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Comment Re:It's ridiculous this is even a conversation (Score 1) 85

Actually I'm surprised that the congress (or one side anyway) is even concerned about this net neutrality thing. They, collectively, are the reason Comcast, Verizon AT&T et.al are able to do this. By letting these corporations swallow up the smaller competition and becoming all but monopolies in their respective regions, they are responsible for creating this monster. Now they're concerned? Pfffttt... Crocodile tears.

Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 567

Yes ,but... trucks and SUV's have become soft and squishy because that's what buyers wanted. Women wanted to drive big trucks, but didn't want their delicate bottoms rattled on bumpy roads. As a result, you can't get anything to play off-road in unless you spend an additional bucket of cash in the aftermarket. Shame, but that is how the market works.

Comment Coding != Problem Solving (Score 1) 158

Coding today has become a morass of files sprayed all over the landscape, taking all the fun of logic and problem solving away from "coding". To wit, when I first took up coding for a hobby, it was BASIC on an Atari interpreter. Easy, fast, fun. Then I went on to C with the Borland compiler for DOS based programs. Still relatively easy, but most of all, it was still fun to sit there, solve problems and make things happen with code. Fast forward to today and Visual Studio, QT, NetBeans, etc., spew out such a tangled mass of interwoven crap that it takes more time to figure out where to put a function or include a library than it does to write the damn code. Not to mention the insane verbosity of the languages (looking at you C++ and Java). I gotta say, it's not fun anymore. I can't blame kids for looking at this and walking away.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 4, Interesting) 471

Which Beetles are you referring to? The older first gen beetles, with the air cooled flat four chirped because the stock exhaust pipes had perforated baffles that whistled as the exhaust gas flowed through. Replace those tailpipes with, say straight pipe, and the chirp went away. My dad's '61 didn't chirp after he put on some flared stainless pipes. Valves faces and seats aren't lubricated by oil. The valve guides and stems are, but the faces are not. Unless the piston rings are bad. You may be referring to the cylinder behind the oil cooler, which I believe is number 3. It would starve for cooling air and the exhaust valve would eventually fail, popping the valve head off the stem and frag the cylinder. My '70 did that. Good times.

Comment Re: Irresponsible (Score 1) 354

Right, and there would be no more murders. Ever. Do you really think banning guns will stop people from killing each other? Come on, pull you head out of your ass and think about how long humans have been killing each other compared to how long firearms have existed. Have you seen the scores of beheading videos all over the internet? Shall we ban machetes and knives too? I mean, it will keep more people alive. Oh wait, there's rocks too. Stoning is big in the bible, and continues to this day in various third world regions. Perhaps we should ban the possession of rocks to, you know, keep more people alive.

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