* Posts by Adam 67

12 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Mar 2010

German iron meets Monaco's highlands: Audi A1 review

Adam 67

Steer by wire?

'It’s all about the steering. The face-lifted Audi A1 has eschewed the trend to drive-by-wire and has mechanical steering with variable electrical assistance. I drove the new 1.0 three-cylinder petrol engine version, and over the miles what started as a nice little practical town car turned into a fun little toy.'

Apart from top spec Infiniti's no-one has produced a mass-market steer by wire system for a production car (and they are currently rumoured to be returning to non-SBW). So it's hardly 'eschewed the trend'. The electrical power assistance the article refers to has been common for the last decade or so.

As additionally mentioned above, the MI16 engine from 1987 I had in my 205 gti had an aluminium cylinder block (albeit with cast liners). And BMW's nikasil engines in the e36 were all alloy, although not all totally successful.... I don't know why this banal fact warranted a mention.

'Reviewing cars is the best job there is at The Register' Maybe I can do a better job? You've got my email!

Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

Adam 67

unofficial tyre

what a load of arse. You can put any tyre you want on your beemer (or any other car for that matter)

Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3

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As title

So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

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The Forever War, By Haldeman.

I've only read three pages but surely it should be up their!??!?!

It's bloody marvelous!!!!

Here's hoping this is a repost.

PARIS team raises pint to Yuri Gagarin

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Re. The space pen...


BTW, extremely jealous of the Soviet memento!!!!

Pint cos I'll be raising one!

Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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The irony.

Cameron: Carriers tomorrow, bombers today

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This is what i was thinking...

But we do have a handful of Eurofighters over there on permanent deployment...

Crash grounds RAF Eurofighters - for Battle of Britain Day!

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Dispatches Report

Watched the program last night and wondered what you'd think of it Lewis, although I must confess I didn't notice your inclusion!

The armed forces are a mess in this country and the conculsions of the SDR will be very interesting. The question of course is does the political will exist to undertake the sort of reform that this country requires. I doubt it somehow.

Nevertheless, interesting article as ever.

Skewing statistics: Booze, money and sex

Adam 67

Hear hear

God this is so depressing, and so true.

How come they're all such a bunch of arseholes?


Blighty surrenders to Street View

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Poor choice.

The rest of it I applaud though.

Tories promise medals not money for science and R&D

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I'm with stupid

Yes, that's the one. Because outsourcing manufacturing is exactly the same as encouraging investment in science and innovation.

Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

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I could be wrong

But I think it's by Fred Saberhagen. Brilliant author.

Some interesting points made in this thread!