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Comment: Re: Bets, anyone? (Score 1) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256719) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Good god it is the Japanese car vs. American car thing again. Guess who won the last time?

America, at least as far as the workers are concerned, which is the only thing I give a damn about. In 1985 "voluntary export restraints" were adopted, and much of the "Japanese" car production came to the US. A dollar from a Toyota paycheck is the same as a dollar from a GM paycheck. Of course that was before every "sophisticated" idiot starting screaming "free trade" as tough it was an unquestionable principle.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 3, Insightful) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256665) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

As opposed to the US assembled vehicles made with those same Chinese parts?

That's why I only buy solid American cars like Toyota. My Camry is 80% value added in the US, and my wife's Sienna is 85%. That's total value added, not just assembly, so most of the parts are US made. They're a lot more American than most so-called American cars. I'm quite happy having the engines and trannies built in WV, and having the car assembled in Kentucky.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 4, Interesting) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256421) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Care to specify which older cars, or at least how old they are? Pre-emissions (i.e. 1960's) you may have a point. At least your basic cars were bog simple, and the old Detroit iron was such overkill that you really didn't care if a cylinder or two wasn't working. They also needed more maintenance and handled like pigs. Then somebody decided that opaque city air was a bad idea. 70's emissions compliant cars were such insane nightmares of vacuum tubing that you couldn't see the engine. Ever try to trace down a leak in a vacuum system? Then there was that nightmare of things that controlled or were controlled by the vacuum system. It was basically a cobbled together mechanical computer.

The best thing to ever happened to cars was fuel injection and ECU's. Later they used computer control for those decadent automatic transmissions and that was a good idea. They also vastly increased tire life, made spark plugs that lasted over 100k miles, and all kinds of other stuff to reduce maintenance. The problem is that, especially in the last ten years, they've introduced all sort of unnecessary crap that kills the reliability and increases maintenance costs. How many networked unnecessary electronic boxes do you need? I want the engine and the tranny to run, and screw everything else. Power sliding doors on mini-vans? I cursed it and predicted it would be a problem when my wife bought her 2006 Sienna. The chickens have now come home to roost and the one good thing is I think I can completely disable the power crap by cutting a cable. Imagine people having to use their hands? Power seats? Unless you have a physical handicap you should be able to adjust your seat position without electro-mechanical assistance!. No really, I've heard old-timers talk about it.

Comment: Re:How much more can we squeeze? (Score 1) 78

by ebno-10db (#47247231) Attached to: EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

We have had schemes to hit the shannon limit for as long as the limit has been known.

Practical schemes are much more recent, but yes we do have ones now that are so close it makes very little difference. Then there is the finite BW issue:

different than bandwidth or spectrum

Which is where our old buddy Nyquist comes in. Of course you can overcome that with more complex constellations, but then Shannon becomes more of a problem. Between these two guys they've really got us constrained.

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 1) 236

by ebno-10db (#47231529) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Oops, forgot about the obvious #2 (#1?) S. Korea. But what about the 600lb. gorilla - China. Not to mention the S.E. Asian countries, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. So the US is more than holding our own in analog/RF chip design. At the rate "American" companies like to ship our expertise overseas, that might even be true for a few more years.

Comment: Re: This will hugely backfire... (Score 1) 422

by ebno-10db (#47231427) Attached to: FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

Is it possible that the average GOP voter doesn't like illegal immigration from a fairness perspective?

Irrelevant. The only people who count are the ones shoveling money to the Republicans, and they love the cheap labor that comes from illegal immigration. By contrast, Democratic money suppliers openly admit to liking illegal immigration. Isn't it nice to have a choice?

Comment: Re:That's just a bad idea... (Score 1) 422

by ebno-10db (#47231367) Attached to: FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

This is a dangerous precedent

As disgusting as it is, it's not a precedent. Party apparatus, political consultants, PAC's, lobbyists, etc. have been doing this for years, and have plenty of money to throw at it. Other than that it's the usual Silicon Valley hype. Since it comes from SV they (and people who fall for it) go ooh, ahh if it's from SV it must be some brilliantly innovative idea. It's an open question whether or not the SV hype artists believe it themselves. Scarily, I suspect they do, but if you want actual expertise in this area, get thee to D.C.

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 1) 236

by ebno-10db (#47230469) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Good analog/RF chip designers are ... They're all Asian.

Bull. You're taking the "everything is done in Asia" line and assuming that it really is true of everything, including analog/RF chip designs. I'm currently working (as a system engineer for the application) with a group of absolutely top notch RF chip designers in the Midwest. I know SV types just know it's impossible for real engineering work to be done in the Midwest, but fact is stranger than fiction (I'm not pushing the Midwest either - I'm on the East Coast). Qualcomm does much of their RF design in California, and Infineon does it there and in Germany. Analog Devices does much of their design work in Massachusetts, and to the extent it's gone offshore, it's to Ireland. There are also a bunch of smaller RF chip (and discrete) manufacturers in North Carolina, like RFMD.

So where are these Asian analog/RF chip design centers that you're talking about? Japan, and maybe Taiwan (obviously they have TSMC, but that's different), have some good stuff, but what about the rest of the very large continent you're talking about?

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