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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Nirvelli Re: Dupe (840 comments)

I had a job fixing power tools for a construction company and saw the same thing. I always liked when a Bosch came in because they built those things with repairability in mind. Most of the higher-end tools from any company were that way, but Bosch did it with everything.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Nirvelli Re: Dupe (840 comments)

I drove a '93 Taurus for 7 years and replaced just about everything in it. It was all pretty easy, except the water pump was kind of a hassle because I had the biggest engine option and there wasn't a lot of spare room on the side of the engine. The hard to fix thing is a problem with new cars, because they're designed by computers which only consider efficiency, not people who consider repairability.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Nirvelli Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Changing a bulb should be a 1 minute job. Also I should have specified, I have been fixing cars since before I could drive and a typical owner would not even be able to reach the halfway point without accidentally tearing a piece off the bumper.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Nirvelli Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Rock hits aren't covered under warranty.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Nirvelli Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Went to replace the fog light in my 2014 Ford Fusion; the instructions start with "Remove the front bumper" and the entire process took over an hour due to the bumper being attached in some places with somewhat of a "just wedge it in there and hope you're not breaking something" approach.

about three weeks ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Nirvelli Re: Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Yeah, that's the other situation where it can get annoying, when somebody drifts into my lane. The on/off toggle is also right on the end of the signal stalk, so you can tap it off right from your fingertips if you need to. You can also set it at low/medium/high, and you can set it to full correct, or just warn with a steering wheel vibration. I've set it to full correct on high, mostly because I like to see how it reacts to things and I know I'm paying enough attention to take over when I need.

about 8 months ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Nirvelli Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

I've got a Ford Fusion with the lane keeping system, and sometimes it will act up, for instance if there has been construction and they've redone the lane lines, the system somehow picks up the old lines and tries to keep me in them. Or on rare occasions when I have to swerve around something on the road, it fights back. But as long as you've got both hands on the wheel, you'll win against the auto-steering with very little effort. Even one-handed, you just have to be a little assertive with it. "No, you're not steering me off the road today!"
The system is a bit strange to get used to (not nearly as strange as adaptive cruise), but overall it's pretty well implemented.

They also have it set up so if the car thinks you're not holding on to the wheel, it pops up a warning message over your dash screen to keep your hands on the wheel. They have this to make sure you're holding on in case it tries to go somewhere wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

Nirvelli Re:The cynic in me... (339 comments)

Weather balloons are much larger than that on the ground, let alone at 37000ft.

about 2 years ago
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Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns

Nirvelli Re:Important difference (297 comments)

Likely it wouldn't be tied to the functioning of the car, but if they try to make them mandatory it'll probably be some sort of requirement for the purchase of insurance.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

Nirvelli The Implication (513 comments)

The show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" covered this subject a while back, sort of.

more than 2 years ago
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All the TV News Since 2009, Now Available At the Internet Archive

Nirvelli Re:Serious question (70 comments)

There are organizations who record essentially all the news, and have people catalog it and tag it etc., and have been doing this for a very long time. So if for example The Daily Show wants to do a bit where they show 50 different local news reporters reading the same phrase from some AP story they all ran, they just go to the news catalog people and say "give me all the clips from the last 2 days containing [whatever phrase]."
There was a news story about the whole process a few days ago, but ironically I can't remember where I saw it and I don't have it recorded.

more than 2 years ago
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The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords

Nirvelli Obama, repeal the DMCA! (194 comments)

President Obama,

The DMCA has deleted your wife from the internet! You must repeal it immediately!

Sincerely,
A Concerned Internet Citizen

more than 2 years ago
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T-Mobile Returns To Unlimited Data Plans

Nirvelli Re:"The flaw" not really much of a flaw (152 comments)

Sounds like they dumped you into the 5Gb "Unlimited Premium" plan, which includes tethering a.k.a. "Mobile HotSpot."
Info

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

Nirvelli Re:And... (101 comments)

So what you're saying is, the Slashdot summary is just the usual FUD and lacking any of the useful parts of the article?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Apple Is Suing Every Android Manufacturer In Sight

Nirvelli Re:History (738 comments)

T-Mobile doesn't carry the iPhone in the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Live Pictures From Inside Your Stomach

Nirvelli Re:Stohach acid (40 comments)

When did this happen?! This is great news!

more than 2 years ago

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