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Comment: Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 121

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47785113) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

My prius was $6500 used. It is a 2006. They only gave me one key, the previous owner had lost one.

With the Prius, the vin number can be used to *create* a new key, but you need the old key as part of the programming sequence to pair the new key with the computer. Can't even boot the computer up without a paired key (really just an RFID tag in the fob, the actual physical key is only good for unlocking the door and cannot boot up the computer). So if all keys are lost, the master computer is effectively bricked. Also, due to the fact that the neutral is engaged only through software and when the computer is off, a steel bar locks the planetary "Synergy Drive" transmission, you need a flatbed tow truck with a very strong winch to drag the car up onto the flatbed if you can't boot the computer up.

There are other interesting design choices. For instance, the rear truck release is only electric. If the 12 volt battery that boots up the computer dies, you have to fold down the rear seats, unload the trunk, open the trunk, remove the tool box, climb in on your belly, reach in a hole blind to pull a lever to push up on the hatchback with your shoulders to open the hatchback so that you can then get to the battery compartment.

Though this has been fixed since, the gear shift lever (really just an analog joystick with 4 positions in a lower case reverse h and a spring to bring it back to center) is non-instinctive, you push it forward to go reverse and back to go forward.

Finally, I think the fuel cap release lever was designed for 5' tall asians, not 6' tall Americans. Even at a measly 5'6", I need to get out of the car to be able to reach it.

Comment: Re:Rule of thumb (Score 2) 121

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47781169) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

Not quite true. The article likens this to GM bricking a Corvette for losing the keys, but that's exactly what happens to a modern Toyota computer if you lose the last key (cost of replacing a key for my Prius $175. Cost of replacing key + computer $1,275, I checked and that convinced me to spend the $175 for a second key for my used Prius).

Comment: Re:Actually I think this ability is extraordinary (Score 1) 5

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47781101) Attached to: one of my mental problems

For contracting, it helps immensely. But something must have changed in the past week. I went from 5 recruiter contacts a week to 35 in the past week. I no longer look for jobs- jobs look for me. (I estimate, from the request numbers, that those 35 contacts represent 18 jobs at 5 companies, including the one I'm currently working at).

Comment: Re:Actually I think this ability is extraordinary (Score 1) 5

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47760017) Attached to: one of my mental problems

There's an easy answer for that, once you've had 16+ years in the industry, and I stumbled onto it by accident, and thanks to this one weird tip I have gotten a raise every few months.

That weird tip: keep your Dice, Monster, and Linked In profiles active and up to date.

I'm not currently looking for a change, but last week I had 48 hours in which I had 12 recruiter calls. And I've been able to wrangle a 2%-4% raise out of every job change for the past three years.

Comment: Re:Which angle are you attacking from this time? (Score 1) 54

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47759969) Attached to: I must credit the president for being consistent

"The vast majority of your deities, including today's most popular ones were conjured up by winos and opium addicts."

Yes, they were. You can tell them from the real thing by not being universal and lacking the ability to say, choose the gravitational constant for the entire universe.

Comment: Re:Which angle are you attacking from this time? (Score 1) 54

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47750319) Attached to: I must credit the president for being consistent

I said that druggies were harmful to themselves. The entire intent of getting high is to escape reality, so why are you even arguing the fact that I acknowledge that those who get high are escaping reality?

The Objective universe does exist, even when your brain is too addled to notice. Plenty of people have met their ends while high because of that.

Comment: Re:Except (Score 1) 16

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47749349) Attached to: Foley is a Fake

"What miniscule fraction write screeds and take up arms"

Approximately 10%. But that's not the reason I say Islam is a fake. The reason I say Islam is a fake is because as a theology, it can be used to justify everything from Sufi to ISIS and everything in between. There is no coherent morality to Islam, because Allah himself, as portrayed in the Koran, is not a faithful God, is not coherent from verse to verse.

A similar problem can be found in the Old Testament, and has inspired an awful lot of fundamentalism and atheism in Christianity and Judaism, perhaps the extreme example that can be found in our time, and a close cousin to the violence of ISIS, is Zionism in Israel.

"Catholicism has the bloody destruction and enslavement of the Americas on it's conquistador hands."

Yes.

"Islam - past and present - has nothing to shade that, by way of comparison."

Have you paid attention to what has been happening in Africa in the last 150 years?

"The "muslims" that you see and read about with violent conversion and conquest? They are created, inflated and supplied by the various trans-national agencies and alliances in Global para-politics."

They've been in existence far longer- the Sunni/Shi'a split happened within a generation of the death of the Prophet.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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