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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Dunno beyond that I hadn't seen it before....
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    Anyone else watch the recent short series on the Tube on Channel 5? If not, part of episode 4 is about how they clean the tunnels of "organic matter"....
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    As I think you know, I live in a rural area. The last time I visited central London my routing (expensed by employer) was air into LHR, Thiefrow Express to Paddington, then Tube to Tottenham Court Road. On getting topside,...
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    Now I'm really confused; I mean le Pen's politics will go nicely with the Daily Heil's, but she's a Frenchwoman and would therefore have "Frenchwoman cooties"? ;-) ;-) ;-) NB Charlie, the only bit of this I actually believe is...
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    There was a professor from Rice University who gave an analysis of the source code for the Diebold voting machine. One example should suffice: the password for the system was defined as a string constant with no way to change...
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    This may reflect on my never having attended a count where anyone had stood as an independent, but the only people I've ever met at one not wearing a party rosette have been the Returning Officer, his deputy, and the...
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    That's a relief, because I was just trying to limit the damage the loons could do to the Indian army!...
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    You thought I was? Just because I used actual post-Napoleonic wars and Boer War weapons....
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    That's pretty similar to the UK, with the note that party members (and candidates and their Election Agents) are allowed to attend in limited numbers as Count Agents, observing the count but not handling the ballots. Any party partisan tendencies...
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    Also #407 Given that we're talking about a re-occupation of India (oh and Bangladesh and Pakistan) I'm going to suggest giving them red jackets, arming them with Bakers or Martini-Henrys (and sending a diplomatic note to the Indian government advising...
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    I would suggest that you've omitted Patrick Harvey of the Scottish Green Party, but I know him well enough (we grew up in the same town, went to the same secondary school...) to know that he's the sort of hair...
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    Also Hugh Fisher at #909:- Allow me to submit into evidence the SV Glenlee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenlee_(ship) . Steel-hulled sailing ships are already a thing!...
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    Cheers guys; I'll cheerfully agree that a 2 blade (or even a 3 blade) mini or micro generator can be "noisy" but in different ways IME. The 2 blade makes a "thrrrrrmmmm" noise every time a blade passes a certain...
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    The three blades for a wind turbine thing was worked out over 80 years ago or so, more by accident and experiment than by empirical calculation. Basically more than 3 and they cause turbulence with each other, less than 3...
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    "Apart from steam rail traction" I'd actually like "some steam", but also some carefully selected older diesel, like Deltics, actually reliable Hymeks and HST sets....
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    Sort of; degaussing naval vessels was invented to reduce the likelihood of them triggering magnetic mines, rather than to reduce the range at which they could be detected by a Magnetic Anomaly Detector. The use of MAD to detect submarines...
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    I'm not a professional aeronautical, electrical or mechanical engineer. Since you say that those things are "easy to do" I'll believe you, IF you post your Engineering Council registration so we can verify it!...
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    Well, a constant speed head will feather the blades to keep the rotational speed constant across a range of wind speeds, but above its limiting speed, it has to declutch the generator to stop that over-speeding (I have seen photos...
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    NO!! It increases both the possibility of a prolonged calm, and of periods when wind speeds are too high for even constant speed turbine heads to actually generate power....
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    Indeed, the current SNP administration in Holyrood is a minority Agreed, but that's an artifact of an electoral process (additional vote/member) which was deliberately engineered to make it virtually impossible for any one party to achieve an overall majority....
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    The angle brace characters are interpreted as HTML tags; you want < or > for "less than" or "greater than", and generate them as & LT or & GT without the spacebars...
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    Well quickly, at lunch MayTeresa? was talking about "this will give me the mandate I need for Brexit"; who actually sees the Con party achieving 50.1% of all votes cast? Can Nicola be fast enough on her feet to state...
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    2 of the largest and most obvious being:- 1) The "Scotrail Express"; This is a DMU, and not suitable for a 3 to 4 hour journey like Glasgow to Am Gearasden! It can, just about, accommodate 2 conventional single seat...
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    No arguments; All I was saying was that for 1960s tech (which is comparable between the XB-70 and Concorde) Concorde's fuel burn at M2 did not scale as a square function like the OP argues. Concorde's actual main burn was...
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    I didn't mean that I'd contemplate 500 miles non-stop, just that with the HC engine you're not a slave to the vehicle range....
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    The same Nissan Leaf which can happily cover 180 miles each way from my home in Essex to my Mum's place in West Yorkshire with a single extra 20 minute charging stop on top of the one we've always made...
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    Seriously!!? You do know that Concorde super-cruised at Mach 2 on dry power? Which means similar fuel burn to the Avro Vulcan (No surprise there since Concorde used an afterburning version of the Vulcan's Olympus engine). Without saying more than...
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    A Fabia costs ~GB£150 per 10_000 miles in engine servicing (Skoda dealer, fixed price tariffs). But over 100k miles that still leaves you £3500 better off than the Leaf driver. Context - My neighbour had a Leaf, and apologised to...
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    Point the first - Ok yes I'm in my 50s, but have never had a beard (look, after 3 days not shaving it itches, ok) so have no answer to the percentage of hedgehog fat, tortilla chips, young trees... question....
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    Para 2:- Let's assign the present World population a value of 7E9 persons. Half of these persons, give or take, are male, which gives us 3.5E9 males. A "minority" of males therefore still contains some 1.7E9 potential customers for this...
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