So basically, no engineer could work for DoD. So, let's take that idea to the extreme. We disarm, and nobody is allowed to work on any defensive weapons, and we all sing Kum ba yah. Make sense? Yeah, I didn't think so either.
While I'll agree with respect to civil rights, I think we've gone the other direction with the implementation of "hate crimes". Freedom of speech has reversed directions in recent years as well with limitations put in place due to political correctness. The fourth has been under attack. And, when was the last time someone actually had a speedy trial? The federal government has certainly been pushing aside the tenth amendment.
I won't get into a debate on the values of all of those, but I would say that civil rights is one (maybe the only) area where I'd agree with your original comment.
Much of the bill of rights only really started gaining legal traction over the last few decades...
You can't be serious.
I don't know. The brief search I did only came up with ABS for motorcycles which started out around 11kg, but are down significantly. One site (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp14651-vs200701-faq-742.htm) indicated that stability control systems weigh about 4 kilos. or only 1 if you already have ABS (due to share components).
So, this is all fine and dandy, weight-wise, as long as you require everyone to have them. And you don't mind the add...
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, ABS in 2005 cost an estimated US$368; ESC cost a further US$111.
Not as simple as you might think. This one has a ~$5k ceramic clutch that is the most touchy of any vehicle I've driven in my 40 yrs of enthusiastic driving (I'm 55). The first time my uncle let me at it, I stalled several times, and tried exactly what you mentioned with no help. It took some getting used to, and I've driven sticks since the age of 15.
Weight is the enemy of every car on a race track. And nobody who races would agree with you.
Sigh. This is what's wrong with our litigious nation. People want others to pay for their own idiocy. Can we please start taking responsibility for our own fuck ups? Let's make it so that nobody can purchase one of these because there are safer alternatives.
Please don't ever eat with a knife and fork, you might injure yourself.. You know there's safer, more reasonable alternatives.
This accident isn't about a flawed vehicle, it's about driving on a public road at unsafe speeds, as evidenced by the police stating that speed was a factor. Until you have direct evidence to the contrary, your suggestion is simply naive.
Just like anything else with massive power, you need training, and the proper environment to utilize it. Street racing is not the proper environment as evidenced by this tragedy. Just like you shouldn't buy your 16 yr old son a 300 HP sports car, people with no experience in true sports cars need to respect them. My uncle owns one of these, and I've had the opportunity to drive it. Don't do triple digits on public roads, or take corners at speeds you're not used to, and it's not likely to bit you in the ass.
Depends upon which "expert" you're referring to. The only one I saw that I'll flat out disagree with was:
Todd Trimble, an exotic car mechanic in Las Vegas, said the Carrera GT is a "very hard car to drive."
Is he even an expert? Fixing them is not driving them.
I'll agree with the Car and Driver editor quote.
"This was not a car for novices,"
I wouldn't expect someone with a new drivers license to understand or respect the power of a vehicle like this. I stated earlier that "Driven under normal conditions...", but I highly doubt (given the photo of the accident), that this incident was brought on under normal driving conditions, or anywhere near legal speed limits.
It does meet basic safety standards. So does a handgun, so don't pull the trigger with the barrel stuck in your mouth.
Driven under normal conditions, other than the extremely touchy clutch at launch, there's nothing difficult or dangerous about it. The vehicle belongs to my uncle, and in the proper settings is a blast to drive. But, you have to know that when someone hands you the keys to 600hp, and more torque than anyone rationally needs, you have to respect it. My daily drive is a 470hp Charger SRT8, but even with that, I was amazed what a kick in the pants the Porsche is.
If corporations are people, I'm going to demand alimony the next time one asks me to leave. After all, I deserve to be kept in the manner to which I've become accustomed.
...ever gone into the anechoic chamber, on weeeed?
Yes, you still get the munchies.
Having played in that "casino" for over 30 years, I'll call BS. Unemployment has always been a lagging indicator of the direction of the overall economy, while the markets are forward looking. You can certainly approach it that way by placing your money on more risky companies, but that's entirely up to the individual investor. There are plenty of lower risk investment vehicles...S&P500, utilities (I have my own anecdote on that one above), etc. where you can put money down long term, and expect a decent rate of return. Take a look at the historical returns on just the S&P. There have been a total of 2 periods when you would have lost money over a ten year period, the first was during the Great Depression, and the second was 2008-2009. Don't believe me?...look at:
Or, you could simply put your money into the S&P500, and do pretty well. You'd also save yourself a lot on broker fees, and the headaches of researching individual companies. Here's a chart going back to 1950. You can clearly see the "Internet bubble", and the collapse from from the housing bubble as well. But, over time, it's essentially, a continuous climb.