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Comment: rules (Score 1) 238

by kqc7011 (#47091527) Attached to: Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine
The manufacturers are following the rules that the governments set. It is not the manufacturers fault if they get different results then what the customers get. If you ran your car on the same loop the same way that the manufacturers do you would get right around the milage that they do. Of course they are gaming the system, but they are taking advantage of every little thing that they can. Me, I get quite a bit more MPG than listed on my motorcycle and a little less in the car. But in the winter the cars milage drops way below what is listed especially around town.

Comment: motors (Score 1) 432

by kqc7011 (#47087849) Attached to: Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?
One of the bigger problems with ethanol is with smaller engines, basically any engine that is not moving people. Use ethanol free premium with a stabilizer in any engine you fill up out of a can. Most motorcycles too. My motorcycle is supposed to be able to take 10% ethanol, but I will only put that in if I cannot make it to a gas station that sells ethanol free premium.

Comment: heat (Score 1) 262

by kqc7011 (#47061547) Attached to: The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC
Braking is the generation and dissipation of heat. If the rotors are getting to hot, why not dump metered gas (nitrogen?) to maintain the proper temperature? This is not for repeated use, generally in a two way speed run system the brakes are used twice. Once in each direction. The dispensing system does not have to be that large or heavy. This system would activate when the parameters that the engineers set are met otherwise the brakes work without chilling.

Comment: Something to do (Score 3, Interesting) 164

by kqc7011 (#46840003) Attached to: Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You
I feed most / some my profiles with false information. The email address that I use for sign-ups gets most of my spam. The land line that I use for sign-ups goes to a two ring answering machine with a short message and minimum time to record the spiel. The intentional misspelling of my name shows up on my junk snail mail. The multitude of birthdays that I have show up regularly. I sign up for emailing lists that I have no interest in, then after awhile remove myself from said lists. Those are just some of the things done.

Comment: Re:Military accepts any 4-year degree (Score 1) 367

by kqc7011 (#46829737) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
The military does care what your degree is in and what kind of a degree. The Officer Recruiters do have quotas for fields, if you do not have a degree in what is wanted your chance of getting in are near nil. From experience, when the Recruiter saw that you were on track for a CS degree they more than likely had spots that were not going to be filled. If your degree was in Art History the situation more than likely would have been different. Sorta like recruiting fairs at schools, everyone has a chance. But some recruitees have more chips and chances than others.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian