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by merlin the happy pig
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Some electric food for thought: Refill the battery with charged electrolyte: This is coming closer and will remove some of the range anxiety issues (as range anxiety is mostly related to the inconvenience of a recharge measured in hours) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091012135506.htm ...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Arctic sea ice coverage back to 'normal' levels
Replies: 6303
Views: 303284

Re: Arctic sea ice coverage back to 'normal' levels

An extensive study into the financial networks that support groups denying the science behind climate change and opposing political action has found a vast, secretive web of think tanks and industry associations, bankrolled by conservative billionaires. "I call it the climate-change counter movemen...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:37 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

When will Mazda ever give up on the rotary engine? They've never yet made one that's comparable to a conventional piston engine in terms of efficiency and durability. Stick an up to date diesel in it and it might sail, friggin rotary is doomed from the get go. on average the weight saved would redu...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Beautiful! Mazda has a lovely concept EV with a tiny vertically mounted rotary engine as a range extender ... http://wpmedia.driving.ca/2013/11/img_5771.jpg?w=800&h=520&crop=1 http://liveimages.motoring.com.au/motoring/general/editorial/ge5142624194500084107.jpg?height=290&aspect=centered&width=440...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Those three slaves found in SW London ???
Replies: 99
Views: 6384

Re: Those three slaves found in SW London ???

Whats the scoop on this as it can't be a fritzl or the American Bus Driver scenario as I hear on the radio on the way to work this morning that the women were 'saved' last month and the elderly pair who held them captive have been released on bail :shock: doesn't on the face of it sound like a bale...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Another Australian scrum thread
Replies: 79
Views: 1731

Obsession with scrums

Ireland get thrashed and ship 4 tries, whilst scoring none. Yet about half of the posts on the thread are by Irish supporters bemoaning their scrummaging. Yes the scrum is important, but so are passing, catching, kicking, tackling, lineouts, rucks, mauls, positional play and dare I say the words sco...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: (AERO)PLANE THREAD
Replies: 598
Views: 29039

Re: (AERO)PLANE THREAD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lun_Ekranoplan.jpg

Always thought these were rather cool.
Boeing were thinking of making on a least twice as big as a giant freighter.
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Why did the Sinclair fail? Because it was a bit shit. Indeed. I think the best way to build a successful three-wheeler is to make it not shit. You could be onto something here, 6roucho. I look forward to the release of the not shit 3-wheeler. That Toyota looks the business to me. I agree, the chanc...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

A fuel cell makes sense as long as it is not based on hydrogen due to the fact that it takes more energy to free hydrogen from water than is recovered by using it again. Why does that matter? It makes a contribution to the cost equation for the process, but doesn't mean it makes no sense. It just m...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

A fuel cell makes sense as long as it is not based on hydrogen due to the fact that it takes more energy to free hydrogen from water than is recovered by using it again. Why does that matter? It makes a contribution to the cost equation for the process, but doesn't mean it makes no sense. It just m...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

It's all well and good to talk about efficiencies, but with a vehicle they are not the only consideration. Energy density, availability of supply, life cycle, and effective range are more important factors. For that reason battery electric vehicles will be at a performance disadvantage if an econom...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Cheers for the information, FA. You mentioned the batteries. Ford has endorsed Tesla's Panasonic batteries as the best in the world and is using it themselves in their Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Next year Panasonic will be mass producing new batteries with a 30% increase in energy storage ov...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Makes sense, Guy, for everyone with a hydrogen refilling station in their garage. Oh yeah, and if they can also bring down the price of the fuel cells by a large factor. And make them more durable and reliable. Ah, I forgot, and when they have a network of hydrogen refilling stations on the highway...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Cheers for the information, FA. You mentioned the batteries. Ford has endorsed Tesla's Panasonic batteries as the best in the world and is using it themselves in their Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Next year Panasonic will be mass producing new batteries with a 30% increase in energy storage ov...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Cheers for the information, FA. You mentioned the batteries. Ford has endorsed Tesla's Panasonic batteries as the best in the world and is using it themselves in their Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Next year Panasonic will be mass producing new batteries with a 30% increase in energy storage ov...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Does anyone do home brew??
Replies: 171
Views: 11590

Re: Does anyone do home brew??

