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Comment: Engine noise is a thing of the past. (Score 3, Insightful) 819

by adric22 (#48878047) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

This sort of reminds me of when Motorola was putting fake antennas on their cellular phones (with the real antenna inside) because they thought people wouldn't buy the phone if it didn't have a visible antenna. But eventually, society learned that an visible antenna was not necessary and we moved on. I suspect in another 20 years most cars will be a lot more quiet as a result of hybrid and electric drivetrains. I've been driving an EV now for 3 years and now that I've grown accustomed to the silence, hearing any engine noise at all sounds so yesterday, so obsolete.

Comment: If they are automating tech support, then good. (Score 4, Insightful) 236

by adric22 (#48101655) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

If those are tech support jobs, then they might as well automate them. The best I can tell those workers they hire over there have essentially no skills in the products they are supporting. They basically just read what the computer screen tells them to say or ask. As a customer, I'd honestly rather be talking to a machine as it would give me the same answers but might actually be at little easier to understand.

Comment: I'm very, VERY pro-gun (Score 5, Insightful) 584

by adric22 (#47046929) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

And I have no problem with these smart guns for anyone who wants to buy one. In fact, I could see advantages for these guns under certain circumstances if I was in situations where there was a risk my gun would be taken away from me in a struggle. However, personally I would not want one of these. The main reason being that it is another point of possible failure or breakdown that could keep my gun from firing in the event I need to use it. When people need to use a gun in self-defense they usually have less than a second to make that decision and pull the trigger. THere is no time to be fiddling with some gizmo or something that might prevent the gun from firing.

Comment: Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (Score 2) 398

by adric22 (#46815967) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

While it is true, if you keep the car long enough you'll eventually need a new battery. The battery warranty is for 8 years, or 10 years in some states. Nissan hasn't released a price for a replacement pack. Most experts believe the battery costs around $5,000 currently. But it will probably be half that price by the time you need to replace it. On the flip side, the electric car requires almost no regular maintenance like your CR-V does. And when you do replace the battery, the car should be good to go for another 10 years because the rest of the car should last much longer than a gasoline car.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (Score 4, Insightful) 512

by adric22 (#46611907) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

As somebody who studies language - I agree. You can't make analogies in the first place without a functional language. And if you have a functional language, why make up analogies? And seriously, how can the communicate complex ideas? Can you imagine them trying to write a book explaining microprocessor design?

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