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Comment Re:For those who aren't aware of this... (Score 1) 100

That's one reason why weapons clients prefer to buy battle tested equipment which has had a large production run. It means the kinks have been ironed out.

One way to prevent these issues is to have someone from the client physically present on the production facility to inspect the vehicles before delivery.

Comment Re:For those who aren't aware of this... (Score 1) 100

Well sure they have issues. Ukraine's economy is quite poor so they can't spend much on their military. They are also presently at war with Russia and their weapons factories are often close to the Russian border and sometimes used to buy parts and materials from Russia proper (the relations date back from the USSR). So of course they're having a hard time fulfilling the order. But AFAIK the Ukrainians have always fulfilled their weapons deals in the past. There may be delays but they've always done their part as long as they get paid for it. One example is the deal with Pakistan with the T-80UD a couple of years back. When Russia denied them some critical parts the Ukrainians just made their own replacements locally. They have some good talent on engines and gas-turbines. Their tank, naval, and aircraft industries are presently mostly export oriented.

The T-90 has had its own issues as well. The Indians complained there was a wide variation between tanks. Some had turrets installed different from the original specification. Quite a lot of them were in fact remanufactured T-72 chassis. So it isn't just Ukraine that does this. There's quite a lot of ex-USSR equipment lying around so of course they'll reuse it as much as possible.

Comment Re:w00t - the K6 bug all over again! (Score 1) 112

AFAIK Athlon/Athlon XP had no such bugs, the issues were bugs in the VIA chipsets. AMD's chipsets worked fine.

I don't remember any bugs on Piledriver. I do remember that Bulldozer had a TLB bug though. The workaround was to disable the TLBs and it significantly hampered performance.

Comment Re:Does Anybody Care? (Score 1) 75

It sounds crazy and barbaric, but look at it this way? Ethics wise how would you feel if you paid someone out of your own money and also paid for his equipment and time and he used your money to compete against you?

That's how Intel and AMD started out of Fairchild Semiconductor. Plus how Apple started out of Atari. I could continue here.

Comment Re:Teslas doesn't make cars, they make bullshit (Score 1) 86

Eberhard ... all of the problems he had gotten the company into (penalties for unmeetable contracts, a stupid choice of gearbox supplier, etc), and ultimately he was fired. ... However, with a lot of good decisions, such as getting customer buy-in to (rather than starting over on the gearbox) switch it from a two-gear to a one-gear with a more powerful drivetrain to achieve the same accel, they brought the price down to $109k at release.

What you neglect to say is that Elon was the one who pushed them into adding the gearbox to the design in the first place. Not Eberhard. Elon wanted to increase the top speed.

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