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Comment Re:microsoft is incompetent (Score 1) 302

Wonder why you've never seen a spam message in your GMail box? They've spend MILLIONS of dollars to make sure of it. And they still can't be 100% accurate.

You're pretty incompetent if you think GMail's servers don't have to handle incoming spam at a cost to Google.

It's amazing how foolish the Slashdot community has become.


3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession 804

theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."

Comment Far too many variables. (Score 1) 1114

There are other mechanical and electronic devices that play far too much into both fuel consumption and fuel consumption rate to give accurate catch all advice for every car.

There are many cars with multiple camshafts that operate by forcing fuel into the engine for longer periods of time such as Honda's VTEC and iVTEC, Toyota's VVTL-i and Porsche's VarioCAM Plus.

A system such as that of a current generation Honda iVTEC 4 cylinder would benefit from acceleration until just before engagement of the "performance camshaft" to achieve maximum efficiency.

Two other incredibly complex parts of the fuel efficiency equation are turbochargers and superchargers. Furthermore certain turbo-charging systems employ variable geometry turbochargers which are activated relatively early in the power band.

This question needs to be individually assessed for every car out on the road in whatever condition it may be in.

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