On Tue, 08 Aug 06 10:58:59 GMT
Exactly. Whether this is a result of government intervention or car manufacturers settling on a common standard I...
Certainly not, but it does take a while before I completely stop activating the wipers (or at least reaching in that direction) when I intend to signal a turn or similar oddities. It is just as well that the major controls do not move or change behaviour much, reversing the pedals or the action of the steering wheel may have a longer (and nastier) learning curve. I do recall the fun of riding a motorbike with the gears arranged five down instead of the one down, three (or four) up arrangement I was used to - it took several journeys before I stopped changing gear in the wrong direction.
Perhaps even more appropriate is the fun I've had watching experienced motorcyclists attempting to drive a combination (bike and sidecar), the handling is *so* different that they tend to veer dangerously all over the available space (NB. *not* a road) trying desperately to control the vehicle. In a similar vein an experienced FORTRAN programmer could probably write FORTRAN style code in Smalltalk pretty quickly (with perhaps a few nasty surprises) but it would take some time and learning before they were writing Smalltalk style code.
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