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MECO. Main Engine Cut-Off.

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Many cars prior to the F-150 have had aluminum bodies (Land and Range Rovers, for instance) that sold well. I would think that many truck drivers are more concerned with towing capacity, power and fuel economy than the specific metal the body is made from. Besides, the aluminum won't rust!

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If you're buying a F-150, you are more concerned with it holding up[1]. This is the vehicle of construction sites and farmers. It is truly the vehicle of I need to haul that stuff over there where they might not be a road. The concern is that the 2014 F-150 will not hold up and be more expensive to repair.

This is Ford's flagship vehicle. It cannot just sell well, it must put up amazing numbers. Its the iPhone of the car world.

1) the F-150's gas mileage isn't stellar, but it does even out when hauling.

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My initial concern would be metal fatigue, if they're building the frame from aluminum. But that's a hardware problem and I'll assume they've thought about it first.

The rollout of the EcoMod twin-turbo six-cylinder in the F-150 gives me some faith that they're not the usual run-of-the-mill idiots.

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We recently switched to PostgresSQL after we had some very disturbing performance issues using floppy drives with MongoD... oh... Mono 3.0.. uh, nevermind.

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I've wanted to do something like this for a while now (I was going to call it "sub rosa linux"). Little linux machines that would try to stay connected to any network they could attach to and be as undetectable as possible. While I like the idea from a geekery point of view, I'm not sure what the real, legal uses would be.

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DB-level locking is planned for MongoDB 2.2 which should be out within a few months.

https://jira.mongodb.org/browse/SERVER-4328

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Meh, if your other option is to use PostgreSQL and get row level locks, a db level lock is still a fail.

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And here's a great post that provides some insight on how much effort has been put in by RDBMS vendors to handle locking:

http://stackoverflow.com/a/872808

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