I hear a lot of people claiming Saturns aren't reliable. I've found that only to be true if you don't change the damn oil regularly. Those engines are very intolerable of dirty oil.
If you go by actual major version, and exclude 3.x, then the original Motorola Droid is just now one major version behind. I'd be willing to bet that this is the case with a lot of the other phones as well.
Also, release schedule should be a factor in this as well. iOS has had their major version releases about one year apart for each release. All of which I think have been released with a new version of the iPhone. Android major releases have had a similar release schedule (except for 3.x, but as we're not considering that a major version for phones, we shouldn't consider it here, either), but the phones have come out on a much faster release schedule (not to mention there are a hell of a lot more of them).
One last thing to consider about this chart is the scale between phones on the timeline. It's technically correct, but is positioned in such a way to lead the viewer into seeing that the iPhones have been on the latest version more than the other phones. It might come off better if the chart spanned the 4 years that it actually spanned, with the phones positioned where their 3 years actually took place, and showed some sort of "unknown" color for the portion of the three years that has yet to happen.
The point is, someone can be the most intelligent person in the world, but if they have no drive or don't want to achieve greatness, no amount of pushing and prodding is going make them do so.
Where are our claws? Fangs?
Clearly, you have not looked a primate in the mouth, ever. http://www.google.com/images?q=primate+fangs
They also tend to be smart enough to "notice" when you do things that the typical joe sixpack user would not do, like connect other routers up behind them, and it does some somewhat smart things in automatically configuring itself to handle those situations properly.
Of all the routers that I've used, I'd have to say that 2-Wire are currently my favorite, and Linksys are currently my most hated.
1) brakes are always stronger than the engine. There is no car in the world that will not stop when braked, even if the accelerator is held full down. It's a basic safety requirement. The Prius has an _additional_ system that cuts power when the brakes are held down.
2) the emergency brake operates through a limited strength wire that pulls only the rear brakes (typically) and has far less braking power than the brake peddle.
3) every car on the planet will mechanically cut all power to the drive wheels by shifting into neutral.
1) Not if the brakes are bad, installed improperly, or computer controlled. All ABS brakes have some sort of computer control system. If it's the same system that controls the throttle... well, there you have it.
2) Agreed, but in a front wheel drive car, unless the wire is stretched from overuse or designed to do otherwise, the rear wheels should at least lock (or near lock) to some extent.
3) SHOULD, yes. DOES, not necessarily. Transmission inputs can be computer controlled as well, especially in automatic transmission vehicles.