Message from discussion Lisp vs. Scheme
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From: George Neuner <gneun...@no.comcast.spam.net>
Subject: Re: Lisp vs. Scheme
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 02:43:32 -0400
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On 19 Sep 2003 13:04:27 -0400, Kent M Pitman <pit...@world.std.com>
>Can someone give an example of a driving task that is much harder to do
>with an American car than a Japanese or German car?
Have you driven a BMW lately? In the 2000 model year they reversed
shift direction in the manual mode of their steptronic transmission -
you push away to downshift and pull toward the body to upshift.
The design violates 100+ years of driver conditioning for moving the
gear lever: namely that lower gears are closer to your body and higher
gears are farther away. This is true of every standard (think layout
of the H or 5-speed) and every automatic transmission I've ever seen.
An example? Even after driving one for several days (a loaner while
my older one was being serviced), I still shifted the wrong way when
preoccupied by turning.