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  1. Love Ronin. Watching it now (spotting the locations in the background, as I've spent plenty of time in both Paris and Nice) and the car chase through Paris has got to be one of the best put on film (but then the director is John Frankenheimer, so there's no surprise).
  2. Not yet, but they were seriously considering lo-jacking cars and mulling over a "per-kilometre" tax for road users. Tollways are just as unpopular over there as they are here, but because a new motorway or major upgrades to one is such an expense to the government, they were desperate for possible new sources for funds. Their idea? If you drove more, you'd pay more. Public transport loved the idea. The transport industry and privacy rights movement screamed all hell about it, and it was kicked aside. But it's an idea that won't die, and it had come up at least twice before I left Europe 3 years ago.
  3. Nah, that'll be Google, surely.
  4. Isn't Tesla already being sued by families of people who died engaging self-drive in their cars, despite all the warning the system gave to dissuade them from doing exactly that? Different situations, granted, but similar issues: it's a question of who - or what, actually - was controlling the vehicle when it happened.
  5. Yeah, it's already been done. Do you remember the big issue about 2 years ago when hackers managed to crack their way into a Grand Cherokee's system and take control from the driver? They weren't able to autonomously steer it, but they were able to change radio channel, and more frightening, accelerate/decelerate the vehicle and brake, without input from the squidgy flesh portion behind the wheel. Jeep were very quick to patch their car OS, but the cat's out of the bag. If I put on my tinfoil hat, it wouldn't surprise me at all if that's exactly what cops can do. And again, a year later: And to make it more interesting, they've even published their hacking tools online with documentation! Want to try it yourself? I work in IT, so this doesn't surprise me in the least: patching software is an everyday thing for me. But doing this in a car on a highway doing 80kph scares the shit out of me. Er, yeah, give me a old car any day!
  6. My old man had the exact same view, which I thank him for. I learned to drive at 12 years old in his old XB/XC station wagon workhorses, and when I turned 18 I borrowed his XE wagon until he bought me my first car at 19, a 1986 XF S-pack sedan: dual-fuel, carby, A/C (but no heater), large but well-built. I remember him looking me up and down and saying, "There's no fucking way I'm putting you into a 4-cylinder or a hatchback, you're a lead-foot and you'll just end up breaking it." (he was pretty much right). When I actually passed my licence, he insisted I learn in a manual transmission and paid for the extra driving lessons for me to pass (I'd never driven manual before then). He wanted to expose me to older vehicles and different transmissions, because ultimately you need to learn to drive without interference and not rely on electronic aids to learn to drive "properly", for want of a better word. You don't want to be in a position where you need to drive, but can't because there's no power steering, or it has a manual choke, or it's a manual transmission.....and you're too used to something more modern. It may be "safer" to put new drivers in newer cars, but they'll become too reliant on technology, and there may be a situation where they'll need to drive without all that but ultimately can't. Driving an "older" car with no electronic aids made me learn how to actually drive: the LPG chopped power but introduced the idea of economy (as I was now paying for my own fuel), and driving a family-sized car with no parking aids meant I had to actually know the dimensions of the vehicle I was driving to park effectively. If I have children (heh, don't like my chances there), I'm of exactly the same mind: I'll insist they drive something older first before they drive something newer. And ultimately when I wrote that car off 3 years later (flipped off a NSW mountain road after hitting a kangaroo, into a ditch and slid into a tree at the bottom upside-down), I'm of the firm belief that because it was an older car, and more solidly built, that it could take the impact and as a result save my life. The old man was right.
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road - ie: the movie that brought the awesomeness back to the Mad Max series - is on tonight at 9:40pm, on 9Go. \m/ For those of you on a diet and need to be scared shitless about how lots of sugar will fuck your body right up, That Sugar Film is on SBS at 8:30pm.
  8. I'm in two minds about this: 1) Yes, I agree that modern cars do (usually) tend to be safer, and with further integration of electronic aids they appear to be able to do more with less. I lived in Europe for a decade and noticed in the western and central European countries, you'd be very surprised to see a car more than 20 years old on the roads. Owning and operating a car in Britain made this obvious: new cars are exempted from RWC for the first three years, newer (and greener) cars receive more exemptions (London congestion charge is just one I can think of), car rego is on the NSW model (yearly RWC needed, older cars have more issues meeting standards), insurance renewal uses third party insurance companies (so older cars tend to be more expensive to insure), and with government recycling help, disposing of an older car couldn't be easier: a wrecker truck will pick up your bomb, issue a destruction certificate (give it to your Roads Corporation for a refund of rego), and still pay you anywhere from 100-2000 pounds for it! However! 2) European countries are not Australia. Australia has thousands and thousands of desolate kilometres of sub-quality roads, and greater distances between population centres mean more wear-and-tear and greater costs and operation risks on a standard vehicle (for example, you wouldn't take a Euro hatchback into rural Australia), and a far-heavier reliance on the humble car in Australian city centres than a well-planned Euro city with better public transport infrastructure. Simply put, in Australia, older cars are usually better constructed for Australian standards and environment, and seem to tolerate the harsh Australian climate and road experiences better than newer models, which due to the cost of resources are usually made cheaper and - moreover - disposable. Older Australian cars were sold in higher numbers, and usually those that still own and operate older models are far more capable of looking after them and repairing them (visiting a wreckers yard, for example), minimising their operation cost. Take an accident between a new, Asian-built vehicle and an older Australian vehicle: the newer one would probably simply disintegrate, while the older one would probably better survive, even without airbags. Hard to say, really: I see both sides of the argument. Politics, big oil, and the car companies exercise a huge influence behind the scenes, so adopting a system in one country cannot mean it will simply work in another. But if they go anywhere near my 20-year old panelvan, they'll have a fucking fight on their hands. *drops 2 cents*
  9. That happens in the city too. You get selfish cunts in Audis or BMWs doing 90 in the right lane of Eastlink or the Peninsula Freeway that won't get out of the way when there's a gap on the left lane, only for them to suddenly speed up when you go to overtake them. That kind of behaviour shits me to tears.
  10. What. The. Fuck.....?!
  11. Yarra Ranges are a great place to drive, my favourite road the Acheron Way (the C507, Warburton-Narbethong road) is out that way. It's where I took the first decent photos of my panelvan (of which one survives in my post picture signature, see below). If you need more or a challenge, turn right at the Marysville Road junction and tear through the gravel to Woods Point, or onwards down Walhalla Road to the Thomson Dam, it's a great half-day trip.
  12. The super-natural flick Constantine is on 9Go this evening at 8:30pm. Awesome, love this flick! The whole part with Peter Stromare as Satan is the best section of the movie. And for you fans of 80s chick-flicks, Desperately Seeking Susan will be on SBS Viceland at 10:25pm.
  13. You missed a FG(X), Escort and a panelvan in the OzFalcon corner....!
  14. Starling: If you didn't kill him, then who did, sir? Lecter: Who can say? Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere. Love this movie.
  15. It just occurred to me, but my third year anniversary joining here has just passed. Has it really been three years? But this place has been great. Here I was with a freshly-purchased XH panelvan after returning to the country after a decade away, and you guys welcomed me, gave me some great advice on the rolling iron, and even recently encouraged me to attend my first AFD. I'll be honest, I don't tend to make friends easily - I have social issues - but it's been heartwarming being here and I've learned a lot I wasn't expecting, and made an acquaintance or seven. Here's to another three years, hey? Thanks all.