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+ - Thoughts on the Boston Lockdown from the edge-> 1

Submitted by Reverberant
Reverberant (303566) writes "A lot of people are angry, upset, or worried about the “Boston Lockdown” as a sign that Freedom Is Over. One thing almost all of these people have in common is not having been in Boston at the time. An information worker living in Boston, who is cognizant of privacy issues, explains that the police acted in good faith, they did the best job they could, and this was not, as it may have appeared from the outside, some sort of martial law terrorizing the citizenry."
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Comment: Re:An Infra-red laser? Why? (Score 1) 402

by nomel (#43395629) Attached to: Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

Maybe being invisible is a good thing, especially when you could try to reflect/douse the area in water if you saw where it was hitting.

You'd think all of this would be illegal under The United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

I imagine everyone on board will be blinded. I also imagine blinding a whole crowd of spectators would only take one piece of shiny metal.

Comment: Re:Biomechanics (Score 2) 379

by nomel (#42564277) Attached to: Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

> have to do more work in order to do a single revolution.

It's inertia. It's not wasted. It'll create a force when the pedal decelerates. Since you always want the pedal spinning, this isn't so bad for cruising. It's only bad for transients, which this would help smooth out.

> related to pedals having 2 moments of inertial.
Would be no different than a straight pedal with more mass on the end.

Comment: Re:Biomechanics (Score 4, Informative) 379

by nomel (#42564255) Attached to: Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

An analysis, found on their webpage:

Claims that the benefit is from two side effects of the claim:
                The increased mass gives a flywheel effect, meaning the pedal goes through top dead center easier.
                The long shape bends under pressure, which does slightly increase the length of the arm under pressure.

So, by going to carbon fiber (lighter, and most likely stiffer), they'll most likely negate any benefits!

> so the cyclist's legs are in a different position during the pedal cycle
Only because of the bending. If it were stiffer, position would be exactly the same.

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