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Comment: Re:Or just make the A-pillar narrower. (Score 1) 191

You can't reasonably do that, the A-pillars have grown to meet the engineering demands of modern rollover safety standards.

I agree a narrower width has to be compensated for, but there's plenty of room for that if you increase the depth. It may require a special structural component to be placed there, but this is within the realm of what can be done, I'm sure.

But you may have knowledge that i lack, and there may be something I've overlooked. Please share if you have more details.

Comment: Re:That's not the problem; the rearview mirror is (Score 1) 191

Why doesn't anyone make a rear-view mirror where you don't have to be 5'2" or shorter for it not to block your vision?

I have this same issue. Generally, I can invert the mirror to get it higher, as most have mounts on the top of the mirror.

Comment: Re:Where will decent software come from? Here's 4 (Score 4, Informative) 111

I'm also a Solidworks user. I think you overlooked a few.

GeoMagic Design Elements US$1300.
McNeel Rhino US$ 995
Cubify Design US$ 199
Cubify Invent US$ 49

I used a trial of GeoMagic Design, and almost purchased it. I think it was Alibre Design, so it somewhat of a Solidworks clone, and is far better than I expected. But my clients use Solidworks, so.....

I also use Rhino, and it does stuff Solidworks can only dream of. It lack full parametrics and a history tree, but has fantastic surface modeling. If you do complex surfaces, this is the one to get.

Cubify Design and Invent - have not tried them, but they likely fit what most people want to do - make simple parts.

Disclosure: I have been a customer for each of these companies, and know people at all three. I used to be a dealer for Solidworks and Rhino 14 years ago, and wish I didn't have to pay full retail today.

Comment: BS - what they want is problem solving skills (Score 1) 553

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#48224135) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

In school, I was a "problem" because I was a critical thinker. I've also been fired for trying to prevent product failure ("how dare you suggest we test what the salesman said!") - one that failed exactly the way I predicted.

I've seen the same message is most workplaces: Follow our dogma or be punished.

On the other hand, I went to the (now gone) us steel institute for problem solving, and it changed my life. This is a skill that companies seek. In a nutshell, if a company (well, boss) thinks they know how to do something, you better do it their way else. But if they don't know how to do it, then you are allowed much more freedom.

An interesting article on the poor leadership in the US offered this theory. 1) Parents see more presidents come from Ivy League universities. 2) Parent pushes kids to get good grades, etc. needed for acceptance. 3) Schools demand conformity, student complies. 4) Leadership positions are filled with "leaders" who have been trained to conform. 5) New events occur, and the "leaders" are lost without a framework to fit the new events.

Examples: Music and movie downloads. Newpapers vs. web. Putin saying "those aren't Russian troops". Apple seeing "professional management", firing non-conforming Steve Jobs, then bringing him back after the professionals nearly destroyed the company.

Comment: Why a GUI? Well, back in the day.... (Score 4, Informative) 347

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#48208169) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

That's one thing I never understood, why Microsoft went GUI with the servers like they did, other than to know that they sold a lot of server OSes to people that had no business running servers in the first place...

Simple. Most business people had been exposed to DOS, then moved to Windows and found it much easier to use and understand. The Novell guy comes in and tries to sell a Netware server. Yep - looks like DOS. I came in with a Windows server. Looks just like his PC. He sees File Manager, drive letters, Notepad, Paint, and suddenly he feels like this is the more advanced system, and he is far more comfortable with it.

A lot of the Netware guys around my area were extremely arrogant, and treated their customers like crap. Once they got a server installed, the customer was clueless and the vendor would abuse that. Our business model was to be open with the system and point out that we can easily be replaced, keeping us focused on their satisfaction. With NT Advanced Server (the correct name), the business owner could actually watch us and understand what we were doing with his system. We replaced a fair amount of Netware servers in those days. And you can see who won.

Comment: Re:A closed-loop feedback diet system (Score 1) 588

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#47817937) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Just to clarify, the goal was not to seek ways to control blood sugar levels. The goal was to eliminate "trigger foods" that threw the body's systems out of whack.

