* Posts by quxinot

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

quxinot
Linux

I believe a fake model is in fact a real fish, likely.

We all know what kind of predator they should have used (see icon).

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CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

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>Every time I see 'Apple like' or.....<

I don't want to see "Apple like" when talking about a new, high power laptop. What I'd really like to see from Lenovo is "Thinkpad like"! Bring back the days of slightly chunky, easily upgraded, powerful, durable laptops that the branding came on in the first place! There's no reason to copy anyone else when you already have a winning concept, just stick with what worked in the first place!

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Whose side is it not worth being on

Really?

Looking at the vendors, 1984 seems more appropriate to me.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I think I'm on the same page as everyone else as far as price, though I don't think we have to see absolute parity between the two styles--perhaps a 10% premium against the middle of the pricing band would be acceptable to most.

But what I'm waiting for is a SSD that actually can replace my NAS's drives. In that instance, I'm looking for price and longevity mostly. Speed isn't particularly important as the dozen drives can saturate a gigabit link without working terribly hard. So why hasn't a manufacturer come out with a medium format (3.5" rather than 2.5" or 5.25) SSD that can be stuffed chock to the gills with chips from the previous generation--where the fab is paid for and failure rates are low, so easy to make reliable profits on--and designed NAS drives? Start showing me 2-4Tb units in a larger case with good endurance within 10% of the price of something like a WD Red, and I suspect there's a vast amount of money to be made.

Nevermind that that same drive could be jammed into a normal desktop by an OEM for significantly cheaper than a 'fast' SSD of the more current designs, and allow the OEM to put a big sticker boasting about it having "not just an SSD but a bigger one than the competition" on the box, and I suspect they'd be onto a winner.

But then I'm the cheapskate that's still using a dozen used rusty 2Tb drives in my NAS because that was the sweet spot for cost:space, and let ZFS pick up the reliability (which honestly, has been excellent). Makes you wonder just how fat the profit margins are, and how much that's pushing for bragging rights in the speed arena. That said, I just also put a fancy M.2 into my main gaming rig, and the speed is really noticable, but the pricing makes it dumb for storing ...uh... cat videos.

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UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

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Paris Hilton

Re: beating off Microsoft

Paris needs a jewler's loupe to prevent ocular mishaps in case of sucess, you mean.

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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: if we can put a man on the moon, we can...

If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon today?

Suggests that perhaps our government isn't performing up to snuff to me.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Don't care who the maker is...

I do not need my car going online. Period. This crap needs to be optional at the time of purchase, and easily disabled or modified after purchase.

I love driving tremendously, but absolutely am not looking forward to buying my next car. I'd cheerfully trade all the electro-tinsel for a decent chassis that delivers what I ask of it.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: From experience...

Can't edit on mobile, so apologies for self-relplying here.

VCDS runs on XP, much faster booting and lighter in a VM, which you'll probably not allow online other than for updates (which aren't necessary for VCDS unless you are trying to work on a new car not in your database.... in which case, just download the latest version and copy it locally to the VM instead of letting it go online itself).

The other piece of software that I'd like to try in v-box is Eurodyne Maestro, but I haven't needed to go that route just yet (already using APR's software in the ECU, so major hardware changes are needed to justify the change).

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Re: From experience...

VCDS works on virtualbox. Ross-tech just won't support it officially. At least with the HEX-CAN interface, I have no experience with the wireless versions.

I do recall that there was a trick involved, but couldn't tell you what that was even about. If you're comfortable with virtualbox, give it a shot!

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

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Re: Widnows 10 "Enterprise" LOL

...and Office Proplus 2019...

Read as "Office Prolapse 2019". Took a moment to decide if that was wrong or not.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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"My Watch saved my life back at the end of May, by notifying me of a very elevated heart rate, and stating that I should seek immediate medical attention. I went to the emergency room, and ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks. If it weren’t for that, I could be dead. So is this trivial? No, it’s not. It’s worth every penny. Your smartphone can’t do that."

