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Comment: Buying a car (Score 5, Interesting) 455

by MpVpRb (#47268003) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

..in the traditional sales system is not a thing that most people enjoy

Some people falsely believe they are "players" but they still get screwed

Most people are "sheep" and they get screwed faster and harder

I am not a master negotiator..I just want a car at a fair price

I always feel like a lamb in a roomful of tigers when I deal with a traditional car dealer

I'm a really good engineer, and I have many other talents..but cutthroat negotiation is not one of them

I really, really want a better system

Comment: Hybrids are a step on the road (Score 2) 377

by MpVpRb (#47250689) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

The real solution is pure electric

The energy source may be batteries, supercapacitors or hydrogen..or something new??

Hybrids are at best an intermediate solution

The good news is that they advanced the manufacturing experience of electric motors and control electronics for vehicle use ,,and started consumers thinking that gasoline is not the only path

Comment: My ideal internet (Score 1) 162

by MpVpRb (#46994619) Attached to: The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

It's fast and secure

Anonymous if you want, although I think most people really don't care

Totally free of any and all censorship..of any kind..absolutely..no exceptions

I don't care how compelling your argument is..no censorship..ever..for anything..ever

Reality may be ugly..but truth is good, no exceptions

Comment: Problem solving (Score 4, Insightful) 737

by MpVpRb (#46736519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Although my main profession is software, I also do circuit design, construction, metalworking, carpentry and most of the other building trades

I find that even though the specifics are different, the fundamental skill is the same..problem solving

Software, circuit design, carpentry or any of the other disciplines seem more similar than different

The steps are the same..clearly identify the problem, look at the tools and materials that are available, then find a solution using what you have to work with

Comment: Always is a long time (Score 4, Interesting) 379

Today, the digital world is young and new

The managers are young, the employees are young, the customers are young

Once upon a time, the railroad was the hot new tech, then radio was, then tv..etc

Someday, software will be as mature, professional and boring as ball-bearing engineering

I suspect that ball-bearing engineers suffer no age discrimination

BTW..I am a 60 year old programmer who is turning away work. I work in the totally non-sexy world of embedded systems and industrial equipment

Comment: Sounds like learning a musical instrument (Score 1) 237

by MpVpRb (#46281083) Attached to: A New Car UI

Whenever I hear the term "muscle memory" it reminds me of learning to play a musical instrument

That thing looks as baffling and intimidating as a saxophone to a new user

Sure..once you learn it, it might be cool, but how many people have the physical talent and time to learn it

I tried for years to learn piano, practiced a lot, and just never could get it

"Let every man teach his son, teach his daughter, that labor is honorable." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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