Not oligarchy, the word you wanted is "tyranny".
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The current government has failed to keep a single promise or pledge.
It's the tried and tested "Tory way", make a big announcement and get lots of favourable press from their tame poodles at the Mail, Telegraph, Sun etc, Blow a few million to a tame "consultant" who will tell them exactly what they wanted to hear and then do absolutely nothing.
Anybody remember "The Great Nothern Forest"? £13m to a consultant and then, fuck all.
"High art" has always shown a lot more flesh than is strictly naturalistic, sculptors in antiquity knew a bit about "anatomical accuracy" too and while the gods would have modest robes, the goddesses always seem to have some degree of wardrobe malfunction, odd that.
Art historians can get a bit snooty about calling art porn, but in it's day some of it certainly was and was sold as such.
All those fires.
Strangely once the police stopped throwing flash bombs and flares all over the place the fires stopped breaking out.
I'm not saying the police deliberately started fires but those fireworks don't just go out as soon as the police want and one rolling under a car could easily rupture the fuel line.
Please enlighten us.
Can you keep a secret about the Antifa organisation?
Here goes, keep it to yourself:
Antifa does not exist.
Many groups are labelled as Antifa or Anti-Fascist, including I suppose the US & UK military but there is no controlling body. Totally invented by the right as a handy bogey to scare the masses.
Once IoT is firmly established in the average household, guess what, the services will require a subscription.
White goods manufacturers have seen how the software industry migrated from selling to renting and they want that some of that continuous income too, IoT is a way to gain a foothold.
Doesn't have to be solid, a Dyson sphere would be even bigger at about 2 AU in diameter but would appear solid to the eye.
That assumes a star like ours, if it was a red dwarf in the middle the Dyson would be much smaller, 1AU would probably be too big if you wanted 15ºC to 25ºC at the surface.
The USA has solved the deaths problem with a system that doesn't count the all deaths accurately
That'll only work for a little while, the benchmark is comparing the average total death rate for the preceding few years with the current total death rate, the difference can be attributed to C-19 and related issues.
Very difficult to conceal the total number of deaths even if you do fudge the cause of death.
so all it takes is one rogue ADT tech breaking the rules
No, all it takes is ADT to design a system where abuse is both possible and able to remain undetected.
Yes you are going to get "bad players" but surely we all know that, you know that, I know that, ADT know that so it is inexcusable for them not to have taken that into account when designing their systems.
but they are jointly responsible.
But they are wholly responsible for allowing it to happen in the first place and not having protocols to prevent and detect abuse of their system, for that alone they should burn.
But this is in the USA so it'll drag on for years, the 220 families will get a token payment and a "truly sincere" apology while the lawyers will get new yachts.
Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Golfing through the Glen
Donald Trump, Donald Trump, With his crooked men
They rob from poor and give to the rich
What a bitch, What a bitch, What a bitch.
Apologies to Carl Sigman
Feel free to expand, I'm sure there's material for dozens of verses.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George Santayana-1905)
I'll guarantee not a single US Republican senator or congress-critter has read "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (or if they did they failed to understand the relevance).
If they had, the USA might not be the disaster we currently have unfolding before our eyes.
Tidal lagoon hydro-electricity is using gravity.
In the same way as hydroelectric does. It uses gravity as a tool to get at the potential energy it is not directly tapping gravity which is what the OP was suggesting.
Gravity is a function of mass, it cannot be "consumed". As long as the mass is constant the gravitational attraction is constant so it cannot be an energy source.
If we ever want unlimited free energy, we really need to harness gravity
No, it doesn't work like that. The only way to harness gravity is things like Hydroelectric where gravity is used to get the potential energy out.
Getting energy directly from gravity is the same as getting energy from a stationary permanent magnet; perpetual motion and the universe does not allow that.
However (in physics there's always a "however") should we ever work out how to do anti-gravity then all bets are off.
Cupronickel, bronze, and brass surfaces as bactericides can be almost as effective as copper
True but there's also the frequency of contact with coinage to consider. 100 years ago it was cash or nothing, maybe a cheque if you were posh. Now with electronic transfers, credit & debit cards, pay pal and other similar schemes people can go for days without ever touching a coin.
Wondering about that.
Both silver and copper have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, back in the days of Spanish flu coinage was still copper & silver so most people would be handling one or both metals daily.
