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Comment: Re:It's all about the input (Score 1) 58

If you're on Windows, using the built-in Microsoft IME with a Japanese keyboard allows me to use the hardware keys to switch input modes and/or use the direct kana input. I don't think many people use the direct kana entry, though. Even without a Japanese keyboard, you can use Alt+Shift to switch input methods, and Alt+tilde(~) to switch from direct entry to IME entry. Still kinda blows, though.

Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 1) 128

by HideyoshiJP (#47131601) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses
Here's a Honda press-release on it. It is entirely possible that the S2000 system is something different, but I have a feeling that this is just a combination of an EPAS system that does something similar, in addition to varying weight. I agree with you on the lack of mechanical linkage. Nissan has some system that retains the driveshaft for times when the steer-by-wire is malfunctioning, but I have a feeling that by the time it's malfunctioning (10 years on), the mechanical fall-back mechanism will likely be faulty too.

Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 3, Informative) 128

by HideyoshiJP (#47130493) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses
That would also be an issue with the electric steering alone. While it's hydraulic, my RX-7 also has speed sensitive power steering and it works rather well. Variable ratio steering was first available on the Honda S2000, and I don't think anyone's complaining. This system simply uses EPAS to accomplish much the same thing.

Comment: Seriously stupid, but not the only option. (Score 1) 93

So, this seems like a seriously stupid purchase choice. The unlock, however, is "DLC" for a game that is available from PS Plus, and therefore subject to further PS Plus membership. For $10 more, however, you can just purchase the silly game outright. I assumed the $10 more option was going to be the only way to get the whole shebang from the beginning. Having said that, considering the outrage, perhaps Sony/Evolution should just forget this option and offer a $10 discount to PS Plus members, considering the outrage.

Comment: Re:You dont want a car completely reliant on the e (Score 1) 865

by HideyoshiJP (#46922479) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?
That's weird. I love simplicity, but I also love being able to have a pump gas and race gas tune at my fingertips at any given moment. I can still pick up an ECU for my '89 RX-7 for less than fifty bucks, and for a bit more, I can pick up a nicely modified one. I'm not worried about computers controlling my engine, provided the factory tune isn't god-awful or doesn't do what I tell the car to do.

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