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Comment: Re:Turf (Score 3, Insightful) 102

by TWX (#48625947) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?
Yeah, bad form, replying to AC that can't even figure out how to quote right...

Advanced service on cars is harder than it used to be, I will not dispute that. On the other hand, I don't have to have my ignition system or valvetrain or carburetor adjusted every few thousand miles anymore. I have to change the oil and filter regularly, lube the suspension, check the fluid levels for coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and top-off the windshield washer fluid and possibly change the wiper blades, change the engine air filter, and do a brake job from time to time, and after many years, change the brake fluid, change the transmission fluid and filter, change the differential gear oil, possibly change the power steering fluid, possibly replace the spark plug wires, possibly re-gap or replace the spark plugs, and possibly replace a passenger compartment air filter.

If more service than that is required in the first 80,000 miles then the manufacturer screwed up. There should be no need pull the valve covers, or to take the top-end off of the engine, or to pull the transmission out, or to do any of a bunch of other jobs to a car unless it's been subjected to something abnormal.

Electrics eliminate a lot of that. There's still chassis/suspension maintenance, cabin/passenger compartment stuff, and there could even be new tasks like re-lubricating electric motor bearings to prevent premature wear, but by and large, electrics have a lot less of those kinds of maintenance tasks to perform, and likely a lot of them could be self-service with proper documentation.

Comment: Re:Philosophy (Score 1) 117

by TWX (#48625537) Attached to: Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At
Except that a person has free will to self-identify, at least to an extent. There can be obvious delusion like Ugundan President Idi Amin, but it's fairly easy to say that a man born and/or raised in Scotland and who self-identifies with the culture of Scotland is probably a Scotsman, and even those men that don't self-identify but whose cultural perspectives derive from an upbringing in Scotland are still Scotsmen whether they want to be or not. Craig Ferguson holds American citizenship, but he's a Scotsman. John Barrowman is known as an American actor to American audiences, and even to most audiences in the UK, but he was born and raised in Scotland and speaks with a Scottish accent equally comfortably with his later-learned American accent.

Comment: Re:Turf (Score 4, Interesting) 102

by TWX (#48625429) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?
In the past the arguments that mandated the franchise structure had at least a little bit of logic in that by there being a local presence, the service that the vehicle needed could be performed by representatives with corporate connections. Back then, cars needed a LOT of service; rockers needed their lash adjusted, points needed changing and distributors needed to be curved, and lot of parts wore out faster. The majority of those maintenance tasks were internal combustion engine related though, with only a few, like brakes, applying to today's modern 100% electric cars. When cars needed that kind of maintenance it was easy to argue that without dealer support, the end consumer would be screwed-over with an unmaintainable vehicle.

As gas-powered cars improved they need less dealer-support for basic service, that already weakens the dealer-franchise argument. The new 100% electric cars require even less service to begin with though, and with the onboard computers' ability to report-back to Tesla when readings get out of normal the car can self-report small problems before they become large ones, assuming that Tesla has done a good job of determining what to monitor. Teslas simply don't need as much maintenance, and most of the simple maintenance (brakes, tires, even HVAC) can probably be performed by existing independent shops that can bill Tesla to do the warranty work.

This is a paradigm shift, and dealers are going to start to feel the pain if they're unwilling to actually add value, and honestly, there's not a lot of value to add when they're mostly unnecessary in this shift.

Comment: Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by TWX (#48620137) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
And there's still nothing preventing them from changing their attitude and discontinuing support, especially when by getting their software in-use, it's easier to migrate to their platform with the existing type of software than it is to change types of software while remaining on the existing platform.

Comment: Re:Computer careers and gender (Score 1) 202

by TWX (#48620089) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible
Sure they do. And because they demonstrate some physical prowess they're usually better able to attract the attention of girls, even if they don't really have anything else to offer at all. Think, "Glory Days," by Bruce Springsteen.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I found dating as an adult to be a hell of a lot easier than as a minor, as post-high-school one isn't in this weird microcosm where all types of individuals are represented in small numbers with cliques avoiding each other, instead in the real world one is able to self-sort into whatever subculture one wants and will generally find more numbers there. I guess I was lucky, I wasn't allowed to be excessively chauvinistic or otherwise pig-headed as I grew up, so I didn't have trouble behaving correctly around women once I found my own niche where I could meet them on more even terms.

By letting the pathetic behavior so common in boys playing with tech perpetuate, we foster a system that causes women to avoid tech even when they could be just as capable as the men are.

Comment: Re:Computer careers and gender (Score 1) 202

by TWX (#48620003) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

At the risk of being labelled "Troll", maybe that's not so bad. The folks with social skills move on to positions that require unscripted social interactions, the folks who are really good at the technical aspects of the job keep on doing their own thing.

If those positions really did include social aspects to them then maybe you'd have a case, but more often than not the differences are between entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level technical positions where the job doesn't supervise and doesn't report to people significantly higher up the org-chart.

I've also seen people put into supervisory roles that had no technical ability whatsoever, and had to consult their staff on every single decision that had to be made, to the point that it became buck-passing rather than a leader consulting the staff.

Comment: They couldn't wreck the movement from the outside (Score -1, Troll) 196

by TWX (#48619885) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
...so they consider "embracing" the movement from within, with the potential to further fragment it by only supporting some distributions and by making their stuff hard to use on the distros that they can't influence, then they eventually discontinue support for that distro while showcasing their commercial product that does something not entirely unlike what was done through that distro before.

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