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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #735 on: April 26, 2020, 05:30:21 PM »
(Jacob puts moderator hat on)

Alright everyone. I think thatís stepping over the line far enough. I understand how itís easy to make a quip about someone online, but when typing is involved itís hard to say if someone is joking or attacking.

If you were my kids, Iíd ask you to apologize to each other, forgive and move forward in kindness. Youíre not my kids, youíre grown men whom I hope donít need to be told to do that.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #736 on: April 26, 2020, 05:33:33 PM »
Thanks Greg!

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #737 on: April 26, 2020, 05:57:37 PM »
Thanks Greg!

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No problem. And, I apologize to Jon for making the rude comment. Uncalled for.

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« Reply #738 on: April 26, 2020, 06:05:27 PM »
Thanks Greg!

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No problem. And, I apologize to Jon for making the rude comment. Uncalled for.


Sorry everyone.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #739 on: April 26, 2020, 06:32:19 PM »
It's okay. We all are capable of losing our tempers and making a bad post. I've edited the original comment.

Please, (for all), remember that this is not Fark or Reddit.
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« Reply #740 on: April 27, 2020, 08:10:42 AM »
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #741 on: April 27, 2020, 08:30:29 AM »


If you were my kids, Iíd ask you to apologize to each other, forgive and move forward in kindness.



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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #742 on: April 28, 2020, 10:34:49 PM »
The thought occurred to me today that Toyota, Nissan, and the other major car manufacturers (like Suzuki, etc) need to bring out electric sports cars.

Not a hotted-up Prius or Smart, but a case where the Nissan Skyline team are given carte blanche to come up with an Electric Skyline. Something fast, sexy, and with a historical name behind it. Tesla have made a good one, but... they aren't wellknown as a carmaker, more as having a CEO who has a sideline of agent provocateur.

Because, IMO, just selling electric cars as 'eco-friendly' isn't going to get you the kind of market share it needs. You need aspirational cars -- both superfast voomvoom cars, and also luxury (with two g's... luggxury) of the kind that Maybach can pull off. As well as the greenies, the wider populace needs to buy into this on a mental level, rather than seeing it as being an 'eco-mentalist thing'.

This was brought to mind by some photos of New Delhi, before and after lockdown, and what a difference no cars made to the polluted skyline.
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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #743 on: April 29, 2020, 12:15:29 AM »
Dem fluffy puppies!  ;D

In other news I just had a horrible math test.    Everything is online for the time being, and we had to do it via MŲbius/Maple TA  :P :'(


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« Reply #744 on: April 29, 2020, 06:07:32 AM »
I reckon I must have missed something. Like in cute kittens.  ;D

I donít think the cure will be worse, but itís not going to be good.

Ever watched somebody go through cancer treatments? Trust me itís not pretty, but when the alternative is dying then the choice is a little less difficult, but honestly, not always that clear.

Oh, I think it will be very bad. You can't have the economy shut down, businesses collapse and then after the lockdown pretend like nothing has happened. Shit will be hitting the fan on a scale similar to 2008, if not 1929. And if its not that bad, good, glad to be wrong, but it never hurts to be prepared.

And yes, I have watched people die slowly from cancer. Both my mother and one of my grandmothers. It's not a fate I wish for everyone. But if the choice is between having some people die horribly from a disease or the majority suffer from hunger, I think most people will take their chances with corona and start to loot. The economy has to restart again because when there's no food to buy you can't eat money.

The thought occurred to me today that Toyota, Nissan, and the other major car manufacturers (like Suzuki, etc) need to bring out electric sports cars.

Not a hotted-up Prius or Smart, but a case where the Nissan Skyline team are given carte blanche to come up with an Electric Skyline. Something fast, sexy, and with a historical name behind it. Tesla have made a good one, but... they aren't wellknown as a carmaker, more as having a CEO who has a sideline of agent provocateur.

Because, IMO, just selling electric cars as 'eco-friendly' isn't going to get you the kind of market share it needs. You need aspirational cars -- both superfast voomvoom cars, and also luxury (with two g's... luggxury) of the kind that Maybach can pull off. As well as the greenies, the wider populace needs to buy into this on a mental level, rather than seeing it as being an 'eco-mentalist thing'.

