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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Toshito Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

Well when I took my driving class (way back in the 80's), it was called an emergency brake and we were showed the proper way to use it in an emergency: frantically applying/releasing at a fast rate. This way you can actually slow down the car while not completely loosing control. By the way this was told as a measure of last resort. Since the hydraulic brakes of modern cars consists of two independant circuits, you need both of these to fail before completely losing your brakes.

And you won't overheat your brake fluid, because it's a mechanical brake, that works with a steel cable... You can overheat the braking shoes and be left with almost no braking power tough.

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Toshito Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

The car can't "ignore" the brake input, since it's a simple hydraulic mechanism.

Of course it can decide to provide less assist or alter the front/rear repartition slightly, or fire up the ABS at the wrong time or at the wrong rate (thus reducing braking power).

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Toshito Re: Nope (508 comments)

I don't know where you learned COBOL, but passing parameters by reference is not only possible but also very easy... you just add "BY REFERENCE" after the parameter...

You can pass by value, by reference, by content, and also you can pass the address of the parameter.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Toshito Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

Exactly, My old dryer had 2 motors, one for the fan and one to turn the drum. That drum was mounted on 8 ball bearing rubber wheels.

The newer one has only one motor doing both duties, and the drum, at the front, is resting on a strip of felt glued on the metal lip of the round opening, and at the back it's a centrally mounted metal sphere resting in a plastic hole, with a little grease.

After ten years the felt is so thin that it's about to get metal to metal.

Great!

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Toshito Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

Great for motorcycle users? When I ride my watch is covered by my jacket and my gloves... And even if it wasn't, I need my left hand on the handlebar most of the time...

I have a Garmin etrex Legend for my motorcycle, it's great because it's small, doesn't have a touch screen (remember that I wear thick leather gloves) and is waterproof.

about a month and a half ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

Toshito Touch controls: NO! (148 comments)

Like the new Lincoln MKZ with TOUCH controls for volume and temperature, on a smooth surface, without any tactile reference. Bravo!

I even hate the push buttons and rotary controls for the heater, it used to be that you could control everything with 2 slides, one for temp and one to choose where to send the air.

It was very easy to know, only by touch, where the slides are. With a rotary button, you have to look at it to see where it is pointing. And the push buttons are also much less convenient, if I have to put the control on front defrost quickly (because the windshield is suddenly fogging) with the old controls I only had to slide it all the way to the right.

Now I have to find the front defrost button wich is the second to the right, flush with all the other buttons.

Even in some car manuals of the 70's and 80's it was stated that if you want to defog or defrost the car in an emergency you just put all the slides to the right or to the top (depending on the orientation of the controls) without thinking, it will automatically put the heater to front defrost,maximum heat, full fan, outside air (no recirculation).

It's the same problem with almost every interface today, from electronics (think about how easy and fast it was to change the volume or choose the input on a 70's Receiver, with it's big buttons compared to receivers of today with it's tiny buttons and display you have to look at)

Don't get me started on volume and mute controls. Why don't laptops get a physical cut off switch as a mute button? When I power up my laptop in a library or at school I have to remember if I put it on mute the last time, and if not I need to wait for the mute button to become responsive but since it's controlled by software and a certain driver, it becomes usable right after Windows decide to play it's login sound. Very annoying. How much would it cost to put a physical switch to cut out the electrical signal to the speakers???

I think we're moving backward with UI, today look ingenuity and trend is more important than usability.

Now get off my lawn!

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Toshito Heavily compressed 4K (207 comments)

will look awful on cable...

They're already compressing the hell out of regular 1080P...

I would much prefer to have uncompressed 1080P than compressed 4K.

about 3 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Toshito Re:I would think not. (213 comments)

And they'll have a tremendous resource for any sort of future isotope or fuel refining that might prove economically viable. I mean, imagine that... picture having all of the world's spent fuel, and then having a technical solution or geopolitical situation that makes it cheaper to get fuel from the waste than to mine new uranium. You're suddenly the near-exclusive nuclear fuel supplier to the entire world. Or supplier of medical isotopes, or isotopes for goods irradiation, or whatever else the future may demand.

And then you become the prime target to be "liberated" by a bigger country in need of this nuclear fuel...

