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Comment Re:Of course not (Score 0, Troll) 135

Yeah, like they have time to contemplate turning off a recording device in the heat of the moment, when all they can think about is keeping themselves, the public, and property safe.

HAHAHAHAHA the heat of the moment

99% of cop interactions don't involve any heat except that which the police bring with them, and point at people.

For instance the first time I ever got pulled over, my back window was frosted up and I was on a street with a lot of streetlights. The cops decided to pull me over for nothing (they literally never gave me any reason for pulling me over whatsoever, I just looked suspicious to them for some reason) and I didn't see the lights, I pulled over immediately after they hit the siren but they both came up and pointed their guns at my face.

My god, those of you that actually believe that there is a systemic problem with out law enforcement really ought to have your heads examined.

Die in a fire from ass cancer, cop sucker.

Comment Re:Well... kinda (Score 1) 106

it had a really nice ride and got decent gas mileage.
Well that's not what a pickup truck is for.

In America, lots of people who don't do any real work still buy pickups. Some of them are just using them for leisure, some of them are occasionally transporting a plant or something, some of them are just buying it because their parents had a truck and they think they should have a truck. The Ridgeline exceeds most people's needs for a pickup truck.

Throw some sheetrock in the back. Fill the bed up with dirt. How well does it clean up with a hose? How do the tiedowns work? Load it up with tools and take it down a logging road.

You can do all that stuff. It's actually better at surviving rough roads than the competition.

You shouldn't buy the Ridgeline if you plan to go rock crawling, or if you want to tow a fifth wheel. For most other purposes, it's fine. Being a Honda, it will probably continue to be fine when most other vehicles have long disintegrated.

Comment Re:"violence to advance their cause" (Score 1) 277

Antifa, however, just asserts that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi

[citation needed]

and that assertion is sufficient to justify any sort of violence they want to perpetrate.

You mean like your bullshit, unsupported assertion that Antifa asserts that anyone who disagrees with them is a Nazi?


Comment Re:An people will complain (Score 1) 122

It's also easy to address -- just add a speaker to the front of the vehicle that emits some sort of noise when appropriate.

When I was a wee lad the haunted house at The Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA was wacky and weird. These days it is a completely formula trip through a haunted house, but back then it was a lot of blackness, and random stuff coming out of the blackness. The most scary of those things in my book (having successfully been taught to stay out of the street from a young age) was a pretty decent outline of a GM New Look bus (which made up the main part of the SCMTD fleet at the time) and a good surround sound bus horn honk.

There's already a buzzer on the front of the vehicle which makes a noise when appropriate. Just make sure it's goddamned good and loud so that people can learn to watch where they're going when they piss themselves.

Comment Re:Dumbwatches For Our Kids Work For Us (Score 1) 35

Now I'm not saying the dumbwatches can't be hacked...but it's a lot more work without internet access!

Is the tracking feature SMS-based? Because SMS is horribly, terribly vulnerable. An attacker who could figure out that your kid had one of these devices and knew where you lived could probably identify their device and track your child given a bit of time. Probably not a realistic concern for most people, but automated tools to do that could be created and sold.

Comment Re:The Follies of Public Transportation (Score 1) 122

Public transportation is supposed to serve the general public, it may not serve everyone. It would be nice to see it offered for "free" but we're not there yet as a society. However, self-driving vans may get us closer than buses have done.

Buses are, in a word, crap. They are heavy, which means they have to spend a lot of energy speeding up and slowing down; even with regeneration, it's still a real issue. It also means they do massively more road damage than do cars or vans. And they put you in a box with a whole lot of other people, which is inherently annoying. It makes routing either inherently inefficient, or inherently unsatisfying.

The problem buses solve is not that of moving a lot of people; you could do that with a lot of vehicles. They move a lot of people with few drivers. If you no longer need drivers, then you no longer need buses, and you're much better off with a fleet of vehicles which are each about the size of a full-size van. If they're all going to the same place, they can platoon in order to gain fuel efficiency improvements; if not then they can actually go to different places, unlike the front, middle, and rear sections of a bus.

Taking buses out of the equation and replacing them with simpler vehicles (if they're coming on demand, many of them don't even need to be handicapped-accessible) will improve public transportation for everyone, even from a cost basis.

