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Comment Re:Monitoring these transmission illegal in 3..2.. (Score 1) 88

Specifically note: (g) It shall not be unlawful under this chapter or chapter 121 of this title for any person—
(i) to intercept or access an electronic communication made through an electronic communication system that is configured so that such electronic communication is readily accessible to the general public;

Analog cellular broadcasts fall under that rule. Now, there are limitations on what you can DO with information gathered from listening to those calls, in short you can't act on it. But that does not mean it's illegal to receive it.

Comment Re:The Cloud: 1, Users: 0 (Score 1) 432

I limit my use of them to very specific, simple scenarios. Two VLANs max, no need for monitoring, etc. If I need more than that I'll move up the food chain to something with proper enterprise functionality.

On the ReadyNAS issues, have you considered blowing away Netgear's firmware and putting vanilla linux on them?

Comment Re:Diesel Hybrids (Score 1) 496

Toyota style Hybrids have been doing that from the start. I've got an 06 Highlander Hybrid, when it decides to fire the motor up for the first time it'll extend the run to make sure the catalytic converted and coolant come up to temp. This actually results in a noticeable dip in MPG in the winter...

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

That RPM drop isn't from closing the throttle. It's from cutting spark, ignition cutout at first, and then from the inertia of the car overcoming the torque of the motor and DRAGGING it down to rev match. The throttle linkage controls the shift points and weather or not the transmission 'kicks down' a gear when you stab the throttle.

Modern cars that are full electronic don't use a mechanical linkage to signal the transmission to alter shift patterns now.

For an example of this, look at this vid:

Note how the kickdown lever is operated and adjusted, it's pushed by the throttle when you floor it. Not the other way around. GM uses a different setup, again you can see how the setup is to signal the transmission as to what's going on. Alternate methods GM used were vacuum sensing, no physical linkage. has a discussion on using C4 transmissions without the throttle linkage, note no worries about the transmission not somehow closing the throttle on shifts, 'cause it never did in the first place. has a paragraph on the governor in the transmission that is controlled via either a mechanical throttle linkage or vacuum, aka the part we've been discussing. Note the lack of any comment about it closing the throttle.

Ultimately though, if you want to see this in action, drag out your ye-olde automatic with a mechanical throttle linkage and get it on a lift so the drive wheels are off the ground and the car is stable and secure. Pop the air filter off so you can watch the throttle body butterfly(s) while a friend runs the car up through the gears. You won't see any movement during shifts.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 2) 451

No, it doesn't. (And yes, I drive stick, and also road race motorcycles and am familiar with clutchless shifting using the throttle there.) The ignition cut out is what temporarily unloads the transmission making for a smoother shift, the linkage doesn't 'pull back' on the throttle. Think of it this way, have you ever felt the throttle pedal 'push back' more during a shift? You actually don't need to unload a traditional planetary gear automatic to shift anyways, the gear change is accomplished by bands restraining outer gearsets. Again, to demonstrate this unplug the ignition cutout feed from the transmission, floor it and hang on as you get hard but functional shifts.

Comment Re:The first fuse I pull (Score 1) 451

You've got it backwards. The linkage between the throttle and the transmission was how the automatic determined 'demand' or load. Light input, upshift occur sooner. Put it into the floorboards and it'll wait to upshift until the last moment. Unloading the transmission was done via an ignition cutout triggered by the transmission.

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