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Comment Re:Peak Aeroplane (Score 1) 290

The three V bombers were designed for high altitude operations. They were switched to low altitudes due to the threat of SAMs. The air down there is denser and wears aircraft out faster.

The Vickers Valiant wore out first, with it's long flexible wings.

The Avro Vulcan has delta wings which are less flexible and allowed it to operate at low level for far longer.

The Handley Page Victor lasted longest because it was converted to reconnaisance and tanking and stayed in thinner air. It's enormous bomb bay made it suitable for this job.

The B52 was never switched to low level operations so comparing the fatigue life of its airframe to the V bombers isn't really fair.

Comment Re:um (Score 1) 276

they are worthless for hitting anything after the first round

That was the point! They say you should never explain a joke, but just for you...

The first few shots hit the victim, recoil pushes the gun off target and the rest of the bullets cause collateral damage. Therefore semi-auto has less cost to the taxpayer as the bullets all hit the target, which explains governments don't like civvies getting automatic weapons - they want us to do our murders cleanly.

There, feel better now?

Comment Re:Smokeless powder (Score 2) 276

The main problem with magazine explosions in warships or tanks is the propellant charge, not the shell filling. Shells are generally pretty insensitive and the bursting charge of an armour piercing shell is comparatively small.

Obviously rail guns remove the risk of propellant and warhead explosions, but the price is no indirect fire. Naval gunnery is mosty used for shore bombardment these days, firing at targets behind a hill isn't going to happen with a railgun.

While "traditional" tanks rounds were explosive, modern ones are generally kinetic, but ammunition explosions are still a risk due to the propellant. Surprisingly some WWII tanks fired solid shot at the start of the war, but almost modern APDS rounds appeared in 1944.

Comment Time to drop the prices? (Score 4, Funny) 421

So my electricity bill's going to go down now? No, I didn't think so either.

It's a pity wind and solar aren't reliable in the UK. Maybe we could install the turbines in parliament and make use of a ready supply of hot air. We could install solar panels too, the MPs all think the sun shines out of their arses.

Comment Re:Apropos of nothing... (Score 1) 471

Doesn't matter. A law is a law. Period.

Apropos of nothing, how do you feel about Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus?

She was not legally required to.

According to the law, no passenger would be required to move or give up his seat and stand if the bus was crowded and no other seats were available. Over time and by custom, however, Montgomery bus drivers adopted the practice of requiring black riders to move when there were no white-only seats left.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535

Tesla had someone else do their initial development for them, most likely Lotus. The Tesla Roadster is not very far from a Lotus Elise so it's likely they stuck with Lotus for the next model.

Lotus isn't really a car company, it's an engineering consultancy that also makes cars.

Of course there's nothing to stop Apple from doing the same, but I'd guess Bob Lutz doesn't think they will.

Tesla found a niche to exploit. Obviously that niche is full now - Apple (and anyone else) will have to find another one, or try to displace an existing company.

Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Windows has supported "point to focus" or whatever it's called since 95. It's just that there's no interface to enable it without installing TweakUI.

If anyone reading this far down wants to try it, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask.
The bitmask starts with 9E for off, and 9F for on.

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