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Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 297

Well, I'm also 6'7" and I certainly don't fit into the old beetle. I am still working to transition from my old W126 300SD to a D2 A8. Gets about the same mileage on the freeway, and I don't drive around town much. You might consider looking at Subarus though, I used to have a GC5 Impreza and I fit very well into that. Before that I had a S13 240SX Fastback, which had massive legroom but which was a little short on headroom.

Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 297

There wasn't anything special about those older Jeeps that you mention. Yeah, they looked more rugged, but that was about it.

There was something special about older Jeeps. They were cheap to modify, and they had more flex. Leaf springs are heavy and have inferior ride, but they offer more suspension travel and they mounted them under the axles... so you could cheaply use a shackle flip kit to do a suspension lift. On the other hand, they typically didn't come with locking diffs. The modern vehicles use EBD to maintain traction while crawling at low speeds, which means they can actually traverse things that the older stock vehicles can't. On the gripping hand, who goes off-road with an old Jeep without getting at least one locker?

The problem now is just finding donors for modification, though. At this point it might actually be cheaper to buy a tube frame. There are a few tube buggy frames under 5k...

Comment Re:Jeep? Not so much (Score 1) 297

As a result, you can't get anything to play off-road in unless you spend an additional bucket of cash in the aftermarket. Shame, but that is how the market works.

Luckily there are absolute shitloads of trucks just lying around waiting to be hopped up, and available for little to no money. You can get OBS F-Body trucks literally all day... out here in California they're even close enough to "no rust" as makes no difference. How many do you want? You're going to rip out the powertrain anyway, right?

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 297

Bullshit. The automatic can't read your mind, hence it's always trying to catch up with what you want. They are good for straight lines.

Bullshit. The automatics all support a manual mode now, whether it's implemented in your car or not. A very fast human driver can shift in maybe 250ms, average is maybe 500ms and in most vehicles closer to 1s. A mediocre automatic transmission shifts in 400ms (the good ones from the nineties will manage this) while a very good one will do it in 200ms. But about since the same time they went to five-speed, they also became dynamically controlled. While typically retaining a classic limp mode, such transmissions also dual-engage gears while shifting, making most shifts basically imperceptible. A driver can make a tiptronic shift while under power in a corner without upsetting the balance of the vehicle, something you can't do even by heel-toe shifting.

A good automatic transmission is better than even an expert human with any manual short of a dogbox. Even a SMG is faster than a dogbox. A DCT is an order of magnitude faster than a SMG. There is nothing faster than a DCT... which can be fully automated. The latest ones are even said to be fairly smooth when they do that.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 297

However, if you are doing highway driving, the manual wins, every time.

To some extent this ended with the ZF8 and it is well and truly over with the ZF9. They give the ZF9 four overdrives, the lowest one is 0.48:1. The automatic now kicks the manual's ass. It's also over with the new crop of CVTs; they don't manage the same kind of mileage as the ZF 9HP because they can't quite manage the same deep ratio, but they're still better than a normal automatic.

Comment Re:I don't even know what "hyperloop" is any more. (Score 1) 216

In addition to what bws111 wrote:

Re: the MIT capsule: it's nothing like the Hyperloop Alpha concept (hence my post). SpaceX's test track that they're building is designed to handle a wide variety of vehicles, not just the one laid out in the Hyperloop Alpha concept. IMHO the MIT concept is utterly uninspiring. The drag levels are vastly higher, which are going to ruin pretty much every appealing aspect of the concept.

(but no, the tube has no electromagnets, the MIT design involves induced magnetic fields for propulsion)

Comment Re:Predictions, so far, have been accurate (Score 1) 456

Look up "polar amplification" or "stratospheric cooling", these are phenomena that were seen in models before they were observed in nature. There are about a dozen such phenomena that have been discovered via climate models.

BTW: Climate models are based on finite element analysis, AKA numerical integration. Statistics doesn't come into it until you compare the results to historical data (hindcasting). Hindcasting is the standard method to test any FEA model, doesn't matter if you are modeling the casting of an engine block or the earth's climate.

Last I check you need at least eight decimal places and statistically significant sample not to be laughed out of most fields.

In cosmology and astrophysics getting a result that is within a few orders of magnitude is considered "accurate". In archeology a radioactive dating result with 10% is considered a "good result". Science isn't all about measuring the width of a proton, other than particle physics, there are actually very few scientific fields that "demand" eight decimal places of accuracy.

The problem I have with critiques of climate models like yours is they are non-sequiturs and born from ignorance, they don't make any sense because they are sourced from MSM articles that (for political reasons) aim to convince you that modeling physical phenomena is some kind of scam that scientists are using to make money. If you want to critique the models then write a paper explaining why you need "eight nines" to convincingly demonstrate to others that the north pole is melting. There are lists of rebuttals to these fake critiques on the web, skepticalscience is one of the better ones, I'm sure you will find a few of your favorite talking points torn to shreds on that page..

Comment Can it boot without a blob yet? (Score 3, Interesting) 41

Can the Raspberry Pi boot without a binary blob or is that still something they have yet to replace?

I seem to remember one of the big problems for FOSS on the Raspberry Pi was that the hardware video decoder was only unlocked and usable if you paid extra for a special bootloader (which covered the patent license for MPEG etc), I dont know what the status of that is now.

Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 456

Just like government power over people leads to mass murders and genocides.

I agree. That's why I find it extremely worrysome that the 1% now holds over third of all economic power in the US, wields it unelected and answering to nobody, and is getting more powerful by the moment. Do you have any specific ideas on how to adress this threat before it extinguishes the last remnants of freedom?

But to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Indeed. The for-profit industrial prison system holds more victims than any country in the world. Even Comrade Stalin and his gulags have been superceded.

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