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Comment: Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 121

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47785113) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

My prius was $6500 used. It is a 2006. They only gave me one key, the previous owner had lost one.

With the Prius, the vin number can be used to *create* a new key, but you need the old key as part of the programming sequence to pair the new key with the computer. Can't even boot the computer up without a paired key (really just an RFID tag in the fob, the actual physical key is only good for unlocking the door and cannot boot up the computer). So if all keys are lost, the master computer is effectively bricked. Also, due to the fact that the neutral is engaged only through software and when the computer is off, a steel bar locks the planetary "Synergy Drive" transmission, you need a flatbed tow truck with a very strong winch to drag the car up onto the flatbed if you can't boot the computer up.

There are other interesting design choices. For instance, the rear truck release is only electric. If the 12 volt battery that boots up the computer dies, you have to fold down the rear seats, unload the trunk, open the trunk, remove the tool box, climb in on your belly, reach in a hole blind to pull a lever to push up on the hatchback with your shoulders to open the hatchback so that you can then get to the battery compartment.

Though this has been fixed since, the gear shift lever (really just an analog joystick with 4 positions in a lower case reverse h and a spring to bring it back to center) is non-instinctive, you push it forward to go reverse and back to go forward.

Finally, I think the fuel cap release lever was designed for 5' tall asians, not 6' tall Americans. Even at a measly 5'6", I need to get out of the car to be able to reach it.

Comment: Re:A bit less than 10 years ago (Score 1) 800

by dunkelfalke (#47784875) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

You have mismanaged to understand what I was trying to say. Whether Russian expansionism sucks or not, it is not the reason for Bulgaria being a shithole. Au contraire, Bulgaria used to export tomatoes back then, now they mainly export criminals.

Basically, you are a racist and it is sort of understandable that your acquaintances agree with you. Birds of feather and so on.

I have a colleague from Croatia. She loves Russian language and Russian culture, for what ever reason. Also a friend from the Czech republic who learns Russian now - because it is fun, not because she has to.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 800

by dunkelfalke (#47784695) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

What good are laws when governmental thugs just come over and beat people up over TV content they don't like?

And if you understand German:

Besides, you keep using the word "terrorists". I don't think it means what you think it means. When they start bombing civilians in Kiev, then they would be terrorists. And talking about how Ukraine is forced to fire on civilists is just showing how full of manure you are. There is a German journalist in Donetsk. He has explained several times how Ukrainian armed forces just indiscriminately shells the city while the separatists are nowhere near.

Comment: Re:Just tell them (Score 1) 1186

It's comments like this that make me think the tech community isn't a completely lost cause.

I don't think it's more of a lost cause than the general population. Once I'd have thought it would be less, but these days I no longer believe that, either. The real difference is that modern communications methods make it easier for you to see who's an asshole. Before, it was entirely possible for someone to be a vicious asshole their whole lives and yet go unnoticed.

Comment: Re:Just tell them (Score 1) 1186

You must travel in some fucked up social circles. I do not see this type of behavior at all. Maybe Colorado is just full of nicer people? You people seem to live in some seriously fucked up sections of the planet.

Yes, I live in California. You know, the state with more residents than anywhere else in the country. But we're also talking about online, which makes geography irrelevant.

To conclude, women are not being held down by men everywhere

You can surely find limited localities where there is less repression, but frankly I do not believe that there is no sexism in Colorado, and further that your assertion that it does not exist there (that's what sexism does, after all, hold women down) only illustrates your blindness to the problem.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 0) 125

by drinkypoo (#47783737) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Only you normally don't need to be online, as Steam has an offline mode?

FFVII for Steam refuses to launch if you're not online, at least the first time. This ties into my prior complaints about Steam "backups", which cannot be played until Steam is installed and blessed by Valve, and then the game titles themselves are blessed by Valve.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1, Informative) 125

by drinkypoo (#47783111) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

If you want what the devil has, you get to deal with the devil, like it or not.

I don't like it. I decided not to buy Portal 2 for just $5. The only Steam games I buy any more are indie titles. I did buy FFVII on Steam, because it was on sale, but then I torrented the non-steam version because fuck having to be always online to play a console game of yore.

Steam is shit.

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