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And we’re back with our twenty-eighth installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

In response to My Week with the Chevy Volt, pkio3 says:

The EPA estimates that the Volt gets the equivalent of 93 miles per gal when in all electric mode. That’s taking the energy used to go a mile and a dividing by the estimated energy in a gallon of gas. I’ve been driving my Volt around Houston for 7 months now. Averaging 43 miles per charge. I’m using about 26KwH/100 miles. This is roughly the equivalent energy usage of driving a conventional gas burner that gets ~120Mpg. I drive mostly all electric and have gone 5400 miles on 5.2 gallons of gas. I’m still working on the original tank of gas that it came with. Luv my car.

In the piece on How to Carve a Stone Bowl, asciimation gives a gentle warning:

Nice project but be careful with the angle grinder! It should really have the guard fitted (in case the disc shatters or the tool kicks back) and you should wear gloves too. Also I’d be wary about putting too much sideways pressure on the disc when smoothing the bowl. If one of those discs shatters when spinning you do not want to be in the way of the shrapnel!

Angle grinder accidents can be really nasty. I still have a scar on the back of my wrist from years ago when I slipped with one and almost put a grinding disc through my hand!

In response to the Delorean Hovercraft piece, user ka1axy quips:


Where we’re going, we don’t *need* roads!

In the piece on the Arduino Grande, zof says:

lol I love the made in burbank, so since the chip is already called a AT Mega, what do you call it now? AT Godzilla Mega?

On Twitter, Mark Frauenfelder heeds Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi’s warning:

Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi: if your Arduino smells really bad, it’s a Chinese knockoff. #MakeHIW

Like these comments? Be sure to sound off in the comments! You could be in next week’s column.

2 thoughts on “Your Comments

  1. RossinDetroit says:

    Regarding the stinky fake Arduinos, I think I know that smell. I buy a lot of electronic parts coming out of China. Often they have strong odor about the packaging. It smells like paradichlorobenzene to me – moth balls. I’m guessing it’s a fumigant.

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