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by gryffron
August 21st, 2019, 11:07 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 765
Views: 49780

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

(From the press report) "Camouflaged soldiers – also wearing high-visibility vests – ensured they were secured correctly." It's beyond a joke. I used to design military equipment. We had spent several years and a huge amount of (taxpayers') money designing a piece of equipment to be as sm...
by gryffron
August 19th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard

Equiniti website says: "Equiniti has developed an in-house CRS solution to ensure that all of the required investor data for our impacted clients has been captured and stored appropriately and we are preparing to make our first returns to HMRC next month." Presumably they wouldn't need to...
by gryffron
August 18th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Living Below Your Means
Topic: Air to Air : Air Source Heating
Replies: 26
Views: 1288

Re: Air to Air : Air Source Heating

ASHP designed to deliver 'full' heating in such circumstances become pure electrical heaters, i.e. the heat pump part of the kit becomes useless. So for (say) 364 days of the year they get the benefit of a CoP that is (say) 3:1, and for (say) one day of the year they operate with a CoP of 1:1. Do t...
by gryffron
August 18th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Living Below Your Means
Topic: Air to Air : Air Source Heating
Replies: 26
Views: 1288

Re: Air to Air : Air Source Heating

I too have looked at this as an option. From what I have read... Efficiency of ASH is great down to about 5degC, below which it starts to drop off VERY quickly due to de-icing protocols, until about -10degC where it packs in completely. So it is very good heating, until you really need it! So what a...
by gryffron
August 14th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Thoroughly depressing
Replies: 105
Views: 5326

Re: Thoroughly depressing

some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops. ... Damn you climate change. 1) This isn't climate change. It is short term weather variations. Which have always happened. And always will. 2) Can anybody ever remember a year farmers were happy? Even when we have pe...
by gryffron
August 13th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Legal Issues (Practical)
Topic: Will help
Replies: 26
Views: 906

Re: Will help

mutantpoodle wrote:be careful opening ISAs etc for other peoples children without telling at least the parents.

You can't. Only parent or legal guardian can open a Junior ISA. Although anyone can pay into it once it is opened.

Gryff
by gryffron
August 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Nuclear power station are steam powered rotating generators and, in this sense, are no different from coal, gas, water, etc / convertors (all solid state now) ...still have means to keep in sync with the grid. So back to the original question then. If all the individual parts can cope with lower fr...
by gryffron
August 13th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Right. So if you have a nuclear power station trying to run at 50.0Hz, and the rest of the country at 49.5Hz, then it all gets out of phase and you get rather spectacular fireworks. I guess I can see that. Some generators are not rotating but oscillating. Especially the electronic inverters used by ...
by gryffron
August 13th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

what is the relationship between lack of generating capacity and frequency, why does the frequency drop when there is insufficient power? If your car is going up a hill, and doesn't have sufficient power to drive up, it will gradually slow down and eventually stall. Same for electricity generation....
by gryffron
August 12th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Electricity has been essential to railway signalling since 1872 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Track_circuit Track circuits may have been invented in 1872, but they certainly weren't "essential", and didn't become commonplace until the use of wide area powerboxes in the 1960's. Electric bl...
by gryffron
August 11th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Short term backup was traditionally provided by having Spinning Spare... Of course, this used to be a routine everyday issue when we only had 2 or 3 TV channels, and everyone in the country took their tea breaks at the same time. Nowadays, with dozens of channels & on-demand TV, I suspect power...
by gryffron
August 11th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: How do I stop my computer from listening to me
Replies: 18
Views: 559

Re: How do I stop my computer from listening to me

Julian wrote:mass audio surveillance... reliably enough to target ads is just not realistic.

Also bear in mind, even if I could tap audio from the average living room, 90% of what I'm hearing will be TV/Radio/Youtube... How can the technology disconnect that from your "real" conversations?

Gryff
by gryffron
August 11th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Electric cars will help a lot as their batteries can be rigged to deliver power back to the grid. Well they could . However that would require much more control and coordination than is currently anticipated for the grid. With them being left plugged in all day and all night, and users trusting tha...
by gryffron
August 11th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: How do I stop my computer from listening to me
Replies: 18
Views: 559

Re: How do I stop my computer from listening to me

I have looked for dog food reviews on my PC, but MrRonnie hasn't and he hasn't looked for dogs since we got the new one a month ago. I also would have thought internet searches were WAY more likely to be the cause of this than audio. Audio recognition is still pretty poor. Try talking in a strong a...
by gryffron
August 9th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Microsoft 'Teams' no audio (but PC mic and spkr work
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Re: Microsoft 'Teams' no audio (but PC mic and spkr work

So other apps have sound? Other apps can connect to the internet? My first guess would be a virus checker/firewall/security package preventing the app from connecting to the internet. Or perhaps using one particular type of connection. Ensure the application it has the correct priveledges enabled in...
by gryffron
August 9th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Large scale UK power cuts
Replies: 152
Views: 3026

Re: Large scale UK power cuts

Reading the title, I was expecting more Project Fear

:lol:
by gryffron
August 8th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Business Reality verses Project Fear
Replies: 399
Views: 14347

Re: Business Reality verses Project Fear

Wasn't last week's Project Fear story that supermarket shelves would be empty and we were all going to be starving? In fact, I'm certain there was a story about lack of cheese.
They can export all that spare milk to the starving in England - maybe?

Gryff
by gryffron
August 7th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: How many pay Income Tax?
Replies: 65
Views: 1213

Re: How many pay Income Tax?

I like Lootman's approach, but I think we need a sliver of an allowance to avoid the tiny amounts of interest/dividend income that a large number of people earn. ISAs should be scrapped as well, or at least heavily capped, say the first £1k of income/gains is free of tax. Unnecessary. Tax everythin...
by gryffron
August 7th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: How many pay Income Tax?
Replies: 65
Views: 1213

Re: How many pay Income Tax?

IMHO this is a terrible thing - it is terrible for democracy that so many voters have zero interest in the income tax rate and it is terrible for society that so high a proportion are seen as too poor to pay income tax, a mark of social exclusion for them whereas paying income tax is a collective s...
by gryffron
August 6th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Which cloud, if any?
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: Which cloud, if any?

I think cloud is a useful extra backup. It's always a really good idea to have backups away from your house. Thieves often target tech. Fire or theft could deprive you of all your memories. A separate disk stored at relatives is a great backup idea. Cloud is an alternative, or extra protection. Bear...

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