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Old 02-09-2014, 02:02 PM   #19641
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That's because all auto makers are designing cars to look like Kia and Hyundai.
..... You're right. I didn't notice it, but it's true.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:17 PM   #19642
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I have been informed by someone whose opinion I respect on the subject that I have technically become a Citiot (portmanteau of City + Idiot):

n. Most commonly from New York City, citiots venture out to their summer cottages in the Catskills on weekends. Citiots are typically wealthy and adorn themselves in clothing and jewelry befitting their perceived stature. They drive like they own the place, and they walk around town and in stores like they own them too.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:09 AM   #19643
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So last weekend my phone decided to no longer allow me to hear callers unless it's on speaker phone. Apple is telling me to go suck eggs since my factory warranty expired last month.

I'm not sure what I expected.
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So last weekend my phone decided to no longer allow me to hear callers unless it's on speaker phone. Apple is telling me to go suck eggs since my factory warranty expired last month.

I'm not sure what I expected.
Which model?

Try cleaning out the charging port thoroughly -- q-tips and rubbing alcohol (in very small amounts so you don't trigger the liquid sensor) work well. I've seen several audio issues solved this way.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:27 PM   #19645
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..... You're right. I didn't notice it, but it's true.
It's really is. I saw the new Sentra the other day and thought it was a Sonata, and i was like: wait, that's a nissan?

The new Corolla looks like a Forte. Then there's the Dodge dart and all the other American cars like Buick and stuff. Even the new civic looks like an Elantra.

Everyone is just copying what sells well--and Kia and Hyundai sell well.

I think Mazda is the only one at least sticking with their own identity.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:45 PM   #19646
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Which model?

Try cleaning out the charging port thoroughly -- q-tips and rubbing alcohol (in very small amounts so you don't trigger the liquid sensor) work well. I've seen several audio issues solved this way.
iphone 5, 32gb of 14 months old. I manned up and went to the apple store 5 miles from here. Explained, showed receipt. An hour later they had replaced the screen and speaker assembly for free and it's fully functioning again. As much as I like to rag on apple and their business ethics etc, this was a pleasant surprise
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Its funny how every other phone maker has a 2-year warranty in Europe, except for Apple.
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Its funny how every other phone maker has a 2-year warranty in Europe, except for Apple.
Interesting- in the US 1 year is common from all manufacturers.

Of course, most consumers here don't purchase their phones directly from the manufacturer, but rather lease them from the service provider (something which has always annoyed me), so from their point of view this is mostly irrelevant.
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Why sweat it? I'm pretty sure warranty doubling** is offered by many credit cards these days.

Compare credit card extended warranties: behind the fine print


** up to 2 years max
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Interesting- in the US 1 year is common from all manufacturers.

Of course, most consumers here don't purchase their phones directly from the manufacturer, but rather lease them from the service provider (something which has always annoyed me), so from their point of view this is mostly irrelevant.
Subsidizing with a new contract or with a renewal is also very common over here as well. Obviously the phone is locked to the carrier for the duration of the contract.
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:21 PM   #19652
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Subsidizing with a new contract or with a renewal is also very common over here as well.
Really? I didn't know that.

In Germany, my understanding is that the phone and the service are considered to be two entirely separate things, with what we (in the US) would consider to be "unlocked" phones being commonly available at retail outlets not associated with a service provider, and SIM cards being sold as a separate transaction, commonly from a separate vendor.

I know that my "Euro" phone (separate from my regular US phone) was not subsidized by any carrier, and I simply pick up a fresh pre-paid SIM card whenever I go over there.

Sadly, this is EXTREMELY uncommon in the US. T-Mobile is, to the best of my knowledge, the only major carrier which commonly advertises service plans which are neither tied to a specific phone nor a specific commitment length (eg: no 2 year contracts), and which also advertises, in plain sight, the "true" (unsubsidized) cost of the phones as well. I have done business with them exclusively for years, and for this sole reason.

Most other vendors prefer to take advantage of the fact that people are easily lured in by touting how they will give you a new phone for "free" every 1-2 years, rather than making you pay the true cost of the phone up-front, despite the fact that the latter invariably saves you money in the long run. Even individuals who I would otherwise consider to be reasonably intelligent seem to accept this business practice as normal.
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Quick nooob electronics question. Just asking so I don't blow my load.

If I'm making a LED tachometer for the Gayata, do I need to convert the frequency via LM2917 to volts or can that be bypassed since the 1.6 outputs a 0-12v squarewave?

It seems like all DIY LED tach schematics I've seen are for cars that have distributors.
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Is it too much to ask a manufacturer to support a product for more than 1 major Windows version? I have two Canon scanners that were the latest under Windows 7. No drivers offered for Windows 8.....

Between Microsoft and the component suppliers it's no wonder the industry makes as much money as it does.

Canon, I promise you the replacement won't come from you just for spite.

Anyone on Windows 7 need a good scanner cheap?
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Is it too much to ask a manufacturer to support a product for more than 1 major Windows version?
Speaking from the perspective of someone who spent several years working for a third-party OEM, yes. Particularly when radical changes to dev libraries and 32/64-bit platform changes are involved.

Engineering is driven by PLM. This is true in nearly every corporation on the face of the earth. From a purely bottom-line standpoint, the ROI on re-engineering drivers for discontinued products is essentially zero. Thus, it rarely happens, especially at the consumer level where product lifecycles are shorter than the attention-span of a fruit fly.
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They're not my enemies. Certainly not the entire nation.

We all know that not everyone in Russia was involved in preparing for the Olympics. But the attitude of some of the posts is that there's some common characteristic of the Russian people that led to the problems. That's the hate that I was referring to. It's like having the attitude that all blacks are violent criminals.

Russian Olympic announcers root for Russians, pull against Americans

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Bobtsov also referred to some of the men on other countries' gymnastics teams as "pieces of wood," claimed that the Americans were "showing off" and referred to American Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton as "little legs, little arms, and ugly."

Both commentators were in agreement that the Americans "unfortunately" did well, but that the judges still gave them much higher scores than they deserved.
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U.S. allies are not exempt from Russian announcers' scorn. When the U.K.'s Elizabeth Tweddle took to the floor, Ivanova said, "Show them your crooked legs, Beth."
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As the young Olympic gymnast competed in the all-arounds, the TV announcer said: "She messed up really well. This is so good, she got another deduction of points."
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I pull for whoever seems to be passionate and giving it that little extra effort, regardless of country. I've never understood this overly patriotic mentality people have, wishing ill against other competitors, waving their flag with a little too much enthusiasm and chanting their country name like that's all they know how to say. Maybe I'm just not Murican enough? Can't we all just be friends?
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Aaaahhh - the good old days. I rode the 4,5 and 6 trains from Grand Central to Wall St for work from 1980 to 1983. We didn't call it "the electric sewer" for nothing. Too many unpleasant memories to recall......

Joe rides PATH, not the subway - huge difference(or at least there was back then).
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