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Comment Re:Tax Returns??? (Score 1) 162

A lot of people simply don't understand how the system works. One of my in-laws convinced her husband to put in 0 withholding allowances (or maybe 1; I forget) for years, ending up with a huge refund. Mind you, they had several children, so it was a relatively immense check. I think she thought somehow this was a hack that got them free money. Meanwhile, he had to borrow money from his own kids sometimes, because his cash flow was so bad.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 2) 276

The PRV is actually a rather well designed engine, it just castrated to death by US emissions regulations (these were created by big3 lobbyists to kill high efficiency small foreign cars and choke them to death with NOx restrictions, which are no problem for super low compression, gas guzlng V8s, but very hard on high efficient, high compression foreign 4 cylinders).

OK, hold the bizarre anti-Euro conspiracies. While European countries were continuing to use leaded gas, the US switched to unleaded and implemented catalytic converters and EGR. It took some time for US automotive engineers to work this out (ultimately, computer control was the solution) so all cars sold in the US between about 1975 and 1990 were pretty well choked off to a degree. Engine computers were not sophisticated, so the only way to avoid knocks without cheap hi-test was to lower the compression. The same thing happened when you put controls on a foreign engine that hadn't been designed for it. GM had a 2.8L V6 that also got only 130 HP. They had a 5.0L V8 that got only 165 HP too. Premium unleaded cost 50% more than 87 octane and you couldn't put compression past about 8.5:1 without using it. You're looking at it through the rose-colored glasses of 21st century technology. Today we can run 9.5:1 on 87 octane without a significant performance drop-- and the computer retards the timing if needed, rather than damaging the engine. Incidentally, those mods you mention require rechipping that computer!

NOx is bad stuff, mmkay? It was definitely worth mitigating acid rain.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 276

I don't know if he could get to the required 87 octane with lab-refined gasoline. He'd either have to create some MTBE, or use ethanol, which would damage some parts of the engine (fortunately not until long after they'd split) but more importantly probably confuse the primitive on-board computer. I seem to remember him trying to make some substitute in the movie, and failing. It was probably 100% ethanol-- definitely not good for a computer-controlled engine designed for gasoline. Might have had more luck trying to replace the EFI with a carburetor.

Comment Re:Fools think this is horrible. (Score 1) 442

Missouri has a Democratic governor and their senior US senator is a Democrat. They aren't your stereotypical Fox News watchin', flag wavin', GOP stronghold that fits perfectly into your left wing POV. What they are is corrupt, which is the problem and it shouldn't matter what stupid party the villains are from.

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