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>>1722619
F? Surely it would do better under German leadership than British?
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>>1722669
Yes, they would also eat their victims
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>>1722665
something something, don't lose your head
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took a 24+ hour ride on one once. emphasis on once.
never again.

Thoughts on electric scooters?


I take light rail to work, so I wanted one to ride from station to the office about 1/2 mile. So I bought a Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost about a month ago, one of the cheapest options at $400. (I am not a Swagtron employee for the record)

Pretty neat technology. It’s the cheapest way to experience an EV. They have limitations of course, but for walking distances, an EScooter is dramatically easier and faster. If you live in a city, with things less than 2 miles away, it could be really useful. Pretty fun to ride too due to the instant torque and almost totally silent, which is a little weird. Don’t expect to ride on any busy road though.

For reference I have owned a classic moped and currently own a folding bike. The moped was faster and more useful, but an EScooter can fold up, doesn’t have an annoying 2 stroke engine, and folds MUCH easier than my folding bike.

Any questions?
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>>1722797
I used to think they’re stupid until I tried the rental ones on holiday, they’re pretty good for short distance travel.

Too bad it’s illegal to ride one here in the UK
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>>1722835
Awesome. I dont need one, but I wonder if harversting the battery is worth it.
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>>1722843 Get a Tesla, Jamal. Same risk, better profit.
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>>1722798
based as fuck
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>>1722797
half a mile? just fucking walk what the fuck.

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I want to see if this has been done, or attempted. I don't even know what to call it, so I'm using the analogy of 'Analogue' gearing (so no gears)

Bassically, instead of gearing up in a 'digital' fashion where you have a set torque at each gear, you have a perfectly smooth graduation from torque.

I have thought of this once before and the only concept that comes to mind is an expandable sprocket/cassette. Has anyone ever been so far to go do look more like? I know it's a dream, but I also know it's not strictly impossible to achieve so if it's even been prototyped and failed, I'd really like to see the mechanics others have proposed to solve this.

PIC Not related, strictly speaking that would fall under 'digital' (correct my terms if you have a better phrasing)
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>>1722862
The radial sprocket is at least a century old, that's just a patent for its adaptation.
I don't care about making money, I want my bike gears to be bluetoothed seamlessly to my speed/cadence preferences and adjust 1,000 times a second to make me extra efficient.
imagine not caring how hard you pedal, ever, and never having a gear again, just a dial on a screen.
It's not about the money, it's the fast for me.
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>>1722879
its the sort of thing you have to be mad to bring into the real world
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>>1722879
>imagine not caring how hard you pedal, ever, and never having a gear again, just a dial on a screen.
that sounds really boring
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>>1722957
Gears you have to manually switch and result in tons of energy losses are off the fucking hook dude!
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>>1722967
gear ratios have a torque curve so their is an ideal rpm for down shifts and up shifts depending on the gap between ratios

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Why can't the US into subway systems?
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>>1722964
>it claims to be the be the only province of China not in rebel hands
partly because of their own political support, but partly also because the PRC has told them any official line to the contrary means war.
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>>1719986
Ushartistan is a decaying atomized country that doesn't have a raison d'etre anymore.
USSR-style collapse soon.
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>>1722964
When has the ROC not claimed to be a country? Your own post outlines that they believe they are and the CCP are just occupiers.
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>>1722964
that is the result of the PRC saying they will invade if the ROC ever declares independence. the current situation is tenuous, but is preferable to war.
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>>1722964
Why focus on this wishywashy historical point rather than just look at the facts? China has never had control of Taiwan in any way. Taiwan has full control over its borders, affairs and has existed in this stable state for half a century. Why should China be given control over Taiwan?

If america had a high speed rail system, would it kill airlines?
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>>1721878
just hold your breath bro
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>>1720349
We'd have more spectacular Amtrak crashes. It'd certainly make flying seem even safer.
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Yeah, airlines have really high overhead. Delta stocks just dipped hard because of the price of fuel.
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>>1722241
Thanks for the Delta stock price update, Wang.
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>>1720349
No because America has enough air travel between cities that are far enough that HSR isn't viable, but it would do a major number on the industry due to how many flights are in the North East Corridor or between Chicago and the major cities around it in the lakes area where HSR is viable. LA and SanFan I"m not so sure given the distance and how much city to city travel there is executives who'd flight no matter what.

