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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 795

by amxcoder (#48882221) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Rev Limiters only work on acceleration, but don't prevent over-reving due to downshifting. Try doing 80mph and downshift to 2nd gear, your rev limiter won't stop it from spinning to some extreme RPM, and probably breaking things with it.

In addition to that, it's usually not good to drive around bouncing off the rev limiter on a normal basis.

Comment: Re:electric car driver here (Score 1) 795

by amxcoder (#48881457) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
There are several trim levels of the Tesla avail, and only the highest performance one has impressive times for the price. Even then, your talking about another class of car at a price of $90K or more. To make the comparison fair, you'd have to stack that up against a Nissan GTR (2.8secs), Porche, or Corvette Stingray, and then you're in a loosing situation again with the Tesla. Heck a Camero ZL1 ($60K) can get better times than the fastest Tesla.

The 0-60 times of the next highest Tesla is rated at 5.4sec, which puts it on par with a $25K stock WRX still. Sorry to shine reality on the Tesla theory though, they are nice cars, but way, way too expensive for most people, and the performance per dollar just isn't there. To get the performance times you suggest, you're spending near supercar money.

If you think putting a fart can on a WRX is the best that can be done, you have no clue. I've done an engine swap, turbo upgrade, intake/exhaust upgrades, fuel injectors/pump, running higher boost than stock, and a custom ECU tune... While the whole exhaust system is 3" w/o CATs, the muffler is still the stocker on mine (so no fart can). If I want more power from there, I flip a switch in the cabin and open up a QTec exhaust bypass valve that makes it essentially a straight-pipe 12" after the turbo and is obnoxiously loud (like sets off car-alarms when you drive around). The upgrades I've done easily add well over +100hp to the stock setup. A "fart can" won't get you that.

The difference between the two, is if someone wants to throw some money at a car (that has a good base), then it can be made to be faster. The Tesla, not so much. Not sure what you could do to that thing to make it much faster other than over-voltage it, your stuck there. So what the Tesla is, is a nice car, that at the $80K trim level can be tied or beaten by a $25K car, and at the $95K trim level, can be beaten by other $95K cars still.

Comment: Re:electric car driver here (Score 0) 795

by amxcoder (#48878845) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
If you think your Leaf can accelerate "hard" and "faster than most gas cars", you haven't ridden in many gas cars with decent power enough to calibrate your 'seat of the pants accelerometer'. You may be right if comparing to a run of mill Corolla, or Yaris, but some of us have decent cars that would blow a "Leaf" away like it was in a wind storm.

Stock times for an affordable quick car like say a Subaru WRX (non-STI version - what I own) are 5.4sec 0-60, and 14.2s 1/4mi. time. Your leaf takes over 10secs to get to 60, and does the quarter in 17.7secs. That's a heck of a difference, and the WRX is cheaper by a couple thousand dollars. Put that money difference into performance upgrades, and WRX would be making sub-5sec 0-60 times, and sub-13sec quarter mile times.

DISCLAIMER: I picked a WRX to compare for several reasons, first I'm familiar with them as an owner, and have upgraded mine to make it faster so I know what I'm talking about. Second, the price of the WRX is close/comparable to the Leaf, so I was comparing apples to apples, rather than comparing a Leaf to a Porsche or Corvette that is in a completely different price point. There are other cars like the WRX that this would hold true for as well though.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 795

by amxcoder (#48878655) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Yeah, except try driving a manual transmission car when you can't hear any engine noise. Either the engine wouldn't last very long (due to over-reving constantly), or you'd spend the whole time staring at the cluster to know when to shift to the next gear.

many people, especially car enthusiasts, still like manual transmission cars.

Comment: Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (Score 2) 290

by amxcoder (#48862301) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes
Your arugument makes no sense... here is why...

The NRA and 2nd amendment "crazy types" as you call us, make the argument that regardless of what technology (surveillance or gun related), existed back when the Constitution was written and what exists now is irrelevant. It is what the spirit of the law written in the Constitution that matters. When it comes to guns, it means that citizens should be able to own modern weapons that are similar in spec to what the military of the time uses. Back then, the Military used muskets, so civilians had muskets, and now the military uses AR-15 type rifles, and why those should be allowed as well as other military type weapons. It's the purpose of "why" that matters, in case of insurrection, government tyranny, or foreign invasion, military type weapons would be required by the civilians that make up the state militia's.

Same interpretation to this type of technology, it doesn't matter if radar (or spy drones, or X-Ray devices) didn't exist when the Const. was written, what matters is the spirit of the 4th amendment, which discusses unlawful search and seizure without probable cause and a warrant describing the exact items that are being searched for. Technology is irrelevant, using this radar is a type of search, and is protected against in the 4th amendment. So is back-scatter X-Ray devices and other "pervasive" technologies that work from a distance like this.

