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Comment I don't eat breakfast and I'm not alone (Score 1) 300

I never had the custom of eating breakfast. I wake up and work till noon and have lunch. I never ate before school as a child. I haven't experienced any negative side effects from this, I'm not overweight, I don't have digestive issues and I don't run out of energy in the morning. I doubt people from one of the many countries/cultures around the world that don't have a "breakfast" meal have any major issues either.

Comment Re:See, told u Audi is better than those cheap Asi (Score 1) 100

That's an interesting history! Personally I'm addicted to good MT so it's hard to imagine the jump from Z's to various AT vehicles. As for the Imp it's such a broad badge it's hard for me to make any judgement. I'm honestly glad they separated the Impreza badge from the WRX STI in the newest generation.

Do yourself a favour and check out a manual BRZ the next time you have a whim to look. Customizable, maintainable, reasonably priced and intensely satisfying.

Comment Re:See, told u Audi is better than those cheap Asi (Score 1) 100

With all the troubles you report on the A8 I think that would make an excellent episode of RCR!

I actually had to call my mechanic anyway because a plate on my right front damper keeps coming loose and I'd rather not tighten it myself without a lift and all. He's a Subaru specialist, also does Toyota. I asked him about ball joint replacements and his response basically amounted to "for most models they wouldn't be easy to replace yourself without tools and lift, but they're not that big of a deal to replace". Granted this is a guy who worked on the Subaru world rally team so his definition of "not a big deal" is probably a bit different - but I don't get the impression they're machined into the frame in such a way as they are impossible to replace.

As for Toyota using combined and unitized parts that's just how the whole industry is going. Sure you can't just turn a wrench to tighten something up but conversely this is what has enabled electronic tuning and quite a bit of sophisticated cross component integration. It also seems like a natural evolution into electric and hybrid systems - though I'm sure you're with me when I say you'll be prying the shift knob to my mechanical transmission from my cold, dead hands.

Comment Re:See, told u Audi is better than those cheap Asi (Score 1) 100

Changing fluids, transmission included, is a regular service for any car - or any machine for that matter. As for parts you can't replace... I hate to tell you that but that's sort of a staple of German cars. It's practically a running joke that you can buy an older M series BMW for peanuts, then have to sell an organ to get it in running order.

Look at cars like the GT86/BRZ - practically every part on that car has at least one 3rd party manufacturer replacement. In fact Toyota/Subaru literally have specification documents they released with the specifications for different parts of the car so 3rd party manufacturers could make customized parts. Same goes for the Mazda Roadster (Miata), Honda Civic, Toyota Hilux, Subaru Impreza/WRX STI, Lexus RF-C, Mitsubishi Lancer, etc. etc.. Having 3rd party parts available and long-going active communities around the car make maintenance a much more accessible task.

I've got an early model MR-S that's been treated like trash, thrown around, and generally treated poorly. I've only had to replace a few parts on it but all were purchased new out of parts catalogues almost 17 years after the car was made. And this is a car that is notorious for requiring a lot of maintenance for a Toyota. Definitely no headaches in the maintenance department for me.

If you haven't yet you should check out "Regular Car Reviews" on YouTube. It's hilarious but he also goes into a lot of history on cars, explains the reasons behind different defects and quirks, etc. No review for the older A8 but there is one for the A4

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

I have an iOS device and an Android device sitting right in front of me for most of the day and from what I see iOS "back" buttons are optional for the developer and do not consistently perform the same function. Furthermore, the back buttons on iOS are not tied to the system (Android back button sends an interrupt) and are generally less responsive.

That said, of the two devices the one I put in my pocket when I leave my desk is the Android. It's not perfect, but it's way less hassle and much more usable for me.

Comment Re:Test mode (Score 1) 100

Actually by regulating fuel entering the chamber alone you reduce the amount of unburnt fuel in the chamber (assuming adequate intake). Dynamically reducing the amount of fuel sprayed in the chamber based on a variety of factors such as total available intake, engine temperature, etc. inhibits available output but can dramatically decrease fuel consumption rates. By further dynamically calculating driving conditions and dynamically "curving" throttle response for more drawn out acceleration you can further increase efficiency all just from electronic regulation. The result however is making the car less powerful and responsive. The EPA however doesn't care how the car feels - thus the cheat worked.

Also emissions requirements are much more complex than you make them out to be. Only the most lenient of emissions tests would test for percentage of some element per litre of exhaust. Particulate counts, chemical composition, burn ration, trace chemicals (additives, depletion from lines and lining, oil, etc.), moisture, etc. are all measured under a variety of conditions such as cold start, sustained high load, reduced oxygen levels (high altitude), high humidity in intake, etc. For a car to be able to maintain high efficiency in all of these situations requires at the least extremely complex control systems and sophisticated software. If on top of that you have sophisticated energy reclamation systems, filtering and conversion technologies, well designed intake and exhaust systems, hybrid systems, etc. etc. you can achieve some very high efficiency numbers *without cheating*.

Comment Re:No testing of UAVs collisions (Score 1) 233

> unless he is in the pattern.
Sounds like a good enough reason to me?

But more realistically we're talking about organizations like the FAA, who can basically say "there is a .01% chance that one day maybe we will need this, so we'll just mark it off" and they can make that decision without any complaint - and they basically don't need to yield to or listen to the complaints of any private sector entity.

Comment Re:No testing of UAVs collisions (Score 1) 233

You realize some consumer drones are huge and can actually carry cargo, right? There's a reason for the ceiling and there is a reason there are no-fly zones around airports. I'm pretty sure we don't need testing to know that an aircraft slamming into an 8 rotor drone with an aluminium body carrying a camera, a bunch of batteries, and a delivery package would not be a good scenario.

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