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  1. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    In your view, the west should pull it's support, Ukraine should capitulate, and the war can stop. Have I got that right?
    And the basis for that being "right", where continuing to fight for a...
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    Re: Blondihacks: Chinese lathes

    How so? The part doesn't give a fig whether it was made using metric or Imperial measurements, dimensionally you can get the exact same result using either, a common 0.01mm metric micrometer has...
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    Re: Blondihacks: Chinese lathes

    I watch her on and off. She actually explains some of the how and why, that lots of guys doing similar stuff just assume that you know already.

    Pete
  4. Re: Is it just me, or have the other parts of the forum thinned out little?

    That is probably the key difference between the likes of fb, and old school forums (fora?) like this - there is no algorithm trying to serve up things I might like here. Just mostly similar minded...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    You're assuming that his business stopped in the first place. I don't know one way or the other, but it seems unlikely that everyone would just walk away from all that lucrative business - just...
  6. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    https://kyivindependent.com/news-feed/ukraines-chief-negotiator-says-russia-must-withdraw-from-ukraine-before-starting-talks

    Ukraine's chief negotiator says Russia must withdraw from Ukraine...
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    Re: The kitchen appliance that will not die.

    Wow, that's really impressive.
    The caravan fridge did have a tiny freezer compartment, probably wasn't as well insulated as a domestic unit, and the burner ran 24/7 once lit, but it was a single...
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    Re: The kitchen appliance that will not die.

    I'm sensing some rose tinted nostalgia there |:)
    The little 3 cubic foot gas fridge in our old caravan would chomp through a 9kg (20lb) bottle in 16 days give or take, mid summer. That's why I went...
  9. Thread: Killer robots

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    Re: Killer robots

    Might have been a good option in Uvalde. No key required for the door, no bravery required by the operator.
    And operating one step removed from the action, trigger happy US police might be a little...
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    Re: Modern cars are way too complicated.

    Our 2013 Hyundai diesel has been faultless mechanically so far, but electronics doesn't seem to be its strong point. In fact other than oil changes, I think the last time I had to "work" on the...
  11. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Killing Russians, en masse, on Russian soil before they enter Ukraine, would be the simple answer - with the risks you describe, risks that everyone is painfully well aware of.
    From the comfort of...
  12. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Donald Trump is allowed back on twitter? I'm struggling to see the relevance :confused:.
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    Re: Bought a new phone - after seven years

    Both of these, the A53 phone, and S6 tablet, will take an SD card. The phone has 128GB built in, 64GB for the tablet, memory isn't going to be a problem for a while.
    Lots of phones mount now mount...
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    Bought a new phone - after seven years

    The seven y.o. budget Samsung Galaxy J5 was at the point it needed a thrice daily battery top up, and was getting annoyingly slow and glitchy too - and I have a high tolerance for slow, because I...
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    Re: Men are pigs, especially boat builders

    I have used that exact phrase (most definitely intended) as a compliment to people who have shown ridiculous amounts of skill and craftsmanship across a range of disciplines - as you've done with...
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    Re: the lonely butcher boy

    Sounds like a complete ballsup, tbh.
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    Re: Small Field Work/Camp trailer

    Rocket (fast dog, fast name) has learnt how to do very good up dogs too. His sun warrior sucks though.

    Pete
  18. Re: Fans of Hornblower and the Aubrey-Maturin books

    Three Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana is a good read, also anything by Frank Bullen. Both were writing from personal experience about actual events.
    Bullen started his seagoing career as...
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    Re: Small Field Work/Camp trailer

    This is our camper bus.
    480W of solar on the roof, with a 240 A/h lead acid battery. If the battery was lithium, I could halve the A/h capacity, and probably be OK with only 300W on the roof - if I...
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    Re: WARS; can we stop them?

    They are all still powderkegs for various reasons though, and I imagine the appetite for further military intervention in most of those places is low - from both the local and US perspective.
    The...
  21. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Makes sense though, doesn't it. If their supply lines were so broken that they couldn't get materiel in, the same would apply to getting it out again.

    Pete
  22. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    I welded the fresh and grey water tanks for our bus out of 6mm HDPE, weird shapes (not quite boat weird), baffled, no tabs or slots, just not welded onto the the tank top. No leaks after 2500km of...
  23. Re: TV alternatives to watching the mind-numbing election coverage

    Insert topic of interest into YouTube search bar. It's not too hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, some of it is really good. I hardly watch tv any more.

