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Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

Drop in a LED (or worse: 'realy sheep shinese HID') and have your car impounded because you used replacement parts that weren't part of the original certificate of road-worthiness, and hence you made your car not roadworthy and thus illegal to drive in. Since you were driving at the time the fine officer stopped you...

(that cool headlight set will cost you several thousand dollars and a six months not having access to your car..)

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 2) 840

wrong, we over 50 were taught to fix shit, starting at age 10 in my case.

I wasn't taught anything. I started to disassemble things early on. That was satisfying for about a year. Then I started trying to reassemble what I disassembled. Often things that were broken started working after me reassembling things and replacing broken parts.

When I was 8 my aunt gave me a broken radio. I discovered disco and a few years later punk and electronika. When I was 10 a neighbour gave me a broken TV, and a few weeks later a broken shortwave receiver. I was watching SSTV from half a world away a few months later.

I can't repair my current computer, phone, tablet, tv, etc. I can order the right part and swap that, but swapping sub-assemblies isn't 'repairing'.

Fixing shit is in my competence-envelope but current technology is mostly unfixable, unless you have unlimited facilities available.

Oh, I'm under-fifty.

Comment: Re:WHY? (Score 2) 54

by burne (#48673887) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks

Most currently active reactors were designed, built and certified in the sixties and seventies. All systems in those plants are 60's or 70's electronics. Most won't even have something as modern as a pdp-8 to control stuff. Go watch the China Syndrome if you need a reminder.

Interfacing 40 year old control electronics to modern computers is more than a 'airgap'. It's more like your kid trying to explain GTA4 to a stone age caveman without a computer present.

Comment: Re:$6k to 7$7k/month (Score 3, Informative) 231

by burne (#48407033) Attached to: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Is what a nursing home costs in the US.

For about 3500 euro a month you can live here:

(ignore the language, click the photos..)

A partner requiring no care is something like 800 euro a month extra. Both prices will be for the smallest suite in the complex, and are 'starting at', but, 7K a month will buy you a lot of care.

Mind you: Dutch healthcare won't cover that kind of care. Hogewey is accessible to (severe) dementia-sufferers but has a waiting list of about a year.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun