David L

David L

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    In the 1920s and 1930s the Russians were also trying to insert agents into the U.S. and create connections to various political movements. Of course interwoven in all of this is Western Europe and the US sending troops into the...
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    That leaves me wonder of one of the reasons why US is one of the several countries that did not switch to metric system yet. As a practical mater we have switched. Autos and industrial things are there. STEM education...
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    Just to show how my mind wanders. While out securing my carport for Florence[1] I remembered some stories in Boys Life in the 60s about some scouts who had discovered a time ship/saucer. There were multiple installments over a few...
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    Mediocre Riffing on the Princes Bridge, I don't think that word means what you think it does....
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    I believe the first was before the current "everyone" system was in place. For the later they likely ignored it. In general it is common for there to be no way for military operations to not have access to civilian...
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    wonder whether Russia might use some other system or wavelength for their 'pings' on domestic routes. I think this is one of those things were everyone got together and decided to install transponders on all civilian aircraft no matter what...
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    Germany claims to be “greener” than the UK & has no nuclear power, but still burns Brown-Coal in huge quantities. My daughter spend a school year in Germany 2009-2010. While their people were constantly amazed/appalled that she lived 10 miles...
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    I picked up an app called FlightRadar24 for tracking flights on my iPhone. (My wife and I typically fly 70 or more round trips per year so...) It allows me to find the status of a current, past, or near...
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    Well, yes, Walmart *did* kill downtowns, for smaller places. There was a story on NPR, maybe 20 years ago, of some town out in the US west, where they opened a Walmart on the outskirts of the town, and every...
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    Tell me what a "CAC" is, and I might. Sorry but you're walking into this one. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=raleigh+cac...
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    I saw some historical pictures of an early gaseous diffusion line control system. It consisted of a lot of women sitting at panels watching dials and turning knobs. A LOT of women who were not Ph.D.s or system engineers, just...
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    I ran into that when I was working out at RTP. Of course the entire point of RTP was to restrict development to light industry/high tech and only allow 10% of the land to be developed. The idea was a...
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    Production lines, yes, that might take part of a year. Beyond that.... It took us ten fucking years from "we don't know" to "the Eagle has landed". All the rest is bullshit. There was 10 years of serious work before...
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    I know that around here (Raleigh, NC) they seem to be doing a lot less sprawl. Now it seems like it's all about having everything you need within walking distance. They're building 5 - 8 story apartment/condos on top of...
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    Even when complete, detailed scientific designs and engineering plans exist (which I believe they don't, in either case), the skills and know-how to interpret and build them are mostly lost. Those are passed by personal teaching and experience, and would...
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    I said 'for almost all locations', but decided not to abuse Southern California directly. 60 miles is a ridiculous commute, by ANY method of personal transport, and any viable solution to the problem would involve cutting that to a sane...
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    Smart watches lack a smooth UI - and nobody wants a computational device without a smooth UI. In order for any "Smart" device smaller than the phone rectangle to take off, you first need a display which is not limited...
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    he noted that once he started walking into town in the spring and summer, that he stopped catching quite so many illnesses. Public transport, a wonderful vector of infection :) When I flew 30 or more times a year back...
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    Walmart killing downtowns, and so forth. ... To be fair to the Trumpers, there are a lot of problems that have been brewing in small towns for decades. Yes. Walmart didn't kill small town down towns. Well sort of. They...
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    That's one big reason I'm fighting developers trying to force people to live in distant, sprawled out, million dollar homes. For get million dollar homes. Around here the neighborhoods are fighting tooth and nail to keep out anything over 2...
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    bicycles ... Even places like Las Vegas are not too sprawling for that to be a viable solution for most personal commuting. Just like Chicago in the winter or many US cities in the summer, bicycle riding can be a...
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    Not to mention the option of just mass producing naval reactors - Nothing about the design of those stops them from rolling of assembly lines by the thousands. Well except for the reason no one does it. The fuel for...
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    There's been an ungodly historiographical fight over the atomic bombs almost since they were dropped, and it shows no signs of ending Anytime I have a discussion on this with the no excuse for ever dropping them the people they...
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    I suspect that there were more than a few total failures of tyres on military vehicles used in war than typical on civilian roads. Local windage is a problem of human nature. B-24s and B-17s from different factories had issues...
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    See, this is what you get when you write the "right to arm bears" into your constitution! And when you only have a hammer as a tool all the world appears to be full of nails. I'm sure the constitution...
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    Takes a lot more effort if you have to supply several different calibers. I think Ken Burns Civil War documentary series said the Union Quartermaster Corp had to deal with over 1500 munition types....
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    Instead once the defeated nations of Germany and Japan said they would do as they're told by the winners that was it. Odd. "once" ... "that was it" Well after 5 or 10 years for many. 30 or 40 for...
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    sitting on a sheltered firing point, six inches from the breech of my rifle, and that it might well show traces of unburnt powder from the thousands of rounds of ammunition that I'd fired... Back before he turned 18 my...
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    There is a small kiosk where you can mail your "oops" to yourself. IIRC sadly not in this case, and I haven't seen anything like that in Germany, Italy or France till now, though I'll keep looking. Apparently what I've...
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    Pearl Harbour; the entire might of the IJN goes to war with the USA - and causes only 49 civilian deaths. Pearl Harbor and the other bases were very much separated from the civilian areas of the island. In most...
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