Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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A manual is great with a smaller engine, which typically has a narrower powerband and benefits from more gears and a sophisticated neural-network shift controller (i.e., the driver). When I had a 2-liter turbo Mitsubishi I loved its stick, and keeping the turbo spooled up would have been less than fun with an auto tranny. I'm guessing Thom's car is not more than 3 liters displacement, as are most cars in Europe.

My 5.3-liter pickup truck engine, however, is fine with its automatic. The powerband is about as wide as the Atlantic, so four gears shifted by a microprocessor is sufficient and convenient.

And as you mentioned, I much prefer the auto in Houston, TX traffic (~4M people last time I checked).

My apologies in going beyond the precise user control metaphor intended in the article, but I just wanted to point out that automation, in transmissions as elsewhere, sometimes has its uses.

P.S. I'm not one of the men here who would say "automatics are for girls". I'm not even sure where that came from. Was there a poll taken one time to capture male readers' opinions on this topic?

Edited 2010-01-23 03:21 UTC

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Carewolf Member since:

Even 2.0l is considered a big engine for a consumer car in most european countries. Also, if your truck had manual, it wouldn't need 5,3l engine. You could probably get the same practical abilities with a 3,5.

You are right a that a car with large engine doesn't need manual, but a manuel saves you from buying a large expensive and thirsty engine.

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tylerdurden Member since:

Most big rigs and commercial trucks are manual, and they have power bands which are far larger than the average pickup truck.

The reason why most Euros (and basically anyone else outside of the USA) drive manual is due mostly to a very simple reason: fuel economy. Most automatic transmissions can't match the fuel consumption of the same engine paired with a manual transmission. And when fuel is 2x or 3x as expensive as it is in the USA, that is a very important consideration...

Edited 2010-01-23 21:52 UTC

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