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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Grishnakh (#48895919) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

If your automatic dies in the middle of an intersection, can you put it in gear and crank the starter to move it? Didn't think so.

You don't need to do that. Put it in neutral and push it, fat-ass.

If your car is dying in the middle of an intersection, it's time to take it to the junkyard and buy something newer than a 1985 model.

Can you get an automatic with a dead battery rolling down a hill, pop the clutch, and start it? Didn't think so.

Try that in any manual-transmission car made in the last 15 years and get back to me. It won't work.

Plus, manual transmissions serve as an anti-theft device. There are numerous accounts of theives breaking into cars, finding a stick shift there, and not being able to drive it, fleeing the scene on-foot.

If the car they're stealing is a model which is hot and frequently comes with a manual (i.e. any sports car, "sport compact", etc.), this isn't a problem for the thief. Thieves targeting those cars know how to drive them.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by Grishnakh (#48894787) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Nope. Automatics have had lock-up torque converters for most of my life; I remember them being in cars in the 80s. According to Wikipedia, they first appeared in 1949, but only saw widespread use in the late 70s due to fuel economy concerns. But only recently have automatics gotten better highway fuel economy (or even equal) than manuals.

Comment: Re:All I know is... (Score 1) 191

by Grishnakh (#48894707) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

UK isn't really Europe. I'm talking about *real* European countries like Germany, Finland, and even Romania, where internet service is fast and cheap. UK might geographically be in Europe (sorta, they're an island), but politically they don't act like it at all. After all, you're talking about a country even more prudish than the USA, by a long shot: they've banned all kinds of things in porn movies, such as female squirting (WTF?), a perfectly natural act. We Americans are made fun of for our prudish and religious ways, but you can film porn here with face-sitting and squirting all you want.

Comment: Re:Amazing work.. (Score 1) 106

by Grishnakh (#48894691) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0

Yeah, I really don't get it either. I know someone from that generation (now 25) who loves the Prequels (esp. #3) because she was young when they came out. She seems reasonably intelligent otherwise, she's not a complete moron or anything, so I really don't get it. She acknowledges that the dialog wasn't great but that doesn't seem to be deal-breaker for her. It's weird. Like you said, they were rotten, boring, and racist, and the VFX (which were admittedly amazing for the time) simply weren't enough to make up for that.

Comment: Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (Score 2) 191

by Grishnakh (#48888971) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

How long ago were you using FiOS? I wonder if they were using the Freescale MSC7120 chip for the residential side, or if they still are in many places. I had the "privilege" of working on that chip, and it was a complete disaster. Most of the code written to support that chip at the driver level was there for the sole purpose of detecting when a hardware bug locked the chip up, and resetting it. A book could be written about what a management fuck-up the creation of that chip was.

I lived for a couple years recently on a duplex property; I had ComCrap and the other resident had FiOS. He was constantly having to go reset the outside box for his connection, while my cable connection almost never had problems.

Comment: Re: You see that too? (Score 1) 506

by Grishnakh (#48887621) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

I think this might be a bit simplistic, as demographic groups are far more complex than just educational background (which you've lumped together into only 5 categories, without any regard for the field of study: someone with a "theological degree" or a degree in "metaphysics" (WTF?) is not equivalent to someone with a degree in engineering, mathematics, or liberal arts. Someone with a degree from some wacky diploma mill or a "Christian college" is not the same as someone with a degree from an Ivy League or from a well-respected state university.

There's some other big demographic factors here which are pretty important: age range, and religious affiliation (if any). Certain generations tend to vote certain ways, and religion hugely affects voting too.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.