Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Well, I'm not dogmatic on the subject. But, without being obvious about it, I get about 10% better mileage than my wife in the same car over the same roads....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Yes, I was greatly simplifying for reasons of comparison. In all likelihood, data similar to Mode 1/3A would be gathered for use by a municipal traffic management system, where centralized processors could build a near real-time traffic picture; part of...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Yes! Are you familiar with hypermiling ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy-efficient_driving )? It's the approach I've used for freeway driving for decades....
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    (Are we on an official derail now?):) If I were tasked with implementing this change, the first thing I'd require is that every vehicle have a beacon showing location and velocity, similar to transponders on aircraft. Of course, that moves...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I completely agree. I get a laugh every time I see an ad with a car driving over a deserted road with the disclaimer "Professional driver on closed course. Do not attempt." or words to that effect....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    No, I was right the first time. This is why I really need an editor....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    That's part of it - I am a very focused driver, and take a certain amount of pride in my skill (after 44 years of daily driving, I SHOULD be pretty good at it). We interact with other vehicles on...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Oops, that should be likelihood on line 3, not unlikelihood....
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    I'm concerned about the rollout of autonomous vehicles not because I enjoy driving (which I do, and continue to work at the complex task Chrisj mentioned @91), but because of the dangers inherent in the transition period, when both human...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    To bring us SLIGHTLY back on topic, perhaps the polling algorithms used last year in the U.S. empowered the Orange Beast to inspire his followers and dismay the opposition. Also, note the explicit use of the term "The Resistance" as...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    You have to give Barnes Wallis and the RAF credit, they were great at naming these things. "Grand Slam" is SO much better than MOAB....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Ah, Traveller. Many are the nights our little band spent in college wandering that universe instead of studying! For your subgenre, have you considered "starship and blaster"? I'll have to check out the new version. But I think I'll hold...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Mr. Trump is trying to dismantle NAFTA, so I think the chances of the UK joining are practically nil. @ 160: "On that matter she and the Prime Minister are in full agreement." - You might say they are unanimous...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Natural gas does seem to be the most likely gap-filler until we can implement large-scale storage of renewable-generated electricity. However, there have been a number of gas field finds recently, to include a VERY large Israeli field in the Eastern...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    There's a kosher joke in there somewhere, but I can't come up with one right now. I'm hoping the next color revolution will be a beige counterrevolution; the splotches we're seeing right now are just ugly....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm immediately reminded of "The Mouse That Roared" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ), a fine Peter Sellers farce....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I understand Canada has much the same relationship, complete with Governor General, but no doubt with some differences. I have no idea of the formal relationship of New Zealand to England. Us USAians are quite fond of citizens of other...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I frankly don't see what any of the former Commonwealth states gain from a continuing association with the UK, apart from sentimentality. Australia, Canada and New Zealand have carved out distinct identities globally and in their geographic neighborhoods; none of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "[S]o the government in Westminster will be put in the impossible position of simultaneously defending the right of a nation to leave a larger federation, regardless of the economic and social uncertainty this causes, while opposing exactly that position in...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Charlie, I didn't put Japan at the top of the list because of that little Hiroshima/Nagasaki issue. Granted, a child born in 1945 will turn 72 this year, but from what I understand the Japanese engagement with history is at...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Of course, all of those countries have signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons ) except India, Israel, Pakistan, and South Sudan. Somehow I'm not too concerned about South Sudan's proliferation potential....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Any country with a nuclear power program has the basic ability to create a nuclear weapons program. Wikipedia lists 31 countries with nuclear power plants ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_by_country ), including the declared nuclear powers (U.S., Russia, China, UK, France, India, Pakistan);...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    All U.S. strategic bombers are under the command of 8th Air Force headquartered at Barksdale AFB, LA. 8th AF and its parent combatant command, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), headquartered at Offutt AFB, NE have a STRONG preference for operating out...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Still vague, and assertions. Published references are welcome....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Let's talk about relative economic strength. Here's some data from the World Bank on GDP for 2015: Gross domestic product 2015 (millions of US Dollars) Economy Ranking 1 United States 18,036,648 2 China 11,007,721 3 Japan 4,383,076 4 Germany 3,363,447...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Wow - we have very different perspectives on the UK - U.S. relationship. Please expand on these "abuses". Why was it important to for Russia to rebuild and use its forces? To be blunt, Russia is on a relatively near-term...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    FWIW, the newest U.S. ICBM design fielded (LGM-118 Peacekeeper, AKA MX https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGM-118_Peacekeeper ) used a gas generator for cold launch from silos. This allows for relatively rapid, say a couple of days, reuse of the silo. Previous U.S. ICBMs, i.e....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    @ 83: (it's hard to divert a hijacked train, after all) But the idea did make for one of the more entertaining Frank Sinatra movies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_Ryan%27s_Express...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Looking at the time, you're probably en route. Travel safe!...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    I've enjoyed living in Germany, but it has its own, er, "features". And I'm somewhat insulated being here in an official capacity, with things like driver's license being handled by the Army. So, how good is your German, and your...
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