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Percy
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Message 541 of 552 (861077)
08-16-2019 6:08 PM
Reply to: Message 540 by Hyroglyphx
08-16-2019 11:55 AM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
Hyroglyphx writes:

For some people, maybe they couldn't afford even a single share of Amazon because the price was like $1,200! I don't know what Amazon's share price is at now, but maybe its now $800 per unit.

Amazon was $1792.57 at the close today.

--Percy


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Message 542 of 552 (861088)
08-16-2019 10:12 PM
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08-16-2019 6:08 PM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
Amazon was $1792.57 at the close today.

Source of below:

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A stock Aug 16, 2019:

Opened $300,260.00
High----- 301,742.75
Low------ 298,687.25
Close---- 300,829.00

That difference between high and low is $3055.50. Isn't that about 1%?

My understanding is that they never pay a dividend.

Moose


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Hyroglyphx
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Message 543 of 552 (861092)
08-16-2019 11:10 PM
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08-16-2019 6:08 PM


Re: Stock market falls and the selling off of stock
Amazon was $1792.57 at the close today.

Jesus

I guess that's not all the surprising given their strength, even if the rest of the S&P 500 were down, their stock would still be a high commodity.


"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it" -- Thomas Paine

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dwise1
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Message 544 of 552 (863057)
09-19-2019 1:31 PM


Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
I'm working on a web page about the problems, both imagined and real, with the USA finally converting to metric (I'm for it, but am mindful of some of the difficulties which I plan to present and discuss on this page).

I am now working on the section in which I offer tips on estimating metric measurements into Amuric'n for visualization purposes. For example, to estimate km into miles you divide km by 10 and multiply by 6 (eg, 100 km/hr -> 60 mph).

For that example, I started to suggest that you simple look at your dual-scale speedometer, which is both in mph and km/hr. But then I realized that they might exist only in the USA (and possibly also in the UK which has switched back miles or so I've heard), but there would be no need for that in Continental Europe. Therefore, I would assume that European cars would only use the km/hr scale on their speedometers.

Given the geographic distribution of our members, I would like to ask for their inputs on this question.


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Message 545 of 552 (863059)
09-19-2019 1:48 PM
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09-19-2019 1:31 PM


Re: Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
The UK stuck with miles all along. We never changed to kilometres.

I have seen cars with dual rings speedometers, presumably so that they can be sold in the UK and in Europe.

Ireland has gone to kilometres, so I suspect that’s the place to find dual ring speedometers - because I expect Northern Ireland is using miles like the rest of the UK.


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Message 546 of 552 (863060)
09-19-2019 2:20 PM
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09-19-2019 1:31 PM


Re: Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
Canada has dual ring speedos. (only for special swimming events).

Of my two classic minis, the 1967 one built in england for export (to finland) has dual rings, while the 1970 one assembled in italy from kit has single ring km's.

I not only use 100= 40 (50 = 30) but 80 = 50 (40 = 25)

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Message 547 of 552 (863085)
09-19-2019 5:53 PM
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09-19-2019 1:31 PM


Re: Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
In Canada we use kilometers for highways and liters for gasoline and milk. Coffee is sold in 907 gram cans and butter is sold in 454 gram packages. I've never met anybody who knew how tall they were in metric.

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dwise1
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Message 548 of 552 (863091)
09-19-2019 8:05 PM
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09-19-2019 5:53 PM


Re: Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
So then Metric Lite .

Looks like you're following the same path that you have done linguistically. English? French? We can't decide, so we'll just do both, n'est pas? (Eng: "eh?")

 
BTW, the USA has already started doing both since the late-70's. Since January 1979 (allowing for implementation delays), we can't buy a fifth of booze anymore. Instead, we buy it in metric: 750 ml (and smaller), 1 l, etc. BTW, 1/5 gallon (a fifth) is 757 ml, so I'm sure there are some 'Muric'ns ready to complain about being cheated out of those 7 ml (about half a fluid oz US).

 
ABE:
I'm certain that you already know the story of the Gimli Glider. It's a tale of what happens when two different systems get used side-by-side (though granted it was during a transition time in 1983).

