daendres
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3423 days ago

Not a big fan of Camel Lights.. I think they taste cheap. In fact, I don't smoke lights at all. So without crushing the ball it would just get a 2. The menthol is a very pleasant taste, in my opinion, and since I don't normally like menthols I'm happy it's not a very strong menthol. So as a menthol, it would get a 4. I rated it 4 stars overall because I like the fact that I can make it a menthol essentially on-demand, and because they're cheap as hell. Right now they're $1 off where I live, so with tax and everything they come to $4.32 per pack. They're actually my daily smoke for the time being, but I'll probably end up switching back to Luckies once I get tired of them and the promo ends.

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3449 days ago

In the snow and ice, you really only have two things to worry about... taking turns, and braking. You have to take the turns slower than normal, and you can't give too much throttle as you exit. When braking, I usually brake fairly hard early on to get a feel for how the road is, and then I sort of roll to a stop while braking lightly. Also, if you have traction control, you WILL NOT be able to pull out on very slick ice. Turn it off, and then turn it on once you're moving. People always say to start in second gear or something, but starting in first is no problem if you know how to work the throttle (and clutch).

In rain, it's all about the visibility and avoiding hydroplaning. Make sure your wipers are always in good condition... don't let them get to the point where they leave streaks. Typical reaction to poor visibility is to pull over and stop, but it's safer to put on your flashers, greatly reduce speed, and keep going, otherwise you run the risk of other people pulling over and running into you. To avoid hydroplaning, go through larger puddles at a lower speed, and keep the wheel straight. Hydroplaning can happen at speeds as low as 25 mph.

Always make sure your tires are in good condition. Don't wait until your inspection to check and change your tires... check them every time you change your oil, and rotate them whenever you notice your drive wheel(s) showing more wear than the others.

But yeah, anyway, I'm pretty good at driving in crappy weather.

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3449 days ago

I have a lot of experience driving SUVs. Some of them just feel like bigger cars, but some of them have a really "trucky" feel to them. The two SUVs that I've driven most are a '99 Dodge Durango and a 2005 Ford Expedition. I've towed some good-sized campers... once you're moving, you don't really notice a difference in driving, you just need to be more careful making small maneuvers in tight spaces and when parking. It's pretty easy to get used to. I have never driven an 18-wheeler or a large commercial truck of any kind, but I would imagine it's not incredibly different than towing a large trailer with a stick-shift truck.

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3449 days ago

I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I'm really great at driving a stick. My daily driver is a stick. In general, I guess I prefer a stick because it's more fun, and in snow or other inclement weather I still feel slightly more comfortable with a stick because it's more predictable and gives me complete control of the torque transmitted to the wheels. I will agree that learning to drive a stick makes a driver better at multi-tasking and forces them to pay more attention to the road, and I think that it should be necessary to learn to drive a stick to get your license.

I have to say, however, that modern automatics are getting quite good. They are no longer significantly less-fuel-efficient than sticks, and some of them actually feel pretty sporty and not so slushy. I once vowed that I would never buy a car with an auto, but these days I'd consider it if the vehicle I really wanted wasn't available with a stick.

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3453 days ago

I took off one star solely because of the last episode of season 4. What the hell?

Other than that, I LOVE this series. Words cannot describe how brilliantly messed up and just plain badass it is. Michael C. Hall is absolutely fantastic as well. You just need to watch it.

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3453 days ago

It's a below-average computer in an above-average case.

By no means is it a crappy computer... it's decent. But for its price you could get a really great desktop, or a beefed-up regular MacBook. What you're really paying for here is the beauty, and the precision-engineered design. It is pretty much the most gorgeous laptop on the market.

Basically, if you want to have a good, fast, high-performance laptop, buy a regular Macbook with all the bells and whistles instead. If you want a really sexy-looking, lightweight, thin laptop, the Air is for you.

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3453 days ago

Yes. For example, you can be downloading a song with one app, downloading an app from the Market, installing an app, waiting for a web page to load, listening to music, and texting at the same time, and it'll all be smooth and quick. All modern computers multitask.

The iPhone has a sort of simulated multitasking (you can do a few things, such as listen to music, while doing something else in another app). Instead of creating different threads for each task so they go through the processor at the same time, the iPhone just takes turns processing a little bit of each app at a time, which causes them to run sluggishly when you start to load it heavily.

No, multitasking doesn't allow you to USE two apps at the same time (as in, you can only see one app at a time). But multitasking is extremely useful if you're a power user like me.

3454 days ago

Not quite as good as the Motorola Droid, in my opinion. Still a great phone though, and undeniably the biggest influence on modern smartphones.

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3454 days ago

Where it bests the iPhone:
- it has a bigger, more badass screen
- it can multitask
- it's on Verizon (which has much better 3G in my area, though I can't claim it is better nation-wide)

Where it's not up to par with the iPhone:
- it doesn't have multitouch
- Android Market doesn't have as many apps available as Apple's App Store
- some apps seem primitive... notably the Music app and the Phone app.

Where it's different, though not necessarily better or worse to me:
- Android OS as opposed to iPhone OS... seems more sophisticated, but not quite as intuitive or flashy.

I've had mine for a few months, and I love it dearly. I would probably NOT switch to the iPhone even if it was made available on Verizon.

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3454 days ago

Definitely. I wouldn't smoke if I didn't enjoy the flavor (and the nicotine rush, of course).

Also, I find it really rude that extreme-anti-smokers are reviewing reasons not to stop smoking. This is no place for sarcasm. For example, don't tell us you enjoy the taste of tar (lol) unless you A. legitimately do enjoy the taste of tar, and B. have actually smoked a cigarette and found that it tasted like tar. You're undermining the accuracy of the entire rating system, you douchebags.

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