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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Business Idea - Your Thoughts Needed.
Replies: 16
Views: 2038

RE: Business Idea - Your Thoughts Needed.

Like a taxi, but made more attractive with extra features.
Cheaper than a taxi.

Err... How would you make a profit? Do you plan to do anything that "private hire" taxis don't already do?

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Men's Plaid Suits: Will There Be A Comeback?
Replies: 40
Views: 5083

RE: Men's Plaid Suits: Will There Be A Comeback?

Q: Will there be a comeback?
A: Possibly. Most other fashions have made comebacks.

Q: Will it ever look good?
A: No. No no no no no.

 Smile

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dell/Windows XP Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

RE: Dell/Windows XP Question

Why is everyone so keen to reformat? Put a fresh build on the same disk if you're so determined to spring-clean. You get all the same benefits (some of them rather dubious in my mind), but: 1. No need to back up your old data (although it's good practice to do so); 2. Profiles can be copied across. ...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Gays Pay More For Insurance?
Replies: 44
Views: 3770

RE: Should Gays Pay More For Insurance?

<i>I also wonder about judges. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. The R.V. left the freeway, crashed and ov...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>Even Stephen Hawking has had the open mindedness to say that in all probablility there has to be a creator.</i> Surely, he said that the existence of a creator couldn't be disproven? <i>Not the practising Christians. We practise the same Christianity from the same Bible. </i> The same bible has, ...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best Beer Opinion
Replies: 46
Views: 2506

RE: Best Beer Opinion


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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Favorite Restaurant Worldwide & Why...
Replies: 31
Views: 2580

RE: Your Favorite Restaurant Worldwide & Why...

Favourite restaurant worldwide...?
Lai Ching Heen (now Yan Toh Heen?), in Hong Kong; or Gloria, in Tallinn.

But I'd rather eat with friends in a mediocre local restaurant  Smile

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: End The Federal Withholding Tax For A Year
Replies: 23
Views: 2397

RE: End The Federal Withholding Tax For A Year

First of all, why do you immediately want to tax the rich simply for the sake of them being rich? As I said earlier, that is Marxism. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Most countries have progressive taxation (or, at least, that's their intention).
Are most countries marxist?

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: End The Federal Withholding Tax For A Year
Replies: 23
Views: 2397

RE: End The Federal Withholding Tax For A Year

<i>First of all, why do you immediately want to tax the rich simply for the sake of them being rich? As I said earlier, that is Marxism. Nothing more. Nothing less.</i> Marxism is about control of the production (and organisations, machinery &c). To Marx, taxation was a side-issue. It's not marxism....

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Travel? China Introduces Maglev
Replies: 7
Views: 2524

RE: The Future Of Travel? China Introduces Maglev

There's already been a long thread on this... <i>Maglev trains are the ultimate green form of transport, assuming the energy isn't produced from fossil fuels. Cutting the travel time from Shanghai airport to downtown from 40 minutes to just 7 is nothing short of spectacular. </i> The main drag on fa...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>The problem is that the Big Bang doesnt explain everything. They say the origin of the big bang was that speck I spoke of, but, where did the speck come from? That remains unanswered.</i> <i>If God doesnt exist.....where did all this come from. And if God exists...where did he come from.</i> The ...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Americans Storm Paris
Replies: 73
Views: 2582

RE: The Americans Storm Paris

<i>Eh, the french may be anti-US, but they'll sure drink the coffee. I will bet money on it.</i> That's because they're (mostly) rational. How did boycotting Perrier ever advance the political aims of anti-France bigots?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> Anyway. Starbucks...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clean Vehicle: It Works!
Replies: 122
Views: 3808

RE: Clean Vehicle: It Works!

<i>oh, and it is r e y, not e r y</i> You <b>really</b> aren't qualified for pedantry. <i>Currently these vehicles make NO benneficial </i>(sic)</i> impact on the environment.</i> In what way is 30% lower fuel consumption not beneficial? <i>your </i>(sic)</i> a simpleton, and that is obvious.</i> <i...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert
Replies: 34
Views: 3590

RE: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert

<i>If the author is so incompetent, or irrelevant, in terms of military affairs, why is he invited to work for the Army War College? Logically, if he's incompetent and works for the Army War College, it means this institution as a whole is probably incompetent as well. Then, since most army top bras...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 12:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Orders Airbus 330 Tankers Worth 18.8bn?
Replies: 48
Views: 8763

RE: RAF Orders Airbus 330 Tankers Worth 18.8bn?

<i>So, they throw their hands in the air and cry like babies when the U.S. prefers a homegrown supplier but then do the same thing? It will be interesting to see how this all works out.</i> In this case, the <acronym title="Modesto - Modesto City-County / Harry Sham Field (MOD / KMOD), USA - Califor...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>The simple truth, is that nothing will ever prove nor disprove the existence of God. Nothing. It can't be proven either way.</i> The bible says a few things about god. If those statements are disproven, and if (per your example) god's only role is to push the first actor onto the stage, and then ...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert
Replies: 34
Views: 3590

RE: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert

<i>Democracy is the process....how hard is this? You guys surely seem to struggle a lot with the concept lately don't you? What is the problem?</i> Yes, I'm really struggling. Bush seems to be, too: <i>It is no accident that the rise of so many democracies took place in a time when the world's most ...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal Or Financial Times?
Replies: 8
Views: 3622

RE: Wall Street Journal Or Financial Times?

