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by PS_RalphW
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: Ongoing food and skills shortages.
Replies: 130
Views: 3559

Re: Ongoing food and skills shortages.

This one is down to the closure of fertiliser plants due to the price of gas. There is an imminent shortage of CO2 for use in beer, fizzy drinks, and, most importantly, meat processing. We could see significant disruption to the supply of meat, and a backlog of animals and chickens awaiting slaughte...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: World’s first battery-electric freight train unveiled

Diesel electric trains have been around since the 1950s. These were serial hybrids, which were basically diesel generators supplying power directly to the electric traction motors with no intermediate battery storage. This made the engines simpler with no gearboxes, but no regenerative braking. A ne...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: RIP Sir Clive
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: RIP Sir Clive

I learnt to programme on a borrowed ZX81 (my family would never have spent that much money on a 'toy', although my dad was an engineer who worked on an early , secret, military computer). After a degree in chemistry which taught me I would make a terrible chemist, I spent the next 37 years in IT, an...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Bitcoin's vast energy use could burst its bubble
Replies: 19
Views: 2493

Re: How Bitcoin's vast energy use could burst its bubble

Bitcoin does not just consume electricity. Dedicated bitcoin mining hardware is replaced on average every 16 months , generating 30,000 tons of waste computer hardware every year, about the same as the Netherlands. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/17/waste-from-one-bitcoin-transaction...
by PS_RalphW
Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 115
Views: 3253

Re: Brexit Watch

the only person who believed in Iraq's WMD was Tony Blair. It was patently obvious that Bush was simply inventing evidence to give his allies a cover to join the personal vendetta against Hussain, who had tried to assassinate his father.
by PS_RalphW
Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brexit Watch
Replies: 115
Views: 3253

Re: Brexit Watch

Record house price rises, stamp duty holiday, very low interest rates snd rents outside of London rising rapidly does not suggest that BTL demographic have been given bloody nose. The rich have got richer and the poor have got ever poorer since Brexit. I have landed by chance on the undeserving weal...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: Companies going bankrupt/into administration
Replies: 757
Views: 145913

Re: Companies going bankrupt/into administration

Chinese property company Evergrande on the edge with 300B dollar debt and 2 credit downgrades in 2 days. shares down 75% from peak and reports of staff not being paid https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/09/china-property-market-evergrande-300bn-debt-share-slump I am surprised that the Chinese...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8726
Views: 275014

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... cy-posters

Looks like I will need to be careful in my daily duty of removing anti-vax fly posters from council property.
by PS_RalphW
Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nipah virus outbreak in India
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Nipah virus outbreak in India

The virus has limited human to human transmission up till now. In the context of the current pandemic it has little chance of getting past improved hospital hygiene. However, if it were to infect someone also suffering a prolonged case of covid due to suppressed immune function, there may be a risk ...
by PS_RalphW
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8726
Views: 275014

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

UK announces a full blown booster vaccination programme for 35 million (everybody over 40 or 50?) starting next month doubling up on the winter flu vaccinations. I guess it will be the 3 vaccines we have used to date, not a new delta specific one. Likely to be at least annual for the foreseeable.
by PS_RalphW
Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Ongoing food and skills shortages.
Replies: 130
Views: 3559

Re: Ongoing food and skills shortages.

Religion is still surprisingly strong at social support in the UK, but the Christian church has little experience beyond tea and sympathy, and most of its volunteers are the wrong side of retirement.
by PS_RalphW
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Afghanistan falling to the taliban.
Replies: 53
Views: 1112

Re: Afghanistan falling to the taliban.

The Taliban are not a cohesive force. They are the same feuding collection of tribal war lords they have always been. The only thing holding them together until now was hatred of the invader. There is no way that they will be able to form a central government to control the more extreme elements amo...
by PS_RalphW
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8726
Views: 275014

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

There are reports that Israel is planning additional vaccination rounds tuned to the new variants. It is not clear if such vaccines are nearing availability or whether this is just a statement of future intent
by PS_RalphW
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Books, Magazines & Film
Topic: "Cobra" TV series, doomfest.
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: "Cobra" TV series, doomfest.

Iraq, Syria, Libya. These are all predominantly Muslim countries. It may not be a popular view in some places, but Islamic religion is strong on family loyalty, charity and community and tribal support. Centrally managed socialism went down less well because it failed to overcome nepotism, corruptio...
by PS_RalphW
Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Inflation watch
Replies: 31
Views: 1017

Re: Inflation watch

I get the impression that a lot of landlords are bailing out and cashing in their profits, on fear of a rise in capital gains tax. The pandemic has shifted the market a lot with wealthy home workers looking for more space. Since our tenants left last week we are going to sell up and see which way th...