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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

I like the P-R-N-D-4-3-2-L layout on the Toyota RAV4. Very functional and safe IMHO. Pretty hard to fuck that up.

If you like that, then you should love classic euro slush shifters, like what's in my '82 300SD... it's actually taken from another car in the same vein, probably a gasser. It has a wiggly little gate so that it's trivial to pull it back to one below overdrive, then you can push it back up into OD without looking. If you want to grab a lower gear you wiggle it to the right a little while pulling it. If you want the lowest gear, there's a gate switch which pushes over to the right from there. I don't think my trans implements that function, though. It's load and cable-controlled, though with an electric kickdown switch. It's easy to do a lot of shifting with it, I get it all the way down sometimes just for laughs in the canyons. Torque on tap...

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

It's kinda like the emergency/parking brake in a car. Often you have to do two things at the same time to release it, e.g. hold a stiff button down and move a lever. You don't want it to be too easy to disengage.

That's going away, because manual parking brakes are going away. Eliminating the cable and its protecting sheath actually saves weight, even when you implement electrics which can apply the parking brake.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 473

Maybe your navigation system does, but GPS knows absolutely nothing. Unless your maps are up to date it doesn't even know where the road leads, much less how the current conditions are.

Spend literally another $20-30 on a GPS and you can get one with traffic reception. The feature only really works in metro areas, and only once have I ever had a notification of an upcoming roadwork, but they at least know something when there is a major traffic insult ahead, and this data gives the detour function something to work with. If you buy last year's GPS refurb'd or just on clearance, but with lifetime traffic and maps, then you can get the feature actually cheaper than buying this year's GPS... and you get the same map data.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 473

It's all anecdotal of course, but I can tell you that I always do at least 10 MPH under the limit (to offset police speed gun errors) so I can concentrate on the road,

Holy shit, you're an asshole. Speed the fuck up, you road obstruction.

and sometimes that causes idiots to try to overtake on a blind bend.

Why don't you try pulling over when you're holding people up, you self-entitled fuckbag?

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 91

OK, so say some Russian hacker got hold of your medical records and dumped them in some massive release of random info.
Would you be happy with me regularly pointing that out even years later and sending direct links to all your prospective employers?

That's still medical records, which are still not considered public information, even if someone publishes them publicly. Keep trying kid, you'll figure this out never.

Comment Re:No global deletion (Score 1) 91

It's about going from a world where stuff is forgotten in old microfiche files to one where decades old dirt is a few keystrokes away.

Yes, that is called progress. It's a world in which you can make the best possible decision because you have the most possible information. Keep cracking that buggy whip, though, and celebrating people being able to hide their misdeeds.

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 174

Whatever China does, it probably won't resemble anything USA would do, so perhaps they are doing something, just not in a way the West understands.

China doesn't have access to some secret mystery of the East when it comes to politics, or anything else in fact.

Comment Re:'Reversable' (Score 5, Informative) 64

Yea, we've been calling that 'Rechargeable' for the last hundred years, but the marketing gonks at Boeing go with 'Reversible' instead then like it's something novel.

Wrong. Fuel cells are already commonly referred to as "reversible" when you can run them in both directions, which is not a given. Thanks for demonstrating your ignorance, though, and helping to make Slashdot grate.

Comment Re:Uh huh... (Score 2) 137

In the 1920s, there were some who argued that aerial bombing would be more humane because they could be far more precise than field artillery, hitting only the target that you want to hit.

Wow, those people didn't understand the state of the art airforce technology of the time........during WW2 Germans would say, "If you want to be safe from bombers, find the thing they are trying to bomb and stand on it."

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