David L

David L

  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Read Gasdive's comment. You're not comparing to anything. So what if you use twice the fuel. So the fuel costs go from $250K to $500K. If the cost of the booster and engine come down by a million or 5...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I think your descriptions are more Mayberry than reality these days....
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    Middle class (usually "white") communities in the US are policed quite differently than poor communities. Yes they do. Because the crime rates and types of crime are very different. I have personal experience. I have friends who live in those...
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    Jail is different from Prison A distinction with very little difference....
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    Another big reason to skip first is if you have to travel in snow or crunchy ice. Use the highest gear that will let you get underway. Too much torque and you spin....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Yes, but as some people have finally noticed, fuel is dirt cheap compared to the price of a potentially-reusable rocket. And even if not reusable. ULA just blew it by not spending a couple of decades working on a new...
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    Oh yeah. Back when I was one of the first DSL customers in my city I feel the Level 2 techs all knew me by name. Especially after I discovered a routing issue in the way they were handling the...
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    He said that too many urban gear changes wasted fuel and advised using first to start but sticking to third and sixth for the rest of the urban drive. Given a 6 speed and ithout a modern computer controlled automatic...
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    Well, Greg's house, I have this image in my head of the power, phone, etc... people that when they pull up his address for something have a quick contest to see who loses and gets to make the call or...
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    Back around 70 or 71 when I was a teen mowing fields one of my customers drove me over to his neighbor to show me what the neighbor wanted mowed. In his 3 or the column manual transmission he shifted...
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    Greg is the ultimate conservative. He wants the technology of the world to stop, oh, say 40 years ago. If course 40 years ago there were lots of GT's who wanted the tech of the world to have stopped 80...
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    One solution is to change PR's statehood status. PR is complicated. There's a lot of difference in the opinion of the population as to what direction they want to head. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_United_States_Capitol_shooting_incident For a snapshot of the complications....
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    So what's Georgia Tech then, cat food? My college room mate graduated from Kentucky with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Not a worthless degree but not an elite by any stretch. He went to GT for his masters. They kidded...
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    Nope. I have a relative who made a lot of money over the years at "real" jobs. But he much preferred to swindle people out of money. He was just wired or trained to be that way. Work (office sales...
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    And as far as I am aware, quite a small number of people are responsible for quite a lot of crime, such as burgarly, muggings etc. So in theory, if you can identify these people and put them away, there...
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    I also wonder what has been the effect of improved forensics, surveillance cameras etc. on the rate of detection and successful prosecution of criminals, Over here in the US the idiots get on camera with their faces in plain sight...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The Southern accent IS "dying out" in large metro areas. However, that has little to do with demographic changes; it has more to do with a desire to get a well-paying job. There's also the factor of TV. USA TV...
  • Commented on Excuses
    1.49%" ... Wow, really? Well 1. Credit Union for a major US company where my wife works. No profits and not as much marketing as a typical bank. Credit unions will almost always beat out regular banks for loans and...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Nuts what is NOW ULA rockets...
  • Commented on Excuses
    My life is much like yours. I rarely need more than a shoulder bag and maybe the equivalent of a airplane sized carry on bag. Which now that my kids are gone I went from an explorer for a regular...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I have an ancient (>20 years old) memory of reading about one of the issues with what is not ULA rockets is they were derived from ballistic missiles. They were not optimized for low cost to orbit but to get...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Don't you think that it's likely that the people that choose to do their careers in the space program did so because they spent their teenage years imagining the fantastic worlds of the solar system they've read about in the...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Which gets to my point about leasing one. Many of the trades I see have specialized racks and tools to make the vehicle work for their specific trade. But most start with a fairly standard layout of a pickup or...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Returning to Havana, where the cars are mostly old and the traffic less dense than in downtown London, A friend was in Cuba a few months ago. He said there were a LOT of new cars on the road. Just...
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    In the UK it's virtually impossible to get finance on a car that's 10 years old or more. Since the main market for old cars is poor people, and poor people generally have to borrow to buy a car, they...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Free charging stations are a form of marketing. And anyone in marketing who spends the budget in areas where it will do not good will not have a job for long. Free charging for electric cars will be located in...
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    There is rarely an impartial investigation. A staggering 97 percent of all federal cases and 95 percent of all state felony cases are resolved through plea bargaining. I'm going to assume they have their facts straight. Seems a bit high...
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    Car prices. Yes. In the US back in 2010 when my newly driving daughter was looking I told her to expect to pay $4K for a car that worked and cosmetically wasn't crap. She got all upset as craigslist was...
  • Commented on Excuses
    People who actually own their own cars will be either rich or weird. Or running a service company. Plumbers and such who need to keep their tools and common parts on in their car/truck. Now they may be leasing them...
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    Oh, yeah. DT doesn't give a damn about policy. Except maybe when it impacts him personally directly. Other than that he just wants to claim "wins". He would have been perfectly fine if he could have ridden to power on...
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