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what about the long term effects of living with smog, soot, co2?
without driving up construction costs...
We probably can't
But really there are no other options.
You need to do something radical, like for eg. abandoning the market (Gasps from onlookers, ladies fainting and all) It really hasn't worked for energy, and we have given it 25 years or so and a few restarts when it turned out that 'trading types' turned out, by and large to be sociopathic crooks (who'd have thought).
To build a nuke you need to be able to flog the resulting nimble amps for an agreed price _for the productive life of the station_ thats why edf needed to be given extra time in the comfy chair and blowjobs all round to build hinkley, and walked away from sizewell. with a bogus market in place, such price guarantees are meaningless.
The real killer for us in the UK is the way the regulator is letting the renewable gravy train runaway at full speed!
Just you wait until you see what they have planned next... actually you probably wont see it, as the lights going out is going to be a far more frequent occurrence than even your average Nigerian is used to.
We are chucking billions at this non solution, basically softening the fall for all the developers that suffered a hard landing when their plans to cover every flood plain in the land with houses met the economic meltdown caused (in no small measure) by flogging dodgy mortgages to idiots seeking to buy jerry built houses on flood plains.
The one upside is that I'll almost certainly be gone by the time the shit really hit's the fan, so file under 'someone else's problem' :-)
Get rid of the planners you sez?
cool beans, :-)
makes it much easier to get my combined slaughterhouse and heavy metal band practice rooms off the ground.
great site, it's in bath, next door to what used to be a pub....
Re:20 mph in town
So you want cars in town to run 30% faster?
you have my vote :-)
Not their biggest fuck up of the week.
rip test pilot
Maybe you weren't looking at smut.
well my grumble flickery was all tickety boo. :-)
How do you maintain a relationship if you shaft the customer?
work for apple... duhh!
Re: Soon you will be able to connect your own PC to your smart meter
Because in the mind of the regulator frantic activity looks like progress, and progress justifies the existence of the regulator.
Re: Fuse wire
or even worse... full of SF6
Re: copper v ali
Overhead line suffer (significant) aolean vibration if the tension on the line is much above 20% UTS of the wire.
this vibration has an amplitude of a few 10's of mm and a wavelength in the order of a few m, with a frequency of the order of 10hz. (the actual sums are horror stories Eigen this and Reynolds that) - quite hard to see from the ground, but easy to spot when a line that should last 40 years fails in 6 months.
the also gallop - huge low frequency ocillations couple of m in amplitude, and 10's to 100's in wavelength.
We can (sort of) design out aolean but galloping is more problematic
ASCR (steel core) wires are sooooo 1970, it's all AAAC - All Aluminium Alloy Conductor (except for the HTLS types, but thay are still rare-ish ) these days. ACSR was not used to save cost. the alloys of ali to do the job did not exist. As soon as they did, we used them. Grid has/had a massive restring program to replace all the quad zebra lines (ACSR) with triple Aurucaria (AAAC) - you may notice as you drive round, some overhead lines have 3 wires per phase and skinny insulators, some have 2 or 4 wires and big ol' porcelain or glass insulators
towers are under tension, anything under tension vibrates
terminations on OHL's occur twice per phase (4 times if you count the non-tension joints of the jumpers) at every angle in the line - typically every few km, often less
(i'll not pass comment on either the training or expertise of my linesmen :-D)
If you consider the implications of the point above, you will see that in fact I do have some experience with high current terminations. 100A into a starter motor is not going to keep me up at night considering I work on 3.5kA UHV terminations by day (potentially 60kA under fault for a few seconds). In reality it's just like any other electro/mechanical connection. you need to keep things clean, and use the correct tools... correctly
If you read my op you will not I did point out that using ali just made the wire harder to use - thicker and stiffer (we sometimes used copper conductors in distribution too-it's a nightmare - but that's all about tension, so does not apply here) the resistance per unit length & mass ratios are very similar, but LME prices make ali preferred, but that's only important if you are buying of tons of the stuff at a time.
Re: copper v ali
Im not too sure about some of the points you make.
