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If you trace the history of so-called futuristic car tech over the past 30 years or so, you’ll find some real advances—particularly in safety and performance. Modern-day rigid passenger cages, crumple zones, stability control, and (more recently) direct injection and direct-shift gearboxes have advanced the state of the art. A lot of car tech, though, particularly inside the vehicle, ended up being more flash than substance. But new technologies are putting us back on the track to truly connected, do-it-all automobiles.
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Talking cars, for example, were all the rage in the early 1980s; think Knight Rider, but on regular cars, and without David Hasselhoff. The Datsun 280ZX and Nissan Maxima told you when you left your lights on; Eddie Murphy made fun of the idea in his stand-up act, and the whole phenomenon faded away. (Nissan phased out the name Datsun around the same time.) The same goes for digital speedometers: Chevy Corvettes and many Fords had them in the 1980s, but enthusiasts decried their inability to show rate of change the way a sweeping needle could. More recently, a few mainstream models like the Honda Civic and the Toyota Prius brought digital instrumentation back, but it’s still far from universal.
Nonetheless, after several decades of cassette tape and CD-based stereo systems and not much else, we’re finally seeing a renaissance in just what should make up the standard controls for a modern-day automobile. It’s only now that we’re beginning to see real advances with staying power, such as iPod and navigation system integration. In fact, we’re already moving past those, from CD and GPS-based systems in center consoles to, well, something. No one is quite sure yet; there’s no one clear standard.
The latest in-car “infotainment” systems seem to do everything. But it’s far from clear how much of everything people want to be able to do inside their cars, or whether it’s safe to do so (at least for the driver). One key trend will be figuring out the line between where it makes more sense for your car to do something instead of your phone. And then there’s the user interface question. Right now, a car’s primary controls—steering, accelerator, and brakes—have been more or less set for decades. Secondary controls, including the lights, horn, stereo, heater, and so on, are ripe for experimentation, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
aIf you trace the history of so-called futuristic car tech over the past 30 years or so, you’ll find some real advances—particularly in safety and performance. Modern-day rigid passenger cages, crumple zones, stability control, and (more recently) direct injection and direct-shift gearboxes have advanced the state of the art. A lot of car tech, though, ...
Complexion refers to the natural color and appearance of the skin of a person. Human skin color can range from black to pinkish white. In pinkish white complexion the skin color is actually colorless, showing pink color of the blood in the skin. On average, women have slightly lighter skin than men.
In general, people originated from sunny regions have darker skin color (darker complexion) type than people from regions of less sunlight. Nature has powered human body to protect itself from any harmful effects of sun. Therefore, people who live for long periods in sunny regions, i.e near the Equator have larger quantities of melanin, a protein molecule in their skins to protect them against high levels of exposure to the sun. This makes their skins dark brown or black.
Many names have come from the person’s skin color or complexion. For example
- The Indian names Kalu, Bhure Lal or Gori Bai: a person with black, brown or fair color.
- The Scottish surname Bain : a person with a fair-hair.
- The Irish surname Rogan : a person with red hair.
- The English surname Brown : a person with darker complexion.
The English surname White : a person with light complexion.
- The surname Gough : a person with red or ruddy complexion.
- Dunn hair : a person with a brown or dark hair.
- Story of dying PopeThe old and frail Pope lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the world. He motioned for his nurse to come near.
“Yes, Father?” said the nurse.
“I would really like to see Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif before I die, please call the Pakistani Embassy in Rome and send them my request” whispered the pope.
“I’ll see what I can do, Father,” replied the nurse.
The nurse sent the request to the Embassy and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif would be delighted to visit the Pope.
As they went to the hospital, Nawaz commented to Zardari “I don’t know why the old man wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images.” Zardari couldn’t help but agree.
When they arrived at the Pope’s room, the Pope took Zardari’s hand in his right hand and Nawaz Sharif’s hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old Pope’s.
Finally Nawaz spoke. “Holy Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?”
The old Pope slowly replied “I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” The old priest continued…
“He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same….!!!!!”
(contributed by:Mohan Rao on 25.06.2011)
Ever wondered why people who walked always felt better?
Here is the answer…
Keep walking………..& what is the medical explanation ?
Keep Walking….. Because…
The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot.
If you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot.
Typically they are shown as points and arrows to show which organ it connects to.
It is indeed correct since the nerves connected to these organs terminate here.
This is covered in great details in Acu-pressure studies.
God created our body so well that He thought of even this.
HE made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times.
(contributed by : Amr on 09.08.2012)Ever wondered why people who walked always felt better? Here is the answer… Keep walking………..& what is the medical explanation ? Keep Walking….. Because… The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot. If you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on ...
A bloke goes into the Job Centre in London and sees something that really tweaks his interest.
So he takes the number of the advertising card and asks the girl behind the desk,
“Can you give me some more details about this?”
The Job Centre Assistant sorts through her files and replies, “Oh, yes, here it is – Gynaecologist’s Assistant.
OK, the job entails you getting patients ready for the gynaecologist.”
“You have to help the ladies out of their clothes and underwear, lie them down and gently wash their nether regions.
Then apply shaving foam and shave off all their public hair, then rub in soothing oils so they’re ready for the gynaecologist’s examination.”
“There’s a starting annual salary of £85,000, but you’re going to have to go to Glasgow.”
“Oh, why? Is that where the job is?” he asks.
“No,” replied the assistant, “that’s where the end of the queue is”.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 19.11.2011)A bloke goes into the Job Centre in London and sees something that really tweaks his interest. So he takes the number of the advertising card and asks the girl behind the desk, “Can you give me some more details about this?” The Job Centre Assistant sorts through her files and replies, “Oh, yes, here it is – ...