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6 hours ago, Collimatrix said:

 

Then there's the issue of yaw control.  Flying wings don't have a great way of doing this, although this new research suggests that their need for yaw control could be greatly reduced.

 

The boring practical issue with no yaw control (for me, at least) is that your landing approach becomes an all-or-nothing affair. Better hope your approach is perfect or you get to play a rousing game of dip the wing into the tarmac.

 

For most other purposes bank-and-yank seems to work fine for me. 

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On 1/28/2018 at 7:45 PM, T___A said:

TIL one of my ancestors was taken prisoners by the Confederates at Chickamauga.

 

I learned today he was interned at andersonville

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Using the LDS's family program, I have found 3 ancestors who fought in the Civil War, 2 Confederate and one Union (all on the same side of the family, interestingly.)

 

also, TIL that programs like Ancestry are borderline scams because they get lots of their information from the LDS database, which is free to access, but then turn around and charge for it.

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6 minutes ago, Donward said:

 

Seems like there are too many ways to rig the outcome imho.  

Rules of competition:

  • It's strictly forbidden to try to influence the number by coming to Finland and drown or drown other people. If the winner has drowned in Finland or stands suspected for drowning someone in Finland, we'll select another. Self-drowning or drowning somebody in some other country does not affect the outcome.

Edit: I hope this rule was added because someone tried it.

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TIL that Galil barrels do indeed have a nitrided bore. This discovery was made when I tried to cut my chamber 0.005" deeper so that it would close on the go gauge, and I was not actually removing any steel.... Well, on to plan B.

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On 6/20/2018 at 3:51 PM, Mogensthegreat said:

TIL Finnish people bet on how many will drown over Midsummer weekend:

 

https://www.varusteleka.com/en/page/midsummer-bingo-2018/24765

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/3MSf6He

From a country that has folk songs about knife fighting, this doesn't surprise me at all.

 

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TIL that the world of interlocking helix fasteners is a strange engineering abyss. Looking into torque calculations was a rabbit hole that I was not prepared to go down. Fascinating stuff, though...

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TIL that Douglas MacArthur was a descendant of Commodore Matthew Perry. I couldn't think of a clever joke about an gene that makes one an enemy of the Japanese.

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