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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby PopTart » 23 July 2018, 18:39

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FriendlyAsshole wrote:People think it's ok to park on the fucking sidewalk :nono:

I try to keep a pen and notepad handy at all times so I can leave nasty notes on people's windshields when they choose to part like an asshole.

:lol: You guys would go apoplectic here in the uk! People park up on the curb all time, in our defense, our roads are smaller, an American I used to know, swore she felt genuine terror when first driving on our roads, as they were so small and the vehicles so close together :D

Plus we have jay-walking not being a thing and our insistance on driving on the right side of the road :lol:
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby IanSaidHi » 23 July 2018, 18:58

Global warming. Fuck you industrial revolution, fuck you coal power stations, fuck you edutainment specials during my childhood no-one listened to. We need to build colonies on Venus so the people who say “ZOMG I LOVE THIS HOT WEATHER” can go live there.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby PopTart » 23 July 2018, 19:11

IanSaidHi wrote:Global warming. Fuck you industrial revolution, fuck you coal power stations, fuck you edutainment specials during my childhood no-one listened to. We need to build colonies on Venus so the people who say “ZOMG I LOVE THIS HOT WEATHER” can go live there.

It is abit much now huh, and set to get hotter over the course of the week :blargh:

On a side note, Venus is a potential site for colonisation and one of the better ones in our solar system. We could float small enclosed cities in the upper atmosphere and enjoy earthlike gravity and temperatures. Still be eating toxic gases though :lol: I guess we could shove the heat lovers off the edge, they could enjoy the rapid descent to warm balmy depths.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby Prince_G_24 » 23 July 2018, 19:56

PopTart wrote:On a side note, Venus is a potential site for colonisation and one of the better ones in our solar system. We could float small enclosed cities in the upper atmosphere and enjoy earthlike gravity and temperatures. Still be eating toxic gases though :lol: I guess we could shove the heat lovers off the edge, they could enjoy the rapid descent to warm balmy depths.


Don't forget the acidic clouds and rain. Acidic clouds and rain in one of Venus' many appeals
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby FriendlyAsshole » 23 July 2018, 21:27

Prince_G_24 wrote:
FriendlyAsshole wrote:People think it's ok to park on the fucking sidewalk :nono:

I try to keep a pen and notepad handy at all times so I can leave nasty notes on people's windshields when they choose to part like an asshole.

I need to do that!
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Prince_G_24 wrote:
FriendlyAsshole wrote:People think it's ok to park on the fucking sidewalk :nono:

I try to keep a pen and notepad handy at all times so I can leave nasty notes on people's windshields when they choose to part like an asshole.

:lol: You guys would go apoplectic here in the uk! People park up on the curb all time, in our defense, our roads are smaller, an American I used to know, swore she felt genuine terror when first driving on our roads, as they were so small and the vehicles so close together :D

Plus we have jay-walking not being a thing and our insistance on driving on the right side of the road :lol:

Plus European handicap laws suck ass tbh :lol:
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 23 July 2018, 21:56

PopTart wrote:
IanSaidHi wrote:Global warming. Fuck you industrial revolution, fuck you coal power stations, fuck you edutainment specials during my childhood no-one listened to. We need to build colonies on Venus so the people who say “ZOMG I LOVE THIS HOT WEATHER” can go live there.

It is abit much now huh, and set to get hotter over the course of the week :blargh:

On a side note, Venus is a potential site for colonisation and one of the better ones in our solar system. We could float small enclosed cities in the upper atmosphere and enjoy earthlike gravity and temperatures. Still be eating toxic gases though :lol: I guess we could shove the heat lovers off the edge, they could enjoy the rapid descent to warm balmy depths.


I sort of enjoy the increased abundance of warm sunny summer days. I'm saddened by the yearly decline in the white stuff. So conflicted here.

Why go to Venus, sounds a lot like SoCal, meaning the toxic gasses and all.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby PopTart » 24 July 2018, 18:54

mxguy01 wrote:Why go to Venus, sounds a lot like SoCal, meaning the toxic gasses and all.

Theres very likely an abundance of rare minerals there, although, extraction of those would be prohibitively expensive, due to the surfaces extreme atmospheric density, heat and gravity, but beyond that, Venus would make for an excellent agricultural and solar energy colony, with the ample amounts of light it recieves and close proximty to the Earth.

