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Julian Bond
"Mention of the NYTimes OPML file reminds me. It's time to revisit the idea of subscribing to other people's OPML in the style of Twitter Lists." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why is wave power so far behind wind and solar? - http://www.treehugger.com/renewab...
"And tidal?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"It's mostly UK, but still, please, http://stopkillingcyclists.org... It's as much about road design as anything else." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The most efficient car in the United States is now the BMW i3 electric car - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"It seems a same that the i3 isn't a bit more aerodynamic in terms of CdA." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Survey: Should Fixed-Gear Bikes Be Allowed on the Road? - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I can understand a single speed with brakes. Because that's just a big BMX. I can't understand a fixed gear without brakes on the road or anywhere except on a velodrome track. And especially not in town. Do you think Chris Hoy trains on the road with a fixie?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What Not Dying Looks Like - http://blog.theoldreader.com/post...
"It's not enough for the data to be structured. The next level up the stack is for the data to be structured in a standard way so that people can build standardised parsing libraries. This is part of the problem with JSON in that it's similar to XML in the sense that the data is structured but there's no next level agreement like RSS and ATOM as to how the data is structured. So systems that want to read it have to write custom code for each implementation. And as a result you get the snowflake problem. It's bad enough trying to handle the idiosyncracies of RSS/Atom even with libraries like magpie or simplepie. Having to custom code 1000 different systems for each of 1000 sites would be unworkable. See here Google Plus. the JSON API is quite rich, but Google developer support can still say with a straight face "There's not much call for RSS-Atom from our developers so we didn't bother to implement it.". Doh!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What Not Dying Looks Like - http://blog.theoldreader.com/post...
""Just about everything online except Facebook and Twitter is available via RSS." And Google Plus, although there are ways of getting some of it via Atom unofficially." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric Race News: Yamaha steps toward electric superbikes with PES1 and PED1 production starting in 2016 - http://www.electricracenews.com/2014...
""To me (I've been riding electric bicycles since 1995) electric bicycles are about utility, not goosing up the speed of a race bike." So this doesn't do it for you? http://www.electricbike.com/ke... Yet again, it's irritating how little info there is about battery capacity, chemistry, motor power and so on. However of all these, the PED1 looks like it might be a laugh. BTW. lots of the EC-03 in the paddock at MotoGP events." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Can you see the electric assist motor on this bike? - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I think I'd rather have this. http://www.electricbike.com/ke... Conventional baby rear hub motor. Controller under the bottom bracket. 750W." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Miele eVox, non-hub electric bike from Procycle - http://www.electricbike.com/miele-e...
"There are two cargo bikes that I really think are crying out to be electrified. Both are a bit heavy but they both can carry big weights and volume while being quite conventional in layout. Both have that all important step through design. The first is the Pashley Mailstar used in large numbers by UK postmen. http://www.pashley.co.uk/produ... This has a 26" rear and 24" front with a substantial caged rack above it. The second is the Donky using BMX components. http://donkybike.com/ A concept from an industrial designer in London that has taken on a life of it's own. Although these bikes are sit up and beg and with a low cross bar, they don't move the bottom bracket forwards much at all." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Microsoft tries to woo users off Windows XP: $50 Store gift card, free support and data transfer with a new PC - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
"If Microsoft gave me a copy of Win 7 Pro for free I'd gladly update the ancient laptop in the house. And while they're at it, can they please give a me a cut down version for free that will fit on and run on the ancient eeePC 900." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why we’ve truncated posts in our RSS feed - http://thenextweb.com/voice...
"So. There's only a small number of people who would be affected by this but we've decided to piss those people off. m'kay? How many clickthroughs did you get from people who read from your RSS? Does it go up after making this change? You're using feedburner so you should be able to answer that. Please report back on whether your experiment worked or not after a few weeks." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: English Cycles No-Car-Kitty-Cargo - http://www.cycleexif.com/english...
"It's time there was a Pashley Mailstar or a Donky with an electric motor. And probably with a mid drive like the Bafang BBS02. This one is really quite like a slightly more desirable Mailstar." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Hipster Music Index - http://priceonomics.com/the-hip...
"And also: Method only valid if under-30s think Pitchfork reviewers know what they're talking about. Which they don't." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: E-bikes in NYC: How not to solve a problem - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Glad you're pointing out the conflicting legal status, because an inability to easily identify something that is a bicycle (but happens to have some e-assist) and something that is a moped (with electric power) is at the heart of the problem. But it's not the pedalling, it's the power, speed and weight. There's nothing particularly wrong with a bicycle with a throttle that will run under e-assist without pedalling providing it still behaves like a bicycle. There really ought to be some federal consensus on the difference and individual states and cities would have to justify moving away from that standard. But instead you have a huge mess. Meanwhile the EU regs of 250w, 25kph/15mph works fine. Perhaps there's an argument for an intermediate 1000w, 25mph before you get to a 3kW, 30mph moped and a 10kW, 60mph learner motorcycle. But unfortunately, 750W, 20mph sits somewhere in the middle. It's not really a bicycle any more but neither is it a moped/scooter. Used at full power it's not..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: New SUV from BMW to be much more efficient than a Toyota Prius - http://www.treehugger.com/corpora...
