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Old June 3rd, 2010, 06:10 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by dubart View Post
Will the Kaiser be interested to invest in this project?

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Interesthing idea, but why no from arround Molinella to near Potirna and from there another to continent?
Si quieres compatibilidad con estandares y seguridad, pq recomiendas Firefox y no Opera?
If you want compatibility with standards and security, why do you recomend firefox and not Opera?

The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts. Gene Spafford.
I am Basque, not Russian, the "Siberia" thing is a joke.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 06:13 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by Mateusz View Post
Real concrete desert here !
Please don't act like those ignorant greenies...

7,000 km of 2x2 motorway = 7,000 km * 3,5m*6 = 147 km of pavement or 0.17% of Serbian land area.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 09:50 PM   #83
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Can I introduce another scenario here?

Let's suppose the South (or to be more precise, the Confederacy) had won the American Civil War.

Suppose that the 11 states that seceded in the real world thus end up in a separate country called the Confederate States of America, and that the U.S. otherwise remains intact (that the 23 then-existing states that remained in the U.S. remain in it to this day; that the western territories remain in U.S. possession and eventually become states; that the northwestern part of Virginia breaks off and becomes West Virginia, remaining in the U.S.).

Assume that relations between the U.S. and C.S. soon became peaceful, so that you have the normal amount of commerce between neighboring countries....

What would the U.S. and C.S. highway systems look like? Consider matters like the fact that massive areas of northern Virginia would not have become suburbs of Washington, consider whether the Confederacy would have a national highway system at all - since the states' rights ideology that led (in part) to the Confederacy opposed spending federal money on what was called in the early 19th century "internal improvements" - there was indeed states-rightist opposition to the National Road around 1810....
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Old August 19th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #84
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I have a book idea I'm working on called the Forbidden Zone of Lilliput about normal humans from Earth colonizing a far off planet that is 20 times bigger than earth and where all the creatures and things are ten times bigger than on Earth to where it's like they are living in a giant train set as model railroad people.

What the idea is based off of is that on Earth what has allowed us to take over the place so easily is our size in relation to many other things on earth we are larger than most animals and our heavy machinery is also large enough to a point where we can easily knock down a mountain or build a good sized bridge to cross anything that the land might throw at us. But in the case of the planet that the main characters in the story line live on that is not the case in that what would normally be rock that would be three feet cross that could easily be moved out of the way with one of our bulldozers that same rock would appear 20 times bigger making it far harder for us humans to take control the planet. In fact the animals too are ten times bigger so instead of us dominating the place the humans are forced to live behind sections fenced off with giant fences and live in very crowed cities in habitual zones on the planet which are sections of the planet which are not infested with giant creatures or extrema mountainous geology or are simply to dry to support anything.

The story centers around a humanoid who crash lands on the planet and she is captured by normal sized humans and instead of being viewed as a weapon or a hero like Gulliver was in the original book idea. She is forced to use her size to help the Lilliputians build O scale highways and railroads or work on transmission line projects as part of a small work crew who helps the Lilliputians expand the habitual areas the giant planet referred to as the Drylands. In exchange for helping them build and maintain the growing highway and railroad network across the planet she is given food and water and allowed to live in the safety of the system of giant fences that keep the nightmarish creatures out from the outside of the fences known as the forbidden zone.

The next main character centers around a human streetcar driver named Lotto who lives in one of the other towns around the major cities, He drives commuters to work every day in into the major cities in a 1930's like Interurban streetcar down a rail lane that looks like a common us streetcar system. It shows how he and the rest of the humans feel about the killer giant creatures that live on the planet and about how good helpful giants that help the humans live on the Drylands planet How his world is set up is that he also is dealing with the rise of the freeway systems and how he could lose his streetcar line and his job to the ever growing freeway systems between the cities on the plant. This idea is based off the rise of the highways in 1940's and 1950's US cities when many streetcar lines where ripped up to make way for cars.

The highway network in the book sort of looks like the highways in LA during the 1940's when the streetcar systems and the highways where battling it out with one another this is the urban parts where tens of millions of commuters and bulk of the city people live. Most people would feel quite safe there and have forgotten about the dangerous of the forbidden zone outside of the fences. The towns and villages and farms that are near the fence next to the forbidden zone look like the remote paved two lane roads in the desert southwest of the united states. This is where things can get very strange in that it's not uncommon for giant creatures that live on the planet to break though the fences and attack these other villages and rip up the road and railroad systems in the other parts. Which means the defense forces and the road repair units quickly have to fight off the giant monsters and rebuild the damaged highways and also expand the network to open up more habitual land for everyone.

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