MasterMario - Keeper of the V8s
mastermario
2/23/20
10:11 PM
3

Their usage case (80k/year miles of pretty much highway driving) probably doesn’t match the usage case you are used to. You might find that getting a year of use out of an AC compressor is what happens for most cars. The stresses of driving 8 hours/day constantly is just a heck of a lot different than driving say 2 Read more

2/23/20
4:38 PM
48

The real reason for flying boats was the fixed pitch prop. Prior to adjustable pitch props you had either a climb or cruise prop, if you wanted to be able to cruise at altitude at a decent speed and at a low cruise RPM you needed a flat pitch prop. This was the equivalent of fifth gear in a car and just like top gear Read more

2/22/20
11:31 PM
3

I am regretting not writing the reasonably sized check it would have taken for this to be somebody else’s problem, but I’m pot committed now. Oh well!

2/21/20
2:30 PM
3

Yeah, Matt S browning. I've got pictures in this collection of baby to old man. Very cool stuff

2/21/20
2:02 PM
2

These are awesome. That rifle looks like an early Browning prototype. I’m guessing your great grandaddy was one of the Browning Bros. I’ve only ever seen photos of them a little later along in life. Very cool family history.

2/21/20
11:43 AM
3

If the motor is too big for one, you just scale it down (also the article you linked says each rotor has a motor). I guess anti-torque makes sense, i.e. one rotor might be functional but the response from four is optimal. Still looks dumb though.

2/21/20
11:37 AM
1

the foolish idea that it’s better to be “thrown clear” has a staggering body count. Back when hydroplanes had open cockpits and no restraints, you could count on multiple drivers dying every year. Ever since they mandated reinforced closed cockpits and harnesses in Unlimited hydros in 1988, only one driver has died Read more

2/20/20
9:05 PM
140

At this point Chevy should just bring back the front of the old Kodiak.

2/20/20
8:13 PM
117

Those are all chock-diddily-full of win, Torch-a-rino.

2/20/20
7:52 PM
1

Oh I agree that it’s a tax benefit meant to drive behavior considered socially desireable. The issue is that removing the interest deduction would crater the value of what for most people is their most valuable asset.

2/20/20
3:39 PM
1

In general I’m opposed to all subsidies. Either I pay the money to a manufacturer or to uncle Sam. At least paying to the manufacturer you choose and aren’t propping up things that don’t need to exist (ethanol for example) theoretically saving money. Of course in order for that to work the government has to both stop Read more

2/20/20
11:24 AM
13

Yeah, no. Every economic activity is government-subsidized and if you want to blame anything it’s this form of unrestrained capitalism that’s actually socialist when it comes to protecting private businesses. How about they tax those business and their billionaire owners so they can lower your taxes and keep the Read more

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2/20/20
11:14 AM
53

subsidies and taxes should be used by the state to influence things that are within the interest of the public good. E.g. the state has a vested interest in promoting public health. Increased air pollution has a negative impact on public health. Therefore things that increase air pollution should be taxed in order to Read more