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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark Deeks » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:05 am

How is water wasted? My mum always used to have a go at me for wasting water, leaving taps on etc, but surely it just goes back into the system. Surely water is either in the human man made sewage/plumbing system, a river, the sea, the sky, or the ground making its way down to the water table? If it is true that some of the water we drink will also once have been dinosaur piss (a fact I read somewhere that stuck with me and that may not be a fact), how can it also be "wasted" if it is that inexhaustible?
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Ian Volante » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:
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How is water wasted? My mum always used to have a go at me for wasting water, leaving taps on etc, but surely it just goes back into the system. Surely water is either in the human man made sewage/plumbing system, a river, the sea, the sky, or the ground making its way down to the water table? If it is true that some of the water we drink will also once have been dinosaur piss (a fact I read somewhere that stuck with me and that may not be a fact), how can it also be "wasted" if it is that inexhaustible?
In many places, water is drawn from fresh water aquifers via wells or whatever, and they have a finite capacity - basically, fresh water is very limited and is becoming more so. Most water is salty, and it takes a lot of energy to make water potable, so it's pretty expensive to desalinate water, making it beyond the reach of many regions. Also, putting that cleaned water back into the natural system is a waste of that energy.

In the UK, we're lucky to have a lot of fresh water resource, although it's becoming a problem in the southeast of England as far as I'm aware.
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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:19 pm

See also the Aral Sea, or the lack thereof.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark James » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:13 am

Matthew Green wrote:
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Some questions:

Why does the judge on Masterchef speak so loud and why is he so angry?

Why would Peter Jones lower himself to those cringeworthy money supermarket ads when he's already a multi-millionaire?

And why don't you see white dogshit anymore?
Saw some white dogshit today. Very nostalgic. Almost brought a tear to my eye.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:30 am

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Why has it become a thing that sites where yo have to log in now have a separate page for your username and password? It used to always be one under the other, but now you enter your username and click "next" to get the bit where you enter your password. There'd better be a fucking good reason for this, because on the face of it, it's really stupid and annoying.
It buggers with the auto complete function
Is that just an aside, or is that something to do with the reason?

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Ian Volante » Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:47 am

Mark James wrote:
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Matthew Green wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:18 pm
Some questions:And why don't you see white dogshit anymore?
Saw some white dogshit today. Very nostalgic. Almost brought a tear to my eye.
Come to my back garden, you can pick up numerous examples every day. Or to put it another way, our dogs eat raw food (basically, minced meat and bone), so every poo goes white as it dries. Most pets nowadays are fed processed rubbish which increases the volume of shit, and either dilutes or doesn't include the component that remains and dries to a light colour.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:37 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:30 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:32 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:41 am
Why has it become a thing that sites where yo have to log in now have a separate page for your username and password? It used to always be one under the other, but now you enter your username and click "next" to get the bit where you enter your password. There'd better be a fucking good reason for this, because on the face of it, it's really stupid and annoying.
It buggers with the auto complete function
Is that just an aside, or is that something to do with the reason?
Also, the two most familiar examples of this system to me - eBay and Google - both still work with browser-based autocomplete.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Paul Worsley » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:00 am

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:18 pm
In the UK, we're lucky to have a lot of fresh water resource, although it's becoming a problem in the southeast of England as far as I'm aware.
Maybe if they didn't put so much of it in their beer, they wouldn't have a problem.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:30 pm

You often hear that two boxers have different championship belts and when they fight each other it will "unify" the belts or something. So why don't they then stay unified for eternity?

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:19 am

Because each organisation recommends a mandatory challenger to the belt holder and sometimes if you don't fight them then you get stripped of your belt.
All bollocks I know.
Btw blame the start of all these different organisations on Muhammad Ali
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:05 am

While I get that sports fans like me indirectly spend a lot of money watching our favourite games, why the HELL do people directly give some serious amounts of money to online gaming streamers?
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:03 am

Mark Deeks wrote:
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While I get that sports fans like me indirectly spend a lot of money watching our favourite games, why the HELL do people directly give some serious amounts of money to online gaming streamers?
Each to their own.
It's another form of addiction
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:45 am

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:03 am
Mark Deeks wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:05 am
While I get that sports fans like me indirectly spend a lot of money watching our favourite games, why the HELL do people directly give some serious amounts of money to online gaming streamers?
Each to their own.
It's another form of addiction
Giving money to people? Well direct them towards me.

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