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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

Cosgrach This just in... (524 comments)

The CEO if Yahoo is a moron. Rich perhaps, but still a moron.

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

Cosgrach Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

Sadly, I believe that it will.

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

Cosgrach Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

Amen to that!

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

Cosgrach Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

Fuck the children.

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

Cosgrach There - fixed that for you. (625 comments)

'is the most useful thing that can be done for all the *super rich* people on the planet.'

Dumbass. Should be fucking shot.

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

Cosgrach Re:That's so sad. (625 comments)

Right on, Brother!

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

Cosgrach Re:That's so sad. (625 comments)

No, they are parasites. For the term of gestation and for 20 or so years after birth at least.

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

Cosgrach Re:Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

I say sterilize after one. And heavy tax burdens for families with more than one child. Irresponsible breading will be the death of us all.

about a year ago
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Surveillance Story Turns Into a Warning About Employer Monitoring

Cosgrach Re:Private browsing (382 comments)

If your 'work day' extends past when you leave the office, I feel sorry for you. I am very clear with my employers about that issue and they are cool with that. So far as I am concerned, taking work home with you is okay *if* you are 'on call' or if they pay you for the extra time for 'working' after hours.

The 'American' work ethic is really fucked up. It is one of the things that is seriously wrong with America...

about a year ago
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Government Study Finds TSA Misconduct Up 26% In 3 Years

Cosgrach Re:TSA ? (196 comments)

That's why I stopped flying as well.

about a year ago
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Epic Online Space Battle

Cosgrach Re:Who cares (296 comments)

As are you.

about a year ago
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:One problem (353 comments)

Absolutely. I did a fair amount of rally driving with my Forester. Doing the ALCAN 5000 next year in my FJ40. I believe that it's the first FJ40 entered since the rally started many years ago. Of course, there is a VW 'Thing' entered next year as well. Too cool.

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:What IS the difference between All and Four Whe (353 comments)

4WD systems include a (generally) manual shift transfer case that puts power to the front axle. In my case I also have manual locking front hubs (really old school here) The transfer case has three settings: 2WD (rear), 4WD high for driving in dirt and snow and ice, and 4WD low for when you need extra torque for steep hills or pulling. Because the power split is 50/50 front rear, handling can be a bit strange for the uninitiated.

In the AWD systems, you have a center differential along with the normal front & rear diffs. Some of them are electronically controlled to split the power asymmetrically and some are fixed. The asymmetric ones are more common. They provide excellent handling in pretty much all driving conditions and most drivers would not be able to tell if it was AWD at all.

The problem with the Subaru (and perhaps others) is that the tires need to be close to the same diameter on all four tires. Prolonged driving on an undersized spare can cause serious damage to the center differential. It is recommended to replace all tires at the same time. If you can not afford to, then 'shaving' the new tire down to match the older tires is recommended. I always rotated my tires through the spare so if I ever had a flat, the spare was always close enough to the driving tire diameter so that I had no worries. That being said, I only had one flat in the eight years that I owned the Forester. I have rolled the bead during rally races though.

  It is also pretty much instant death to the center differential to tow the car on a car dolly or with a conventional tow truck. The safest way to tow a Subaru (and perhaps other AWD vehicles) is on a flat bed. It is sometimes permissible to tow the Subaru with ALL 4 wheels on the ground (I.E. behind a motor home), you should consult the owners manual for your specific vehicle - there are differences between auto and manual transmissions..

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:One problem (353 comments)

Over the years, I have driven pretty much all types - rear wheel (VW's mostly), front wheel, all wheel (Subaru - Oh yeah!), and 4-wheel. (Yes, there is a difference).

The FJ40 is very much like the Volkwagons, excepting that they are way top heavy. It's a HEAVY 4WD for its size (over 4,000 lbs), and a relatively light rear end. It has a habit of breaking loose on wet roads in the turns (much like my '69 VW Camper. Have to be pretty careful. My 2004 Subaru Forester simply could not give a damn about the road conditions - it was just completely predictable (after I disabled the anti-lock break system). My old '69 VW Square Back was very predictable and drifted like a freaking dream. Believe it or not, it out handled many of the heavier American muscle cars. Not all that fast (top speed of about 100mph), but on mountain roads it was freaking awesome.

It's all old school for me now.

The golden rules:
Know your limits
Know your vehicles performance limits
Know your vehicles foot print on the pavement.

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:2,921 pounds? (353 comments)

My Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser weighs in at over 4,000 lbs. 3,427 lbs stock curb weight + another 600 (+/- 50lbs) of off-road accessories.

41 years old and getting 16 city and 22+ on the highway. Best ever was 25mpg.

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:2,921 pounds? (353 comments)

Perhaps it the batteries...

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:Proper units (353 comments)

That's 125 stone. Not plural.

Fixed that for you.

1 year,19 days
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Cosgrach Re:One problem (353 comments)

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with rear wheel drive. (unless you don't know how to drive to begin with)

1 year,19 days

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Nokia N900 vs. Nexus One - Which is 'better'?

Cosgrach Cosgrach writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Cosgrach (1737088) writes "I'm trying to decide which of the two mobiles would be the better one for me. I've looked at both of their web sites, downloaded the respective user manuals and find that in terms of features, they are quite similar. It's only when you get down to the details where differences show up.

The Nokia is thicker (and heavier) due to the sliding keyboard, the Nexus One looks a bit sexier.
They both sport a 800 x 480 (3.7") screen.
As far as software, they seem to be packaged with much the same stuff.
The OS is different between the two, but I don't think that it's enough of a difference to flip my mind one way or another.
The Nokia app store is available for browsing from any machine, but the Google app store seems to require a android handset to view all applications. (This bit really sucks!)
The Nokia has 32GB standard, the Nexus One only has 4GB.
I think that the Nokia also has a better lens system on the camera.

Is there some sort of 'deal buster' that I am unaware of with either phone? What say you all?"

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