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Comment: Re:Yeah? (Score 0) 307

by deadweight (#46788153) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
It sounded like you said Americans are unfamiliar with European cars, which is not the case. BTW, driving a Mazda now because I got tired of BMW "quality". All 4 window regulators let loose, the sunroof shade broke, had to replace the ignition coils, 2 water pumps, a radiator, and an expansion tank. ALL of them very well known and never fixed flaws. So far at 140,00o miles the Mazda is tires/brakes/and a battery ;)

Comment: Re:Yeah? (Score 1) 307

by deadweight (#46786523) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
WTF? I have owned 2 VWs, 2 Mercedes, 1 Porsche, 1 Volvo, and 1 BMW. I live in the USA and these cars were not unusual. No one came up to me and said "Wow - WHAT is that car with the blue and white thing on it?" European cars and their "quality" are hardly an unknown in most of the USA. I am sure some beat coal mining town has only old pickup trucks, but outside of that........ BTW, "quality" is in quotes because exactly NONE of those cars was anything close to a Lexus in build quality.

Comment: my monthly nightmare (Score 1) 282

by deadweight (#46778105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
We are a 100,000+ user operation. Our patch tracking and approval process is a giant paperwork nightmare that does nothing useful. I would get Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer, run the report after Patch Tuesday, and send it to the management types. Say look at this nice list of required patches. If there are no objections, we will roll them out :D

Comment: Re: instant access to computers around the world (Score 1) 275

In the early-mid 80s it was no sure thing your email and your friend's email addresses could find their way to each other. I do remember gopher and archie being very cool. The "web" was annoyingly slow to me when I first started playing with it. Also remember USENET! It still exists I guess - haven't looked - but had awsome "forums" and who can forget their first furtive foray into alt.binaries....

Comment: Re:When the FAA chimes in (Score 1) 269

As a commercial pilot for many years I can tell you day 1 of "how to be a commercial pilot" class was why this scheme is totally illegal and that is before you hurt someone. Do so much as shut the door on someone's hand and lawyers will rip you so many new assholes you will be farting in 5 part harmony!

Comment: 134-and-a-half FAIL (Score 2) 269

I am a commercial pilot. This scheme will fail because the FAA really really does not want anything like this going on. Flying people as paying passengers falls under part 135 or part 121 of the regulations. People have been trying there "134.5" scams for decades now and getting busted for decades as well.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"