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by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Oil & Gas & Energy (Sector & Companies)
Topic: Energy network fragility
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Energy network fragility

supremetwo wrote:It is in the BBC documentary series, Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008c4b

Though the cynic in me wonders at the timing of its transmission - a Brexit frightener?

Groan!
by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 10:32 pm
Forum: Oil & Gas & Energy (Sector & Companies)
Topic: Energy network fragility
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Energy network fragility

The plans I saw actually were for the major HV substations, just as you suggest. I think to journalists this is what they call a "power station". There is course one such - connecting North London to the grid - quite near to the old Inglis Barracks in North London, which the IRA bombed in...
by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board

Some of the results of this are fascinating: See the moral panic among leftists that was generated when 4chan Anons seeded the hoax that the traditional finger-and-thumb OK signal was a secret racist sign. The PC brigade have ended up taking the bait and falling for it hook-line-and-sinker. the res...
by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board

Oh, it's still going ;) and yes the P&R is running. Here's a recent post on the Trump Blog thread. https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/the-official-trump-blog.298386/page-2549#post-7037356 You do need a login to see all the forums, however. Matt " You must be logged in to do tha...
by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board

I understand why, its bloody hard to run a public webforum while maintaining some free speech. JoB, whilst it's nice to get the chance to agree with you every once in a while, I didn't actually realise it was that difficult.... To be honest, I've posted from time to time on the "Political and ...
by XFool
October 21st, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: A proposal to relabel the Polite Discussions board

It is neither. We want it to do what it says on the tin. . Discussion can be robust in terms of powerful logic and argument, but it should remain polite and respectful. It may not live up to that but we will not be budged from that aspiration. Clariman If, hypothetically I posted a thread saying: &...
by XFool
October 18th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

...It is still available. Often used in baking.
by XFool
October 18th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

Snorvey wrote:I have been given coffee that has apparently passed through the digestive system of a Balinese rodent.

Apparently it is quite expensive and delicious.

It remains unopened.

Grasp tail firmly and pull?
by XFool
October 17th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: Polite Discussions query
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Re: Polite Discussions query

I think this post from Clariman is clear on one of the main reasons why the owners of the site wish to configure Polite Discussions as an 'opt-in' board - Some of the opinions expressed on PD had led to advertisers not supporting our site and even led Google to threaten to not allow us to display G...
by XFool
October 17th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: Polite Discussions query
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Polite Discussions query

WRT the Polite Discussion board and the new scheme of joining the "Discussion Group" to access it. Would it be easily technically possible to elaborate on the current model or, more simply, to modify it such that anyone can read PD, but you would need to join the group only if you wanted t...
by XFool
October 14th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: RIP Alexey Leonov
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: RIP Alexey Leonov

Alexei Leonov: The Russian who could have been first to the Moon
By Paul Rincon

BBC News

Pioneering cosmonaut Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov died on Friday in Moscow aged 85. With his passing, the world has lost another direct connection to the Cold War space race of the 1960s and 70s.
by XFool
October 13th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

For any of us to have been born, every single one of our ancestors going back millions and millions of years had to survive all the hazards of the time in which they lived (at least long enough to breed). How lucky is that? Not really true. that's an extremely interesting and elaborate example of h...
by XFool
October 13th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Health & Wellbeing
Topic: Who'd be a Millennial?
Replies: 22
Views: 1890

Re: Who'd be a Millennial?

I wasn't sure where to post this. It's a bit serious for a pub board, but I find Polite Discussions somewhat heavy going, and in any event I'm not necessarily inviting a discussion - I just thought it was a brilliant summary of where the USA is today (and much of it applies equally to the UK) and p...
by XFool
October 13th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

...Or, to put it another way: ' Fings aren't wot they used to be. ' Or, to put it yet another way: ' Things are rarely quite how you think they are (using 'common sense'), rather they are the way they are. Whatever you may think. ' That may not quite be a case of: ' That's entropy, man ' *, but I li...
by XFool
October 12th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

"Wheeler suggested that reality is created by observers and that: “no phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.” But how do I really know that observers exist? The only evidence for their existence is what I consider to be my own observations, but it's perfectly possi...
by XFool
October 12th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

For any of us to have been born, every single one of our ancestors going back millions and millions of years had to survive all the hazards of the time in which they lived (at least long enough to breed). How lucky is that? But as there are currently about 7.7 billion equally "lucky" peop...
by XFool
October 12th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

Without the likes of us the universe is pointless. Ah, there it is. Man's great conceit.... Itsallaguess The probability of a particular human such as yourself coming into existence has been calculated as infinitesimally small, something of the order of 1 in 10^44 against. I'm not sure how signific...
by XFool
October 12th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Interaction between taps and lights
Replies: 28
Views: 1766

Re: Interaction between taps and lights

I have a situation where when I switch the bedroom light on or off, the action turns the television from off onto standby. I've always assumed it's an interaction between the low energy light bulbs and the tv frequency. I wonder if, by "the tv frequency" you mean the TV remote signal? I d...
by XFool
October 12th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: We surely are not alone?
Replies: 49
Views: 1505

Re: We surely are not alone?

I think distance isn't the only barrier. And also another absolutely useless fact ... I think it's Beetlejuice (Betelgeuse) that the men in white are watching as they think it's on the cusp of blowing up? It being on the YouTube video link. Yes good point time is very important. There is a lot of s...
by XFool
October 8th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Biscuit Bar
Topic: POLITE DISCUSSIONS Its still HERE!!
Replies: 66
Views: 17736

Re: POLITE DISCUSSIONS Its still HERE!!

I think PD will eventually wither as once the B topic is sorted the main contributors will have little to discuss and no new Fools will be aware of its existence. I doubt it! I can't remember a time when there weren't any contentious subjects that tended to provoke heated arguments - the "B to...

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