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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 801

by rock_climbing_guy (#48878337) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Yeah, I was dining with a friend on the deck of a local eatery when some idiot stopped in and started revving his high-pitched POS Chinese 49cc "moped" (as it is called under state regulations)

My friend shouted curses at him as he left. I just remarked that it was a "Soprano Harley Davidson". How annoying!

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 4, Interesting) 801

by rock_climbing_guy (#48878319) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I purchased a new Nissan Versa a few years ago with their continuously variable transmission. It runs awesome. From an engineering point of view, it amazes me that they can build a car with such a small engine and make it perform at highway speeds.

However, I did read that when the CVT was new, some people in their focus groups didn't like it because it *sounds* different. The first time I drove it, I thought there was something wrong with it because of the sound, but it didn't bother me once I knew it was supposed to sound different. If I'm not mistaken, they changed the CVT to make it sound more like a conventional automatic transmission.

It seems awfully dumb to me that a piece of equipment that was so carefully engineered should be modified simply to make it sound like the equipment it replaces!

Comment: Re:Data about where and how people drive? (Score 1) 238

by rock_climbing_guy (#48870595) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption
The app is supposed to collect real-time data from drivers going around. If everyone using Waze sits in stop-and-go traffic for an hour before finally exiting I-87 where it is closed, they ought to be able to figure out that I-87 isn't a good route to use right now. Remember that Waze's selling point is that it uses information about traffic to find the fastest route.

Comment: Re:Data about where and how people drive? (Score 1) 238

I deleted Waze because it gave bad directions.

Once, it directed me to turn left go a block on another street, and then turn right and then left again back onto the same road! No, there wasn't any traffic.

The straw that broke the camels back was when I went out on a day after very heavy rain. Waze directed me to drive on a road that was closed.

Comment: Re:Health Insurance (Score 1) 238

Blue Cross does suck from my experience, but I don't think they are the primary culprit behind the high cost of health care. See, the PPACA regulates health insurance, but it does very little about the cost of the health care that the insurance must pay for.

Let me give you two good examples that show how fucked up our health care is in this country. I believe that most doctors are honest, hard-working people, but there are some really sleazy douchebags in the industry.

Example 1: Look up how much it costs to buy donated breast milk. If you need it, it can cost over $1000 per month, but don't worry, Blue Cross will pay for it!

Example 2: Long story, but there is an expensive drug out there by the name of Xyrem. It remains illegal in many countries due to its reputation as a date-rape drug, but many patients who are legitimately prescribed the drug swear by it. (I do not use Xyrem, but I know people who do.)

Xyrem used to be available over the counter for cheap ( I really despise these cocksuckers because I know that sick people are going without needed medication because of the cost and the company charging these stratospheric prices didn't even invent the fucking drug! May their executives roast in Hell.

Over a billion dollars goes to this one company every year for just this drug, that used to be freely available and cheap!

Now that you know something about why our health care is so expensive, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Comment: Re:The next battle has started (Score 1) 238

I once interviewed for a job at a company that buys unwanted life insurance policies. It is called the "secondary life insurance market". I have no idea how they get past the rules that the person who buys life insurance is supposed to have an interest in the person insured.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 782

I suppose my comment was probably read as confrontational. I am alarmed by all these stories about CPS that keep popping up like herpes sores. Just when you forget about the last one you saw...

I just wish there was something more constructive we could do about the situation than bitch about it on an internet forum. Chest-puffing about cop-killing will get us nowhere. Just ask the people in Ferguson about that one.

I'll tell you a little anecdote. I spoke with my great-aunt on the phone regarding the recent birth of my first child. I mentioned to her that I'm afraid of these CPS punks who would take away my child on the slightest prefix and the idiots who call CPS because the neighbor's kid is walking to school along. When I hung up the phone, I had the distinct impression that she is the sort of person who would have made that call to CPS!

We have met the enemy, and he is us!

Comment: Re:nanny state (Score 1) 782

AC, I am in favor of net neutrality because of the blatant unethical behavior of some ISPs, such as throttling and "permacookies" added to HTTP requests.

However, I fear that this will be used as an excuse to seize far-reaching authority that will quickly be abused in ways we have yet to anticipate.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"