If you don't have many pleasures in life then I suppose that driving may be one of them. Driving through the Italian alps in an R8 Coupe can be a pleasure, but for most people driving is usually a tedious chore.
Feeling a little insecure are we?
> As a non-American I have no idea how big Rhode Island is.
Rhode Island is about half the size of Prince Edward Island, or about the same size as the island of Fyn.
I do not recall that ever happening, but there are enough obscure settings in OS X (or any other operating system) that it does not surprise me that it can happen.
You do realize that underneath the glitzy guis both Mac OS X and linux are essentially the same. In many cases one can change a few lines in a Makefile and the same software package will run on both.
> Sure the backend layer of OSX is unix, but the window manager they put on it is a toy.
Actually, it is not a toy. The Mac window manager is top notch. Don't confuse the operating system or windowing system with Apple's various gui-based software packages that work on top of them.
> It kinda lost me when the Harkonans, a powerful empire in their own right, had to melt down their artillery pieces because they needed the materials elsewhere.
This was explained in the book, and the explanation was internally consistent with technology of the time. The magic shield technology had made artillery usless millennia earlier. It was just the unique conditions on Dune that made artillery tactically useful. Once the Harkonnens had won the artillery was no longer needed, and may not be needed again for centuries or longer.
> When Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson started writing Dune books, I tried to read House Atreides, but got disgusted with it halfway through and tossed it in the bin. It was one of the few books that I owned that I actually threw away, it was that bad.
And House Atreides was, by far, the best of the Brian & Kevin books. I found that the best way to read their books is to treat them as second-rate fan fiction.
The time scale for the Sun expanding after the core hydrogen runs out is about 2 billion years, most of that will occur in the last 100 million years or so. Any people (or whatever) living on each of the inner planets will have plenty of time to see the Sun coming to get them.
No, we are not.
Most driving is not fun. It is tedious and frustrating. How many people can honestly say that they enjoy their daily commute or look forward to driving Jr to and from hockey practice? If all driving was like traveling the Sea to Sky Highway on a light traffic day then self-driving cars would be removing something fun from life. But, in the real world, self-driving cars will alleviate one of the most boring tasks that many people face.
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Shutting down a route temporarily to change all the buses that are running along that route, then starting up the route again will cause tremendous disruption, not to mention the loss of business while the route is not operating. The (very) few transit systems that do this use live vehicle swaps. That is, they replace one vehicle with another at an end point of the route. This avoids the need to shut down the route,a and means that passengers do not have to transfer from one bus to another.
This depends where you are. In many cities buses run full regardless of the time of day. Even when ridership does decrease the reason that bus companies do not switch to minivans is that the most expensive part of operating a bus is the driver. Switching to smaller vehicles does not save a transit authority enough money to justify the logistical nightmare involved in changing vehicles while a route is in operation.