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  • FBI to probe whether crashed Amtrak train was hit or shot at

    05/15/2015 6:40:43 PM PDT · 58 of 87
    Aqua225 to SpaceBar

    The wind shield of that locomotive is resistant only up to 22LR.

    Beyond that, it will fail.

  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 12:44:11 PM PDT · 77 of 127
    Aqua225 to RitaOK

    No, but he could have went to the floor in gun fire or objects entering the glass (the windscreen is only bullet suppressant for 22LR according to some commentators), and hit the throttle on the way down. That’s the theory... there are some rather mysterious damage points on the wind shield of the locomotive.

    So I am waiting for the official story. And if I had to bet (and I don’t, but if I did...), my money would be on the engineer NOT being suicidal or a speed demon. Either disorientation or something external. has hidden his posts from site searches at this point, but he was a member over there, and commented often on safety.

    I also don’t consider him lawyering up a indicator of wrong doing. It’s just logical when dealing with law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 12:04:00 PM PDT · 56 of 127
    Aqua225 to WL-law

    I really think he has no memory, and I think the train was shot or had objects tossed at it. There is a discussion over on

    Anyhow, I have no skin in the game, but I don’t think he should be judged so soon. Lots of unanswered questions.

    Awesome locomotive though, 70 to 106 in 45s :) What you can do with good engineering (3 phase traction motors, traction control software) and the entire North East grid to sink into your motors.

  • Amtrak Says It Was Just Months Away From Installing Safety System

    05/14/2015 8:30:03 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    Aqua225 to alloysteel

    As said on train orders, some of the worst disasters have been 3 brains in the locomotive, and a disaster still took place.

    No doubt the unions will use this though to attempt to boost their rolls. However, I think the days this will happen in *any* company are long gone.

    Maybe machines completely replacing men...

  • Local Amtrak conductor weighs in on derailment

    05/14/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · 40 of 87
    Aqua225 to Conscience of a Conservative

    I agree. No matter guilt or innocence, I will lawyer up given the chance. Not worth the hassle of a government employee, sworn or not, pushing you into a corner.

    A blood thirsty lawyer at least can protect my rights from them.

    And for the people who think this comment means I hate cops: I don’t, but it is logic that if a cop is charging you, somewhere in his mind, he thinks you did it, and his operating premise is as such. A lawyer can protect you from that to some extent.

    I always get lawyers for tickets (the extent of my experience on the wrong side of the law :)), since a cop is going to write the maximum ticket level he can, it’s his job. A good lawyer can persuade a D.A. to knock off some charges.

  • NTSB: Amtrak train sped up before crash

    05/14/2015 7:14:45 PM PDT · 81 of 119
    Aqua225 to NetAddicted

    There is a lot of software on board a locomotive, including software that dictates what is written to the event recorder...

    An opening of the emergency brake valve could be a engineer’s only recourse, the only thing not managed by the silicon and copper on board.

    The motors on the Siemens Sprinter are 3 phase. They are NOT directly driven from line input. The power is rectified, then a very large set of inverters change the DC into 3 phase AC power for the traction motors.

    If there are cameras set in the cab of the engineer, then it will be interesting to see what he was doing. If it was going nuts attempting to stop a train, that seems like “Houston, we have a problem.”

  • China’s First Supercar Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

    04/23/2015 5:42:17 AM PDT · 16 of 53
    Aqua225 to Paid_Russian_Troll

    0 to 60 in 5s? Hell cat will leave it in the dust & 124 mile range, will leave it sitting at a charger for most of its short life.

  • NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. (New transcontinental driving record.

    03/31/2015 9:08:25 PM PDT · 74 of 88
    Aqua225 to Paladin2

    I would disagree -— even Audi’s diesel LeMans car can’t tach very high. They only dominate due to the fuel energy density on diesel (less stops), and an advantage on manifold pressure (by rules, not by engineering -— the lemans rules state diesels can run higher displacement & manifold pressure since they can’t rev as high), because they just can’t reach into the esoteric RPM ranges a gasoline engine can run.

    Also, thermal efficiency of a spark ignition and a diesel engine are not different at the compact engine level, when the throttle on the spark engine is wide open.

    It’s at part load and low speed that diesel really shines. Not really advantageous in a race car :(

    I think advances in metals may change the high speed game, but I wonder by then how advanced direct injection gasoline will be (it is already doing wonders for thermal efficiency in part throttle operation, even on basic 87 octane gas). Many new GDI engines in consumer grade cars are rated for their peak power on 87, due to the ability to somewhat curtail pre-detonation with direct injection. This will only improve with computer modeling, which by its nature will advance quicker than material science.

    Anyway, that’s my prognostication :)

  • NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. (New transcontinental driving record.

    03/31/2015 8:48:21 PM PDT · 67 of 88
    Aqua225 to Paladin2

    You can’t reliably get the power density of the GTR’s block on alcohol, with a turbo diesel (and I love turbo diesels).

    Horsepower is a function of torque and rpm. Directly linear, in fact. To take on the combustion characteristics of a direct injection system, with the amount of torque needed to keep the diesel at a reasonable diesel RPM, would require a block and internal components that would make it impossible to fit into a compact luxury car.

