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Re: Traction (was Re: OT: Debian Mailinglist server slow?)

On Sat, 2003-09-06 at 02:38, Paul Johnson wrote:
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> On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 04:53:53PM +0100, Pigeon wrote:
> Not really, they sound like they're the identical engine.  The
> difference is hydraulic and manual transmissions waste serious,
> serious amounts of energy.  Gasoline (oppose diesel) is also a pretty
> poor choice for fuel.  Which is why I have to wonder: It's 2003, and
> we're *still* using gasoline-mechanical and gasoline-hydraulic systems
> for what reason?  Lets move *on*, people!  We can make traffic a mere
> nuisance instead of an acute respiratory health hazard (not to mention
> the US a military threat to anybody producing oil) if we just
> eliminate gasoline in favor of cleaner burning diesel and/or electric
> transmissions.

Hmmmm, I wonder where diesel oil comes from?  Ooo, ooo, I know!
Diesel oil comes from the Diesel Oil Fairy, who comes around pumping
it into filling station tanks every night!!!!

And poorly maintained diesel engines burn soooooo much cleaner than
gasoline engines, why it just takes my breath away! <NOT!>

> Oh, the last thing I want to be running on is liquid fuel in general.
> Liquid fuels have this fun tendancy of splashing about and catching
> fire in accidents, incinerating victims slowly.  Hydrogen is far, far
> safer: If a fuel leak ignites, *whump*, done.  No more burning.  It
> just flashes and it's over.  Yeah, you'll get toasted and you'll
> probably end up hospitalized, but it beats dying like a monk without a
> cause.

Like, say, all those people in the Hindenburg?

And how will personal vehicles transport pure hydrogen around?  Oh,
yeah, I forgot: really heavy, range-sapping high-pressure tanks,
that turn into missiles when the valves break off in rear-end col-

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

"All machines, no matter how complex, are considered to be based 
on 6 simple elements: the lever, the pulley, the wheel and axle, 
the screw, the wedge and the inclined plane."
Marilyn Vos Savant 

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