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Comment: Maybe it's a good thing (Score 1) 248

Affirmative action was a hackish fix for a horribly racist world. Maybe people are less-racist enough to do away with it now? Consider that these days, universities will intentionally seek to make their student body look "diverse" partly to avoid any accusations of racism, even if they have to seek them out in a town full of white folks.

Comment: Re:I blame Microsoft (Score 1) 277

by Antique Geekmeister (#46820081) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT

One of the delights of working with Windows-only clients and partners is the opportunity to show them how things _really_ work. DNS, DHCP, LDAP, and Kerberos are all much better understood by the Linux and UNIX engineers who have been exposed to the protocols individually, rather than trained under the RFC violating enforced GUI of Active Directory servers.

Sadly for your case, if we'd like to discuss "over-priced software", I'm afraid that Cisco is a prime example of over-priced, arcane, single vendor lock-in.

Comment: Re:Facebook (Score 1) 133

by GameboyRMH (#46817951) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Haha, a classic. Seriously, every day Facebook is in operation must be like Christmas to the spooks, it's the next best thing to direct access to people's thoughts. Even if you don't have an account people will talk about what you do, take pics of you and tag your face for the facial recognition engine!

Comment: Re:electric golf carts (Score 1) 202

Also keep in mind that net or gross wasn't mentioned, and in reporter-speak '4 tons' could be anything from 3-5.

The only weight that is valid when talking about vehicle weight is the curb weight. Anything else is just jerking off. Of course, this is modern journalism we're talking about...

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 133

by GameboyRMH (#46817883) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Libertarians don't want a free market in a meaningful (practical) sense. They want deregulation, consequences be damned.

Libertarians are a lot like communists. If a state fails under their system, it's because it didn't follow their ideology closely enough and the moment a system does meet the ideal exactly, it will be a utopia, you'll see!

Although bordering on a state may also be enough to prevent utopia (See: Somalia - I keep hearing that the government-controlled compound in the capital is a big sticking point).

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 133

by GameboyRMH (#46817751) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

The US is relatively low in authoritarianism but relatively high in oligarchy - right up there with Russia and China. Look at how much it costs to get elected in the US, how stagnant the pool of candidates is, and the average net worth of the ruling class and tell me they are one of the least oligarchic countries.

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 191

by drinkypoo (#46814349) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

The oldest Leaf is like 3.5 years old now. How could you possibly know that the suspension will require a rebuild before the battery goes?

They didn't just pull this battery chemistry out of their assholes, you know. And the suspension isn't based on new principles either, which is my point. They know that rubber bushings will fail. They also know that polyurethane bushings won't (unless subjected to the kind of abuse that would certainly obliterate a rubber bush) and that's why they don't use them. And by "they" I mean automakers, not Nissan.

The cars are designed to be cheap to build, easy to put together, difficult to service (small and inexpensive changes would make service vastly easier on most vehicles) and guaranteed to disintegrate. Cars are just made to fail, and they're made that way on purpose. We have better designs and/or materials for pretty much everything which does typically fail, which simply aren't used. EPDM breather hoses crack and fail, silicone will last damned near forever anywhere but on the sleeve directly connected to my turbocharger. There's a plastic coolant tube between the engine block an the oil cooler on the A8, about two inches long, which always breaks. There's just no reason for it not to be made of Aluminum. Thousand dollar service job to have the oil cooler pulled out. None of this is by accident.

Personally I'm hoping by the time my leaf lease is up, there will be a Tesla model that has the same sort of affordability, as they do not have a dealership network to try and support with these sort of shenanigans.

No, but you do have to pay your yearly contract fee to Tesla if you want to maintain your warranty.

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