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JM^3
11-04-2006, 19:33:27
So for like the third time this semester I screwed up. And left my lights on when I stumbed in to bed.

But amazingly, when I woke up to work more, my lights were off. They came back on as soon as I put in my key. This is an incredible invention.. why did they just start doing it?

Jon Miller

Funko
12-04-2006, 08:00:11
When you put your key in what?

JM^3
12-04-2006, 08:03:32
Errr, apparently the OP has my common failing. That I assume that everyone else exists in my own head and knows what I am talking about.

This has caused some bad grades and misunderstandings at times..

But I am talking about my car. And leaving the lights on when I am tired or something and go to bed. And waking up to go back to work, and finding that the lights have automatically shut off, instead of running my battery out.

Very nice effect.

JM

Funko
12-04-2006, 08:05:56
Oh... I thought you meant your lights in your house. That is a good invention. :D

JM^3
12-04-2006, 08:09:45
I don't know why I am always surprised when others can't read my mind...

JM

Sir Penguin
12-04-2006, 08:12:31
I know somebody who has a BMW, and one of the features is that the left-hand tail light stays on when the car is off, so that some pleb doesn't hit it when the car is parked on the side of the road. How annoying is that?

SP

mr_G
12-04-2006, 08:16:27
why should i not hit a taillight when it is turned on?

Funko
12-04-2006, 08:18:38
I do the same thing. Got really crap marks for a story I wrote at school once where half the important details were in my head.

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 08:53:07
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
I know somebody who has a BMW, and one of the features is that the left-hand tail light stays on when the car is off, so that some pleb doesn't hit it when the car is parked on the side of the road. How annoying is that?

SP

Most cars will do that, even lowly GM Vectra's if you leave your indicator/turn signal engaged when you get out of the car. They are called park lights and it should leave the front sidelight on as well as the rear. In a healthy system the battery is more than capable of maintaining these lights between usage of the car.

MoSe
12-04-2006, 08:58:25
is the system self-aware to know whether it's actually healthy as expected?

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 10:24:34
Not sure about being self aware, the 7 series is but then it has more computers on board than were used to put the man on the moon apparently.
The onboard computer on mine certainly monitors battery condition and will shut off circuits if it drops below a certain voltage.

Funko
12-04-2006, 10:46:10
"more computers on board than were used to put the man on the moon apparently"

Not that impressive considering the state of computing in the 60s compared to today.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
12-04-2006, 10:51:09
Originally posted by DevilsH@lo

The onboard computer on mine

Your car, or your 7 series?

Funko
12-04-2006, 10:56:31
or both

Dyl Ulenspiegel
12-04-2006, 11:02:26
That's mutually exclusive.

Venom
12-04-2006, 12:49:26
Car lights have been turning themselves off for years. Welcome to the 21st century, OjNN.

JM^3
12-04-2006, 12:55:18
my '94 didn't

JM

Japher
12-04-2006, 12:57:39
94 was the 20th century

Funko
12-04-2006, 13:01:14
:lol: :beer:

Venom
12-04-2006, 13:01:16
Who would have though technology could improve in the years between 1994 and 2000?

MoSe
12-04-2006, 13:33:59
my '97 car doesn't switch them off automatically, but loudly beeps if I open the door with headlights on and engine off
I always take it as a sign of affection

Funko
12-04-2006, 13:34:54
Still 20th century.

Venom
12-04-2006, 13:38:54
That's the missing link in the car light techology evolutionary chain. From nothing, to beeping, to full shutdown of lights.

Venom
12-04-2006, 13:39:25
It's amazing how many people can't identify the 21st century.

mr_G
12-04-2006, 13:39:35
Originally posted by MoSe
my '97 car doesn't switch them off automatically, but loudly snores if I open the door with headlights on and engine off
I always take it as a sign of affection :beer:

MoSe
12-04-2006, 13:42:26
Originally posted by Funko
Still 20th century. I know that. :rolleyes:
I just thought it was nice to report.

More, I wanted to show the evolution!
In the end of 20th century, the technology was already there, but the event would be detected and reported to the human, leaving to him/her the decision. (by DESIGN, as the technology to dim and switch off the inside courtesy lights after a delay was already active)
Now the machine directly takes action, without letting us choose or even informing us!

SKYNET! SKYNET!!!!

Originally posted by Venom
That's the missing link in the car light techology evolutionary chain. From nothing, to beeping, to full shutdown of lights.
hey, X-POST!
WE THINK ALIKE! \o/ :p :lol:

Rekrul
12-04-2006, 14:20:45
Originally posted by MoSe
WE THINK ALIKE! \o/ :p :lol:

Doesn't that worry you Mose?

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:21:12
My 7, well one of them the 32 circa 1989 will happily leave them on until the battery is flat, the 38 1997 shuts them off after some predetermined germanic period, or when battery voltage drops below 13.4 volts.

The comment about it having more computers than used to put man on the moon wasn't my own work, it was actually in the BMW US Advertising bumpf. :D

Japher
12-04-2006, 14:21:33
It's amazing how many people can't identify the 21st century

The dividing line is hazy for me 2000 or 2001?

Venom
12-04-2006, 14:23:26
Depends on who you talk to. Mathematically I think it's 2001. In common society it's 2000.

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:25:39
Well the 20th century was the nineteen hundreds and 1900 is part of the nineteen hundreds by the same definition 2000 must be the start of the twenty hundreds.

and yes i am common. pimms is for shirt lifters and girls.

Funko
12-04-2006, 14:27:05
Originally posted by Venom
Depends on who you talk to. Mathematically I think it's 2001. In common society it's 2000.

It's 2001.

There was no year 0. But a lot of people get it wrong or care more that the first digit is a 2 not a 1.

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:28:16
So what was i doing in norway then if the year didn't exist? And why am i 32 not 31? and ohhhhhhhhh so many questions.

Funko
12-04-2006, 14:29:13
Unless you are over 2006 years old you weren't in Norway between 1BC and 1AD

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:29:49
And how do you know im not?

Japher
12-04-2006, 14:30:39
still, you'd have to be older than 2006 to have any sort of remembrance

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:30:54
I got busted sticking some spear in some bloke on a cross, he was a terrorist but we don't need to go into that, anyway all these nutters were pretty annoyed so i had to leg it.

Funko
12-04-2006, 14:31:07
I admit you are a bit grey... but I would still put money on it that you aren't.

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:31:56
It's all a cunning disguise.

Japher
12-04-2006, 14:34:37
you can't pull off cunning

DevilsH@lo
12-04-2006, 14:38:20
sometimes i have difficulty pulling anything, it's the arthritis.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
12-04-2006, 16:16:29
Originally posted by Venom
Depends on who you talk to. Mathematically I think it's 2001. In common society it's 2000.

This is the least partisan post I've ever seen. Way to not spark controversy Venom. How unlike you.

MoSe
12-04-2006, 16:24:46
did he already drunk Oerdin's scrumpy?

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