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Old 12-06-2015, 09:58 PM   #24041
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:10 PM   #24042
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Ok, I'm mad.

A tech came in on Friday to service the Keurig machine in the office, which has been brewing very slowly. He did not succeed in fixing the problem in any way, and now, for some reason, the GUI no longer allows you to select a 12oz brew, only 8 or 10. I assume he loaded updated firmware into it to cause this new problem, though I have no idea why. (And no, ours isn't one of the ones which implemented the DRM thing a year ago. It predates that whole debacle.)

Sidebar: I just mentioned firmware, digital-rights management, and touchscreen GUIs while discussing a coffee maker. The future is stupid.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:20 PM   #24043
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Like GM starting to make a lot of their **** of aluminum
Hmmm, I wonder what prompted that move....Definitely couldn't be the ford F series.

On that note, I hate this commercial, so ******* misleading, and just a pointless jab. Guarantee GM will be using aluminum bodies as soon as they can.

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Old 12-07-2015, 03:26 PM   #24044
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Hmmm, I wonder what prompted that move....Definitely couldn't be the ford F series.

On that note, I hate this commercial, so ******* misleading, and just a pointless jab. Guarantee GM will be using aluminum bodies as soon as they can.

Cages: High Strength Steel | Chevrolet - YouTube
Misleading or just devised by people who aren't engineers. Aluminum cage would not be made with same geometry.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:28 PM   #24045
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Misleading* by "claiming" that steel is stronger than aluminum, or a "feeling" is better.

When the aluminum bodied truck is superior in every way.

*Its good advertising, but that doesn't make it **** me off any less.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:33 PM   #24046
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Voice of Reason:

Since when did the majority of consumers make important purchasing decisions based more on facts and truth than on feelings and emotion?

And pickup trucks, especially.

Just think of how many truck ads you've seen which depict Big, Manly trucks doing Big, Manly things (like towing / hauling heavy **** at construction sites or oil fields), while vaguely patriotic music plays in the background?

Contrast this with the number of truck ads you've seen that included dyno plots, gear ratios, or data concerning tongue weight.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:35 PM   #24047
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Still doesn't change the fact that it pisses me off

I am not dismissing the good marketing. I'm dreaming of a world full of engineers.

Other bits in that dream turn it nasty pretty quickly though mostly some of the women in the engineering program at my school.
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Pretty sure those shark cages you see holding off the great whites are all aluminum.
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Pretty sure those shark cages you see holding off the great whites are all aluminum.
Yes, and that's why, in 2005, a British tourist, Mark Currie, was nearly killed when a 6-metre great white shark bit through the bars of a shark cage being used during a recreational shark dive off the coast of South Africa. (source)

If that cage had been steel, it wouldn't have happened.


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And if it had been steel it would have corroded so bad in the salt water it also would have been bitten through

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This all reminds me a tad of those comedians who ask "why don't they make the whole plane out of whatever the black box is made of?"
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:45 PM   #24052
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I love **** like that. Makes you chuckle, and is somewhat clever.
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... was nearly killed [due to aluminum cage] ...
And yet suffered not a scratch.
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What is this aluminum that you speak off?
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What is this aluminum that you speak off?

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Voice of Reason:

Since when did the majority of consumers make important purchasing decisions based more on facts and truth than on feelings and emotion?
I wonder how many of these same people get similarly stressed out when in the truck commercials a huge load of *whatever* is DROPPED into a brand new pickup truck's bed, slamming it onto its bumpstops, bending axles and twisting frames? I bet the doors don't open or close right on many of them after the filming.

And speaking of marketing, truth, feelings, and emotion, how many stressed out peeps have bought sunglasses that cost more than $30? $80? $150? $260? $320? It only cost the company $12 to have the Indonesian ten-year-old make that $300 pair, you know.

Coco Chanel grew up penniless and orphaned and she loathed wealthy people for the way they treated her. She faked her way into society circles and then purposefully sold them the chintziest crap she could find at huge margins. She actively sought out the lowest quality materials on purpose so when snobby people wore her garments she gained satisfaction that she was more clever than them. That is how she sought her revenge for the cruelty she endured as a child.
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Getting my first dog this afternoon. 5 year old mix from the humane society.

Someone learn me on pet insurance, is it a scam? Worth it? Necessary? She is in good health right now, with 2 possible dead teeth, they suggested they be checked out in the next year or so.
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I priced that stuff out, was around $16 a month for my dog. I don't think I've ever spent more than $100 a year at the vet, yet, so I'm still feeling pretty decent on my decision.

Course my pup is just now getting to 5 years, probably more per month now, and probably more worth it.
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I wonder how many of these same people get similarly stressed out when in the truck commercials a huge load of *whatever* is DROPPED into a brand new pickup truck's bed, slamming it onto its bumpstops, bending axles and twisting frames? I bet the doors don't open or close right on many of them after the filming.
When I was young, The Dukes of Hazzard was a popular daytime TV show. I can remember even at that age noticing how the General Lee seemed to be pretty much demolished by the impact of every landing that it made (panels buckling, seams around doors becoming asymmetrical, etc) despite the fact that as soon as the editor cut to the next shot, the car drove away perfectly unscathed.










The weird thing is that I can't really remember whether the same phenomenon occurred with KITT. But as Micheal Knight used to say, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.

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