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Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Well, the average working age American drives 15,300 miles per year and the average vehicle in the US fleet is 11.5 years old so the average car right now has ~175,000 miles on it, going 40% longer than the average hardly seems remarkable. If it was still the 1970's or early 80's where anything over 100k miles would most likely require a rebuild then sure 250k miles would be remarkable but with modern engines it's just not.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

How is 250k miles remarkable? I drove 3 Taurus/Sables to 225-250k miles, all were equipped with the 24v 3.0 V6 which is a highly reliable engine. In fact my old Mazda MPV with the same engine is still on the road with that engine and just went over 220k miles despite hauling a heavier load than the Taurus it was designed for.

Comment Re: How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Ford's been repaying that loan at ~$465M per quarter and will have it payed off in 2022. They are paying US Treasury interest rates which are just below current market rates for large credit worthy companies. There's little doubt that it was a good deal at the time the loan was made but it's hardly the same as the bailouts of GM and Chrysler.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

VW has ONE plant in the US, the Chattanooga Assembly Plant which employs ~3,000 US workers. VW claims more than 9,500 indirect supplier employees. That's nothing like the huge supply chains here to supply Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda. Heck, tiny little Nissan employs almost that many directly with just their Smyrna plant.

Comment Re:The real guilty party (Score 1) 494

The US standards are very strict about the emissions per unit of fuel consumed, rather than the total emissions per unit of distance traveled

What ever are you prattling on about, the EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 standards apply to all cars and light truck models regardless of engine type, and they call out pollution per mile (.07g/mi for NOx for the entire fleet over 10 years and 120k miles).

Comment Re:BMW also... (Score 1) 494

That's odd since the BMW X5 35D in the UWV report that kicked off the probe of VW was well below the EPA levels in the combined testing, there were individual circuits where the X5 exceeded the fleet average limit by some multiple (it was the urban cycle in San Fran from what I remember of reading the report last week) but the overall level was well below the limit.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 65

Yeah, it's not even that large by current standards, Samsung announced a 16TB 2.5" SSD last month, though at much lower performance numbers than these Intel units. It will come down to cost and workload profile as to which is a better fit, though for NVMe you really want the highest IOPS per slot that you can get because if all you need is capacity then SAS12 gives you the ability to attach MANY more drives per controller than NVMe which is limited to a handful of drives.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 3, Interesting) 35

Exactly, here is the email I sent yesterday:

Dear Mr. Krishnan,

I am writing you in response to the draft National Encryption Policy recently released by your department. As an IT professional responsible for the security of my companies systems and data I feel I must write to inform you that these proposals are unacceptable to my organization. Should the proposed rules become law I will be forced to immediately terminate the access credentials of everyone who accesses our systems from the country of India. This will result in the loss of several hundred high paying jobs which we have outsourced to a company in your country. I feel that I am not alone in this stance and that you will find that there is a very real hit to your countries GDP as a large number of international companies pull access and contracts from suppliers in India as a result of these unconscionable rules. For the sake of the people of India I hope you reconsider your broad overreach in this area.

Comment Re:risk of failures and crashes (Score 1) 263

Oh, I just looked it up and it looks like it's up to each county's board of elections. Most of the populace counties dumped the Diebold machines after the 2004 election due to high breakdown rate, slow voter throughput, etc. I guess some smaller counties might have kept them with all the problems because it was cheaper to pick up the machines that Cuyahoga and other counties were getting rid of than to switch over to the optical scan units.

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