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..is despicable.

They take clearly too little water.
They take it clearly too slowly.

They idle far too much at the beginning.
They idle far too much at the end.

They do not offer fast forward capability like mechanical machines did.
They do not show their current status like mechanical machines did.
They’re often broken like mechanical machines were.

They make it unclear which programs have pre-wash and which don’t.
They make everything else pretty unclear too, like what a particular button does.

An ideal washing machine:
Large intake hose (or two if it is a model that takes warm water too where district heating or wood heating is available). When the user presses start, the machine starts taking water at full speed at that precise microsecond, unless it is gauging the weight of the laundry.
Laundry weighing will be done in a few spins, after which water intake commences with no delay.
A display shows the state of the machine. At least the following states are displayable: pre-wash, wash, rinse, spin.
A fast forward mechanism moves the machine to the next state.
A stop mechanism stops the machine in any state.
After the laundry is spun, the machine can spin slowly and reverse a few times to unstick the clothes from the drum walls, but this can be stopped and the laundry removed from the drum immediately.
The spin is braked so it doesn’t take minutes to coast down.
The temperature of the wash can be changed even if the program or wash has already started without having to reset or flush.
The spin cycle can be enabled or disabled even if the program or spin has already started without having to reset or flush.
Extra water can be enabled in the middle of the program.
etc etc.

All this was possible with seventies mechanical logic industrial washing machines. Note that almost all of it is pure logic whose cost is pretty much exactly zero once you’ve developed it, and other things like large hoses are trivial improvements.

If you will use this specification when designing a washing machine, then send me a machine: I will test it and say what improvements still have to be made.

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By Katharina and Salla.

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Too much to fit into one update. The leads could be

Communisms’ legacy

  • in the Baltic states
  • in East Berlin
  • in demographies
  • its relation to other genocides like the holocaust
  • a prison
  • how do the people live today
  • Ignalina and its replacement
  • (Peripherally a subject matter, the western powers’ somewhat interesting views on Finnish-Soviet wars and relations and their potential wagings of war against the reds – project Pike forum summary and the book here)

Russian forest fires

  • Beriev’s share price (A Be-200 appears on the video 15 seconds in, hat tip to Secret Projects)
  • organization of society and its ability to handle crises
  • the smoke in Helsinki because of that
  • should they care

Hot weather

  • Here, after the coldest ever winter comes the hottest ever summer
  • Is it largely just winds from the southeast’s continental hotness – when usually they blow from the more marine southwest?

Climategate blahblah

  • BBC has apologized and some NYT reporter has said the NYT should apologize on some small back page article.
  • Follow Michael Tobis for climate related news

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And it is awesome and Japanese. Just put a person on top and raise the speed.

[Embedding seems to have problems]

http://www.youtube.com/watch#v=bI06lujiD7E

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Well, not real money. But Atmoz is discussing about when it will be reached with commenters. My bet is march 2018, though if you use woodfortrees to visualize, straight extrapolation seems to predict before 2015 already, for the northern hemisphere winter peak. Most seem to bet around 2014-2016.

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Altitude was 2222 m. Apparently the backup timer shot the drag chute out while the rocket was still ascending. The team said they have video and will upload it later, if asked nicely enough. 🙂
Meanwhile, some launch photos.
You can see the small roll control vanes in the forward fuselage.

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Google Streetview

Welcome to Finland! [Disclaimer: strong posturing in the view]

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