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Comment: Re:Special email addresses ... (Score 1) 275

by NormalVisual (#47472535) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
You're suggesting a tactical solution to a process issue. Better to have the responsible group track and update necessary renewals on a regular basis, instead of depending on notifications from external parties being received.

I only hold a couple of dozen domains, but this is exactly what I do. I get notifications from the registrar directly to a specific e-mail address I've set up for that purpose, but I also automatically generate an email to my personal account on the first of each month reminding me to check with the registrar to see if anything needs attention anyway.

Comment: Re:Of, For, and By the People (Score 2) 140

In January 2005, Texas revoked TA’s certificate of authority for failure to pay its annual franchise tax

Any state will do that - it's hardly an "execution". In my state it's a whopping $150 per year that goes to $400 if you fail to pay by the designated date. They don't do an administrative dissolution until much later.

Comment: Re:Only because they're stupid. (Score 1) 435

by NormalVisual (#47471701) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
A protocol needs to be in place that allows the police to signal the vehicle to "pull over" and come to a stop.

Pulling in front of the car and slowing down, with another vehicle on the side if needed to prevent changing lanes, will do this quite effectively without the need for remote control. Since we're operating on the assumption that the car is inherently going to be obeying traffic laws to begin with, it's unlikely that any legitimate need to pull the car over would be something a single officer would be addressing anyway.

Comment: Re:Why highly paid CEOs underperform. (Score 1) 204

by NormalVisual (#47437831) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture
I suspect that by the time you get to the very top of a huge organisation, you run into a problem: the number of people on the surface of the planet who have the experience, skills and ability needed are so few and far between that you'll be lucky if there's half a dozen potential candidates in the whole country.

This may be true, but looking from the performance of who actually gets hired shows that often (not always, of course) they *don't* appear to have the experience, skills, and ability needed, or are overly self-confident to the point of dismissing data that clearly shows reality is different from their assumptions. A lot of times, a company's success is due to simple common sense and selling what people actually want to buy regardless of who's running the company.

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 77

by NormalVisual (#47428641) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize
Where a Tesla has similar components and designs as other cars, the front suspension is going to be totally different than 90% of other sedans it's size.

Other than the lack of CV joints (I had thought the S was all-wheel drive, but you're correct on this point), what specifically is different regarding the front suspension? Does it not have upper/lower control arms and tie rod ends with joints that wear?

One could argue that sealed systems are less prone to wear because the dust and grit cannot get in and the grease cannot get out, but I'll skip making the obvious point.

You could argue it, but the worn (sealed) suspension parts in my '02 Sierra that I'm about to replace at 116K miles would tend to disagree with your statement (the joints in my '86 Silverado with twice the mileage are fine, but then they've been kept greased), as does the fact that almost everyone I've seen that did the replacement themselves replaces any sealed parts with greasable ones where they can. The Moog parts I'm replacing them with (which are far better than the factory parts) come with zerks - no drilling required. The worn ball joints and tie rod ends in my truck likely aren't dirty, but they *are* dry. Grease (even synthetic) doesn't last forever, and in a sealed system, once the grease wears out, the joint follows soon after and there's not anything you can do to prevent it. You're absolutely correct that most people with greasable parts don't follow the recommended maintenance schedule, and the sealed joints do last longer than an *unmaintained* part. They generally are also designed to be a royal PITA to replace (for ball joints, anyway), so most shops replace the entire control arm assembly at a much greater cost. They most definitely don't last longer than a properly maintained part with zerks though. Any decent 30-minute lube place should be taking care of anything with fittings anyway.

Comment: Re:Is that really worth it? (Score 1) 77

by NormalVisual (#47428079) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize
Not to mention the competition is in Bejing, so a lot of people would be spending several thousand dollars in travel expenses just to get the chance to win $10K, with most going home empty-handed. It's an interesting competition, but the prize money isn't enough to really encourage people IMO.

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 77

by NormalVisual (#47428037) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize
Jiffy Lube for your Tesla? What are they going to do to a Tesla? Change the oil and filter?

I mentioned it in another thread, but the Tesla's front suspension really isn't any different than any other car, and needs grease like any other car. The components may be sealed - I don't know, but I would hope not. Sealed ball joints, tie rod ends, etc. tend to wear out faster than those with zerks that are properly maintained IME.

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