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 on: April 14, 2014, 11:38:46 AM 
Started by Russell Griswold - Last post by dalebert
How To Make Chicken Parmigiana

 on: April 13, 2014, 11:22:03 PM 
Started by david7777 - Last post by david7777
How much longer will the North Korean regime last?
In a thought-provoking survey, North Korean defectors answer four key questions about the future of the highly secretive state


 on: April 13, 2014, 10:11:48 PM 
Started by Diogenes The Cynic - Last post by Diogenes The Cynic
In engineering, every decision is a form of compromise. When its about building a car, often, its about making the most practical designs.

Carburetors were used till fuel-injection replaced it. Fifties era cars had radial liquid cooling, in the case of Volkswagen, air-cooled engines. When electronics became useful, computers started popping up in cars. But we don't have porcelin-engine blocks because although its extremely useful (it wouldn't need a radiator, and would get amazing mileage) its not practical. A small fender-bender would make it useless.

Supercars happen when you ignore the practically portion of design. (Should we make the seat adjustable? Hell no!) Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Saleen and a bunch of other makes build cars that get horrible mileage, overheat in normal freeway driving, and have parts that are impossible to replace.

They need almost all of their parts custom made, so they're crazy expensive to begin with. I saw one GT40 with a cracked windshield. The owner hit a rock on the track, and couldn't find a replacement. He took it to a fabricator to get a new windshield made. Some companies skimp out on very expensive cars. It was a recent development for Ferrari to put good  interiors in their cars.

Lamborghini seems to say fuck-you to all their owners, by designing cars with gas-caps in the middle of the trunk, and manual seats. Even Honda can make electric-seats. Aston-Martin's drop off by about 90% of their value by the time they hit 40k miles.

You can compare them to commie-cars like the GAZ, Coda, and Porshe 914 in how reliable they are. Thats with tires that cost 10k to replace every 5k miles. Thats an entire Gaz, Coda, or Porsche 914 for one service. And you cant not buy the service.

So, I wanna know, what car wins the supercar title as most practical daily driver?

 on: April 13, 2014, 10:06:35 PM 
Started by david7777 - Last post by david7777

North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses

 on: April 13, 2014, 07:30:16 PM 
Started by Russell Griswold - Last post by sillyperson
That chick's veejay is not appealing.
Puppies and rainbows.

 on: April 13, 2014, 02:12:12 PM 
Started by Russell Griswold - Last post by dalebert

 on: April 13, 2014, 02:09:43 PM 
Started by Russell Griswold - Last post by dalebert

 on: April 13, 2014, 02:03:37 PM 
Started by Russell Griswold - Last post by dalebert

 on: April 12, 2014, 10:33:29 PM 
Started by FTL_Ian - Last post by FTL_Ian

Jonathan Fleming, Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Wants An Apology After 24 Years In Prison

Man released from prison on wrongful conviction after 24 years

 on: April 12, 2014, 11:01:01 AM 
Started by sillyperson - Last post by sillyperson
Well all of my gaming these days is comprised of online flash games, esp BTD5
and of course, Nethack, which runs on everything from the PDP-11 to smartphones

so gaming is not the issue.
At issue are drivers, video editing software (I *do* plan to restart my show, once I have my life back again), and generally just not fucking around with stuff.

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