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Toshito Re:More importantly... (258 comments)

No steel? Good luck waiting for the light to change...

about 3 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Toshito Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies

What? Are you high? He fucking ruined it.

He turned an intelligent show, an universe wich could be used to adress some core questions of humanity and morality, and turned it into boring action films.

Great if you don't like to think for yourself and just want to be entertained.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video

Toshito There goes my subscription (114 comments)

Seriously, I already have problems keeping my connection below my monthly cap (60 GB combined up/down). I don't want to share it with other subscribers.

about 4 months ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Toshito Re:Apple stole nothing (194 comments)

Buttons are the way to go for an interface in a car. That and big knobs or switches. Something with a lot of tactile feedback. Just look at an airplane's cockpit.

A touch interface has no place in a car, much too dangerous to use, and totally useless in winter when it's -30C and you wear gloves. The screen becomes slow as molasses and you can't control it without removing your gloves.

about 5 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Toshito Re:Never spent one cent (240 comments)

I have no hobbies? That's67 funny!

It's quite the contrary.

My smart phone is not the center of my universe. I have most of the same hobbies now that I had back when I was using a rotary phone.

Now get off my lawn!

about 5 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Toshito Never spent one cent (240 comments)

I always find free versions that do the job.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Toshito Anticipation! (264 comments)

CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts

No. Please, no. Every gadget, app, of software that tries to anticipate anything has, from my experience with them, success rate of almost zero.

That includes Netflix with it's dumb suggestions.

about 6 months ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

Toshito small and weak engines (353 comments)

Having only 900hp total with 2 engines while other fighters of that era had between 1000hp and 1500hp with only one engine.

In times of war you don't want some high tech complex machine like this, you want clever and simple design, easy to repair and reliable.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Toshito Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

And what is the situation where it's safe to text while stopped at a red light? I can't find any.

And please keep this discussion civilized. I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong if you come up with a good argument.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Toshito Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

Of course, I'm not saying that you should observe the intersection AFTER the light goes green, it's exactly the reverse. You should have been observing your surroundings while the light was red, to asses any situation going on, so that when the light goes green you can then INSTANTLY get moving because you already know what's going on.

What I was trying to say was that if you are texting while sitting at a red light, you have 2 options when the light goes green:

1- get moving instantly, which is dangerous because you get into an unknown situation
2- check around you before moving, and piss off those waiting behind you

So yes you should be moving as soon as the light goes green, but to do so safely you use the time at the red light to observe what's going on in that intersection BEFORE the light turns green.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Toshito Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

It's exactly what I'm saying! While the light is red, you should NOT text or daydream of whatever, you should observe your surroudings so that when the light finally turn green, you can safely get moving INSTANTLY because you already know what's going on!

Notice that observing your surroundings includes looking at the light regularly to see if it's green... it should be part of your routine to look at the light, glance at you rearview mirror, look who's currently in the intersection, check to see where are the pedestrian, look far ahead to check any incoming vehicle at high speed (police, ambulance, etc.). It's perfectly possible to do all this in a manner of seconds.

You had time WHILE STOPPED to assert any situation going on around you, and you get moving because you know that the light turned green, not because you saw from the corner of your eyes that the car in front of you started moving while you had your eyes glued to your phone.

So we're on the same side! :-)

about 6 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Toshito Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

It is perfectly reasonable to text while stopped at a light, not so much while moving.

No, when you're stopped at a light, you should look around yourself and be aware of the situation BEFORE the light turn green.

If you just press the go pedal a split second after the green, you're throwing yourself into the unknown (are there pedestrian runnning the red? is there an ambulance comming your way? Is there a car coming fast that you know will run the red light? That kid playing with a ball, will he run to catch it if it goes in the street?)

When you drive a car, you should drive your car and nothing else!

about 6 months ago

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Canadian Grand Prix dropped from 2009 calendar

Toshito Toshito writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Toshito (452851) writes "Montreal faces losses of up to 75 million dollars (49.7 million euros) after Formula One's governing body, the FIA, excluded it from next season's Grand Prix circuit. It has been replaced by an inaugural race at Abu Dhabi. After the loss of the US Grand Prix last year it means there will be no F1 race in North America. In fact the only remaining race in America is Brazil. This is another step of F1 toward a greater presence in Middle East and Asia, where there is no tobacco advertising ban and a lot of money to build state of the art race tracks."
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