Posts by James Butler

  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…,

    CONGESTION PRICING

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Would it make any sense to wait for PV? Would that be a better long-term investment than buying into solar water-heating now?

    I heard once that it's becoming cheaper to install PV and use regular electric hot water than it is to use direct thermal solar hot water, just because plumbing is more expensive than wiring. Depends on your use-case though. If you want maximum utilization of your roof area, then mixing PV and direct thermal will give you more bang because direct thermal is more efficient.

    Mind you I've never run the numbers because I rent, which makes the whole thing a bit academic |:

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  • Hard News: Good news for self-powered travellers, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    Also:

    As a responsible person, when I take younger people riding I insist they were helmets (as it appears does the lecturer in your vid), so why shouldn’t we do the same as a society?

    Because adults are not children.

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  • Hard News: Good news for self-powered travellers, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    Yes I know the arguments that if x number of people cycle there will be y reduction in fat and heart attacks.

    I think the more salient argument is that if x number more people cycle, then there will be y reduction in the sum total of road accident injuries. I've never seen any other proposed explanation for the greater safety of cycling in countries where cycling is common.

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  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    Cazador has been revamped, so should we finally actually try it?

    I tried the revamped Cazador the other night, and I quite liked it overall. However the main dishes on our set menu all seemed to be variations on "here's a pile of game meat roasted rare and sliced thinly" which is nice, but I don't think does enough to show off the differences between the meats. The hare just tasted like... meat.

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  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Quite true.

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  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety,

    In the relativistic case, the entire mass of the car would be instantly converted to energy at the rate of mc^2, which for a 1.5 tonne car would be an explosion equivalent to several gigatons of TNT. That would be one incentive to drive safely.

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  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Not four times as bad? Or some other even higher number? I’d have thought driving/crashing at 100km/h was much more dangerous than driving/crashing at 50km/h.

    In terms of released energy, yes, it’s four times as bad thanks to the “squared” in the theory of relativity.

    *cough* Not quite - it's all Newtonian. A car's kinetic energy is 1/2(mv^2). So one car hitting a perfectly strong wall at 100km/h will release four times the energy of the same car hitting the same wall at 50 km/h; but two identical cars hitting each other head on at identical speeds will only release twice as much as one hitting a wall at the same speed.

    Think of it this way - in both the car-hits-wall case and the car-hits-car case, each car decelerates from v to zero during the collision, so the total energy is e * (number of cars).

    (Russell - how about LaTeX parsing for comments?)

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  • Hard News: A law gone awry,

    Power-crazed-high-school-headmaster state

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Fruit in curries was quite clearly a thing.

    My one really dud experience at Satya was when once several years ago I ordered the "Navratan Koorma", described in the menu as "Fruits nuts and veges cooked in koorma", and was served what seemed to be their standard vegetable korma with half a tin of Watties fruit salad emptied over the top, complete with a few pale bits of cherry. Since then I've tried almost everything else on the menu and loved it all.

    I've never quite had the nerve to order Navratan Koorma again and discover whether the one I had was some kind of aberration. Or perhaps tinned fruit salad is a common ingredient in southern India, and I'm just being precious.

    Also, everyone's talking about sausage curries with sultana and apple etc., but am I the only one here whose standard childhood curry was mince curry with fruit?

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