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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.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by HideyoshiJP (#46922279) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?
Except it doesn't control starting, unless the car is also offered with push-button start. There's still an ignition wire that completes a circuit with the starter. Don't believe me? Turn the key to start while the car is running. You'll be greeted with a pleasant grinding noise as your starter motor cries out in pain. Having said that, it certainly does the rest. If you're still having to crank has truly serious issues if the car can't compensate by adjusting something to correct the AFR, timing, etc.

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