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y_sasaki
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y_sasaki   3/26/2013 6:17:07 PM
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When Apple released first iPod touch, they eliminated almost all mechanical switches. It even didn't have volume up/down button. Great, until you carry the iPod and get into subway station. Every time you get on and off the train, you have to bring up iPod from your pocket, unlock the screen, open control panel and change the volume "by touch". It was terrible design mistake. Fortunately Apple was not a fool - they added mechanical volume buttons on subsequent iPod Touch and iPhone. But I still don't like iPhone's "unlock by slide" feature. I wonder whey they didn't put a nice, mechanical, positive-feeling, one-hand-operational unlock switch, just like not-so-frequently-used "silent mode" switch.

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DrQuine   3/26/2013 10:32:46 PM
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There was a time when CTL-ALT-DEL carried some authority on a PC and could be used to force a shutdown. Now I find it is usually completely ignored. On the devices which lock-up and won't shutdown (or restart), I guess we've all had the experience of having to remove the battery to turn them off. For devices without removable batteries, we just have to sit the device down until it runs itself dead.

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Peter Lo   3/26/2013 11:39:39 PM
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selinz   3/27/2013 6:29:00 PM
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I have often found myself in a meeting where my computer has "locked up" and requires a restart. The only method that I had to silently restart was to pull a pair of earphones out of my pocket and plug them in. Of course, this would have worked fine (presumably) with a cheap MP3 player..

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rick merritt   3/27/2013 9:05:18 PM
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boblespam   3/28/2013 1:45:36 PM
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Much worse: in some Renault Scenic cars running on Diesel fuel, there happened a crack in the engine crankcase that had for effect that the engine lubrification oil could go into the engine combustion chambers. This way the diesel engine (which can also run on oil when sufficiently hot) was running on its own with the accelerator pedal having absolutely no effect. No way to switch off the engine (there is no spark plug in a diesel block), no way to reduce RPM except running uphill (or in a tree). This "feature" scaried a few french drivers (on hiways) but thanks chance, killed nobody (as far as I know). Renault didn't talk alot about this. The only way to stay alive in that case is to brake as hard as possible and hope the brakes won't overheat until the car stops. As it's a manual geared car, if you press the clutch pedal, the car may slow down but the engine goes up in the RPM like hell, without any limit. Terrifying for the driver and passengers.

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mac_droz   3/28/2013 3:58:31 PM
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You press a clutch and break and you stop straight away. One of the advantages of manual drive is that if the engine goes funny just disconnect it mechanically using a clutch. I remember when an "unexpected acceleration bug" happened with Toyota cars it was hard for many people here in Europe to understand where the problem was - everyone would just say: can't you just press a clutch?

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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   3/28/2013 6:12:27 PM
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Many, many moons ago I worked with Fuel Management Dispensing Systems for places with their own fleet of vehicles and gas pumps. Due to local bylaws, some locations required locking emergency stop buttons to be beside the pumps. All of these were wired to completely disconnect the power source in the event of an emergency (usually spill related). Can you imagine if this was designed with a soft switch? I'd hate to be the guy that has to hold the button for 10 seconds as gasoline flows freely all around me. Not to mention the possibility of a spark when working with a live circuit.

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WKetel   3/29/2013 2:46:59 PM
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Even worse with some diesel engines is that if the vehicle rolls over, enough lube oil can get into the cylinders to keep the engine running for quite a while. That is a bad show all around. Some of them now have an air-shutoff valve for emergency stop.

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WKetel   3/29/2013 2:50:45 PM
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I agree. And what about those stupid cars that have one button to ask the computer to "please start", and the same button for "please stop", the problem being that the computer would decide to not shut off the engine because the car was in motion, when the reason for requesting the stop was engine runaway. That is what is known as "a clearly obvious engineering error".

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