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Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 332

Heal and toe under power? Is that some drifter move?

No, you don't get it. You don't have to heel and toe to keep the car stable while making a shift under power. This is useful in turns with both decreasing and increasing radius.

You can argue about weather a paddle shift dual clutch is a manual or an automatic, it's 1% of the market.

It's a growing segment, and it will continue to grow as true manuals continue to fall off.

Most slushboxes remain slushboxes. They are sitting in top gear at a red light and don't even start to downshift until you gas it and intake vacuum drops, computer controlled but still the same old.

Well, no. Nobody has been basing transmission control on vacuum in a very long time. We've been using torque estimation since the nineties.

Don't even start about engine braking through a torque converter.

Why not? It's only 10% less.

The one thing no automatic can do is anticipate the corner, even the automatics with shifters take them as 'suggestions'.

When you are shifting manually, there is no suggestion. It just does what you asked for.

Shift kits are nothing new.

Shift kits don't do what you seem to think. They just change shift characteristics, and they don't exist any more... that is, not for new designs. The new slushboxes are too complex to be operated by a simple control system. You would destroy them doing that.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 467

1) Government funds your study and provides your grant
2) Government wants a particular result from your study
3) Government does not renew your grant when the study does not prove what they set out to prove

And...

1) Private industry funds your study and provides your grant
2) Private industry wants a particular result from your study
3) Private industry does not renew your grant when the study does not prove what they set out to prove
4) Private industry tries to censor any study that has results that embarrass private industry

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 332

Well, I'm also 6'7" and I certainly don't fit into the old beetle. I am still working to transition from my old W126 300SD to a D2 A8. Gets about the same mileage on the freeway, and I don't drive around town much. You might consider looking at Subarus though, I used to have a GC5 Impreza and I fit very well into that. Before that I had a S13 240SX Fastback, which had massive legroom but which was a little short on headroom.

Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 332

There wasn't anything special about those older Jeeps that you mention. Yeah, they looked more rugged, but that was about it.

There was something special about older Jeeps. They were cheap to modify, and they had more flex. Leaf springs are heavy and have inferior ride, but they offer more suspension travel and they mounted them under the axles... so you could cheaply use a shackle flip kit to do a suspension lift. On the other hand, they typically didn't come with locking diffs. The modern vehicles use EBD to maintain traction while crawling at low speeds, which means they can actually traverse things that the older stock vehicles can't. On the gripping hand, who goes off-road with an old Jeep without getting at least one locker?

The problem now is just finding donors for modification, though. At this point it might actually be cheaper to buy a tube frame. There are a few tube buggy frames under 5k...

Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 332

As a result, you can't get anything to play off-road in unless you spend an additional bucket of cash in the aftermarket. Shame, but that is how the market works.

Luckily there are absolute shitloads of trucks just lying around waiting to be hopped up, and available for little to no money. You can get OBS F-Body trucks literally all day... out here in California they're even close enough to "no rust" as makes no difference. How many do you want? You're going to rip out the powertrain anyway, right?

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 332

Bullshit. The automatic can't read your mind, hence it's always trying to catch up with what you want. They are good for straight lines.

Bullshit. The automatics all support a manual mode now, whether it's implemented in your car or not. A very fast human driver can shift in maybe 250ms, average is maybe 500ms and in most vehicles closer to 1s. A mediocre automatic transmission shifts in 400ms (the good ones from the nineties will manage this) while a very good one will do it in 200ms. But about since the same time they went to five-speed, they also became dynamically controlled. While typically retaining a classic limp mode, such transmissions also dual-engage gears while shifting, making most shifts basically imperceptible. A driver can make a tiptronic shift while under power in a corner without upsetting the balance of the vehicle, something you can't do even by heel-toe shifting.

A good automatic transmission is better than even an expert human with any manual short of a dogbox. Even a SMG is faster than a dogbox. A DCT is an order of magnitude faster than a SMG. There is nothing faster than a DCT... which can be fully automated. The latest ones are even said to be fairly smooth when they do that.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 332

However, if you are doing highway driving, the manual wins, every time.

To some extent this ended with the ZF8 and it is well and truly over with the ZF9. They give the ZF9 four overdrives, the lowest one is 0.48:1. The automatic now kicks the manual's ass. It's also over with the new crop of CVTs; they don't manage the same kind of mileage as the ZF 9HP because they can't quite manage the same deep ratio, but they're still better than a normal automatic.

Comment Re:Autists trying to script social interation? (Score 1) 145

You're an imbecile. You're a flat-out mouth-breathing imbecile, who aspires to be a moron.

>rules of conduct are intimidating

Then leave society as a whole and live on your own island. But good luck earning money to buy that island, as you will have to cooperate with other people to earn it, which you are certainly incapable of doing.

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