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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:No Slaves (431 comments)

No, even the Chinese government can't bring themselves to tell that big of a lie.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Whelp... (431 comments)

What whargoul said.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re: Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Good god it is the Japanese car vs. American car thing again. Guess who won the last time?

America, at least as far as the workers are concerned, which is the only thing I give a damn about. In 1985 "voluntary export restraints" were adopted, and much of the "Japanese" car production came to the US. A dollar from a Toyota paycheck is the same as a dollar from a GM paycheck. Of course that was before every "sophisticated" idiot starting screaming "free trade" as tough it was an unquestionable principle.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

As opposed to the US assembled vehicles made with those same Chinese parts?

That's why I only buy solid American cars like Toyota. My Camry is 80% value added in the US, and my wife's Sienna is 85%. That's total value added, not just assembly, so most of the parts are US made. They're a lot more American than most so-called American cars. I'm quite happy having the engines and trannies built in WV, and having the car assembled in Kentucky.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

It's one thing whether the car can roll off the dealer's lot under its own power, and quite another how far you can drive it before it craps out. I expect cars to last 150k miles with standard maintenance and a few small repairs. I used to do that all the time, but it's getting harder and harder.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Care to specify which older cars, or at least how old they are? Pre-emissions (i.e. 1960's) you may have a point. At least your basic cars were bog simple, and the old Detroit iron was such overkill that you really didn't care if a cylinder or two wasn't working. They also needed more maintenance and handled like pigs. Then somebody decided that opaque city air was a bad idea. 70's emissions compliant cars were such insane nightmares of vacuum tubing that you couldn't see the engine. Ever try to trace down a leak in a vacuum system? Then there was that nightmare of things that controlled or were controlled by the vacuum system. It was basically a cobbled together mechanical computer.

The best thing to ever happened to cars was fuel injection and ECU's. Later they used computer control for those decadent automatic transmissions and that was a good idea. They also vastly increased tire life, made spark plugs that lasted over 100k miles, and all kinds of other stuff to reduce maintenance. The problem is that, especially in the last ten years, they've introduced all sort of unnecessary crap that kills the reliability and increases maintenance costs. How many networked unnecessary electronic boxes do you need? I want the engine and the tranny to run, and screw everything else. Power sliding doors on mini-vans? I cursed it and predicted it would be a problem when my wife bought her 2006 Sienna. The chickens have now come home to roost and the one good thing is I think I can completely disable the power crap by cutting a cable. Imagine people having to use their hands? Power seats? Unless you have a physical handicap you should be able to adjust your seat position without electro-mechanical assistance!. No really, I've heard old-timers talk about it.

about a month ago
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EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

ebno-10db Re:How much more can we squeeze? (78 comments)

We have had schemes to hit the shannon limit for as long as the limit has been known.

Practical schemes are much more recent, but yes we do have ones now that are so close it makes very little difference. Then there is the finite BW issue:

different than bandwidth or spectrum

Which is where our old buddy Nyquist comes in. Of course you can overcome that with more complex constellations, but then Shannon becomes more of a problem. Between these two guys they've really got us constrained.

about a month ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:The world... (236 comments)

Oops, forgot about the obvious #2 (#1?) S. Korea. But what about the 600lb. gorilla - China. Not to mention the S.E. Asian countries, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. So the US is more than holding our own in analog/RF chip design. At the rate "American" companies like to ship our expertise overseas, that might even be true for a few more years.

about a month and a half ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re: This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Is it possible that the average GOP voter doesn't like illegal immigration from a fairness perspective?

Irrelevant. The only people who count are the ones shoveling money to the Republicans, and they love the cheap labor that comes from illegal immigration. By contrast, Democratic money suppliers openly admit to liking illegal immigration. Isn't it nice to have a choice?

about a month and a half ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re:This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Only half true. They didn't give a flying fudge until a Democrat was in office, then it became a "big gov't conspiracy".