I dunno. People who love thus luxury cars love them for their looks, and that glorious sound you make as you rev up the engine. You won't get that with an electric car. It's always going to be a case like with digital vs. analog. Some people will ALWAYS prefer the sound of analog over digital, so why would that be any different with fast flashy cars?

Besides, those cars are just a tiny tiny fragment of the total car market. If you want to end polution from cars you have to do like Ford did, not design high end cars, but one for the common man. The regular Joe may lust after a Ferrari, he's never in a million years going to be able to afford one. But he still needs something to drive from A to B, one that is affordable, reliable and economic. You're never going to get the masses to drive electric by designing electric super cars that they could never afford anyway. But build something that is cheap, reliable and cheaper to drive then gasoline and if you build it they will come. I for sure would.

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This was brought to mind by some photos of New Delhi, before and after lockdown, and what a difference no cars made to the polluted skyline.

New Delhi is like the most polluted city on the planet? That or Beijing. Or Tehran. In the latter you can taste the pollution. I reckon this may be one of the good things to come out of this crisis. People having to work at home and not commute. And discovering that they may actually like it. And companies discovering you can operate that way. I reckon if after this crisis is over, and provided the economy hasn't melted down, a lot more working at home will take place. If only on average we'd all work 1 day per week at home that alone would probably be a big savings for the environment.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #745 on: April 29, 2020, 07:57:36 AM »
Sorry for your loss Muadzin. I guess I was trying to make the point that sometimes the treatment is almost as bad as the illness.

Itís a difficult issue for sure.  the thing that I keep going back to is that if I decide itís an acceptable risk to do something thatís potentially dangerous to overcome some hardship thatís fine. But in this case by the nature of how viruses work I am not only taking on that risk myself, Iím forcing everyone else around me to take it on as well, which is far more complex. Put simply taking a personal risk is one thing, but behaving in a way that puts those around me at risk is completely different.

Yes we should stay diligent about disruptions in the food supply but there are ways to manage those issues, and the problems that are arising are from people at plants getting sick. Those issues will just get worse if we let this thing explode again because their will be more sickness circulating.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #746 on: April 29, 2020, 08:12:58 AM »
But if the choice is between having some people die horribly from a disease or the majority suffer from hunger, I think most people will take their chances with corona and start to loot. The economy has to restart again because when there's no food to buy you can't eat money.

Frankly, with the prevalence of guns in the US, if things got to the point of looting in small towns then this country would likely turn into the complete anarchy of The Walking Dead.


Also, I've been advocating for growing/raising your own food for about 6 years now, and I could go on for hours about it, but essentially the current situation is a great example of why everyone who can, should be doing so. All it costs is a bit of time and space, and even a narcissist can admit that at minimum they get better tasting food as a result. The benefits go far beyond that, but just sharing the basic idea.

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #747 on: April 30, 2020, 01:06:28 PM »
The thought occurred to me today that Toyota, Nissan, and the other major car manufacturers (like Suzuki, etc) need to bring out electric sports cars.

Not a hotted-up Prius or Smart, but a case where the Nissan Skyline team are given carte blanche to come up with an Electric Skyline. Something fast, sexy, and with a historical name behind it. Tesla have made a good one, but... they aren't wellknown as a carmaker, more as having a CEO who has a sideline of agent provocateur.

Because, IMO, just selling electric cars as 'eco-friendly' isn't going to get you the kind of market share it needs. You need aspirational cars -- both superfast voomvoom cars, and also luxury (with two g's... luggxury) of the kind that Maybach can pull off. As well as the greenies, the wider populace needs to buy into this on a mental level, rather than seeing it as being an 'eco-mentalist thing'.

This was brought to mind by some photos of New Delhi, before and after lockdown, and what a difference no cars made to the polluted skyline.

Didn't Ford just do this with the Mustang?

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Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« Reply #748 on: May 10, 2020, 02:28:08 AM »
I'm starting to think that if I ever do upgrade to a soldering station (this would mean that the cheap pencil iron is dead, and the spare even cheaper pencil iron is also dead), I'm going to have an OCD meltdown over setting the temperature.

Partly because that's exactly what happens every time I haul out the hot air station.
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« Reply #749 on: May 10, 2020, 08:14:59 AM »
I'm that degen that cranked the temp on mine all the way up and left it there ...
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