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

Guy is talking about a rebadged Chevy Cavalier from 24 years ago. Cavalier was never a very good car... built as cheaply as possible using the cheapest materials and processes available. Back then, the big U.S. manufacturers believed the typical economy car should be trouble free for 3 years and have an average life expectancy of about 7 years. Hell, if you had the V-6 you had to unbolt the engine from the chassis and tilt it forward to change the rear spark plugs. Quality and fuel economy are what allowed the Japanese manufacturers to grab a substantial share of the market. It caused everyone to step up their game. Your now benefiting from this, and from efforts to meet continuously improving fuel economy and safety targets. Now get off my lawn.

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

Kia and Hyundai offers 100,000 mile 7 year warranties because their early products were SO bad that they typically were scrap by 100,000 miles. Catastrophic CV joint failures between 70-90k miles were a common problem in first generation Hyundai cars. They had to offer this warranty to attract people back to the brand, to convince them they might have fixed their problems and would stand behind their product. Once they offered the 100,000 mile warranty, it was impossible to reduce it for risk of a perception that their quality had dropped. Having had to diagnose and repair a number of them in the '90s, I still won't go near the brand.

Comment Nothing new to see here folks, just move along... (Score 1) 387

This happened (happens) all the time. Not new to Windows 10. Happened with Windows 8 updates. Windows 7 updates. Vista updates. Windows XP updates... I think you should be seeing the trend now. They make this mistake from time to time. Every time it happens, the same story comes out Then they either apologize or say it was done for security reasons. So, please, just ignore this non-story and move along.

Comment Re:Because physics and engineering. (Score 2) 383

This. It is not uncommon for valve springs to put just shy of 100 lbs of force on the seat, holding the spring closed; and, 300-400 lbs of force on the spring when the valve is open in order to guarantee that the valve closure acceleration is high enough during high RPM operation. These are the kinds of forces you have to replicate with your hypothetical actuator. It can be done; but, it is so energy intensive that the current generation of engines using roller cams and VVT are the more efficient solution.

Comment Duck Tape (Score 1) 295

They can't be independent. They will be too dependent on the supply chain back at Earth to be independent. Until they have basic industry, including bulk mineral and chemical processing, metal smelting, and plastics manufacturing all up and running reliably on the Mars surface, they're dependent on supplies from Earth. So, basically, until they can make their own Duck Tape... No independence for them!

Comment Re:The Root Problem (Score 1) 109

This is like reading the reviews on the guitar sites... Is the Ruby tube better than the JJ? Is the Electro Harmonix better or is the Tung-Sol? What about the Mullard? How good is the JAN Sylvania? How do those compare to a NOS RCA? What tube sounds best for clean tone? What is best for overdrive?

Disclosure: I own two tube based guitar amps, one of which is an old kit I just gutted and am in the process of re-designing...

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