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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    No, not via the canal, I meant digging a bloody massive tunnel and putting turbines in it... The Pacific is on average a little higher than the Atlantic, so there is some head to generate flow; and it can get...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "I think this is actually a case where money stops being a useful way to understand the world." I don't think it ever was. It's OK for the small-scale, grounded, everyday purpose of tokens for playing swapsies to avoid getting...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Last time I looked the best I could find about how much tidal capacity Britain has came out somewhere around 10GW, which is nice to have but a long way short of filling in for when the sun and wind...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "They have even shown both operations done at speed, but decided against doing that, because the new/future ERTMS radio-based signalling system protocols do not support it." Slip coaches, or entire slip portions, are of course old news - the GWR...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Because that "one thing" worked so efficiently and reliably in the past, everyone in it worked harmoniously to ensure that, and people certainly weren't out for whatever they could get." [context: sarcasm] Any organisation has such problems because they naturally...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "But it's not a few seconds, particularly for a train that already has passengers on it." Yes, it is, with modern automatic couplers. Front half of Oxford-Paddington service (return working of unit that has just done Paddington-Oxford) is waiting in...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Of course it's insane. It's another of these idiotic Tory privatisation jobs that takes an integrated national organisation that all worked together, and splits it up into a whole slew of different bits for every narrowly-defined sub-function all working against...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Dragons only ever managed to survive because nobody had any better projectile weapon than a bow and arrow to attack them with. Their armour could shrug that off, but it seems that they were not proof against someone getting up...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "The thing I don't get is why the whole lorry has to be inside." There was a lot of fuss even before the tunnel was dug along the lines of "what if something catches fire in it", so they've been...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The OJP and other sites that talk to the same API with a clone of the same crappy client software have a nasty habit of doing their best to conceal the actually useful fare information and instead present you with...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Given the price of rail tickets, it is generally cheaper to drive somewhere than to take even two people by rail." It's generally cheaper to drive somewhere than to take one person by rail. Sometimes this even remains true if...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "the renewable wood-pellet power station at Drax." "I used to eat from Gascoigne Wood but now I just eat wood. I'm so green, I'm so green..." I am distinctly suspicious of that place. "Renewable biomass wood pellets" sounds awfully green...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, I reckon there are two options for something that wants to be a dragon. I can see a proper one ending up being a bit like a semi-pelagic seabird, and living in the same sort of places - ie....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "There are still unresolved problems with nuclear power (primarily what to do with spent fuel & non-proliferation)" Spent fuel: isn't. What to do: burn it. The problem there is the idea that it's acceptable to consider it "spent" when it...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Another instance here. We have an aunt who went to live in California (married a chap who wanted to escape his memories of Nazism and WW2). She is well off and tries to visit England once a year to dash...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Where both parents are working it is incredibly difficult to manage having a kid at home and in need of some educational support." ...the fundamental problem here of course being that "both parents are working" is considered a normal and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Eurostar do something which looks the same but isn't really: functionally it's just another cross-Channel vehicle-carrying ferry that happens to go under the sea rather than on top of it. It's a means for getting past an obstacle that is...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    We used to have that here. We called it Motorail. We don't have it any more. I think it would be bloody great for those kind of journeys where driving all the way really sucks but ending up wherever you're...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    (Fucksake missed a ket off.) ...That's a pretty significant difference, and it means that pretty much every time I see anyone quoting "carbon" or "CO2" emissions figures, it's not possible to consider them meaningful without digging back to find out...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "a single person in a 22 mpg car (404 g carbon/mile)" Is that a case of "US strikes again"? Because over here it's quite difficult to buy such a car. Of course you can do it, but if you want...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "At best, converting the whole fleet to EV and generating all electricity by renewables will reduce road CO2 by a very small factor (probably less than two)." ...but it will hide it away so most people don't realise it's happening...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I thought it was only the biomechanical type that chewed things up....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Oh, aye, that one. Had that happen with the keys to my gaff once. Spent a week being nervous whenever I went out because I couldn't lock the door, then one evening I went for a leak and when I...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I found a thermostatic LED once. Looked like a perfectly normal component but only worked when it was cold, and switched off abruptly once its temperature got high enough to separate some microscopic internal crack. Wouldn't work at all if...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Not any kind of rail, it just looks like it because of the low definition. There are the normal 2 running rails per track, and the other longitudinal things are girders. It's a bit clearer in this: http://3dprintingindustry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screenshot-from-2017-01-03-132629.png The way...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Agreed. I have a Logitech trackball (at least, I have a trackball in which the ball and pickup department is from a Logitech one) of the red-speckled-ball optical variety, which does similar things. Pointer shows a distinct disinclination to move...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "the posts are supplied from ducted cables. So it is trivially easy to pull additional or replacement cable and really any size outlet is electrically possible." Not really... pretty soon you hit limits. Before you get up to ten times...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yeah... I'm not convinced that's that decisive. The Liverpool thing seems to be basically that they had ten years or so warning about it but they carried on and did it anyway because they didn't really give a fuck. They...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Chiltern and their 68s too. But still sadly far too rare, and not at all over the Forth Bridge... Also (note to overseas) even double-heading on freight doesn't happen much any more....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "I thought I'd look it up because you seemed so sure that lamp posts are supplied by tiny threads of near invisible cable. It's not what we do here, and I thought maybe I'm wrong. http://shropshire.gov.uk/street-care-and-cleaning/streetlights/facts-figures-and-faqs/street-lighting-facts/# Lighting columns are normally...
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