    Diesels will continue to improve as material science improves, but I would say for a reliable diesel, the Ford, Cummins, and Duramax diesels are probably at the limit for *reliable* road performance (not dismissing the propane, nitrous, and super-chipped versions of these engines, but they won’t last their warranty period if actually used in the capacity they are tuned too without significant internal upgrades, if run at their peak power for most of their usefukl lives).

  • NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. (New transcontinental driving record.

    03/31/2015 8:40:25 PM PDT · 65 of 88
    Aqua225 to Jack Hydrazine

    Jack, it doesn’t matter about the gasoline energy content if you can’t use it. Alcohol’s higher octane allows higher boost pressures because less detonation. Which means even though gasoline has a higher BTU potential per gallon, you can’t put that to use with higher manifold air pressure -— instead, you’d get melted pistons, cracked blocks, etc.

    Not everything is the pure the BTU :) Most of the highest specific output engines have been ethanol or methanol powered, because you can’t easily beat alcohol’s detonation resistance.

    Leaded gas could work within that esoteric range (and still does for airplanes), but lead in our atmosphere is not a good idea, and I think we would have figured that out even without the EPA to force us in that direction.

  • Is It OK to Have Sex With a Robot?

    03/19/2015 8:26:24 AM PDT · 36 of 110
    Aqua225 to Gamecock

    Don’t worry, in 20 years after this becomes a real controversy, the PC will approve it across the board :)

  • Is It OK to Have Sex With a Robot?

    03/19/2015 8:14:42 AM PDT · 21 of 110
    Aqua225 to pepsionice

    “There are fields, Neo, endless fields where human beings are no longer born. We are grown.” Morpheus, The Matrix.

    For men, the machines will fulfill all desires. For women, the same. Men won’t have to deal with marrying the wrong woman, women will not have to deal with marrying an abusive man.

    The upside to this is that I suspect divorce law will drastically change to entice both men and women back to real marriage which can produce kids.

    Otherwise, we’ll still need kids, so we’ll grow them, and nanny bots will raise them! Or, we’ll cease reproducing as humans, and move our minds into the machines we make.

  • Glenn Beck Calls Ben Carson a 'Lunatic,' Says Presidential Career Is 'Over'

    03/10/2015 8:01:48 AM PDT · 14 of 60
    Aqua225 to SeekAndFind

    I have to pile in on this one: Glenn is the lunatic.

    That said, I do not care for Carson at this point. He wants to ban semi-automatics in cities. Which is just ridiculous.

    That said, I would still take him over Hillary, if it came down to it (it won’t).

  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 7:45:55 PM PDT · 38 of 47
    Aqua225 to spokeshave

    That is not an efficient design. Reciprocating engines lose enough power to friction with the piston perpendicular to the crankshaft, this will be much worse!

  • Japanese LED traffic lights just too cool when snow falls

    02/23/2015 4:45:41 PM PST · 31 of 53
    Aqua225 to babygene

    Actually, the heat would be different in a pure DC system -— no loss to reactivity. However, it appears there is a direct relationship between DC current and ice formation, Google is your friend. But I did find this at the top of the search results which looked interesting:

  • What Happens If Apple Starts Making Cars

    02/22/2015 1:05:31 AM PST · 35 of 62
    Aqua225 to leopardseal

    Not sure I would call the KATech opoc motor a advancement. It looks complex, and has many high mass parts in motion. This will drain efficiency, unfortunately. One of the major losses of energy in a internal combustion engine is the reciprocating mass and the loadings it produces on the bearings, and losses in the cylinder bore from friction of the piston traveling in the bore. This engine manages to increase all of those losses, by doubling the piston count, and tripling the losses for connectivity to the crankshaft (normal piston attachment via rod to crank, 2 rods for opposing piston and two crank attachment points -— all this just for one cylinder).

    Additionally, their ECT (electrically controlled turbocharger) seems bogus as well. Currently, this technology is desired by both OEMs and the aftermarket, however, the problem is with the power density in the brushless motors available to drive the turbocharger, vs. weight & size required to actually perform the job. For example, to generate boost pressure you need around 20 to 30hp electric motor drive for the compressor wheel to generate useable boost. Currently, that takes a fairly large electric motor to develop that kind of power (too much for a small package item like a turbocharger, even using rare earth magnets and high quality copper). Bigger turbos, like for diesel trucks, in OEM form, can supply 100hp from the power turbine to the compressor side of the turbo!

    Also, the site seems very shady. They claim improvements in efficiency and big claims for their ECT technology, but they post no numbers... which leads me to believe they have a questionable motive in their “innovations”. I suspect they are fleecing non-technical investors, kind of like EEStor did with their super capacitors.

    Finally, their generator as described is far too complex. Something about locking stators and rotors, and wear balancing between two opoc motors. This would completely defeat the simplicity of a normal three phase alternator.

    Of course this is probably all a moot point anyway... I suspect Apple will do electric only.

    But the piston engine itself has a lot of life left in it, but it won’t look much different from what we have now -— just more precise control over valve operation, fuel injection events (and ignition timing for non-compression ignition engines), and turbocharger sequencing.

