Damian

Damian

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    “Boing!”, said Zebedee and all that. I note that in Queensland (and I’m sure most of the developed world has some similar restriction) you can add an electric motor up to 250W to a bicycle, above that and it will...
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    “Yeah, carbon taxes are regressive. So is climate change.” I think carbon taxes are essential, but the time they needed implementing to stand a chance of making a difference is 30 years ago. My honest opinion is that we’re fucked...
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    You know Greg, that article is actually pretty positive about electric cars. It gives a poor review to the charging infrastructure and shows that if you wish to take long trips beyond the spec’d battery range you need to be...
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    I can sort of see long haul trucks becoming unviable, because there will a point where rail and other fixed infrastructure (canals? huge pipes full of oil and circulating pumps? tethered dirigibles?) becoming relatively cheaper (again). Can’t see a replacement...
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    The other factor is organisational as I alluded above. My remarks were not so much about “thieves” gaining unauthorised access to the site to nick stuff, and more fellow contractors with authorised access “accidentally” taking stuff on a practically permanent...
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    It’s probably a realistic expectation that if you leave your tools at a work site they will get nicked. Could be to do with how construction is contracted. If the construction company is one firm that employs people to work...
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    By way of mitigation, I’d add that Paws, Frank and a few others and I are addicted to quite small and/or electric cars. I cycle too, though will admit to contemplating adding an electric motor to my bicycle just in...
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    Same here, though it’ll be around 10km/h under the limit. There may well form a line of cars behind and even tailgating the cops, making it all the more imperative to pass them safely....
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    I see that! Looks pretty nifty. It also contains a pub, apparently. If you do the same with Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia there’s a roundabout with a car dealership in the middle. For most of my life it was Ford, but...
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    Those all look fine to me. I quite like what I assume is a US convention of marking roundabouts as one-way ring-roads rather than something special. I think the idea that roundabouts are somehow special is the source of a...
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    I’ve probably said this here before, I certainly have in other places. There are people who want to go faster and there are people who just want to go first. The former generally are no problem, because you let them...
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    I had zoomed in to study the single lane exit and thought “well that’s probably okay, obviously the middle lane must turn right”, then zoomed back and found it was indeed marked that way. So it’s a single lane roundabout...
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    “More time to write, more time to keep up with the yard (bleah!), and my lady & I will do cons, and even non-con-related travel.” Congratulations! I suspect there is a trick to working out what it is that people...
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    Usually it’s either a fixed speed camera, or a dodgy Mercedes van parked on the footpath (or the verge) with a decal on the side that says “Every k over is a killer”. The fixed ones are predictable, the newish...
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    “Accelerate or brake” Me too, and I’ve never got used to the idea that people think of that heel-toe thing as part of normal driving. I see it as a gimmicky trick that is marginally useful to learn in case...
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    Here it’s is now really unlikely to be stopped. There might be a telltale flash from the camera that clicks your plates, but otherwise the first you know is the infringement notice in the post. Used to be that under...
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    The thing about the absolute frame of reference, though, is that a radar measuring it independently can lead to an A$160 fine for “exceeding the speed limit by less than 6 km/h” (adjust units and figures to suit your context)...
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    I’m a fan of cruise control. It’s the same set of considerations I describe above, with an extra tangent. That foot-eye-speedometer feedback loop takes cycles, imposes cognitive load, is the simplest thing to automate, and once automated the simplest mental...
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    I once rocked up to a police station in one of the larger towns up the Newell (Gilgandra or maybe Coonabarrabran), politely asking the way to the nearest petrol station. This was around midnight on an overnighter from Canberra to...
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    “Is the model offered with different engines?” I believe not, at least currently. There isn’t even a turbo variant. The more expensive versions have, as I understand it, the same engine just tuned to burn more fuel, while producing slightly...
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    And look in general I agree with your concerns. My point is that there aren’t absolute statements here that are universally true for everyone. But I also didn’t really address your totally valid query about mitigation (partly just distracted by...
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    The old (as in now someone else’s problem) Volvo required removing the wheel arch liner to get to the air conditioning compressor, which is sort of where all the trouble began. Changing front bulbs didn’t require this, the entire headlight...
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    I quite like the Jazz and agree that the angles involved would make it less practical to do what I was saying. In an old Camry, which is my use case, the windscreen mount would be positioned as close as...
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    You know what? I’m taller than average and most smaller cars position the central rear view mirror in a location that at times entirely occludes car-sized objects at a location in my field of view that frequently contains one, travelling...
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    I’m not sure how you think this works, but when I have used a windscreen mount for devices like that, it obscures a small section of the dashboard and bonnet (I think the correct translation USians might require here is...
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    The Australian government entity now called Geoscience Australia is pretty good too, but they too have long seen the writing on the wall that paper topo maps are dead and stopped printing them altogether around 10 years ago in favour...
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    “Is there a way Hong Kong doesn’t end badly...?” I can’t see one. One is always hopeful, but sadly I think it will make Tiananmen Square look tolerable....
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    I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mean that - if he does he’d be wrong. The Glorious Revolution and the decades preceding and following it are just as foundational for the USA and Australia/NZ (without getting into historical detail you clearly...
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    Followed the Banerji case with a lot of interest and creeping fear. I am a public servant, and comment about matters like immigration (I’m very much an open borders person) and other topics all the time. I’m also a bit...
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    The point which I forgot to make though, is this shows the police knew what they were after was dodgy and a proper judge in a senior court would very likely knock them back....
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