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zorro
 15 Aug '17  22:09 : 0 recs

WBC

Are you joining T'ful in being on another planet, then?



More to the point, you could have mentioned Interligua, Volapuk, Mundolinco etc. But Esperanto was the only reasonably widespread one.
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zorro
 15 Aug '17  22:04 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 15 Aug '17  22:05

Thoughtful

The Bible is no more nonsense than Greek mythology. It is pointless to view it in these terms or refer to it in any conversation other than anthropological.

Anyway, I am glad you weren't serious.
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Warren BuffetCar
 15 Aug '17  20:51 : 0 recs

Zorro,

Incidentally, the ONLY language to have actually been created was Esperanto

vIHtaHbogh tlhIngan nuq?

(or in English, "what about Klingon?"

WBC
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Thoughtful
 15 Aug '17  19:40 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 15 Aug '17  19:41

The Tower of Babylon zorro !

Biblical nonsense !
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zorro
 14 Aug '17  17:20 : 0 recs

T'ful

indeed we are led to believe that differ rent languages were created in order to make control of the human race easier !

Really?! Where did you see this interesting theory?




Incidentally, the ONLY language to have actually been created was Esperanto - and that was to facilitate understanding and harmony between peoples. Didn't work, did it?
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zorro
 14 Aug '17  17:18 : 0 recs

T'ful

I am sure the US will be supported by China and Russia and Pakistan in delivering a holocaust of destruction !

Nonsense. You cannot be serious. China would invite destruction by USA - who are already interfering with them militarily on South China Sea - on their very doorstep?! Are you kidding?

And please don't use the word "holocaust" in throwaway comparisons. It is unpleasant.
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Lord Byron
 14 Aug '17  13:43 : 0 recs

Cui. Bono
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Thoughtful
 14 Aug '17  11:55 : 0 recs

The UK energy market is a fiddlers charter !

When will the UK government wake up to the fact that the competitive energy market is a farce ?
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Thoughtful
 14 Aug '17  10:12 : 0 recs

Well Lord Byron not many of the world's leaders are sane !

The great problem is that many of them can not be removed ?

Nuclear war will happen one day and I guess it will be the result of a mistake or misunderstanding or indeed misinterpretation !

Interpretation and translation are the greatest problem , indeed we are led to believe that differ rent languages were created in order to make control of the human race easier !

However one wonders if the controller now understands !
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Lord Byron
 14 Aug '17  08:07 : 0 recs

Not every leader is sane
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Thoughtful
 12 Aug '17  11:21 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 12 Aug '17  11:23

North Korea is like a kid with a pop gun trying to threaten a cannon !

If they fire their pop gun they will be sent to oblivion ?

I am sure the US will be supported by China and Russia and Pakistan in delivering a holocaust of destruction !
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Thoughtful
 12 Aug '17  11:18 : 0 recs

UK weather is crap !
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Lord Byron
 08 Aug '17  09:16 : 0 recs

Hello from gibraltaaaa
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ssaines
 05 Aug '17  16:00 : 0 recs

Excellent 'heads-up' SO re: Brexit reveals Britain's enduring flaws
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Slightly Optimistic
 05 Aug '17  13:59 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 05 Aug '17  14:19

Simon Kuper touches on this in the FT: Brexit reveals Britain's enduring flaws

Edward Luce also addresses the problem of governance with regard to the United States: The democracy deficit

On this theme, ECFR is doing a podcast series on 'The End of the World'. The next stage seems to be the break up of states in the West. One contributor suggested that London should become independent from the rest of the UK. Didn't at least one Brexiteer suggest this in the past?
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Lord Byron
 05 Aug '17  04:10 : 0 recs

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2017/mar/06/ppe-the-oxford-degree-that-runs-britain-podcast
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MingToo
 31 Jul '17  18:58 : 0 recs

Yes agreed but the power to do 80MPH is actually surprisingly small as the power increases with the cube of speed. For most cars it will be less than 40HP. Ford get 120HP out of their 1 litre EcoNetic engine for example.

I had a mini that only had 40HP and would do 90MPH, although the main issue was that you knew they were going to need dental records to identify you if you crashed a mini at that speed.

What all of this would do is really make the actual engine irrelevant in terms of marketing of the car. No more Top Gear saying how great the engine is etc. It will make cars a bit more fungible and make the latest and greatest harder to sell. Moving them back from something special to something more utilitarian. That probably concerns some manufacturers.

But if Western companies don't get on top of the trends I'm sure that Chinese ones will. It is notable that the first mover in saying they will move to electric / hybrid was Volvo, owned by Geely of China. Smart strategy using wealthy Volvo drivers as the early adopters for the mass Chinese cars that will result.
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George Sore Ass
 31 Jul '17  16:19 : 0 recs

The sizing of the combustion engine needs to be big enough to give you peak power that is enough on its own to let you cruise at motorway speeds. Because if the batteries are really just a buffer, you can't rely on them to supplement the engine for cruising on the motorway as you'll quickly deplete them and then not be able to stay at motorway speed. In stop-start driving, you'd tend to have slower periods where the turbine can recharge the batteries, plus you have regenerative charging too when you brake, but you don't get that cruising at steady speeds.

But in reality, that's still a pretty small gas turbine as you run them at really high speeds and they're well over 50% thermal efficient.

I guess the question is whether the costs and development effort would pay for itself in a world which is rapidly moving towards 100% electric. I see even Maserati is now suggesting they're going to be all electric (or hybrid) in next couple of years, and will stop development of IC engines after that (though not really clear if they mean even the IC component of their hybrid cars too).
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Lord Byron
 31 Jul '17  15:23 : 0 recs

Elon Musk said Apple were hiring electric car engineers, it will be interesting to see the legal challenges for theft of IP.

Tesla is global in order to be ready to take advantage of state legislation and subsidy regimes.

Elon Musk is friends with Peter Thiel who is friends with Donald Trump

Athens builds a wall and wonders why her new arrow design is being copied by the Spartans.
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MingToo
 31 Jul '17  13:45 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 31 Jul '17  13:46

Once you flip things around and think electric car and transmission, then the combustion engine doesn't really need to be a piston engine, because low torque and lag aren't really issues anymore.


Agreed, the secondary power source really needs only to be able to provide power at the average level, not the peaks which makes it a lot smaller and cheaper.

This should even be the case with something like a fuel cell. If the fuel cells are reasonably expensive, then why have one that is rated at 200kw when you can have a 50kw one plus batteries to average out the load (and take advantage of regenerative braking etc).

The sensible model for cars now is the basic model plus a choice of battery size in something like 50 mile units and the ability to have a choice of secondary sources which will change over time as technology and fuels develop.

Instead of choosing a 14, 16, 1.8 diesel etc we should be choosing 50 mile electric plus diesel secondary or 100 mile electric plus bio-ethanol secondary. You should even be able to upgrade a 50 mile electric to 100 mile electric if you decide you underestimated. Plug and play motoring.

Plus of course you could also choose the output power of the electric motors for regular or sporty versions.
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