I pass this daily and the internet has ruined me because it doesn't stop being nice https://mastodon.social/media/7z6vxmn3awFtuPCMJC8
pol, nuclear weapons, 🌶🌶🌶🌶 hot take Show more
Ukrainian nuclear disarmament lead to them being unable to effectively stop Russian annexation of Crimea.
Japan is, to this day, enslaved to America, although admittedly some of this is by choice nowadays.
South Korea's trapped in the middle of North Korea and the US's battle (North Korea themselves having a nuclear program to prevent being enslaved to the US).
pol, nuclear weapons, 🌶🌶🌶🌶 hot take Show more
This is a take that I actually agree with (not boosting because this shit definitely needs to be CWed, and it was a crosspost from Twitter): https://mastodon.social/@falgsc/99520308110745117
Granted, Libya's nuclear weapons program never got very far, and totalitarian regimes aren't exactly ones to mourn, but nuclear programs are the one of the very few effective deterrents against imperialist superpowers.
You're either a nuclear state, or you're enslaved to a nuclear state.
Vendors are running into the first UNIX epoch problems...
Connectivity between SmartDashboard / SmartDomain Manager and Security Management / Multi-Domain Management Server R77.30 and below fails on fresh installation after January 24th 2018
The Internal Certification Authority (ICA) certificate is valid for 20 years. Starting on January 2018, the internal CA certificate expiration date will exceed the maximum Unix epoch time (January 19, 2038)
Ranting about American vehicle choices Show more
Quoting someone's Jalopnik comment, about Ford dealing with unexpected demand for large SUVs:
"A 7-seater SUV that can tow 10,000lbs. is a specialty vehicle, and puttering around taking little Bryndeylynne and Jeydeynnne to soccer practice while getting mpg in the mid-teens is fucking absurd. They simply need to be more expensive to operate."
political opinion Show more
Capitalism isn't the only ill of society
Leftists who claim abolishing it will cure every ill seem to want it to be true so bad, they've forgotten that people are often horrible to one another for reasons besides greed
But it's human nature to want and believe in cure-alls; even a Chinese emperors who believed mercury could let them live forever, to alchemists who chased the philosopher's stone, to the modern day futurists who believe they can slow aging through supplements
Oh, and here's where a US company is doing camper vans based on the Nissan NV200, which is /significantly/ smaller, with a similar layout (modeled after similar European models, although the cooktop isn't integrated): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYT4j2uFxg0
(Note that the US NV200 has an 8" stretched wheelbase compared to everyone else's NV200, which provides significantly more room for the bed.)
That's basically the whole idea - do this conversion, but to the Pacifica.
30+ miles per US gallon of gasoline, which is /really good/ in the US for a vehicle of that size. If you can plug in at your campsite, 30+ miles of electric range before you start using gas. Or, if you can't plug in, you've got a generator built in.
So, here's where my idea comes in.
Chrysler's latest minivan, the Pacifica, comes in a plug-in hybrid version, with a 16 kWh battery.
Most campers rely on propane appliances (which are a fire hazard), and some use of lead acid batteries to run electrical accessories as needed. Larger ones have dedicated generators, too.
I suspect that the Pacifica could be converted into a decent camper van, running fully electric appliances. Bonus points, you could even use the engine as a generator.
(There's another bed section behind the bench, so you get a sizable sleeping surface.) In addition, camper vans following this layout tend to have a popup roof, which has room to sleep two more up top.
Westfalia is now owned by Mercedes-Benz, and this is the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo - essentially a modern version of the old VW "Westys" - note that the layout essentially hasn't changed, even as the design has.
So, this is an idea I know I've mentioned on other platforms, but one thing I've been a bit interested in, even though I don't have that much use for one, is camper vans.
Modern versions aren't exactly popular in the US, but they are popular in Europe, and quite a lot of people pay insane amounts of money for old Volkswagen Westfalia Campers.
The VW T3 Westfalia had a layout that many later camper vans have copied, with kitchen and cabinets on one side, and a bench that folds into a bed.
Via @calvin, an article on printer paper path engineering: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/why-paper-jams-persist
"Polymer Solar Cells with 90% External Quantum Efficiency Featuring an Ideal Light- and Charge-Manipulation Layer"
money quote from the abstract:
"Highly efficient single-junction PSCs for different binary blends are obtained with a peak external quantum efficiency of up to 90%, showing certified PCEs of 9.69% and 13.03% for a fullerene blend of PTB7:PC71BM and a nonfullerene blend, FTAZ:IDIC, respectively."
uspol, trucks/SUVs, driver licensing Show more
Note that if that were a law, I would also want to allow automakers to classify their trucks as cars (the stricter standards for safety and emissions).
Modifying cars just enough that they count as trucks, so that they can bring up the truck fuel economy averages, so the actual trucks can be less efficient, would be stopped dead by this policy, too. Nobody wants to get a CDL to drive a fucking PT Cruiser, after all.
Computing, transportation, energy... really anything interesting.
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