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Comment Re:The Wire (Score 4, Insightful) 211

"In the end it all falls back to the fact that crimes shouldn't be committed."

Yep, and police use of stingrays is a crime. They are transmitting on radio frequencies for which they are not licensed. Any evidence which is illegally collected is of course properly thrown out by a court. The end does not justify the means.

Comment Re:Jesus H. Christ (Score 1) 345

Quite the opposite. "No replacement for displacement" trades meaning for rhyme. Part of the original phrase was a comment on engine design philosophy - in general, Detroit "big iron" engines got their power from, and were measured in, cubic inches, while European engines got their power by being higher revving (and were measured in liters or cc).

So, reflective of the general "US vs. the world" tone of the summary, "no substitute for cubic inches" fits much better.

Comment Re:Jesus H. Christ (Score 4, Informative) 345

it's there's no replacement for displacement. You ignoranus.

"There's no substitute for cubic inches," goes at least back to the 1950's, as shown by this Car & Driver article from 1957. I suspect the one you use came later, and developed as a cute rephrasing. But you're free to try and find a reference dating to before 1957.

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