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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "the ubiquitous use of antibiotics in soap." The what? Oh, chicken's tits....
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    "Because the showers drained to graywater, the students were rather limited in what they could use for soap, for instance." Can you not put sodium salts of long-chain fatty acids down the grey drain then? I'd always figured they were...
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    "The backflow problem is why it used to be mandatory in the UK to have header tanks." ...and is now why UK mixer taps don't mix. They used to combine the hot and cold flows at the base of the...
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    Uh? It's one of their major worries in the second series that they don't want the USA to turn up and do what they did at the end of the first one....
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    I did repairs on warranty-returned Samsung monitors for a while. The official description of the situation was that Samsung thought a 1% failure rate under warranty was acceptable. The way we phrased it was to say that Samsung is Korean...
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    "she's weirdly reluctant to go outside and pee in the garden like a normal person." It has to be said that the standard female body plan is something of a disadvantage there. It makes it so much harder to spin...
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    "the single large bearing supporting the drum is no longer side-loaded by a tensioned belt and drive compared to older designs with multiple smaller bearings, some of which are under side load from belts and pulleys." The belt loading on...
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    "Yes the motor is 1/2 on the back of the drum and 1/2 mounted to the frame. Which requires reasonable alignment of parts to work." Good grief. Searching for variations on usa washing machine drum motor doesn't find things like...
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    I would suggest it's worth looking at reducing the size of the drum, and spinning it faster to compensate (acceleration being rω2 you can still easily win). Compare washing machines that spin with the standalone centrifuge units you use in...
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    "For a while now, at least in the US, front loaders have the drum and a variable speed motor as a single unit. The motor windings are built into the back of the drum." Do you really mean that? I...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "magic code to open the door even when it's full of water." If the concept of a "magic code" is not relevant there is usually some hidden mechanical release somewhere. Something like inside the little hatch that covers the cover...
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    I've not seen that arrangement outside laundromats. All the domestic ones I've seen the washing tub is fixed, with a moving agitator, and there is a separate rotating tub to do the centrifuge bit. Come to that, front loaders used...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Laundromat machines are a different kettle of fish from domestic ones. Simple one-setting top-loaders, and gas-fired dryers that get the clothes dry in a few minutes instead of a couple of hours like domestic ones do, built like tanks and...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "toy sized washers and dryers" Over here we are burdened with the terrible curse of the Standard Kitchen Unit. This is a notional cuboid 600mm wide by (I think) 900mm high and 600mm deep. Every bloody thing has to fit...
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    It is indeed noticeable that my current washing machine is worse than the one in my last place was. The difference is probably 20-30 years of increased emphasis on skinning the water use. Certainly on the newer one the pool...
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    It seems to me that the designers have contracted the obsession with making them use less water to such an extent that they no longer make them use enough. And using cold water wherever they think they can get away...
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    "Macy's = US Marks & Sparks" now added to mental UK/US dictionary. Thank you, I can now have a better idea of what characters who mention it are supposed to be thinking of....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    ...actually, I remembered that wrong. It was worse than that: the instructor said "Do not do this with it" [>whack< on the table]......
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    Weapons instructor during WW1: "This is a percussion grenade. It is detonated by shock. If you hit it, it goes off. If you knock it against something, you are dead" ...etc. etc. Finishes spiel. Puts grenade down on table... ...too...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    How about we replace the entire long-haul aviation industry with sub-orbital Verne cannons powered from geothermally-generated steam?...
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    I think "end wrench" is American for "ring spanner"; dunno about having "box" on the front of it, but I assume the version I've heard is just a common abbreviation. A box spanner is basically like a povvo version of...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Urga tease. That one is a standard spelling. Worker ants, and all that....
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    Iain does have a firmly Scottish-centred viewpoint which shows through quite a lot. There's even one passage somewhere where a Scottish character goes to England for the first time and goes on about how strange it is that the English...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    (Er, are you replying to me or Nojay?) "...misrepresenting English spelling and pronounciation." It's not so much "misrepresentation" as ordinary loose use of language. Bascule refers to his own style as phonetic, and really it's hard to see what else...
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    That was the purpose of developing it; I'm talking about the pattern they had decided on for how the mechanics of the thing they were developing were intended to work....
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    "I keep telling you ... Hang all the priests!" Doesn't work. It just means you get a new religious dogma which is all about hanging priests. Then once you have hanged all the priests, the Calcrafts get bored, and to...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Carbon dioxide, then, as Nojay and I have said....
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    "OK, my parents were around, but I effectively taught myself to read aged 3." Much the same here. By the time I got to school I had moved on to spelling reform, and used to drive the teachers up the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Super stuff. Date written on wall....
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    Wehey, bounce bounce bounce. Do we have a prediction for a date when I will be able to go into town and buy it in a shop?...
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