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Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 353

As for Jeep being a Fiat, so what?

It has completely ruined the brand for serious off-roading by going all unibody. That's fine, that's their prerogative, but the truth is that while the base vehicle is more capable off-road, they have destroyed the modification potential. Hell, it even makes sense, they're trying to sell more vehicles, not less of them. Focusing on a niche market would be stupid. Doesn't change the fact that their original core audience is going to have to go somewhere else now. They're spending their cachet.

Comment Re:The more you jazz it up (Score 1) 353

I always use the PARKING BRAKE when I exit the vehicle, even though I leave it in first gear, even on a flat surface. I don't know, but to me, that's why it is called a PARKING BRAKE. Just a little more safety.

This. People who don't do this are idiots, it's not surprising if their cars are rolling away. If someone hits your car while it's parked this can keep it from rolling away and hitting another car, for which YOU could be found at fault. That alone should be sufficient motivation to set the damned brake.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 182

Either way, excusing victims for not coming forward serves no useful purpose.

That's only true if you think that treating humans like people and not like robots is useless. Me, I tend to think that recognizing that they are people with feelings and emotions and their own internal logic which can be damaged by trauma leads to making superior decisions than being totally intolerant of anything less than perfection from others so that you can make excuses for rapists.

Comment Re:Rebecca Ackermann shows quite a bit of cleavage (Score 1) 182

Did anybody else think that in the illustration accompanying that story, Rebecca Ackermann had a pretty low neckline?

do you mean the photograph? Maybe it's just my ad blocker, but I'm not seeing any illustrations. If you mean the photograph, the answer is no. She's barely showing any boob. Build a bridge and get over it.

Comment Re:Better financial models for sourceforge? (Score 1) 244

As a wannabe user, I have frequently visited sourceforge over the years. Usually I am looking for specific software to solve some problem, and I often find it. Dead, orphaned, obsolete, fractional, or incomplete. THAT is the problem I want to solve

Okay, then GET CODING.

Wait, you want people to maintain projects forever for your convenience? I don't think you understand how this Open Source thing works. It means you get the code, not that someone is beholden to you for eternity.

Therefore I think that the sincere interest of wannabe users should be assessed BEFORE sourceforge projects get the green light.

So your goal is to reduce the amount of Open Source software available on Sourceforge? That's a stupid goal, contrary to everyone else's goals, and you should fail.

Comment Re:Now if you would just bring Fresh Meat back (Score 1) 244

What's odd is it seems completely inconsistent when I have to wait and when I can just post away. What gives?

My current theory is that it's based either on keywords or moderation. I have not made a serious attempt to figure out which. I would also very much like to know why this is. It is shit-annoying.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 244

You might be thinking of libertarians - they're more of the "do whatever the fuck you want unless you're going to hurt someone else" mentality.

ITYM "do whatever the fuck you want unless you're going to hurt someone with more money than you, who can afford to fight you in the courts"... you know, just like now? HTH, HAND.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 353

Heal and toe under power? Is that some drifter move?

No, you don't get it. You don't have to heel and toe to keep the car stable while making a shift under power. This is useful in turns with both decreasing and increasing radius.

You can argue about weather a paddle shift dual clutch is a manual or an automatic, it's 1% of the market.

It's a growing segment, and it will continue to grow as true manuals continue to fall off.

Most slushboxes remain slushboxes. They are sitting in top gear at a red light and don't even start to downshift until you gas it and intake vacuum drops, computer controlled but still the same old.

Well, no. Nobody has been basing transmission control on vacuum in a very long time. We've been using torque estimation since the nineties.

Don't even start about engine braking through a torque converter.

Why not? It's only 10% less.

The one thing no automatic can do is anticipate the corner, even the automatics with shifters take them as 'suggestions'.

When you are shifting manually, there is no suggestion. It just does what you asked for.

Shift kits are nothing new.

Shift kits don't do what you seem to think. They just change shift characteristics, and they don't exist any more... that is, not for new designs. The new slushboxes are too complex to be operated by a simple control system. You would destroy them doing that.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 4, Interesting) 68

Well, too bad you've not taken ownership of your own privacy and blocked them.

France is saying "no, you can't track people who don't even know they're being tracked and aren't visiting your web site". Until the country you lives in passes privacy laws .. you've got to do it on your own. Sadly, most normal internet users have been tracked by these parasites who feel it's their right to do so.

The amount of websites which have Facebook, Twitter, or any of dozens of other sites which track you even if you don't visit them is mind boggling.

So when those companies say "boo hoo, stop blocking out ads", you need to say "fuck you, I don't consent to being tracked by 15 3rd parties" and use your own blockers.

Most other governments are too much on the fucking payroll to limit what companies can do. The US sure as hell will never to do, the US is pretty much the international champion of the rights of corporations to be douchebags. If your government isn't going to force them to stop tracking you, then you really need to do it yourself.

And, honestly, even if your government tries, you need to do it yourself.

I applaud trying to block this, but the scale on which this shit happens is beyond understanding to anybody who isn't in full possession of their own tinfoil hat.

My primary browser? It can't even see facebook.com. If you're not actively defending yourself from this shit, you're already being tracked, whether you know it or not.

Submission + - Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site.

"The truth is: we don’t care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won’t, but we understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance."

"Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships."


It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

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