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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    In practice I've been considering the exact opposite, a 200W motor geared to boost at 25-50kph because in Australia we have a split system, 200W with no speed limit or 250W limited to 25kph. One sneaky option that might be...
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    which is a range of over 7:1. There's no rear gear that will provide that, and such motors do not support front gears Here in the advanced nation of Australia we have access to bleeding-edge technology from the 1990's such...
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    With only 500 watts, I would be OK. Have you considered pedaling? 250W from the motor, 250W from you, which you should be able to manage for a few minutes if you ride regularly. Or do you have balance issues...
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    You fans of fossil-fuel cars will be excited to know that they also help suppress the stench of flowers and the growth of smelly weeds: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23731650-200-dirty-talk-how-pollution-is-snuffing-out-plants-scent-messages/...
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    The problem is the 250 watt nominal limit; that's OK for 15% hills, but doesn't cut the mustard for steeper ones; motors burn out if worked too hard at too low an RPM That is why I suggested using one...
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    Technically Sydney University is/was like that, but it was trivially easy to get in and out anyway. They don't seem very concerned with members of the educated classes getting in, more with the obviously derelict. One technique that works for...
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    Just while I am thinking about it, modern load bikes with power assist make it quite plausible to carry quite a lot of weight. The trick is to get one where the motor goes through the bicycle gearing, because you...
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    simply searching for books is open to all and requires no login. (http://opac.sbn.it/opacsbn/opac/iccu/change.jsp?language=en ) Some do, some ... didn't. UNSW is an hour away and their system is online: http://primoa.library.unsw.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=UNSWS&vl(freeText0)=patrick+kirch&docId=UNSW_ALMA51156852550001731 including location details for the physical books. That's excellent. But...
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    In less controlled settings (like the farms that routinely deploy antibiotics as growth enhancers and foster all this trouble), To my knowledge farm use is not specific, they're used as a generic growth promoter. So knowing more about whether various...
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    That is my intention, yes. We have a reasonable library service here and I can wangle access to a university library if I need it (or just walk in and read it on site). One thing that peeves me about...
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    Patrick Kirch's On The Road Of The Winds ... is available as DRM'd ebook in Adobe formats, but not in my region*. Ah, the posting of dead tree bits around the world for fun and profit. * e-things are generally...
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    My guess is that it might be feasible, especially as a large proportion of their diet was fish, but only if done well and the leaching was not too bad. Whether that was the case, I have no idea. In...
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    Cool, now I'm sure :) building a boat out of atoll woods is one of those deceptively tricky tasks that doesn't get nearly as much admiration as it should. OMG yes. I can understand the Maori going "woohoo, trees!" when...
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    Oceanic boats were often clan property and required multiple people to sail. The point of using one person to measure was to standardize the measurements. The first time you said that I thought you meant Oceania-the-geographic-region, and now I'm not...
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    Those are almost the ideal Imperial unit - they do one specific thing very, very well and everything else horribly. It reminds me of the acre-foot in that sense (great for irrigation, not great for any other bulk fluid measurement...
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    Computers are revolutionizing making & sharing music. You no longer need a record deal to get your music out there. There have been a few things that have made that happen, some of which are quite recent. High quality recording...
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    So while in a non-imperial situation, I'd expect measurements to switch with each headman*, I wouldn't expect them to switch with each emperor. My suggestion was not intended to make the empire function better. Building boats and whatnot to fit...
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    imperial units are a fucking awful dog's breakfast of a mess What's wrong with furlongs per fortnight (speed) and barleycorns per cubic barleycorn (density) as units of measure? There such a world of fun when some nitwit says "what's that...
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    did anybody ever explore the engineering applications of such structures? There are also amusing military applications, especially if the generator is cheap to the point of disposability. Depending on the exact fine print one amusing use would be to enclose...
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    Looking at Trump I wonder just how hard it would be to sell Chinese-style managed democracy as a solution. Sell to whom, exactly? I was thinking US voters when I wrote that, but I suspect the UK would also welcome...
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    I think radical changes are likely to be either biohacking, when we get to the point where kids can download code to their 3D printer/school lab or whatever, and produce anything from a "temporary tattoo" style decoration to glow-in-the-dark SCOP...
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    Many fewer traffic stops (tense interactions between police and civilians, sometimes deadly, disproportionately affecting certain populations.) I hadn't thought of that. Although... flip side: police just command the car to drive to the police station, it doesn't, so they shoot...
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    No more shopping “ is hardly a minor improvement That depends very much on what you get instead. In Sydney we struggle to get next-day delivery, and our food options are very limited. Locally it's only the fat'n'sugar brigade who...
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    I'm waiting for the Libertarians to "get it," by which I mean they need to understand that corporate structures can be as oppressive as governments They already have people both inside and outside the movement pointing vigorously at problems like...
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    The crazy scandi's are pushing the envelope on what can be carried by "bicycle". This 4 wheeler is rated for 200kg, and they offer a semitrailer model with optional hydrogen fuel cell that will carry 300kg. There's a delivery company...
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    lowering the cost of Ni-Fe. My vague recollection is that the more pure you can make the elements at the start, the longer the battery lasts - there are a bunch of common impurities that bind to the Ni and...
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    I & a lot of people here are in that situation, with only one car, because, in most of London the "local" journeys are done by train/tube/bus instead. Most of Sydney is like this, with the twist that most of...
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    I see lots and lots of hybrid cars on the road Same in suburban Sydney. There's a distressing number of hybrid SUVs as well as the usual large cars (Prius etc). Electric cars are still rare though. Electric bicycles are...
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    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/america-s-corn-belt-making-its-own-weather Sadly the full stop on the end of Dr H's sentence broke the URL. It's worth reading the article, even for people who already know that, for example, in Perth they moved the wheat belt closer to the city...
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    Second-hand batteries, though, will be useful to anyone who's got a house, and accordingly will not become cheap. I may have mentioned this before, but Nissan have an official house-use for old Leaf batteries and everything is ready to go...
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