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Comment: Re:What "real cause"? (Score 3, Interesting) 307

If you step on the brake it will overcome the accelerator every time no matter how hard you rev the engine.

I have a counterexample:

5-6 years ago, I was driving my wife's 1997 Ford Taurus when the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor. I pressed the break as hard as I could (both feet and as much of my 220 pound weight that I could put on it from a seated position), but we continued to accelerate. Thankfully, I was able to put the car in neutral before we crashed into anything. I coasted to the center turn lane, put on the e-brake, and sat there calming down, with the engine redlining until I shut it off.

I know with 100% certainty that I wasn't pressing the wrong pedal - the accelerator was still stuck to the floor after I got help from a cop to push the car into a parking lot. This was a mechanical issue (not many manufacturers were doing drive-by-wire throttle back in 1997); the engine had just been rebuilt, and the shop must have reinstalled the cable incorrectly - among other things they screwed up.

This car was fairly old (probably 130k miles at that point), but the brakes were well-maintained, and they were four-wheel disc.

You might be right for some - perhaps most - instances, but not 100%, as my experience proves.

Comment: Re:WTF Is A "Feature Phone"? (Score 1) 243

by csnydermvpsoft (#46931979) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

As for programming software for one - don't bother. There's so many variants that it's easier to aim for an Android or iOS.

Also, there's no money there. The people that own feature phones have them because they either can't afford a smartphone, or they don't want to learn how to use one. Neither market segment is particularly prone to purchasing apps, and they're not as valuable to advertisers.

Comment: Re:Don't the subscribers get to choose? (Score 1) 154

I'm sure that the TOS offers a way for this to happen outside of the customers' control. Even if not, they could just say, "Sorry, Mr. Comcast Customer, we're not longer servicing your address. If you would like to continue receiving cable service, please sign up with SpinCo."

Comment: Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (Score 1) 146

by csnydermvpsoft (#46749901) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

I have enough education to know that there hundreds of "west coasts" in the world. I also live in West Michigan, so I could easily interpret "west cost" to mean the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

However, I also have the skill of inference. Given that this is being posted on a U.S.-centric forum and the reference is being made in the context of a time of day, I was able to reason out that in this case, "west cost" does in fact refer to the Pacific timezone.

Comment: Ham is going to drown Nye in FUD (Score 4, Insightful) 593

by csnydermvpsoft (#46152039) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

This isn't going to be pretty. Just as the oil industry uses FUD to create false "uncertainties" about climate science, Ken Ham misrepresents evolutionary science to make it appear that there is a debate. There is no way for a logical person like Nye (who is a mechanical engineer by training, BTW) to effectively counteract Ham's bullshit.

The very fact that this debate is happening is already a win for Ham (and not just because of the millions of dollars that AIG is raking in): The amount of media coverage that this "debate" has received creates the impression that there is a debate to be had - when the basic science is very well-understood and unambiguous. Ham's work is FUD at its finest.

Comment: Re:Energy density. (Score 4, Insightful) 734

How often do you take cross-country trips? For me, it's at most once or twice per year - renting a vehicle for those times is no problem, especially if my daily driver is cheaper to operate. If you do take such trips frequently, then present EVs are not for you. However, you're among a small minority of the driving population.

By requiring your daily driver to be capable of any situation you can imagine - even if it occurs very infrequently - you're wasting a lot of resources, including your own money.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln

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