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Old September 14th, 2016, 11:46 PM   #34501
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Not all teams have to be actual teams, some are fictional. I have replaced all 32 teams on the UEFA Champions League (all within their countries of origin) and I explain them below.
Group A:
Vatry: Home of the Paris Vatry airport, located 200 km away of Paris. Replaces PSG.
Westward Ho!: The only town in all of Europe, and one of the two in the world (The other being St. Louis du Ha! Ha!, in Canada), to contain an exclamation mark. Replaces Arsenal.
Ecce Homo: Swiss hamlet with the same name as a piece of 'art' (the one in the Sanctuary of Mercy near Borja, Spain). Replaces Basel.
Montana: 'American state' in Bulgaria. Replaces Ludogorets.

Group B:
Fail: somewhat mistaken village in Northern Portugal. Replaces Benfica.
SSC Pompeii: honoring the Roman city buried by the 79 Vesuvius eruption. Replaces SSC Napoli (also at the foot of Vesuvius).
Dinamo Prypiat: Football in Chernobyl! (Home games are to be played outside the radiactive area, though) Replaces Dinamo Kiev/Kyiv.
Batman: Superhero town in Turkey (but not a turkey). Replaces Beşiktaş

Group C:
ADPI Rivas: Back when I first learned of Mr. Pearson, there were only two cases of it in my country, so it was perfect to make a mock-up of El Clasico. One of them (who unfortunately passed away last year) was in Rivas Vaciamadrid (a suburb of Madrid) and as such the local team ironically replaced Barça.
Asperger: As I said, there's a town named Asperg North of Stuttgart, and as such its inhabitants are asperger, but not necessarily have Asperger's. Replaces Borussia M'bach.
Scunthorpe United: to honor the main source of the Scunthorpe problem. Unlike certain Austrian village, Scunthorpe doesn't get censored here despite containing the c word. Replaces Manchester City.
St. Andrews GFC: How about replacing a football club (Celtic) with a golf one?

Group D:
Arminia Ausfahrt: While here replaces Bayern, this is actually a mock-up of Arminia Bielefeld. Since Bielefeld 'doesn't exist', I replaced it with its perfect counterpart, Ausfahrt (which is nothing more than an exit off the autobahn).
UD Ariza: Once again, Pearson is guilty of this. When it struck back in Zaragoza province (this time in Ariza, in extreme Western Aragon), the local football team replaced Atletico for the derby (Originally the Derbi Madrileño).
PEC Zwolle: In honor of Chris no less. Replaces PSV.
Sochi: Russian city that was largely unknown before the 2014 Olympics. Replaces Rostov.

Group E:
Vladimir: I find amusing that there's a city in Russia with the same name as its president. Replaces CSKA Moscow.
Essen: Just eat it. Replaces Bayer Leverkusen.
Shitterton: Somewhat shitty Dorset village. Replaces Tottenham.
Montecarlo: Since Monaco 'stole' one of the French berths and due to lack of space, I just changed it to one of its neighborhoods.

Group F
Rosales CF: The other Pearson 'classic' (I even befriended this case, and also explains my current avatar consisting simply of a 41). Unlike Rivas, the Rosales del Canal neighborhood of Zaragoza doesn't have a football team (let alone a football pitch), and as I didn't want to use Real Zaragoza I created this team from scratch to replace Real Madrid.
Hahn: Home of the Frankfurt Hahn airport, closer to Frankfurt than Paris Vatry one is to Paris but still far out (160 km). Replaces Borussia Dortmund.
Ponta Delgada: How about going to the middle of Atlantic for a match? Replaces Sporting Lisbon.
Bydgoszcz: Just one of those almost impossible to spell Polish cities. Replaces Legia Warsaw.

Group G:
Boston: 'American' city in Eastern England. Replaces Leicester City
Povóa de Varzim: Being a running gag in this forum I decided to include it, as I found Braga (meaning 'panties') is in the real life Europa league. Replaces Porto.
Boom: Explosive Belgian village. Replaces Brugge.
FC Tyskland: A tiny Danish hamlet, its name translates to Germany. Replaces FC Copenhagen.