Forbes is to the Economist what Scientific American is to any competent scientific journal.

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert
Replies: 34
Views: 3590

RE: War In Iraq An Error According To US Army Expert

Check again, your sources are wrong. The U.S. is a Republic, not a Democracy

This one again? The whole Bush administration regularly refers to it as a democracy, in countless speeches, press releases &c.

What we need is better quality pedantry.

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>The Bible clearly states He(God) created Man out of the dirt of the "Earth" and Man was created in His(Gods) likeness....it also says that Man was His special creation......</i> And if an ox could paint a picture of his god, it would look like an ox. <i>They can launch 1000 missions to Mars and o...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Missile Defense Sheilds?
Replies: 18
Views: 2055

RE: Missile Defense Sheilds?

<i>Besides, if other countries want to go that far into space, it seems reason enough to protect ourselves. From what or who does not matter as it is an issue of national security.</i> Yes, it does matter. Missile defence is very difficult, complex, and expensive; you can't protect yourself against ...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yet Another 'Tax' For UK Drivers
Replies: 2
Views: 2050

RE: Yet Another 'Tax' For UK Drivers

Criminals being expected to help funding victim support - this is a tax?

Let me guess... if you're fined for drunken / disorderly outside the Golden Lion at midnight, is that a tax on having a good night out? If you're fined for dropping litter in the street, is that a tax on eating snack-food?

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Same Slogans For 2 Airlines: Is It Legal?
Replies: 11
Views: 5185

RE: Same Slogans For 2 Airlines: Is It Legal?

<i>Ever heard of something called Copyright infringement?</i> Indeed; as discussed by earlier posts. They might not use the phrase in each other's territories. If they do, neither might have registered it as intellectual property. If one has, maybe they don't care; or maybe they've come to an amicab...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Intra-State Flight?
Replies: 30
Views: 4631

RE: Longest Intra-State Flight?

Well, if we are talking intra-state - anywhere, Russia will probably win

Yes, if:
(1) You only count single hops; or
(2) You don't consider the Falkland Is. to be part of the UK.

There have probably been lots of threads on this before.

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell
Replies: 15
Views: 2988

RE: Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell

<i>Lord Archer was in a low security prison, completly different than the prisons Shipman was in.</i> Indeed. He was considered a much lower risk to the public (or vice versa). Whoever decided that had obviously not read any of his novels. <i>Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell</i> Maybe he ran out of ...

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Little To No France Bashing Recently - Thanks Guys
Replies: 63
Views: 3052

RE: Little To No France Bashing Recently - Thanks Guys

N6376m...

All this from the person who said "Oh man. It is soooooooooooo easy to get under your guy's skin" and "You guys really have an inferiority complex"? Clearly, you are above the debate.  Wink/being sarcastic

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did Ryanair Choose Those Interiors!
Replies: 18
Views: 4045

RE: Why Did Ryanair Choose Those Interiors!

Who gives a damn? You travel halfway across Europe and back, for £20.  Smile

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell
Replies: 15
Views: 2988

RE: Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell

<i>I'm currently reading Lord Jeffery Archer's Prisoner's Diary which he wrote while serving time the last couple of years. Prison in the UK are completely different than what the US conception of prison are.</i> Treat it with caution; Lord Archer is not known for the factual nature of his writing. ...

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Worst Auto Accident You've Been In?
Replies: 21
Views: 3088

RE: Worst Auto Accident You've Been In?

I hired a large-ish <acronym title="MNG Cargo Airlines (Turkey)">MB</acronym> van to move house, and drove it a little too hard when returning it to the rental agency. Wet road, relatively tight left corner as two sliproads merge to form a mini-motorway as part of the Brussels orbital. At about 120k...

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Simulator Provokes Investigation
Replies: 64
Views: 8565

RE: Flight Simulator Provokes Investigation

This is a duplicate of a thread in non_av...?

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal Or Financial Times?
Replies: 8
Views: 3622

RE: Wall Street Journal Or Financial Times?

I'd definitely recommend the FT.
Plus the Economist.  Big grin

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question: Men Of The Early 1900's
Replies: 14
Views: 8839

RE: Question: Men Of The Early 1900's

and less and less white collar workers wear a tie nowadays.

Civilisation is collapsing.

You can't possibly be a real man without tie, cufflinks, and a suit that fits.

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bush Became President To Invade Iraq...
Replies: 55
Views: 4080

RE: Bush Became President To Invade Iraq...