Basically, the ground crew measured how much fuel was in the wing tanks by using a dip-stick and plugging that into a calculation that translated depth to quantity of fuel. There was one for the old system ("British units"?) and another for metric. The ground crew used the wrong conversion method and ended up not loading enough fuel for the planned flight. In mid-flight, the plane ran out of fuel and the pilots had to fly it like a glider (Captain Pearson was an experienced glider pilot, so he was able to "wing it"). They tried to make it to a nearby airport, but couldn't make it so they chose to land at the abandoned Gimli RCAF base. There was a big neighborhood event in progress with car races on the runway and kids riding their bikes on the runway -- in the 2008 "Gimli Glider" episode of "Air Disasters" (originally titled "Mayday" in Canada), as the plane was coming in, it was the kids on bikes who saw it first and were racing down the runway trying to outrun it:

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Complicating matters yet further was the fact that with both of its engines out, the plane made virtually no noise during its approach. People on the ground thus had no advanced warning of the impromptu landing and little time to flee. As the gliding plane closed in on the decommissioned runway, the pilots noticed that there were two boys riding bicycles within 1,000 feet (300 m) of the projected point of impact. Captain Pearson would later remark that the boys were so close that he could see the looks of sheer terror on their faces as they realized that a commercial airliner was bearing down on them.

Two factors helped avert disaster: the failure of the front landing gear to lock into position during the gravity drop, and the presence of a guardrail that had been installed along the centre of the repurposed runway to facilitate its use as a drag race track. As soon as the wheels touched down on the runway, Pearson braked hard, skidding and promptly blowing out two of the aircraft's tires. The unlocked nose wheel collapsed and was forced back into its well, causing the aircraft's nose to slam into, bounce off, and then scrape along the ground. This additional friction helped to slow the airplane and kept it from careening into the crowds surrounding the runway. After the airliner had touched down, the nose began to scrape along the guardrail in the centre of the race track, creating additional frictional drag that helped to decelerate the plane; Pearson applied extra right brake, which caused the main landing gear to straddle the guardrail. Air Canada Flight 143 came to a final stop on the ground 17 minutes after running out of fuel.

There were no serious injuries among the 61 passengers or the people on the ground. As the aircraft's nose had collapsed onto the ground, its tail was elevated and there were some minor injuries when passengers exited the aircraft via the rear slides, which were not long enough to sufficiently accommodate the increased height. A minor fire in the nose area was extinguished by racers and course workers armed with portable fire extinguishers


The period of transition is when we might expect mistakes. But keeping both systems side-by-side seems to make that danger-zone perpetual.

Edited by dwise1, : ABE: Gimli Glider


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Theodoric
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Message 549 of 552 (863092)
09-19-2019 8:33 PM


Will look when in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
I will be in South Africa next week. I will take a look at the rental car. Will be my first experience driving on the opposite side of the road.

Edited by Theodoric, : No reason given.


Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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Message 550 of 552 (863093)
09-19-2019 8:50 PM
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09-19-2019 8:33 PM


Re: Will look when in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
I will be in South Africa next week. I will take a look at the rental car.

I've already been saved from the mistake of making a universal statement on the question. But thanks for extra info: The more learning, the more life!

Will be my first experience driving on the opposite side of the road.

Been to the UK a few times, but always as a passenger. Though I have volunteered to ride shot-gun which nobody else in our party (must had been on many of these cruises, many of which departed from the UK, so they knew what was coming).

It can be not only weird but also completely against all that we know about reality. Especially the right turns; you see the driver go for the far lane and you're sure you're about to die.

Also, when my sister (USA) was visiting cousins in Scotland and driving them around, they were constantly afraid that she'd end up in the wrong lane.


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Message 551 of 552 (863094)
09-19-2019 9:28 PM
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09-19-2019 8:50 PM


Re: Will look when in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
The previous times I have been to South Africa I was always a passenger. Even though I never drove I was still a little disoriented when I returned to the US and drove for the first time.

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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Message 552 of 552 (863096)
09-19-2019 10:39 PM
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09-19-2019 9:28 PM


Re: Will look when in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
For fun (at least that's how I have fun), learn something about the history of which side of the road was driven on and when.

When I did a UK cruise, our party kept asking why the Brits drive on the "wrong" side, so I wrote a text file explaining it. I had based it largely on a Wikipedia article, which I attributed right properly, which is this one: Left- and right-hand traffic. As you will see for yourself in all the different countries, there is a lot of history involved. A number of countries or regions within countries have changed at different times. Buses and light rail also follow the same conventions, so you can end up having some vestigial systems (eg, the Madrid metro left-sided in a right-sided country).

Especially in Africa, when a colony like Namibia went from German (right-hand drive) to British-ish (left-hand drive).


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