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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The contractor installing Google Fiber in our neighborhood managed to hit a gas line. It's usually the other way around -- I think it was a water pipe trench being dug near the local exchange that took out the internet...
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    You think we didn't just build exact copies of UK buildings up until about 1950? We even copied the names of the suburbs, this terrace house is in Paddington. Paddington, the suburb of Sydney. It worked the other way too...
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    The fatalism is more to do with the three-card monte renewables con being perpetrated on a willing public -- the dataplate figure for wind turbines, for example is the only number the public gets in the press reports. Hornsea offshore...
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    I had a satori on a possible reason for the non-uptake of heat pumps in the UK compared to gas boilers for home heating earlier -- electricity prices. A heat pump burns electricity to produce heat, a gas boiler burns...
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    Fuel cells do wear out if they run on air as the oxidiser. The catalysts get polluted with all sorts of crap that's in the air, the produce nitrogen compounds including acids etc. The really good space-rated fuel cells run...
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    It's a good idea to get any basement checked for radon gas[1]. Having a spent nuclear fuel cask emitting 20kW of heat down there means you get the entire testing and alarm apparatus free with every purchase because Nuclear is...
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    The version I heard was that the "bounty" intelligence was single-sourced from a detainee who was saying anything and everything to get the torture to stop. It made great headlines for a while though....
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    There was, famously, an office tower in Calgary that didn't turn on heat in the winter because all the computers (in the days of CRT monitors) generated enough waste heat to keep the temperature at 20-25° That means it was...
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    (Shale oil is collapsing due to renewables undercutting all fossil fuel, with a side-order of depressed demand due to COVID19.) Actually no. The US government's EIA report about gas production and consumption in the US says, for depression-year 2020: The...
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    The Dinorwig pumped-storage scheme in Wales uses a worked-out slate quarry as its top reservoir which didn't need much digging out. The bottom "reservoir" is a river, the source and sink are only a couple of km apart which kept...
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    It would be nice if we could save civilisation, but if it doesn't work in Edinburgh (and nothing does except nuclear for some reason no one can explain) then it can't work anywhere. If you're willing to write off half...
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    Like many pundits he's stuck in the early 20th century mindset that productivity depends on people lined up at factory workbenches and sitting at desks in office, ignoring increased levels of automation and more advanced machinery and data processing. This...
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    Ground sourced heat pumps, great! How well do they work for a block of eight large flats plus two street-facing shops here in Edinburgh, where I live? We have a drying green out back on the north side of the...
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    Thanks for the info about the Snowy 2.0 project. I ran the numbers and it turns out to get hold of the 350GWh of headline storage capacity would involve draining the top reservoir from top-full to dry pretty much --...
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    I think a stabilizing factor in China/Taiwan that doesn't get enough attention here is that any invasion of Taiwan would effectively slaughter the goose that lays the golden eggs. Right now Taiwan (via TSMC) is more or less the dominant...
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    To what extent does retrofitting for energy efficiency to reduce demand play a role in the U.K.? Well insulated buildings should require less heat in the winter and well designed insulation should require less cooling in the summer British governments...
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    The same Jeremy Corbyn who imposed a three line whip on the Labour Party to get them behind May on her desperately premature Article 50 invocation? Yes. The same Jermey Corbyn who went into the most recent election with an...
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    Have you seen any estimates of how many GWh storage/backup(*) would be needed There have been some academic exercises on storage to cover the intermittency of renewable generation but they're based on estimates of how rare you want rolling blackouts...
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    Now Labour has totally-pro-Brexit Starmer in charge they can maybe claw back some of the Red Wall in the North but even though he's positioning the party as Tory-lite and all in favour of maintaining property prices and keeping Those...
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    The cost of pumped-water grid power storage is about £200 million per GWh. Battery tech might bring grid power storage down to £100 million per GWh or so but the batteries are the most expensive part of the cost of...
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    The Labour voters in the North of England voted Labour in the past because they were poor, generally. They lived in a rented council house and the menfolk did dirty work like construction, coal-mining and shipbuilding. They didn't vote Tory...
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    Has there been any press coverage in the UK about the switching on of coal-fired electricity generation Monday in response to the very low wind speeds and consequent lack of wind power over the past 5-6 days? Use It Or...
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    I've had a suspicion for a while that somewhere in the Royal Household there's an office where they store "Good Causes" for junior Royalty to take up when necessary to burning their reputations. Diana, Princess of Power Shopping got the...
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    They believed she was still around though, thousands of years from now....
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    Elizabeth the Second remains Her Boreal Majesty in perpetuity, or at least until she should come again. The Norstrilians of Cordwainer Smith's "Instrumentality" stories, set far in the future, regarded Elizabeth the Second as their rightful Queen....
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    Submarines, and particularly boomer subs, are similarly vulnerable. A big part of their function is in being hidden. That has worked for a long time, but I think we are moving into a period where hiding anything anywhere is going...
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    if a stealth strain existed, it would be hard to monitor. A number of places are analysing "waste water" i.e. sewage, looking to track coronavirus levels in the general population. It may be they're only testing for known protein fingerprints...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    One would think that Sears could've added a good web interface to their mail order business, Amazon WAS its web interface, no-one who ordered books and CDs from them in the early days knew it was an operation run literally...
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    Wales has a problem. It rains in Wales. Sometimes it rains a lot in a small amount of time and the narrow valleys concentrate that water and small towns near the top of the valley get flooded. After everything is...
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    Never buy a property in a housing development called "The Water Meadows"....
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