  • Russian researchers expose NSA secret weapon: Program that enables America to spy on every computer

    02/17/2015 2:40:50 PM PST · 46 of 52
    Aqua225 to roamer_1

    However, what about vulnerabilities within the firmware itself? There could be malformed sata commands, magic bit sequences, etc. that could very well allow new code to be placed on the platters and hidden from the host OS. Or data to be ferreted away for later retrieval.

    So an immutable firmware would close one more door, but there are possibly so many more open.

    To me, there is nothing that can mitigate these sorts of risks, barring not using machines. Sometimes, even as a systems software engineer myself, a Frank Herbert Dune-esque future seems positively alluring.

  • Russian researchers expose NSA secret weapon: Program that enables America to spy on every computer

    02/17/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · 43 of 52
    Aqua225 to roamer_1

    A write protect will not defend device firmware, at least not for something like a HDD. I know a former drive engineer, he told me that much of the firmware is actually on the disk, and extensible. He noted that most modern drives remap and move data from rough areas to good areas, all within the controller, transparent to the OS.

    What this means, is that if someone knows how to hook the drive controller into code stored on disk, their software can install itself, then hide itself. Drives have had large ram caches for sometime, so probably pretty easy to whittle away a bit of that ram for some underhanded activity in the controller.

    Basically there is no practical way for us end users and even engineers to control the entire chain. Many subsystems in the current pc have multiple teams working on just a single subsystem - and that is just the software side. One person to verify and vet all of the software would be impossible, not to mention the hardware itself.

    So in digital systems, trust is a very flimsy concept, and it takes only a single line of code to open a hole. There are billions of lines of code in a PC.

    Also, I have seen mention of “airgap” security. Wrong. No such thing exists. Modern cpus, gpus, controllers, etc are fast enough that they can create a radio transmitter out of the circuit board they are attach too. Just toggle a line rapidly, and you have a transmitter. Infect the target, have wet assets drive by that office every night with a modem that can grab the radio signal.

  • The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 7:47:26 PM PST · 16 of 68
    Aqua225 to RC one

    The F22 will probably be the pentacle of fighter aircraft in future history, that breathed air and burned jet-a.

    The f35, etc., are all down hill after.

    The next big fighter will be drone and probably not propulsed by burned fossil fuels.

  • SyFy's 'Ascension' Takes 1960s Nuclear Spaceship Idea to the Stars

    12/15/2014 8:19:18 PM PST · 64 of 93
    Aqua225 to cripplecreek

    John Ringo and his Tyler Vernon character, fighting the maple syrup wars, is what this article reminds me of :)

    If you like conservative/libertarian scifi, you need to checkout “Live Free or Die” by John Ringo. Warning: if you are like me, you’ll probably buy the rest of the series!

  • Survey: E-cigarette use rising among Hawaii public school teens

    12/14/2014 6:12:31 PM PST · 8 of 9
    Aqua225 to Bettyprob

    I use a e-cig for the nicotine. I started with e-cigs, dated my current wife, and did the real thing on and off for year, went back to e-cigs. Nicotine treats me better than caffeine, but nicotine delivered in burning leaves, will wreck your respiratory health.

    No problems with e-cigs. Of course, some study in the distant future will predict I will still have some sort of horrible death :)

  • "It's like plunging your toilet with a Claymore"

    12/10/2014 5:51:14 PM PST · 8 of 35
    Aqua225 to nascarnation

    7200RPM is 120 crank revolutions per second.

    Assuming that the RPMs are 7200 RPM for the entire run (which isn’t actually the case), the crank only turns 444 times for the entire 3.701s pass.

    That is truly astounding, if you think about it.

    And since it is starting at something less than 7200RPM, and will dip at points in the run, it actually turns out to be less than that.

    Someone else commented that the blowers take more power than a nascar motor can produce, which is what, around 650hp nowadays?

    That is 650*746=484900 Watts, or 485KW.

    What’s even more interesting is that turbochargers are outlawed in top fuel, tmk. In other words, they could go faster, by reducing some of the parasitic losses caused by pulling the supercharger.

    The lag thing is solved for all out racing. You just blow fuel and air into the exhaust, spool the turbos, boost is available immediately, which would further reduce ETs. Such systems used to exist for rally cars, but I think they were outlawed.

    I read somewhere recently that Garlits actually showed up to a meet with a bottle of liquid O2. NHRA pretty much shut that down after a single pass. Not sure how true it is, saw it on the net :)

  • Pictures, Video of Massive Ferguson Looting, Violence

    11/24/2014 8:37:31 PM PST · 48 of 83
    Aqua225 to arthurus

    I suspect the corporate masters have told them to leave the property, corporate will indemnify losses. It would be a disaster if one of their managers shot a protest person. PR disaster, that is.

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT · 119 of 128
    Aqua225 to Norm Lenhart

    Ah yes. I dreamed of having a GLHS :) Still I have this wicked idea of grabbing one out of a junkyard and turning it into one...

    There were kits in the early 90’s where supposedly you get could squeeze 500hp out of the 2.2L. Never saw one myself, but I have since read about that drag car, “Relentless”. A reliant-K with its interior stripped out, and gobs of turbocharging. The guy would just run one motor till it blew, then go junkyard shopping for a “new” 2.2L to drop in... car was seriously fast, and intimidating too. It can be seen on youtube, I think. And some of those videos showed it running 8’s, killing serious supras :)

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 4:57:13 PM PDT · 118 of 128
    Aqua225 to Aqua225

    Interesting double post. I thought I hadn’t posted it, but it had posted, and sent me to the editor, go figure. Or maybe it was a cat on the keyboard whilst I was dining.

