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Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by adeft (#44940705) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
Just curious, here in the US whenever I've gotten in a friend's vehicle with a manual, they tend to park in gear as well as use a handbrake. I put it in neutral and use the brake, which is thought to be the "proper" way? It's made for some interesting starts when driving friend's cars ;)

Comment: Re:jerk (Score 1) 1440

by adeft (#44940603) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
Can confirm: US driver here. Each car takes about 3-5 seconds to start moving when the car in front of them has left. Multiply that by 15 cars trying to get through an intersection and it makes for an increased level of anger in me when I sit at the same light twice. (Three times, I just turn around and call in sick)

Comment: Re:Typical cars in the UK today are smaller (Score 1) 1205

by adeft (#39219881) Attached to: The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
2 out of the three of your compact cars weigh over 3300 lbs. on my side of the pond, and they barely break the 30 average mpg mark. Color me not impressed when I owned a 440hp v8 weighing in at 3800 that got 22 average. That eight mpg was made up in owning something I very much liked to drive. I was merely making the point that most cars today aren't especially light, regardless of where you live.

Comment: Re:But this price rise is artificial.... (Score 1) 1205

by adeft (#39213957) Attached to: The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
I hear this weight argument quite a bit about American cars. Outside of SUVs and trucks, what super fat cars do you actually think we drive? Of my last three cars, one of which is typically called a pig in terms of weight. I owned a 2010 Camaro SS, a 2009 Subaru STI, and most recently a 2012 Mustang GT. Their weights respectively? approx 3800, 3600 and 3600. 200 lbs in a car is the difference one passenger makes, which is negligible in my opinion. Also guess which one got the best fuel economy? The mustang gets around 20 mpg average with 3.73 gears, the camaro got about 22 mpg with (I think) 3.55 gears, and the Subaru trailed with about 19 mpg. Also I might be mistaken, but aren't most of the european cars in a similar weight category? Yes some American cars weigh more than this, but there are plenty of Euro-boats too. It's a very silly argument.

Comment: Re:Study in texas.... (Score 2) 297

by adeft (#39074131) Attached to: Study Says Fracking is Safe In Theory But Often Not In Practice
I grew up in Lycoming County and read about that truck leaking from the valve. Not sure how true it is, but the number of gallons leaked was reportedly less than 10, but I heard the real number was swept under the rug. :( It's really scary to have friends and family still living in that area. When I go to visit, I don't even recognize it anymore. Where there was once beauty and simplicity, it's now all about industry. I went to breakfast a few weeks ago outside of Muncy, and a restaurant that previously served water in a cup gave me a bottle.

Comment: Re:I thought parking meters were bad for business (Score 1) 111

by adeft (#37552864) Attached to: IBM Launches Parking Meter Analytics System
Some stores have good enough beer and food to warrant me kicking a couple quarters in a parking meter. I can't think of any other thing I would pay a premium to have the privelage to buy. Anything that is a mass produced product (clothes, drumsets, notebooks) does not warrant a stop in a small town with parking meters.

Comment: I own a Kin (Score 1) 181

by adeft (#37209116) Attached to: Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?
Twom actually. I came due for a new phone as my Verizon contract was coming up as well. I had a EnV touch, which stopped working correctly to the point of being unable to dial most of the time. This was the point where they were trying to liquidate their Kin stock as the project was pulled. I was warned by Verizon staff that the phone is horrible. See the Kin was originally supposed to be a smart phone, but Microsoft and (partners) discontinued all the various interactive online services that communicated with the device rendered it simply a device that could text (qwerty keyboard), make calls (capacitive screen), take pictures (8MP camera), play music (Zune), and surf the net (WIFI) All of these things it does very well, for very cheap and NO required data plan. As a smart phone, there's plenty of better alternatives, but for those of use too primitive to own a smart phone, this thing has no equal. My point? Right product, wrong aim.

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