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  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Just a week ago, I had two well, if slightly anachronistically attired, apparently male persons, knock on my door. Clutched in the hands of one was a poorly printed pamphlet, with a childishly rendered painting on the cover. "Have you...
  • Commented on A reminder
    "America doesn't have to die for the world to get off oil, or even for the US to get off fossil fuels" Maybe not 'die' but certainly change a lot. The US economy is in a state that would normally...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'm not sure that he meant it that way. He did say it would be 'Bad for Americans', which in the context of a discussion on possible global nuclear exchange, seemed to me to indicate bad for 'Stalingrad siege' levels...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    End of the river of time?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We're not committed to two degrees. Nor are we going to 5 degrees. Simple stuff. The sea heats slower than the land. That's obvious. So given current conditions the land is still being cooled by the sea to a certain...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    "Authoritarian"? Shit I would have voted for someone with luminous green worms behind their eyes if they could actually do something about climate change. However I think that's now a ship that's sailed....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    British culture had that too, but without the cool word. It was the 'Grand Tour' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Tour...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Yeah, that sounds more likely too. >50% death is rare for any disease. Still, even at that death rate it caused a cultural singularity....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    All true. Re-reading what I wrote I see I wandered away from my main points. 1 History is a guide to understanding the future but not a map 2 Even with hindsight, it's impossible to see how someone in 1340...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I've only read down to #25, so forgive me if I'm restating. History has lessons to teach, but events never unfold exactly the same way. We're all looking at the '30's because they're recent, familiar (in that our family has...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I'd second that on China. US officials are rude, intrusive and difficult to deal with, even for someone who passes as white. Chinese are the opposite. Border checks are efficient and polite. I also wandered into a restricted area and...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Your secret that electrics are a completely practical replacement for dinoburners is safe with me....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Not for most Aussies because most of us live in the densely populated SE corner of the country. I do. It's not 300 miles to the next down. If I go West, the next town big enough for a supermarket...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Amazing how often people are surprised by the bleeding obvious. If you're considering building a tool that will make each turbine blade 1000 dollars cheaper to make, but the tool costs 10 million dollars to design and build, then obviously,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Ok, you said 'Batteries' when you meant cells. I thought you meant batteries. "spraying water on exposed lithium metal will be counter-productive" Got to agree there. It would be. I'm not sure what Lithium Metal has to do with a...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Ok, lets try that again now that I'm awake. (I'm in a different time zone) "the usual cause of lithium batteries catching fire is" Wow, the same people who are building an Interplanetary Transport System have never heard of a...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "You're planning to use water to put out a lithium battery fire? Pardon me, I'm just going to get my telephoto-range camera to record the results from a safe distance..." Yes, that's what my friends who race lithium battery powered...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    OFFS I even wrote 'their' when I meant 'they're'. Just to top off dropping 2 zeros. I really should stop responding to you. I'm clearly rattled....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    grrr, need an edit Anyway I came back on to correct an error that I realised after I went to bed. Forgot the degrees, so it would take 1300 seconds to put out 50 cars with a garden hose. Who...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "gasdive might like to calculate how much water one needs to use up the energy in a battery that delivers the same energy as 60 litres of diesel" You know how much I love arithmetic. About 36 Mj in a...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Let me add some "minor" corrections to your "minor" corrections "That is what happens when an Octane fuelled car" No, V8 Supercars (the category of cars in the video) have run E85 (alcohol with enough petrol in it so it...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Expert in everything! This is what an alcohol fuelled car looks like when hit from behind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wUvMKUlFLo They (about 30 people with fire extinguishers) did put it out pretty quickly. Even so, a giant pool of burning fuel completely surrounding...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I haven't got that impressive resume. However I completely fail to see what it has to do with the matter under discussion, which is load control on an electricity network. It seems little more relevant to load control than a...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    No. that's not what I said....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Listed buildings form about 2% of UK housing stock. In the grand scheme of things bringing them up is a stupid distraction. They're of close to zero relevance to any discussion of UK energy resources. In the context of this...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Yep. It's been explained that all housing in the UK is grade 1 listed. That was in my list of things I've had explained....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Even better. I just looked up the cost for a meter install in Scotland. Scottish power installs and replaces meters for free. So there's actually no cost difference at all. It's not even a trivial cost difference. The cost is...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Straw man.... Pot, meet kettle... To support your claim about the cost difference of installing a controlled load relay in the meter box on an existing house vs putting a controlled load relay in a new build you now cite...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Could you stop. Just stop please... You're doing my head in. The question was directed *specifically* at people who knew something about these systems. For a start (just a start) it would be illegal to connect any kind of computer...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    More things I've had explained to me on this blog. The UK has old houses and nothing related to renewable energy or energy efficiency can be retrofitted to them. It's completely beyond the pale to even consider it no matter...
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