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  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It probably depends on how angry you are at the time it takes for the same parts to arrive from China after you bought them on ebay for a quid a pop......
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The reason Boris got an 80 seat majority while the previous government got so little they were barely able to function is that the British electoral system is a pile of shite that grossly fails at being representative. For both...
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    "And while I can't find anything indicating that it happens in the UK, there is a story about the Blair government trying to push fire brigades to charge for vehicle incidents." There was something during the Blair period about sort...
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    One cannot avoid placing a considerable amount of blame on the British electoral system, which can manage to grant a party an 80-seat majority for the same fucking number of votes that left it barely able to function the previous...
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    Might be worth at least having a word with the old bill....
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    Well, obviously what you need is a smart cartridge that monitors the deflection of the walls of the chamber in real time while the propellant is deflagrating, and switches it off if it detects too much deformation. Then you can...
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    Yes, pretty much. I've considered doing it to my own bicycle when I discovered it had a fully riveted chain without a split link; it would have been possible to fit it in, but I didn't have a welder at...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Ah, OK. So it's like whatsisname's poem about the beacons. Twelve fair counties saw the blaze on Malvern's lonely height and the ruddy glare on Skiddaw roused the burghers of Carlisle, etc. And the ignition of all the ones in...
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    "One issue is that it's hard to design a structure that is both light and strong enough while also allowing belt replacement" Nah, not really... all you have to do is reposition the diagonal compression member that runs from the...
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    At least, a sizeable proportion of the Tory leadership, along with Murdoch, the Barclay brothers, Farrago, and sundry other high-level turds. It would need to be a pretty big one, really....
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    Haha, I guess it was a 250? I had a 125 as a stopgap once and it was entirely unexceptionable; perfectly adequate in much the same way as a CG125 is perfectly adequate. Then someone borrowed it and drove it...
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    Hahaha, that final paragraph is thoroughly hilarious. Just brilliant....
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    I believe Harleys, of all things, do have belt drive these days, and there was at least one Kawasaki with it back in the 80s. As you say, there are good and bad points, and never having had such a...
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    Well, some people used to swear by that stuff (some still do), but others reckon that while it does work as a crap excluder it's not that great as a lubricant and you're better off just oiling the chain often....
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    So that chain stuff works then? I've always been a bit suspicious of it, as I am of any magic jollop that claims to be an improvement over oil or make oil work better. What I usually do with moulded-on...
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    Sure. I had one, too. I've probably still got it somewhere. The crank is the brace and the pointy thing you stick in the end of it is the bit. Very popular with Victorian burglars (and the occasional pirate) because...
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    "I read that the eggbeater style hand drill is called a 'wheel brace' in the UK" I've always just called it a hand drill. I have occasionally seen "wheel brace" but at sufficiently long intervals that I've always forgotten what...
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    "Wonder if anyone's considered GMOing the biofilm producing bacteria that corrode steel into bacteria that could 'organically' separate ore/materials out of steel into their component metals" I'm pretty sure they already do that, although without the genetic engineering bit. Pile...
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    "OTOH, I can remember going along the old "GC" route in N Sheffield, when they were slag-tipping at night ... the heat at the open train window was like a v warm Summer's day & the "light-show" !" It's something...
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    Hehe :) It was from a conversation which must have been well over 20 years ago, me and another chap having a moan at each other about how you always get the big heavy lump of drill plug + extension...
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    Cthulhu awakens......
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    I find much the same using a bread machine. I don't have any kitchen measuring devices, but it comes out fine just using the "yeah, that looks about enough" principle. No idea what grade the flour is supposed to be;...
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    "cords are just a big PITA" They are, but principally because they are always much too short to reach the socket no matter what you're doing. Often they're only about 1m long and it's next to impossible to find any...
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    A perfect illustration of my immediately preceding comment about simple stupid vs. complicated stupid. He could have just used !(year & 3) and it wouldn't break until 2100....
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    ""we have taken all the money in your account and now you have to pay us"... It's enough to make me want to keep all my money under the mattress" It's why I do. (Well, not literally, but...) It's safer....
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    You could consider the entire literature concerning Douglas Haig (and other WW1 generals, but especially him) to be a real example of that. You get the Haigiographers saying "he did X, Y, and Z, which shows how great he was",...
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    Sure. I'm basically saying that if you're going to be stupid, at least be simple stupid, because being complicated stupid would be really stupid......
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    Yeah, well, two things I really fucking hate are dates and fence posts, and when I'm coding I hate them even more....
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    "There are about a dozen isotopes in that neighborhood, which by definition must have a critical mass, and you will be very hard pressed to find numbers for that anywhere in open literature." It can't be that hard, because I've...
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    "Most Americans are apparently sleep-deprived anyway" So is any population that makes customary use of alarm clocks. Because if you had had enough sleep, you would be waking up naturally without needing a machine to wake you up. (Note: learning...
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