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 4:54:50 PM PDT · 117 of 128
    Aqua225 to Norm Lenhart

    Exactly, and I love it. I love the new turbo motors everybody is shipping too, but I love the simplicity of the VTECH (funny, cam phasing is simplicity nowadays, it used to be rocket science to do it at Honda reliability levels).

    The VTECH tech also allows better gas mileage if I don’t have the need, the need for speed.

    Most turbos transition to boost so smoothly now, most people can’t tell they are driving a turbo. Unlike my old 2.2L Turbo I, my second car ever. It was like someone lit off rocket engines at about 1800RPM :)

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 3:03:54 PM PDT · 105 of 128
    Aqua225 to Norm Lenhart

    Exactly, and I love it. I love the new turbo motors everybody is shipping too, but I love the simplicity of the VTECH (funny, cam phasing is simplicity nowadays, it used to be rocket science to do it at Honda reliability levels).

    The VTECH tech also allows better gas mileage if I don’t have the need, the need for speed.

    Most turbos transition to boost so smoothly now, most people can’t tell they are driving a turbo. Unlike my old 2.2L Turbo I, my second car ever. It was like someone lit off rocket engines at about 1800RPM :)

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · 99 of 128
    Aqua225 to TexasGator

    Just drive some of the hot cars. You will notice a very mechanical point in the rev range, where the engine just suddenly “comes alive”. Some cars cover it better than others.

    My own Nissan Titan, it’s obvious, and it happens at about 3KRPM. It’s like a different motor magically swaps with the one you took off with. I even know how they do it (controlled opening of the intakes to the second set of intake valves -— Nissan has forgone a cam phasor thus far, I guess in response to the problems Chevy and Ford both had with them in their FS-pickup V8s).

    I also drive a Honda Civic iVTech K24. Its cam phasor is also dramatic, but occurs at 5KPRM. And the engine is so peaky that in 1st or second gear (six speed manual), you will slam into the rev limiter at 7200RPM if you aren’t ready for it. Never go above 5KPRM, and you would think you are driving a especially torquey economy car with good manners.

    The only cars I have not driven, and don’t expect it to occur in, is the muscle cars with launch control. Even those will eventually break if you keep using it.

    Also, I have owned one of the mighty Chevy LS1 motors in a 02 Z28. You could also tell it was very much present in that engine, it was so obvious that they were not allowing the motor to go full tilt until you got it into the 3KRPM range. It was a push valve motor without a cam phasor, so it’s not like it was a obvious transition. They just limited it in software, by playing with timing. You could mimick the effect full RPM range by putting 87 octane in the tank, which means they were doing it via timing retardation.

    I am old enough to have owned a V8 carb car, it was my first. It had no “peak”, it just went up as high as it could, smooth as glass, but it probably wasn’t turning more than 200hp out of a 5.7L engine (inside of a 3 ton chassis).

    A lot of the tunes out there “improve” low end drive ability by modifying the fuel and timing to regain that artificial limitation at the bottom end.

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 2:36:10 PM PDT · 94 of 128
    Aqua225 to TalBlack

    The biggest threat to six cylinder engines is the turbo-4 and turbo-3. A lot of these turbo 4 cars nowadays are not all that efficient in real world driving, but a turbo-4 is very good at gaming the EPA tests, which decide the numbers that go on the sticker.

    Most of these engines are running enough boost, that if a hose clamp slipped off, your hood would probably sheer the hood latch off :)

    Boost has to have equal amounts of fuel. Some of these 4’s are breathing better than big block V8 engines when they are at full boost.

    Add to that, that a 4 banger is very inexpensive to manufacture in mass quantities, and I think the 6 cylinder’s days are numbered as well.

    I welcome our electric overlords, once they have the battery tech sorted out (or Mr. Fusion is available). There would be no better way to tow a trailer than a electric pickup with so much grunt at the very start of the pedal range, and delivered so smoothly. I envy the CSX locomotives that pass my backyard daily :)

  • Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

    10/24/2014 2:21:55 PM PDT · 88 of 128
    Aqua225 to The KG9 Kid

    But what you don’t take into account here, is that the ECM may have been tuned for the boost, but it wasn’t tuned to be “safe” at low speeds.

    We hot-rodders can definitely build some scary cars, even from new stuff, but it’s very hard to build scary cars that seem harmless enough for the wife to drive, in your garage. Vehicle stability programs, traction management (and not just via braking, but throttle management & torque vectoring), etc. are all expensive to develop technologies we take for granted in stock vehicles.

    If Toyota had made the Tundra with 505hp out the door of the dealership, I will bet it would have driven like a Buick Boat till you tipped in deep on the loud pedal.

    Most cars are limited at low speeds and/or RPMs to prevent driveline damage. It wasn’t better alloys that allowed the big increases in horsepower in stock vehicles, it was software that kept the high-perf motors from tearing out the driveshafts, rearends, and transmissions :)

    For an example of what all the dev money goes too, pull a new vehicle off to the side of the road, that has a lot of HP under the hood. Make sure the grass is damp and muddy. Now nail it to the floor before getting back onto the pavement. The computer will find every bit of available traction, and keep touching the edge of severe wheel-spin, and you will safely and directly go just about in the direction you aim.

