David L

David L

  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Tack on "all you need to do is ..."...
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    Valkyrie's first high-speed run eroded a foot off the (stainless steel!) wing leading edge and took the paint off the entire aircraft in strange fractal blotches. This intrigued me so I did some searching. This didn't happen until the 17th...
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    Thanks for correcting my poor understanding of metal casting and forging. But the point remains. Steam locos are high time / low tech maintenance. Diesel Elec locos are low time / high tech maintenance....
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    The advantage of the conventional steam locomotive is that it is so very simple and can be fixed with a hammer. This advantage is so overwhelming that even the last steam engines in service are still recognisably the Rocket on...
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    There used to be a very efficient method of energy storage, which was also used for distributed power over fairly short distances. Hydraulic Pressure. While it may have been efficient in it's day (100 years ago mostly) I'm betting that...
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    The threat is two fold. One that various plays take over your controller. Script kiddies to Ukrainian thieve generating click to own your computer email. The other is script kiddies having fun messing with people's stuff. Or someplace like ISIS...
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    I think you're missing the point. (Or I am.) It's the controller that can be hacked. Not the freezer. Into the future the controllers will be built into the freezers. As to using the frequency of the main power to...
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    Specific example: natural gas for water heating and/or fire place and/or cooking plus electricity for general heating/cooling and/or cooking plus all other appliances. What twisty regulatory/market forces paths did these two very different energy suppliers have to traverse before they...
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    Charlie and AV were talking net. Not just deaths. With the end result being 1 billion or so. And history is thin of societies doing this kind of contraction without ugly results....
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    But drifting way off-topic. Actually I plan to vote for Bernie in the primary then if Trump gets the R nomination I for sure will vote the BS ticket. :)...
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    Grumble grumble Anyway to increase the timeout so multi-paragraph comments that take more than a few minutes to type are not lost when the system says you have taken too much time....
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    So, you're an organization that is not organized. You do see the problem there, right? Anyone can come along and claim to represent your supposed organization, which means that the loudest assholes are most likely to be considered the organization....
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    As I said I though you were talking world wide and I can't see that working. Would be a good thing if possible. And if I was a citizen of the UK I'd likely be advocating for UK tossing nukes....
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    No, you didn't see any of those things, because that's what happens to African-Americans, not to white Americans Yes you do. Or should see them if you look. The ratios are different but they are definitely there. In non trivial...
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    Sure. Can you see any political circumstance in which it is plausible that the UK might independently use its strategic nuclear deterrent without a simultaneous US deployment of the US deterrent? I read your initial comment as world wide not...
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    What, you're in favour of unilateral nuclear disarmament, What? You have a plan that can actually be implemented? You tend to beat up on folks who propose positions that are not practical. Or so it has seemed to me....
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    I wonder just how much productivity is lost due to foreign patent holders insisting on some sort of payment? Here are two examples in different directions. DVD players existed in their prime in 2 tiers. Sony and similar commanded prices...
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    We don't know if the cheap service sector method works. Perhaps India just screwed it up? Some times a call center just doesn't work if it isn't in the "local" culture. A major US airline tried to move some of...
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    And they're getting better at it. On one blog I keep running behind the scenes we just saw a SPAM comment that was actually on topic. Someone had to read the post at least a little to make that comment....
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    Depends on your state of mind....
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    that's why a few years back, the scheduled SN07 plates all became TN07. "SNOT" was considered offensive? Hmmmm. Over here they are continually expanding the list to deal with people asking for plates that refer to sex acts in languages...
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    which if so must make cross-border traffic annoying. Interesting. Over here we don't think much about state borders. Except watching for speed traps and gas price changes due to differing tax rates. As to cars with various plates and numbering...
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    If you've been in more than a few states in the US you likely know it is a state by state thing here with lots of variations on standard assigned numbers, vanity plates, and plates that support a cause. The...
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    My son (aged 25) just spend 2 1/2 months in Guatemala. It is definitely not a 1st world country. And the locals know it....
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    What happens to a plate when a car is scraped?...
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    Driving along I-85 in southern Virginia about 10 years ago or so. This stretch of road can be like driving in a cave at 70 MPH on a cloudy night. Tall trees on both sides and very very very little...
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    In the US you can typically recognize an HOA area as all the houses have the same style in almost everything to do with the exterior. And when you buy your house you also are agreeing to join the HOA...
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    the Japanese have politely said "hell no" to reducing their protection of their own farmers. I suppose they can still remember starving in 1945. AIUI Japan doesn't have a process (or doesn't use it) to redraw electoral districts. So they...
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    The dailykos certainly has a certain point of view. I've not seen them lying but they definitely make their arguments by selection of the facts they do use....
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    Charlie, do you in the Isles have the phenomenon of "homeowners' associations" assuming various powers of government by dint of clauses attached to purchase contracts? If you're referring to those in the US they are not quite the same thing....
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