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The Prius taxis are probably more for economic reasons sine the Prii are really fuel-efficient and cab operators aren't exactly interested in 0-100 times.

 

Not to mention easier to handle than a CrownVic and less cumbersome too.

 

You haven't been in an American taxi, I guess.....lol.

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http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/fastest-taxi-our-kids-charity-casino-cabs/918931/

 

That is a real taxi BTW and not some one-off for a week attempt, notice this line:

 

“We upgraded the turbo, got a new air-intake system and larger injectors, extractors and intercooler.

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post
 

 

You haven't been in an American taxi, I guess.....lol.

 

 

 

 I meant that Cali cabs aren't exactly going anywhere in a hurry with their busy traffic.

 

Been in NYC/NJ cabs and they were alright

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At the Oracle conference, one of the vendors in the exhibitor's hall (NTT Data) had this baby at their booth. I think this is the Honda-powered, Ganassi Racing car that was in the 2013 Indy 500.

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Thread Starter 
Cool, anything fun to do at the conference? Other than drink and make fun of Ellison?
Edited by Magick Man - 9/25/13 at 4:16am
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Pleas punch him in the balls for making us suffer with Siebel:D

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I have plenty of reasons besides Siebel to punch Larry in the balls - too many to list, but I can't - because Larry didn't show-up at the conference! Yup, that's right, he blew-off his keynote address to 50,000+ customers because of the America's Cup race. I suppose that makes some sense - I'm sure he's got MUCH more personal money invested in the boat than he does in the conference.

I had a chance to attend one of the races, but unfortunately, I couldn't do it.

Monday night I attended a cocktail party in the penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel:


Last night I went to a party at a really nice restaurant in Sausalito:
http://www.cavallopoint.com/murray-circle-restaurant.html
The bottomless glasses of pinot got the better of me - I had a very good time! I'm serious about the wine being bottomless, there were servers standing behind us the entire night, and every time I took a swig, they were refilling me. I have no idea how much wine I actually drank...

Tonight is another cocktail party, and then Oracle has a "Customer Appreciation Event" at Treasure Island. Maroon 5 and The Black Keys are playing, along with free beer and food.
http://www.oracle.com/openworld/appreciation-event/index.html

Tomorrow it is back to reality...
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On another note, consider this bit of math:

50,000 attendees at Oracle OpenWorld. Assume two-thirds of the attendees actually pay to attend the conference, and one-third are comped (I was comped, but my employee had to pay). Attendance cost is $2,400 for the conference. So...

50000 * 2/3 * 2400 = $80,000,000

That doesn't include the huge fees paid by the "platinum" and "gold" sponsors of the event, like EMC, Deloitte Consulting, Cap Gemini, Dell, etc. I'm guessing those guys are paying North of $500K each to have their names in lights at the conference.
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Tonight is another cocktail party, and then Oracle has a "Customer Appreciation Event" at Treasure Island. Maroon 5 and The Black Keys are playing, along with free beer and food.
http://www.oracle.com/openworld/appreciation-event/index.html

Tomorrow it is back to reality...

Maroon 5 and The Black Keys? Your daughter must be jealous :biggrin: 

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I am very jealous :P 
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Maybe she is, I couldn't tell you. I am thinking of not going. I am currently at the cocktail party and it is packed. The noise and people are already giving me a headache!
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Maybe the bands were hand picked by Larry himself!
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Maybe she is, I couldn't tell you. I am thinking of not going. I am currently at the cocktail party and it is packed. The noise and people are already giving me a headache!

Scalp your id to someone to cover some of the cost of the yearly maintenance fees:)

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I texted my daughter, she says she knows the bands but doesn't listen to them
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Thread Starter 
Two things.

First, we were talking about a V8 race car for next year at the shop today, discussing what we have and what we could get. Another new option is the 512TR we recently acquired. I really like the idea of using a Ferrari because only one other guy in the loca classic races drives one, a yellow Dino 246 (and another drives a 250 GTO replica). So we're talking, going over various strengths, weaknesses, and issues. A Colombo V12 is right out, the flat-12 is simply going to be a major PITA for parts replacement when things break, and they do because it's Italian. So, we're hashing and the new little fella walks up, and I mean little too, he's all of about 5' 3", and pipes up with "what about the F40?" We all laugh, one of the guys looks at him and says something like, "you don't understand, it's an F40" Then it sinks in, I hadn't even considered it. It meets power regs with some adjustments, has a full rollcage and harness mounts in the frame, has superior handling and feel, it's already been fitted with those massive GTR intercoolers and other heavier grade drivetrain and chassis parts, it's fun as hell to drive, and will strike fear into the hearts of competitors (while giving people a chance to see one actually race).

I stood there and looked at Richard and we both had that "Eureka" moment, the little fella was right, and we hadn't really thought about it because, well, it's kind of like a holy relic. I don't so much drive it as venerate it. I've already decided to buy another F40, but that one will be all-original, as more of a road/show car. So, there you go. With that, we're going to convert the 512TR as a backup racer, as well, and I still have the Porsche and the MINI, so that's a 4, 6, 8, and a 12, and any can be setup for whatever we need. Woohoo. smily_headphones1.gif I'm going to have to get him something for thinking of that.

Next, we got all the issues worked out with the 599GTB (clutch, transaxle, and fuel pump), including an ECU and some software adjustments courtesy of some friends in Bulgaria (of all places), HGTE suspension package, and now it drives like it was supposed to drive from the factory. Here's the deal, Ferrari didn't seem to care that manual 599s were "broken", probably because they sold so few of them and the people who did buy them squirreled them away as collector's pieces, so hardly anyone really noticed just how screwed up they were. It was designed for paddles from the jump, and essentially they slapped a stick into it to quiet a few purists. Sloppy, very sloppy, and really inexcusable. When new, this was a $350k car, for God's sake. mad.gif Anyhow, now that it works, OMFG what a ride. eek.gif It's fast, of course, but the road feel, throttle response, and shift feel are out of this world. Easily the most balanced and dynamic front-engined car I've ever driven.

With the software rework, we were also able to get another 30 hp and torque out of that NA 6.0L V12, up to 640/472 respectively, which sounds like a burning lion/bear mutant running down the road, and 0-60 happens in 3.2s flat with a good launch. With all that grunt, heel-toe shifting is tricky, like with the Carrera GT, but definitely doable with practice, which I've been working with the last few days (I drove it all the way to the coast and back this last weekend, and that was a serious hoot), and quite rewarding. A guy in a 996 turbo tried to keep up, but I could just leave him at will. He kept motioning me to pull over, like I didn't have anything else to do. wink.gif Looks more angry now, too.





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