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  1. Re: Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

    Beat me to it.
  2. Re: how would the right react to sasha obama leading a u.s. delegation to the olympic

    Well, there is that age thing...
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    I think one of the more interesting things about the Bolt is that it was designed, engineered, put into production and on sale in a little over 24 months. That could well be a speed record for...
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    The Bolt generally has been outselling each Tesla model, while the total output of all Tesla cars has stayed ahead of the Bolt. FWIW, Tesla model 3 sales rate is about the same so far as the...
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    Tesla is great looking, as long as you don't want to buy groceries. It's one of the best-looking electric cars not available to buy.
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    The Bolt is a CUV.
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    Re: A Modest Proposal

    Might note that the most recent mass shooting around here was a woman who shot her children, husband, and self. (This week.)
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    Re: I have a suitcase full

    Been through several variations of this problem, and might add some observations. Long-term digital storage doesn't exist. The technology changes, the storage medium decays, and you end up with...
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    Tesla is expected to launch a strong challenge to GM, which has been the dominant player in the U.S. electric car market. GM sells currently is selling some 3,000 all-electric cars a month, plus...
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    Re: Tesla is doing well

    Unfortunately, the top product guy at Ford was fired three days ago. The new CEO at Ford has a background designing office furniture.
  11. Thread: Uber.

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    Re: Uber.

    Was she licensed? She would have been in Canada.
  12. Re: What's the connection between motorcycles and wooden boats?

    I think Peter Egan once wrote a column on the subject--or maybe it was wooden boats and British sports cars.
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    Re: They just don't get it....

    A local high school was holding the same kind of raffle for the football team. They cancelled it after the Florida shooting.
  14. Thread: Uber.

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    Re: Uber.

    I have used Uber lots in Mexico, a bit in the U.S. (Chicago and Denver) It's a ride-hailing service, which works very well. Dunno why taxi companies didn't invent it. NYC is a world of its...
  15. Thread: Uber.

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    Re: Uber.

    That's one way to drive Uber out of business. Who would have thought of it?
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    Re: Car Ownership - USA and UK Compared

    The rich don't drive cars. They are driven.
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    Re: Car Ownership - USA and UK Compared

    Mexico comes to mind. The largest car market today is China.
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    Re: Car Ownership - USA and UK Compared

    As a followup. About 70% of the U.S. population lives in an unattached, single-family home. That is more than double the European average, which is higher than the UK. There isn't much of an...
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    Re: new volvo xc70

    This thread is a good example of how it takes a long time for reality to overcome preconceptions.
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    Re: Car Ownership - USA and UK Compared

    The U.S. has roughly one car registered for every person--although many are not driven regularly. The big distinction, however, is the prevalence of detached, single-family housing in the U.S. vs....
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    Re: Hinckley electric

    Any data on the batteries?
  22. Re: Doping for curling, you gotta be kidding

    I'm picturing a guy with a broom on speed.
  23. Re: border wall prototypes — and they're nearly impossible to scale

    We did that in 1836, and they did object.
  24. Re: border wall prototypes — and they're nearly impossible to scale

    I don't see how any wall can be more of a barrier than the rugged terrain you have to cross on foot already. It's also quite easy to detect and pick up anyone who does. If you want to. The vast...
  25. Re: Inexpensive 50 year old boat and neophytes...

    Canada is in the Americas.
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    Re: The work-to-reward ratio

    It's not work. It's an activity.
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    Re: school lunches

    When we were in Paris a few years ago, it was basically impossible to find mediocre food--on the street, restaurants, fast-food breakfasts, etc. I don't think you can pass off bad cooking anywhere...
  28. Re: The Mini Robodog From Boston Dynamics Can Now Open Doors to Get Out

    When I see something like this, it reminds me of a printing press that was in at a shop where I used to work. Mechanical logic went pretty far even before electronics:
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  29. Re: National Debt, are we reacing a tipping point

    I don't think capital gains taxes are charged until you sell the capital. Same as the U.S. Gates and company don't often sell, hence rarely pay taxes.
  30. Re: National Debt, are we reacing a tipping point

    Payroll taxes often go up while payouts go down. The opposite also is true.
  31. Re: The Mini Robodog From Boston Dynamics Can Now Open Doors to Get Out

    Both the cat and the parrot can open doors.
  32. Re: Not a wooden boat but how much is it worth used?

    The ad says 6,800 Euros.
  33. Re: While most people are impressed with Elon Musk....

    I mentioned Honda because it was a startup, unlike most of the other Japanese auto companies. I think Hyundai is another one. Virtually all the rest were making cars before WWII, then back to car...
  34. Re: While most people are impressed with Elon Musk....

    Might have mentioned Honda, which seems to have become relatively successful. The Falcon heavy certainly means Space X has caught up with Chrysler's efforts in the 1960s, which is quite...
  35. Re: You’re born in 1820–where would you live and what would you do?

    Interesting question. Either in central Ontario, probably running a store, or in central Europe, at a Polish university. Relatives have been teachers, businessmen, mobsters, inventors, poets,...
  36. Re: Paul Ryan explains what is driving the National Debt.

    There seems to be a decimal point in the wrong place on the chart. SS is a huge chunk of the federal budget. It is also a huge chunk of the tax revenue--one of the few programs self-funded. The...
  37. Re: While most people are impressed with Elon Musk....

    Edison was doing quite well with his early inventions, notably the phonograph, before he started working on the light bulb. J.P. Morgan backed him on that effort. He was a very successful...
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 - oh ****!!!

    Might note that my personal experience with Tesla's fit and finish involved a major gap in the bodywork (about 3/8 of an inch.) that was quickly corrected by pushing the body panels back together. ...
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 - oh ****!!!

    Dunno who their customers would be. GM has been making their own batteries for a long time, appears well ahead in the race to reduce cost. Tesla's flashlight battery approach is pretty unique in...
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 - oh ****!!!

    Doors that open and close are pretty retro.
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 - oh ****!!!

    Tesla has a tough road to catch up with GM's electric car program. Tesla did put Jaguar in a corner.
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 - oh ****!!!

    Tucker wasn't destroyed. He did quite well in the aircraft business.
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    Re: An Iceboat, with wing-sail maybe?

    If you get interested in designing, one thing to note is that the runner plank--holding the blades--needs to be both strong and flexible, to absorb the shock of the runners without making them...
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    Re: An Iceboat, with wing-sail maybe?

    That video looks like a great place to sail an iceboat. I gave it up mainly because the days when everything was right (as in the video) were too few and far between. Clear ice, the right amount...
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    Re: An Iceboat, with wing-sail maybe?

    There are several reasons the loads generated on the rig are so high. A typical main sheet has a purchase of 8:1 or more, which means the sheet load on the boom can be 600 lbs. or so. The boats...
  46. Re: The GOP can't find a candidate to run against a Nazi, in their own primary

    It's quite similar to what happened in Michigan some years ago, when a guy who formed his own Nazi party, even sewing up his own uniforms, won the Republican party nomination for Congress to run...
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    Re: An Iceboat, with wing-sail maybe?

    Having built several iceboats in the distant past, I might make a couple of comments. The original DN design is about as simple as possible--basically three planks of spruce and a mast. The...
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    Re: Built Ford Tough--in 1915

    That was six years after the construction of the first concrete-paved road in the country. Cars had to be tough.
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    Re: one of my favourite non wood boats

    Looks like the driver fell out on the last turn.
  50. Re: There is really only ONE question that really matters

    One divorce and one marriage.
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