My question is to Dutch bike rental companies.
Do you explain to your customers all the rules of the road that apply to bicycles?
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How long before NJB x Specialized "Dutch" bikes (MSRP $1,999, has multiple design features that NJB specifically criticized)?
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What motivation would the Dutch government have to lie about cycling injuries?
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>>1722954
>While national infrastructure ministry figures report 14,000 seriously wounded cyclists in 2019, the most recently recorded year, VeiligheidNL estimates that there were actually some 80,000 injuries of which 50,000 were serious. The organisation reportedly came to its estimate on the basis of 14 accident and emergency wards’ figures.

80,000 injuries.
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The US in 2019:
>1,068 cyclists killed
>450,000 cycling injuries

Netherlands in 2019:
>203 cyclists killed
>80,000 cycling injuries

That means in the US, .24% of crashes are fatal, while in the Netherlands .25% of crashes are fatal. Interesting.
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>>1722958
Actually I got my numbers wrong. Only 850 cyclists died in the US, meaning only .18% of crashes were fatal, vs .25% in the Netherlands.

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I'm looking to get into cycling, but I don't want to become someone noone wants to be around. Did it change anyone's personality negatively? If so, why and how long did it take? If not, do you think other cyclists are like this? What exactly makes a cyclist insufferable so I know what not to do or say.
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>>1709388
Just like with people who avoid certain animal products in their food, insufferable cyclists are a "loud minority"
Most vegans don't tell everyone about it and most cyclists don't wear *AERO* clothes and avoid bike paths like the plague.
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>>1709388 Average cyclist is a man-child.
>too scared to ride on roads, whining about memelanes
>leave their propery on a shady streets then cry about theft
>rides slow, whining about anything faster then him
>commute to the office drenching in sweat
>brainlet consumers of cycling parts and gear
>cant tolerate superiority of electric propulsion
>lycra is gay
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it literally only changes peoples perception of you, not you yourself.
More like a filter for fucking simpos
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>>1722106
>commute to the office drenching in sweat
Swerved all those except this one. But work has a shower, so I feel like it's excusable.
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As a Dutchman I do not understand this discussion because cycling is so ingrained into the culture and infrastructure here.
Cycling is based if you don't have to commute really far. Cheaper and you have some excercize every day

In your honest opinion, what's the dumbest decision a pilot/crew made that caused a deadly crash?

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Florida_Flight_90

>be 1982
>DC is in the process of being hit by a historic blizzard, winter weather infrastructure is ill-prepared to keep up with the snowfall
>be the captain of a 737-222 waiting in an unusually long line for takeoff
>notice your wings are completely covered in snow
>instead of turning back to request deice, decide to exploit the jet exhaust of the DC-9 in front of you to clean your wings off so you don't lose your spot in line
>its becomes your turn to take off
>improvised deicing procedure leaves your trailing edges caked in ice and the engine inlet sensors iced over giving faulty instrument readings
>end up trying (and failing miserably) to take off with iced over wings at ~70% power, only tasting flight briefly before hitting an expressway and crashing in the Potomac river
>74 people on the plane and 4 people on the bridge die
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Today another MD-87 bit the dust.

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>>1719665
Severe autism, a sense of dissatisfaction with his life, and the encouragement of liberal masses that becoming a woman is a plausible and valid way to make a fresh start.
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>>1722259
You shouldn't believe hearsay then.

1. All German trains must be equipped with passenger activated emergency brakes (regulation). The compartment of the guy where the broken wheel rim shot through had one directly over the compartment door.

2. The failure of pulling the brake was actually one of the report points and the court case but since the guy survived and was traumatized enough, it was ruled out that he did nothing wrong...
A bit of honesty: only very few people (me probably included) would react right in a shock situation..

3. What you might hear was that the train was equipped with a NBÜ (Notbremsüberbrückung, translated as emergency brake override) where the train driver may override a passenger activated braking. This is also true and a standard here - if a brake activation happens for example on a high bridge, where evacuation is basically impossible, the train driver may override the braking and stop at a more suitable place. Since the wheel destruction happened on plain track without tunnels or bridges, the application of NBÜ by the driver was not probable and the train would be stopped.

