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Comment: Sony should return to its roots (Score 5, Insightful) 188

by MpVpRb (#49097795) Attached to: Why Sony Should Ditch Everything But the PlayStation

They should dump the "content" divisions..the movie studio and record company

The "content" divisions crippled innovation by insisting that the first priority must be content restrictions

They should shift their focus from style to substance

The "style" advocates crippled innovation by insisting that the first priority must be fashion

They should do whatever it takes to return to being the world's best electronics company

Comment: Some new devices are unrepairable (Score 1) 840

Regardless of your skill, some devices are designed to be throwaway

Some are assembled with glue or welding
Some are completely encased in plastic by potting or overmolding
Some components, like ICs in BGA packaging, cannot easily be replaced with common tools
Many manufacturers don't offer repair any price
Sometimes, manufacturers grind off the identifying information on common parts to make repair and reverse engineering more difficult
Schematics and repair manuals are often completely unavailable, or very expensive
Many products require special tools that are unavailable at any price
Even if you have the skill to build your own tools, software interface documentation is rarely available, and often the interface is obfuscated
I have been building stuff, fixing stuff and reverse engineering stuff for many, many years
Yes, I agree that fixing stuff is a valuable skill that should be taught and not allowed to die
But, much of the fault lies with the manufacturers who aggressively resist any attempt by users to gain control over their devices

This practice should be illegal, we should have the legal right to fix stuff we own if we have the knowledge to do so

Comment: This is not new (Score 4, Informative) 50

by MpVpRb (#48498165) Attached to: Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River published a homebrew recipe for Pliny the Elder along with a detailed description of how he designed it

Mitch Steele of Stone wrote a book on IPA which included recipes for many of Stone's beers

Craft brewing and homebrewing have a long and interconnected history

Many craft brewers started as homebrewers and many craft breweries own homebrew supply stores and support homebrew clubs

The craft brewers I have visited freely answered any questions I asked

Comment: I wish tech writers were more honest (Score 4, Informative) 132

by MpVpRb (#47904473) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

Yes, it's a cool demo..congratulations to a bunch of cool engineers

No, it's not a 3D printed car

At best, it's a crudely 3D printed body shell over traditionally made parts

There is no 3D printing tech available now that can print a ball bearing..or gears..or springs..or a motor

Comment: This is not new (Score 1, Troll) 262

by MpVpRb (#47651547) Attached to: Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

In the 90s, I worked on a project in San Francisco

As I walked around the city, I saw angry rants pasted on various surfaces around town

The ranters were denouncing the "yuppie invasion" and claiming that it was ruining the neighborhood

It seemed to me, that if you replaced every occurrence of the word "yuppie" with the word "nigger", it would have fit perfectly into a KKK rant from the 50s

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

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

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990