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Comment: Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 492

by Penguinisto (#49514797) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Quoted for visibility:

Ugh, I think you need to actually work on cars before saying anything like that.

Only the Nissan GTR has an engine mated and tuned directly to the transmission. Other high end (150+k) cars would have this even remotely possible. Cars are mass produced. The transmission your car can be replaced with any of the like car transmissions without being disabled.

Seriously - even if they did pull something stupid like GP insists, parts have to be replaced somehow, and therein lies the loophole. After all, how else do you think you can currently buy computer readers/chip-programmers/performance-enhancing chips/etc in aftermarket right now?

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 3, Insightful) 492

by Penguinisto (#49514751) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

You'll have to try harder than that for an example, because that's already been defeated very handily.

Oh, and these guys will happily sell you shiny new SSD's with native OSX TRIM support.

(...besides, even without TRIM support there's no real difference for the average user in longevity or performance on an SSD. I've gone without it the whole time I've had mine; by the time the SSD wears out, I'll just go out and buy one twice the size - probably for the same price I paid for the 512GB Crucial SSD that I have shoved into my MBP right now.)

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 4, Informative) 492

by Penguinisto (#49514677) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

But the technology does.

Actually, it doesn't. You just have to know how. All it takes is the skill to pull it off, and the cojones to laugh at the EULA/Warranty warnings.

Some of us have been modifying Apples in ways they definitely weren't built for, and have been doing so for a very long time... (In this instance, the Cube was definitely not built to take on a Radeon 8500, or the horde of other modifications I made to it.)

Seriously - bumping a HDD or RAM on a shiny new MacBook Pro is nothing that a decent soldering iron and top-grade solder can't help you accomplish. Much easier than, say, swapping out a car engine.

Comment: Re:100 year old news? (Score 0) 71

by Penguinisto (#49514183) Attached to: Old Marconi Patent Inspires Tiny New Gigahertz Antenna

Excuse me but that sounds entirely implausible. Cooking food with a radar unit? I'll believe it when someone uses one to, say, melt a chocolate bar. Until then keep your loony theories to yourself!

Oh, it's quite possible... an APG-66 radar kit (usually parked inside the radome of an F-16 jet fighter) can cook a hot dog placed 2' in front of the pitot tube in very short order once you flip it into active mode. That's why they usually point the jet's nose out somewhere big and empty when they test it, and then make damned sure no one walks within 150' of the jet's front during testing.

(hint: both the typical radar unit and microwave oven share one core component in common - a magnetron.)

Comment: Re:America (Score 2) 117

by Curunir_wolf (#49513277) Attached to: Pull-Top Can Tabs, At 50, Reach Historic Archaeological Status

The difference between Europe and America: * In America 100 years is considered a long time

I hear this shit all the time from Europeans. Oh your country is only 200 years old. Fucking racist, we had people here 30,000 years ago, just because they're a different colour doesn't mean it's less relevant.

And ultimately we're all 2000th generation African, so we all share a common history. It's not like humans in this part of the world just popped out of thin air 200 years ago. Your 5000 year old relics are equally my 5000 year old relics, since their connection to either you or I is so equally distant.

What kind of legacy did the native americans leave 2000-3000 years ago to civilisation ? The Romans built roads, acquaducts, conquered the known world, invented Roman Law (that underpins most non common law systems even today). The Chinese had similar accomplishments. The Greeks invented Democracy (although Greek democracy was different from modern day democracies), managed to conquer territories up to India , had great philosophers etc... American history starts in the 16 th fucking century with European explorers. Your nation comes into existence in the late 18th century. So yeah you're a young nation.

Apparently you've never heard of tribes such as the Creeks, Alabamas, Natchez, Chitimachas and Choctaws. They left ruins of their civilizations, many older than the Romans, all over the American southeast. All the Southwest states contain countless ancient remains and Native American sites. In the Texas panhandle you can visit the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, which contains some ancient flint excavation pits thought to have been used for up to 12,000 years.

Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 0) 74

by roman_mir (#49500645) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

Ah, fucking hell, almost nothing new is new but if they can put satellites up at 6.6 million dollars a pop that is certainly new.

How many people come up with their own products that are really built from nothing into something that others want to use? The answer is: not many. Anybody who is able to start a company and bring a product up and succeed in all of this without losing their sanity, health, all the money and family in this world is a fucking hero as far as I am concerned.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky