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2013-06-22 03:49:14 AM  

PacManDreaming: Heraclitus: Twin .50 Cals ?

Just talk to Uncle Al, the duellists' pal...

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Indeed. And I'd like to add that if you went against NOMADS in tournament play you were asking to get your poop pushed.
 
2013-06-22 04:03:29 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus


Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?
 
2013-06-22 04:18:39 AM  
cntl-f - flame thrower not in article
cntl-f - flame thrower not in comments.

my first car was a bad-ass 70s crapmobile, and i always thought that it would be the perfect car to sport a flamethrower. and as i mentioned in a recent thread and will continue to mention just so that this piece of history is not forgotten, the Loompanics catalog actually sold a book about how to build and install a car-based flamethrower.

stupid Uncle Sam. and me for being lazy and sheepish; that biatchin' camaro never got to know the hard hot love of a flamethrower.
 
2013-06-22 04:38:50 AM  
Nanny state
 
2013-06-22 07:03:03 AM  

SevenizGud: Pop Goes The Weasel: Not everyone has a garage, and some who do may have more cars than the garage may fit, especially if the have teen-aged children.

If you can't afford a big enough garage, then really you should be taking the bus, honestly.


Garages can cost several times more than a car, depending on where you live and what you drive. Also what about people who live places where there are no houses with garages? People who live in cities where everything was built before the automocar was invented? No, it seems simpler to just accept that people want to idle their cars for a bit. Not that I would, because living in a big city, and not having a garage, means if I want to idle it i'd have to sit in it to avoid it being stolen, so I might as well just drive as fast as I can to warm it up really quick, or get to my destination before I freeze.
 
2013-06-22 07:25:33 AM  

ZAZ: Quoting the Popular Mechanics story because the Yahoo version doesn't load for me:

"So, while we can warm and de-ice our cars from the comfort of our breakfast table, our European friends get to freeze their fingers scraping ice and gripping a cold steering wheel. There, laws in some countries prohibit idling an empty car in a bid to minimize carbon dioxide emissions."

In some states there is a law against idling a car for more than a few minutes. This was passed long before anybody cared about CO2.

I have heard remote starters shut down the car after a few minutes, possibly to comply with these laws.



It's about 10-15 minutes until the car turns itself off.
 
2013-06-22 08:16:14 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: On an aspherical mirror, the main part of the mirror surface is flat, but it curves away toward the outer edge to show all the space in your blind spot.

What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus


My wife thinks I'm insane because I always adjust my mirrors the right way when I'm driving her car. For the life of me, I cannot convince her to stop adjusting them to just look directly down the side of the vehicle. Which is why they can get away with selling dumb shiat like "blind spot" cameras.

As for the screen instead of rear view mirror idea...what happens if the screen fails? And how will you be able to read the word AMBULANCE when it's coming up behind you?
 
2013-06-22 08:21:56 AM  

bukijin: ArcadianRefugee: What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus

Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?


They don't teach that in driving school?

Simple...while sitting in the drivers seat, lean your head up against the drivers side window and adjust the drivers side mirror to look down the side like you otherwise would if you were an idiot.

Then lean your head as close to the middle between the front seats and adjust the passenger side mirror to look down the side like you otherwise would if you were an idiot.

Now...no more blind spot. When a car leaves your rear view mirror field of vision...voila! It's instantly in the side mirror.

/Welcome. Drive carefully
 
2013-06-22 08:27:43 AM  

bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?


There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.
 
2013-06-22 08:54:08 AM  
Things are changing. The CR-Z (Honda) has rear video IN the rearview mirror now.
 
2013-06-22 09:19:41 AM  
SevenizGud:
If you can't afford a big enough garage, then really you should be taking the bus, honestly.

Not everyone lives in shiatholes where property is cheap enough
 
2013-06-22 09:29:49 AM  

t3knomanser: bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?

There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.


Push your side mirrors almost all the way out - you should not be able to see the sides of your car in them.  A car in the lane next to you should disappear from your rearview mirror at the same time it enters your side view mirror.  By the time it leaves your side view mirror it should next right next to you, and visible by only slightly turning your head.  This method is a little unnerving at first, sice most people have their side mirrors set to see down the side of their car, which leaves a blind spot.
 
2013-06-22 09:39:08 AM  

lucksi: Aspherical Mirrors

You have GOT to be kidding me.


Aspherical says what?

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2013-06-22 10:01:27 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: We should ban the remote start.
There is no reason a responsible person should have their car idling.


Responsible people who squeal on the Mafia need it. Did you know the best carbombs start not on ignition but when heated by the manifold? Ensuring that if the explosion doesn't do the job, the crash will?
 
2013-06-22 10:16:48 AM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: t3knomanser: bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?

