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Comment: Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 393

by squizzar (#49517407) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I call b.s. on your b.s.calling. The engine hoist would be a few hundred, everything else is just bolts. Another few hundred for a comprehensive socket/wrench set and you're there. You could probably buy an engine from an eBay car breaker with the remaining cash.

I've done a land rover series 3 which are heavy cast iron, but dead simple: a few cables, water hoses, two engine mounts and the gearbox bell housing bolts and it's out - maybe a couple of hours. I also did an Audi a4 b5 2.8 which was a bit tricky - many more electrics (vs about 2 for the lr), power steering, air con, inaccessible ancillaries and no room to work. Whoever says the Germans have no sense of humor has never tried to work on one of their cars... anyway it took a few days but it got done.

Comment: Re:How about basic security? (Score 1) 204

by Shakrai (#49516877) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

What's truly pathetic is I can't get it from Time Warner Cable on our dedicated fiber (not DOCSIS) connection, despite their claims that it's available to DIA customers. They have been dragging their feet now for eight or nine months, professing that we're the first business in our whole area (~250,000 people) to ask for it, so they don't actually have any experience getting it to us.

That's either complete bullshit (we have one of the largest universities in NYS here, along with major defense contractors and even a Fortune 100) to stonewall my request, or it's actually true and a sad reflection on our complete lack of progress on this issue.

Comment: Re: And once this school fails to get women intere (Score 1) 596

However, I will point out that it isn't "society" which thinks it's OK to mutilate young boys, it's American society (and Jewish culture too). The rest of western culture doesn't share America's puritanical sensibilities.

The rest of the West doesn't stop it either. It may be unique to the United States (+ South Korea and the Philippines, incidentally) in the non-religious context, but if you want to mutilate your son elsewhere in the West the authorities won't do anything to stop you. There were rumblings about Germany doing something to end the practice, but that's politically tricky to say the least, given their history with a certain frequently prosecuted group that happens to practice circumcision.....

Comment: Re: And once this school fails to get women intere (Score 1) 596

I love how society gets worked up about FGM but thinks it's okay to mutilate young boys by the millions. And don't give me any shit about how it's not the same thing, because even if I bought the BS put out there by the pro-circumcision crowd, it'd still be the equivalent of elective cosmetic surgery on people too young to give informed consent. Of course, it's not really, you're chopping off functional body parts.

Comment: Re:ISTR hearing something about that... (Score 1) 110

by gstoddart (#49515367) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

On a PC environment when you've got multiple browser windows open, IRC, email client, etc. getting constrained for IOPS is easier than expected.

Generally, I would say that machine would only be IO bound if it had so little memory it was constantly paging.

Those things once loaded are NOT doing heavy disk IO. Heavy disk IO would be thrashing in all likelihood.

So you add more RAM. You'd be amazed how many "IO" problems can be fixed with eliminating the IO in the first place by adding RAM.

Comment: Re:How about basic security? (Score 2) 204

by Shakrai (#49515327) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

2: Attackers can view your entire IP space. A simple nmap scan, then choosing what zero days to use... instant pwn-ership.

That's what firewalls are for.

Let me guess, you're one of those that thinks the breaking of end-to-end communications (NAT) is an acceptable substitute for a firewall?

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by gstoddart (#49514285) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Fine, if I no longer fucking own the damned car, then they can charge me considerably less for it.

What they want to do it wipe out the doctrine of "First Sale" which says "this is my property, what you think I should do is irrelevant".

This is just a cash grab by greedy assholes.

But if the car isn't mine, don't go expecting the same amount of money for it.

I sincerely hope these auto makers get smacked down really hard.


Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars 393

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-down-the-wrench-and-back-away dept.
Mr_Blank writes Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles. In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle. The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to vehicles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where cars are rolling computing platforms, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying and tuning their cars.

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