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Aug
20
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
@hippietrail: The engine might not "know" (and doesn't need to) via electronics how much energy is taken from the Alternator. However the more power you drain from the Alternator, the harder the engine has to work turning the Alternator, using more petrol. So yes, there is a (mechanical) feedback from the Alternator for the engine to work harder. I thought there was a physics.se to discus this very topic; no?
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
@Roy: this is plain wrong. The power from the Alternator is not "just there" but has to be generated by the engine first. The more power you take away, the harder the engine has to work. If your 90 Watts for a laptop power supply really make much difference at a 160kW Engine is another question :)
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
How much power does your laptop need? Most of them are between 150 Watts (upper class) and 60 Watts (netbooks); but you would need quite a large panel to charge that - not something you could fit in your pocket or just park on your dashboard.
Aug
11
answered Do you have a GPS signal on board of a plane?
Aug
9
revised Photogenic Places Between Williamsburg, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia along I64
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Aug
9
answered How can I find free camping locations in the U.S.?
Jul
25
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Jul
23
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Jul
22
comment Why is car rental in the US so much cheaper when booking from outside the US?
Yeah i am a bit skeptical too - the usual rate for cars in NZ/AUS is ~USD50/day for the cheapest option (small car, no extras). Some places advertise their cars much cheaper, but if you ask they usually tell you it's only for long-term rentals >1 month.
Jul
18
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Jul
15
comment Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?
I found the perfect excuse in case you get arrested: imgur.com/gallery/IKZxh :)
Jun
19
comment Are parachutes allowed on airplanes as cabin baggage?
But are you allowed to open the cabin door in mid-air? :)
Jun
19
comment Tourism after the Earthquake in Christchurch
One of the Motels on Bealey Ave. The commercial area between Montreal St. and Victoria St. was pretty depressing, and the city center was closed.
Jun
19
answered Tourism after the Earthquake in Christchurch
May
20
answered How do I negotiate a lower price at a hotel?
May
9
reviewed Approve Where can I buy a “roaming” or “international” SIM card — one with attached phone numbers in multiple countries?
May
9
answered Left Luggage facilitaties in train stations in France? or Sending luggage from France to Spain?
May
7
comment Managing SIM cards from multiple countries
Does that even make much sense? Some prepaid cards i used expired after they haven't been used for a year....
May
5
comment Can I take an AVR development board on a plane?
You could try to attach a large, friendly sticker: titanic-magazin.de/shop/… It says "certified security" :)
May
5
answered NYC–Montreal and NYC–Toronto overland