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Comment Re:Million Dollar Answer (Score 1) 690

I'm pretty sure it is that way on most cars intentionally to try and make it clearer where the brake pedal is relative to the gas pedal. When Audi went through this same disaster in the 80's it was ultimately determined that it was because the pedals were closer than most American consumers were used to, and they were, in fact, hitting the wrong pedal. Pedals at equal height are great for advanced drivers, but they are a liability for most appliances.

Comment Re:Me thinks (Score 1) 690

Sure, because it's just coincidence that all of these issues are being reported now and never before. Your statement reminds me of how our offshore team replies to defect reports -- without even evaluating the facts, they'll take a cursory look at the situation and say "Nope, it was user error". Or "The logs don't show a problem, so everything's fine."

My reply to you is the same as it is to them: try engaging your brain once in a while instead of trying to shift blame. You might find it educational.

Actually, the incidence of reported cases of unintended acceleration that have bitten Toyota is only very slightly higher than the number of cases that are reported in any other year, it's just that everyone is looking much more closely all of a sudden. The fact is, MOST cases of unintended acceleration ARE between the seat and the pedals. Go back and read about what happened to Audi in the 80's. 60 Minutes knowingly and purposefully rigged cars tested for their program to be unable to stop, and it almost put Audi of America out of business. Yet 60 Minutes was never charged with a serious crime.

Comment Re:Me thinks (Score 1) 690

How does the parent comment quality as a Score: 5 Insightful?

Because even in the extremely rare cases where the throttle does stick wide open, ALL cars can still be stopped by using the brakes, and/or putting the car into neutral. It's common sense, and we are on the verge of having all future cars equipped with unnecessary nannies to compensate for a few drivers inability to step on the brake pedal when something out of the ordinary happens.

Comment Re:Me thinks (Score 1) 690

NO,NO,NO! The brakes still work fine in these situations, it's just that the majority of drivers are so unaware of how their vehicle works that if something, anything, happens out of the routine norm, they have no idea what to do. The brakes in ALL cars are hydraulic, and separate from the electronic systems of the vehicle. The brake booster may be hooked into the electronics, but the brakes WILL STILL STOP THE CAR you just have to press them harder if the booster fails. The likelihood of the throttle sticking, the transmission failing in such a way that you can't put it into neutral, AND the entirely separate hydraulic brake system failing, ALL at the same instant is essentially NIL!!!

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 125

It doesn't matter if OS X is completely open and exposed with no protection at all. If it's not being infected, it is by definition, more secure.

Sorry, that's a ridiculous thing to say. Analogy: I lock my front door, my next door neighbour doesn't lock theirs. My lock is forced and my house broken into. Next door is not broken into. Therefore it is, by definition, more secure to leave your door unlocked...

No, you misunderstand the analogy. It's more like you live in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. You have a gate around your house with alarm system and hired security on site 24/7, while I live in small town VT and don't lock my door and my neighbors all have a key anyhow. Who is more secure?

Comment Re:Consumer demand..? (Score 1) 192

They only 'recommend' Vista because they, like every other large computer manufacturer, are required to in the terms of their agreements with Microsoft in order to keep their OEM pricing model. If they 'choose' (and I use that term loosely) not to 'recommend' Vista in their advertising, their wholesale prices will go up, and they will be unable to remain competitive with the ultra-slim margins that most computer companies operate on.

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