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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Nick Driver Last one out.... turn off the lights. (1521 comments)

So.... with pretty much all the original "cast and crew" gone or going.... does that mean that Cowboy Neal is now literally the last one on the list?

more than 3 years ago
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My Automobile Gets __ MPG

Nick Driver Re:Motorcycle (1141 comments)

My motorcycle gets about 50 mpg on the highway and 45 mpg around town. It's 1200cc and accelerates to 60 MPH quicker than almost all cars typically found on the road, except for exotic sports cars or muscle cars. It's a Harley Sportster 1200.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Emails AT&T's CEO, Gets Threatened With C&D Order

Nick Driver Don't you dare ever... (306 comments)

...tell the Emperor that his new clothes are fake and that he's actually stark raving naked or you will get your head chopped off.

more than 4 years ago
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Rumor of Betelgeuse's Death Greatly Exaggerated

Nick Driver Scotts (356 comments)

Islay is pronounced "Eye luh"

more than 4 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

Nick Driver 3 years old. (162 comments)

I was a four-year-old who had taken off the cover of the 26" TV console in the living room to poke around the glowing vacuum tubes.

I'm not very far behind you.

In 1973, I was three years old, my dad was a TV repairman who owned his own TV repair business, and I took apart every gadget I could get a screwdriver to.

However, If I tried to remove the back panel of the living room TV set, I would've got my ass busted in a big way. Twice. First by my mom, then secondly by my dad when he got home at the end of the day from running TV repair service calls.

Yes, back then you could still get TV repair service at home.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

He did buy the 430 either used or refurbed, and maybe the transponder too, but pretty much everything else in the project is all brand new stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

Not suited for instrument flying? Say it ain't so! I take my 140 into the soup all the time (well, okay, not in the winter when there might be icing)

You just answered your own question! Flying simply "in the soup" is only a very small part of the whole realm of instrument flying. I know I sure don't want to think about being in the clouds in the event of a failure of my single vacuum pump or AH, or have an engine failure while on top and have to descend thru a solid layer without the gyros working.

The Cherokee 140 does make a fine instrument trainer however, but when I think of an appropriate instrument weather small plane, I can't help but think of my friend's Beech Twin Bonanza as a suitably-equipped example :-)

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

Build the airplane yourself.

Kinda preaching to the choir here... But to build a decent RV costs well north of $60K these days for even a simple one if you're able to find great deals on the expensive components, easily double or more than what my Piper cost me to buy outright ready to fly. I simply don't have the money to do it, nor do I want to spend a few years building and not flying. The cost of building an RV has also skyrocketed over the past half decade, much due to the sharp increase in their popularity.

I've been watching one of the guys on my field build an RV-8 over the past four years and he's now got almost $85K in it, including paint and interior, and it's almost ready for first flight. He did go with a brand new fuel-injected IO-360, CS prop, dual Dynons and a Garmin GNS430 so he's got a fair bit of money tied up in the powerplant and panel. His was the "quick build" kit too, I'd hate to see how long it would take to build the "slow build" version.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

I keep my airplane constantly in a good state of airworthiness and repair, it's much cheaper than waiting for something to break way. One of my good friends is an A&P/IA and he takes care of any repairs and annual inspections with me doing all the dirty grunt-work, and I do all owner-pilot preventive maintenance in accordance with the regs, etc, to help save labor costs. My airplane had a brand new engine on it when I first bought it (Lycoming O-320), and so far the plane has only needed normal regular preventive maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape.

Parts are readily available for both the airframe and the engine. Some parts are still relatively reasonably priced, some are breathtakingly expensive. You just have to keep your fingers crossed that the really expensive ones don't break :-)

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't know Dwayne Koppler, or anybody in Springfield. I fly into Neosho whenever I go to SW Missouri. I've only flown to Branson once (Point Lookout airport), and that was a long time ago, long before the new Branson airport was even thought about being built.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

Dang, where is that hangar? I've got a storage unit just big enough for a car, some tools, and a stack of tires for not much less than that.

At a small privately owned airport northwest of Fort Worth TX. My hangar mate has known the airport's owners like forever and I've known them for over a decade, so that definitely influences the rent price ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

My plane is a Cherokee 140, and it does just fine flying cross-country trips. It's small, not very powerful, and definitely not suited for instrument/weather flying, but when flown safely within its limits and capabilities, it's carried me all over large chunks of the CONUS east of the Rocky Mountains anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver Re:In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

It costs about $35-40 per hour in fuel. I do not bother with an "engine reserve" account to pay into for each flight hour. I figure when the engine needs overhauled in another ten years, I'll worry about that problem when it comes.

I fly both short local hops, and long distance trips too. Sometimes I just fly around for a half hour for fun, and make a few touch-n-go landings for practice. Sometimes, I fly to a nearby small town where there's a couple restaurants across the street from the airport, and have lunch. Every year I also fly from Texas (D/FW metroplex area) to Oshkosh Wisconsin for the annual AirVenture Fly-In event. I also typically make a few flights a year to southwest Missouri to visit family there.

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

Nick Driver In the Pilot's Seat. (365 comments)

The only way to fly.

I own my own 1960's Piper single-engine, 4-seat airplane.

It's not really that expensive. About $30K purchase price, $1200-1500 per year maintenance. $700/year insurance, and I split $225/month hangar rent with another airplane owner, two planes fit in there quite nicely with extra room for a couple motorcycles and jetskis in the back corner.

I got my pilot's certificate over ten years ago when that cost about $4.5K, it costs about $7.5-8.5K nowadays.

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Sues To Protect Your Right To Swear

Nick Driver The Fucking ACLU (698 comments)

This one usually makes liberal, anti-RKBA heads explode:

Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy to death in 1963 with a mail-order rifle.
One of these two men was member of the ACLU.
The other one was a member of the NRA.
Guess which one was which?

more than 4 years ago
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Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

Nick Driver Not yet. (515 comments)

You know the govt probably wants pretty badly to RFID all currency. Would make it trivial for police to know how much cash you've got on you from a distance.

more than 4 years ago
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Bank Employee Plants Malware on ATMs

Nick Driver If the economy keeps... (171 comments)

I expect to be back to only using cash in about 20 years.

If the economy keeps heading in the direction it's going, I expect to be using the barter system within 20 years.

Like as in: Hey Mr. Blacksmith, I'll swap you 3 dozen fresh hen's eggs for a pound of nails and this here yearling billygoat for welding up my broken plow blade.

more than 4 years ago
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11th Circuit Eliminates 4th Amend. In E-mail

Nick Driver ...but in a manner to be prescribed by law. (490 comments)

Just wait until Congress realizes how much money they can save by passing a new federal law requiring homeowners with spare rooms be required to become the new "temporary room & board" for military personnel.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking

Nick Driver It would make more sense to outlaw... (794 comments)

...whacko stupid politicians. If one proposes a stupid law, he gets a life sentence to a mental institution since he's clearly a danger to society.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

Nick Driver Grammar and Communication (1142 comments)

All the technical, math and logic knowledge in the world is useless if you can't communicate it clearly to others. Proper grammar is an essential foundation of being able to communicate clearly.

more than 4 years ago

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Nick Driver Nick Driver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nick Driver (238034) writes "According to this news article published by The Independent , scientists are now pointing the blame at cellphone radiation as the cause for the mysterious vanishing of bees. Apparently EM in the near-microwave to microwave portions of the spectrum interfere with the bees' navigational ability and they cannot find their way back to their hive, and die individually, lost, far away from their homes. A disturbing line in the article says that the abandoned hives are not being touched by predators that would normally raid the honey and pollen left behind."

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