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Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 1) 136

They are. I have a 15000 mAh unit; two, 2.4 ampere outputs. Wouldn't be without it, can't really, at least unless the companies making the cellphones stop putting too-small batteries in them. last weekend I drove five hours, during about 3 of which we were either completely out of contact or only in distant contact with a cell tower (Montana... lots and lots of empty space.) When we left the city, my phone was at 25%. I kept the phone (a Galaxy Note III with an aftermarket "big" battery that's good for about 48 hours here, where we're within about 4 miles of a cell tower) plugged into the external unit for the entire trip, and when we got home, the phone was at 100% and the external unit at 45%, which allowed for both charging it and running it.

Really, won't even consider being without that external unit. As for a pager... no. Just no.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 1) 167

If people can store cash in their mattress, you can't jack up negative interest rates and force consumers to spend like they should! The flow of money to the 1% would decrease slightly! Won't anyone think of the 1%?

No, you just print more money, and hand it to the 1%. That keeps the money flowing that direction, and devalues the cash in mattresses.

Comment Re: Smart! (Score 1) 167

I can imagine many gov't entities that may choose to not accept 'cash', because accepting cash requires additional security that checks, CC, and money orders don't, requires you to keep sufficient change on-hand, make bank deposits, etc.

No, government agencies cannot refuse to accept cash for anything which is mandatory, and they can't refuse pennies either. On the other hand, if you think pissing off your local government with a shitstorm of pennies is a good idea, you've got another think coming. The definition of legal tender is that you can use it to settle a debt. If someone doesn't want your pennies, they have to tell you before you incur the debt that they won't accept them, same as how a gas station has to post a sign saying no 100s if they don't want those and they let you pump before paying.

Comment Re:'Reversable' (Score 2) 95

Or better yet just spill that forty of Old English 800 right on your keyboard

Eew. I'll have you know I drink quality microbrews, they match my neckbeard. Right now my favorite is Knee Deep, but I'm a hophead.

Don't worry without shitposting on Slashdot

Well sorry, I come from BBSes and USENET. My people invented shitposting.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

I like the P-R-N-D-4-3-2-L layout on the Toyota RAV4. Very functional and safe IMHO. Pretty hard to fuck that up.

If you like that, then you should love classic euro slush shifters, like what's in my '82 300SD... it's actually taken from another car in the same vein, probably a gasser. It has a wiggly little gate so that it's trivial to pull it back to one below overdrive, then you can push it back up into OD without looking. If you want to grab a lower gear you wiggle it to the right a little while pulling it. If you want the lowest gear, there's a gate switch which pushes over to the right from there. I don't think my trans implements that function, though. It's load and cable-controlled, though with an electric kickdown switch. It's easy to do a lot of shifting with it, I get it all the way down sometimes just for laughs in the canyons. Torque on tap...

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

It's kinda like the emergency/parking brake in a car. Often you have to do two things at the same time to release it, e.g. hold a stiff button down and move a lever. You don't want it to be too easy to disengage.

That's going away, because manual parking brakes are going away. Eliminating the cable and its protecting sheath actually saves weight, even when you implement electrics which can apply the parking brake.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 507

Maybe your navigation system does, but GPS knows absolutely nothing. Unless your maps are up to date it doesn't even know where the road leads, much less how the current conditions are.

Spend literally another $20-30 on a GPS and you can get one with traffic reception. The feature only really works in metro areas, and only once have I ever had a notification of an upcoming roadwork, but they at least know something when there is a major traffic insult ahead, and this data gives the detour function something to work with. If you buy last year's GPS refurb'd or just on clearance, but with lifetime traffic and maps, then you can get the feature actually cheaper than buying this year's GPS... and you get the same map data.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 507

It's all anecdotal of course, but I can tell you that I always do at least 10 MPH under the limit (to offset police speed gun errors) so I can concentrate on the road,

Holy shit, you're an asshole. Speed the fuck up, you road obstruction.

and sometimes that causes idiots to try to overtake on a blind bend.

Why don't you try pulling over when you're holding people up, you self-entitled fuckbag?

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