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    whitroth @ 952: Haven't seen anyone using bricks since the early 80's, at the latest. Use a a couple of 2l plastic bottles, filled with water. There's a thought....
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    David L @ 946: Your statement also assumes such valves are in known locations and easy to get to and will still operate. All situations I've dealt with were things were not as they should have been. There is a...
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    David L @ 933: ... JBS and I have the same issues. Water is billed at such a large rounding number that there are only 2 choices for a bill for most of us. They meter it down to a...
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    Rlloyd27 @ 927: Having dealt with this problem last year you dont need to dig up the pipe to see if there is a leak. I don't need to dig up the pipe to find out if it's leaking. It's...
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    Charlie Stross @ 925: My next project is to dig up the pipe between the water meter and the house & replace it to make sure there's no leakage on my side of the meter. Suggestion? When you're checking for...
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    Greg Tingey @ 923: Our problem is that we have, very slowly, been cleaning up our (allotment) site & these tyres ... appeared.They've been there since fuck knows when ...Now, we want to get rid of them, without screwing the...
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    JamesPadraicR @ 905: That reminds me of Chabadniks on the street corners of Manhattan (and elsewhere I assume—they’re everywhere), looking for any Jewish looking man to accost with “Have you donned tefillin?”, that’s phylacteries for the uninitiated. I was never...
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    Charlie Stross @ 802: "How the hell does one, in an environmentally-friendly manner, dispose of old tyres, that are not off your car, for insatnce?" Requires government regulations, I'm afraid. I'd favour a deposit scheme, like a bottle deposit: a...
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    paws4thot @ 696: That seems like a very different system to what I encountered in the US. Which used a tank that held 3 US gallons. That was a standard from WW2 to the late 60s; before many U.S. locations...
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    Robert Prior @ 687: "The scale of a bushfire is so far outside most people's experience that almost no-one has good intuition about how they work." If you want to play with a simulation, I recommend Smokejumpers: http://microgamedesigngroup.com/SJ.html Old-school boardgame,...
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    _Moz_ @ 652: "It's not entirely clear to me how long a wildfire would last when confronted with serious urban firefighting infrastructure." The scale of a bushfire is so far outside most people's experience that almost no-one has good intuition...
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    Tim H. @ 647: On the "Convertible Smartphone" thing, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple released an iPhone dock that connected to a keyboard, mouse & monitor and behaved in a very Mac-like way when docked. Microsoft had a good...
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    whitroth @ 632: Yeah, well, in the US, we mostly live in metro areas. People who think they're in the 'burbs, but the difference in crossing a street is none. I'm on a street - I just looked up and...
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    Charlie Stross @ 593: "This bit seems like something Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" technology could help with." Nope! Hyperloop is simply far too small for this job. Both in the capacity of the vehicles and the bore of the tunnels:...
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    Graydon @ 575: London Town is soon to drown. (Yes, really, at least on the time scale of this sort of project's planned service life.) Might be best to avoid tunnels. Might be best to have a rule about building...
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    Charlie Stross @ 560: Oh, if that's HS2, it's a terrible idea. In the process HS2 is driving through a huge amount of picturesque scenery including sites of special scientific interest and habitats of endangered species. This bit seems like...
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    Greg Tingey @ 548: 99% of whom probably voted for the DT's ... ? ( Yes/No? )Serve'em right, how sad.But, what about the rest of the communities, whose livelihoods will also have been affected/ This plays into Brexit, of course...
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    Greg Tingey @ 542: "whitroth @ 535: with so much of the US midwest *not* planting crops." I missed that - what has happened / is happening to cause this? At a guess, Cheatolini iL Douchebag's trade war with China....
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    David L @ 509: When my daughter was buying her house I told her the reason they didn't have a CO yet was most likely the location of the outside water heater. Yep, two moves of the heater later the...
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    cptbutton @ 483: "That money estimate is how much will need to be spent before the first watt of commercial fusion electricity is delivered into a grid, assuming there are no roadblocks or whoopsies in the way. It might be...
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    Charlie gets an Attribution ... http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/05/the-post-attribution-era...
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    whitroth @ 457: We invade Iraq, then *import* American truck drivers, instead of hiring locals, and spreading the money *there*, so they'd like us. Don't know where you got that from. When we went in 2004, all of the commercial...
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    whitroth @ 451: Yeah... the Big Three. In the late seventies/early eighties, the Japanese trashed them, because the price of gas in the US skyrocketed, but they kept making gas guzzlers. Ditto in the last 10 years. It was years...
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    whitroth @ 449: 1. Most meat comes from factory fucking farms.2. They feed the pigs garbage... including, I suspect, "waste" from the pig slaughterhouses. But that's neither here, nor there in speculating about farm commodity prices a hundred years from...
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    Heteromeles @ 203: At an easy guess, there are at least two unidentified operational planes flying out of Area 51. I'll be surprised if there are only two. And I expect people to see UFOs around "Area 52". It's just...
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    Scott Sanford @ 377: The flip side of this is that it's probably easier to contain a single pig than it is to keep all of 200 pounds of crickets caged, and things like crickets can be pests if too...
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    _Moz_ @ 363: "Why would you want to feed meat to pigs ... or chickens?" The only reason I can think of to care whether an animal is a herbivore or an omnivore is if you're intending to feed it...
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    Charlie Stross @ 309: "If you want to avoid factory farming, pork is more sustainable than either beef or chicken" Naah: I think the future is textured meat products spewed out by 3D printers running on mashed locusts or mealworms....
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    _Moz_ @ 287: "Pigs are omnivores" So are chickens. But that actually makes the problem worse, because their digestive systems are less efficient at processing a vegetarian diet. We've already seen that feeding food animals on meat waste is difficult...
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    whitroth @ 197: For one, I think it's pretty much an established fact - i *think* they admitted it, years ago, under Obama - that Area 51 (or whatever it was) was actually a dark research aircraft lab, and anyone...
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