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16  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Britain's coal-burning power plants to be shuttered by 2025 on: September 19, 2017, 01:35:16 PM
>Nottingham

And not ONE squirrel, rabbit, fox, deer, etc. to be seen.  I did, however, meet a red fox on a London street about 1/2 block from the Islington ...guess the animals moved to the city, too.
17  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero on: September 19, 2017, 01:30:29 PM
Amazon Puts ‘Hands-Free’ Alexa Voice Assistant on Its New Tablet

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/amazon-puts-hands-free-alexa-voice-assistant-on-its-new-tablet
18  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Britain's coal-burning power plants to be shuttered by 2025 on: September 19, 2017, 01:19:32 PM
>oh we did that already.

Not all of them. I saw at least three while I was touring around.
19  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: Coming to a blog near you: Many more posts about how great Dash buttons are on: September 19, 2017, 01:17:25 PM
>

Bingo!

Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a 1080p display and a much lower price
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The second new feature in the operating system is hands-free Alexa

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16316996/amazon-fire-hd-10-tablet-2017

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/19/fire-hd-10-amazon-cuts-price-doubles-storage-10in-tablet-android-alexa-screen-battery-150-pounds
20  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “the bubble in government promises” on: September 19, 2017, 11:50:10 AM
>majority

Abandon hope all ye who enter here -- Dante Alighieri
21  Why We Are Here / Monetization / Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is 'sabotage', says industry on: September 19, 2017, 11:32:38 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/18/apple-stopping-ads-follow-you-around-internet-sabotage-advertising-industry-ios-11-and-macos-high-sierra-safari-internet
22  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “the bubble in government promises” on: September 19, 2017, 10:40:27 AM
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage. ―

Misattributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler or Alexis de Tocqueville, but is actually still evolving in the public's political dialogue. Some parts are attributable to Henning Webb Prentis. There are many "Ben Franklin" variants circulating. Whatever. It's a pretty good point, IMO.
23  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / How 'Concept Creep' Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm on: September 19, 2017, 02:05:32 AM
Worth a read.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/concept-creep/477939/
24  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Britain's coal-burning power plants to be shuttered by 2025 on: September 19, 2017, 01:48:54 AM
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Coal now only provides occasional back-up energy in the U.K., mostly on sunless and wind-free winter days.

http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-a-stunning-turnaround-britain-moves-to-end-the-burning-of-coal
25  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Uber CEO Search on: September 19, 2017, 01:21:24 AM
I'll just drop this here, as it's not worth its own thread.  NSFW, non-porn male nudity, nothing bad happens but you're going to wince watching it.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b32_1505771010
26  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Florida Governor issues a half-baked mandate for nursing home generators on: September 18, 2017, 10:33:41 PM
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Under the new rules, all of the state’s assisted-living facilities and nursing homes will have 60 days to obtain what the governor’s statement called “ample resources” that will “sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures” for at least four days after a power failure. Those resources, the statement said, include a generator and fuel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/16/us/nursing-homes-florida-scott.html

Providing enough generator capacity for just some of the HVAC load is a large, expensive undertaking. To be done properly, it takes time to do the engineering and electrical work. 60 days would be impractical even if the state wasn't torn apart and already short of needed contractors. And that's if the facility had the money.

Just another politician covering his butt.
27  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Florida Laws on Solar on: September 18, 2017, 10:17:44 PM
Yeah, the interweb went nuts when a homeowner in Oregon(?) was arrested for collecting water. States hurried to cover their political asses with modifications to their water rights laws.  

We had a thread on it here ...somewhere.
28  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Researchers produce images of people’s faces from their genomes on: September 18, 2017, 10:13:35 PM
"We got you": Arrest in 1992 cold case slaying of Mass. teacher's aide Lisa Ziegert

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computer-generated rendering of a suspect using new technology that analyzed the DNA to predict the suspect's physical characteristics.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/we-got-you-arrest-in-1992-cold-case-slaying-of-mass-teachers-aide-lisa-ziegert/
29  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Florida Laws on Solar on: September 18, 2017, 10:05:32 PM
>some places where they have made it illegal to trap your own rain water too.

I think that's just about anywhere under the Bureau Of Land Management or areas the feed the main rivers out west.

>solar

I don't know about being mandated to connect to the grid, but IF a system is grid-connected using what is termed "smart inverters" then they must shut down when the power goes out or they will feed back into the system and have the potential to electrocute linemen (who think the wires have been disconnected) -or supply power to storm-damaged, dangling wires.
30  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: "Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon" on: September 18, 2017, 08:34:02 PM
Anyone recall the MacGyver episode where he blew up the place using fertilizer, starter fluid, foam padding, and newspaper?  As we found out with the Oklahoma federal building bombing, it doesn't take exotic materials to build a bomb.

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One chemical for sale is listed as a “Regulated substance” by the Home Office, making it illegal to possess it without a licence, and illegal to supply to a person without checking that the purchaser has a licence.

I seriously doubt the vendor does a license check on that one, though.

Here in the Republic, mail order -and now online ordering- has long been used to get around local or state prohibitive ordinances. Pesticides & herbicides that require an Applicator's License are available to anyone, for instance.
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