    That doesn’t happen in home built race cars.

    Of course, the computer can’t keep you from sinking if it is severely muddy...

    This works the same on ice for most cars. But often at least in NC, ice is so bad it doesn’t matter what you have, you may still not move, even with 4 wheels driven.

    The maxim my Dad taught me: 4x4 just means you have a better chance of taking off, everybody has 4 wheels and brakes on each, stopping is the real kicker.

  • Young man fatally shot at L.A. traffic light (Hoodies Off, Dont Shoot!!)

    10/23/2014 7:29:35 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    Aqua225 to Oatka

    To me, not sure how to defend myself in this situation. You shoot first, you are going to be the instigator. It is not noted whether the couple saw a gun, before said gun was discharged at them, so we can more than likely assume the gun wasn’t presented until it was used.

    I think the only real protection for this scenario was a bullet proof car, windows up, don’t speak to the people in the car next to you at the light.

    Even on adrenaline, I am not fast enough to counter a sneak attack like that. It’s basically an ambush. The only way out of an ambush is first armor to reject the initial attack, and then you can deploy heavy weaponry. Or given that this was an infinity G3x more than likely from photos, see if the bastard can catch me before I get to an area with police presence.

  • Baby Girl Killed By NYPD Cop After Illegally Ordering Mom To Stop Breastfeeding [HOAX]

    08/13/2014 8:26:40 AM PDT · 4 of 53
    Aqua225 to Lazamataz

    I suspect he will go away for a long time for that one.

    At least, one hopes...

  • Cold War Strategies Are Back in Russia's Playbook

    07/29/2014 7:30:24 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    Aqua225 to Tailgunner Joe

    Putin is playing a game, and he is doing it at a level at least 1 step above Obama. Obama is smart with voters, but dumb at world politics and influence.

    The chance to regain the Ukraine is wasted at this point. If we had honored our pact of protection at the time all this went down, then we could have left Putin in his winter home in Russia.

    Now, that’s not so easy. Russia will now be providing gas to not only Europe, but China as well. People tend to respect those who help them keep warm in the winter. Between the green movement and anti-nuclear movement in Germany, Europe has been stripped of any semblance of energy independence. They can’t burn coal, and they can’t build reactors, so they have to have Russian gas to keep warm.

    The only thing Europe can hope for at this point is that enough people die from a fuel embargo at some point in the future, that the green movement is crushed, such that reactors and coal plants make a revival. That is a pretty morbid kind of hope. Additionally, Putin will not be dumb and allow it to get that bad. But he will parley that dependence into political strength. We will not be able to depend on our European allies in the coming years.

    Basically, in allowing Ukraine to unfold as it has, Obama’s team has guaranteed that Europe is no longer in our pocket. In my mind, the only option that the USA has at this point is isolationism, at least to the extent of our own hemisphere of the planet, because our money and influence is quickly growing unwelcome in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

  • Harrison Ford Asked To Reprise Role In ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

    05/27/2014 4:31:55 PM PDT · 38 of 239
    Aqua225 to Para-Ord.45

    I’m not sure I buy into that summary.

    Deckard was probably one of the special ones as well, no mandated expiration date, like his new girlfriend at the end of the movie.

    If he and his GF were special, it may be that they will age naturally as well.

    Disclaimer: I never read the book.

  • John Deere Tractor vs. 1800s Steam Tractor

    05/19/2014 11:28:59 AM PDT · 59 of 60
    Aqua225 to fso301; Swordmaker

    The steamer had two things going for it:

    (1) Weight
    (2) hitch position allowing the steamer to get a pull-up assist on the power axle of the diesel tractor.

    Even with the weight, with a level hitch setup, I suspect that the Deere could have broken the steamer if it was a real competition and not a steamer demo for the crowd. Proof the diesel tractor puller was not putting out his 850hp, is to make horsepower, you have to have torque (it’s a linear formula taking torque and RPM into account), and with traction minimized by the hitch position, the engine was never really loaded. Oh he would smoke it once in a while for entertainment value, but he didn’t start in the classic mode, which is to snatch the object in question and keep building speed till traction gives out.

    If that JD had gone to 850hp RPM (probably 5 or 6K RPM on that racing diesel), and started hard at the offset, he could have drug the steamer as far as his fuel would have let him. It would have also destroyed (literally) the antique tractor.

    This was just a fun thing for the crowds, to see a real steamer working a little against all that new fangled diesel tech :)

    Wouldn’t read much into it. The crowds obviously loved the entertainment value, as did I, as I love diesels AND steamers!

  • Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis (deception)

    05/12/2014 10:55:43 PM PDT · 48 of 52
    Aqua225 to ansel12

    Bald face lie? You really think every American in the USA is going to become a heroine junky? That’s a bald faced lie. I am not sure why you can’t look at prohibition and see what a disaster it is. Or look at the cartels pulling in Billions in Mexico, all because we as a people like to pretend that human behaviour as regards feel-good chemicals can be regulated.