I have just entered the Village annual brewing competition for the first time. Doog22 I shall be expecting you to design me a suitable(one that my friends can see) beer label for this mighty ale. Anyone got any useful tips?? Racking and fining are very important if you don't want excessive yeastine...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

It would be nice to believe you are right but I don't think you are. The ability to automatically drive a car and avoid randomly moving objects is extremely difficult to accomplish. There are various robotics programs aimed precisely in this area and they are currently limited to very slow speeds a...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Just an oddball thought with regards highway charging.
The contact area of a tyre is both in contact with the road and stationary in relation to it.

Maybe not really a feasible location for on part of an inductive coupling, but just throwing it out there..
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

See here for wireless charging. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9708468.stm Though the video doesn't state it explicitly, using a little imagination you could install these at traffic lights. As you approach an electronic handshake could tell the charger your details so that you ...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Bobby Bobson, so what would you use for highway charging? How much power could it transfer and at what efficiency? The trouble with a 2-dimensional transmitter is that it is only going to be aligned for a small fraction of a second. Insurmountable? I know that inductive power transfer systems have ...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

See here for wireless charging. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9708468.stm Though the video doesn't state it explicitly, using a little imagination you could install these at traffic lights. As you approach an electronic handshake could tell the charger your details so that you ...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

See here for wireless charging. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9708468.stm Though the video doesn't state it explicitly, using a little imagination you could install these at traffic lights. As you approach an electronic handshake could tell the charger your details so that you c...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ: who's in charge here?
Replies: 760
Views: 67694

Re: NZ: who's in charge here?

The police investigation has nothing to do with finding criminal liability. It is about Russel Norman trying to keep this as a headlinef or as long as possible. Fair dues. It is a waste of money but no more so than many other such stunts by politicians when they call for commissions for everything ...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

I really do think the real revolution in personal transport is going to occur in the transportation system rather than propulsion. See this analysis by KPMG. https://www.kpmg.com/US/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/self-driving-cars-next-revolution.pdf Imagine if roads were a goo...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ: who's in charge here?
Replies: 760
Views: 67694

Re: NZ: who's in charge here?

He is parroting the police line that they had do use all that force in order to minimize the risk. He even dreams up a scenario of a couple of police killed if they hadn't done the raid like that . That's a real stretch! :thumbdown: :thumbdown: What a f**king tosser, an absolute wanker Key is turni...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

I really do think the real revolution in personal transport is going to occur in the transportation system rather than propulsion. See this analysis by KPMG. https://www.kpmg.com/US/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/self-driving-cars-next-revolution.pdf Imagine if roads were a goo...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

I really do think the real revolution in personal transport is going to occur in the transportation system rather than propulsion. See this analysis by KPMG. https://www.kpmg.com/US/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/self-driving-cars-next-revolution.pdf Imagine if roads were a good...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RIP the internal combustion engine!
Replies: 1445
Views: 123473

Re: RIP the internal combustion engine!

Much as I see the benefits of electric vehicles and don't fear the ability of the electricity grid to adapt, I wonder if we have missed the benefits of a much simpler technology that can achieve similar results. The average occupancy of cars when commuting is about 1.3. Improving the occupancy to 2 ...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official 'CANES v SHORKS in the 'NAKI thread.
Replies: 456
Views: 10201

Re: Official 'CANES v SHORKS in the 'NAKI thread.

Woo hoo!!! :D Great win and a really enjoyable team to support at the moment. How about this for a theory: they don't get good possession or territory stats because they score tries so quickly when they do get possession, thus turning the ball over to the opposition... :P (Only half joking there.) ...