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Thread on everything /n/ related in the German speaking areas of Europe.
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>Berlin
https://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/kompletter-technik-ausfall-bei-der-deutschen-bahn-im-berlin-stadtgebiet

Does anyone have further background information?
The usual places aren't talking about this.
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>>1679278
That's really nice anon. You're lucky to live in such a beautiful country.
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Probably more of a topic for the US, but we are in some odd branch of reality:

https://www.n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Flixbus-uebernimmt-legendaere-Greyhound-Busse-article22878480.html
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>>1722537
It's a joke that loosening anti-competetive regulation creates one of the largest transport monopolies on earth. The seeth will be massive once they start coloring the busses green.
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>>1722861
Well, that's Schwämmchen for you.
>The seeth will be massive once they start coloring the busses green.
I seriously doubt that. That would kill the original brand immediately.

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Post Jumbos
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>>1708658
Since last year LAX started receiving a wide variety of Jumbos. It's cool seeing all these retro paint schemes. It looks like they barely dusted them off and sent them flying.
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>>1722799
Jumbos are yesterdays stuff. We love them but they are going away. Its an inevitability now, unless someone dumps 40 frames into the orderbook, but I do love the mix n match combo effect, all cargo of course.
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> be me
> amerifuck
> be in northeast corridor
> ride amtrak acela train
> excellent.gif

> remember country is run by fuckwits
> will never have high speed rail anywhere else in this dumbfuck country.
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>>1722411
Two-man crews were previously required by the FRA, particularly after Lac-Mégantic, but was pulled because of industry shills. Prepare for another mile-long train failing and taking out some other town.
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>>1722783
>the locomotives are museum/trust owned.
I think they're just letting Strausburg borrow 611 right now. They still own it.
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>>1722788
Nah NS doesn't own any steam equipment. 611 belongs to the museum in Roanoke
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>>1722784
>Lac-Mégantic
Yooooo, I'm only casually interested in rail stuff, that's wild.
youtube.com/watch?v=8tU9TMDMISo
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>>1722809
Up almost blew up Rock Springs, Wyoming last year. As a train derailed 5 miles from downtown on an improperly banked curve.

draw concepts to send to your favorite megacorporations
no submarine designs allowed
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Anyone got like air bus thing? or air tram it was? bendy plane
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>>1717287
I don't remember this from the latest James Bond
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>>1711904
Where the fuck do I think we are?
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>>1706809
Posted it in /k/ already but I might as well put it here too.

Short story is, it's my interwar super light cruiser design, I can tell more if anybody cares.
Not a sub but what's the deal with no submarine designs allowed?
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here's my /k/+/n/ idea

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>someone presses a button on the train's toilet
>delayed by 15 mins

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Why aren't airships like the one by the sky pirates in laputa castle in the sky built?
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you are now aware of the existence of aluminum zeppelins
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>>1716178
you mean ww2 planes?
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>>1720479
It was quite impressive:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZMC-2

And it didn't use hydrogen, which would improve its performance and be safer than teh Zeppelin given its aluminum enclosure:

https://www.nytimes.com/1929/08/11/archives/navy-to-test-new-airship-the-metalclad-zmc2-inflated-with-helium.html
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>>1715688
Meds. Now.

Everyone always complains about their negative public transportation experiences, but what are some positive things that have happened to you on the bus/subway/train/etc?

WebM related I guess.
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>>1722075
Yep. They even arrested him and took him to jail for talking to me

>>1722077
Yeah, blue line. The friend I was with told me I should have a knife, that he had had guns pulled on him. I didn’t believe him. But the positive part was the based old man saving my ass. I would do anything for him if I could meet him again.
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>>1722082
I carry a swiss army knife, but wouldn't use it for protection. Don't think it's really worth it, but I've never been bothered like that on my now maybe 15 years riding this shitty system.
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>>1703363
Outstanding

>>1703488
I pity you if you can’t see the fun in that situation, sincerely.
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>>1709370
>Getting stuck on a B train which could not make it up the hill to Washington St. due to ice on the tracks.
Boston moment
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>>1716401
Just text her, anon. What’s the worst that could happen?




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