Crimp connections work perfectly well on ali-ali. It has to be clean (as does copper) as far as power is concerned to properly connect to copper you need bi-metalic terminals. you can cut corners and use heavily tinned ones, but it's not the same.
As for high current vibration prone connections.... have you ever noticed overhead lines? you know the ones waving about in the air, carrying hundreds of amps, with a worst case mechanical load of a few tons, and a 40 year service interval?
The key phrase in the OP is weight for weight. In terms of what the article is trying to achieve using ali achieves nothing other than a bigger, stiffer wire.
Re: Fuse wire
that's what fuses are for.
Re: Cruise control
I have long been surprised about the loom thing. As student, back in the 80's I recall being dragged out to a presentation by Ford's on 'the future of motoring-ing-ing-ing' or somesuch, that made exactly this case (indeed they even had a pair of looms for a sierra that graphically demonstrated the differences). Saved weight, Reduced cost, Reduced manufacturing complexity, and improved reliability. I have been patiently waiting for 35 years for this to appear! (file under jet-packs and having 3 pills for dinner).
Of course these days you could eliminate the control harness and use bluetooth :-)
Oh, BTW... put me down for one of them new thrugglewashers, my old one is covered in clag, i have tried fettling it, but it's not the same.
Who would have thought it
The continually fuck up the upgrades and only 1/2 the bois jump ship.
I don't pay too much attention, apart from the fleeting 'Ha!' when something leaves the reality distortion field and turns out to be a turd.
but this must be the 4th or 5th time they have delivered this particular nutshot to the faithful.
It's prolly only their shit maps that allow the boy cook to avoid having a brick's through his windows™
almost makes metro forgivable.
Re:current level of technical capability.
you do understand that there is a difference between 'lifetime' and 'forever'?
You are aware that in making a carving knife that by carefully controlling the carbon content of the steel, and the rate at which the steel is heated and allowed to cool you can make a knife that will hold an edge a hundred times longer than a 9.99 special from walmart. and THAT knife will not need 'constant sharpening'
(really lame choice btw considering the existence of a) professional knives, and b) the now defunct tradition of gifting a quality carver to a newlywed couple - which would last a lifetime. til death us do part... geddit?)
Have you noticed the only old cars you see are good quality ones. I mean really old? 70-80-90 years old still running! how many austin allegros? Why is that do you think?
And what is wrong with maintenance? When I was a lad (cue soft focus & harp arpeggios) We had an electric kettle. A mass produced kettle, made of stainless steel with a big red on off switch in the handle. Made by Morphy Richards it was. And if you grew up in the UK in the 1970's you almost certainly had one too. There were millions of them made. And when they broke - inevitably the element - you know what we did? We put a new element in it. And it was good for a few thousand more cuppas.
When was the last time you saw a kettle element for sale in an ironmongers......
When was the last time you saw an ironmongers?
We have been collectively fucked by the eeeeevil capitalists.
I used to have a nice kettle that occasionally broke down, but the rest of the time was a nice kettle. My kettle. Now I have an endless procession of useless bits of plastic crap, the only saving grace of which is, they are so woefully shite at their job that they will die an a year or so, and I can get a different coloured piece of plastic crap to replace it. But it only cost 1/4 as much as the Morphy Richards I had for 20 years.
How exactly is my interest being served here?
Re: DropBear never forget though @Asylum Sam
chairs by Chippendale come to mind.
but he was an artless oaf when compared to the great ayn rand
plates by Wedgewood
spoons by Cellini
'wall art' by Cezanne
not appliance-ey enough. fair point
shotgun by Purdey
H5 timepiece by Harrison
cooker by Aga
not mass market, but who gives a fuck?
Maybe you couldn't employ a million wage-slaves knocking them out in a factory, or a burgeoning layer of pointless middle management. But think of the pride in a job well done.
