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Comment List of Cars Affected (Score 1) 157

Looks like only the ones that have functionality to integrate with cell phone apps:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

I have a uconnect as well but it is not internet enabled (predates the years here)... now I'm glad I cheaped out and bought used, heh... anyway it's simple enough to update the firmware on these things, IIRC it's just copy some files from their website onto a usb and "boot" the uconnect off it.

Comment Re:They get your foot in the door... (Score 1) 213

Agreed. However the fact remains it is an HR gatekeeper which prunes down the candidate pool considerably. The guy who knows his shit *and* has a cert will get raises and promotions quite handily in such an environment, whereas the guys who simply know their shit will never have made it past the gate.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

The irony of this is the "stop-go-stop" is what you're supposed to do on a right on red (stop at the crosswalk, check for pedestrians, pull up so you can check for cars, then go). People who ignore the crosswalk risk hitting a theoretical pedestrian or cyclist, yet by virtue of only stopping once (or worse, treating it like a yield instead of stop and proceed), they are less likely to get rear ended.

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654

Plowing is as simple as putting a plow on the front of a train that was already going to make its run. Also trains generally can still run at their normal speed in a normal amount of snow, versus road vehicles. As for switches, the important ones get set on fire (the article also talks about electric heating elements on other switches). The problem of freezing switches was solved economically in the 19th century.

Comment Re:Wrong problem. (Score 1) 654

The comfort is a big one. One of the final things that got me off the bus and into a car was the lack of functional A/C in the summer (and sometimes the drivers would actively choose not to turn it on, or an elderly passenger would ask it be turned off). When the A/C is off, the windows barely open and it's 100 degrees inside the bus while 90 outside (and a 7.5 minute walk in that heat to even get to the bus), it stopped mattering that a car would only save me 15 minutes a day.

Buses suck. Trains usually don't have those comfort issues since passengers are separated from the drivers, so whether to use the A/C is determined by policy and not the informal driver/passenger agreement that I often found myself on the wrong side of...

Comment Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395

That works out. If they can't be bothered to arrange their thoughts into an email, I won't be bothered with decoding their disorganized verbal ramblings from a message.

If they want something from me, they will put it in the format I prefer. Similarly, there are people who prefer voicemail or forms over emails, and I will happily oblige by making my request in whatever format they prefer.

Comment Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395

Use TouchDown to connect to corporate exchange. It makes a nice little "zone" the corporate server can erase if they so choose, and your personal stuff is invisible to it. Also the PIN requirements will only apply to the things within the app itself, not your entire phone. Pretty handy!

Comment Re:I stopped using it 4 years ago (Score 2) 395

Me too. Work Phone: the red light lets me know the line is working. One day they reset my voicemail and the red light was off, and something felt wrong all day. Fortunately someone left a new voicemail towards the end the day and the reassuring glow that my phone works was back.

Android phone: the little icon of a cassette tape might be burned in to the top left of the screen for all I know; it has been lit for over a year.

Comment Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528

I'm guessing it's regional. In northeast cities a night out will typically start with craft beers like Sam Adams, Harpoon or Saranac and end with "the cheap stuff" to keep the party going (source: uhh... extensive self-funded research in various cities and towns in New York and New England).

Comment Re:abusive? (Score 1) 212

If an unexpected injury occurs before the event, the horse is pulled from the race. Hell if the horse simply isn't up for it, they can be "scratched at the gate". In some cases the bettors actually benefit from this - If you had the scratched horse in a pick 3, it counts as if the horse won.

Comment Re:Why the garage ? (Score 1) 105

Depends on the neighborhood... before I moved to an apartment building I had a roommate who lost his key. For months (eventually we gave up searching and got a replacement), we just didn't bother to lock the door unless we were both home.

We would also regularly leave the back door unlocked.

The cat escaped by opening the front door, and the actual door was wide open for hours that day.

As has been said, the windows are a far more vulnerable target. If they decided to enter your home they are going to. Hell the first day my forgetful roommate got back without his key he simply opened the window on the porch and climbed in!

Comment Re:Automation (Score 1) 294

... And what do you do if a train enters a dead zone where it will not accept other control input (either due to bad reception, natural damage or sabotage)? Continue on course, possibly into an obstruction / over a bridge that has collapsed? Or fail-safe, where it simply comes to a stop in the dead zone, potentially stranding hundreds of passengers for hours while someone drives out there to check on it?

Comment Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 294

They do. The northeast corridor (where the accident happened) *does* operate in the black (as does the Empire Corridor in NYS and I believe the pacific coast trains). However, the routes connecting all of these regions lose a lot of money, and have more senators along the way.

There are two reasons we have Amtrak: One is the intentional destruction of local transportation infrastructure caused by the likes of GM, Greyhound and Standard Oil, from the 30s-50s. The other is that the government in the 60s was heavily taxing railway tickets and infrastructure and directly funneling the funds into airports and interstates, the very competition of the railroads. They were taking rail stations, moving them out of downtowns onto freight bypass routes on the outskirts of towns, and putting highways over the old ROWs. Passenger rail became unprofitable, but the companies were being forced to continue running the unprofitable passenger services by regulations. The result was they started going bankrupt. By the time the government realized the national rail infrastructure was about to disappear like a fart in the wind, they hacked together Amtrak as a way to "bail out" the railroads from a problem largely caused by the decades of meddling.

Tl;dr: unfair practices by both the private and public sector killed profitable passenger rail half a century ago, and no one knows how to fix it. Amtrak is the band-aid.

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