Computer Says "- - - -"
I've driven my 2001 325Ci past the point where it says I am out of gas on a few occasions. I've found the "miles till empty" readout decreases rapidly under 10 miles or so. Anyway, on the way back from Columbus, Ohio one day, I went past 0 miles to the dreaded "- - - -" readout. Unfortunately there wasnt an exit with a gas station for a long stretch. I ended up going about 6 miles till I found a station. So I'm pretty confident there's a bigger reserve than they lead you to believe.
On my 1995 M3, you can push a special sequence of buttons on the computer to get additional readouts. When the normal "range" display will give "----" I can switch to a digital readout of exactly how many liters of gas the computer thinks are in the tank. Turns out the gas light usually comes on when it thinks there's about 8 liters, or approx 55 miles of gas left. The "----" comes up at 1-2 liters, and I've actually driven about a mile where the display claimed there were 0.0 liters of gasoline in my tank. O_o Also on a claimed 14 gallon tank, I managed to squeeze almost 15 gallons in when it's really empty.
“Somewhere, someone needs to make money in order to sustain it”. I believe in open content, but worry like you about the sustainability of the tools that tend to go with. The free tools we see today survive either through advertising or a paoceyr-enhan-fd-service model (although we’re still trying to ascertain the Twitter business model). There is a business model to support the “free” that we receive.We can vision a world where there is no admission ticket to the content, but I can’t vision a world where the house it resides in is self-supporting. Can you?