So they save lives?

Arguably, a cheap plastic band around everyone in the world's arm that said "Don't smoke, and don't drive drunk" would save more lives by a bajillion percent. Your needs are not the needs of the market, when talking about absolute mass-market products, rather than niche ones.

(I would of course have the geek version--a mobius strip.)

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Re: Still need that "killer app" ?

"The unique feature a watch provides is the time and date. Instantly. Fusslessly."

Arguably, a mobile phone's unique feature was the ability to make telephone calls remotely. Instantly. Fusslessly is debateable.

The big killer app was ...er... the app, actually. Suddenly the smartphone became something that the cell phone was not. Calling a smartphone a phone is almost ludicrous, as they're pocket computers more than anything else.

The reason why everyone in manufacturing jumped onto the watch platform is because they didn't want to miss out on the prize if it became as important as the smartphone did. It didn't, mind you, so they all have dropped back out again. There's still a bunch of niches available, from sports-tracking devices, handy GPS reference for golfers who want to know exactly how far they hit/need to keep hitting, diving computers, and so forth. What we're all waiting for is something that takes the smartwatch out of the category of niche and blows it into "basically everyone on the planet will want one" like smartphones did.

Hasn't happened yet. If I knew the answer, I'd probably be a very rich man--or more likely, complaining and irritable when someone with more means gets the same idea and gets there first. But then, manufacturers can't do basic things like include reasonable pockets in women's jeans despite demand, so maybe there's hope yet.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Given the reliability of O365 and such

... It'll obviously be GitDown!

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: Fix it, don't disable it

Rather than using excessive caps, why not let the force of your words alone provide the weight you're looking for?

You may as well be using emoji to make a strong point.

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USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

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Re: Where do you want to go tomorrow?

>Don't go to Venus. It's horrible.<

But physics calculations give us an idea of what flight there would be like. The upshot is: Your plane would fly pretty well, except it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would stop flying, and then stop being a plane.

.....

Venus is a terrible place.

--Randall Munroe, XKCD's What-if "Interplanetary Cessna"

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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"Judge us by our actions"

That's why there's so many people making local backups and looking for an alternative, sir.

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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Joke

>I guess more emojis are needed because people can't write anymore? Pretty soon they're will probably be a Twitter for just emojis and no text.<

It worked for the Egyptians for a good long while!

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German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

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>And then have Elon Musk put the whole works on the test launch of the BFR.<

Why bother wasting payload space? Just set them on the launchpad next to it, that'll work just as well.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Can't have it both ways, guys.

You can't say "[all] journalists do [x,y,z]" and follow that with "the media is not a coherent whole".

More importantly, real journalism is being crowded out by movements (directed or undirected) found on various social media. Which means that non-journalists are having more say that winds up in the media--the media is not just what journalists write/say anymore.

Seems like most of the time, the proper media winds up just reporting on the actions of people online, anymore. For example, this article.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Re: "Surprisingly common"

>In the same way that you don't just walk into a Yamaha dealer and buy a Kawasaki Ninja H2R without...<

Wouldn't you go to a Kawasaki dealer instead? Also, the H2R was limited production and not street-legal (at least here). But any 1000cc sportbike should comfortably clear 150mph, so the rest stands up nicely.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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Re: One good thing

This has been a refreshingly accurate view of politics in action.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Computing power...

>Of course, one might try using a Raspberry Pi for the computing, as it has close to the same power as an original VAX.

Okay, that's it. Now I want a paper tape reader for a PiZero.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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Re: I hadn't realised what Pocket was

I wish there was an easier way to do a new-install configuration. Install these extensions, disable this that and the other, and change the UI in the following ways.

It seems like the more configuring I have to manually do after installing a product, the less I wind up liking it. When I first installed Mint with MATE, I think I made three whole changes.... contrast with spending longer doing config changes on XP than the install and patching process took! (Until I discovered nlite and made a really good install image, anyhow... but that's now years ago.)

