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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

goosesensor Where? (208 comments)

Can I find this bar?

about 4 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

goosesensor Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Without having even read the summary, I had to ask myself if the "she" you referred to was Dianne Feinstein.

about 6 months ago

Mazda Stops Production of the Last Rotary Engine Powered Car

goosesensor I'm just disappointed... (359 comments)

...that more slashdotters don't "get" the rotary. I would think this would be a community that would be very sad to see such an interesting and unique piece of technology die out.

You might say it died out because it "wasn't as good" as modern piston engines, but if you did say that, you would be wrong. It was different.

It had plenty of weaknesses, but the fact is that most are exaggerated for a number of reasons. Even with those exaggerations, it's amazing that this motor performs as well as it does in a modern market, given the considerably smaller amount of development attention that it received over the past 45 years.

At least in its current incarnation, the rotary's real strength is in racing -- it's light, real light. Mazda is the only Japanese car manufacturer in history to win the LeMans, in 91, with, you guessed it, a 4-rotor. The next year rotaries were banned from the race.

In naturally aspirated form a rotary will take a beating for many tens if not hundreds of thousands of miles more than a piston engine -- because there is NO VALVE TRAIN and the mechanical motion in a rotary is smooth and cylindrical, not violent and jerky.

Some of the major reasons rotaries have received a bad reputation include the following:

1. They are most identified with the RX- line of sports cars. 'Ever heard of a sports car being unreliable? 2. The most popular of those cars, 3rd generation RX-7 (the "FD") used a 2-rotor sequential turbo system. Using an NA 3-rotor would have maintained the same weight distribution, would have provided better torque, and would have been enormously more reliable, but having an NA motor doesn't sound as cool for marketing purposes as having a "twin turbo." This was a big mistake on Mazda's behalf. Rotary engines are notoriously difficult to tune when boosted. A small malfunction in the vacuum system could blow a motor, or more commonly, a anxious and naive performance enthusiast would install one-too-many aftermarket parts, leading to a lean fuel mixture, and BAM goes the motor. This is not a problem you see in piston engines, and unfortunately many people did not understand this difference. 3. General dislike for anything different -- as I'm sure man of us have noticed, car people are notoriously judgmental of other brands and setups. The rotary motor is a prime target for such unfounded scrutiny.

Really, I'm just sad to see such an interesting technology with so much potential disappear... but the Rotary engine attracts a very unique crowd of the engineering-type, and we're not likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

more than 2 years ago

I try to learn something new every...

goosesensor If you have to try... (160 comments)'re doing it wrong.

more than 3 years ago

Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

goosesensor Re:And Lemme Guess... (197 comments)

Just a thought, but your entire post is based on a technical assumption.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

goosesensor Re:Code Monkey (122 comments)

I never really understood this viewpoint. Sure it's fun to joke about the social skills of us nerds, and indeed many of us are severely lacking, but there is nothing wrong with being a computer scientist in and of itself. I am proud to tell ladies that I am a programmer, and it's usually well received. Just use some confidence, know it's cool, and they will think so, too. Disclaimer: There are some r-tard women out there that you simply can't win this battle with. But in my experience, these people generally aren't worth much to society anyway, if you now what I mean.

more than 3 years ago

The Future of In-Car Computing

goosesensor Tesla (112 comments)

Check out Tesla's new Model S interface. It's pretty cool. Coincidentally, I interviewed with them today to work on the project. They shot me down like a bad of bricks. Tough cookies, those ones.

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

goosesensor Re:9x 'faster' Graphics (1118 comments)

The idea of fragmentation is definitely important, whichever side of the debate you may be on. But, I don't think your particular argument holds much weight. Now, I can't cite any examples off the top of my head, but it seems quite reasonable to assume that a given iOS game could determine which device it's running on, and adjust its rendering settings appropriately. This, in more ways than one, could be seen as an advantage over user-adjustable settings. For example, there are a relatively small set of iOS devices available, and you know exactly what each's capabilities are -- your game can be made run exactly as intended on each, and the (potentially retarded) user doesn't have to know the first thing about 3D rendering, or change any settings.

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

goosesensor Re:Resolution? (1118 comments)

Thousands of us are thrilled, huh? Where did you get that figure? It's really not a big deal. For any bitmap images, include a second version with "@2x" appended before the file extension. The Cocoa Touch API will automatically use that version when appropriate. Done. Most developers will have vector, or at least high-resolution sources available for their image resources. There is nothing hard, expensive, or time-consuming about it. I, for one, would welcome [don't say it] a double-resolution iPad display. The iPhone 4's screen is damn nice.

more than 3 years ago

Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

goosesensor Price and Redundancy (618 comments)

I have a MBP in my backpack, and a $10 Walmart GoPhone in my pocket. Why pay $80/mo for a souped-down computer in my pocket, when I already have a real computer in my backpack?

more than 3 years ago

Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

goosesensor Re:why? (424 comments)

Looong story short: Random guy in a parking lot clames my dad's classic Toyota Land Cruiser was stolen from him 10 years ago. Police confiscate. Within just over a week guy is discredited and found to be full of it. Car is still wrapped up in bureaucracy. Dad manages to piss off the "stolen car task force" [police] with his (understandable) frustration. Appears in court and is arrested on the spot on felony charges related to some technicality of VIN registration/engine/frame code mathcing etc (totally obscure technicality). Spends night in jail. Changes are thrown out at next court date. Car is never returned and instead father has to pay shop rate to have any components wanted removed before it is CRUSHED. Cop responsible for the bullshit kills himself 1.5 years later because he is discovered to be involved in some huge scandals. Go figure.

more than 3 years ago

How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

goosesensor I'd say that... (547 comments) a given week I do about 15 minutes of real work.

more than 4 years ago

Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs

goosesensor best (422 comments)

"we can hear you having sex"

more than 4 years ago

Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs

goosesensor Re:Why. (422 comments)

way to be a boring old man

more than 4 years ago

Key Letter By Descartes Found After 170 Years

goosesensor Re:Haverford? (165 comments)

"the most beautiful campus in the US"? You haven't seen UC Santa Cruz, have you? Win.

more than 4 years ago

The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...

goosesensor Garbage Pizza (920 comments)

Every Wednesday my household gets Garbage Pizza from little Caesars down the street in the flats. It's the most terribly disgusting shit you'll ever eat, and makes you feel like ass every time. Coincidentally, Wednesday is also garbage night, hence "Garbage Pizza" night.

more than 4 years ago


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