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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: Today at 06:20:02 PM
Hmm, there's something to be said for the old manual way of doing things.  When I was in High School my father got this sudden urge to take a break from electronics and become a gas station dealer.

In the summer it was actually fun.  Especially wiping the wind screens of hot chicks in mini-skirts.  The customer just sat on his or her ass and rolled down the window to order fuel.  The attendant wiped the windshield and if requested, checked the oil and even the tire air pressure.  There was no slot to put quarters in for compressed air.  It was free and at sufficient pressure it didn't take 5  minutes to inflate one tire.

The full service gas station had its good points.  I probably never would have gotten into auto repair except from my father's station I learned tire change, balance and oil change etc..

Winter and heavy rain is another story best forgotten.  smiley  I remember the summers.  smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: Today at 06:06:13 PM

If you hook a coke machine up to your power source is that cat-a-tonic?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: Today at 06:05:22 PM
That cat looks pretty offended/scared/worried about Batman eating that pony.

I thought he was going to tell me "only you can prevent wild fires."  smiley
4  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: Today at 11:06:07 AM
The main flaw I find in MBAM now is if I right click a file or folder to scan it and get the Database is out of Date, it doesn't resume the job after I update.  Either that or I don't know how to get it to.  So I've taken to running it, click update if it needs it, close it, right click yadda yadda.  That kind of kills off the convenience factor.  smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: Today at 10:59:40 AM
I just hope no one makes any s-cat-ological references. 

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: Today at 10:29:44 AM
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Why would petrol companies deny money from people with inferior or not specific dna?

The same reason Winston Smith could not get new razor blades.  The politics of shortage.  Winston was only a member of the Outer Party(tm.)

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: Today at 05:46:37 AM

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So, yeah, now I have a 1 cup coffee maker, without DRM, that cost me a whopping $0.33. And it brews loose tea, too. cheesy

App that's cheating.  Your coffee maker should have a slot to swipe your credit card.  smiley
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: Today at 05:45:05 AM
I only drink 2, maybe 3 coffees in a day so I'll defer to those with experience.  Is it possible to get good Espresso results using ordinary drip methods?  I'm not sure if the cafe con leche places use an espresso machine for speed or if it's really necessary to get the quality.

Some customers get the coffee staight up.  But if you add a lot of milk I think it takes the concentrated coffee to stand up to it, if that makes any sense.

For a time I used Medaglia D'Oro canned espresso in a drip maker.  But I only used the regular amount of coffee.  I was going for the flavor of it rather than trying to make Espresso.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: Today at 05:38:07 AM
but 1 out of 700 people have the same fingerprint!

maybe dna check on spit or skin would be more reliable

Ah we finally get to Gattaca where only the elite families, like Gore Vidal's, can gas up.  If your blood ain't blue you're walkin;.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 04:35:17 PM
The spark advance may have quite a range of adjustment in the computer.  Even back when I was working in the field the advance was quite radical at times.  I'm not sure how far they can retard the timing but they may have compensated for the problem by now.

Afa the police vehicles I favor a bicycle and night stick combination.  All these automatic weapons and everything high powered makes me feel we are attracting applicants who want to "play guns" like when 8 years old.  Turn on the siren and jump the stop light mentality.

Most life threatening situations call for an ambulance or EMT response rather than an armed one.  One thing I will say about the Miami cops, I've never seen them strike anyone.  They may yell some unpleasant things at a person who is acting belligerent verbally.  But I've never seen any physical abuse.  The ones I've talked to even if they want to help they can't do much.  Miami doesn't have overnight one night shelters like some cold towns.  I heard they may be starting that up though.  More people come to town every day it seems.  Sad

But I digress.  smiley

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 20, 2014, 03:15:39 PM
If they keep skipping numbers we'll be back to Win95 in no time.  But it may be 128 bit.  smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 20, 2014, 03:13:16 PM
Spare parts are readily available.  Just consult the cat-a-log.
So, to get things going, just give your cat a list.
 


I just hope they don't start cat-er-waulling while I'm trying to get a cat nap.  smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 03:04:58 PM
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ok ok


Thanks for asking.  It felt good to vent(yet another gas tank pun.)  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 02:59:42 PM
MilesAhead what do you say now?  smiley

On the gas ID thing it could be WiFi for that matter.  Same with info from the pump as to amount,price,octane rating etc..  The computer in the vehicle could calculate the net octane rating from all the mixes of gas.  Much simpler than actually analyzing it.  Of course things would have to be standardized to avoid being locked in to one gasoline company etc..

On the police cars when they are tuned up they are set to the spec in the book.  What's in the computer is done at the factory.  Most likely some pencil pusher cost accountant comes up with the brilliant idea of buying the cheap gas.  Thus the timing under load is way too advanced.  The guy doing the tune-up can see if the air filter is clogged pretty easily.  Getting gas with the octance available when the car was manufactured is another matter if the cop car has a big V8.