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Heads->roll.

All it takes is an accident during the knighting...

Is a sneeze an accident?

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Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

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Posted without comment

".....signed by around 30 internet academics"

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UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

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Nah, if you can hit the first three, you've definitely figured the 4th out.

And can likely add "miracle worker" to your CV.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Re: Lock makers that you can trust?

> plus the fact it's a pain in the ass to deal with a garage door opener on a motorcycle.<

Wire a spare opener onto the motorcycle and use an addon switch (PMR makes some nice ones).

Arguably insecure if the bike is stolen, but to be fair if your car is stolen and has an opener in it, you're in the same boat as far as having an opener floating around out there.

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Oh, baby! Newborn-care website leaves database of medics wide open

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Re: "own up to your mistakes"

Several thousand years of history argues otherwise.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Yeah right

>VOIP doesn't need much bandwidth at all, a few tens of kilobits/second if that.<

Depends on if you want it to be understandable and of decent quality or not. I'm sure that they'll immediately turn down the bitrate into single digits so that all conversations are along the lines of talking to Charlie Brown's teachers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss2hULhXf04

I know VOIP is better than it was some years ago, but it certainly seems that overall phone call quality has gone dramatically down over the years.

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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Re: Cock size

>I know a guy with a 12" penis, but he doesn't use it as a rule.<

https://xkcd.com/532/

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>Anyone choosing a marque that displays 4 cock rings on their grille as a warning to other road users has clearly not thought through their choice of car.<

Terrifyingly, my wife just bought an Audi.

Oh dear.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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Re: At the risk of becoming tiresome...

Analogy police: Your car having a flat tire is much more potentially likely to kill someone compared against your router having default credentials.

Your car handling unpredictably can kill someone important.

Your router being hacked is likely to screw you, mostly. Arguably it could be used in a DDoS someplace, but that's less likely than various other devices (baby monitor cameras for example), and it's unlikely anyone could die.

I change my passwords (sometimes not very well, depending on how important it actually is... often a stickynote on the bottom has the non-default password sharpie'd into it) on everything. But when it comes to my car, my wife's car, or my motorbikes? I make quite sure that I'm not likely to go out and commit suicide or manslaughter.

If dying is anything like being injured, it hurts, and that isn't any fun. Don't like that much.

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Wish I was in MI.

I could vote for that person.

Nevermind party lines and such, that's the sort of thing that should be rewarded. While the red and blue divy up a narrow band in the middle and shout, there's a black area waaaayyy over there that we all agree on, and that's where the questions were coming from. Politics and law needs more of the stuff that anyone can agree on for a basis, not minor stuff that precisely splits us.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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impress me

Lets see this little open source trinket get installed as an option against Android. If it closes the way to help get end-users root access, then we're there. Actually, if I can have root control straight out of the box, I'm not bothered all that much on which it is. As misquoted from Pitr: "God, root, what is the difference?"

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Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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Re: bollocks

Imagine if you could run a 1980's application that was built to run fast with a minimal footprint. No tinsel, no buttons that change color on a mouseover....

...but it'd run like hell.

Sadly this can be applied to almost any application anymore, it seems. Sucks that our computers are a comfortable thousand times faster, but are slower to the actual end-user.

(Yes, much of this is drive speed, and yet, it still does stand.)

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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>The thing these neurotic hypochondriacs who claim to "suffer" from this sort of EM sensitivity need the most is a psychiatrist, not a sys admin :)<

A psychiatrist will have ECT, which is nearly as good but not as satisfying as a cattleprod. Thus, a good sysadmin will be more effective in treating the problem.

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Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

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Re: Oil Pressure Gauge ?

As I recall, the NB series of MX-5/Miata (1998-2005ish? The first ones that lost pop-up headlamps) rather than having a proper sensor for the oil pressure, just had a binary sensor instead. It's a fairly common thing for enthusiasts to replace it so that they can see what their oil pressure actually is doing.

