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Comment Generation Snowflake. (Score 1) 728

Jesus Christ is this what Generation Y has degenerated into where putting 9 screws into something is some major problem? You lot are absolutely fucked if that is the case. Still it means that my wages will go up as you all run away from anything which presents even the slightest challenge.

Comment Had to check the date. (Score 1) 167

As a former subscriber to Sky I had to check the date because they implemented the Sky Broadband Shield as default in 2013. I remember upgrading to Fibre, getting my new router and upon first logging onto it being taken to the Sky Broadband Shield page at Sky with the default option being set to enable and me having to disable it.

Comment Its their own fault. (Score 1) 496

I've noticed this in my country, employers who once used to run apprenticeships and training schemes up until the late 1990s decided that they no longer needed to bother because they had access to a labour market from 26 other EU countries so they could find applicants already trained up. That's all well and good at first but the pool of people available for skilled jobs fully trained up with several years of experience who can just "drop into" a position are limited and without training people up the pool dries up.

My employer after 20 years has just restarted its apprenticeship scheme because its finally realised that the situation cannot exist forever.

Comment Re:The USA is Huge (Score 1) 136

Yes, and in the UK, outside of the urban/suburban areas the mobile and wired internet are both atrocious.

Yet here I am in a small town of 11,000 people living in a county that is 1.5 times the size of London with only 1/20th of its population and I get:
70mbps down and 19mbps up for my landline:
And for 3G speedtests in the same area I get 20.7mbit down, 11.97mbit up:

Comment Re:Population Density (Score 1) 136

No, you didn't. No carrier offers what you are describing at that price (and they didn't two years ago either when prices were even higher than now.)

Yeah actually he did. I did on Three. And prices have gone up over the last couple of years, not down. Now paying £20 a month SIM only for 600 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data with 30GB of tethering.

Comment Re:It's simple (Score 1) 371

There is a shortage of housing in the UK. Not enough homes are being built to cover the rising demands.

Actually there isn't a shortage of housing in the UK at all, merely a shortage of housing in areas of high demand. Overall there's enough property to house everyone. Where the shortage of housing is is in London and within commuting distance. Same story with unaffordable housing. Within 25 miles of where I live there are thousands of houses someone on a minimum wage job could buy for a 3.5x income multiplier mortgage with a deposit equivalent to the price of a cheap second hand car.

Comment Re:Reminds me of this car I sold. (Score 1) 271

I had a POS 92 Sunbird with 60k miles that ran like crap. I sold it to a guy for about $500 telling him honestly there is something wrong and he drove it and said he could fix it. 2 weeks later he calls bitching because he blew up the engine. I told him sorry but it was sold as is. Threatened to sue me but never did.

Old cars breaks. If you want something that lasts forever too bad.

I don't know how shit cars are made in the USA but over here in the UK they're expected to do at least 100,000 miles without any major faults, every manufacturer has a body corrosion warranty of at least a decade and even Kia offer a 100,000 mile warranty.

Comment Re:Cue up Elon's fanbois (Score 1) 271

But I dont understand how this a story, but if my Honda broke after 70,000 fucking miles nobody bats an eye.

Kia offer 100,000 mile 7 year warranties. Ball joint failures like this are extremely uncommon especially at 70,000 miles. Thats the kind of failure you get at double that mileage on a vehicle that gets driven down dirt tracks and never ever sees a mechanic.

Comment Re: Warranty (Score 2) 271

He had 70,000 miles on the car

My current car has 108,000 miles on and hasn't had a ball joint fail. My last car had 165,000 miles on the clock and didn't have a ball joint fail and when I sold it it was still passing annual safety inspections in the UK (MOT test). A catastrophic failure of that kind is extremely rare.

Comment AEBS, haven't Tesla heard of it? (Score 1) 596

This is not good enough for Tesla given the computing ability and the sensors it has in place. My 18 wheeler semi, a 44 tonne DAF CF Euro 6 my company bought along with 100 others in October 2014, is fitted with AEBS. AEBS is now mandatory in all heavy trucks in the EU. The collision the Tesla had is impossible in my truck or any new truck recently sold within the EU unless there is a fault. If the AEBS system detects a collision it automatically applies the brakes and disables the accelerator pedal function. If a truck that is over 18 months old has the ability to prevent this regardless of driver input then why doesn't a Telsa which is lauding its autopilot ability regardless of whether it was the driver or the autopilot in control? Seriously this is "old" tech, the problem has been solved and even implemented in law in the EU so why haven't Tesla implemented it?

Comment Re:Exhibit A - Sky Broadband Shield (Score 1) 68

But you actually had to turn it on. The way Slashdotters are commenting you'd think it was something which you could do nothing about but that is not the case. New subscribers are taken to a page when they first connect where they can disable it. That was my experience on both BT and Sky, the country's two largest ISPs. Pretty much all ISPs other than the top 5-10 don't implement any filtering of any kind.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 67

The only problem I see is that certain aspects of the design were probably copied wholesale from Tesla. This is bad when you essentially get to steal aspects of a design that cost a fortune to develop and then deploy a copy for a fraction the cost. As long as they pay Tesla some compensation for their technology, this would be fine. .

From Tesla:

We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.

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