Well at least somebody made some noise about it. I'd rather have hypocrisy than silence.

about a month and a half ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re:That's just a bad idea... (422 comments)

This is a dangerous precedent

As disgusting as it is, it's not a precedent. Party apparatus, political consultants, PAC's, lobbyists, etc. have been doing this for years, and have plenty of money to throw at it. Other than that it's the usual Silicon Valley hype. Since it comes from SV they (and people who fall for it) go ooh, ahh if it's from SV it must be some brilliantly innovative idea. It's an open question whether or not the SV hype artists believe it themselves. Scarily, I suspect they do, but if you want actual expertise in this area, get thee to D.C.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:The world... (236 comments)

Good analog/RF chip designers are ... They're all Asian.

Bull. You're taking the "everything is done in Asia" line and assuming that it really is true of everything, including analog/RF chip designs. I'm currently working (as a system engineer for the application) with a group of absolutely top notch RF chip designers in the Midwest. I know SV types just know it's impossible for real engineering work to be done in the Midwest, but fact is stranger than fiction (I'm not pushing the Midwest either - I'm on the East Coast). Qualcomm does much of their RF design in California, and Infineon does it there and in Germany. Analog Devices does much of their design work in Massachusetts, and to the extent it's gone offshore, it's to Ireland. There are also a bunch of smaller RF chip (and discrete) manufacturers in North Carolina, like RFMD.

So where are these Asian analog/RF chip design centers that you're talking about? Japan, and maybe Taiwan (obviously they have TSMC, but that's different), have some good stuff, but what about the rest of the very large continent you're talking about?

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:Analog engineers build the interface (236 comments)

There's very little need for complicated analog designs anymore,

Yes, because analog/RF chips just design themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:Yes, of course it is (236 comments)

even the power amplifiers can now be switching

Switching circuits are analog circuits.

And all the people who think you "need" an analog background to design 1MHz microcontroller stuff

1MHz? That's out of the audio range, right?

I've spoken with EEs with decades of experience who don't even know what a common mode voltage is anymore because they just apply the same recipe over and over.

Then they're not very good engineers. Even digital stuff sometimes goes differential, like LVDS.

What's the point of churning out so many EEs these days?

In America? There isn't. But that's what comes from having well bribed(1) politicians making policies that screw most Americans.

(1) Oops, I forgot that our illustrious Supreme Court says that money is speech, so bribery is now protected by the 1st Amendment.

I mean except as a way to channel government loan money into university coffers via student debt.

Universities are some of the biggest proponents of things like the H-1B, which universities think is great as long as universities stay on the gravy train.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:The world... (236 comments)

Not to mention power supplies. A switching supply is very much an analog circuit.

Even if you have a ready made analogue front end

But someone has to design the chips. Good analog/RF chip designers are awfully thin on the ground, because it takes many years to really get good. By comparison digital chip designers are a dime-a-dozen (don't take offense, I've done digital but not analog chip design). And analog board level designs, which I've done, don't prepare you much for making chips.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

ebno-10db Re:Nativism (234 comments)

Nativism is the political position of demanding a favored status for certain established inhabitants of a nation as compared to claims of newcomers or immigrants.

Almost all unions in the US are nativist in origin if not in current implementation. No big surprise that the collapse of the unions in the late 60s and 70s coincided with the rise of minorities in blue collar/skilled labor.

Which minorities are those? African Americans? Since most African Americans have ancestors in this country going back over 200 years, I don't think they qualify as the "newcomers or immigrants" that nativism discriminates against.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

ebno-10db Re:Nativism (234 comments)

Nativism is the political position of demanding a favored status for certain established inhabitants of a nation as compared to claims of newcomers or immigrants.

Hence the H-1B program is nativist because people here on an H-1B visa are required to leave the country if they're unemployed. That's very different from groups that have a more privileged status like citizens and green card holders. This nativism is one of the main complaint of opponents of the H-1B program.

"Tech worker groups" sounds suspiciously like whites and Asians to me. Why should these high-IQ groups receive advantages when so many other groups don't?

You're also a bigot who believes that whites and Asians are smarter than other groups. Have you been reading "The Bell Curve"?

about 2 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

ebno-10db Re:Not very useful (234 comments)

They might notice if they still had any American IT workers.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

ebno-10db Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

Capitalism is when man oppresses man, but communism is the other way around.

about 2 months ago

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