Comment: Re:They're not thinking clearly: Side-effects. (Score 1) 290

by amxcoder (#48862231) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes
Unfortunately, current car radar detectors only look for certain frequency bands. Most newer ones look for X, K, & Ka bands only (plus laser if it's equipped). I didn't RTFA to see what bands this works on, but I highly doubt it is the same as what is used by traffic cops.

As far as paint goes, what could work great, would be a paint, with metallic flakes in it designed to block and dispurse the radar. Unfortunately for both options (tin foil or metallic based paint), I also think there would be the unintended side effect of making it harder to pick up cell phone signal and WiFi propagation within your own home with a solution like that, so you'd be crippling your WiFi and Cell phone all the time in order to possibly cripple the police radar that may never get used on you.

Comment: This is another version of: (Score 0) 417

by amxcoder (#48812623) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
"Let them eat cake!"

Gotta have the masses able to access the internet faster to entertain themselves while the country falls apart piece by piece. People might realize that we're getting screwed at every turn if they have to kill time waiting for their facebook page to load in the browser, or wait for that meaningless TV show to buffer... Can't have that happen now can we?

Comment: Gaming Laptops are going to be your best bet... (Score 1) 325

by amxcoder (#48766239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
Have you looked into the ASUS RoG laptops. I'm not sure if the latest models still have dual cooling fans, but the G74 model from a couple years ago that I own, has 2 discreet fans/heatsinks for CPU and GPU. I'm not sure if the current model G75 still has the dual fan setup or not. It was one of the few laptops that I could find that had that feature (as 2 of my previous laptops died from overheating problems). It's a big heavy gaming laptop, but packs a punch and has been great for me in regards to performance and heat issues.

Another one too look at that I haven't tried personally but has a good reputation is the MSI GT72 gaming/media models. These are the MSI equivelent of the ASUS model I mentioned above and also have dual fan/heatsink design.

Comment: Re:Dude, wait... (Score 1) 681

by amxcoder (#48700271) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet
First: show me the clause of "seperation of church and state" in the Constitution... (hint: it's not there).

Second: While it's been understood in more modern times (but not in the past), that the school, nor teachers can force prayer in school, it certainly is NOT illegal, or against any law for students to practice their first amendment rights by praying in school on their own. However, many teachers/schools have reprimanded and lied to students about this being illegal (in recent years), for even mentioning Jesus or Christian beliefs, or trying to prayer on their own. There is currently an active attack to suppress students rights in these cases by using false claims, lying, and misinterpretation of the Constitution (either will-fully or out of ignorance).

Comment: Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (Score 0) 681

by amxcoder (#48694071) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet
I think the discrepancies between the Gospel's are more important than most realize. For starters, it shows that the original writers were not colluding with each other in order to deceive the masses. Each of them gave their account as best they remember. If they were 4 stories that were all exactly the same, that would be somewhat suspect.

Secondly, it shows that the Gospel's were written by actual eye-witnesses, describing things from their perspective, as they individually remembered it. If they were writing down a myth or urban legend, the stories would probably be more close to each other. However, if you look at modern eye-witness accounts to modern events, (like in police reports), you often get slightly different testimony based on each witnesses perspective and frame of reference. Also, some people pay attention to certain types of details, and other's to other type of details.

All-in-all, I think the slight variances of the Gospel's add to the authenticity of these being real eye-witness accounts written by real people that were there.

Comment: Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (Score 1) 681

by amxcoder (#48694043) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet
Me either, every Christian I know and have met (and I go to church) is not ignorant to the fact that it was a day that was picked to celebrate His birth, and not His literal birthday.

IIRC, 12/25 was actually picked by the Roman Catholic church, and was picked because it was originally a pegan holiday (winter solstice or something), and the Catholic church decided it would try to overshadow the pegan holiday with Christmas. This is where some of the original pegan traditions got intermingled in, and where the concept of the Christmas tree came to be (that part was originally a pegan tradition to ward off spirits).

But, unfortunately, Christians that have a brain don't fit into the OP's narrative.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 351

by amxcoder (#48665051) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Just about all HDTV's will let you turn off that feature, you may want to ask your friend to turn it off when you watch movies with it. I have the same problem, it takes the "movie" out of it, and makes it much more apparent that it is a hollywood set, and makes it look like video, rather than cinema.

Anyway, depending on the TV, the feature can be called: "TruMotion" , "Auto Motion Plus", "SmoothMotion", "MotionFlow"... .

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