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by Pastychomper
12 Oct 2020, 1:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smart meters (again?)
Replies: 83
Views: 1837

Re: Smart meters (again?)

Other than the obvious threat from an outsider carrying C19, which can be dealt with by refusing entry to all but The Bubble, I'm wondering what's not to like? The part about making a household's habits available to the supplier is a potential problem, though probably not a big one. It depends on h...
by Pastychomper
12 Oct 2020, 11:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smart meters (again?)
Replies: 83
Views: 1837

Re: Smart meters (again?)

I suspect that the real aim - if the system ever becomes truly "smart" will be to introduce pricing based on real time demand - of course you may be able to see the unit price go up and down - but what are you going to do about it - perhaps turn everything off at high price points and put...
by Pastychomper
10 Oct 2020, 1:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)
Replies: 348
Views: 20340

Re: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)

Vorpal, the diagram you posted differentiates between "biological gender" and "gender identity", so I take it you are not arguing against the existence of biological gender. (I'm checking because there are some who do argue against biological gender, and they appear to be serious...
by Pastychomper
5 Oct 2020, 10:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What a wopper!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: What a wopper!!!!

The vegetables look good, and that's all that matters. I think it's a sign of progress that the article focused on the well-tended veg and didn't mention that chap's diminutive stature.
by Pastychomper
5 Oct 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 1023
Views: 77729

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

I was watching a couple of wood pigeons feeding outside and came over all whimsical like. I decided to call them Boris and Donald. They are fat, lazy, clumsy, greedy, not very bright, live off the work of others and are pretty useless. Then I realized that I actually like wood pigeons. So that didn...
by Pastychomper
24 Sep 2020, 11:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)
Replies: 348
Views: 20340

Re: Transgender athletes (and related stuff)

An interesting viewpoint, and no less valid than that of anyone else in such a situation. The author's attitude seems to be to accept the past and move on, which is certainly better than pretending it never happened.
by Pastychomper
17 Sep 2020, 1:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rush hour in Bournville
Replies: 20
Views: 569

Re: Rush hour in Bournville

[XAP]Bob wrote:I think the original orientation was correct - no sign of any sprocket on the closest side of the closest bike - though I think I see a hint of a chain case on the other side

Thanks for clearing that up, I didn't like to look closely with all those female ankles almost on display. :lol:
by Pastychomper
11 Sep 2020, 12:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 655

Re: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?

I'm the same height and considering the same question at the moment. If you don't mind the the coffin/tube style, the Snugpak Ionosphere is another to consider - there's a review somewhere on Youtube by a 6'7" camper who says it's a good size.
by Pastychomper
4 Sep 2020, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Aquaplaning....Twice.............1st For Me
Replies: 42
Views: 1020

Re: Aquaplaning....Twice.............1st For Me

1.6 tonnes, 100bhp, and has the prop shaft removed to make it front-wheel-drive only. Sounds a lot like the Freelander I scrapped earlier this year. (At least I thought I'd scrapped it, the next guy put the seized prop shaft back on, added chunky tyres and sold it on as a farm vehicle.) It was prett...
by Pastychomper
27 Aug 2020, 8:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched
Replies: 42
Views: 1051

Re: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched

Have only used Red Hat Linux and that was all command line - nothing wrong with that and I prefer it for system admin etc and it's easy enough to write shell scripts to automate tasks, do system admin, run processes etc. Used mainly for running Oracle databases which it didn't do quite as well as S...
by Pastychomper
26 Aug 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched
Replies: 42
Views: 1051

Re: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched

MS are still doing the old Embrace, Extend, Extinguish to keep Windows relevant for gaming, as I found out this week to my miffage. FWIW I use 100% Windows 7 at work and 100% Linux at home (in the form of a Slackware box and an Android 'phone). Tried playing with OpenBSD once, but I made a silly mis...
by Pastychomper
26 Aug 2020, 10:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched
Replies: 42
Views: 1051

Re: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched

I've used Linux a lot at work. It's ok but not as robust as the other operating systems I've used , Solaris and VME. Windows is best for desktop users though with mouse, graphics, menus etc as opposed to command line interface on Linux/Unix type stuff. Unforgiving for people who don't know what the...
by Pastychomper
19 Aug 2020, 11:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days
Replies: 31
Views: 1136

Re: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days

Some of the car parks are closed overnight, some are open and some are explicitly said to be free between 6pm and 10am ( details ). What is not allowed in most (all?) of them is sleeping overnight in a vehicle - it's against a local bylaw. Personally I've nothing against camper vans, but camping on ...
by Pastychomper
19 Aug 2020, 11:11am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wood burning stoves
Replies: 27
Views: 817

Re: Wood burning stoves

If aluminium gets into your system through cooking in aluminium pans it's through the oxide layer. So is it just the thickness of the oxide layer that affects the amount of aluminium that gets into your system or does anodising really not make much difference to aluminium getting into the system? I...
by Pastychomper
19 Aug 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days
Replies: 31
Views: 1136

Re: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days

I camped on another part of Dartmoor shortly after the ban started. Carefully checked the park authority's map on the way there, and confirmed that the part we were heading for was still open despite the scary headlines. The (open overnight) car park was nearly full and there were several other grou...