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Comment: Re:What about Israel? (Score 1) 64

Considering that Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally, I'm surprised they are not on the list.

Israel is our extra special hand puppet^W^Wfriend and we would never hack them because we own them and we don't need to hack them. They're doing precisely what we pay them for.

Comment: Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48045385) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

your suspension and anti-roll bars need to be reworked at a minimum.

Sure, but by "suspension" you mean dampers and maybe springs, and anti-roll bars are fairly inexpensive and trivial to upgrade. Bolting on the turbo is more work by far. And as stated before, you need a better tire and wheel package. So what, 1-3k depending on provenance? Before you get to the turbo, obviously. Since there's no cars to pull parts from, you do have to buy everything new, not actual Subarus where everything interchanges and they about snap together like Lego. I'd rather have an Impreza, anyway; I prefer my Subarus with AWD. I bought an A8 D2, which is kind of like the Impreza's classy uncle. I suspect that if you put the D2 next to a GC5 the similarities would leap out. Off to go do that in an image.

Comment: Re:Drink IPA (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#48045347) Attached to: Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Pliny is ~92, Hopfather is > 100.

Pliny is more bitter than hopfather, it says so right on their website, and it also says so in my mouth. And the younger is even moreso, and I can't figure out why anyone would give a shit about the elder any more because it has clearly. gone. down. hill. Last time I actually made it in for the younger (which I only do by accident, because life is too short to make plans around when a keg of beer is opened) it wasn't that good, either. It was missing something important from the hop character. Since they got mobbed, Russian River has lost the ability to give a fuck. They really need to expand, but make bullshit noises about keeping it small and not being able to do the same quality of beer if they grow. But they're not keeping the same quality of beer now, so what do they have to lose?

I also make 100%percentile coffees as well.

Is that what happened to your taste buds?

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044091) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I had a Audi TT convertible for a while back in the early 2000s. For some reason the pickup truck guys used to fuck with me too.

And this is why I debadged my A8. Except the grill, I haven't got to that yet. Or the teeny little Audi ovals on the sides. Gonna black out the grill logo shortly. I don't want it to look like I have bags of money. I don't. I bought the car cheap and I'm restoring it, which was stupid but there you have it.

Comment: Re:Vipers can turn just fine (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044077) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

A 1986 sporty looking commuter car

No way. The Fiero is a sports car. Sure, it was made out of a bunch of amerishit; I've never driven one but I've sat in one and the lack of build quality is typically shocking for American cars of the era.

The Viper is a muscle car. You can get muscle cars around a track, if you're good enough. You can't simultaneously use the power. They make Viper-based race cars, but they're not really Vipers any more. Or you can replace half the suspension, but then why not buy something that handles to begin with? Like, say, a modern corvette.

Comment: Re:Prius (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044067) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Most people don't get pulled over for doing the speed limit though, even if it is slower than the flow of traffic and causing a dangerous situation. Technically it's not against the law.

Yes, yes it is. It's against the law to drive in a manner which creates a hazardous situation. Also, in some states (e.g. California) it's illegal to clog the passing lane. You are correct, however, that most people don't get pulled over for it. I see cops go around people clogging the passing lane all the fucking time.

Comment: Re:Prius (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044049) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I can't believe the prius is #20. We've got those all over here... and if someone passes me doing 90 on the interstate it's usually a prius. Maybe the irony makes them stand out.

Well, we've got them all over here too (SF N.bay and beyond) and if I notice them at all it's because they're in the left lane because they think they're fast, but they're noticeable because I'm having to pass them on the right.

Comment: Re:Drug charges (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044043) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

But I see no way to allow certain substances to be used for recreational purposes.

And because you don't see it (possibly because the responsible users have been driven underground alike with the irresponsible ones, but the irresponsible ones are the ones who act out, and thus are seen) it doesn't exist!

We can argue about exactly where that line should be drawn but there is and should be a line.

And it should be drawn before alcohol, by gum! It's the devil's spirit!

Comment: Re:Before you even start (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044021) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I wouldn't buy a WRX used anyway unless I knew the owner personally.

I bought my Impreza GC5 LS from a little old lady. If I were looking for a WRX, I'd be looking to buy one from a middle-aged woman. If she ever used it in anger, it would likely only have been while merging; but she might be likely enough to have actually done that occasionally to have kept massive carbon deposits from building up on the exhaust valves.

Comment: Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48044005) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Unfortunately, the flat 4 boxers that Subaru produce have always been lacklustre without a turbocharger.

The whole point of the car was to give affordable, usable power. You can drive the car at 9/10 on the street at legal speeds, on twisty roads anyway. Turbo kits are already around, couple them with a bit more damping (for anti-squat) and some more rubber and you're off! And the door is open to throw some more powerful engines in there later. Or, perhaps now. I'd very much like to see Subaru and Toyota each roll their own turbo kits, and each bring out their own hot version. They would differentiate the vehicles from one another, in addition to bringing in the people like yourself who feel the car requires more power.

Incidentally, those Subaru engines might be "lacklustre" but they have amazingly flat curves and they have a massive assload of headroom left in them. A lot of them can be wrung out another 1,000 RPM or more, so there's loads of room for tuning. But they're designed to take a lot of abuse. If you maintain a Subaru with a manual transmission well, you can expect it to really hold up. But they're not amazingly well-protected against corrosion, so part of that is underbody maintenance if you live someplace where that's a significant issue. That's fairly unfortunate for a brand known for all-terrain, all-weather performance.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 248

by drinkypoo (#48043993) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

always figured, going 75 in a 65 will maybe shave off 10 minutes... maybe

On a one-hour trip, there's no point. On a four-hour trip (or a three-hour tour) you'll save enough time to actually do something with.

also, for some reason i'm under the impression that the closer i can get to 50 the better my fuel mileage will be.

The more aerodynamic your car is, the less true that is. My '82 300SD gets its best mileage around 75, I think it has something to do with it being very aero (for its day, especially, but pretty good even by modern standards) and maybe something to do with the non-lockup torque converter. AFAICT those are most efficient at the highest RPMs, and that car cruises at pretty high RPM. My '89 240SX was the same, though it had a stick; it was an even more aerodynamic car. And though I don't have personal experience of getting it up over 26 mpg yet, the 1997 A8 Quattro is reputed to get better mileage at 90 than at 75. I don't personally dare go over about 80 in most scenarios, since I don't have all that fancy laser and radar bullshit. It too has a slush box, but it has a lockup TC. It is however more aero than either of the prior examples.

incidentally, when i drive i don't really look at my odometer anymore, i just tend to be extremely comfortable at posted to +5 of posted speeds.

The safest and most efficient thing is to drive with the flow of traffic, but without being worried about maintaining your place in the race, since you're not racing. Most people are most comfortable in such a situation, which is why you typically see long lines of relatively static traffic. I find myself most comfortable when I don't have stuff coming up behind me...

Comment: Re:Drink IPA (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#48043935) Attached to: Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Name 10 pubs with Pliny on tap. List them. here. list them now.

Choke on me. Choke. Now. Choke on me now.

You just claim to like beer with 200 IBU or Dogfish overkill, and people want something a bit more subtle.

Hopfather has less IBUs than Pliny, ignoranus. You're only pretending to know anything about beer.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 499

by drinkypoo (#48043545) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The best thing about dogs is their uncanny friend-or-foe instinct. [...] I've even noticed him reacting when our son is playing in the back yard and gets tackled or ends up being "it" in some game and yells out.

Oh, you mean that uncanny complete lack of friend-or-foe instinct? Yeah, I've seen that before.

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