Fuck Madison Avenue, when 1 bloke drives my silver cloud, he'll convince all his mates to go and get one. Not as a favour to me, but a favour to them. And he'll do it for free
Re: never forget though
tried to buy an iphone3 today.
they won't sell me one.
okay i'll settle for a 4
they threw me out
Are you saying they didn't have doctors in the USSR, cos I'm pretty sure they did. (and possibly dying of something curable because the cure is not available to anyone in the country is slightly preferable to dying of it because i cannot afford the treatment)
So far as I can tell - and im in no way a communist, certainly left of center but no ones brother, comrade - the USSR collapsed due to corruption more than anything else, corruption of the founding ideas and global petty corruption on a day to day level. Possibly this will always be the case whenever anyone tries this experiment, but as I see it we can't say communism has failed until we have first seen it tried. and we simply haven't.
In fact it's entirely entertain-able that the same analysis can be applied to capitalism and the road to nowhere on which we now find ourselves. capitalism broadly can work, but what we have now masquerading as capitalism will not.
Re: I for one look forward to this
The real problem isn't consumerism, it's short-term profit-seeking as opposed to long-term strategy.
so the problem isn't consumerism.... it's consumerism
Re: Ex-TV repairman
While it is probably true to say that TV's are a tad more reliable today (purely an unfortunate side effect of the changes in technology)
The reason we all left the industry was due to the increasing use of large scale integration. when I was a lad a TV has typically over a thousand components in it, many of which ran hot (valves, I'm now very old and started very young), or close to the edge of their operational envelope and consequently failed fairly frequently. (a good engineer could make a living out of finding the 1 part that failed and replacing that for a few pence and charging a few quid. a less good one could swap out the offending panel, which got swapped with his more skilled colleagues, for a bit less than the few quid)
your modern LCD tv as at most 100 components, surface mounted (hard to rework) on about 3 boards.
for sure they are probably better machines (although i suspect no-one knows if they actually last longer. they are mostly disposed of while still working! because they are old)
the result of this?
they are cheaper to make
therefore cheaper to buy
the difficulty of service puts the cost of service up -increasing the likelihood of uneconomic repairs.
this puts the service industry out of business - so you cant get it fixed even if you want to.
so you HAVE to buy a new one.
Re: Must be a different rover...
Rotten as a pear within 5 years and about 15 miles to the gallon is how I remember them.
now the P6 is an altogether different proposal (except for the rust and fuel economy)
Re: never forget though
Oddly, I sort of agree with your conclusion, but take issue with all 3 points you used to get there.
1 I never buy the 'cheapest one in the range' - unlike many I have some choice in the matter. If (peer) pressure is put on consumers that they need to have the latest iTem but they cannot really afford it, then they will settle for the iTem-S.
2 Maybe it's cos I'm a design luddite but if for eg apple made this years phone significantly technically better than last years, I might consider buying it. but they dont, it's just the same cowboy in a different shirt. In the early days of computing this argument held some water, the technology was advancing at a massive pace, so a 3 year old PC might not actually be capable of performing in the modern environment. but those days have long gone.
3 Designed in obsolescence is the work of satan. gluing in batteries or using custom magic screws or requiring the use of special tools specifically to carry out maintenance is a prime example of "It’s not that designers are unethical, it’s just that ethics has been eliminated from the system in which they work." The ECU example you quote is entirely valid, but way more of this practice is about ensuring obsolescence (or locking out back street repairmen) than it is about improving the performance of the system in any measurable way.
That said, I broadly agree with you that consumers (AKA the electorate) shoulder a fair proportion of the blame for the current state of affairs.
don't want to rush to judgement, there seems to be a few things that are very clunky - like putting something that looks like a start button where the old start button was, that does the opposite of a start button does, and just adds a few clicks to your workflow, seems a bit annoying, but partly my 'fault' for not being used to it.
the whole having to unzip portable apps to the fking desktop because I 'don't have the rights to write to the program files folder, but I do the the right to cut and paste from the desktop to program files (I mean WTF??) is probably going to be a deal breaker. (what genius came up with that?)
I'll give it a few more weeks, but I am leaning toward reloading 7
Re: with the stupidity surgically removed.
you mean like;
Re:Find the asshole...
You will have a long and fruity search.
The guy that invented pinch-to-zoom does not now, nor ever has worked for the fruity idea filcher. As is well documented here and elsewhere.
Re: TOP TIPS
I would have thought apple would be world leaders at this sort of infrastructure, seems to me they have been taking the piss for decades now.
