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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Sun May 12, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

Flumble wrote:I wouldn't be much more scared of a tripe trailer combo driving at >100 km/h than a single (heavily loaded) trailer. While a triple pendulum gets chaotic more easily, it takes some fascination and driving experience with cars to try drive such a death trap on the motorway.

While I wouldn't deny that these folks have a lot of driving experience, I don't think more driving experience would make someone more likely to do this. What it takes is a certain disregard for the highway code and safety in general.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun May 12, 2019 11:40 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:
Flumble wrote:I wouldn't be much more scared of a tripe trailer combo driving at >100 km/h than a single (heavily loaded) trailer. While a triple pendulum gets chaotic more easily, it takes some fascination and driving experience with cars to try drive such a death trap on the motorway.

While I wouldn't deny that these folks have a lot of driving experience, I don't think more driving experience would make someone more likely to do this. What it takes is a certain disregard for the highway code and safety in general.

More self-perceived and less actual driving experience, the Dunning-Krueger spike of on-road arrogance?
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Sat May 18, 2019 10:37 am UTC

somitomi wrote:This post will mention various forms of towing and combinations of those, so I'm inclined to introduce notation:
A.B A tows (trailer) B with a tow hitch
A-B A tows vehicle B with a rope or towpole
A[B] A carries B on top. If B is connected to something not on A, the symbol for this connection will precede the closing brackets, while the symbol for a connection to A will be after it.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby PAstrychef » Sat May 18, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

Is that also towing a trailer full of washing machines? The gas mileage must be horrible!
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby somitomi » Fri May 24, 2019 10:44 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Is that also towing a trailer full of washing machines? The gas mileage must be horrible!

I think they're pallet-sized plastic tanks like this one. They're probably mostly empty (the water in those tanks alone would weigh something like 20-30 metric tons), but it's a bit scary to think how this one would react to crosswind. The recent media attention means photos and videos of such things keep popping up, which is equal parts scary and amusing.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Fri May 24, 2019 7:18 pm UTC

"A 3t truck carrying a 1t car and towing a 0.5t trailer with 2 x 2 x 8 1t water tanks on it (see figure a) leaves Leeds at 8:30 am and travels south along the M1 at 60 mph. A 4t truck carrying a 1.5t truck carrying a 0.5t car and towing a 0.5t trailer that is carrying a 0.75t car and also towing a 0.5t trailer that is carrying a 0.3t garden shed (see figure b) leave the M25 at 9:15 am and travels north along the M1 at 50 mph. In contraflow at roadworks, one of the vehicles leaves its lane and collides with the other. Which component will fly furthest? Show your working."
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Flumble » Sun May 26, 2019 12:31 am UTC

Given all the extraneous info and lack of friction info, I'm going to say it's a trick question and it's the smoke from the aftermath that will fly furthest. (Or the news coverage, but that usually carries rather than flies far.)


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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Meticulac » Tue May 28, 2019 3:24 am UTC

It's almost surprising to me that consumer cooperatives aren't more of a thing in software and websites. See if you can crowdfund enough to cover two years of starting up, then focus on strategies that offer job security and promote user loyalty. I guess equity for ad-watching could be an awkward system to deal with if that's the business model you go for, especially when it means you're harvesting data specifically from your investors.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby SecondTalon » Tue May 28, 2019 3:45 pm UTC

Isn't that essentailly the current (so probably outdated since I'm not on the cutting edge) method, see also Snapchat/Instagram/etc that I quit using due to it?

That is - offer free service, operate at loss, build userbase. Once userbase is established and addicted, add in advertisements to pay for service and sell user data. You're now crowdfunding your service.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Tue May 28, 2019 7:06 pm UTC

Meticulac wrote:It's almost surprising to me that consumer cooperatives aren't more of a thing in software and websites. See if you can crowdfund enough to cover two years of starting up, then focus on strategies that offer job security and promote user loyalty. I guess equity for ad-watching could be an awkward system to deal with if that's the business model you go for, especially when it means you're harvesting data specifically from your investors.
I think there is no co-op software because open source is such a thing, so that's what people tend to do if they're not profit minded.

Although, I can see co-op being advantageous in some situations since it would allow core design to be done by a full time team.

Regarding advertising, I think one of the biggest failure of the internet so far is our inability to put a nickle into a website. If I want to read an article from a news source with professional reports and fact checking and all that, paying a nickle seems fine, but I might not want to commit to a subscription or trust you with my credit card info.
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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:50 pm UTC

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Flumble » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

You've had too many alcohols to put this in xkcdSW.

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Re: Thoughts for ships

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:42 pm UTC

Should have added another label: "number of bullets I own," right along that x-axis, because it is zero.
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