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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    (3) Oh, we already know what kind of urban design is effective against things similar to cholera. It has plumbing and stuff to make sure you don't have to drink water that has been shat in. And these days we...
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    I think it would be great. I'd certainly have one - if I had a basement and any use for 20kW of heat. I could set up dioramas round it and projections on the walls, on themes like Gothic-style Mad...
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    "This hasn't been true at any time this century. They work great in 2C air that's 100% humidity." I quite simply do not believe you. It's not a matter of "this century" vs. any other century, it's fundamental. If you...
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    "then since the thing that takes up the heat must necessarily be some degrees colder than the thing it is taking up heat from" "Nope. Doesn't work that way." The rate of heat flow from one thing to another is...
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    "It's too bad we don't have some way to trade some of our excess summer heat for some of your excess cool weather." Phase change! Concoct some material that melts at about half way between "cold" and "hot" and absorbs...
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    "{ Side-order - why are nuke power-stations so ridiculously expensive, compared to others - again - how come the Froggies got it right? }" Oh, we can't do it any more. We've forgotten how. We've lost the skills. We haven't...
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    "IF heat-pumps are that good & relatively inexpensive, then why aren't we submerging in the things?" Difference between brochure figures and what you actually get in practice. The results obtained by people who have installed the things indicate that they...
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    Eh... not so much. As far as the brass went, a lot of them had been there long enough to experience asymmetrical engagements where they could get away with being a bit shit, followed by the Boer war which demonstrated...
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    There have been grants available for decades for stuff like loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, double glazing, and so on; loft insulation in particular has been plugged for a good 4 decades off the top of my head, and longer...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "...two hundred thousand quid in debt to the mortgage company. They're terrified their property's value will go down, not up..." ...having been trained by Tory interests into thinking that the opportunity to indulge in childish dressing-up fantasies (wheee look at...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    "...the eye watering amounts of money that would need to be spend to overcome decisions made 80 or 150 years ago." I guess you managed to avoid the most awkward such problem that we have, though. AIUI it is common...
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    The histrionics following her death seem to have fairly effectively erased from history the media's preference for following her around with prurient inquisitiveness and then slagging her off. All that seems to remain of the former discourse is occasional jokes...
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    Ah, no - waiting for a duff is something people standing by the tracks with cameras are usually not doing. If a special hauled by a famous preserved steam locomotive is due to pass, it's no uncommon thing to see...
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    That's pretty much what we did do for a hundred years or so, between the accession of Belming Jimmy and the Act of Onion. It might even be a viable option to return to it, or so Charlie has IIRC...
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    Yes - as I said in the previous thread before having seen this one, my principal reaction was to feel sorry for Liz. They were an example of a royal couple who actually did love each other. As for the...
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    Guernsey is not part of the UK......
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    319: My principal reaction is to feel sorry for Liz. I think it was really sweet that they really did love each other. 379: "All time great" as in the idea being sufficiently suggestive of itself that everyone originates something...
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    The idea that sprots lessons necessarily involve activity and provide exercise is fallacious anyway. I simply acquired great skill in standing around doing nothing while looking like I wasn't, and other abilities of a like nature. I got more exercise...
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    I filter results from Mythbusters through a considerable mass of sodium chloride. I tried watching a few of them because it's the sort of thing that could be really interesting if they did it well. Turned out it was possible...
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    Yes, but the point is that no matter who says what about them or who is looking at them, they are not, and can never become or provide, a useful gamma shield for spaceships. It is not possible to arrange...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    There is a fungus growing under Chernobyl that actually eats gammas using a melanin-based mechanism. But there is no such thing as a magical gamma shield, and especially not one made from organic materials, which are built of elements from...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    (Mods: May I ask for the "She of many names under yet another pseudonym" tag to be applied as a parenthesised suffix, rather than by total replacement? There is meaning in the names which under the replacement system is lost.)...
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    Getting hold of the wrong end of it :)...
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    Nonono... stick/grip parity error. The thing is that the police are a particularly fraught example to be discussing the matter around. It's pretty well inevitable that the police will have a tendency to become racist; a situation of the police...
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    "The first is that the U.K., as imperfect as it appears to be on the subject of race, isn't currently building camps for Black people" ...being a bit less specific, though, we do have a concentration camp for foreign people,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    imgur?...
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    "Going S through Newmarket is bonkers." As is the way quite a lot of people now seem to be wondering if it'll be used/usable for freight at all, when there shouldn't even be room to get the idea that it...
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    "but to modern standards, probably heavy rail ones." What is the significance of the word "probably"? As well as restoring double track they would do well to open out the loading gauge, which is currently a notch or two down...
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    London has something similar... I can't remember the exact thing, but it's something like nothing higher than the dome of St Paul's, but only if you're looking from a certain angle or some other odd exclusion along those lines. Whatever,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "the computers work... funnily in it." It's ages since I read it but I do remember its depiction of hacking as being rather strange. As I remember it, it's something like a crazily frantic dogfight, not an infiltration manoeuvre. And...
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