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XML, Dick's, and force fields. [Mar. 19th, 2002|08:16 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I went to SPUG, hoping to both see Evan and learn something, but Evan wasn't there and the spoon-feeding of XML syntax bored me within minutes and I left to find food.

After Dick's I pondered the social and ethical implications of impossible ideas like a force field around cars that would stop moving if contacted, such that one would be invinsible so long as the collision came from the side or back. Implication: the person hitting you would get fucked up a lot more.

Still tired, as a result of last night's Dante's lateness. Much to write tonight, though finding the energy will be difficult.

From: q
2002-03-19 08:17 pm (UTC)
Would this force field deform? Otherwise you'd lose the benefit of deceleration time given by deformation of the vehicle.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-03-19 08:22 pm (UTC)
The idea was to protect you from idiot drivers and not to make your crashes any less painful. :)
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[User Picture]From: diapholom
2002-03-19 08:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-03-19 08:21 pm (UTC)

gee whiz...

Ya'll must have gotten schnockered at Dante's Monday night. :)
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[User Picture]From: kilroy
2002-03-19 08:52 pm (UTC)
What happens when a car hits you while it's in reverse? I could see some assholes doing that with the knowledge that no harm would come to their car. Also, would the force field be active 24/7 or only when you're driving? Course, as you said impossible idea. I personally think of the implications of teleporters. Besides the obvious problems of telefragging, what happens when some stranger teleports to your doorstep?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-03-19 08:55 pm (UTC)
Harm would come to their car if it was in reverse when they hit you. Because your force field would lock and they'd collide.

It'd be active 24/7. So your parked car couldn't be keyed

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[User Picture]From: joshc
2002-03-19 09:27 pm (UTC)
how would the force field handle front-end collisions where idiot or drunk drivers swerve across the median at you?
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From: evan
2002-03-19 10:09 pm (UTC)
sorry, got distracted playing doa3 at brendan's
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2002-03-20 12:43 am (UTC)
i kicked your ass!!!
tina rules!
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[User Picture]From: asa_dachi
2002-03-20 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. I guess when I think about car gadgetry, I think more about how I could mess with the appearance... such as, relocating four cylinder engines so that there was one cylinder on each wheel and they would be 'accelerated' to a degree based on steering inputs... That'd allow you to have a really low front end, which ought to help with aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, I'd guess...

But my one idea that's much less practical is this: What if a car could be manufactured out of some transparent material with some sort of fiber optic or gas-based inner-liner that could be controlled electronically or something to change the color of the car? Today it would be blue, tomorrow you could make it black... and if you had a blind spot you could make it transparent again? Hmm... maybe not as beneficial as a force field, but it sounds like a lot of fun to me.

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