Computer Glitch Creates World's Fastest Car

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  1. rgMekanic

    rgMekanic [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    A Belgian motorist has inadvertently become the test driver for the new fastest car.......in the world. In a small a small Belgian town on the French border, the unnamed motorist received a ticket in the mail from a speed camera, stating that his Opel Astra was clocked at 696 km/h, or 439mph according to The Telegraph. Unfortunately, according to local media, the speed calculation was due to a coding error.
    Half the speed of sound is impressive for a car that left the factory with a max of 178 hp, we salute you unnamed Opel driver, it's just a shame the shared picture did not show what the fine amount was, however according to Drivetribe, it was 6,597 Euro. I'd frame it for sure.

    According to the world governing body of motor sport, FIA, the current holder of the outright world land speed record is ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 kph - over one mile in October 1997. This was the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016.
     
  2. quiktake

    quiktake Limp Gawd

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    Thanks!

    I don’t feel so bad about my speeding ticket from last week now.
     
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  3. N4CR

    N4CR 2[H]4U

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    Wonder how many times that 'coding error' has made them revenue fraudulently.
     
  4. Master_shake_

    Master_shake_ Little Bitch

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    178hp is magic when your car only weighs 15 pounds plus driver.
     
  5. Darkswordz

    Darkswordz Limp Gawd

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  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    First no loot boxes now this!

    As to the record holder I just because you put wheels on a rocket doesnt make it a car
     
  7. Whalter12

    Whalter12 n00bie

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    This reminds me of the time Steam told me my peak download speed was 10,613,972,992.0 Gbps.
     
  8. Exercate

    Exercate Limp Gawd

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    I have a picture of me stopped at a red light - behind another car in Dallas. They sent me a ticket for running the red light !!
     
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  9. funkydmunky

    funkydmunky [H]ard|Gawd

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    This combined with the faulty Breathalyzer test they forced on him netted a cool 1000 years jail and 1 000 000 000 hours community service. Yikes!
    Reminds me of the movie Brazil. A Terry Gilliam master-peace. A must see if you haven't .
     
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  10. Uvaman2

    Uvaman2 2[H]4U

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    Blocking the intersection?
     
  11. Drakeniir

    Drakeniir [H]Lite

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    Little did they know, that little car contained the world's first prototype quantum reaction chamber and light-speed drive. This was just docking speed being tested.
     
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  12. lostin3d

    lostin3d [H]ard|Gawd

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    Wonder if his insurance rates have gone up yet?
     
  13. TwiceOver

    TwiceOver 2[H]4U

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    In Scouts when we set up our brand new Pinewood Derby track with computer and electric timer we forgot to set the car scale... The kids were excited that their derby cars were going 80+mph.
     
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  14. /dev/null

    /dev/null [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I got a red light ticket in the mail some years ago in Chicago. These tickets go to an "administrative" court completely run by Chicago.

    The picture in the ticket showed the light was yellow. I showed it to the "administrative judge" and he said that the red light not being red when I "ran the red light" wasn't one of the 8 allowable defenses printed on the back of the ticket so I was out of luck.

    FWIW, I left Chicago shortly after that (straw that broke the camel's back) and go there as little as possible.
     
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    sadsteve Limp Gawd

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    "In a small a small Belgian town"??
     
  16. Rahh

    Rahh [H]ard|Gawd

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    I've had a speeding citation that was given to me that on it had the wrong vehicle (make color model and all), wrong time of day, and wrong time of day for the court appearance which was like 3 AM when they don't even operate. It was only for 10 over and I pleaded my case as it was not my vehicle on the citation. The judge said to me "Are you perfect?" I said no and then she said "Well, neither is our system." and still made me pay the ticket... WTF!
     
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  17. N4CR

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    Sorry to hear that. It's what happens when you have low level courts which are private companies and not under oath. They're there to make money.
     
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    Gweenz [H]ard|Gawd

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    Obviously you pay the fine and keep the printout. Make it permanent. Totally worth it.
     
  19. M76

    M76 [H]ardness Supreme

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    We have a bunch of these all the time, a few years ago there was a transit van, that apparently was doing 241kmh according to the police. I'm sure it can do that if it's not loaded, right?
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    There was also a case where they 'clocked' a 30 year old rustbucket van with 69hp from factory doing 198kmh.
     
  20. mynamehere

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    Lawyers should collect records of these outlandish false readings and use them to argue that all speeding violations in which they are used are invalid.
     
  21. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Well if you have the kind of money to hire a lawyer to protest a speeding ticket, then I'm sure said lawyer might in fact do just that.

    The problem with these "low level" tickets is that local governments put up so many walls to allow you to fight it. First and foremost if it's their word versus yours you will always lose, that's a no brainer. Then you have to go through multiple days in court just to deal with. Also there's the fact you need to get evidence of some sort that might cast doubt into the validity of the expense (see the first issue where it's one word vs yours). Lastly there are court costs, if you lose you will pay them, if you win you might still pay them, so it pushes a system where not fighting is often a better financial outcome (if you include the time you need to invest into it).

    I know in SF they do similar things with parking tickets, if you contest it in writing, it will ALWAYS be shot down regardless of the evidence you present, they do this to get people just to hand over money and hope they don't fight back, and if you go in person they more likely than not will also automatically deny your appeal, which means escalating it to a supervisor. Then of course you have 30 days to pay or get it waived so or you forfeit your right to contest it so better get that evidence quick and not dwell on it, and then they tell you that you need to pay them or they'll start adding fees. I mean hell there's reason why here those people you deal with "face to face" are behind more protecting glass than bank tellers in the most sketchiest parts of town. It's an organized criminal syndicate, one that's given power by those who you voted in.
     
  22. Parja

    Parja [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Must have been the XJ220-powered Transit.
     
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  23. mynamehere

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    I was thinking as a whole. Argue that they're so wildly inaccurate that they're not reliable enough to be used as an enforcement tool anywhere.
     
  24. /dev/null

    /dev/null [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Speed cameras are controlled by software. Software has bugs. I'd love to see the source code to the speed cameras if I'm fighting a ticket to make sure there isn't a bug which might give an incorrect calculation of speed.
     
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    Nobu [H]ard|Gawd

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    Problem is, they're connected to analog sensors, so even if there are no bugs there's the possibility of static electricity, a flash of light, some rogue radio wave, or some other anomaly causing erroneous behavior.
     
  26. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Thing is you couldnt argue as a whole, you need to argue against that particular brand/model of radar gun that was used. Needless to say I doubt manufactures will give you that info that puts their product in bad light. And thats a lot of legwork to do FOI requests to police stations who use that as well