Re: What are they going to do with the heat?
Would that be a really hot cup of tea?
295 posts • joined 16 Feb 2009
Better still don't connect it to the internet, though there are some advantage to that.
When I first read this story, I dug out my old (15+ years) Garmin Etrex GPS to see if it still worked. Amazingly it does, and it is at least 30m accurate; however there is a slight problem. Whilst I still have a cable to connect it to my computer, it needs to plug into an RS232 interface. My computer doesn't have one of these, but I'm sure I can get a RS323 USB adapter (the irony). If not, then there is always my Raspberry Pi - now there's an interesting project for the weekend.
Not so long ago I got an e-mail (apparently from my company's training department) informing me that I needed to take a mandatory online course on computer security. The email even had a link, please click here to start your training session. Of course I deleted it. Some weeks later my boss moaned at me because I hadn't taken the mandatory training. The irony.
I use Nodepad++ a lot, but sometimes its text colour coding* is down right annoying, Sometimes a simple monochrome view is what I want, and MS Notepad does that. (*Yes I'm sure there is probably a config setting in Notepad++ to change this, but life's too short to find out how).
"...just try getting a mortgage if you don't own a printer."
Its kind of quaint to find that someone will except anything that you have printed as some sort of proof of income. All it proves is that you can use a word processor and a printer.
Lose the word VAX. My CV makes no mention of the time when I wrote software in C for a VAX. In-fact it doesn't refer to anything from more than ten years ago. I removed all the old jobs from it to get my CV down to two sides of A4. Reading it, you'd never guess that I've being doing this stuff for more than three decades. My CV doesn't even have my date of birth, or the dates of my education.
Does it look suspicious if an employer can't guess my age from my CV?
Down voting you as you clearly did not click the link. The Jindivik is a Jet powered fixed wing drone* that started life in the 1950's. It is almost as big as a light aircraft, and it lands on a runway. Hence it would be a bit tricky if to fly if it had to avoid airfields.
*Drone, because it is flown by an autopilot. The autopilot is controlled from the ground, so it is much like today's drones. No GPS though because such things didn't exist when it was designed, hence no geofencing.
Whoosh, was that the sound of Jindivik flying past? BTW, in my first job I worked with the engineers who designed its autopilot.
My school physics says
v=u+(at^2)/2. Given u=0, v=650mph=~290m/s,t=5. a is 23.2 m/s/s (or ~2.36g) ,
v^2 = u^2 * 2aS. Given u=0,S=4500ft =~1371 m,v=650mph=~290m/s. a is 30.6 m/s/s (or ~3.12g)
Both of these answers are a load of rubbish though as the acceleration isn't going to be constant. The vehicle's mass will reduce as fuel is burnt, and the air will thin as it ascends, but I think it gives a ball park figure for the acceleration. Which doesn't seem to be so excessive.
I find listening to music helps on flights. I suspect the other passengers might get annoyed if I used a ghetto blaster, so I use my £25 pair of headphones*.
(*Headphones - two ear pods connected together by a band across the top of the head. This band prevents them from falling off. They also come with a wire that connects to a phone to avoid the need for unreplaceable batteries)
Ed Byrne has done a brilliant sketch about this, and in particular how the border runs down the middle of the road in some places (though I'm not sure that is actually true). but one of the best lines in the sketch goes something like "Siobhan, get your passport out, we're about to overtake the fella in front"
"How often does anyone replace an ICE engine or, for that matter, a battery pack?"
Its a bit early to say how often someone will need to replace the battery pack on a car, as the number of seven year old electric cars is very small. On the other hand, I've had to replace the batteries on a phone more than once. I've also had to replace a lead acid battery on a petrol car.
"is already price-competitive with an equivalent IC car if you look at overall cost of ownership"
They aren't taxed like non-electric vehicles, once tax revenues from the sale hydrocarbon fuels start to significantly drop, I sure that some new tax will be created to compensate.
I will conceded that servicing costs of pure electric vehicles "should" always be cheaper than non-electric cars, but again, the dealers will not want to lose out on the profits to be made from servicing vehicles.
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