Before electronic ignition and after they started raising the gas prices if I knew the customer was burning regular in a high compression engine I used to performance time it via test drive.  It would at least not react like a bucking bronco.  But it's not worth the effort if you get some dick who wants the settings "by the book" as you can never get  him to admit the gasoline available when he bought the car is not for sale now.  Thus making the initial timing wrong.  Especially if the cheap bastard is buying regular on top of it.  smiley

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 11:21:44 AM
Even better would be some type of data exchange when the nozzle is inserted.  I guess avoiding an electric current would be paramount with the proximity to the gasoline.  Perhaps some kind of magnetic field data doodad.  Your car would get a record how much gas at what price was added to the tank and the pump would get your ID for debit.

That way if someone snatched your plate you wouldn't be financing their joy rides as they stuck it on one car after another.

Also I was thinking there should be some way to detect the equivalent of octane in the fuel and adjust the spark advance settings in the ignition computer system.  I have been thinking about that because I see Miami cops tromp on the accelerator and their cruisers sound like crap.  The spark advance is not right.  It makes me wince every time I listen to the engine fighting itself.  No doubt they put low octane fuel in cars with high compression engines.

I don't know how difficult the octane detection would be.  But once known the spark advance intelligence should not be difficult to program.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 20, 2014, 05:57:24 AM
I have half a thought of buying one just so I can return it because it doesn't work with the coffee 'pods' I have.  Companies shouldn't be  able to get away with this kind of crap, and that seems to be a concrete way to let them know.

When I was an Auto Mechanic I remember having Phillips Head and slot screw drivers and a handle for hex socket both English and metric.  All set for stuff like removing a grille or door panel.  Then the automakers must have bought stock in the tool making companies because the grilles had new screws with weird depressions in them.  Sort of like those locking lug nuts where you need that stupid adapter to get the wheel off.  The SnapOn Guy(tm) is all smiles as he sells you the same crap over again.  Nothing like ripping off your customer base to endear your products.  Word of mouth advertizing NOT.  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 06:25:01 PM
What I hate is before I can read the screen and decide what I want to do, it does what it wants anyway.  It may as well put that television bullseye with the radar scan line that rotates 360 degrees to count down the seconds.  No message.  I'll just know to wait for it to shut down.  smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 05:08:56 PM
P.S. Roger Delgado was the best Master

+1  He was a heavy with style.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 19, 2014, 05:54:04 AM
I can remember hating the super dark tinted glass windshields because I couldn't see where the oncoming driver was looking at intersections.  Now I'll have to wonder if anyone is even in the vehicle.

If the car could go off by itself and come back with a cold 4 pack I know some guys who would figure out a way to buy it somehow.  smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 18, 2014, 07:52:11 AM
I always thought that a better solution than the cat/toast rotor would be three cats strapped back-to-back in a star configuration.

I guess you could call it the three polecat configuration.

Spare parts are readily available.  Just consult the cat-a-log.  smiley
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 18, 2014, 07:43:22 AM
Would have been interesting if David Niven had ever been given a crack at it. That role would have been right up his alley.

I remember seeing him on one of the talk/variety shows maybe in the 60s.  If not The Mike Douglas Show it was something similar. He told a charming story about being in a street gang at 5 years old.  His job was to drop his bag of marbles on a department store floor. and start crying.  While the employees helped the poor little kid retrieve his marbles his confederates ripped off the merchandise.  smiley

I don't know if it was true but the audience loved it.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 05:12:15 AM
"Your car needs to reboot to install updates" WTF!


Or even worse, the automatic ripcord on your parachute.  We wouldn't want to be hacked at 15,000 feet now would we?  Must have those security updates!  cheesy
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 05:06:29 PM
I think it is a done deal.  For one thing it's just too attractive to the authorities.  They can lock your doors, windows and passive restraint systems then steer you directly to jail whenever they want.  Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: October 17, 2014, 10:02:20 AM
Firefox 1.5 Final
Wasn't that released somewhere in 2005? Looks like waaaay off the charts here... (iow: possible spam? )

I guess it wasn't that final after all?  Up to v 33 now.  smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 10:00:35 AM
IIRC autopilot was added primarily as a convenience to mitigate the really boring parts. So outside of preventing the plane from wandering off course...(making them late)...it's not really a safety system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...tern_Air_Lines_Flight_401

Not so much that the Auto Pilot failed as that everyone was so complacent relying on it.

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Captain Kirk just before setting off a nuclear charge on the planet surface "Beam me up Scotty!  Scot are you there?"  Scotty says "I cannot captain.  The Transporter is asking for my bloody PIN number and I forgot the damn thing!"
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