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Posted on 04/30/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT by Twotone
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But they aren’t mandating OnStar, that was just the writer throwing in all kinds of extra junk to turn this into some sort of massive conspiracy. He mentioned that GM can remote turn off cars to enhance the paranoia. The issue is the two things actually have nothing to do with each other other than being linked to the computer.
You missed the point. The computers, with this buffer, have BEEN IN YOUR CAR FOR TWENTY YEARS. And nobody is getting fines for driving 30 in a 25. It’s important to temper one’s distrust of the government with facts. These buffers WON’T allow that kind of ticketing, unless you’ve been in an accident, because that’s the only time the buffer gets read. There’s no wireless transmission from these things, it’s all wired.
And why are we letting it happen?
Of course. What has changed is the fact that it's now being mandated by government.
Private sector initiative vs. government mandate. It's all the difference in the world...
Rush - “Red Barchetta
My uncle has a country place that no one knows about
He says it used to be a farm before the Motor Law
And on Sundays, I elude the eyes, hop the turbine freight
To far outside the wire, where my white-haired uncle waits
Jump to the ground as the turbo slows to cross the borderline
Then run like the wind as excitement shivers up and down my spine
But down in his barn, my uncle preserved for me an old machine
For fifty odd years, to keep it as new has been his dearest dream
I strip away the old debris that hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta from a better vanished time
Ooh, fired up the willing engine, responding with a roar
Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime
Wind in my hair
Shifting and drifting
Well-weathered leather, hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome, the blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware
Suddenly ahead of me across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air car shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires to run the deadly race
It goes screaming through the valley as another joins the chase
Drive like the wind, straining the limits of machine and man
Laughing out loud with fear and hope, I’ve got a desperate plan
At the one lane bridge, I leave the giants stranded at the riverside
Race back to the farm to dream with my uncle at the fireside
I just think it’s funny that these things have been in cars for 20 years and now all of a sudden everybody is talking about not buying cars with them or disabling them. Every paranoid fantasy about these things was just as capable of happening (most of them not actually) 1 month ago as today, the only thing that’s changed is now people know about it.
“I remember CARB saying that they can lower the emission requirements of new cars but cant change what the requirements were for old cars. (Basically, its not fair to try and make a car run lower emissions 20 years later than it had to pass when it was brand new.) I guess they changed their mind.”
Well it is true that probably 99% of the pollution from cars, come from cars more than 10 years old...so if you want to clean up the air, then you must go after those older cars. But until recently, California’s government was stuck between pushing for social justice (which, in this case, means giving ‘the poor’ a break on their emissions) and cleaning up the air. You can’t have both. So now they’re coming down on the side of clean air. For the people on that forum, they might want to do what a friend of mine here in Texas does - which is to keep a nearly new CC and O2 Sensor in his garage, and swap it in, just before inspection, and then swap it out right after. He says it works fine (those two devices can clean up anything coming out of an engine, providing the CC isn’t fouled)...a bit time consuming though.
most folks have neither the skills or inclination to fool with that.and the poor don’t have the $ to pay someone to do it.
if that “fixes” it and it passes the sniffer check, why swap it back again?
“if that fixes it and it passes the sniffer check, why swap it back again?”
Because aftermarket CC’s are crap and last maybe 5 or 10k before they are useless.
As for not being able to swap them or afford to swap them...that’s why the system actually ‘works’. But listening to the people on that forum, I suspect that most of them can change those parts out.
Texas has that,too? that’s disappointing to know. I thought they were one of the last few free places to live.
“Texas has that,too? thats disappointing to know. I thought they were one of the last few free places to live.”
Oh, you’d be surprised. We have a legacy of Democrat domination and even our governor today can’t shake off his Democrat roots. But every year, we have to have a shop look at our cars and tell us if they’re safe. Then, if we live in a high-pollution area (i.e., where 80% of Texans live), then we have a smog check - every year. Even worse than California.
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