<i>The crux of the issue is whether GWB came into office ready to invade Iraq and was just searching for a reason. Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a laudable goal. I still believe that to be the case</i> N79969, I can't keep on agreeing with you. You'll have to say something outrageous.  <img...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 11:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland
Replies: 40
Views: 3429

RE: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland And N. Ireland

<i>and, trust me, our trains are just as crap north of the border</i> ...despite generous operating subsidies from the centre. I'm curious how Scottish rail services would cope if they got average, or even below-average funding per passenger-km. <i>no say in foreign policy or taxation even though we...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Entitlements For Illegals And Taxes=Marxism?
Replies: 13
Views: 2128

RE: Entitlements For Illegals And Taxes=Marxism?

<i>Open a book.</i> Who rattled your cage? <i>This isn't a democracy; it's a representative republic</i> A very brief search reveals: Bush: "It is no accident that the rise of so many democracies took place in a time when the world's most influential nation was itself a democracy." Gore: "...the nor...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Entitlements For Illegals And Taxes=Marxism?
Replies: 13
Views: 2128

RE: Entitlements For Illegals And Taxes=Marxism?

<i>If so, then you are, in so many words, supportive of a Marxist style system-that is the forced redistribution of wealth. In other words, Socialism, and then Communism. Can anyone other than a Campus Radical, or someone who lives on the dole tell me why this would be a good thing? Many de facto Ma...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Computer Power Usage, In Kilowatt-hours?
Replies: 3
Views: 2244

RE: Computer Power Usage, In Kilowatt-hours?

<i>like what is a kilowatt-hour, why can't they call it a kilowatt, or just go make them into joules?</i> It's the amount of electrical energy (not power) equivalent to drawing 1kW for 1 hour. 1 J = 1 watt-second, right? Therefore, 3.6kJ = 1 watt-hour Therefore, 3.6MJ = 1 Kilowatt-hour. It's an odd ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Own A Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 SRi?
Replies: 17
Views: 3198

RE: Anyone Own A Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 SRi?

I recently had to drive the current Astra (an overpriced last-minute rental). It got me from A to B to C and back over the course of a weekend, but that's it. Space, trim, fuel consumption, handling - all competent but not certainly not exciting. The switchgear wasn't intuitive (something you'd get ...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The A380 Effect
Replies: 168
Views: 22705

RE: The A380 Effect

But looking at pictures the A380 has doors on each level, how are airports going to cater for this?

http://www.airbus.com/product/a380_planning.asp

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tarom 310's To Go Military!
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

RE: Tarom 310's To Go Military!

How transparent is the deal?
Some could suspect that it helps provide under-the-table state support to a flag-carrier.

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do We Want The Euro In The UK?
Replies: 1823
Views: 37679

RE: Do We Want The Euro In The UK?

The benefits of the Euro are mostly at a distance from the spender/voter. It makes cross-border trade easier, improves price transparency, &c... I think that if you could wave a magic wand and change these benefits into cash that people could feel in their pockets, there would be a massive change fr...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The AF/KLM Deal
Replies: 1
Views: 1963

RE: The AF/KLM Deal

Currently, competition authorities (on both sides of the Atlantic) are considering it.

http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/031230143518.5qdcaak4

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Does The Stockmarket Work?
Replies: 26
Views: 3029

RE: How Does The Stockmarket Work?

<i>Try the Virtual Stock Exchange at http://game.marketwatch.com/Home/default.asp. You set yourself up with some virtual funds, and you can create a simulated portfolio that you can manage on a daily basis, buying and selling, stops and limits, etc. It's a lot of fun, and all the stock prices they u...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Airbus have tours at their factory in Toulouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5512

RE: Does Airbus Have Tours At Their Factory In Toulouse?

Yes; arranged through an agency called Taxiway.

http://www.taxiway.fr/

[Edited 2004-01-12 00:08:55]

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 7:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland
Replies: 40
Views: 3429

RE: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland And N. Ireland

I think there's enough argument on Britain / England / Scotland / Wales / NI. We don't need to add the EU! Save it for another thread  Big grin

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bush Became President To Invade Iraq...
Replies: 55
Views: 4080

RE: Bush Became President To Invade Iraq...

Broadly, I agree with N79969.

However, I doubt that a treasury secretary would have got the juiciest gossip on military plans..?

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 6:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clean Vehicle: It Works!
Replies: 122
Views: 3808

RE: Clean Vehicle: It Works!

Heck, why not integrate a turbine engine into the car, they'll use the fuel better.

Will it? Speaking very generally, higher compression ratios bring higher thermodynamic efficiency. How can you get higher compression from a turbine engine than from a reciprocating engine?

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 6:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gold - Price / Dropping Value
Replies: 8
Views: 1319

RE: Gold - Price / Dropping Value

<i>What is the point of finding lost gold treasures if it ends up dropping the overall value of the gold in the world?</i> What's the point of <b>any</b> industry, given that increasing the availability of a product tends to lower the price of that product? <i>well, do the people who find that stuff...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 12, 2004 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Building A New Airline From Nice To Paris
Replies: 48
Views: 6972

RE: Building A New Airline From Nice To Paris

<i>i understand your point, but the TGV is set to arrive in 2012 in Nice</i> It's already there; the problem is, there's no <i>L</i><acronym title="Riga Airlines (Latvia)">GV</acronym> beyond Marseille yet, hence an extra ~2 hours rolling slowly along the coastline. It's a good point that the LGV wo...

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