"Why is it so big? Why is it not obviously aerodynamic? There's an opportunity here to redefine what personal transport should look like and to make the underlying vehicle more efficient. But all they've done is change the power train." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Should electric scooters be allowed in bike lanes? They are now in Toronto - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"This story repeats itself. Why is it so hard to work out how to define an E-Bike that should be treated as an unlicensed bicycle? And when it's not a bicycle but an electric moped or motorcycle? Europe with it's 250W-25kph-50Kg limits has essentially answered this. The problem is not E-Scooters in bike lanes, it's not knowing what is a bicycle with e-assist and what's an E-scooter." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why the Dutch don't wear helmets - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"One factor I rarely see mentioned in these discussions is the quality of bicycle helmets, their testing and whether they actually make any difference. I've been unable to find any data about how effective bicycle helmets are for people who hit their head while wearing one. Motorcycle helmets typically have well defined testing procedures in most developed countries but I don't believe this is true for bicycle helmets. It's also well accepted with motorcycle helmets that the chin guard is important but the typical road helmet has no face protection at all. I do wonder if bicycle helmets actually provide any real protection or perhaps only if you manage to hit your head in exactly the right place. Somebody pushing helmets on me suggested wearing one and deliberately walking into a wall (hypothetically). If I did that I figure I'd get a broken nose and bruised chin! How does that help? If you're engaged in the more dangerous side of bicycle sport like BMX or MTB racing and stunting, then..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Stoke Newington pedestrian bus death renews concerns over TfL’s safety record - http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news...
"How can a pedestrian collide with a bus? Surely it's the other way round?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"My bad about the indicators. He's done an excellent job of hiding them so they're pretty much invisible in the pics. And I should have paid more attention to the text. I still dislike the number plate and lack of mirror, but there you go." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
""Experience with SR500s has taught Chappell that their single-cylinder motors are prone to vibration". Quite. Which is why SR500s look the part but are a bit unpleasant out in the real world. There should be some kind of prize for people who work out how to build the same style but with the XT600 or Dominator motor. Also really hate those number plates stuck out the side and the lack of indicators or any kind of mirror. A bike like this should be usable as well as pretty and this one isn't." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: High Current Batteries that are NOT LiPo - http://www.electricbike.com/high-cu...
"Where does NCA/NCR fit in terms of weight, cycle life, cost compared with say NMC and LiFePo?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500 - http://www.bikeexif.com/sr500-s...
"Love the look of these SR500s (and SR400s), but I just wish they could use the XT600 motor. Not least because of the balancer." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Family of five uses VW camper as tiny home while filming tiny house documentary - http://www.treehugger.com/travel...
"Fairly sure that image at the top is not the inside of a VW Westy. ;)" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Motorcycle Hand Signals Graphic Eases Bike-to-Bike Communication - http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014...
"How about - I'm not an undercover cop to the rider, you've come up behind. - Thank you, to a car driver who's given you space. - Your full beam headlights are blinding me, to the car behind in traffic. - Powered Two Wheelers are f***in' great, aren't they. To other riders. - Do that again and I'll kick your car." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Microsoft extends updates for Windows XP security products until July 14, 2015 - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
"Give me a free upgrade to Win7 Home Premium and I'll do it. And a cut down version for use on an old netbook." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Death of the PC Could Also Mean the End of the Web - http://www.wired.com/busines...
"Meanwhile, Chromebooks. Where the device is pretty much running nothing but a Chrome desktop browser. As a developer or part of a team, life continues to get harder. Now we need to support - Desktop Web - Mobile Web optimised for small screens - iOS in several form factors - Android in several form factors - Depending on the app, Flash or HTML5" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric Race News: eMotoRacing rules & open letter: The new electric motorcycle racing series for North America - http://www.electricracenews.com/2013...
"What makes you think a feet-forward design is probably not allowed? I'm puzzled by allowing 6" beyond the overall length while also requiring the front 1/3 of the front wheel to be visible from the side." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"Hereby nominate this review for "Pseud's Corner". Brilliant album, btw, let down by Conveyor which was too harsh for me. -1 for not giving enough credit to Indigo. And +1 also for Storm and Lost Here." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Review: Acer Chromebook C720 - http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...
"Interesting, especially that first paragraph. "Since I started ChrUbuntu back in December of 2010, it's always been necessary to utilize the Chrome OS Linux kernel with Ubuntu in order to solve some compatibility issues with the Chromebook architecture. That's changed with the Chromebook Pixel and the newer Haswell-based Chromebooks like the Acer C720 and HP Chromebook 14. Each of these models supports booting from a more traditional PC BIOS mode which makes it simple to use stock Ubuntu kernels on them." That suggest that it IS possible to boot from a USB stick with a Live-CD distro on it. But only on the Pixel, C720 and HP14." - Julian Bond
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