Add to that, the fact that aerial colonies could be floated on vast ballons, filled with oxygen (which is lighter than Venus Atmosphere and thus acts like Helium or Hyrdorgen, does here) making it relatively cheap to maintain and also acts as an atmosphere reserve for said colonies. It has the potential to house more human beings, in more safe, and comfortble conditions, than Mars, which, despte all the hype, is a pretty shite prospect for long term habitation, Let alone terraforming.

Ive also heard that lower layers of the atmosphere, with it's high atmospheric pressure, would make the production of certain materials, that require extreme pressures to manufacture, far more affordable, depsite the cost to escape the gravity well of the planet.

Sorry, Astrophysics/Engineering and space exploration are things I get passionate about!
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 24 July 2018, 21:36

PopTart wrote:Astrophysics/Engineering and space exploration are things I get passionate about!


Thats's cool. Way more cool than my passion for burning fossil fuels in every way imaginable. I'm pretty simple. Give me a 5 gallon can of race gas and I'm set for the day.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby GearFetTwinkRomance » 24 July 2018, 22:08

Pisses me off that there's still no ban on so called gay conversion "therapy" in fuckin' Germany. The conservatives said, there was no reason for this to be brought into parliament to debate.

Fighting for, hope, it's okay to post that link:

https://www.change.org/p/ban-conversion ... y-hawlinux

Read about Delaware today, and some more US States that abolished such brainwash shyte. Far more advanced ethics over the ocean, it seems. Despite people like TheDonald and their sinister influence.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby PopTart » 25 July 2018, 19:15

mxguy01 wrote:
PopTart wrote:Astrophysics/Engineering and space exploration are things I get passionate about!


Thats's cool. Way more cool than my passion for burning fossil fuels in every way imaginable. I'm pretty simple. Give me a 5 gallon can of race gas and I'm set for the day.

So, what your saying, what with global warming and all that, is that this insufferable heat is YOUR FAULT! :lol:
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 25 July 2018, 21:25

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PopTart wrote:Astrophysics/Engineering and space exploration are things I get passionate about!


Thats's cool. Way more cool than my passion for burning fossil fuels in every way imaginable. I'm pretty simple. Give me a 5 gallon can of race gas and I'm set for the day.

So, what your saying, what with global warming and all that, is that this insufferable heat is YOUR FAULT! :lol:


To some degree, yes. But then I work from home. They should be giving me carbon credits for that! I actually am a bit fussy about conserving energy when and where I see it easily done. Like 70% of electricity is used for the transmission of water. Yet people still let thier spigots run, over water their yard, etc. I run the AC pretty reasonable given the climate I'm in. I run heat even less. But I easily tolerate temperatures on either end.

BTW, I just check. The high tomorrow in London (near you) is only going to be 96. That's beautiful weather. There is a 20% chance of rain though. I'm not use to rain between April and October.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby Derek » 27 July 2018, 02:16

Damn lightning actually reset my computer. That can't be a common thing, can it? It wasn't super close.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby IanSaidHi » 27 July 2018, 06:54

Derek wrote:Damn lightning actually reset my computer. That can't be a common thing, can it? It wasn't super close.


I know my Dad used to buy gadgets we didn’t need and some of them were extension cord/multi plug socket things that supposedly protected anything attached from electrical surges like it was a common thing, but I’d never seen or heard of any instances of this - until now...
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 27 July 2018, 17:08

The power received from transmission lines is basically unfiltered. Being what it, transmission lines (and the other equipment like transformers) are susceptible to picking up outside input, such as lightning. No normal household surge protector is going to work against what is such an incredible power spike in an incredibly short period of time. Articles will claim lightning strikes that effect power are rare. I would think that would be bs. I was just "reading something on the internet" -

A few things I can think of straight away:

