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  1. Details are continuing to emerge. Apparently he was initially arrested for trespass and criminal damage. It quickly became apparent though that they were dealing with an individual with mental health issues. Suffolk police confirmed it wasn't being treated as a terrorist incident. They also confirmed that they aren't looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and that there was no wider threat to the public. It started at 1:40 and Mildenhall was on lockdown for less than an hour. If there was anything else going on I don't think that would be the case. I would also th
  2. The public don't require a "safe haven" as the perpetrator is detained in a psychiatric ward. The reason for being "detained" is twofold, to protect the mentally ill individual from harm and also to protect the general public from harm. "Flying the flag" is usually defined as supporting an issue. I think you may have meant to imply that the perpetrators fake being mentally ill in order to avoid punishment. Apologies if I've misinterpreted. Rarely does anybody succeed at faking mental illness in such circumstances. Whether an individual is men
  3. He wouldn't have been held under section 136 unless they were very convinced they were dealing with mental illness, in which case his ethnicity isn't relevant. He had a Teddy Bear with him, not usually a terrorists weapon of choice. Authorities will indeed profess privacy considerations, not because they are trying to hide his ethnicity, but because it's normal under section 136, when dealing with mental illness.
  4. It's section 136. The law states he can be held where he is, or taken to a place of safety. A place of safety can be their home, a friend or relatives home, a police station, an accident and emergency hospital or a psychiatric hospital. 36 hours is the max he can be kept on section 136. After a mental health assessment he will either be discharged, or further detained in hospital under a different section of the mental health act. Undoubtedly the latter in this case.
  5. Mentally ill. Detained under the mental health act. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5194433/Man-stormed-RAF-Mildenhall-TEDDY-BEAR-him.html Hopefully he will get the treatment he requires.
  6. Me too. I see it progressing the same way automotive technology has. Hybrid cars are now very common on our roads, we see them every day, and we now see pure electric frequently too. Different application of course, with some different challenges, but I see the same progression. Hybrid will become commonplace in the air and as battery tech continues to advance rapidly, increasing numbers of electric aircraft will join them. It's a technology that's rapidly gaining inertia.
  7. Well yes. It's a flying test bed, for a hybrid system. Commercial application won't be till 2030. There is certainly a point. Increased fuel efficiency, reduced noise, higher peak power, parallel redundancy. Electric motors provide very high power to weight ratios and rapid and precise control. Combine that with a fuel powered generator tuned and running at peak efficiency and you have a useful technology. Well no, it couldn't. They wouldn't be doing this without reason. The engineers/designers responsible see this as required.
  8. "Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are to develop hybrid electric engine plane technology as part of a push towards cleaner aviation. The E-Fan X programme will first put an electric engine with three jet engines on a BAe 146 aircraft. The firms want to fly a demonstrator version of the plane by 2020, with a commercial application by 2030." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42152484 "We see hybrid-electric propulsion as a compelling technology for the future of aviation," said Paul Eremenko, Airbus' chief technology officer. Image copy
  9. As we speak, grid-scale storage technology is being deployed across the grid, designed to cope with the intermittent nature of wind and solar. When the wind does blow, the excess energy is stored by the batteries. That stored energy is then available when the wind isn't blowing. Same for the domestic environment, the Tesla Power Wall is now relatively cheap and many that install solar panels are also opting for the power wall. There are a number of other manufacturers also providing the technology. So no, the weather won't improve but battery technology has and will. The nice thin
  10. Actually 2040 according to the government. That's electric and hybrid though, most will be hybrid. And costs a bomb of course. Hinckley C is a disaster and will be the most expensive electricity ever produced. Households could end up paying £50bn. New offshore wind on the other hand is fast to implement and now 10 times cheaper than new nuclear. Hinckley C's subsidy bill has quadrupled. There are challenges for sure. $2.2 bn was the figure I saw.
  11. True enough. But liquids are better conductors of heat. I was of course kidding when I said "How about immersing your entire PC in a non conducting fluid". Obviously not a technology intended for the likes of you and I. Personally I'm an air cooler fan. My NH-D15S cools my overclocked 6700K beautifully. Well below TJ Max and quiet too. No point in risking even a small chance or leaks when the Noctua does the job fine. Recently built a Mini ITX system for my daughter and I did install a Corsair H100i V2 AIO. Made sense given the extremely small form factor.
