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    Oh, sure, Triumph Spitfires for instance :) but what I'm getting at is that most people do have a fixed prejudice (I'm not sure that's the right description, but they have some psychological configuration that has the same external effect)...
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    No, you can't, and that's been the root of much of my criticism. It's also something that's come up before and only very unsatisfactory reasons have emerged for not doing it - mostly "they are not currently designed that way...
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    Ah, there I do have to disagree - 1m width is not enough for stability. My mobility scooter is about two thirds of that width and is on the verge of being able to tip itself over by centrifugal force...
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    It is of note that their journey would have been a lot less hassle if they could have simply switched the flat battery for a fully charged one instead of piddling around putting partial charges into it in situ....
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    Oh, Gordon Bennett... That's awful. The kind of journey that is a large part of the reason for my wanting a car in the first place, and that bloody thing is almost completely fucking useless for it. "There are a...
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    Yeah, but you've got the loading gauge for double-stack containers. We on the other hand are sometimes known as the only country that runs narrow gauge trains on standard gauge track. With our stunted loading gauge such useful practices as...
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    OK, so the American road marking system is more or less the same as the British one only laterally reversed and with yellow and white interchanged. Thanks. "I never pass a cyclist unless I can get all the way over...
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    "Miele Big Cat & Dog" This, I take it, is some kind of tiger/wolf/cyborg chimeric life form, which cleans the carpet by licking it with its rasp-like tongue, rids itself of the harvest by coughing up gigantic hairballs behind the...
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    Lots of people on here live under a cloud a lot of the time. Particularly, it seems, this year; we've had a couple of sunny spells this summer but overall so far it has been notable for the number of...
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    "...no more than a need to beef up the occasional transformer." Bit more than that. The transformers are not continuously rated. They rely on a period of light load at night to get rid of heat accumulated from the heavy...
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    Have I got my American road markings right - "double yellow line" is down the centre of the road, and "white line on the right" is right on the edge? If so, I thoroughly agree - riding down the painted...
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    "I'm not sure how you can solve that by taking the tools home every night." It replaces one big glittering high-value target with a whole bunch of little low-value ones dispersed all over the place. So the thieves' effort/reward ratio...
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    "this is you being one of a million people who collectively kill a small crowd of people every year. I'm asking you to justify that." s/a million/some billions/ and I personally have never killed or injured anyone; furthermore, as mentioned...
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    That's another different thing... "Dynamic braking" comes in several different forms; here are some which I know to have been used on real machinery: - regenerative braking, what you're talking about (example of use: London Underground trains) - rheostatic braking,...
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    I used to work in the industry. Our unit ended up like Fort Knox - steel panels over all the doors, steel prison bars in all the windows, and a fancy alarm with a dedicated line to the police station...
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    What you're trying to argue has nothing to do with my point. My complaint is fundamentally about capitalism and its assumption that people who don't spend lots of money don't exist, in combination with the insistence of governments on making...
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    It's certainly a realistic expectation in England. You take your tools home in a van and at the very least park it with the load area doors up against a wall, or preferably take the tools indoors (and have a...
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    Bollocks. I pay little for cars because my definition of a desirable car is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike most other people's. So I get them when they are not all that far short of the point where the...
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    Try "hydrodynamic braking" for a search term. It's been used in railway applications, although I've not heard of it being used for trucks. As for engine braking being "forbidden", I've not heard of anything with a diesel engine or a...
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    At one time I was a cycling nutter myself - but only on a personal level. I used to cycle absolutely everywhere within 10 miles or so radius, and transport anything I could lift on the luggage rack (25kg sacks...
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    I think they're evidence that the local council is controlled by people who hate cars and think that making driving a less pleasant experience is going to stop people using them. Of course what actually happens is you just get...
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    That problem does indeed arise. Their usual mitigation is to stick with the trucks - the general speed limit is 70mph but it's 56mph for trucks, enforced by a limiter, so you get lane 1 full of trucks doing exactly...
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    "The car park is a twisty maze that takes an hour to escape" I am increasingly convinced that these places are laid out by a little kid using one of those fuzzy felt sets of road shapes that you can...
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    "But also a layer of plastic about 10cm down, which makes me wonder about the mentality of whoever put it there." Lucky you having to worry about the mentality of someone who buries mere plastic. At a similar depth in...
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    "I can't imagine a world where there's some arbitrary prohibition against using the handbrake for hill starts." There are, though, plenty of cars with a genuinely valid MoT yet also with handbrakes that won't hold them on steep hills (which...
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    Ah, yes, I forgot you were in Australia... reports I've heard, and yours is another, all tend to reinforce the impression that the place consists in large part of roads through the middle of nowhere which are dead straight for...
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    "foot-eye-speedometer feedback loop" I don't have such a loop active except for brief periods where absolute speed is being compared externally with an evidentially-calibrated reference. At other times, "speed" is an internal variable derived principally from aggregating dθ/dt and dr/dt...
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    Agreed, yes, and I should have made it clearer that "too many things at once" is a function of how your abilities align with the kind of "things" in question. I can handle juggling the controls of a car, but...
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    Must admit I've never really got on with three on the tree. But then practically nothing uses it over here; four on the floor (or more, these days) is pretty much universal apart from oddities like old Vauxhall Victors. And...
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    Oops! Horn. And that is on the steering wheel. I just completely forgot about it because I never use it......
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