Power line pylons are usually the tallest objects in the countryside. They are giant grounded metal objects. As lightning wants to move along the path of least resistance, they are preferred over other objects. Power lines also usually have one or two grounded wires on top, which act as lightning rods which protect the powered conductors from most lightning strikes.
High voltage lines ionize the air around the conductors, this is especially true for 220kV+ lines (they even glow purple in a dark night, the glow comes from something called corona discharges). Ionized air is a better conductor than ordinary air.
The voltage(potential) difference between a power line and a storm cloud can be significantly lower than the difference between storm cloud and ground. The maximum difference for a 220kV line can the peak voltage, which is 220kV2–√, while the ground is at 0V. Lightning strikes usually overcome a few hundred to more than a thousand kV. Therefore lightning only has to overcome 2/3 of the usual voltage difference.
Lightning can kill you even if you are not struck by it. Like dropping a stone in a pond, the voltage is spread out around the place of the strike, falling off with distance. If both your feet are one meter apart and in line with the strike point, you will experience a voltage difference between your legs. Animals like cows and horses are susceptible to this, as the distance between fore- and aft legs is significant.
Electromagnetic influence is the last factor. A charged cloud attracts a charge of the opposite sign on the ground, this affects a large area. When the final discharge(lightning) occurs, the charge that was bound at this location won't have anything holding it there. Therefore it will move back to where it came from creating currents on the way. This can damage power lines and electrical equipment. This could be interpreted as an EMP-like effect.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby PopTart » 27 July 2018, 18:00

mxguy01 wrote:BTW, I just check. The high tomorrow in London (near you) is only going to be 96. That's beautiful weather. There is a 20% chance of rain though. I'm not use to rain between April and October.

You'd think right? But the heat is different here, perhaps due to the humidity. :shrug:

I've been to countries, where the temperature gets higher, yet somehow, it's more comfortable, more tolerable, the same for winter cold too. Now I'm not saying we're "special" in some way, but by some alchemy, that I'm unfamiliar with (or science) it always feels somehow more oppressive here (or more biting when talking about similar winter temperatures) when it comes to cold temps, I have to be honest, I've never been anywhere, where the temperature is 20 degrees below zero, so my experience here is more limited.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby meerkatmaker » 27 July 2018, 21:48

I think the main issue in the UK is that the majority of places don't have air con. So when the temperature goes get into the 30s (90F), our houses just get too warm to live in. Most houses were designed to keep us warm rather than cool so it takes much longer to cool down after a hot day.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby rxxli » 27 July 2018, 23:46

I often hear people mentioning air conditioners not being common in Europe and everything. Why the hell don't people invest in one then? We did many years ago. And today you can get a decent wall mounted one (with installation) for not much money at all (sub 500€ around here). Or in special cases a portable one (for people who don't own the building and can't get their landlord to agree). So why not? They can also be really great when it's starting to get cold, but you only need a bit of heat. Much more economical than running the whole heating system. At least around here I am seeing them more and more these days.

Around here the weather has been pretty non summery for the past two months. It's only really started looking like summer this week. Otherwise the temperatures were around 25°C during the day.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 28 July 2018, 23:36

Um, yes. NorCal is a dry heat. Western US is mostly a dry heat. Florida, Washington DC, Georgia, Texas, etc all high humidity and suck the big one (not in the good way).
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby rxxli » 1 August 2018, 18:47

What the fuck Amazon? Why don't these idiots ship Kindle Oasis to my country? Why is it so damn special?

Their weird algorithms for what can be shipped where are idiotic. Like you see product x in color a that can be shipped to my country, but the same product in color b can't (both sold by amazon). Or it can be shipped one day and it can't be the next day, ... I mean what the fuck?

I don't even want to buy the Oasis right now. I was just looking because I really want a new e-reader with a bcklight sometime soon (and the rubber back on my Kindle Keyboard has gone totally sticky). I was giving serious thought to the Oasis, because it has actual page turn buttons. I was also looking at the Kobo Aura One, but the comparison videos with Oasis kind of turned me away from it. Even though I am not the biggest fan of the weird asymmetrical design of the Oasis.
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Re: What pissed you off and made you lose your faith in humanity today

Unread postby mxguy01 » 1 August 2018, 19:17

I ordered replacement soles for my motocross boots. And the shipping information said:
Your order contains chemicals that are classified as ORM-D, which cannot be shipped by air. Your order will need to be shipped Standard or you can choose to remove the ORM-D items for faster shipping. You can see the restricted items in the cart summary.

They are some form of rubber compound FFS they can't be shipped by air. But I can glue them onto my boots and put them on an airplane? Or is it going to explode in mid air if I do that?
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