  12. Range anxiety is a bit of a myth for Tesla owners. Model S 300 miles I recall. Well most of us would be taking a break before that to visit the toilet and to stretch our legs. Unhealthy not to. And with Tesla super charging taking a mere 30 minutes to charge the car, and totally free to use, not so much of an issue. The trip meter on my Mazda CX5 reads 350 miles, although I admit, I drive mostly urban. If you compare a Tesla Model S with a petrol car of similar performance, Lamborghini, Ferrari, I doubt you'll see much greater range. The new Tesla truck will be using a new "mega
  13. I must apologise for that, it's 5 secs empty. Fully laden it's 0 to 60 in 20 seconds. still very fast for a lorry. It can take a 5 percent gradient at 65 mph rather than 45 for a diesel truck. In regard to the initial cost, not announced yet, but in terms of total cost, purchase price, servicing fuel etc, it's 20% cheaper than running a diesel truck. Range is 500 miles, and that's a worst case scenario. Load is 80,000 lbs. True enough, upgrades required. It wouldn't happen over night though, so enough time for th
  14. Video half way down page. http://www.pcgamer.com/this-is-what-extreme-liquid-cooling-looks-like/
  15. Forget your all in one, closed loop coolers, or even a full blown custom loop. How about immersing your entire PC in a non conducting fluid. Don't try this at home folks...
  16. Certification estimated to be two years apparently.
  17. A short while ago we were limited to 30 minutes flight time. The new sun flyer 4 seat is now up to 4 hours. The technology is advancing rapidly. Seats 4 46" Cabin Width 38' Wing Span 120 Sq Ft Wing Area 18.7 Glide Ratio 800 lbs Crew & Passengers 2,700 lbs Gross Weight 130 kW Propulsion 1,250 fpm Best Rate of Climb 55-130 Knots Normal Speeds 4 Hour Flight Endurance In other news, Tesla have just unveiled their new Roadster, fastest production car ever made. 0 to 60 in a ridiculous 1.9 seconds, 250 MPH
  18. The CEFAA had numerous experts analysing this though, over a two year investigation. Something as simple as a Chinook wouldn't have fooled them I wouldn't have thought. The crew of the helicopter failed to pick it up on radar, despite numerous attempts to lock on. A Chinook wouldn't be invisible to the AS-532's radar.
  19. Doubt an alien species would land on the White House lawn, given that we human beings are so volatile. We speculate that the incident above was some kind of secret stealth aircraft, well an incident a while ago was almost certainly that. A Tornado crew were returning from a ''low level'' mission in the UK to RAF Laarbruch in Germany. When they were flying through Dutch airspace, over the North Sea, they encountered a UFO as big as a C130. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8357165/UFO-files
  20. Well it's definitely a UFO, given that it's... "unidentified". There are bound to be a multitude of individuals on YouTube clamming it's an alien craft, the authorities on the other hand simply state that they have no idea what it was, despite the two year investigation. I'm tempted to suggest some kind of stealth aircraft given that it didn't show up on radar. Having said that, stealth aircraft usually have a very low heat signature, and this guy clearly didn't. You might prefer this video... apart from the dodgy music.
  21. Very true, huge leap to state definitively that it's some kind of extraterrestrial visitor. Personally I ignored the individual narrating the video. Not a hoax. It's a genuine CEFAA report. As for why they didn't fly closer, perhaps fuel was the issue. Below is the official CEFAA report. http://www.cefaa.gob.cl/home/en-la-prensa/noticias/casoarmada
  22. So true. Two ground based radar stations couldn't detect it and neither could the helicopters radar. Full article here... https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/groundbreaking-ufo-video-just-released-from-chilean_us_586d37bce4b014e7c72ee56b "Located within the DGAC, the equivalent of our FAA but under the jurisdiction of the Chilean Air Force, CEFAA has committees of military experts, technicians and academics from many disciplines. None of them have been able to explain the strange flying object captured by two experienced Navy officers from a hel
  23. Not to mention a nice orange sun. Courtesy of dust blown in from the Sahara. That's my best guess anyway.
  24. Applications according to the company are envisaged to be: It is loud, very loud. Video below. I agree, it is a big bulky machine. Yes, it's a 200 HP IC engine. The technology dates back to 2008. There have been design changes of course but when the concept was originally conceived battery technology was pretty much useless for such a concept. Now, super/hyper capacitors are with us, not to mention other impressive battery tech in the pipeline. A company called Kilowatt Labs are already deploying super cap demonstration units. So within
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