My Automobile Gets __ MPG
My little padawan,
Most of your post is quite correct. But you've got something wrong about accelerating and decelerating up / downhills. Really wrong. Look it up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potential_theory.
Then again, I'm a 'BM'-driver. Why do I feel kind of annoyed? My 120d does an average of 5.5l/100km, or 42mpg. Not all too shabby.
And yes, there *are* BMW-drivers that do respect the 'highway code', including me.
With the exception of course, that in Germany, I can legally go 140mph, and somtimes do :-)
2009, Year of the Linux Delusion
In this case, 1996 was the year of Linux. My department (Aerodynamics, TU-Darmstadt) ordered a DUAL Pentium 200 pro with a whopping 128MB of RAM (in order to replace the expensive SGI "Pizza boxes", aka SGI Indy). It outpaced the existing workstations by a factor of five, costing half. This is when commodity hardware started to do number crunching on Linux (preliminary Navier-Stokes stuff for the Airbus 3XX, now known as the Airbus 380). This was home-grown Fortran code, the kernel was 2.0.twentiiesh, and it already did SMP.
By the way, this was *my* year of Linux, I threw Windows 3.1 off my HD, installed (Debian)-Linux and never looked back. Ever.
What one thing would you take, if you had to leave the house for 24 hours and could only take one?
Why, my ID card of course! What good are all the other items if I can't get into my cubicle!