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  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Slight slip of the keyboard there, you mean the last coal fired power station in Scotland. There are still 9 of them in England, amounting to 14GW output according to the internet....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Given that 13.8 million people voted for labour at the last election, your comment re. the British public being small c conservatives is clearly nonsense....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Yes, I agree that is a likely response. I was reading on twitter today that Lioncolnshire police have been sending their video footage of fracking demos to the DWP (for non-uk, that's the government bit that's responsible for not giving...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    They'll be wanting the drone intact to see if there's any forensics on it. Twitter was also saying that DJI stuff can be bypassed easily enough, either the software or replace the hardware with home brewed stuff. Apart from that,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Ah, I started thinking later that you were basing it on the military, which I feel obliged to say isn't the entirety of society. I was aware that various regiments were renamed at various times, and yes some of the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Clearly I wasn't clear enough, although I did specify that a battery was the easiest method. The average domestic electricity use in the UK is 10kwh per day, which will be fridges, cooking and some space heating. Having part of...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I see your comment about Scottish/ North Britain, and say that I don't recall reading any evidence that it was a widespread thing to do; I can't find any information about it one way or another online* Moreover, the railroad...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Yes, exactly. I'm at work so can't try and find anything....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Regarding pole mounted transformers, there must be statistics out there about their failure rate. Here in the wet and windy UK we never hear about them failing, because maybe it isn't hot enough, or nothing catches fire,or ours are built...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I thought electric vehicles had battery packs with something like 30kwh at least; our technology now and for the foreseeable future is not good enough to permit anything holding that amount of energy to be easily fitted to a house,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    You do know the difference between space heating and electricity used to power your computer?...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I notice mention of batteries in houses. They are in fact already for sale in the UK, and go nicely with a solar panel setup. Seeing as we need to put panels on millions of roofs, it makes sense to...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I've noticed that people seem to be taking the brexiter rhetoric seriously. As if the gammons will actually run riot in the streets. They don't exactly have the support of the police now do they? And I'm sure the youth...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The issue, as far as I have seen, is more that they get publicly funded research at a low price then keep all the profits, although obviously some effort is made to keep some of that for the university and...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Yup, I read Private Eye too, and if their figures are accurate there is indeed too much cost in the tidal lagoons. Many of us older folk remember that building tidal barriers across the Severn has been an idea for...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    To expand, although I don't recall reading about your example, we have a mixed experience of wave/ tidal up here. There was for instance a giant yellow installation that couldn't stand up to the waves, utilising the kind of turbine...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The OP has a long history of flying in, dropping some silly nonsense containing lots of talking points and dog whistles, then leaving rapidly without engaging with critiques of their comment. So whilst sensible replies to them are welcome, I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Indeed. Scotland is still quite a few years away from energy self sufficiency, because for some reason we don't yet have lots of wave and tidal power turbines around our coast. The wind building is ongoing, but we don't have...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Richard Gadsden broke down the numbers, but to add to that, the simple fact is that the UK is indeed an elective dictatorship. We plebs simply don't have any direct routes to influence politicians and parliament, especially when most of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    But what if the opposition tory candidate for mayor is a baby eating lizard person? I mean that's pretty much what the party is nowadays....
  • Commented on On hold
    No, I don't think so. The UK has a monarchy because nobody else wants the job, much too public, and it's a good way of conning the rubes and getting tourist money. What does happen in a workplace when the...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Well, it's complicated, and I'm not an expert, but yes, in some areas housing is getting sensible in terms of building high rather than spreading out. Unfortunately what it also means is that developers are making the flats as small...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The paper that Lara is talking about may be this one: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41539-018-0019-8 Note that one of the co-authors is Toby Young, one of the bunch of stupid tories running rampant just now with your money and their privatise public schools...
  • Commented on Test Case
    POssibly you are not familiar with the USA? This is the country in which in the 1930s or so, Los Angeles, the car companies and related one bought up the tramways and deliberately shut them down. That they would go...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Never. Unless they are rich white males, in which case anything goes. People with darker skin need not apply....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    It's more that you have to have the bales a proper distance off the ground so they don't rot from the bottom up, and put the correct layers of plaster onto the outside and inside of the bales so they...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    It did occur to me that, if Putin et al are really interested in building RUssia back up to how it used to be at some point in the past, they are going about it in the wrong way. Boosting...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I do wish people who claim expertise in an area would make it clear when they are typing using Expert language and labels rather than mere commonly used language and labels. That way arguments over definitions can be reduced and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Further upthread, I'd forgotten about geology denialists. They have a point, why believe an intricate and difficult to understand theory that is backed up by a network of observations based upon the fundamental workings of the universe, when it's so...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    They warp entire planets and you are concerned that acorns don't have gluten? ;) It's a while since I last read lotr so I can't recall whether any other nut or such came up. Was any fruit or seed of...
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