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skyspydude1 @lemmy.world
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This is my reason for joining "Fuck Cars"
  • Also remember that those trucks are both heavier and less aerodynamic than your Bel-Air. A well-equipped Tundra or Silverado is pretty close to the weight of your Bel-Air and Z3, combined.

    I guarantee that your 70s motor isn't really all that eco-friendly. Once all the emissions stuff is warmed up, those trucks are honestly pretty "clean" in regards to tail pipe emissions compared to even a car 20 years ago. Remember that CO2 and water aren't the only things emitted, and while they're worse on the CO2 front, anything without a catalytic converter is going to emit some pretty nasty stuff in addition to all all the CO2.

  • Michigan Republicans' bill: Make AR-15 state's official rifle
  • This just makes it even dumber. Some of these at least have some interesting ties to the state's history. Eugene Stoner isn't even from Michigan, and ArmaLite was based in California and now in Arizona.

    If people REALLY gave a shit and just couldn't stand for not having a state firearm, I'd argue the M1 Carbine would be a far better choice given the historical ties to our automotive manufacturing base and its transition to wartime manufacturing, with General Motors being the single largest producer during WWII.

    Alternatively, Hi-Point has some manufacting here, so I'd be willing to consider making the Yeet Cannon the official state firearm.

    It pretty clearly has nothing to do with any sort of ties to manufacturers or state history though, and is 100% a "tRiGgEr tHe LiBs" move, which makes it incredibly frustrating as someone who is actually interested in firearms for their history and engineering, instead of as an inadequacy compensator.

  • Supreme Court rules gun 'bump stocks’ ban is unlawful
  • The problem is the laws regulating automatics are absolutely idiotic, and automatic weapons are 100% legal to own, just kind of expensive. Not like "need to be a multi-millionaire" expensive, but "can afford to pay cash for a late-model used car".

    Like most of our half-assed regulations, it doesn't actually do anything other than making it pay to play. We don't actually want to do anything that might prevent cops and their buddies from having a monopoly on force, so basically every gun law is moot for them anyway, even if they're buying them as private citizens.

    That's one of the biggest concerns I have with the way we regulate firearms (among many other things) in the US, because they clearly aren't made with a mindset of "X thing is bad for society as a whole, we need to do something about it", it's "X thing is totally fine if you're in our special club, but the plebs are not allowed to have it.

  • Volvo recalls all of its 72K EX30 cars due to software bug that obscures speedometer
  • I work on automotive software, and honestly have no issue with issues like this being portrayed as a big deal. I'm sick of how often I'm seeing management push shit software deliveries with the line "We'll OTA it later, it's fine for now."

    Screens have been in cars for a very long time at this point, there's absolutely no reason we should be seeing issues like this aside from half-assed software being shoved out the door because we'll hopefully fix it later via OTA.

  • Elon Musk threatens to ban Apple devices from his companies over OpenAI partnership
  • This bumper sticker is almost meaningless unless you only bought an early Model S. It was pretty apparent even by the time the Model 3 came out Elon was a gigantic piece of shit, and would be running the company into the ground. Reminder that him calling a rescue diver a pedophile was 6 years ago, and that was only the most public first example of his douchebaggery.

  • Electric Cars Are Suddenly Becoming Affordable
  • And since the 12v cabin battery is kept constantly tended and never used for cranking, it also lasts many years longer.

    Ehh, this isn't necessarily true for most EVs at this point, at least from my experience. Since they don't have to put up with cranking loads, they tend to be far smaller than one in an ICE. This means that all the "idle" stuff that's running when the HV contactors aren't closed and the DC-DC charging circuit isn't active drains the battery much more quickly, and draining them below ~70% is what starts to degrade them rapidly.

    I've personally never had an 12v battery in an EV last more than about 5 years, while I've had batteries in my ICE cars do double that before they showed any signs of trouble.

    One other slight issue I've noticed is that a marginal 12v battery makes the car absolutely lose its shit. I can't even tell you the number of people I've seen on forums who think their car completely shit the bed due to the number of faults and such it'll report, even though it's still driving somewhat normally.

  • Electric Cars Are Suddenly Becoming Affordable
  • Yes, it very much is. I've owned 2 EVs for 6 years at this point, they absolutely go through tires faster than my ICE vehicles, even on the factory tires. Go to any EV owner forum, and you're almost guaranteed to see complaints about tire wear. It's very, very much a thing.

    Now, it's not necessarily inherent to EVs, because it's down to weight and torque output, so a big heavy truck with lots of torque can also burn through tires plenty quick. But still, EVs are much heavier than an equivalent ICE.

    Take a look at 2 vehicles from Kia that are dimensionally almost identical, the Telluride and EV9. The Telluride weighs 4,522lbs in its maxed out AWD trim, while the base FWD trim of the EV9 weighs 5093lbs, and the AWD version is over 1200lbs heavier than the equivalent Telluride at 5,732lbs.

    If you've got a pretty typical midsized modern vehicle around 3000lbs, go ahead and drive the next set of tires with 700-800lbs of sandbags in your car and see how your tires hold up.

    Not to mention there are already a number of studies showing that total PM emissions from EVs are only marginally better than ICE cars, if at all, despite having zero tailpipe and reduced PM from braking due to regen. Now, try and guess where all that additional particulate is coming from...

  • Electric Cars Are Suddenly Becoming Affordable
  • Anyone who's owned an EV and a comparable ICE vehicle knows this isn't a myth at all lmao. They weigh more, and all that instant torque at 0 RPM means that you're almost guaranteed to go through tires faster.

  • Everything must be a subscription service
  • You can typically look up your city's water test results and see what's in there or do your own testing. The vast majority of municipal water is plenty safe, and most issues with stuff like elevated lead come from the home/building itself, not the municipality.

  • Surf Dracula®
  • The first Kingsman movie was one of the best new Bond film, even if it had some tongue-in-cheek parody elements and openly acknowledged it. Over the top bad guy, fun gadgets, saving the world. Definitely scratches the itch for a Bond film pretty well.

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