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    "My question is just how will they define AI." Badly The F1 circus tried to ban traction control. That proved to be impossible. I think Murray Walker said something like "the program disappears when the car is turned off, how...
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    Momentary return to subject. "Grief and bereavement is a very private thing these days, not a fit subject for sharing." One of the few must watch things on TV (and Netflix for those in the northern climes) "The Casketeers". Fly...
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    "Sliding your butt side to side for some of the control was a total failure once the ball got rolling" [I know what you mean but] As a hang glider pilot I resent that remark! [I don't actually] In all...
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    As several have pointed out, the skycrane seems to have been planned, heavier than air and it flew in the atmosphere....
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    Haha. I think Damion has made me see this discussion on the right light. Sorry for being so grumpy. The vision of being worried about my aircon if a lorry manages to hit it in the roof space of a...
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    It had literally never occurred to me that it might go the other way....
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    Sounds like fun, but my trench digging days are probably over. I think I picked Paddington because my parents used to have a terrace house there and I worked there for a while, so it is familiar. You're right though,...
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    I should be more amused. However all this talk of drilling holes is taking me back to my days in construction. I don't think I've heard someone called a soft cock for 30 years. I've certainly never had occasion to...
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    And why would I give a fuck? The people who installed the aircon in this terrace house didn't. https://m.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington-135971022 That's the head unit next to the clock in the second kitchen photo. You think we didn't just build exact copies...
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    Are you kidding? Drilling a 2 or 3 inch dia hole through a couple of feet of granite *is* absolutely trivial. It would have been a right pain in the arse back in the day that indoor plumbing was installed...
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    I certainly wouldn't try it, even if all the specialised tools didn't cost like ten times as much as the cost of a fridgy for a morning. I did compressed gas stuff for several years and it's really easy to...
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    I've been to Aberdeen. The B&B I stayed in had a 5 inch diameter hole drilled through the wall to install an indoor toilet. I guess drilling holes in walls is now a lost technology. How sad. Just have to...
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    Some people learn visually. Me bleating on that you don't need to rip out the walls, destroy the existing pipework, bulldoze your house, convert your entire garden to an industrial wasteland and beat your dog has fallen on deaf ears....
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    My Daikin unit is rated at 64 dBA and occupies 0.255 sqm. I can't hear it from inside my house, at night, in the country. Nor can I hear it from the other side of my fence. I can't hear...
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    It's very like the old "down wind faster than the wind" arguments. Increasingly frantic commenters posting actual examples, links, videos, personal experience, peer reviewed papers, mathematical explanation and in the end actually certified by an independent body, only to be...
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    "Following this thread, I looked up heat pumps. Firstly, installing them in my house would mean gutting several rooms..." Or instead of "look up heat pumps" you could have followed the link in my comment #324 to a split reverse...
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    I'm probably extra grumpy because (returning to topic for a moment) I stayed up 'til 2 am watching HRH's funeral. Which I thought was actually really tasteful and not a vile media circus at all. Probably due to covid, but...
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    "Re: urban environments and population density - some misconceptions prevalent among UK-ers that I note gasdive isn't even bothering to try to dispel, but are fundamental enough to make subsequent conclusions invalid." Not sure what more I can do. They...
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    So only works perfectly down to 11 degrees colder than ever recorded in Edinburgh which started this aside. www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/gallery/pictures-crazy-edinburgh-snowpocalypse-2010-15750340.amp And still be working perfectly at the lowest London temperature recorded since records began in 1697, -19C. Seems like a reasonable...
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    Yep. They use them in Antarctica. "Using the heat pump system for heating and cooling proved to be a durable and energy efficient solution. Durable because only one installation is needed for both heating and cooling, and efficient because of...
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    I guess your carefully reasoned utter bollocks analysis trumps my actual experience and that of millions of people living in cold damp environments, and the standards organisation of two countries. However sure you are of your expertise in heat pumps,...
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    "IF heat-pumps are that good & relatively inexpensive, then why aren't we submerging in the things?" You tell me. I can see 2 from where I sit on the lounge. I go to former colonies like Hong Kong and they're...
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    "Air source ones tend to be shit in proportion to how much you need them not to be. If you are trying to extract heat from typically soggy British air at 2 degrees C or so, then since the thing...
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    It's hard (impossible) to put a general figure on pumped hydro in terms of dollars per storage. Batteries, a 12 Wh cell costs say 3 dollars. So 12 GWh costs 3 billion dollars (roughly). With pumped hydro a 2 GW...
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    My mail system eats scam emails, so I don't know, but I'm getting about 4 scam phone calls a day....
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    "If you're willing to write off half a million people who live in Edinburgh and billions more around the world who live in highly urban environments because you've got a solution that works for the low-population density area you live...
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    First practical suggestion....
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    I think we've fully established that nothing invented in the last 300 years can work in Edinburgh theme park. It would be nice if we could save civilisation, but if it doesn't work in Edinburgh (and nothing does except nuclear...
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    We might be small, but we punch above our weight when it comes to stupid. Here's our current leader's famous "this is coal" speech. Not quite JFK's "not because they are easy, but because they are hard". https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/feb/09/scott-morrison-brings-a-chunk-of-coal-into-parliament-video...
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    "Heat pumps? ( i.e. refrigerators in reverse ? )" Yep. Pigeon's numbers are a bit overly conservative. He's saying under 2.5 CoP for air sourced reverse cycle air conditioners. Australia and New Zealand share a rating system and it gets...
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