    You are the one attempting to deceive others, but even worse, you have already lied to yourself.

    You are so obsessed with taking other people’s freedoms because you are afraid they will make bad decisions, and therefore shouldn’t be able to make such decisions, because that decision may not be yours, that you can’t see you are basically a tyrant in waiting.

    Arguing with you is pointless, as you have already decided, without researching the subject. If you will note, heroine is now becoming the go-to drug of choice for older adults, because prescription opiates are being tightly controlled. So case in point: heroine use is really opiate use, and it appears to be a somewhat constant level, it’s just shifting out of the legal pain killers market, and into the illegal heroine market, because illegal stuff turns out to be cheaper and easier to get! But remember the key is SHIFT. There is not much evidence that opiate use is dramatically increasing, the demand is just shifting the cheapest and easiest to get option.

    But you are set on your opinion as being the law of the land, so hey, “Imagine” you are the tyrant who would take everyone’s freedoms to control the consumption behaviour of just a few people.

    What are you going to do when something better than opiates, cocaine, crack, ice, meth, and every other dramatically powerful drug is supplanted by simple to download code to a neural interface in your brain? Or virtual reality sex through neural interfaces? Will tyrant Ansel12 also outlaw that as well, simple data exchange? It’s coming, get used to it. May as well let the opiates have their last hurrah.

  • Clay Aiken's opponent in heated NC House race dies at home

    05/12/2014 9:18:23 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    Aqua225 to Brandonmark

    Best comment I have read to the stories on this on the net:

    “I didn’t know Bill and Hillary had chosen to back Clay!”

    I almost fell out of my seat :)

  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    05/12/2014 9:10:46 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    Aqua225 to Mastador1

    Maybe. But I have a feeling after watching the F35 debacle, that the American MIC seems to be getting lazy, fattening up on big over-wrought and over-paid government defense contracts for what basically amounts to has-been junk.

    Our military industrial complex has a superiority complex, and just like with the Germans in WWII, it’s going to take a painful reminder to get the MIC back on task.

    Meanwhile everyone else sees our systems as the target to exceed. Computing power has gotten to the point, along with consumer level software, that the big advances we used our huge edge in computing power to achieve, is now accessible by our allies and enemies.

    Funny thing is, the solution is not more money, it’s actually less. This market needs to get much more competitive.

  • Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis (deception)

    05/12/2014 9:02:33 PM PDT · 43 of 52
    Aqua225 to ansel12

    It’s just the way life works.

    The four choices (really three, but for the sake of explaining my thoughts to you...) if heroine is legalized:

    (1) Try and at some point, die from it.
    (2) Try and not die, remain lifetime addict.
    (3) Try, not die, then choose to quit because it is a waste of their life.
    (4) Never try it, never die from it, never get addicted to it.

    Look at smoking. Many have stopped smoking because it wastes their money, shortens their lives, and makes their life insurance higher. The very same effect will apply to heroine, except heroine is actually less addictive than nicotine.

    Plus, if you do your research, even with the illegal use, gigantic police budgets to combat drug use, and all the deaths, in monetary considerations, alcohol is the most expensive drug ever. Opiate users don’t even mildly compare!

    Make it legal, and the junky community aspect will fall apart. It won’t be cool any more. It will just be one more thing you can now destroy yourself with legally. Natural social deterrent.

    Your nightmare scenario of most of the population of the US becoming heroine users is completely unfounded. Even with the coolness factor among junkies, heroine, while very popular in that community, is nothing as bad as alcohol.

  • Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis (deception)

    05/12/2014 12:28:28 PM PDT · 40 of 52
    Aqua225 to ansel12

    Where did I say “government run injection clinics”. I believe in capitalism. You need to pay for that which you use, IMO. As long as someone can do it legitimately for less cost than a dealer, it should be a money making transaction for a business.

    The junky culture you are speaking of is a direct result of severe government penalties for being found with it (though not death, but 3 hots and a cot). Everything that is made illegal by the government, establishes a new underground, untaxable, unregulated, unsafe nightmare land where you can get what you want at a high price.

    I didn’t say either that the junky population would be fixed, but it would be a lot more fixed than it is now, and most of it would be in the light of law, which will inherently both reduce the users safety and freedom risks. Heck even home clean kits would be better than what we have now.

    Sounds like you continue to justify the position that your freedom to do things you like are OK, but another man’s solution to the happiness equation should not be allowed, because no matter how improbable, there is the possibility it could affect you or someone you love, somewhere down the line of time.

    Sounds just like the gun grabbers!

  • Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis (deception)

    05/12/2014 11:31:43 AM PDT · 37 of 52
    Aqua225 to ansel12

    Yes, there would be junkies. However, at least the junkies would be getting quality product, and we wouldn’t have to scoop them up off the streets for the morgue nearly as often... instead there could be injection clinics, clean needles and good product for a fair price (instead of a street dealer’s price). This would at least curtail the spread of AIDS through junky circles, and it would be less enticing for dealers to deal directly with children, since their income for the same product would not do nearly as much for them. The simple fact is, they love kids, but their real market is still adults. Probably by orders of magnitude.