Comment Re:Far from the first. (Score 1) 122

We have that in California, too. Any pickup over a certain pretty pathetic size, I think all 1/2 ton trucks but definitely all 3/4 ton trucks, is registered as a commercial vehicle so as to produce more revenue. This is completely regardless of whether it's being used for business or not. This jacks the registration fee for my F240 from around $100 to around $250. It only weighs 5500lb, American cars used to weigh around that much.

Comment Re:What does "average reliability" even mean? (Score 1) 63

As the adage goes, never buy version one of anything. This is true for software and should be double underlined and highlighted for cars.

Software has no [meaningful] warranty, especially in the USA but also in many other places, so your decision should be 100% based on your expectations of how well the software will work. For cars, it's all about warranty since they all have one. How long will you own it, what is covered, and how well do you expect the manufacturer (and dealer) to do at actually meeting their obligations under the warranty. I've got all the service records on my Audi A8 parts car and the first owner had the transmission replaced under warranty, which cost around ten grand. That was the only thing they necessarily had to spend a lot of money on if they didn't have a warranty, so it illustrates the importance of having one for a fancy-pants new vehicle which might have reliability problems.

The warranty is important in the case of autos no matter how credible the manufacturer is because they all occasionally build a bad one.

Comment Too bad you didn't link to any HTML (Score 4, Funny) 122

When I clicked the link, all I got was a page that made it clear that it was a Javascript site, not a HTML site.

Here are three links which are higher quality than the garbage you linked to this story: one two three. Is this site news for nerds, or dick-jerking for people who don't care if the web goes to shit? Clearly, the latter.

Comment Re:Unicorn Farts ? (Score 1) 63

Are you serious??? You can judge a car's reliability from the suppliers? Trolling or imbecility?

You can find out all kinds of magical through analysis of cost accounting. Such a report on the BMW i3 was close enough to where the BMW guys wanted to know who their sources were — the answer was that they took apart a car, and crunched the numbers. But doing that involves an understanding of the business — namely, what you get when you give a certain supplier a certain amount of money for a certain type of part. And you can figure that kind of thing out from a combination of public statements, press releases, research, and so on.

So yes, you can absolutely take a good guess at what a vehicle's reliability is going to be like based on how much money is being spent on what part of the vehicle, and what those parts look like.

Comment Re:Already downplayed (Score 1) 151

The Japanese car majors are reporting "no problems" with Kobe aluminum they've tested from the past three years. [...] There is margin for error engineered into transportation products

Not just that, but most automobiles are crash tested. There are exceptions; some exotics and even high-end luxury cars are not crash tested. For example, Audi got a lot of flak for not doing all the formal crash tests on the D3 A8, for example, but it was an iteration of the original D2 design which they did do all the crash tests on (at the time) and which aced everything. That's a slightly relevant example because it's made out of Aluminum, although not all that relevant because the Aluminum was American and came from Alcoa.

Back on track: Similarly, The Honda NSX was formally crash tested. Prior to the new NSX, the old NSX was the most expensive and exotic vehicle Honda had ever built, and they still smashed them up for safety and science.

Contrary to what the summary says, I'd be much more worried about rocket parts. If the material properties were variable, you could easily test one or two parts and not catch the problem...

Comment Re:Because testing is cheaper than building a foun (Score 1) 151

If you're in the business of making appliances, or bottle caps, or lawn sprinklers, or anything other than refining steel, buying from an existing steel maker is probably a better idea than launching your own foundry.

The production quantities are clearly highly relevant because some businesses are fully vertically integrated and doing very well with it. Brembo S.A. for example, they actually have their own mines, let alone foundries — and control their production chain all the way through primary distribution. But they're the world's largest manufacturer of brake parts (a lot of it just isn't stamped "Brembo" — manufacturers have to pay extra for that!) so they can keep that whole chain busy on their own.

Comment Re:Unicorn Farts ? (Score 1) 63

how can you rate a car in beta, er, pre production ?

Through a number of methods. Tesla's suppliers are well-known, and one can estimate about how much they will spend on the parts for the Model 3; knowing these things, and what the interior looks like, you can make a reasonable guess at the quality of the components. A small number of vehicles are in the hands of customers; it's possible that CR has had more than a passing glance at one of them.

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