Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Sure, those are the options you have right now. There's already at least one portable adaptor available which uses the Type 2 connector you'd use with your 240V plugin adaptor (getting something less than 2.4W), but you plug it in...
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    What is needed is a retail supply chain innovation: some corporation who handle installation, maintenance, and billing for those car-park chargers Along these lines, a classification scheme for charging outlets will become important. If one doesn't emerge between the car...
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    (At least there might be sunlight for charging an electric car...) Funny you should say that :) This is a thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Solar_Challenge I think that the crossings along major roads (so Perth to Adelaide, Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs...
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    For the major highways in south-eastern Australia, that is really the coastal strip anticlockwise from Adelaide to Cairns and 300-ish km inland, there's a town big enough for a petrol station at least every 100km or so. So if Tesla's...
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    They actually look pretty nice. I have been pretty happy with the Mazda 2, but the cargo space is... enough for grocery shopping. Even folding down the rear seats doesn't yield much. Something in the same size class but set...
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    I'm wondering aloud which is most likely to continue working with the least maintenance over decades, for the least consumables and spare parts with the shortest supply chains. Battery banks don't have moving parts, but have a finite limit of...
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    Well you're maybe talking about milk or (in some cases) a dusting of chocolate powder on top of the foam. If you're talking about flavourings, then you're only talking about certain US-based or influenced chains, not about what the rest...
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    Yeah that’s the sort I have in mind too. Good ones had two settings: “percolate” and “keep warm”. Better ones had a timer that switched from a to b after a proper interval. I’m sure these still exist, I just...
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    TBH this is actually quite helpful. I've had a sort of vaguely non-ironic practice of saying "USAian" to describe certain cultural national characteristics and the people who display them, with the dodge that it can be thought a bit ironic...
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    Cappuccino, Frappucino, Macchiato, Latte ... nothing in them but "ground roasted coffee beans, water and heat"? Hmmmm, I don't think so. Coffee flavored drinks. Yeah...no. I don't know what Frappucino is, as it's not a standard espresso style. But you...
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    How good are the Australian postal inspectors? No such thing. Import policing is done at the random sample level. However the premise isn't entirely correct. *rummages in satchel without leaving chair* This here Logitech device is great for starting up...
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    I rarely use my iPhone for internet. I believe the functionality gasdive is talking about is in the google app (or perhaps in a dedicated translate app). It might call home for compute resources, but modern phones pack some pretty...
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    Ahem, WTF?! And "no license"?! "This looks completely safe! What could possibly go wrong?"...
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    Ahem.. https://www.hovercraft.com/content/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5_34_53 Not mainstream, nor entirely sane, but something that exists....
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    only they didn't put reactors in locomotives (where they'd be vulnerable to an accident), they put them in concrete containment domes and powered the trains using wires. Heh. While London has Battersea Power Station, Brisbane has "The Powerhouse", which is...
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    Sure, my thought bubble was really that with those numbers, you have spare change in the tens of MW and that can buy you quite a bit of artificial stability....
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    Power rises as the cube of speed, (though ships don't really follow that rule for reasons I don't understand) Depends on whether the ship has enough power to climb its own bow wave. Other characteristics may modify how climbable that...
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    The thing about the square of speed applies while wave making effects apply, Shirley? Once on a plane it's different, and when your hovercraft is full of eels, erm, when you're flying in ground effect it's different again?...
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    TBF I don't really see Zionism as being qualitatively different to most other post-19th-century European ethno-nationalisms, and certainly not notably worse. It's sure-as-heck not worse than German or British nationalism at their respective apices. I'm not personally keen on nationalism...
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    Leading to the obvious* question: what would a 400MW power source mean for ground-effect-flying-hovercraft? * For some values of "obvious"....
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    I guess it's always going to be the case that central versus local games and tricks will always be used to provide hiding places when things turn up. The same way that even if you can't hide behind an individual...
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    The main difference seems to be a single worldwide hierarchy with the apex in a secretive and ancient bureaucracy. But yes, this is how similar issues have unfolded elsewhere: the Church hides crimes perpetrated by its agents, protects the perpetrators...
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    Snap!...
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    Sorry, that's Sold American. It's something that rewards listening to, if you can tolerate the country music from that era (which it parodies). Most of the songs contain Jewish references along with other jokes, some of which are real gems,...
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    Friedman is an interesting character. I read his detective novels back when they came out, and got the album on the strength of that (Sol American is the title, but it's the first one from back in the early 70s)....
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    I thought punk came in in the '80s, during Raygun Punk rock is a 70s phenomenon and started in at least 3 places independently (Brisbane, New York City, and London) and burst into the spotlight in roughly 1976. People refer...
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    Similarly, it's the beginning of the era where black clothes were routinely "blued" to keep their blackness, lest they brown with age. And really rich black fabrics were still premium, so going brown is more or less going downmarket. OTOH...
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    the quaint possibility of an "All Men Are Created Equal" Party pushing for suffrage, unionizing former slaves, and unionizing immigrant Chinese and Hispanic along with whites, so that no one can be exploited by industrialists paying bottom level wages The...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Under the same general heading of "patterns in nature", something fractals are typically invoked in relation to, thereby a sort of superset, I'll leave this here without further comment (because speculating content that hasn't been written yet and committing that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Ooh, yes the Eden-Monaro forests, with the Harris-Daishowa pulp mill. I didn't participate in the actions there, but knew a few people who did. I recall the popular charge was "intimidation", and 3 friends of mine were arrested for walking...
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