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  • Commented on Story time!
    That is why I loathe the unnecessary use of electronic controllers. All the other mechanical parts apart from the controller are still there, just the same and with the same failure modes/rates, but the controller itself is now this dodgy...
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    "Many washing machines have a 5 year life due to the use of sealed bearings. (Or at least that used to be the issue.) If you had the time to take one apart and re-oil and re-seal the bearing they...
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    The use of refrigeration for long distance shipping is really less important than its fixed applications. The thing to do with long distance food shipping is simply to stop doing it. It's bloody daft to transport dead sheep half way...
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    Neither explanation makes sense. Whether the looseness is due to inappropriate sizing or belt removal, if they're so loose that your arse itself isn't enough of a hook to hold them up, they're not going to fall only as far...
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    I vaguely remember the exchange rate for Deutschmarks being roughly some multiple of a third of a pound, but I can't remember whether it was 1 or 2....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "Sorry, does the UK even have a government at the moment?" No. We have a bunch of monkeys wearing politician suits who spend their time swinging on the balconies, dropping banana skins on the floor and throwing their own shit...
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    Definitely monks. Their purpose is to worship made up stuff in books, to believe implicitly in this set canon of mindbuggeringly irrational bollocks, and to make sure that all other people believe in it too, or at least act as...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "...don't know what googling terms to use..." How about winter wheat $country_at_relevant_latitude ? FWIW winter wheat is something like the UK's biggest arable crop, and it seems to do rather well, even in Scotland....
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    All town gas supplies used to be manufactured locally in the town itself by baking coal. Pipeline grids distributing mined methane to many towns are a more recent development. The need to make the stuff on the spot isn't a...
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    One of the local swimming pools is next door to a sewage works and burns the methane off the sewage to heat the water. Been quietly doing its thing for 40+ years, unobtrusively and without fuss. With the fuel being...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Right... those elements are exactly the kind of thing I'm used to, but I'm not used to them being something that you remove unless the element itself has failed. I'd expect the top of the stove to be basically a...
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    I remember it as being jet-powered, with a rather unconvincing exhaust flame effect... but I think you've not got the reference (probably too British)....
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    It was a joke, though on second thoughts I'm not entirely sure myself... it didn't happen in that time and place, but I'd not be surprised to find that some bugger somewhere had tried it....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    But... using a long-distance remote manipulator to tickle the dragon's tail... somewhere underground, of course, like, say, for instance, in the basement of Conservative party HQ... that's fine, then? Because even if it does get away from you the rapid...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Thank you for that, it was doing my head in wondering what you lot were all on about. That clears it up... a bit, at least. It still leaves the puzzle of how you're supposed to install them without removing...
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    Lacrosse isn't a game. It's a military training exercise from the First World War. The corps lacroissiers were developed in response to the French army's persistent difficulties in getting a good supply of reliable grenades: the idea was that instead...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I'd hazard a guess that in modern Britain, it is less common to own a cricket bat than it is to own a rounders/baseball bat (and no other items of rounders equipment). Cricket bats are an awkward shape and do...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "They are current and former art students, who get offered a gig setting up an event, and too late discover that that it's actually a terrorist incident." I would point out that terroristing in Glasgow risks the somewhat unusual terroristing...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I'd say you have all the background you need to enjoy Expecting Someone Taller, then. It's more Dirk Gently than Bayreuth. A lot more......
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    "Got me wondering what names would stand out from a non-U.S. point of view, as just lighting up like a neon sign, oh yeah that has to be an American....Gary, maybe? Cliff?" From this particular non-US point of view, neither...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Palestine. They don't want someone who might actually care about what they're doing there getting into power in one of the main hands in drawing the lines on the map of that part of the world....
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    Sounds good to me. Is this the version where the North American colonies remain British until the mid-20th century, or the version where vacuum tubes and internal combustion engines are invented in 18th-century America?...
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    "My weak understanding of the history of Scotland in the 1600s into the 1700s is that the landlords discovered that goats were more profitable than tenant farmers so many were given the "opportunity" to go to the states." That was...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Yes, exactly. Though we don't really need so many bits. The UK already issues 34-bit ones (although with typical incompetence fails to actually make use of them), in a pretty straightforwardly rememberable format, which could be extended to international use:...
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    I've read that, and that was kind of my point, although the conclusion is one I had arrived at long before that piece was written: that the easiest way to deal with it is simply to ignore all that bollocks...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    ...and then there are Narnia, Lensman, Start Warts......
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    I'd file him under W. Far simpler and less confusing to just do a simple sort leaving the words in the order they come in, instead of rearranging them by some arbitrary and ill-defined function first....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "(writing cover copy that sells books, and writing books, are very different tasks, and many authors are utterly dire at writing their own marketing copy)." So are the people who actually do write it, though; far too often it does...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I tend to ignore books that are the rest of a series until I've located the first one. If I like that I'll probably like the rest, if I don't I'm no worse off than with not liking a non-series...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Very little space involved. As a rule, you might be able to store one sack of pigeon food in there, but you wouldn't get another one in....
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