No, there is two track widths. China uses standard 1435 mm. US uses 1435 mm (or whatever you call that in your strange measurements). Russia uses wider 1524 mm.
Strange. That is why Germany have bought a better version of the Swedish RB-15 robot than Sweden fields.
Obviously doesn't all countries do this.
I strongly disagree.
Germany made numerous mistakes and they all mattered. Many of the was made by Hitler himself. A few examples:
*) The war was started prematurely, before the navy building program was finished - which meant that the German navy couldn't defeat the British navy.
*) Germany underestimated the power of the Royal Airforce and the importance of radar and lost the battle of Britain.
*) Germany grossly underestimated the Red Armys tank supply and infantry strength.
*) Germany grossly overestimated their own tanks quality and underestimated the russian tank quality and got their ass handed by the T-34
*) Germany didn't continue the development of the atomic bomb despite having a head start
*) Germany didn't in time used their early lead in jet fighter development
*) When Germany finally started to produce jet fighters so did Hitler ordered them to be converted to dive bombers - which they was totally useless as
*) Germany wasted precious resources on the costly and ineffective V2 weapon, resources that had been better been used for fighter production
*) Germany didn't produce a working SAM missile until late in the war despite one being developed early. Resources was instead wasted on the V2 project
This is only a few mistakes that Germany made and that all mattered.
But Norway, Sweden and Finland have some of Europes highest prices for gasoline
But we should also count one thing into the price that differs between US and Europe: European gasoline is at least 95 octane while US gasoline is 87 octane.
This is also my objection to this whole enterprise.
If they manage to get perhaps 4-8 persons on Mars - when there is no more money in this who are going to pay for sending more food and oxygen to these persons? Or are they supposed to die there?
No, of course there will be a huge outcry and USA + EU + other western nations will be forced to pay for getting them home.
So thank you for wasting my taxes on a stunt..
Of course it scares MS. If it didn't, why did they even release Win8 with the UI previously known as Metro?
The purpose of Metro is obviously to get a 30% share of all application sales - with Android Google gets this share and MS want it.
If the purpose was to make a mobile UI - why try to force it on desktop users? And why force developer to sell through MS? No, the only answer is that Metro is a land-grab for a 30% sale "tax" on all applications. MS could prove this wrong by simply allowing third party installs with Metro apps but they don't do that.
Chrome OS isn't really a desktop OS either. Chrome OS is the current incarnation of the dumb terminal (I know that there is local processing but the purpose is locking you up to Googles servers and services). Chrome OS is a tool for locking your data in with Google. That is even worse than MS locking in your desktop - at least you control your data there. In Chrome OS you control neither. They have to pay ME for get me to use one.
Oh please. I am sick and tired of hearing of referral to the "jante law". It simply isn't true in most of Europe anymore. What is true is that there is less capital for starting businesses and consumers that doesn't choose a local alternative - they will choose the American mega corp instead.
The difference being of course that the Mayflower settlers had a good chance of being self sustained. They didn't change planet to one totally inhospitable towards humans. They believed that they would be able to survive by simple using the same techniques as in England. This turned out to be wrong but it was more a lack off knowledge than anything else that killed them off - the place apparently supports life since people live there to this day.
Going to Mars is a totally different ballgame. You can't support yourself on Mars, at least not from the beginning. You have to trust that provisions come from Earth. If your supplies doesn't come, you starve or die from suffixation.
I see that the small fact that Swedish government can't legally give him any guarantee of safe passage since that is decided by the courts and not the government isn't bothering you. Actually, giving such an guarantee would be illegal in Sweden since government can't legally interfere with a court case.