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    Well, in the Battle of Denmark Strait, both HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales opened fire at 24.2km, so it was clearly believed that the BL 15inch mk1 and BL 14inch mk7 guns were capable of firing accurately at...
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    OGH's #207 missed out how the USians are only in Syria because they want to do down Da'esh (but aren't clear on how, otherwise why would they ascribe totally misplaced statehood to a bunch of murderous thugs who don't actually...
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    In today's news, "CONneDUP"? ;-)...
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    The crew seat you so that you are away from the exits IME (based on having early onset osteo-arthritis in one knee) buildings managers try to get you a room/desk near a fire exit. This may or may not be...
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    Para 2 - To my understanding, an "orbital path" is that subset of parabolae where, in the absence of any unbalanced force, the "orbiting body" will continue around the "orbited body" on a steady course indefinitely. Now explain to me...
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    Para 2 - To which the correct answer is, of course, "insufficient data." Para 4 - OK, it's only every other chapter that changes completely, but I read the paragraph and thought of Italo Calvino's "If on a Winter's Night...
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    My public school had more people in the England under 20 (?) athletics team than got into university in one year. How many of these "spurts" are now over-paid relative to their academic attainments?...
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    an orbit involved throwing yourself at the ground and missing Well, what I was actually taught was that "a circular orbit" is a state where you are falling with a velocity vector such that you are moving parallel to the...
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    Exactly; the number of people who do not have cloud formations in their livers is all the evidence that should be needed that "rate of consumption" and "peak intoxication" are at least as much factors as " 'units' per 24...
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    Personal account on the general subject of "fire" alarms. I was at work, in a room within a room in the building I normally work in. This room also contained a rack of Sun SparcStations, but did not contain an...
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    Similarly, with the added note that we've had a Fire Warden standing in a fire exit route saying loudly "I am a blazing inferno."...
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    deaths in men are attributable to alcohol in France in 2009 and they prove that these deaths are attributable primarily or solely to alcohol, rather than say red meat and/or smoking exactly how?...
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    Now, which government was it again that is committed to delivering a 30-40% cut in spending on public services ...? No party that I have ever supported has made such a commitment....
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    Do I? What I said was that there are entire books, possibly libraries, devoted to the changing and increasing quantities of goods (and people) shipped with the invention of the canal, wagonway, railway and finally over-the-road heavy truck. If you...
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    Buy, and then actually deploy in a timely manner, the best available high level rescue vehicles. Bronto Skylift make one which can evacuate from the 33rd level of a building, at a range of 25m from the vehicle chassis....
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    But we could still expect the environ mentalists to say "It's that ebil nucular energee agayn"!...
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    Really? You don't get suspicious when every time health professionals say "we need to do this as a population" and the population do this, they then say "this wasn't good enough; we need to do 3xthis"....
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    Today I visited my Mum in hospital, which means a round trip of about 20 miles. I saw exactly 4 vehicles emitting visible grey ("black") smoke. All 4 of them had a seating capacity of about 55 passengers....
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    Um, yeah. And before there were so many trucks on the road, how'd the goods get shipped? And how are more and more of them being shipped in the last 10 years or so? Much more slowly, and in smaller...
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    You see that lump of grey stuff that you walked to the bus/railway station on? And the one the bus drove on? Those were part of what the vehicle taxes paid for....
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    Cheers; the issue isn't over my basic understanding that cereals need light to grow and specifically direct sunlight to ripen but over my lack of detailed knowledge in the, ah, field to argue the case properly....
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    And "commercial and personal trips" are not the only road journeys; emergency services and military vehicles also use roads, which they could not sensibly fund alone....
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    Major hint - The 401 isn't even most of Ontario, never mind most of Canada. Now trying doing some genuine point to point analyses, remembering that in most case you will have to make a truck journey from consignor to...
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    And semitrailers (HGVs I believe they're called in the UK) pay less than their share of that 50% when you factor in wear-and-tear on the roads (just as rural users are subsidized when you factor in snow clearing) Semi-trucks (aka...
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    All solar is down once a day. All at the same time. And, indeed, for typically 14 to 18 hours a day at the times of highest demand along the Northern temperate strip of any chosen line of longitude. Oh...
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    Serisly? Here in the UK rail (and the cycling lobby) complain about how road is subsidised, and ignore how road pays more in vehicle registration and fuel taxes than is spent on the road system....
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    And? We grow grain in the UK too, certainly up to 58N, after which the ground starts getting a little rough. The question I was asking and you have just ignored was specifically about the ripening time of fully grown...
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    Central London Lat 51.5N. Detailed arguments about cereal ripening needs more specialist agricultural knowledge than I possess, but they seem to grow to $height, and then ripen given ~30 days of sunlight....
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    I'm convinced that he knows what he's doing, but doesn't actually show any working. My presumptions seem to indicate that "ground-based PV" isn't a brilliant idea above Lat 56.5 because of "permanent shadowing" though. Further reasoning - Some 15 years...
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    69deg!? I presume this figure is Lat + Orbital inclination. For where I live I make that 57.5 + 23.5, which is 81, and with your (self-imposed) "panel must be fully visible when Sun 10 deg above horizon" means that...
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