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Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 495

Hmm. It's off topic but here goes.
Is it in Mercedes best interest to have a bad reputation? I think not.
Just for kicks I did a small search on a mercedes S class of 10 years old. The minimum price (here in Belgium) is around €15.000 (but there were also some from around €30.000).
I recently sold the Nissan Almera of my father which was also around that age and which worked perfectly - €500 was all I could get. thats at 30 times less (in the best case).
A new Nissan of the same class of the Almera (Pulsar or Juke) is around €15.000 and a new S Class is around €85 000 which is 'only' about a factor 6. Even if you pimp up your Merc to the double of the price (which you could easily do) the Merc is still keeping its value much better (relative speaking).

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 2) 495

For a farmer a tractor is a very big investment and much of their success as a farmer is riding on it (sorry for the pun).
So I don't think a sane farmer will want to do anything to it that would ruin it.

Sure you allways will find some counter examples, like some people that first by a Mercedes S class and then run into all kind of issues with it because they are too cheap to have it properly maintained.

BTW one could make the same reasoning for normal cars: "Gee I'm fed up with all those cars comming in for repairs under waranty. From now on if you as much as change the oil yourself: that's it. Your on your own".

Comment Report them! (Score 0) 122

FTA: "It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.

"When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry's standard practice and reported them to Ceop [Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre].

After which we dutifully reported the employee that sent the material to the Ceop for the same reason. This could mean the end of Facebook!

Comment Re:Conversations before Appointment (Score 1) 895

... and then inform him that he can either hand over day to day governance to Pence and then spend the rest of his term playing President on TV, or face impeachment. You get an effective Pence presidency without the nightmare that would be a forced removal from office.

And you think that's going to work on Trump??
The guy is a loose cannon. If you would pressure him like that anyting might happen but the 'effective Pence presidency' seem pretty unlikely to me.

Comment Re:They want to be a welfare state? (Score 1) 237

Well, if they try to eliminate all fossil fuels and remain competitive with the rest of the developed world at the same time,

They aren't. They're going to remain cooperative with the rest of the developed world. You know, exactly unlike England and the USA. Brexit and Trump, two big fat signs saying "we're dumbshits".

Sorry, but I don't see the link with Brexit and Trump. They are not retreating out of any major agreements like Brexit (and Trump) nor are they planning to put up protectionist foreign trade walls around their country like Trump.

They just want to switch away from fossil fuel. That will require a huge investement in renewable energy sources electric cars and the associated infrastructure. It seems not unlikely that this investments will pay itself back in increased economic activity and less unemployment. In the end this is a classic case of an Keynesian economical measure, no?

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 187

Your opinion does not agree with the conclusions of the HTSA report.
It looked at driver engegement and how it was affected by driver assisting features. Conclusion is that indeed some periode of inattentiveness exist but rarely bigger than 5 sec. So the 7 seconds in which the driver did not react to the truck crossing his path is very exceptional.
Secondly they looked at the amount of accidents and collisions of Tesla's before and after the Autopilot was introduced. They fell by 40 percent.

In my opinion a good attentive driver, even with automatic systems engaged, will still keep his attention where it belongs: on the road.

Comment Theory seems pretty simple. (Score 1) 289

Bad indeed. If true.
I mean: it would be a really stupid error to make on a flagship product. My hunch is (but I have no proof) that it's something different entirely.
The theory of the article says that simply applying some pressure on the body would already create the explosion. If that were the case I think many more phones would have exploded. And weren't there cases where the explosion took place without anyone touching the phone?

My little pet theory: the dendrites inside the ultra thin cells of the new type of battery were growing bigger than foreseen. In my mind Samsung engineers were aware of this potential problem that is strongly dependend on how you use your battery. I think (just my fatanasy) that they changed the software for charging the phone to keep the problem under control. They succeeded ... in the lab... and outside the lab...for the most part...

Comment Re:Theory without any empirical data to back it up (Score 1) 289

I must say that I'm sceptical too.
Especially when they conclude that 'the smalles pressure' would cause the explosion to occur.
1. I'm not an expert on what kind of testing is done on a phone during development but I consider it extremely unlikely that no scenario involving a high level of pressure on the body to be part of it.
2. I didn't study the reports on these explosions but a seem to remember that at least one of them happened when the device was simply lying on a table or something with nobody touching it??

My personaly theory (based on just my lively fantasy only): remeber that article on those batteries with a window in it. Through the window they could study the creation of 'dendrites'. A kind of chemical plant like structures that 'grow' on the walls of the battery cell as the result of charging and uncharging of the battery. When they touch the other side of the battery cell they create tiny wires that induces a small 'short circuit' thus reducing the capacity of the battery.
I think they created a new type of battery with layers that were closer than before. They applied special software to control the charging and uncharging cycles in such a way that they could control the growth of this dendrites sufficiently... in lab conditions. But in the real world people used their phone in a way that they did not take into account. Too many dendrites touching==> short circuit.

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