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41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Solar Electric Power (Photovoltaic Panels) (Message 1627551)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
My parents just got in before the government killed the subsidies (by about a week). They have a large 16 panel system with a total theoretical output of 4kW. They get paid 21p/kWh generated, regardless of whether it's used in the house or goes to the grid (feed-in tariff).
In the two years or so that it's been on the roof it has generated just over £1700 return, which at an installation cost of £11,000 is just under 13 years to break even.
So one needs to stay in the house for quite a while to start saving money on such a system, fortunately my mother plans to leave the house feet first so that's not a problem.
42) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence #2 (Message 1627539)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
We do, they tend not to be armed in the UK though.

Don't you agree with 'Cultural Diversity'?

:)

Not if cultural diversity involves giving firearms to imbeciles.
43) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence #2 (Message 1627439)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Absolutely sickening - Just what are you Yanks teaching your kids?

You don't have Crazy Individuals in ALL Country's?

We do, they tend not to be armed in the UK though.
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1626815)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile The Simonator
If one were to buy a drone on Amazon, would that be delivered by drone, or would it just fly itself to the buyer?
45) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1626510)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
...Since when has London been the whole of the UK?

It isn't, but as the capital city, i think it can usually speak for the UK.
And i say that as a Northerner, a category often sidelined in national politics.
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TV's and sound bars (Message 1626499)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Who needs to spend big money?


A movie fan.

My home theatre system is approx €5000 and worth every cent.

I'm not at home enough to warrant that. :)
Case in point, it's 6.30 pm, and i'm in my office at the university marking second year practical reports.
I might suggest a sound bar to my parents though, they've often complained that the sound on their fancy telly is below par. I think the problem is that although the tv is large, it's thin, so there's no room for proper resonance.
47) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1626496)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
My little solar plant made £3.22 in electricity in December, bringing the year's total up to £78.32.
Three more years like that and i'll break even.

(Just trying to change the subject.)
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TV's and sound bars (Message 1626491)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Internet prices in the US seem pretty steep. I'm with EE which gets me unlimited 17 meg broadband for just £2.50/month (yes, that's a two, the line rental is prepaid for the year at £130).
The media centre feeds into my 28" Sony flatscreen TV, small i know, but i only have a small living room so don't really want anything bigger. I was given it free by a former boss when he upgraded his telly.
Sound goes through a Sharp stereo system that's older than me, bought for a fiver in a jumble sale. Kicks out 80w per speaker, only stereo, but so is everything i watch.

Who needs to spend big money?
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some inventions need to be banned before manufacture (Message 1626479)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Mine's arrived!



Flat form:



Folded form:



One thing you can't see from the photos, it's completely blunt! Fortunately, as a scout, i have a pocket sharpener. How long it will hold it's sharpness for remains to be seen.
50) Message boards : Politics : When systems designed to protect fail. (Message 1625829)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So true. And the knowledge is out there.

I've read that, most of it is nonsense.


Or they miss out certain "steps" in that book . Ive seen it and they don't publish the full way of doing things

Anyone trying the recipes on any largish scale is going to have a bad time.
Let's call it natural selection. :)
51) Message boards : Politics : When systems designed to protect fail. (Message 1625825)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So true. And the knowledge is out there.

I've read that, most of it is nonsense.
52) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1625759)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile The Simonator
It'll be intriguing to see what happens in four months time, Farage has really got the established politicians worried. Good!
They never lose an opportunity to decry, criticise, condemn, etc, anything he says, yet each time he comes back stronger. I'm not sure i want him in government, but i have to admire his tenacity.

Now the question of for whom to vote. Last time i have a choice of five: Red, blue, orange, green, and BNP. Each of whom i can rule out for different reasons.
If only i had a Monster Raving Loony candidate in my area!
53) Message boards : Politics : When systems designed to protect fail. (Message 1625757)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Give me some iodine-tablets (sold for purifying water) and some ammonia-based oven cleaner and i could make you an explosive compound more than powerful enough to kill.

I could rustle up all sorts of explosives with the contents of a decent hardware store.

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Who needs gunpowder?
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Some inventions need to be banned before manufacture (Message 1622425)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
They're on Amazon UK for £2.29. Link.
55) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1622422)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I am surprised Simon you say you get better milage from gas normally you lose power and the savings aren't as good because you use more fuel to compensate for the loss of power not that i know that much about gas conversion only what friends whom have it have said

For a badly fitted conversion what you say is true.
Many garages just bolt the kit on and have done with it. A good garage takes the time to optimise the mapping to each engine.
56) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1622403)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
What was the cost of conversion?

The savings (if any) regarding Cost of LNG, and Price Per Mile of Operation?

Do the savings (if any), offset the cost of conversion?

It's LPG (propane), not LNG (methane).

Cost of conversion £900.

Current fuel prices (at the BP station nearest my house): Petrol 120 p/l, LPG 67 p/l.
Saving per litre: 120-67= 53p
Break even point: 900/0.53= 1698 litres or 374 UK gallons.
At 25 mpg, 374*25 = 9350 miles.
My average annual mileage ~10,000.

Ergo, less than one year to make the cost of conversion back, any mileage beyond there is a saving.
57) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1622389)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Modern cars tend to be clever enough to work out which petrol they have in the tank.

My Volvo V70XC (2000) says in the manual that it's fine to run on regular petrol (that's 95 RON over here) but will also run on super (98 RON) which gives about 3 extra horsepower so it's not worth the premium. It can also run on 91 RON, which isn't optimal but the engine won't be damaged.

None of which really matters for me since my car is converted to run on LPG, which is about half the price, has an octane rating of 110, and when used in a turbocharged car that's been appropriately retuned can deliver more power than either grade of petrol.
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1619438)
Posted 27 Dec 2014 by Profile The Simonator
My mother made a lime jello salad that used pineapple rings in the the top with cherries in the center of the rings, the lime jello had cream cheese and almonds mixed in, as long as one used premium pineapple it was great, cheap pineapple made for chewy tough rings, yuck.

Canned pineapple is basically cooked pineapple. I suppose that it is possible that the cooking process destroys the enzyme in pineapple (and mangoes???) that causes the denaturing of proteins in gelatin.

Also, it sounds like your mom put the pineapple at the top of the gelatin mold, rather than throughout it, thereby minimizing the contact between the fruit and the gelatin.

Where is our resident chemist, Simon?

Simon, if you happen to come up for air from all of your studies and you know what the deal is with pineapples and mangoes, please educate us on this food science topic.


Hi

Sorry it took a while, i've been on Holiday in Egypt.

The enzyme in Pineapples is bromelain, which causes longer protein chains to unlink. Gelatin is largely comprised of collagen, which is why raw pineapple causes gelatin to liquefy.

Most enzymes (like all proteins, excepting those with large numbers of cysteine groups) break down or 'denature' at temperatures above 60 degrees C. So if the pineapple has been cooked above this temperature then it should (touch wood) be fine.

I'll go back into the woodwork now. :)
59) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1611727)
Posted 10 Dec 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Oh dear!
...

It doesn't mean you are going to go out and kill people. Maybe a career in politics would work for you? ;)

How dare you! :)

Thinking about it though, i'm a chemist by training, Angela Merkel is also a chemist and Germany seems to be doing well.
Thatcher was a chemist and apparently the 1980s were pretty good for Britain. (I wasn't born for much of it).
60) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1611298)
Posted 9 Dec 2014 by Profile The Simonator
You can't ban something just from accusations, they need to be substantiated (as this case in India has been by medical evidence).
It's the burden of proof.


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