The earlier, NA models (89-97) had a proper sender. Many people assumed it was a cost savings when they did the redesign.

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You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

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Re: Bloody southerners.

>North of the Mason-Dixon line, so Northeners.

>

>Hell, everyone in Europe - and on your island - is on the wrong side of the line.

Oh hush, you lost the war.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Re: "Phone makers had banked they could compensate for slowing volume by pushing up prices"

I think more than each of us complaining that we want a removable battery, dual sims, racing stripes, or whatever, step back a little. What we want is choice, more than anything else. My needs are not your needs are not his needs are not hers..... And yet, every bloody phone is almost exactly the same. There's little to no variety in the market, once you brush aside some of the tinsel that adds no real functionality to the products.

Personally, I want my old S4, but updated with more memory, more cpu, and a better camera--I like having a 3.5 headphone jack, a SD slot, and a removable/upgradeable battery. This isn't the phone for everyone, but the one for me.

Also, what's becoming higher and higher on my list of requirements is root access. It's MY device, not anyone elses, and I'd like the control over the software that runs on the @W#$%@!# thing!

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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>> For some reason I assumed the UK was 60Hz.

>You probably also think we use inches.

And have speed limits set in MPH. Go figure, eh?

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UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be

^

Failure to chooch, and not skookum.

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Re: Ghostbusters

Holy crap. I never knew that Holy Water was homeopathic....

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Pint

Re: Call centres and the concept of purgatory

That was a rant worthy of a bastard himself. Have a beer, you need it.

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Big data fitness plan: What's the deal with DX?

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Or DX## from DirectX.

Oh joy, the latest idiotic marketing buzzword. Hopefully this one passes over soon, because it's going to be irritating while it's around.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: List of side effects

"Naturally I scanned down to side effects beginning with "N" (for Nosebleeds).

Sure enough "Nosebleeds" was listed, fourth one down on the list of side effects beginning with "N"."

You're lucky it wasn't listed as "epistaxis", as most people wouldn't know to find it as that.

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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Re: best "to buy a really old car that isn't super-connected"

>Basically a VW-branded OBD bluetooth dongle<

If it was OBD, just unplug it. It's next to your knee.

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Re: Software solves anything!

The last carb'd car that i'm aware of was sold in 1993 or so. So it's been 25 years.

That said, a well-tuned carb gets fine mileage and the emissions aren't much an issue after it's warm (which is 95% of when emissions happen on any engine... cold motors don't burn fuel very well, and cold cats don't cat [?] very well).

Of course, while you're paying a huge premium for EFI and multiple catalytic converters, notice that giant semi next to you, the commercial delivery truck, that has effectively an open exhaust and blasts soot everytime the light goes green? Yep! Just like the catalytic converters on airplanes and container ships....

But more importantly, if we'd stop shrieking that the car was the end of the environment, we'd realize that things like cows and coal-fired powerplants are a bigger issue by far.

No one wants to hear the right answer (and so I'm about to get massively downvoted) but STOP MAKING MORE PEOPLE. WE HAVE ENOUGH HUMANS TO GO AROUND. And that'll solve basically any eco-disaster-headline-maker you can come up with finding. Seven and a half billion people is too many.

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quxinot

Re: Another solution for a new car:

It is possible to buy a newish car (inside the past ten years) that doesn't have always-on communication to the mothership.

It is not possible to do that with a phone, say. This is why phone buyers will put up with that crap, and suprising number of car consumers will not.

Plus, having someone look at my texts without my consent is likely to cause them giggles/boredom, but having someone look over my speedometer without my consent is likely to cause me jail time.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: some people may find this appealing

To be fair, a very easy and comfortable way to figure out what an unsolicited email is like is to look at what's in it as far as flash, html, and such.

if there's any, it's crap.

If it's text, it might be important.

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