On Tue, 7 Mar 2000, David Murphy wrote:
> Ack, not car analogies again.
ah.. they're fun!! no OS thread is complete without one :)
> I'd say it's the difference between a Porsche engine in an old VW
> Beetle, and a Porsche engine in a Porsche - if you squint, they kinda
> look the same, they both go fast in a straight line, but if you try
> and go around corners in one, you'll die a horrible fiery death, and
> the manufacturers will say "Didn't he not know not to go around
> corners?" to your relatives.
> The other one just twithces a bit as you go around.
i'd say it's more like the difference between a big german high-powered
coupe, with a really high-end electonic injection unit that takes
ambient temperature, atmospheric pressure, O2 level into account. With
electronically controlled differentials that can adjust the speeds of
different wheels individually, eg add power to the front wheels if the
rear are slipping. With a lovely plush cream leather interior, with all
the latest gizmos like climate control, cruise control, cd-changer, etc.
Every detail has been taken care of.
a Mini with blue printed engine, gas flowed head, ground-in valves,
wide-body flat-slide quad carbs, 4-1 exhaust, dry clutch, close ratio 5
speed box. interior stripped completely, bucket seat, roll cage. No
speedo, just tachometer. And obviously wide alloy wheels and shock
OK: now which one would you choose for driving round town and on the
motorway? And which one would you choose to drive round a twisty
circuit? And which one would you have more fun driving?
Also, which one costs 100,000 pound, and which one costs 10,000
pound? And which one might you have a chance of repairing yourself if it
(yeah, E10K's with Sol 7 and a supply room of spares are real nice if
you can afford it...)
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