Plus, the '57/'58 Fury's are probably some of the best looking cars ever
made. Sure as hell a lot more attractive than a 57/58 Ford or Chevy,
Pontiac, Olds, etc.. In my opinion anyway. Christine from the Stephen
King novel/film was a '57 or '58 Fury. The design concepts for these
cars was the 'forward look'. It'll be interesting to see if the car
still looks brand new. Hopefully, they'll start it up and drive it a
That was why I bought one, it was one outstanding looking, gutsy, car. A
year later it was a rusting rattle trap so I dumped it. Unfortunately I
bought a '58 Chevy 2 DR HT and it too was a rust bucket. ;)
That, too, is a matter of opinion.
I think the newer cars are better looking.
But them again, I thought the Pontiac Aztec is way cool, and I own a Ford
More importantly, the new cars do their job way better than the older ones,
Something has been accomplished, at least you are now saying IMHO for change
instead of things like 'we are running out of VINs' as something factual
We know for a fact the Toyota does not make a Ford. ;)
On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 19:57:33 +0000, Jeff got out the hammer and chisel and
etched in the wall:
Just wait until Microsoft gets involved in cars...
..then we'll need to pay for a new car every two years, which will have
the same functionality as the last one but won't be able to use the same
You will also have to do a complete shutdown, and restart every two hours!
The monthly trip to the dealers to fix a dozen faults that should have been
designed out in the first place, would be a pain too!
ANd you'd be driving a car the size of a postage stamp at 3 times the
speed of light. So the fact you have to restart the car every two
hours would be immaterial, because 2 hours would take you to mars.
And the new car needing different fuel would only be the case if you
had a car designed by Apple, as microsodt software and the intel
chipset have always (or virtually always) been backwards compatible.
Although the functionality would be the same, the speed would double
and the size would half roughly every 2-5 years. You wouldn;t notice
thew speed much on normal eartbound travels because around the world
on last years model was only a blink of the eye, so todays model being
able to go around the world twice in that same blink would not be
noticable going from, say, new yout to L.A.
Another advantage would be parts would almost all be interchangable,
because operability would have been standardized. You could put a ford
part in a chrysler by simply replacing the software drivers.
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Last I checked, Apples run on the same energy sources as all other
computers: 110 V 60 Hz American power (fueled by oil from the Middle East,
of course). The funny thing is that they use so little power, that the mini
doesn't even need a cooling fan. Kind of like the hybrid of desktop
Apples will run Windows and Unix, too. Non-apple Intel machines don't run
the Apple OS.
And, Apples being backward compatible for fewer versions of the OS is
actually a plus. People who program in Windows and want to suport Win 95
have either limit their system calls or determine which program is running
(Win95 is not an OS), but rather, detect which version of windows is running
and make different system calls based on the version. People may still have
to do that with Apple, but they have to do far less.
Finally, Apples rarely get attacked by viruses. Being different is sometimes
I don't know about that, really... I personally am rather
disappointed in the *lack* of meaningful improvements in vehicles over
the last few decades. We've added lots of gadgets, but some of the
older vehicles are still more fun to drive and just as functional.
Sadly, we'll probably never again see some of the light, nimble, cheap
sporty cars that were popular from the 60s through the 80s because of
Federally-mandated safety equipment. The closest thing we have now
would be a Mini Cooper S or maybe a Mazda Miata; both still weigh in
at around 2500 lbs, compare and contrast with an original VW Scirocco,
1700-2000 lbs. depending on year, or the Triumph TR-6 to which the
Miata was the spiritual successor, 2200 lbs. with a big straight six
engine as opposed to the Miata's little four-cylinder. Or if you want
to get real silly, the original Mini at its porkiest never got much
above 1600 lbs...
Hell, the Shelby 289 Cobra weighed about 2100-2200 lbs. Today it'd
probably be two tons with all the mandated equipment.
This is progress?
Let's see: better handling, air bags (and I don't mean my wife), CD players
and iPod connections, air conditioning, better transmissions (in my opinion,
that means smoother-shifting standards, others would say that CVT is a great
inprovement), electric motors, sun roofs, anti-lock brakes, intermittant
wipers, doors that open by themselves in vans, and run-flat tires. And the
engines and cars are more reliable.
I think the VW GTi is one and it is still out there.
On the other hand, you can get a VW td and or hybrid and get like 40+ mpg.
And in the tdi, the glow plugs start the engine in less 30 sec.
Considering all the improvements, including better brakes, the improved
ability to survive crashes, anti-lock brakes and decreased polution, I would
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