    Large scale increase in use would still happen, but for a small instance of time. Remember, yes, first time use will grow overnight, but then as people get thinned from herd, it will start to go down to a stable point, where that will just be the accepted portion of society that does that sort of thing, enjoys it, and won’t die from it. Only economic ups and downs or real world calamity would have any noticeable impact on usage from that point on.

    Ie., freedom is dangerous. Living in a land of free people is also dangerous, both in terms of dangers from our own freedom, and other people’s freedom as well. But I’d rather live dangerous, than under government oppression of anything. What the constitution was written for, was to regulate the interaction between free people and between their government.

    It’s what many people have forgotten... freedom can suck on the local scene at times, but do you love freedom more, or security more. And everyone knows what Ben Franklin said about that particular argument.

    People only think of freedom in terms of their niche in life. But taking a person’s right to do something dangerous is not what the constitution was written for. It was written to prevent you from impacting someone else’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness when you do something dangerous or institute policies in government, or face consequences. We’ve gotten away from that over the years, for the children, as it were.

    True freedom is letting people kill themselves if they want, like euthanasia. But even the “freedom lovers” among even this small chasm in the internet on this very thread, will readily strip people of their rights in a heart beat for their own good, or for the sake of safety of their own children.

    It’s quite an interesting oxymoron to watch in action. I like many of the beliefs of the people of FR, but in a lot of cases, I still sense many of the same whose values I look up too, will take another man’s freedom in a second if he thought he or his own could be harmed.

    In the end, America will pay for this attitude with her freedom. Eventually we will be just as socialistic and nanny stated as every one else, complete with jack booted thugs keeping the prison gates. Our only way out is really space travel, where the human population disperses so far and wide, that no one man or government can control all of us.

  • Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis (deception)

    05/12/2014 9:17:20 AM PDT · 21 of 52
    Aqua225 to mgist

    I disagree... heroin, which I have never tried (I have actually taken no illegal drug before in my life, thanks, and I live in NC, and have never been to Colorado :)), is a relatively safe drug when administered in a controlled setting, if the product is only cut with safe fillers. It’s the closet and street addicts who have serious problems with the stuff, as in overdosing.

    My take on the legalization of all the drugs, is go for it. Let survival of the fittest sort things out. I might would lose family members, even, but in the end, you will refine the gene poll to those who are either unaffected by taking the drugs, or those who can apply their reason and will to resisting the temptations that lead to addiction.

    Our society is already leaning so far left due to the need to take care of those in our population who would naturally thinned themselves out in earlier times. A belief in God used to help folks moderate their behaviours, but as Government and the Left have pushed religion out of the public consciousness, the daredevils run free, along with free access to food and medical care whether it be in or out of prison. Given that is cheaper to deal with them out of prison, let’em go.

    It’s either this or go all the way other way. Caught with drugs, and convicted, you die, no matter your age. Period.

    China virtually eliminated Opium in their own country during the early communist era, by implementing that same policy: you’re caught with Opium, you die, simple as that. Cleared up their drug problem overnight.

    But the in the middle prohibitionist stance only keeps drug trafficking, and all the branch underworld elements that stem from it, as workable and manageable problems for cartels and dealers to overcome. It also feeds the public fear necessary to continue the militarization of our civilian police force, further intrusions on our property rights, and lots of dumb people getting free stuff who will never change.

  • This Japanese toilet should make Americans very worried

    04/10/2014 8:55:06 AM PDT · 74 of 142
    Aqua225 to SampleMan

    I am not sure about the heated seats (would be nice in the case when I am in one of my great virus fevers, admittedly, but probably can’t justify those few occasions for that cost), but the bidet and dryer are the bomb.

    As one who lacks a gall bladder, I spend more time than I would like with the porcelain throne. And after a while, toilet tissue feels like sand paper. I have a very simple bidet (look up Tushi Clean, I found it by searching for other gall bladder-free sufferers). That thing is a blessing from The Lord. Reduces toilet paper use too. Could make that zero if the thing had a blow dryer. My next house will have the dryer and the bidet.

    So judging men’s sexuality on their use of a bidet, is just nuts, IMO. Plus the fact, that after using a bidet, you realize just how nasty you remain with toilet tissue. Flushable wet wipe sales are not increasing without reason... and unfortunately clogging many sewer systems in cities (and rural areas too, their tank systems).

    But on the other side, buying one of these multi-kilodollar contraptions could be considered nuts as well (unless you just have money to toss overboard).

  • FL: Military Lawyer Misspoke on Concealed Carry Reform

    04/03/2014 1:20:43 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Aqua225 to marktwain

    Why don’t they issue everyone duty weapons who is psychologically stable, and be done? It is a military base, we trust them with guns on tour!

  • Michael Moore: General Motors 'criminals' deserve death

    04/01/2014 3:13:38 PM PDT · 51 of 60
    Aqua225 to ExTxMarine

    Easy to do if the ignition switch had worked properly. My previous GM cars (I own none now, and never will own another, commie bastards that they are...) all had to have a deliberate press motion to turn off the ignition. It was much less than my current Honda Civic Si and Nissan Titan 4x4, but none the less, it was required (the Japanese value tactile feel).

    This switch malfunctioned when enough off angle force was supplied to override the push-to-unlock feature, then when the inevitable accident occurred, the pendulum effect of a decelerating car would allow the weight of the keychain to act like a pendulum, turning off the ignition just at the time you need the safety equipment most!

