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

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

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

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

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:Until... (Score 1) 419

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.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce