Aye, and then Enterprise had to go and try to explain it. Such is life.
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One fun little details is that you can draw a line of longitude around the earth, up the coast of chile and the eastern united states, over the arctic and down across china to australia, and find devastation and megafuna extinctions everywhere you look in a broad swathe either side of it. Australia is scarred by impact sits similar to the elongated cratering and soot layer that marks the boundary of the clovis artefacts, but it doesn't really appear elsewhere in the world. Megafauna in the Americas - particular South America - was driven to extinction, as was megafuna in east asia and australasia, whilst megafauna in central and southern asia, africa and - to a lesser extent - europe were left intact.
There's no generally accepted hypothesis for why this would be so, but it's an interesting detail.
Australian aboriginal myths tell of a day of great devastation, of fire from the sky and great floods, that could possibly be associated with known tsunami and unusual crater-like formations on Australia's south coast.
It might be possible that some impactor sung around the earth at close to 90 degrees to the equator, broke up as it did so, and dropped a bunch of meteorites along that path.
It's a minefield because you're falling into the trap of conflating avoidance and evasion. Avoidance is not paying what you don't owe. Evasion is not paying what you do owe.
Avoidance is when you change lanes to not be caught up in a queue. Evasion is when you change lanes to escape the police.
16 ounces in a pound, 14 pounds in a stone, 160 stone in a long ton.
360 inches in a yard, showing its very remote derivation from the base 60 counting system used by the ancient Sumerians. Don't talk to me about miles. They made more sense before Elizabeth fiddled with the definition.
It was a mistake to settle on base 10, just because we have ten fingers. Base 12 is much more flexible.
You can. It's functionally identical to the introduction of concepts by the introduction of words. Orange is a good example: the colour "orange" didn't exist as a separate thing until relatively recently. It was "red-yellow", or "red", or "yellow", not orange. The idea of a separate sheaf of colours called "orange" only turned up with that word being adopted into English.
Orwell's argument was that the removal of a word from the language would require circumlocution to express the same concept that was previously expressed with that single word. Circumlocution reduces the impact of an argument and makes its expression more difficult.
Orwell's further argument was that words would be removed progressively, or redefined in negative relationship to other words. By reducing the language sufficiently, with the removal or redefinition of enough words, even circumlocution would become impossible, as thoughts could only be expressed within a restrictive framework.
Animal Farm is a much better examination of the problem anyway. 1984 explored the state-imposed redefinition of language in a setting that was born largely from Orwell's experiences in the Spanish civil war and solidified by his experiences at the BBC, in which such manipulation of language and history by those in authority was the norm. Animal Farm explored the progressive redefinition of language by vested interests who sought power over society, enforced by social shaming and propaganda.
You know what really grinds my gears about that man? There is some anecdotal linkage between measles causing gut perforation and some types of ASD, but because of wakefield's utter bollocks, nobody in their right mind would dare to even touch the idea, so there's not going to be any meaningful research into it (either to confirm or rule out the hypothesis) for probably decades.
That's the real damage caused by quacks and "campaigns": they make whole areas of research so radioactive that few dare follow up, and anyone who does even moderately related research is pilloried as just another nutcase, no matter what they set out to test.
It's not streaming from his phone, it's streaming directly from Spotify. The device is using his account to access music directly and his phone is acting like a remote control for it. Unless I'm very much mistaken, there can only be one account attached to a speaker like this at a time (unless the speaker is engaged in some shenanigans), so as long as his account is the one paired with the speaker, there shouldn't be a problem. The real story here is someone not understanding how Spotify Connect works.
Of course, on rereading, you were talking about flying a plane without fuel, which is a stupid argument on its face. Of course a plane can't fly without fuel. Fuel is a necessary part of the plane, but flight distances (and reserve fuel) are calculated on the back of the mass reduction from fuel expenditure. Fuel is a significant proportion of the mass of a fully laden plane, as yoir own otherwise meaningless diagram attests, but that mass is expectex to reduce over the course of the flight, extending its range significantly.
Battery mass doesn't reduce as its energy is extracted, reducing the effective range of the plane as it has to continue to haul dead weight. This isn't a theoretical exercise either; this is well understood physics. Even with your mythical super batteries with their theoretical specific energy and a mass comparable to kerosene, an electric and will not have the same range as a comparable jet turbine plane, entirely because of that battery mass - a good third of the entire mass of the plane - remaining in place.
That remaining mass of empty batteries also means the cargo capacity has to be reduced, so that the plane can land safely, so on top of the reduced range, you have reduced carrying capacity.
Electric planes aren't viable. Simple as that.
"but it's useless (and impossible) to fly an empty aircraft."
Now I know you're talking out of your backside. Aircraft are routinely flown empty to reposition for route changes, for testing, for maintenance stops, and to maintain flight slots.
And that diagram shows loaded fuel being more than a third of the weight of a fully laden craft, not that it's much use without numbers.
I suspect you have no idea what your talking about.
CRT physically cannot have a wider gamut than OLED, because it has no true black. Modern displays are constrained by a colourspace that was designed when black didn't technically exist in display technologies, and when the memory available to represent a colour was far more limited than it is now.
I'll let Tom Scott explain one of the issues this causes.
OLED can physically display more colours, but obviously it only displays what it's told to display.
Virginia are the only service I could get here with remotely useful speeds. I'm just the wrong side of an exchange boundary*, so while I am within walking distance of the nearest fttc cabinet, I can't actually get fttc because my exchange hasn't been upgraded. The best I could get was very poor ADSL.
* I know this because I moved across it about two years ago. Less than half a mile made the difference.
There were plans, as a matter of fact. The UK government developed detailed plans for dealing with a pandemic. The only problem is that they planned for a flu pandemic, which would have behaved rather differently to this one, so much of the early response - once the pandemic was known - has been inadequate to the problem at hand.
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