David L

David L

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    "...the 17 physical buttons on the Chevy Bolt steering wheel... like a video game controller" Sounds awful... Don't knock it unless you're tried it. More than at a cursory level. I have a similar steering wheel. All of these buttons...
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    GPS-style coverage would be feasible but, as far as I know, isn't available. OK. Now I'm lost. The US GPS system works almost up to the north and south poles. And maybe there. If you can "see" 4 sats...
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    Hey, if you're still driving into the DC area, let me know, and we can have dinner or something. Real inside the park conversation now. OK. That period is over. It was me dealing with my mother in law's town...
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    steering wheel. ... It's basically like a video game controller, and it's good design, although I expect if it ever breaks, I'm going to howl at the replacement cost. Ever read about the price of Indy/F1 cars steering wheels. 10...
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    What I "hear" him saying is that all PratNav usage is crap. I disagree. But I do feel that stand alone sat navs are way past their time. And never were all that good. Which includes those built into cars....
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    The big thing i find is not to try and second guess google its being continuously updated by millions of drivers. Of course when you get to an area where the cell service is terrible then when you get off...
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    Never driven anything new enough to have an infotainment device, and don't know that I'd care to because the buttons on it can effectively move when you change mode. Three years ago I bought a new car. This was after...
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    Can you live with yourself if you kill a child "because I was reading the sat nav"? Now you're just stretching things. What about checking your speed when you see a speed limit sign? Or looking left (right in the...
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    The part that I use takes no more attention than the rest of the dash in a modern car. And no it does not create a blind spot when mounted where it is just another part of the dash instrumentation....
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    You keep talking as if these various system are only TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO. I've not ever seen one of those. All of that I know of have a map on a display that you can zoom, scroll, whatever....
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    10 years ago, I'd occasionally try to look up a route on google maps... and it continually wanted to get me onto an Interstate. As in 10 mi south, get to the interchange take the other interstate back north going...
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    More like, the advantages of living in a country that has probably the best mapping service of anywhere in the world. I find it weird to hear non-British people going on about Google maps this and Google maps that because...
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    Jokes aside pilots for more and more airlines now get to abandon that 40 pound paper filled suitcase and carry and iPad or Android tablet with all the stuff in it. They love it. And it cuts down on medical...
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    You are assuming that everything is going swimmingly. If you walk, ride or drive into an unfamiliar network of streets or roads, following the optimal route as decided by your your prat nav, and a critical section is blocked (for...
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    I have a FULL SETA of OS 1:50 000 maps & I use them when I'm going somewhere & I always check for changes ... I have a lot of 1:25 000 as well ... I've been caught that way...
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    Even worse is fucking Shat-Nav ... inherently dangerous, IMHO Now you sound like the old guy yelling "get off my lawn". Stat Nav is great. If used properly. Ditto the radio. Seatbelts. And all other kinds of tech. Driving in...
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    Add "Fix a flat tire on the side of the road" to the list of things he should be able to do. Got to fix a flat on my Tundra pickup truck. (Rated to pull 10K pounds.) Not fun. 18"...
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    suggest that a single overpowered part makes for cheaper manufacturing than multiple simpler parts. That's the philosophy of the Raspberry PI. One model with everything (but simple parts) and one model with a bit less. You pick the response...
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    Long term what it should be about is power efficiency and predictive repairs. Whether or not it will work out this way, oh, well. Check out what sense.com is doing with DSP processing without such controls on motors....
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    The time I forgot to tighten the head bolts after the engine had warmed I was mowing a field only a few minutes walk from our local gas/parts/whatever shop and was able to walk there and buy a gasket and...
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    Never saw it that bad before or since.... This year was a bad one around here. https://abc11.com/weather/photographer-captures-pollenpocalypse-over-durham/5240051/ The 2nd half has some interesting video of what happens in the rain....
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    Yes I know all of that. My point was calling aprox 1% heavier "significantly". But, yes, in atomic weights 1% can be a lot. My father retired as a production line manager in a gaseous diffusion plant. So my most...
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    Sort of. It refers to folks who do such work without a formal shop or training. Some of the Darwin guys have money training and equipment behind them. And still get into "Hold my beer..." My father and I would...
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    Is there any way Hong Kong doesn't end badly for the people of HK? While another Tiananmen Square level killing might not happen the Party can't let people think this is to be tolerated. It is just not an option....
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    Most of the "shade tree mechanics" doing such things are fairly ignorant of ground effect and aerodynamics in general. Much less structural engineering. "Hey maybe we should use a bigger bar there. Naw, that's twice as big as the original,...
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    because U235 is significantly lighter than U238 Interesting use of the word "significantly"....
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    Project PLUTO, aka the Vought SLAM, cancelled in the 1960s (although the guidance computer and terrain-following radar they developed for it was used in the Tomahawk cruise missile). Maybe some of the concepts but computer code and hardware from...
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    that British (and European) domestic appliances aren't like American ones. They're built to fit a smaller standard kitchen unit ... and they're all front-loaders rather than top-loaders. We ARE gradually switching to front loaders. But for the previous 10...
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    I also dry in the garden (weather permitting) Must be nice to live in an area with lower humidity and no "month of green pine tree pollen"[1] and sap from trees year round and .... I can understand why in...
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    The old Miele washer-drier took a hammering: 3-5 loads per week, including drying Interesting. When raising my kids (in the burbs) we might do 5 or more loads a DAY 3 or 4 days a week. Especially during sports seasons....
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