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Aug 11
45

I once bought software that came on 32 floppies in a big old box, and one of them was corrupt so I had to call the company for a replacement and wait for it to arrive in the mail. Read more

Aug 7
4

Yeah, Mini’s website doesn’t advertise that, but I was served an ad for that car on Instagram last night (perfect timing, right?)

I think the Oxford is a weird thing where it’s only available for college kids and first responders or something? I haven’t been able to find the full story on that. 

Aug 7
31

Same reason everything at the grocery store ends in ninety-nine cents. Psychology. If you can get the price lowered enough to crack that barrier, people will think $19,995 is significantly cheaper than $20,001. 

Aug 6
3

Though not common anymore, back in the mid-’80s “Topazzin’” was known as the practice of driving into oncoming traffic at speeds of up to 34 MPH while laying on the horn and sobbing. In a Ford Topaz (Mercury in US markets). It was illegal, of course, but also deeply embarrassing.

Aug 5
3

I agree with the sentiment of hate, I just feel like Elon does not really care what most of us think, lol.

Aug 5
44

Its going to be interesting in 12 years when these screens turn to yellow-shyte and Tesla isn’t interested in supporting “old cars off warranty” Read more

Aug 5
19

Exactly. Counter-intuitive, stupid, dangerous. Twenty whatever the hell steps forward in EV visibility and disruption (and admittedly awesome acceleration/performance). Thirtyderp steps back in previously-perfected, frequently-used, safe vehicle operations. Read more

Aug 5
17

In my personal experience, BMWs of ~20 years ago had a fantastic rain sensing wiper system. I haven’t driven any BMWs newer than 2006, so I can’t say how they’ve changed since then.

Aug 5
116

Because touch screen!  Because fancy!  Because we don’t know how car interiors or driving work!  Because the laser eyeballs will do it, you don’t need to drive!  Autopilot! 

Aug 5
88

I’m confused and I know little about how Telsa’s work... or don’t. So when driving down the interstate with traffic at 85 mph, on a 100 degree day, and suddenly a popup thunderstorm just dumps a deluge of water, and people start panic braking, I literally will be blind for several seconds because I hit the wiper stalk Read more

Aug 5
38

It’s not just about keeping things where they used to be. Mercedes used to cram everything onto a single stalk. If the wiper controls were physical knobs on the center console, that would have been fine. The driver would have to get used to their new placement, but they would get used to it, and then muscle memory Read more

Aug 5
46

Gods, please, automakers. Leave the HVAC controls as physical buttons and knobs!

Aug 5
106

Touch screens are dumb and dangerous for any functions of a car that are actively controlled while driving. Sure, bury settings in touch menus. But stereo volume, hvac (esp defrost), wipers, cruise, trasmission, blinker, lights, etc all need to be physical buttons that can be manipulated without looking.

Aug 5
38

Who knew muscle memory actually mattered?  We’ve only been training people on how to do this (with slight variations) for what, 100 years?