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Comment: Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (Score 1) 635

by oobayly (#47792893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I drive in the UK too, and that was my feeling not too long ago. Sure, driving a manual is a good skill to know, and one the can deteriorate rapidly (after driving my dad's Disco for a week or two, getting back into my car takes a few miles to get comfortable again), but my point is that the DSG and DCT gearboxes *can* really improve your driving experience. However saying "I'd never have an automatic" is [imo] saying that just because the original tech was inferior, any subsequent devices will remain being inferior. That said, there are still automatic boxes out there nicknamed "suicide boxes" because they were so laggy that the delay could kill you when pulling out in traffic - but [like most things in life] don't tar subsequent generations with the same brush.

The only analogy I can think of at the moment is this - I refuse to use modern calculators because the original electronic calculators were more cumbersome and slower to use than a slide rule - "I'd never have a electronic calculator".

Technology progresses [generally for the better] and I personally feel it's daft to ignore improvements because of previous failures.

Comment: Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (Score 1) 635

by oobayly (#47789775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I was talking to a friend about this - my current car is a manual, but all of the Dual Clutch automatic transmissions I've driven are amazing (Audi DSG, BMW DCT). There's no comparison to my Dad's automatic Discovery (which takes an age to change gear). Put a set of flappy paddles on the steering wheel and you've got the gear control you're used to with much faster shift times (DSG is apparently 8ms - you've changed gear before the your foot would have touched the clutch). I'm also actively trying to get my mum to get a manual - it's scary when she flails around with gears after pulling out on a roundabout - at some stage she'll get hit by a lorry.

For the people that claim to be driving purists, maybe they should go back to manual chokes and non-synchronous transmissions.

Comment: Re:Millionare panhandlers (Score 2) 200

by oobayly (#47537359) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

As a teenager in Dublin, I once needed change for a bus, so went into a shop and bought a sandwich. After walking past a beggar with a sign saying "need money for food", I thought "I don't really want this sandwich", so I gave it to him. That was one withering look he gave me.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 184

by oobayly (#47526789) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Don't worry, it'll come down in price:

The helmet runs for about $600,000, ... But Lockheed Martin hopes the cost will drop as production ramps up.

Yup, I can see production really ramping up for the F-35. Like most things in life, it's possibly to build something to do everything, just don't be upset when it does everything badly.

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.