Now with cupro-nickel instead of silver and plated steel instead of copper people don't receive that benefit. Also many hospitals used to have copper door knobs which helped in restricting the spread of infections - it was years before they worked out why modern hospitals with automatic doors or shiny chrome plated door knobs had a slightly higher infection rate to older hospitals.
Hydrogen is probably the worst possible fuel imaginable, apart from containment issues which are a nightmare you have to get the damn stuff from somewhere, yes it's the most abundant element in the universe but here on the Earth almost all of it is chemically bound to other elements.
Currently there are 2 industrial scale ways to make it:
Electrolysis, really inefficient and the power has to come from somewhere.
Catalytic breakdown of natural gas, produces just as much CO2 as burning the gas and needs a lot of energy because the reaction (with super-heated steam) needs to run hot.
OK so you've got your gas made, you now need to compress it and guess what, that uses a shit load of energy.
There is research ongoing for biological production of Hydrogen but scaling that up will be tricky.
I don't think electric cars are the future of transportation, they have their place but it's not at the top of the sales chart.
Biofuel would seem a better but, more specifically the new second generation biofuels which use agricultural waste instead of food as feedstock like the first generation (mis)used.
As I see it a big obstacle to wide scale adoption of electric cars is that a lot, possibly the majority, of homes in the UK do not have parking close enough to the house for a safe power lead and we really don't have the generating capacity for really widespread adoption. Also biofuels can use the existing petrol & diesel infrastructure which would save billions in costs.
Also as soon as electric cars make a noticeable dent in the duty the exchequer collects on fuel, they will introduce a mileage tax or some similar way to recoup the lost income which will remove a major incentive driving the sales of electric cars.
"I'm Graphics Artist. Not a Chemist!"
If you have been told all this by a chemist, he's trolling you. 250K is the current limit for superconductors. An improvement to say 275K would be massive news all over the physics world.
One at 453K would be the biggest science news for decades. It's not been news, not a tiny hint anywhere, not even a discredited rumour, nothing, nowt, not a peep - except for you.
Hi, me again..
It's obvious you have no idea of what you are going on about because of (at least) 2 obvious and glaring mistakes:
"180 Degrees Celcius or 453.15 Degrees Kelvin"
You cannot introduce accuracy on unit conversion, you should say "453 Kelvin"
Nobody ever would say "Degrees Kelvin", it is just "Kelvin" - It's an SI unit, there is no room for personalisation.
No, you gave me junk,.
Yttrium Copper Garnet Gallium Nitroxide Ceramic
Nitroxides are cyclic radicals which are completely unsuitable for ceramics, they would break down long before the ceramic was formed.
Garnet isn't even a chemical, it's a group of gemstones, the most common ones are:
Th only common bit is the silicate part, silicates are not among the chemicals known to superconduct at any temperature, much the opposite in fact, silicates are insulators.
This forum is not the place for fantasy chemistry, people here know far too much.
The current superconducting record is lanthanum hydride (LaH10) at 250K
This bit made me laugh:
Full free electron flow (aka a Superconductor!) from 10 degrees Celcius (or 283.15 Degrees Kelvin) to 180 Degrees Celcius or 453.15 Degrees Kelvin
A minimum temperature for a superconductor? What happens if it's too cold?
Sorry but you are wrong.
Anybody with a superconductor that works up to 180C would have a fleet of gold Ferraris as a superconductor working nearly boiling point would solve a million problems from energy storage and transmission to efficient motors, levitating trains and, well, everything.
A 180C superconductor would be world breaking news, Nobel prizes guaranteed. Such news has not broken therefore it didn't happen.
TBH a superconductor at 180K is pretty damn impressive and that's where the work is now.
All chips have the manufacture date printed on them. Sourcing vintage components while not impossible is no easy task.
I suppose it'd be possible to remove the chip markings and reprint them but for that to be 100% convincing would be well beyond the capabilities of most people.
You want a Carbon fibre car? No problem, McLaren or Lamborghini will be happy to help which is of course the problem, Carbon fibre is still expensive to produce and hard to work with and that's not likely change significantly in the near future.
It has revolutionised racing bicycles and is gaining a foothold in many high performance applications.
Carbon fibre for houses is an amazingly bad idea, the stuff burns and is very light, nobody wants a house that will take off and blow away in a mild breeze.
As for Fusion being perennially 50 years away, it does seem to be coming down slowly, not much but I've heard estimates of 20 to 30 years away and the current research does look promising.
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