There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.

Push your side mirrors almost all the way out - you should not be able to see the sides of your car in them.  A car in the lane next to you should disappear from your rearview mirror at the same time it enters your side view mirror.  By the time it leaves your side view mirror it should next right next to you, and visible by only slightly turning your head.  This method is a little unnerving at first, sice most people have their side mirrors set to see down the side of their car, which leaves a blind spot.


No thank you.   I make sure to always have the edge of my vehicle in my side mirrors.  I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.
 
2013-06-22 11:11:34 AM  
Not being able to see my backup cam mirrored while driving is worse than useless, it's completely dangerous as objects appear on the wrong farking side. At least now I know the egregious stupidity of design is not Pioneer's fault.
 
2013-06-22 11:55:19 AM  

rwhamann: Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.


Why yes, reading the comments of the retarded liberal polititools here at Fark is so much more enjoyable.
 
2013-06-22 12:18:33 PM  

enik: rwhamann: Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.

Why yes, reading the comments of the retarded liberal polititools here at Fark is so much more enjoyable.


And yet you're here.
 
2013-06-22 06:44:08 PM  

SevenizGud: csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.


If it was a 350SE, it had a 3.5. With a few exceptions, Mercedes- Benz uses the number in the name to indicate the displacement of the engine. Nit- picking, I know. Also, ABS was available then on US versions of the S- class/ W116 chassis. The headlight- leveling system, however, was not, due to the sealed- beam only rule then in effect.

As for the fact that Europeans can import anything they want to from here (they still have to make modifications to certain safety- related issues, some of which are nit- picky, like the fact that in Europe all cars' emergency flasher switches have to have a red light inside them that flashes when they're on) but people in the US can't do so with Europe- only models anymore was actually the direct result of lobbying from automakers, in particular, European ones, primarily Mercedes. There used to be a thriving grey market for certain cars- importers would bring Euro- only versions over, make certain changes to the car to comply with US laws, then certify the vehicle and be listed as its "manufacturer." Mercedes didn't like the fact that others were competing with them using their own product (and refused to service those cars at their dealerships) and eventually lobbied the government to crack down on the practice.

A lot of the issues surrounding these things has to do with "Not Invented Here" syndrome (things like e- code headlights) and with unintentionally narrow laws, like the one using wattage to specify bulb brightness, which prevented LED taillights from being sold here (or necessitated special circuitry that served only to consume the required amount of power!) for a little while because they used less power. Now, I believe the law specifies a certain level of intensity/ brightness, which is what it should have done in the first place.
 
2013-06-22 07:32:11 PM  

Maul555: I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.


I find your lack of spatial reasoning disturbing.
 
2013-06-22 08:26:07 PM  

t3knomanser: Maul555: I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.

I find your lack of spatial reasoning disturbing.


Seriously! Who uses a reference frame to determine the motion of an object relative to an observer!?  It doesn't take an Einstein to figure all that out!
 
2013-06-22 08:58:25 PM  
I wish I could pay a dealer extra money to disable the most annoying 'feature' of all: The seat-belt beep. I can't tell you how patronizing I find this. I know my farking seat belt is off. I choose to leave it off for now, and I don't appreciate being coaxed into putting it on my a really annoying beep.
 
2013-06-22 10:13:45 PM  
Don't see a problem - most of the options listed are either too complex or too dangerous for the average driver to use at speed. Changing the law to allow dynamic lighting would potentially open the door for stupid aftermarket options which would either fail or cause too much distraction for other drivers, for example.
 
2013-06-22 10:14:54 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Number 11: Allowing consumers to import any car they want. In Europe anyone can buy any US or Japanese car and personally import it. Americans are forbidden from importing or buying anything not specifically cleared for use in the US.


Again, I'm OK with that. The U.S. has some of the most stringent vehicle safety requirements in the world for a reason.
 
2013-06-22 10:17:24 PM  

fusillade762: ZAZ: Can the "spotlight the pedestrian, blinding him" feature be upgraded to "zap jaywalkers with a high power laser"?

Something like this, then?

Sleepy Boy 2000

/the last word in auto alarm eradicators


I don't know about other folks, but I love watching "30 seconds of nothing" prefaces, just knowing that the provider isn't getting any money from my pause - that'll learn 'em.
 
2013-06-23 10:25:28 AM  

Aarontology: "Dual-View Front Video Display"

Yeah, I'm perfectly fine that that being illegal.


It sounds fine--the driver only sees things like navigation etc, stuff they should be able to see.  It's only the passenger that can watch a movie.

The only one on that list that should be banned is the seats--for failing the crash test.

lordargent: Forbidden on US roads ... but it's a feature you use off-road?


Including it would make the vehicle not legal to drive on the roads.
 
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