Damian

Damian

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    “some hint of a practical problem” Not at all, dear chap! Quite the contrary, my contribution is to confirm it is indeed possible. Enough Morris Minors were indeed produced to make it achievable, though I suppose there is nothing to...
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    I’m quite pleased to be described as numerate, but after this you might prefer pendantic (or just plain lunatic). I think you’re off by one (floating point place), and to get 1GWh by lifting a mass 360m, it “only” needs...
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    “...no business plan, someone who's a lousy businessman, and/or hasn't saved up at least one year's operating costs before opening their doors” Given some of the words I hear coming out of the mouths of small business owners, particularly in...
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    Oh those waters of novel algae, oh those mildly hallucinogenic fish....
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    Somewhere in my (albeit) quite disordered library I have a whole (admittedly slim) book on electrostatic loudspeaker design (if you’re interested in audio you very possibly have the same book). Which is one way of saying - that sounds demented....
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    The bit that makes it funny is the idea that because there’s water involved it’s like hydro. Whereas the difference between using water and a mechanical linkage for this purpose (a difference pretty much defined by the compressibility of water)...
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    So the Land Rover motor show wenches jack up Ben’s Levis or something?...
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    You mentioned earthquakes and magic geology. I am wondering whether every other household possesses a 10t cylinder spinning at 9000rpm in its basement will be a problem, not just with the city floating on a lake of mercury, given a...
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    I don’t think you have to pump the leakage back down 100m against the pressure, you just need to pump it out, preferably back up into the feeder reservoir. But I agree it’s a bit pointless. In this system the...
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    Dammit, déjà vu, and 9.94m....
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    I’m getting déjà vous, because I may have asked this question before and been misunderstood as expressing a view. I wonder about how hard these seals are. I suspect that what is really required is a degree of precision in...
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    Yes, I'm used to thinking of gyroscopes as huge mechanical things, my perspective being studying navigation back when and the examples were shipboard systems from the 50s or so (before Decca or Loran). Their abundance as chips and project boards...
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    On GPS-jamming, phones (as you mention) usually contain accelerometers and gyros. And because they are commonplace, they components are widely available for DIY boards. A quick google for “inertial dead reckoning” yields scholarly articles showing how the error growth for...
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    Hmm. My first thought was that even stronger effect could be had by lightly perforating the cans of tuna. The next obvious step is to consider things that smell worse as they decay than tuna - tinned borlotti beans or...
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    My reading of your posts is that you’ve generally been pretty careful to say you don’t think solar is for everyone and every place, and that other things are needed. The very comment JBS replied to here included such a...
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    Wrong and not even obvious, really: requires a slightly bloody-minded insistence that things be done in a particular way and sticking with a misunderstanding that in agriculture, all the available land is for growing your cash crop (something that isn’t...
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    I still think storage is less of a problem, and an easier problem than people seem to be ready to accept. I am not saying that oversupply solves it, but it’s a prerequisite, because storage doesn’t make sense unless you...
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    It isn’t about “liking” something, it’s about irony....
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    For a while I was wondering whether he simply hadn’t read the spec sheet, or didn’t understand it. Either way, others pointed out the error and he still proved impervious to clue, so just letting him dig deeper has been...
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    (Adding to, not rebutting) Some would say that’s already standard practice. The Australian market at the moment is overflowing with 6.6kW offerings that include 5kW inverters, with the subsidy coming in at around AU $3.5k installed, so around twice that...
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    they looked at the volume requirements, and built their own cement plant. A slightly mystical story in this world of reflexive outsourcing and the inevitable losses and consequences. In-housing functions where practical has too many benefits in terms of institutional...
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    All else aside, Cambridge is at a higher latitude than Toronto, and not just by a little bit. I know there are a lot of other considerations, but it’s not nothing....
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    I’d figured some sort of rack, or a funicular would ultimately need to be involved. But it would only make sense if most of the stuff is already sitting around anyway, so opportunistic for rare circumstances, though this ARES thing...
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    There’s nothing inherently wrong with grid-connected, residential solar, other than it isn’t an adequate solution in and of itself. There may be locations where we would prefer trees to solar panels, just like there are locations where we prefer birds...
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    Deepest sympathy Charlie. Hope that the way you find through it all works for you....
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    Being home and sick with a cold when Rick posted the other day, I looked a couple of things up. It looks like the enormous loads of bulk iron ore that go to port in the NT are in the...
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    Oops, I’m obviously out of date. I’ve been seeing ads today for 6.6kW systems for under AU $4k installed, including the inverter. Probably my own fault for googling solar panels. As for this line of argument that anti-nuclear activism from...
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    So let me get this straight: you’ve looked up the cost to get a system set up in your burb, and you’re applying this cost in India. Looking at pricing for installed systems in India, I’m seeing USD $3-4k for...
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    I was there a week ago and it was similar (a bit breezy but okay in a light jacket). Previous visit I was wearing an open short sleeve shirt over a T-shirt, though the locals were wearing surprisingly heavy coats,...
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    “I blame the tobacco industry.” Yes and no. It’s definitely a factor, but al fresco is very much a thing, smokers notwithstanding and there are plenty of cafes and even restaurants where the tables are mostly on the footpath, even...
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