My personal feeling is trying to control BLS via not-diet-related activities is masking the real problem - a person's sensitivity to certain foods. We were simply trying to see what would happen if we simply stopped eating our trigger food - and the results have been positive. We have an insignificant sample size, so I'm only reporting this in case others want to experiment.

Thanks for the link, BTW.

Comment: A closed-loop feedback diet system (Score 3, Interesting) 588

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#47807851) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I also lost about 30 lbs, with no exercise, by changing my diet to a low-carb diet. But I used a closed-loop feedback for food selection for less than US$20.

I (and several others) purchased a blood sugar meter. Basically, we would check our blood sugar levels (BSL) at 1 and 2 hours after eating. We all found that some foods would take us up to 120 (the upper limit for our experiment), but some foods blasted BSL up to 200. Avoiding foods that triggered high levels caused us all to lose weight, feel less hungry, and we snacked less or not at all. All of us saw significant-to-radical improvements in our health. The real surprise is how many foods affected some of us, but not others. The more we compared notes on food, the more we realized it to be dependent on the person's response. Foods that affected all of us tended to have wheat, corn and related by-products.

I share this, hoping others will give it a try and report back.

The idea of a one-size-fits-all diet makes as much sense as a one-size-fits-all shoes and clothing. I'm convinced we need to take advantage of the feedback tools available and customize your own diet, based on your body's reactions.

Comment: Re:This helmet scares me. (Score 2) 126

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#47666833) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

You really should learn a bit about polycarbonate - better known as Lexan (that's the Sabic trademark for PC). It's extremely durable, very shatter resistant, highly UV resistant,

Yes, I should. I've only used it since the mid 1980's - back when it was "GE Lexan". ;D But I won't claim to be an expert in PC.

Help me understand. You say "highly RV resistant", but the Wikipedia article you reference says RV resistance is "fair".

And from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
"Crazing occurs mostly in amorphous, brittle polymers like polystyrene (PS), acrylic (PMMA), and polycarbonate; it is typified by a whitening of the crazed region."

So I will admit to a lack of expertise with PC, but what I've cited agrees with my own experience. I'd certainly appreciate more data, if this is your field.

Comment: Re:This helmet scares me. (Score 1) 126

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#47666723) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

". PC tends to craze (small cracks) when exposed to UV."

^This^ you have wrong.

While I won't argue that PC is the best material, that 'craze' comment is ... crazy.

I'm open to the idea that I'm wrong, but you've not done anything to support your assertion. I'm also open to the idea that you are a troll. Let's seek a third opinion on the subject.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"Crazing occurs mostly in amorphous, brittle polymers like polystyrene (PS), acrylic (PMMA), and polycarbonate; it is typified by a whitening of the crazed region."

I could still be wrong, but there does seem to be some evidence that I may be right.

Comment: This helmet scares me. (Score 5, Insightful) 126

by MasterOfGoingFaster (#47663539) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

I'm a motorcycle rider and racer for over 40 year. This helmet scares me.

First, this little detail: "The “highly weather resistant” helmet is made of a “lightweight, aerodynamic” polycarbonate shell, says Skully Systems."

Polycarbonate - OK, that's the material used in low-end helmets (sub $200). In the $300+ category, we have fiberglass and carbon fiber. PC tends to craze (small cracks) when exposed to UV. I've seen a PC helmet crack in half when it fell off the bike and hit the concrete. Just from the material, I'm not interested.

Second - When I watched the video, I found the lower right display too distracting. Riding a bike in traffic, you never know when some idot will run a stop sign, or pull out in traffic. You need to be able to pick up any movement as you scan for threats. This adds distraction. Distraction on a motorcycle kills. Kills you dead.

Third - Did you see how most of the testimonials come from non-riders? There was a "tire expert" (WTF is that?) and only one racer/builder. So I think this is a bunch of tech guys putting together a somewhat-cheap helmet, as a way to sell cool tech.

Over time, this may (should?) evolve into something that works well. But I fear this will turn into the motorcycle-equivalent of the texting-while-driving problem.

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