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  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "@ 521 Yes - why didn't she simply get on a cargo ship" Have you ever made a serious attempt at crossing an ocean by cargo? Generally you need to book a year or more in advance and a 1st...
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    "The reason, of course, is that nobody actually gives a shit about introducing electric cars for their environmental advantages (ignoring for the moment the debate over whether they really have any). They are only doing it for the money, as...
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    "And they mostly object strongly both to orienting themselves for minimum C of G height other than for sleeping" So much so that it never occurs that there's any other possibility. Concorde had multiple tonnes of whacky engineering so that...
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    "Except that IIRC you cannot "swap out" the battery easily - can you? Basic design fault, IMHO. Someone correct me if I'm out-of-date." The Tesla Model S was designed to swap batteries more than twice as fast as filling a...
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    BMW M5 1945 kg (fuel extra about 90 kg) Tesla Model 3 1611 kg fully fuelled BMW X6 2100-2340 kg (fuel extra about 100 kg) Tesla Model X 2300-2500 kg fully fuelled...
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    Lots have responded, so I shouldn't have, I didn't add anything. However, while your car may have a map light, my motorcycle doesn't. On a trip I used to pick a map, fold it to the right part and put...
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    I don't know if someone else has responded, but I can't help myself. "following the optimal route as decided by your your prat nav, and a critical section is blocked (for any reason), what do you do?" Nothing. Because my...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Here's the guardian take on it at the time. I don't know if anyone is protesting. First they came for the journalists, and I don't know what happened after that. ABC's Sydney headquarters raided by Australian federal police – video...
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    Lots of great things. I like the warrant they served on the ABC that allowed them to not only view and copy anything on the ABC equipment, but also to ADD and ALTER anything they wanted....
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    Plus a new giant "forensic laboratory" in Brisbane which is actually just to spy on citizens using sweeping powers for warrantless digital wiretapping that they needed "because terror"....
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    Australia has concentration camps, it's arresting journalists and raiding the national broadcaster. (think armed MI5 raids on Broadcasting House) Australia has always been too ready to join up in wars, anyone's wars, but this is not the country I grew...
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    I just looked it up. Back then Ascension had a space shuttle landing runway. No problem staging a 747 bomber and taking off at mtow. https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36076411...
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    That's true. But while no one wanted to host a bunch of Vulcans, you could fly from a base in the UK to any civilian airport in South America, refuel, over fly Stanley, and head home, landing back in the...
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    150 000 lbs external on a 747. Not everyone seems to realise that the big friendly jet with the cute nickname is designed to do that. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/24149320_Boeing-747_aircraft_with_external_cargo_pod...
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    Re the Vulcan raid. I'm not a war buff. I really have no idea, but it was always my impression that the idea of the raid was to fly a Vulcan or two over the enemy position rather than any...
  • Commented on Story time!
    That was really interesting, thanks! Completely different to Aussie meterbox arrangement. Ours are inside the box. The inside swinging thing is all predrilled and the meter mounts to that. No socket....
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    Australian meter boxes allow access to the back of meters, but I think you could do it simply by dismounting the meter, attaching a jumper to bridge the meter, then remove the cables from the old meter and put them...
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    "going to install a new meter. I'm not sure if they got around to it yet, because I don't remember having to reset the clocks" The techs who worked for the electricity company I worked for, would swap meters live...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I'm certainly out of date. It's 25 years since I regularly lunched with navy types. Though you point out that the US boats couldn't detect the UK boats while the UK boats knew exactly where the US boats were. Which...
  • Commented on Story time!
    You mean the boomers that couldn't hear each other over the racket their own boats made? Those boomers?...
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    Sounds just like an anecdote told by Peter Ustinov. He was on a capture the flag exercise in a small town near the beginning of WWII. He was on the invaders side with the goal of reaching the town hall...
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    The idea of a nuclear sub successfully shadowing a diesel sub is slightly bizarre. Nuclear reactors make noise all the time. Lots of noise. A diesel electric rigged for silent running doesn't (which is why old Australian subs could stroll...
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    Urrgh. Those creeping fails are the worst. I had one on a corporate array once that just quietly corrupted the data without actually failing. Which then left us in the situation where we could go back to the tapes of...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "there's no employee protection for entrepreneurs anywhere in the west" Yeah, there is. Certainly in Australia. It's just that it's often easier to get away with treating employees badly if they own the company. They're less likely to tattle. If...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I just checked and at my location the wet bulb temperature is currently half a degree lower than the air temperature. So a wet towel will have a tough time keeping milk even cool....
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    I stick a hacksaw blade into the gap and then tap it on something clean and non abrasive. Hacksaw blades are about 0.65mm thick, and that's close enough....
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    True, but there is the counter example of OGH managing to write a story about monetary debt set after the extiction of humans. (which does sound like a 'hold my beer' moment). BTW I'm not saying you should change your...
  • Commented on Story time!
    There aren't any humans in the most pessimistic assumptions....
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    "I'm still holding out hope for a PETM-level die off..." Such a great sentence....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I couldn't see an 18th century style conquest with troops fighting pitched battles and front lines that sweep through cities. I think you'd see 'advisors' coming in to 'assist' the (puppet) government to 'maintain trade' and 'ensure peace'. They'd 'provide...
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