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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I point out that that is bollocks. Add some antifreeze and you're good down to -35C. So what do you do? Admit that you were wrong? No, you start whining that it wouldn't generate much heat in the depths of...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There's also the flip side assumption to watch for: if it doesn't work for me, it's not worth doing at all. True, though I'm not seeing it on this site. What I am seeing is a lot of it has...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Antifreeze? I see Nojay has noted that this is done for a properly designed system. The problem of course is that drives the price up, making it harder for people to afford and to justify. And even with antifreeze I...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The more I see the objections people here make to PV the more clearly they show up as overwhelmingly more cultural than technical. So even a dead-end compromise like solar water heating might do them some good as a cultural...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Which means, in turn, that Nojay's assertion that it's not worth it for £35/year of savings isn't borne out by panels at retail prices - at retail price, filling your roof with panels is a better RoI than putting the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Over the last few months a new ingredient has been added to this mix; we have an energy crisis. Natural gas has suddenly become very expensive and hard to get. I'm still not clear why this has happened. Is it...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Are those central heating systems per building? It's not just the UK. Much of Canada and the northern parts of the US use individual furnaces to heat every home and natural gas dominates with fuel oil and propane also used....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Unfortunately, you are probably correct, even though we desperately need those nuke powerplants. Well Bill Gates is trying to help you out, company he started (Terrapower) is working on the issue. https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/bill-gates-wyoming-nuclear-power-plant-b1995379.html...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Actually ... I think Starmer should propose a "Vote of No Confidence RIGHT NOW! Would be interesting, but: Why? 2:The motion does not pass - NOW they cannot ditch Bo Jon-Sun, because they voted to keep him in They can...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    In general in our modern way of living most people don't require as much heating while asleep under many layers as they do while still active in the evening. Whereas the "baseload" concept is a 24/7 thing. I don't think...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    How about the decades that the (self-proclaimed) Standard Railroad of the World, the Pennsy, switched from electric to steam, then to diesel, at Harrisburg, for every east-west passenger train, all with passengers on the train? And the successor, Amtrak, now...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You've ruled out solar and wind over and over. Tidal is about 100th of the required power. Coal will collapse the civilisation that you depend on. Nuclear is ridiculous and you don't have the money or the fuel or a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'm not going to get into this except for one thing ... In this day & age of computer controls, there's no excuse for not being able to coordinate schedules better so that neither passenger trains nor freight trains have...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I have been on a train at at Thorpe-le-Soken station, where London - Colchester - Clacton/Walton units were split/divided ... with passengers on both units. Under 2 minutes total. Splitting is easy. But I would be interested as to when...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My thoughts exactly. Thing is British railways have a strange kind of dual relationship with the idea. It went abruptly out of fashion for freight just as we'd built a bunch of large marshalling yards to help automate the process,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I last took VIA in the 80s, from Edmonton to Winnipeg (and back). It was enough to put me off for life — horribly slow trip, because freight has (or at least had) priority over passenger trains. As well, the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The government already subsidizes automobiles, trucks, trains & airplanes. Those subsidies are only going to increase as the U.S. tries to keep the economy functioning in the face of climate change, especially when the EAST Coast moves west of I-95...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Gotta get the freight TO Alaska somehow. A rail line across Canada would be cost competitive (allowing for having to amortize construction costs). I think it would also be competitive in terms of reducing carbon emissions. The only way a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    After all, there is a period of at least five years or so when it makes no difference whether or not schools are repurposed as merely places to dump the kids. Yes/no. First, there is a reason Ontario under the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Train fares need to be limited such that it is possible to go to the station whenever you happen to feel like it, buy a ticket, get on the next train and go wherever, for less money than you would...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Looking at train vs car in the UK: travel from Edinburgh to Plymouth, 480 miles train: time 8.5 hours (no changes), cost £79 car : time 8.2 hours (no stops!), petrol cost £76, "taxable cost" £170..£216 where taxable cost is...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Er, do you SERIOUSLY imagine there is a sanity clause to Cold War II? There most definitely wasn't during Cold War I. The 2 eras are very different, and thus can't be treated the same. The key difference is the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'd really like to see more of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_Train Worth noting though that Amtrak inherited that route, and its infrastructure, after the previous private operator failed financially. So you are back to needing the government to subsidize it, and Amtrak...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    As for virtual teaching, I agree about young students, although as someone who was homeschooled for a couple of years, I think the idea of permanent damage is a question of damage to whom. Guess I'm damaged goods or something....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Perhaps we need to work on getting families to live closer together as much as possible? Or perhaps we need to develop mechanisms to help people cope with losing far-away relatives and other ordinary miseries associated with the generally unsatisfactory...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    A sea change whereby businesses are more comfortable with remote meetings instead of forcing people to fill the frequent flyers club is fantastic - I really hope it lasts. Less mass remote tourism by air is necessary. One of the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    They really need to break Boeing up -- spin out the defense and space business, and take the civil aviation side back to its roots before it's too late. Except the jet-era Boeing's roots are the military - the civilian...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Looking at the planes flying empty to keep assigned timeslots, I think we could use less flying.. That's the airlines playing politics. If you read beyond the headlines you discover that the EU did suspend those rules in 2020 with...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    And if they need a fig leaf, they just need to give generous military contracts for Boeing, which can then move some of that money over to the civilian arm to keep it afloat. Cynically I might suggest the NASA...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    No, Russia will NOT allow the USA to establish a base in Sebastopol. The US military is struggling to maintain what it currently has, why would it want to make matters worse with a base on a landlocked sea that...
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