UGH. Yes, drivers are inherently stupid, but surely you're not going to just ignore Toyota's shitty ECU coding (EX: a watchdog that wasn't really a watchdog....cause they fucked it up....really?) right?
Oh right, of course you are.
In case you?ve forgotten, starting in the late 2000s Toyota was deluged with reports of ?runaway? vehicles. This led to lawsuits, federal investigations, recalls, frenzied and outright fraudulent news stories, and a black eye it took the automaker years to recover from.
Ultimately, the cause of these unintended acceleration incidents was deemed to be ?pedal misapplication??drivers hitting the gas instead of the brake?or in some cases, sticky floor mats. But reports of flaws in the cars? electronic control modules were never substantiated. (Toyota ended up spending billions to settle those lawsuits, on a criminal investigation, and on recalls anyway.)
The other issue I had with Jalopnik was how a lot of their reviews stopped being about the car and started being more about the press launch trip. I go there to read about the car, but instead get "BMW flew me out, put me up in a awesome hotel, fed me awesome food, showed me awesome things..... oh and I drove a car too." Fuck that shit.
LOLWUT? That's the boilerplate we have to admit on gaudy press junkets, but unless it's some kind of major experience-type trip (snow school, for example), everything I've read lately sticks to the car.
TBH, we need more junkets that have fewer frills and more track time.
Yup, it's dead now. MacDonald was the sole Lanesplitter full-timer. It was getting a ton of traffic and growing. And they let him go? Morons.
Tyler Rogoway built Foxtrot Alpha up the same way. Wrote professional, in-depth content while being as unbiased as possible. A real feat when you're reporting defense and international relations. They fuckin let him go too.
She's about the only person I've read who can make NASCAR sound interesting :lol:. Black Flag is pretty good.
Yes, Sean left?and I, too, miss having regular motorcycle coverage (not to mention someone who was passionate about MotoGP and motocross). Since it's tacky as balls to chat about and speculate on about a former coworker's work situation?especially since I wasn't privy to all the details?I won't, but he's doing his thing at Cycle World now.
Tyler, however, left on his own for another job over with The Drive. Wasn't let go by our end. We were sad to see him leave!
Hey, neat, another article that totally misunderstood what's going on with our company. So far, Ziff Davis offered up an opening bid. It opens up for auction on the 15th, IIRC, so that's when we'll find out what's actually going to happen. If no one else wants us, it's ZD's. If someone outbids them, it's not. No one knows yet.
Hopefully, we're just kind of funded to keep doing what we're doing. I don't know what things were like before I was hired, but I've noticed things become a better-oiled machine since I've been there. I feel like we're doing some of our best work right now (with solid editorial feedback and review, to boot), and the regular company part is profitable. Don't bork a good thing!