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Comment: Re:I didn't think it was possible (Score 1) 647

by pintpusher (#39028651) Attached to: GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

beat me to the punch on the extreme amount of mouse movement. From a high level the interface looks kinda nice actually (though it's not something I'd use -- dedicated xmonad user here). Simple, clean and context sensitive, I guess. But holy crap as soon as I tried the mock-up I was immediately annoyed at how far I had to move the mouse!

Granted, for tablet use it probably helps prevent fat-fingering, and makes some sense, but I don't see myself spending most of my time at a tablet for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Everyday street use. Really? (Score 1) 170

by pintpusher (#32759360) Attached to: Buy Your Own <em>Tron</em> Lightcycle For $35,000

In my experience (not as credible as yours, but 20yrs on the street including a stint as a messenger in DC), the amount of counter-steer needed is minimal. Often just a whisper of pressure on the inside hand will induce a turn. I totally believe, though haven't tried, the welded headset trick works fine, but probably requires more pressure to actually force the lean..

From my observations, the counter steering is just to move the front wheel out from under the center of gravity thus inducing lean and subsequent turning where the CG moves back over the wheel. The inside pressure makes the front wheel move slightly in the opposite direction, unbalancing the system and allowing the lean.

very much my anecdotal observations... but it's fun to play with little tiny countersteer pressures and see the results.

Comment: Re:Aarghhhh (Score 1) 267

by pintpusher (#31284470) Attached to: Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

Is there really a need for "interesting solutions" in yet another 3-layer web app? It's a serious question as I don't do this kind of work. But it seems to me that this stuff is already so well known that production sites shouldn't be looking for new interesting (and thus untested) ways of hacking together queries. Forcing programmers to do things "the right way" for established designs and purposes doesn't really seem like a problem to me, though I'm sure it takes some of the fun out of it.

Comment: Re:Launched, flaming, into a hydrogen dirigible (Score 2, Funny) 793

by pintpusher (#31229928) Attached to: When I die, I want my body to be ...

hmmm... While I think this is an excellent idea, I do really think it warrants some testing. It would be rather unfortunate to have this plan fail with your flaming corpse splattering intact into the middle of I5 or some kid's birthday party. But on second thought, that might be a pretty epic fail and may be a better idea than the original.

Regardless, testing is required. We just need some human analogues. Now, where did I put my kids...

Comment: Re:Very good question. (Score 1) 460

by pintpusher (#30945026) Attached to: 2 Displays and 2 Workspaces With Linux and X?

I'll jump on the AOL-that bandwagon.

I've been using xmonad for a while (maybe a couple of years? since version 0.4 or something anyway), and I'll probably never leave it. It's just so ridiculously easy once you hop over the learning curve. It's fast and simple. The community support is great too. ++xmonad.

Comment: Re:Until... (Score 1) 419

by pintpusher (#29804113) Attached to: Ultracapacitor Bus Recharges At Each Stop

No small part of the unsprung weight is the brake structure and at least part of the weight of the drive shaft. An in-wheel motor serves both as drive and brake. Putting 4 motors in means you get to make each motor smaller to provide the same power. Further, the transmission losses of a current drivetrain (both in the transmission itself and in the u-joints of the drive shaft) are greatly minimized if not eliminated altogether allowing a further reduction in motor size.

I have no idea how this all adds up in terms of unsprung weight, but I suspect it may be close to a wash. But that's only a guess and I'm too lazy to do the research on it.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"