and other places. Just like on Reddit, voting students can donate a small amount to a candidate's fund whenever the candidate says something the voting student likes. The students can even organize super PACs. Maybe even tie it into Changetip and Twitter.

Sounds like a good civics lesson to me, while the zero value coins will ensure the students don't get saddled with unexpected tax bills IRL. Thoughts?
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The more I think about it, the more I see election posters with three or four QR codes on it, allowing voting students to not only throw their support behind a particular candidate, but to also indicate exactly which topic is most important to them. So not only can they throw their weight behind a candidate, but the candidate can easily see which topic was most important to voters.
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Intuit is testing a feature to enable small businesses to accept Bitcoin via QuickBooks. The payments will hit their books as fiat, though.

This is huge news as this software is pretty much the backbone of America's small business accounting. 
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If any of you have read Eric Ries' "Lean Startup", you'll know that Intuit is well known for hosting a startup mentality and has something of an incubator inside the company. This move doesn't surprise me. 
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Please let us finish the race!
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Let 'er rip! Let's do this!
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Yup. We're here now. Thank goodness we're not trying to rush back to Philly from here. We only have to get to Boca by midnight :)
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Got our tix for tomorrow night! This should be our view from +Daytona International Speedway Was pleasantly surprised to share breakfast in the hotel lobby with some guys from +Jeff Gordon's team and Hendrick Motorsports.
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Enjoy. Hope it's not too hot or not too many delays due to rain.
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Dinner in Lake Worth
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I do not love you anymore. Okay, a little.
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The owner in this video stated that Chevrolet told him to use 93 when he doesn't plan to use gasoline for a while. This is the first I'm hearing of this -- I've always heard 93 only. I'm planning to drive 1,000 miles per week this summer in the form of 450 mile drives separated by 25 mile EV runs.

Since the gas won't be sitting for very long, could I use 87 or 89 for the long runs?
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Got it. Thanks for putting it to bed for me. Ever see the YouTube video of the guy who swapped the ICE out for a diesel in his first gen Honda Insight (the silver bullet car)? Due to the high torque of the ICE diesel generator, he got about 110 MPG continuously. Amazing.
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I'm an IT Architect at IBM, specializing in virtualization technology. I'm also a ham radio operator, big into Early Alternative music, and I enjoy developing patents in my spare time.

If you're wondering why I circled you, I have a "Greater IBM" circle, much like the Greater IBM group on LinkedIn. I'm approaching 400 members! I'm also an active user of CyanogenMod on various devices, so you may have landed in a CM/Android circle as well.
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Yardley, PA
Just wrapped up a four night points stay. The hotel appears to be practically brand new in every way, and is in an excellent location for the LAX business parks. You cannot beat the free parking and ridiculously easy access to mass transit. The business center is clean, modern, well appointed and everything works as expected. I dinged it one star only due to wifi coverage. The property is rather large, with a couple of different wings, so without sufficient coverage you can find yourself with very weak wifi in the distant rooms. It's also in the rare spot where the AT&T network coverage outperforms Verizon's, so my VZW hotspot was in 3G mode most of the week. My AT&T phone and VZW hotspot both went into "No Service" in the business center. Other than that, the property is an excellent choice for business visitors to the LAX metroplex. Families: Not really Romantic: No Couples: I suppose Business: Definitely Target travel area: LAX South metroplex
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I've spent several weeks here for work, and I can't imagine having a better experience in Evansville. The facility is well situated in the nice part of town, with a vast array of food options between walking distance and a 20 minute drive. All of the staff are top notch and go above and beyond to help you enjoy your stay. Never a problem with the rooms or noise.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Located in a perfect spot for travelers passing through. It's as fine as any updated Hampton can be. Also near a nice local steak house for a local, non-chain experience. The vents transfer too much conversation noise from other rooms and the rolling chairs on the wood floor above kept me up half the night. Definitely request the top floor.
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I commute 700 miles per week so I get oil changes every 5 weeks. I try to find a Jiffy Lube wherever I can because every location can access all my historical data. I get the high mileage oil change and follow the recommended service intervals for the other fluids and consumable products. This location has never misled me in terms of maintenance and they've always left the final decisions up to me. I've had the standard upsell pressure at other locations, but not from this place -- perhaps because nothing was due each time I've visited. Either way, I'm perfectly happy with the service I've received here and will continue to drop by unless and until something egregious happens.
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Stayed here on points last November, and it's still one of nicest surprises I've found on the road. We landed a beautiful suite and enjoyed what we've come to expect from the new class of Hamptons.
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Spent a few days here the week of Thanksgiving last year. Breakfast service was excellent. Our view was of the Hills and eh. We totally avoided parking and had someone pick us up each day to take us to our car. Perfect location for Uber and Lyft. Relatively easy walk to all the famous spots, but far enough away that it's nice and quiet.
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Sean was great. Very attentive, even though we ate a cheap meal.
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