Against our magnetic monopole weapons, there can be no defense.
So ubiquitous people forget we have them. And where we left them
The fire authority didn't blame the car. Here's the quote from the article:
The Fire Authority, however, released a report stating that the fire occurred "as a result of an electrical failure in the charging system for an electric vehicle".
Fire broke out in the garage on the campus of the University of California-Irvine on November 15. The blaze was noted by the car's owner just before 3 am, and it was promptly extinguished by fire crews.
The incident caused up to $25,000 of damage, though the Model S itself sustained only light smoke damage. Nobody in the house was injured.
While the Fire Authority's report stated the most likely cause was a "high resistance connection at the wall socket or the Universal Mobile Connector from the Tesla charging system", Tesla says its own data shows the car was charging normally, with no fluctuations in the temperature and no malfunctions capable of causing a fire.
Tesla also notes that the car's charging cable was fine where it was connected to the car, and was damaged only on the wall side. This could suggest issues with the building's electrical supply, rather than with the vehicle.
This doesn't completely rule out the charging system. The fire was started between the wall socket and the charger.
Do we still hate Bill Gates here? Haven't visited in a while.
Make up your own mind and stop looking for / trolling the groupthink.
When those people came to Hawaii and wed other Japanese (and Chinese) people from other villages, their children were inches taller - living in the same culture, often on similar diets. Their children were taller still, and THEIR children are the size of everybody else.
Similar, but almost certainly not the same diet their parents had growing up. Heights is up across the Western world across population due to increases in available calories. The Dustbowl and the Great Depression were the last times in America that large swathes of the population suffered famine. Despite all the unhealthy effects of too many calories in the American diet, we generally have far more access to protein and to vitamins & minerals than our ancestors from about a century ago and than people in most of China even today.
Ironically though, too much nutrition (i.e. obesity) in childhood can retard the adolescent growth spurt. This is part of why America is no longer the tallest nation.
Any commercial product for which you don't have access to source code is an integration and performance risk.
So true, I've run into the same problem. It doesn't mean you need to only use GPL, but you should try to get the source code when you sign the contract to use the product (you're probably paying enough, anyway).
for the vast majority of people an automobile is an appliance, one that they care for about as much as their toaster
I don't agree. A toaster can be abused and run into the ground without hurting your wallet too much. People tend to sit up and take notice when you start talking about dropping half their yearly net income on something. Now, that doesn't mean they have common sense -- plenty of people have all the sense of a turnip, but to suggest they put a car in the same category as a toaster is absurd.
As for those sensors... no, it takes more than one failed sensor to blow up your engine. There is an oil pressure sensor, and an oil level sensor, at minimum, in the vehicles you mention. But let's ignore that and say they both simply give up the digital ghost without warning... the car's onboard computer will still trip out when you exceed the odometer tracking the miles since last oil change. But even if all of that technology fails, there is still one thing left to save your engine from mechanical oblivion: Your own eyes and ears.
Engines that are low on oil tend to run hot, and they tend to run hard. They don't accelerate, they feel like they're losing power, and dear god do they make noise as they die. All that overheating metal is going rat-a-tak-tak and war-warrrrr-waaaaahhhhhrrrrr.... as it dies, smoking and belching steam. If you fail to notice all of these signs, you don't deserve a car.
Wal-Mart has the highest revenue in the US - 469.2 billion according to the Fortune 500.
You seem to be laboring under the delusion that companies only exist, and earn profit, for one year. Then they return to their ancestral home in the profit river, where they lay their nest eggs and golden parachutes for the next generation, and then die.
Alas, companies make revenue year over year... and some of the biggest frauds this country has seen have taken decades before the government acted to stop it. So "Trillions of dollars of revenue" is not an inaccurate statement. At least not if you have more brains than an anonymous coward...
They always have friends. And an armada of satellite wannabe bullies.
"So, do you have a current backup?"
-- Every tech support number you'll call, anywhere. Ever.
And yet, the single most basic thing you can do to protect your data gets overlooked by hundreds of millions of people, because it's just too burdensome to drag and drop from "My documents" to "My external drive". Viruses, malware, and crap like this would have gone the way of the dodo bird if people would just follow the most basic. advice. ever. regarding the maintenance of their computer. You wouldn't run your car out of oil after neglecting to change it for 15,000 miles, would you? So why do you do it to your computer?