[vcf-midatlantic] OT: people don't understand computers anymore

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Jun 7 15:30:00 EDT 2016

On 06/07/2016 03:17 PM, Dave Wade via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I am sorry to say but its not "Only" computers. So a year or two ago my son asked "how do you tune a car to go faster". 
> My answer was, in the past you might have :-
> 1. Polished the manifolds to allow faster air flow.
> 2. Fitted bigger valves to improve air flow.
> 3. Fitted a better carburettor to get more fuel into the engine.
> 4. Changed to a "sports cam" for improved air and fuel.
> 5. Fitted a sports exhaust.
> 6. If really serious bore it out or fit a crank shaft with a longer stroke to increase cubic capacity
> 7. Fit High Compression Pistons....
> Of course these days you just change the chip in the Engine Management Unit....	

  Yes.  But the (possibly) interesting thing is, you could STILL do
things 1 through 7 in your list above, and make the car go faster.  As
long as the engine control computer didn't "compensate" for what you'd
done, of course.  There's still a low-tech gas-burning engine under
there somewhere.

  The same holds for computers.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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