    There is a upper limit to key chain weight, but it should not be determined as the weight of a theoretically heavy keychain. As a matter of fact, I’d set that limit somewhere above the weight of a 8 year old child, since that is one of the situations the feature is meant to curtail occurring, since taking out of on also locks the steering wheel.

    GM was negligent and they need to pay up.

  • Michael Moore: General Motors 'criminals' deserve death

    04/01/2014 3:04:49 PM PDT · 49 of 60
    Aqua225 to ExTxMarine

    No this is a real problem in modern cars. All manuals say to hold down the brake pedal during emergency stop. When the ignition switch in these cars rotated to off position, these vehicles also lost ABS. So all of the touted safety features of the car were disabled all at once. The power going out also disables the airbag.

    Neither ABS nor Airbag would be disabled if the ignition switch had remained in ON position, even if the motor was no longer operative, such as running out of gas.

    Also, it is not clear what size keychain could trigger the issue. In supposed violent accidents, even minor keychains could trigger the issue.

    Unless the GM User Manual covered the ignition key problem, they should be screwed, blued, and tattooed over this, period.


    03/20/2014 10:02:56 PM PDT · 16 of 25
    Aqua225 to PGR88; DIRTYSECRET

    Exactly, Soros is short on oil, and he needs to fill his orders.

    If Soros says it, probably shouldn’t do it.

    Plus, many other reasoned comments here indicate it would be the proverbial drop in the bucket.

  • The Hitler Model [Victor Davis Hanson]

    03/20/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · 71 of 114
    Aqua225 to Marguerite

    This is one of the reasons I think we should not base our positions on international law or the UN. It is clear that we have abused our position in the UN to inflict International Law on others, but when it comes to the reverse application of International Law on the U.S., we balk, well at least until we have a leader who is so weak, he swallows that bitter pill.

    It is better to be a strong nation, with key allies, and handle international relations as our constitution dictates, rather than manipulating the UN, etc.

    The manipulation and reverse shielding just make us look like hypocrites to the world.

    But, here is the problem: no leader since Reagan has seen fit to lead our nation to that state. Even the Bushes became enthralled with international law and being its enforcer. I don’t know where the desire comes from. Obviously as voters, we have some say in this, but we don’t seem to care, as long as the Constitution is the law of our land, screw everyone else. The problem is, when the “right” leader comes along, we are going to end up as screwed as the people we are actively screwing over now. Right now, the double standard makes us look like hypocrites.

    Notice I am not advocating we become weak and allow International Law to come inside our borders, but I am advocating we become strong again, withdraw from the UN, and find solace with our allies, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (the five eyes).

    Finally, if we were already on that course, we wouldn’t be concerned about Crimea right now. If a Nation allied with the U.S., then we’d protect you, International Law be damned. If you weren’t an allie, then you hopefully appeal to the UN courts and maybe in a few years, they hear your plea, issue a edict, and then nothing will happen.

    As it is, we have screwed ourselves mightily in Crimea. Putin acted within the boundaries of international law and treaties, and got what he wanted. Our guarantee to the Ukraine was worth less than the paper we wrote it on, because we are basically confined to glorious International Law nowadays, and a military force, that while strong and efficient for its size, its not capable of fighting all our battles at this point.

  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott says possible debris found in Indian Ocean [live thread]

    03/20/2014 12:12:14 AM PDT · 218 of 522
    Aqua225 to mabarker1

    Ah, fellow NCian. Yes, time for bed... I do have to work and be functional tomorrow, darn it. Or I would risk the brain cells and stay up all night on this :)

    Have a good night!

  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott says possible debris found in Indian Ocean [live thread]

    03/20/2014 12:09:59 AM PDT · 217 of 522
    Aqua225 to ltc8k6

    If they were running a checklist trying to get some event back under control, it is conceivable they unplugged certain specific systems. If they were disabled during the time they were working through the checklist, this could explain specific systems left offline, and other systems left online.

    Perhaps a 777 pilot could comment here, but it would seem the throttle, control surfaces, and flight management computer would be the last things they’d take off line —— like end of the list. It’s hard to fly and work a problem simultaneously, even when you are trained to the hilt for the situation. If the control surfaces and engines seems to be running, why unplug them unless it’s the last thing on the list?

    And then there is the randomness of electrical fires. Many times some circuits get destroyed unexpectedly, and then certain other circuits continue soldiering on. There are a lot of factors related to this... inconceivable to me, who has no experience in a cockpit or simulator or flight school, whatsoever, in a plane, as to what kind of interactions crop up. However, I do understand systemology on an instinctive level... the idea that faults in systems apparently unrelated can sum to having a unexpected emergent behavior. It happens all the time in complex software systems interacting with complex hardware.

    This is also the reason that just about every system on a aircraft has a circuit breaker a pilot can flip in an emergency. They may be deep or shallow in a checklist, but there has to be a knob to control every device which can generate or dissipate or transmit electric power, because one specific apparently unrelated & minor system could be causing a problem with a very important system or function in ways not apparent to anyone but the engineers who designed the aircraft. Maybe even beyond their understanding as well, which is how flaws in a system are sometimes discovered several years after a system has been in real word use.