Roger_Mellie

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  1. There's some astonishing stuff on YouTube. @Option5 told me about the English wheel and I found this guy on YouTube, handmaking cars that are absolutely stunning. Sold a couple to Jay Leno. Self taught aswell.
  2. Maybe. Like everything else in the modern world, it's complicated, I guess. What are the essential features of capitalism that we're currently missing?
  3. Found it: http://longnow.org/essays/richard-feynman-connection-machine/ They were calculating the number of buffers they'd need in a parallel computer with 64,000 processors.
  4. Oh, right. I didn't know we were having a competition There's only one thing that I can think of the can be sourced, where it's possible to say it was completely produced/processed in Britain and that's food. Everything else - I don't think made in Britain is possible. Maybe for some really basic stuff.
  5. So that's one material ticked off. What about the cover, other stuffing and the spring steel? It would be interesting to know if there is anything that is made in the UK from the absolute start to finish, all the raw materials etc. I have 'British' dehumidifier - Meaco. But no way it's all British, just assembled here from Chinese parts, particularly the electronics.
  6. I read a story about Feynman, I'll try to find it online, really interesting in the context of the thread... He was trying (if I recall correctly) to solve a programming or algorithm problem but approached it from a very traditional physics/differential calculus approach and got the right answer. Definitely an ultra-smart bloke.
  7. Believe it or not Yorkshire was a major centre for mattress manufacture a few years back, Dewsbury for some reason. Main reason they don't come from China is that the density makes it uneconomical. Not sure if that's the same now that 'Mattress in a box' is becoming more popular. Same question though - this mattress that was made in Yorkshire, where did they source the fabric, stuffing and steel? I'd be amazed if it was all UK.
  8. I've watched a few of Feynman's lectures on YouTube, I didn't find them to be that engaging. Been watching a lot of the BlackpenRedpen channel on YT lately, I could watch that guy solve maths problems all day.
  9. It's sad. We have a product, takes 3 months solid to make on a cad/cam milling machine. Very, very intricate piece of manufacturing. When I think of the accumulated hours of learning since the industrial revolution to work out how to make it, then compare it to what happened when we just taught the Chinese how to do it it makes me weep.
  10. I think Coursera is free. Regardless, he can do his own research, Edx or MIT open courseware will have something similar. If he's serious about Comms or weapons engineering he'll need to understand vector calculus and it's definitely not covered at A level. Even the story of the birth of his first child became a story about getting radio Comms to a submerged submarine
  11. I would guess whatever he does calculus will come in handy. He could look up a course on vector calculus. Try this, starts today apparently: https://www.coursera.org/learn/vector-calculus-engineers I once met a submarine radio operator on holiday. Most boring cunt ever. Every, and I mean every single second of every conversation had to be about submarines. By the end of the holiday I felt like assassinating him.
  12. AI is the obvious one, might not float his boat though. Depends if he's interested in engineering as in making things or more generally.
  13. Interesting path, I would guess he's still going to have to specialise at some point though e.g. electronics, programming, ballistics etc.
  14. What about something like this? https://interestingengineering.com/how-to