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Comment Fugly (Score 1) 196

This is one of the ugliest cars I've seen in a while. It looks like they took a nice car and pumped it up like a balloon. It looks short and obese and no rear doors makes it impractical for day-to-day use. The interior looks great though but Tesla Model S has a much much nicer exterior! The car I'm looking forward to is the Fisker Atlantic.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 3, Interesting) 612

What markus said. My car (European 2012 Honda Civic, not to be mixed up with the quite different American 2012 Honda Civic) has a 150hp/350nm diesel engine and does 0-60 MPH in 8.3 seconds (with about 50 MPG on the highway and 40 MPG in town). It's not sports car performance of course but the oomph is very much comparable to non-sports car gasoline engines. Also, the turbo is almost completely seamless.

Comment Re:Sensational Submission Title is Sensational (Score 1) 145

This app didn't have anything to do with pirated ebooks. The whole fuzz is about a feature that let users add custom ebook sources instead of restricting it to one or a few pre-approved sources. Then someone found out that some users added pirate sites as sources so they could download pirated ebooks inside the reader app instead of just using the web browser. Then they blame the ebook reader app...

Comment Re:Compressed air. (Score 1) 204

It doesn't matter how insignificant the modifications are. As long as there are any at all, most stations won't lift a finger until there is an actual (as in not hypothetical) consumer demand for it. Which creates a chicken-and-egg problem because not many people will buy the car (pay the extra price for the new engine vs a proven old petrol/diesel engine) until the filling station coverage is at least 90%. Of course, with political pressure things could happen faster but the core business of car makers like Citroën/Peugeot is to sell cars to people. They do that by designing cars according to the wishes of the majority of those wealthy enough to buy brand new cars.

Comment Let's hope it's better than the MacOS X client. (Score 3, Interesting) 353

I've tried it on OSX a few times but I'm always put off that it's so totally Windows centric. Search for something and most of the results will be Windows-only. It's full of "OMG try this new cool game!!" recommendations and when you click them you find out that it's only available for Windows. I'M RUNNING THE OSX CLIENT SO FUCKING STOP SHOWING ME WINDOWS-ONLY GAMES ALL THE TIME! FUCKING TEASERS! Until the implement a "only show me stuff I can actually use" configuration option I'm not going to bother more with it.

Comment Re:ext3 (Score 2) 210

The main point for me to use ext4 over ext3 is that ext3 has broken fsync() behaviour. If you fsync() a single file descriptor on ext3 it will flush the whole filsystem buffer instead of just the dirty blocks of that file descriptor. Terrible for write concurrency, especially with databases.

Comment Re:Just turn off the car? (Score 1) 911

Those paddles are optional addons to automatic gearboxes so they are still counted as automatic. Even if you have the paddles you still have a fully automatic mode available. I still prefer real manual gearboxes with a clutch pedal though. I've tried my parents new automatic 2012 VW Golf. It's better than manual when driving in town but I feel I have a lot less fine grained control when navigating tight parking lots and similar. Maybe it's just because I'm so used to manual that it's in my spine while I have to actively use my brain when parking an automatic.

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