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  1. Problem is that aerodynamic / hydrodynamic drag scales with the square of the speed. That makes high speeds prohibitively expensive at sea level and for ships. Airplanes avoid this problem by cruising at high altitude. Modern airplanes are remarkably power efficient. But they're still burning fossil fuel... Not sure if electric planes are feasible. The weight of the batteries and (lack of) range will not be easy to overcome.
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    Dreadfort reality?

    Andrew the Apostle was crucified, not flayed. But the similarity of the crosses is hardly accidental.
  3. Alaphilippe is quite successful with his current team. They just don't usually pursue the GC in a big multi-stage race. Most teams don't. Doesn't mean they aren't successful. Alaphilippe is No1 in the UCI world rankings. Not so bad.
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    What made Ser Gerold Stay?

    I don't think we know what Hightower was doing or where he was in the time between Rhaegar's departure and Ned's arrival. He could have stayed at the ToJ but that is by no means certain. With Rhaegar, Aerys, and Aegon still alive Lyanna and her child shouldn't have been the Kingsguard's top priority, so I'd assume Ser Gerold left with Rhaegar and returned later.
  5. LED are obviously much more power efficient than old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs (which the EU has banned anyway). The question is how large a fraction of your total power consumption is for light. Back when people first got electricity it was all about light but nowadays we have so many electric / electronic devices. Fridges are obviously big consumers, but there are also computers, modems, routers, wireless speakers etc. Most of that stuff is on 24/7, so even if a device draws a few Watt only it adds up.
  6. I would take that kind of figure with a big lump of salt. Switching from incandescent light bulbs to LED might save some power, but I very much doubt that light bulbs have improved. As for cars, that's mainly manufacturers getting really good at cheating the tests. Maybe modern diesels make trips on the autobahn at 160 kph more fuel efficient, but that's about it. Don't know about heating. I guess there have been some real improvements there.
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    Same on Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/game_of_thrones/s08. Ratings by the audience are particularly damning. That the show runners had to cancel their appearance at Comic-Con and no questions were allowed at the panel is also telling. Having been a reader since the early noughties, I don't really care. Always found the hype about the show rather annoying.
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    Abilities of mages

    Magic in ASOIAF is not at all like Dungeons and Dragons or Harry Potter. It's scary and usually comes at a cost, like blood or even human sacrifice. You don't just cast a spell.
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    Big Question regarding Inheritance

    Has been a while since I read the books but weren't the Baratheons originally supposed to be rather distant relatives of the Targs? I think GRRM only later retconned them into a cadet branch. As far as real world Europe is concerned, nobles on the continent don't use family names the way the English nobility does. They are referred to by their titles and the territories / estates they rule. Family names like Hohenzollern are semi-official at best. Even today the Prussian Hohenzollern branch call themselves Prinz / Prinzessin von Preussen, not Hohenzollern. And there is at least one example of a dynasty continued through a woman: the Habsburgs (though they have been Habsburg-Lothringen since). The Dutch royals also still call themselves Oranje, even after three queens. But that's modern times. Same with the Brits, though apparently the queen and Prince Philip they had a fight over it when they married.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    I very much doubt that. At the end of her term in Brussels she'll be 66. And if AKK fails the CDU will need a new leader way before 2024. VdL is out of German politics for good.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    The defence ministry is a graveyard of careers. The next scandal is always around the corner. VdL has endured longer than she should have but the office has put an end to the prospect of her ever being chancellor at least. I don't see how AKK could gain popularity holding that post.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    There goes any hope that the European parliament might reject her: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49010801 At least we are rid of her as defence secretary in Germany.
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    OK why are tombs empty? Missing girl case....

    Well, the tombs are 180 years old and there has been renovation work at least twice. Grave diggers probably just cleared out whatever remains there were.
  14. Why do you think resurrecting the Forsaken is a bad thing? Underlines the futility of Rand's strategy to hunt them down one by one. You don't wear down the Shadow by killing its minions. You have to tackle the Dark One himself at Shayol Ghul.
  15. The real question is what city it's going to represent. Has to be a coastal city in the south. So the show won't go there in season one.
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    Why are big name actors doing TV?

    The classical TV drama on broadcast TV is a full time job for the actors. They can't do anything else. A season is typically around 23 episodes, which means they have to shoot one episode every two weeks on a strict schedule. Pretty much a routine job. Those HBO shows are a different animal. Larger budgets probably help, too.
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    Car battery question for the hive mind!

    Not an expert, but the car is six years old. Probably still the first battery, which has just reached the end of its lifespan.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Erlangen is a university city. You'd expect the natives to be in the minority. As for Munich, it has traditionally voted for the social democrats. There has been only one mayor from the CSU. And in the recent elections fo the EU parliament the Greens got the most votes. As with all the larger states, Bavaria is divided between the big cities and industrial areas on one side and the rural areas on the other. Bavaria was a poor and underdeveloped state back in 1950. Obviously, that has changed since. Population has grown, too. That's both good and bad for the CSU. On the one hand, they claim credit for the state's development. On the other hand, the population is a lot less socially conservative than it used to be. It's a bit like with the SPD. The children of the workers who used to make up their voter base all got higher education. That is a big success for the SPD. But they have also eliminated their own voter base.
  19. Well, the paper finds that at least one planet is in the habitable zone, but that's based on surface temperature only, i.e. how much light the planets get and some assumptions about the atmosphere. That's all good and well but that close to the star the tidal forces are brutal and the planets are probably tidally locked, so one side gets cooked, the other frozen. Not necessarily the best conditions for life.
  20. That's a rather weird system, though. The star is very dim and the orbits very close. Orbital periods of 4.9 and 11.4 days.
  21. So somebody has posted photos of the interior of Boris Johnson's car: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7152985/Inside-Boris-Johnsons-litter-strewn-Toyota-Previa.html Nice.
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    WHEEL OF TIME tv show: Go on,tug my braid!

    There are plenty of female characters in the book. Obviously, the show will have to pick some and leave others out. Hard to tell how large the main cast will be. Moirane is obvioulsy a candidate, but she is out for half the series. What about Amys, Elaida, or one of the Forsaken? Siuan Sanche?
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    German politics xth attempt

    So the European Court of Justice has ruled against the planned German toll system: https://www.dw.com/en/eu-court-rules-against-autobahn-tolls/a-49243318 The implementation was rather beScheuert anyway.
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    Small folk savings

    It's not money-based economy. Sure, money exists but as a peasant you grow your own food, weave your own cloth etc. Letting illiterate people handle money is a recipe for disaster, anyway.