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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 309

The point isn't that one gets into an exotic car and sees something different. I've been in a few card with strange controls for the handbrake, but they are obviously different with pull shafts or foot pedals and releases. This is a case where they made the operation completely different, while looking like a standard control. So someone gets in, looks around, thinks "yep this all looks familiar I can go now" and only finds out later that it is different. Even if they do know, the muscle memory associated with decades of having it work a certain way mean that unless you are paying close attention, it's easy to forget and do the old movement.

E.g., in my Dad's Volvo, I often start the wipers when going for the indicator. It's annoying, but after a few minutes of driving, my brain has adjusted and I'm OK with it. But I make that mistake a few times every time I drive that car, which is only a few times a year. Luckily, that mistake isn't something that can result in a dangerous situation. The worst is that turning on the indicator signal is delayed by a second or two, and I get laughed at by my Dad.

Key operational controls should either work the same, or look and feel completely different to ensure that users' muscle memory doesn't result in inadvertent operation.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 309

So do you read the manual cover to cover every time you drive a friend's car or rental car which is a make and model that you've never driven before, just to be sure that all pedals, control sticks, steering wheel, and other parts function the same way?

I can tell you that I don't. When I get into a car, I look to check if it's manual or automatic, and that's the end of it. Occasionally the indicator and wiper controls may be switched, but that's about as different as I've ever seen. I'd probably make the same mistake. This gear shifter looks like a standard AT stick, but operates totally differently. They should have made it LOOK different too, to avoid these mishaps.

Besides, do you really want to live in a world where a car's basic operation is as capriciously different as the design of the controls on the stereo and heating/cooling system? I for one sure as hell do not, and you are inviting a world of pain by justifying what Jeep has done here.

Comment Re:Ignore the hype, pay attention to the science (Score 1) 463

So now it's the scientists who are manipulating journalists into sensationalizing the stories, rather than journalists being incentivized by their editorial managers who demand attention grabbing headlines?

Next you're going to blame scientists for manipulating species into extincting themselves in order to support their wild unbelievable hypotheses.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 2) 471

Problem is, shareholders rarely know what managers are likely to do or not to do. Managers' CVs don't usually contain evidence of their willingness to be dishonest.

Besides, blaming the shareholders for picking the wrong managers, but absolving the managers is pretty backwards. You punish the person who did the crime. Not someone that you think may have been in a position to help them avoid doing it.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 1) 471

No, because then it will cost the shareholders, not the managers who made the decisions. Those guys will still get their bonus by saying at the stockholders' AGM: "We deserve bonuses because it would have been worse without our skilled intervention."

Don't fine the company, that punishes the wrong people.

Jail the board of directors.

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