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Comment Re:the expensive solution (Score 1) 285

Lol Sorry......

I was actually really interested for a second, hence the click to the article. If there were 5.56mm bullets that were biodegradable and still had the same firing characteristics it would have been awesome.

But alas it is for the larger calibre stuff which given they are predominately chalk anyway seems like a massive waste of time and effort.

Comment Is this actually a bullet? (Score 1) 285

I thought that by definition the bullet was the metal part at the end of the casing. They are talking about 40mm+ ordinance. The 40mm m781 practice grenade is a plastic casing around a chalk core. I would have thought biodegradable plastic would have been relatively simple, and chalk isn't exactly what I think of as a pollutant.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 3) 196

Not in the US so I haven't seen your contracts. But my Telstra contracts all have an end date written in them. They are all 2 years from the date of the contract which then goes to month by month terminatable by either party on 1 months notice. So it does keep rolling for ever, but the locked down period is 2 years.

I agree that a company should have to abide by the terms of their contract. But as I said I would be amazed if they haven't reserved the right to vary the contract. Every contract I have has that escape clause.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 258

If that is the case then fair enough. I'm not in the US and all my local libraries are sprawling affairs with what feels like loads of empty space on the shelves. The main one near me doesn't even have bookshelves over 4ft high so you can see the whole place.

This is what my local library looks like inside -

According to its online catalogue its list 65,000 items.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 258

What is the limit of books that the library is able to carry and are they at / close to that limit? Your whole argument is based on the premise that the library is full and that stopping these books being removed blocked others.

If the library's total lend rate has dropped dramatically you may be in the situation where there are not enough borrowers to turn over the full catalogue in any reasonable time period. From the TFA they are only lending something in the vicinity of 65000 times a year. Where I live you can take 20 books at a time per person so they are only looking at something like 8-10 people per day.

According to their online catalogue search they have ~23,000 books. It would be normal to expect the best known blockbusters to be borrowed multiple times in any period so with just a 3 times multiplier on their collection it is very likely that actually quite historically popular books will sit on a shelf for 2 years.

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