Group H:
Bra: Most British would like this town in Northwestern Italy, also 'good' for Norwegians. Replaces Juventus.
Los Infiernos: Sevilla was the only Spanish team in the real Champions League I had not replaced beforehand, so I placed it in this hellish village in Mars Murcia (its name translates to 'the hells')
Gap: I both filled and left this gap. Replaces Olympique Lyon.
Dinamo Krk: A vowel-less island. Replaces Dinamo Zagreb.

I'm also making a Europa League mock-up, it'll probably be finished by the time the matches kick off tomorrow. Some teams aren't replaced because they already have 'Nice' names, but I can guarantee there's an 'Independent Olympic team' there .
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Old September 15th, 2016, 10:31 AM   #34502
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Just an ordinary accident report

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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:17 PM   #34503
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Earthquake.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:26 PM   #34504
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Earthquake.
i felt it only once. not that i want to again.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:41 PM   #34505
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I've felt it around ten times in my life, but it's not pleasant. Anyway, magnitude was apparently just 2.5, but epicenter was just 7 km NE of Ljubljana, which is why I felt it quite well.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #34506
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It was only a 2.6 magnitude earthquake. I'm surprised you can feel that. But the epicenter was only a few kilometers from Ljubljana and the depth was only 15 km.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/....php?id=531170
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Old September 16th, 2016, 08:24 PM   #34507
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I live in the first floor (+7 steps ), so not exactly high. I felt it pretty well, but it was short, just over a second, I think.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 09:29 AM   #34508
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A video about traffic jams that I found interesting:

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Old September 17th, 2016, 09:51 AM   #34509
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The first half of the video shows a highway that is near capacity - even a slight disruption of the traffic flow can cause a traffic jam. These are the so-called 'phantom traffic jams' that appears to exist for no reason.

I doubt if entirely self-driving cars will come any time soon. The technique exists for many situations, but a self-driving car must be able to drive in all conditions, not 99%.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 10:59 AM   #34510
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i felt it only once. not that i want to again.
The same here. It lasted less than second, but I thought the building beside had collapsed.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 03:45 PM   #34511
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A video about traffic jams that I found interesting:

I used to like CGPGrey but his "new technology is always better and solves all the issues" attitude is annoying and often outright wrong.

Although I agree that self-driving cars would reduce traffic jams by increasing the capacity of roads you still can't defeat basic physics. Two cars can't occupy the same space at the same time so unless you are planning to stack cars on top of each other you will always have a maximum capacity on a given road.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 05:51 PM   #34512
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but if you increase the speed you can increase capacity too
Human drivers always slow down, but if the computer can just speed up...
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Old September 17th, 2016, 10:36 PM   #34513
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but if you increase the speed you can increase capacity too
Traffic does not behave as fluid. Therefore TGV train has less capacity than normal metro train.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #34514
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For controlled-access highways built to modern specs (no tight curves or very steep grades etc), the speed that theoretically maximizes throughput is between 90 and 95 km/h. It is the speed at which the capacity gains from moving cars faster equals the capacity loss from required increased separation between cars. At this speed the highway (a normal one) would have maximum vehicular flow.

Self-driving cars might change that equation a bit in the sense that, in a world where all cars are self-driving and communicate with each other, distance between cars can be reduced.

There is also a steep capacity declining function that is, often, around 1.3x the maximum flow. Congestion doesn't happen linearly, it just quick in a narrowly defined range and then throughput drops like crazy with very slow moving traffic. Which is why I came to be in favor of road pricing schemes that, at least, guarantee that maximum flow at peak times.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 12:51 PM   #34515
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Traffic signs in Greece.
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Dear Italian friends, how is the abbreviated name of the party M5S to be pronounced? Emme-Cinque-Esse would only be slightly shorter then the full name Movimento Cinque Stelle.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #34517
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Dear Italian friends, how is the abbreviated name of the party M5S to be pronounced? Emme-Cinque-Esse would only be slightly shorter then the full name Movimento Cinque Stelle.
You rarely hear emme Cinque esse out loud, it is something more for the written page. While speaking you usually say the full name, or just "Cinque stelle".
The adjective, oddly enough, is "pentastellato".
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I see, thanks!
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Old September 18th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #34519
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It was 25°C yesterday. Meanwhile in my neighbourhood. Merry Christmas. I suggest launching of St. Valentine campaign in November.

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Old September 20th, 2016, 04:42 AM   #34520
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Yes, it's trully ridiculous.... but in a way, yes Christmas is only in 3 months... it's crazy how fast the time goes...
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