[rescue] LCD monitor diagnosis

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Thu Apr 27 22:52:25 CDT 2006

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 @ 16:41 -0400, Phil Stracchino said:

> No, it DOESN'T work.  That's exactly the problem.  Or, it works, but
> just barely.  I've driven cars where the guage could sit on empty for 40
> miles and you still had 4 gallons of gas in the tank.  I've driven

I've also driven cars like my 1980 Honda whose fuel gauge was perfectly
correct all the time.

My friend's BMW 735i is also spot-on all the time.

Maybe they didn't use the old system, but obviously some cars do have it
right, whatever they use.

My beat up Ford is not accurate, but it is very consistent, so I still can
make use of it. It basically has a logarithmic fall, and then hits empty with
4 gallons left.

The gas meter in the old VW Beetle my parents had when I was growing up was
more of a turn and bank indicator.

> and leaded gasoline.  We don't use them any more.  We got by with core

Right, we replaced lead with extra toluene and xylene that is far worse for us
and the environment... :)

> (Unfortunately, in the US court system, that answer isn't nearly as
> clear-cut as it should be.  In the UK, if you tried to sue an auto
> manufacturer because the fuel guage was accurate, they'd TOLD you the
> fuel guage was accurate as a selling point on the car, and you knew you
> were low on fuel but tried to push your luck anyway, the case wouldn't
> make it past barrister's review; it'd be thrown out as a frivolous
> lawsuit before it ever got to a judge.)

That's starting to happen in the US too now. 

Not the same process, and not all states yet.

Virginia does it now, and you can be in varying degrees of trouble if you
bring a frivilous lawsuit to court.

It should be universal.

Now if only they'd add "pain and suffering" lawsuits to that.

shannon "AT" widomaker.com -- ["Star Wars Moral Number 17: Teddy bears are
dangerous in herds."]

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