    Pete
  24. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    An observation, not hard data. Over the last couple of days, the Ukraine Reddit that I follow has contained an unusually high percentage of older and/or repeat posts on the war.
    Historically, this...
  25. Re: Anecdotal proof that the Renault Dauphine was a crap car.

    I've always liked them too, but they were a real Ford UK parts bin car, and never really as good as they could have been.
    There are still plenty of them around in NZ, though you pay silly money for...
  26. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Hmmm, when was the last time you had daily, in depth interactions with semi domesticated high-school age kids? They can unbelievably tone deaf, petty, wrapped up in their own version of reality, peer...
  27. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    A brief history and breakdown of US aid to countries of the former soviet union, covering the period 1995 to 2008. Compiled by the Congressional Research Service FWIW. The observant will note that...
  28. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Actually, you provided a "data point" with information on supposed US aid to around thirty countries, without actually saying what your point was.
    If your point is that the US send truckloads of...
  29. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Feel free to do some research, and come up with some links to some actual US government data. At least I tried.
    I found nothing after the 2012 report on USAID re Russia, i did find other data...
  30. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    So I thought I'd fact check one "data point" in this - foreign aid to New Zealand, listed as a grand $350,134.10

    I thought that was a bit odd, because NZ generally stands on its own two feet, and...
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    Re: The Fermi Paradox

    I read a slightly tongue in cheek sci-fi short story years ago, about exactly that. They concluded that the toilet bowls must have been representative of some deity, IIRC.

    Pete
  32. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    It appears that Israel has been busy over the last few days blowing up Iranian drones, missiles, factories, and the airports and aircraft used to deliver them. Not necessarily specifically related to...
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    Re: The Fermi Paradox

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They%27re_Made_Out_of_Meat
  34. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63417487

    What we saw and heard today was the world according to Vladimir Putin. It is a world in which Russia is squeaky clean and the West is to blame for...
  35. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Tropes versus facts.

    From the perspective of the people of Ukraine - the ones doing the fighting, bleeding and dying:
    1. Hard to argue with - it's a factual description of the situation on the...
  36. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    He's asking you. I'm not the one insisting that Ukraine should try and negotiate with a party that has articulated what amounts to an all or nothing position - per John's source. This isn't about a...
  37. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Why not answer johnw's question?
  38. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Yes. It has been suggested here, many times, that Putin pack up, go home, and then the negotiating can start.
    It has also benn suggested here, many times, that the collective opinion of this forum...
  39. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Yeah, nah. They don't need a flock of parasitic lawyers bleeding off hundreds of millions. Prosecute a large handful of representative charges efficiently and to the hilt, and put the money saved...
  40. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    From your linked article
    “We’re not going to have conversations with the Russian leadership without the Ukrainians being represented,” Kirby said during a briefing with reporters. “Mr. Zelensky gets...
  41. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    ^#6259
    Alternatively, from the Russian perspective, if we can't have it, neither can you.

    Pete
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    Re: 6pm Lake Tekapo, NZ

    Lots of those come summer :ycool:
    There were people out water skiing yesterday, definitely wetsuit material though.

    Pete
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    Re: 6pm Lake Tekapo, NZ

    A mere 710 metres.
    It is glacial fed (for now) and has an amazing milky blue color due to finely ground rock in the water.

    Pete
  44. Thread: windows

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    Re: windows

    I just saw a quote at work from a supplier - 99 week lead time. That's not a typo, 99 weeks.

    Pete
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    6pm Lake Tekapo, NZ

    It's horrible. Don't come here :D
    121886
    And it isn't even summer yet. Being down under, everything is on a lean.

    Pete
  46. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The end of the pipe looks flared out, not mashed in. But I guess a few thousand psi busting out the damaged section might have caused that.
    It also suggests that the pipe is very easy to find, sits...
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    Re: Make your smart phone a dumber phone

    Minus the drone, there's 99% of my app usage. I have more, they have their place, but very rarely used. Like the automotive OBD2 Bluetooth diagnostic dongle app.

    Pete
  48. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    So i googled that last "he said" statement verbatim - nothing. Do you have a cite and date for it?
    There is absolutely no need for this stupid war. Russia never had to invade, now or in 2014....
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    Re: Land Rover LR3 - Expedition Vehicle

    ^ Dad put close to 400,000km on his, but was meticulous with oil and filter changes. The engine was still going strong when he sold it.
    The gearbox on the other hand, had three major rebuilds in...
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    Re: Cutting beams-abrasive or band saw?

    Yes, and it's reasonably quiet with it. Being finest Chinese quality, I spent a lot of time dialling it in to both cut square, and not chuck the blade off the tension wheel every two minutes. In...
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