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by BritDownUnder
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: News
Topic: "Two dead in attack on oil tanker"
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: "Two dead in attack on oil tanker"

It seems like this ship is Liberian flagged, Japanese owned and merely Israeli operated giving little loss for the Israelis. Whether insurance will cover the loss is anyone's guess. Looks like it is some ill informed retaliation for a suspicious sinking of an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, or maybe a ...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Zealand's most fertile land dug up for housing
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: New Zealand's most fertile land dug up for housing

It is a very racist thing to say but New Zealand's immigration policy is merely mopping up the excess and unsustainable population growth of countries like India, China, the Pacific Islands and yes, even the UK. No other way of saying it. There used to be a few roadside stalls selling vegetables jus...
by BritDownUnder
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Gas supply crunch
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Gas supply crunch

"Natural gas prices in Europe and the UK have soared to some of the highest levels on record, threatening to raise costs for households and businesses as global supplies of the critical fossil fuel remain tight" They have peaked in Australia recently too. The reason given is the 'winter s...
by BritDownUnder
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Time article about the meteoric rise of /r/collapse
Replies: 15
Views: 364

Re: Time article about the meteoric rise of /r/collapse

While I do not get up and first thing I do is scroll through the reddit news (/r/collapse thing) about the collapse of human civilisation it is something I have an interest in and I liked reading through the comments there. I am glad that others have the same interest. As a child I had a book called...
by BritDownUnder
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8645
Views: 270472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

PS_RalphW wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:26 am I can tell you why we can't produce enough computer programmers.
I could never understand the concept of classes in computer programming and, I was told, it was the essence of C++ programming.

No need to explain it to me - I am also soon to be out of the rat race.
by BritDownUnder
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: Cyber attacks/Ransomware attacks.
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Cyber attacks/Ransomware attacks.

Sounds like another disaster in the making. It would be interesting to conduct spot checks on new merchant marine cadets from the UK - assuming there are still any being trained there - on their abilities to navigate. Captain Cook apparently could measure his position to about 2 minutes on latitude ...
by BritDownUnder
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Website News
Topic: Website back
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Website back

Is it still the food preparation area consultants or are the spammers diversifying?
by BritDownUnder
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Wind Power
Topic: Is it a bird, is it a plane?
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane?

OK - and don't forget that a lot of those 80 views were probably bots who are a bit more coy in giving their opinions. I just got back from working on a grid project and have a bit of time. I had a quick look at the factsheet. Constructive criticism. - All the working parts are up in the air and not...
by BritDownUnder
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Electrical, Theory and Practice
Topic: Lebanon disappearing off the map...
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

Re: Lebanon disappearing off the map...

There is a large Lebanese diaspora which probably provides a lot of income from more stable countries including Australia. I have little knowledge or understanding of Lebanon but some Lebanese get a bad rap in Australia for criminality - I think they are, by ethnicity, far and away the highest offen...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Renewables to replace our diesel genny
Replies: 16
Views: 311

Re: Renewables to replace our diesel genny

Here's an off-the-wall idea to pick apart for fun. Why not a VAWT on top of the new building ? With the shaft feeding down into the building you could use it to pump water, drive machinery, or perhaps even to charge the car via the regenerative braking system if you could connect to it. You could a...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 8645
Views: 270472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

Things seem to be "going to pot" in Sydney at the moment. I suspect a cordon sanitaire around the place may be needed.
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Wind Power
Topic: 6000MW of wind generation for the first time in Australia
Replies: 0
Views: 157

6000MW of wind generation for the first time in Australia

Australia (technically just the eastern part as the west is a separate grid) sets a record exceeding 6000MW of wind generation for a few minutes. It was very windy yesterday. Good news for the, at the moment, not so lucky country. More wind is being installed and an offshore site called Star of the ...
by BritDownUnder
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: Ex holiday cottage as new family home.
Replies: 119
Views: 26917

Re: Ex holiday cottage as new family home.

An expert investigated and found significant lead in the soil and advised against regular consumption of anything grown therein. Lead mining was a major industry in ancient times, and MAY have continued into the 1800s. Nice update as usual. It is good to see people getting on with a good life. With...
by BritDownUnder
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Growing problem of people in California stealing water
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Growing problem of people in California stealing water

The US has unusual water laws where the rights to water falling on an area of land is not the same as the ownership of the land itself. There is a lot of ancient knowledge about water collection that Western societies can learn from including, Ancient Persian empire, City of Petra, South East Asia a...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: flood watch
Replies: 489
Views: 97488

Re: flood watch

That picture would seem to confirm the thoughts of the proverb about not building on sand. Or near sand quarries, it seems. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6Z1p0gXEAE96gM?format=jpg&name=medium I feel sorry for the locals - to a degree - they are Germans after all. Apparently two months of rain in...