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by BritDownUnder
Thu May 13, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: US watch
Replies: 211
Views: 7122

Re: US watch

Apparently the fuel moves along the pipeline (actually 2 pipelines, one carrying petrol and one diesel/jet fuel/heating fuel) at 3 to 5 mph. I wonder if it will move a bit faster now.

The largest shareholders are those good ole Koch Brothers.
by BritDownUnder
Thu May 13, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Hitachi new trains fiasco.
Replies: 12
Views: 272

Re: Hitachi new trains fiasco.

I did a bit of looking up and these trains are assembled from kits in Newton Aycliffe. Not sure where the welding is done - or where the kit come from. I worked on a site where the steam turbine boiler was not welded to spec. Getting every weld fixed (not sure how but re welding and heat treating wa...
by BritDownUnder
Thu May 13, 2021 3:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: US watch
Replies: 211
Views: 7122

Re: US watch

Looks like it is getting serious with a few punch-ups, many gas lines and around half of gas stations empty in a few states. About time the Americans began to tighten up their net I think. I hear there are some access point things (I am by no means an expert BTW) that allow countries to get access t...
by BritDownUnder
Mon May 10, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?

I don't see a problem with the Chinese owning British companies per se but the problem comes with the intellectual property of those companies or if the Chinese start shipping factories and their equipment back to China. If Rolls Royce Aero Engines was bought by China then we would have a problem a...
by BritDownUnder
Mon May 10, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Flywheel generators for car chargers
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: Flywheel generators for car chargers

There's a business opportunity for someone to put a load of batteries or a generator on a truck and give people emergency charges, AA style. I agree! There are also informal business opportunities for people to give people a quick charge using a normal 13Amp outlet from their own home to a person i...
by BritDownUnder
Mon May 10, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: One for Adam2
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: One for Adam2

I like the term "dirty electricity". From what I understand changing the power factor in domestic circumstances is not necessary as you are not charged for vars but only watts. Dirty electricity is presumably that with voltage spikes and harmonics in there. The unit looks a bit small to pe...
by BritDownUnder
Mon May 10, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Flywheel generators for car chargers
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: Flywheel generators for car chargers

It's an interesting issue. I would think charges that are well used and are close to grid connections that are 'strong' will not have problems. I have heard that chargers may cause harmonic issues on the grid. I don't think flywheels are practical or cost effective - too many mechanical and moving p...
by BritDownUnder
Sun May 09, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Books, Magazines & Film
Topic: Interesting doomer TV show, from USA.
Replies: 10
Views: 5202

Re: Interesting doomer TV show, from USA.

Even a slightly younger Dr Fauci gets a quick soundbite at 1:02:17. Blink and you'll miss him. I watched it all last night and liked it. Right at the end it has a much happier alternative ending just to keep the suicide rate down I suppose. In reality I am not so sure there will be a good ending but...
by BritDownUnder
Sun May 09, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8392
Views: 261857

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

I hear Gibraltar has 100% vaccination rate now with the Falklands not far behind. Two places I have always wanted to go were South Georgia and Pitcairn.
by BritDownUnder
Sat May 08, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?

I know that China is busy changing foreign currency for gold and high-tech machinery, the recent record price of copper might be a clue too. I heard from somewhere else that the Chinese are storing copper. I think the price rise recently is a variety of factors such as increased renewables which is...
by BritDownUnder
Sat May 08, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?

How the Chinese have managed to fool the world for so long is beyond me. Who's fooling who? We (the west) get all the stuff and the Chinese get a load of fiat currency and government bonds. From America yes. I am not sure about the UK and other countries. In Australia, one of the few countries with...
by BritDownUnder
Sat May 08, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Threat to electricity supply, Jersey.
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Threat to electricity supply, Jersey.

I found on wikipedia some information about the Jersey Electricity Company. There is a power station of about 70MW capacity at a place called La Collette. I had to laugh when I saw the following quote... Today, La Collette is the controlling hub of a transmission network that includes three multi-mi...
by BritDownUnder
Sat May 08, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: How do we survive Chinese manufacturing technology ?

I recall that the UK biggest export to China was China clay used for making paper. The UK's long running trade deficit seems to have had the effect of hollowing out the economy. The wakeup call for me was the takeover of UK companies by foreign firms. There you have the trade deficit leading to a ca...
by BritDownUnder
Sat May 08, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?
Replies: 488
Views: 80378

Re: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?

PS_RalphW wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 4:14 pm https://www.greencarreports.com/news/10 ... ns-windows

Don't know about the new model...
Heaven help us.
by BritDownUnder
Fri May 07, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?
Replies: 488
Views: 80378

Re: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?

PS_RalphW wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 10:53 pmAs a software developer my guess is that the system failed to clear the 'download in progress' flag.
My work laptop got caught in a pending reboot and would not allow any other software to be installed.

At least electric cars are not using Windows software. I hope.