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Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 247

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) 70

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) 493

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.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 493

by drinkypoo (#48043531) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

But studies show that most people that commit suicide do not 'really want to commit suicide'.

Right. These are the people who commit suicide by exhaust, or by oven, or by other slow methods. They really want to be discovered. The people who commit suicide by gun will instead use a train, or a bridge.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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