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May 28th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-28 11:40
  Subject:   Hay guyz! Let's admit the screamingly obvious... WAY TOO LATE!
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  Tags:  iraq, politics

"History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided — that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder," McClellan wrote in "What Happened," due out Monday. "No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact."

"What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary," he wrote in the preface.


http://www.ajc.com/meetro/content/news/stories/2008/05/27/mcclellanbook_0527.html

Jesus fucking christ. You stupid, blind idiot.

Thanks a lot for coming around now. Now that 4000 soldiers are dead - and more bodies continue to pile up, every day. Now that at least 15,000 completely innocent Iraqis are dead - and more bodies continue to pile up, every day.

Don't expect forgiveness from me. You crossed the line permanently when YOU HELPED KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE. There is nothing you can ever do to change that. Once someone is dead, the game is over. You will never be able to erase the fact that you're an accessory to mass murder.

Every word I read in this story makes my rage build. McClellan shows Dubya for the moron he is, unleashing war for both personal vainglory and for the insanely egotistical, and utterly historically refuted, idea of "creating peace in the middle east." (Something that, if it ever happens, certainly isn't going to come about as a result of killing and torturing the people of Iraq.)


I hate this fucking government, but most of all I hate the stupid 52% who voted for it a second time. I can't wait to GTFO this stupid country of fuckheads.


(Stolen from flemco.)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-28 13:04
  Subject:   Tesla motors geartrain v1.5
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The new gearbox is the most significant change from powertrain 1.0 to 1.5. We have significantly reduced the complexity of this gearbox by getting rid of the need for shifting or speed matching between two gear sets. There is only one set of gears that is always engaged with a ratio of (8.2752:1). There are no clutches and we have also done away with the need for an electric oil pump and instead integrated a very efficient gear-driven oil pump into the gearbox. All of these simplifications have saved a great deal of mass and the new gearbox is approximately 45kg instead of 53kg for the old two-speed design. This mass savings is even more impressive when you consider that we have designed this transmission to have a long life at a much higher input torque (400 Nm) and higher speed (14,000 rpm).

One of the most exciting features of this new gearbox (from an EV perspective) that we have been able to validate on the first prototypes is that it has extremely low spinning drag (less than 0.1 Nm of dry drag torque.) This is less than any other gearbox we have tested with the only possible exception being the EV1 gearbox. This low drag contributes to the 1.5 powertrain having a slightly improved range figure.


http://www.teslamotors.com/blog4/?p=67
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