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Comment: Re:Bad news for a lot of people (Score 1) 341

by viperidaenz (#49517067) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

You shouldn't have picked air filter as your example.

Cars ECU's learn. They need to to pass emissions standards and meet performance figures.
They need to work correctly at a variety of altitudes (air pressure), air temperature and humidity. They also need to work when the air filter is full of dust.
The ECU only needs to know how much oxygen is going in to the engine. It will do this via one of two ways. manifold air pressure or an airflow meter. Both of which are not effected much by the air filter.

As for transmissions. Manual transmissions don't usually have computers. The speed sensor is simply a pulse per rev on the output shaft. Automatic transmissions are a completely different ballgame, a lot of modern cars have the transmission computer integrated into the engine computer. It makes it cheaper and much easier to control the selected gear and manage throttle during shifting, etc. As far as the physical transmission is concerned though, it's all mechanical parts. There's no problem pulling one out and replacing it with one of the same type.

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 341

by viperidaenz (#49516967) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Big ol steel bodied cars are okay for people in them, but not so much the things you hit.

Depends what you hit. A guard rail designed to absorb impact, sure.
A rather large tree, not so much. A concrete wall of a building, less so.
The quicker your seat comes to a stop, the higher the peak energy your body must absorb - Internal organs being smashed against each other.
If the front of the car crumples, the rate of acceleration you are subject to is lowered. Your liver doesn't split open, your neck doesn't snap and your brain doesn't squash itself against the inside of your skull.

Comment: In other news (Score 3, Funny) 341

by 0dugo0 (#49514823) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Religious leaders are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home writers and book enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own bibles. In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a bible constitutes a copyright violation, churches and their main lobbying organisation say bibles have become too complex and dangerous for believers and third parties to even scribble in. The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to bibles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where books are text files, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying or even put boogers in their hardcopy bibles.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.