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Comment Re:Owners will be liable (Score 1) 297

This. However, what self-driving cars (I prefer to call them by a more accurate name - semi-automatic cars) will do is cause an all-out war between the trial lawyer lobby and the auto insurance lobby. Trial lawyers would LOVE to shift liability for auto accidents from a pissant $25K minimum coverage individual policy to Google's stash of billions of dollars.

Comment Re:"Regular maintenance" (Score 1) 271

>> And what is "regular" maintenance on a grease fitting-free sealed and not serviceable component?

I can't tell if you are asking that seriously or not. But, assuming you honestly don't know, "regular maintenance" on ball joints is to replace them when they wear out, which is evidenced by improper motion of the joint when the suspension is unloaded.

There are many wear-out-and-replace parts on a car, even one without an internal combustion engine. Shocks, struts, strut spring seats, strut steering bearings, control arm bushings, ball joints, steering bushings, sway bar and sway bar end link bushings, motor mount bushings (I honestly don't know if Tesla's electric motors ride on bushing mounts, though), and in recent times, brake rotors and even whole transmissions (Ford 6F35 and Aisin Warner AW55 as examples) have made it onto the "wear out and replace" list of maintenance items.

A long time ago, most joints on a vehicle were not sealed and had grease fittings so that the joints could be cleaned out and relubricated. These types of joints lasted forever with regular maintenance. Everything started to go sealed/maintenance free when people got tired of constantly having to have this maintenance done, and demanded cars you could drive 50,000 miles without having to lay a wrench on except for oil changes. That figure today is more like 150,000 miles, and some car companies even warrant their drivetrains for 100k miles or 10 years.

$3,100 is actually insane for a control arm and ball joint. $310 would still be insane for a single side. I think I paid about $300 for a set of both front LCAs and ball joints on my Volvo, and that's a Volvo so it's already expensive compared to, say, a Chevy Cobalt.

None of this or your response is relevant to the fact that all parties involved are being dicks to each other about it, and to the fact that the Mom's Basement Commando crowd is all too willing to go to war over it.

Comment Wow, What a Flame War (Score 1) 271

Let's look at the facts:

The ball joint and control arm failed. It was found that the ball joint had an excessive amount of rust, which means that there was moisture incursion.

The ball joints used on the Tesla are sealed and do not have a grease fitting. They are not meant to be serviceable.

This leads to the logical conclusion that the ball joint was somehow defective, or was made defective at some point (i.e.the seal was broken).

Either moisture got in at the factory, or it got in post-production as if something tore the rubber seal.

In any case, this guy's car broke out of warranty and Tesla begrudgingly offered to pay half of the repair cost, and was a huge cock-gobbler about it.

So, what do we know?

1) The owner of this car is a bit of a dick for expecting warranty service out of warranty on a wearout item

2) Tesla is a bit of a dick for attaching a rather insane legal agreement for what amounts to an at-cost repair of the car

3) A bunch of Internet Commandos are taking sides in an all out war from Mom's Basement over who is "right" or "wrong" in this disagreement between two assholes.

What's the lesson to be learned here? If you don't do regular maintenance on your car, it will break. Duh.

Comment Re:I use email format (Score 2) 637


My observation has been for the past couple of years that there is no longer such thing as a strong password. Not because people don't create strong passwords, but because of weak password recovery tools.

"Security" questions are probably the worst way to protect the password reset process, because the answers to typical security questions can easily be found on social media, or worse, in the public record.

For example, "what city were you married in?" That's public record, and anybody can do a marriage license search and determine the location where you were married.

It is good practice to use more passwords as the answers to security questions, instead of the actual answers.

Comment Re:Coding != Computer Science (Score 1) 369

Indeed, if we could just get kids at the high school level to understand the mechanics of coding, and some very basic rules of writing decent code, that is plenty sufficient for those who want to pursue CS to have a foundation. Overall I think a reasonable expectation would be for HS kids to learn mechanically how code works, such as how to use functions, pointers, objects, structures, and so on, to organize data. I don't think it's necessarily a requirement that HS kids be architecture experts, algorithm experts or to know the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow, African OR European.

It does no good to be an algorithm wonk if you don't know how to implement them in code. However, it does a lot of good to know how to write code that does stuff even if you aren't the best at optimizing your algorithms, when you are beginning to pursue an education in CS.

Comment Re:Millennials don't care about security (Score 1) 153

You guys make me feel like I am not alone. I have three "millennial" generation children who did NOT get coddled for the first 18 (or 21) years of their lives and I still can't get rid of one of them. Two of them turned out okay but one of them bought into the whole package of unreasonable expectations, entitlement, and absence of accountability.. which I might add if you purchase all three you get a free box of Bernie Sanders bumper stickers, which that kid wallpapered his room with right before we kicked him out of the house.

My youngest just turned 22 and has still not figured out his "life calling," as he puts it. Mom and I just had to cut him off of the free meals because he would come over almost every day unannounced for both lunch AND dinner, so now he's only allowed over for dinner once per week (and don't get me started on the shitstorm he tried giving me for that, or what it took for him to just get out of the house and into his own apartment).

Some day maybe I'll figure out how someone who is 22 years old finds it acceptable that "making a living" is living in a run down apartment with two roommates and working a part time job at a coffee shop (not even Starbucks, because they're a big, evil corporation, man!). The kid has no ambition, no savings, and no plan, despite being encouraged his entire life.

My other kids are a Veterinarian and a Lawyer... not sure what happened to this one.

Comment Re:ATMs running Windows. (Score 1) 121

"And if you sit there and say Linux is not exploitable, then your a fucking moron."

Did I say that in my post? Did I say in my post I wanted them running Linux? Did I say anything about another operating system? Did I say or even imply that there was an unhackable operating system in existence?

Please do enlighten me about what mental gymnastics you had to go through to arrive at your conclusions about my post.

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