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Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 613

Oddly enough as a real engineer I've seen my pay increase every year since 1998, except for two years after the gfc. Now, I do have to negotiate that pay rise,and I imagine the shareholders would rather I didn't get it, but if I didn't get an increasing number of beer vouchers each year I'd go and work for someone else.

So pay rises do exist, at least for some mechanical engineers.

Comment Re:Nornal Maintance (Score 1) 271

Nope. Failure of a spherical ball joint that works in compression does not necessarily cause anything other than a clunking noise, and bad static geometry (lots of camber in this case).

These joints fail soon after the boots split, boots typically split because of overtravel, wrong material choice, or occasionally a moulding fault.

Comment But permies get holidays (Score 1) 59

That's nice. I'm a salaried mechanical engineer for a large company on 137k (it just went up while I wasn't looking) plus a car plus a pension. I work 40.0 hours a week and get 5 weeks annual leave a year, and 18 sick days and 12 flex days. Much like you I have turned down management jobs, tres boring, too many hours doing budgets and meetings and dealing with people.

Comment ABS (Score 1) 410

Sorry, ABS has scarcely any effect on stopping distances, particularly in the dry, for cars. It does do a reasonable job of cycling around the peak braking friction of the tire, but compared with a moderately skilled driver (which is the problem) the difference in stopping distance is small. ABS is designed to permit you to steer and brake simultaneously, and also as a by product it handles split mu.

In the dry, even if you lock all four wheels, your stopping distance is around 120% of the best that can be achieved, and even better, you'll stop in a straight line. That's why your first instinct, to stomp on the brakes, wasn't such a bad idea, even before ABS.

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