Re: Question is
Building/spaceship full of sleep deprived people who are just waiting for their stock to vest producing less than iTastic designs.
film @ 11
Re: Makes sense
and the booze chasing the grey cells round and round is what makes the room spin.
3,520 pints of WINE.
Re: Merkin beer?
Re: but I thought ideas aren't patentable.
You seem to have recently arrived from the 1950's
Re: €7 per month. How's that bad value for money?
It's quite simple really,
I'm an ex uk customer. I signed up, discovered 99% of the library is old stuff that I have seen, but give them a chance... and some repeats of classic movies can be enjoyable.
watched and loved Lilyhammer, house of cards and quite a few movies. what great value for £6 a month. marvelous.
By month 3 I had seen pretty much all i was interested in, still 6 quid for some favourite standup shows, pretty good. and still able to feel slightly morally superior to the torrenters (a bit), I mean my 6 quid must be going somewhere creative!
month 7... haven't even logged in for 6 weeks. WTF am I paying 6 quid a month for.
End of subscription.
I'm a bit gutted, because technically the service is excellent. and the opportunity to binge on box set's makes for a nice relaxing weekend occasionally.
And I get the economics of it, so I understand how unreasonable the following is. but the library is too small, and too shallow and does not change fast enough.
For £6 a month if there was just 1 movie a month I wanted to watch, or a series every few months, I might have stuck it out for a year or two to let the thing mature. But the utility of the service due to the constraints of content means that for me (and i suspect many many others) the usefulness dropped of exponentially.
sad really (come to think of it, same as VM's VoD - haven't used that for a few years either for the same reason)
Re: It depends on the content
Those words "complexity' and 'dynamic range', I do not think they mean what you think they do.
Early on you state that "I knew less than someone devoted to hi-fi with a dedicated listening room, and carefully selected and matched components often costing upwards of a couple of thousand pounds, sometimes much more."
this is clearly bollocks.
All audiophiles listen with their wallets and are mentally ill.
(fucking transmission lines!)
you mean coathangers my son?
your opinion in MUCH more valid and useful than theirs.
'over several years'
Oh! I thought this was an iPhone we were talking about - you know obsolete in 12 months.
Hmmmm time for an u-turn
I was going to post along the lines of
'It's the press, fuck em'
but i see matt bryant has adopted that tack, and it is therefore utterly wrong.
coppers? even bigger bastards than the murdoch press.
Re: Where's Worstall?
That word 'infinity' I don't think it means what you think it does
Re: Where's Worstall?
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Re: Expecting perfection? You're going to be disappointed.
That is just incorrect.
On so many levels.
We all (most) have lots of shiny-shiny now. But mom and dad both work full time - and barely scrape by, junior leaves college with the same personal debt as a mortgage, just no house to show for it and a degree that just about qualifies him to flip burgers.
And these are broadly speaking 'the haves'
Thats some economic miracle you have there
Re:model a whole years economic activity in the UK in less than a minute
Go on then.
Before you start maybe read a book on chaos theory (positive feedback is the clue). It would prevent you making some basic mistakes in the coding.
(and stop you looking a bit..... disengaged on fora :D )
Re: night time
either way he's helping the economy
Re:Every. Single. Time.
Ahhh but you know what they say...
fool me once shame on you,
fool me twice...... and i won't be fooled again!
well thats about where the bar is set for the sheeple isn't it?
Re: Sauce for the goose
Are any of those places subject to FOI regulation.
and there's your answer.
See who delivers....
... to GCHQ?
okay I'm game if you are!
but you can take the firsh (connery-an slip?) shift, parked up opposite the main gate photographing all vehicles in and out.
what could possibly go wrong?
Re: not a Delivery?
I think you are looking for this years iBarrow.
soon to be available in white.
what a bunch of wankers
65 tonne dildo!!!!!11!!!1
as you were
Thinks of making phone-calls and listening to music casing real emergency callouts.
the main difference between driving, sailing and flying is that there is progressively less and less drag, this requires more and more forward planning. planning on having a big lump of grown-ups in the back that turn out to be sprogs changes the balance, then all bets are off!
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