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Comment: Re:If i can't work on my car (Score 1) 292

by Aereus (#49408653) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car
I have a 2011 Mazda6, and had both of my low-beam headlight lamps fail within 2 days of each other, before I had time to replace the first one. Long story short: The bulb access is through the wheel well— behind the debris shield attached with about a dozen grommets. Of which you can only access half of them without removing the wheel itself. What should be a process that takes minutes was instead an agonizing 90 minutes in 10F weather with no gloves, as it was late at night and I was nowhere near home. I damn near ripped the liner out completely in frustration. The next day I went and paid the $65 extortion charge for replacing the other standard halogen bulb. Getting the brighter type I would have installed myself would have cost me closer to $100 from them.

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by Aereus (#49290225) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
Considering just the bottom line, I see automated vehicles as an inevitability, whether we like it or not. Companies will always seek more profit, and what's cheaper than having a driver you don't have to pay, works 24/7, will never complain or quit, and doesn't need benefits either. Lobbying will make this happen. They already own congress.

Comment: DeNA is terrible. (Score 1) 86

by Aereus (#49280845) Attached to: Nintendo Finally Working On Games for Smartphones
If their smartphone app manga service is any indication, they're incompetent and Nintendo will be worse off for working with them. Their UX is so horrible that I found the app to be literally unusable. No search function, no info pages for titles, no listings of what titles are in each what they call "Issue", etc. One must manually delve each "Issue" page and scroll through the 30 picture icons looking for the series you want and see if its in color (updated) or b/w (not out yet in that "issue"). Some series are flat-out missing from the app that can be found via the desktop version. No way to leave feedback about titles, their only contact info is a generic Twitter address, etc.

I've also heard from several people they're one of those smartphone game companies that does shovelware apps that just look to nickel and dime people to death.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 3, Insightful) 437

Feed into a small molten salt reservoir buried in the yard to pull out of at night? Or some sort of battery to draw out of instead? Assuming high-draw appliances like the stove, water heater, and furnace were from an alternate source like natural gas, the rest shouldn't draw all that much power at night. And even the water could be switched over to an on-demand system, rather than what most US homes use right now.

Comment: Re:amazing (Score 2) 279

by Aereus (#49117905) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

I think the bigger problem is, what happens when we reach the long-tail of process development, and demand tapers off to the point they can't fund further R&D?

IE: Systems are "good enough" and people go from buying one every 3 years to "only when they break". That could be 10+ years.

I suppose Intel would just follow the carrot to the next profitable market like they are pushing Atom CPUs lately?

Comment: Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 2) 132

by Aereus (#49069275) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

The problem here is they probably had the units setup and working for the start of the show, and come time for the reveal -- suddenly they are broken because this competitor was messing with them prior to opening. Yeah they might have broken during others testing during the show -- but at least that is with Samsung staff around to guide the demonstration or watch over the testing.

Comment: Re:A precaution when done ahead of time. (Score 1) 311

by Aereus (#49065761) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Known inadequate seawall led to flooding of the generators, which in a highly faulty design, were placed in the basement rather than behind the plant uphill. Another plant had made the necessary seawall upgrades and successfully repelled the tsunami wave and had no issues. Amongst a litany of other oversights, these were the two crucial ones.

Comment: Re:Government! Start with thyselves! (Score 1) 100

by Aereus (#49018761) Attached to: Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

I don't think they really enforce the Pass matching the plates though. I've used mine with rental cars, or along with my parents on a trip, etc. and never seen an issue with them claiming any sort of violations. I think it only comes into play if you report the Pass stolen.

Comment: Equatorial Ridge (Score 1) 141

by Aereus (#48990267) Attached to: The Strangest Moon In the Solar System

My armchair theory for the ridge would be it wasn't always tidally locked, and plowed through a significant amount of debris material along that plane originally. Eventually becoming tidally locked, and the larger particulate had been mostly thinned out. And the tilt happening as the rotation failed, much like a top wobbles and falls over after losing momentum.

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