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(BBC)   Building melts car on London street. This is a metaphor for every game of monopoly I've ever played   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 56
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2013-09-02 02:46:46 PM
blogs.dallasobserver.com
 
2013-09-02 02:49:19 PM
Too bad there isn't some way we could harness all that energy ...
 
2013-09-02 02:49:21 PM
No concave buildings.
 
2013-09-02 02:50:12 PM
We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed. Imagine what the legal system would look like with a little more responsibility from people.
 
2013-09-02 02:51:38 PM

mrlewish: No concave buildings.


Let's design a glass-covered tower with a parabolic curve.

BRILLIANT!
 
2013-09-02 02:51:40 PM
That's awesome and bad-ass and wonderful if it really happened.

Super villain builds death-ray/solar concentrator IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY!!!
 
2013-09-02 02:52:26 PM

onyxruby: We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed. Imagine what the legal system would look like with a little more responsibility from people.


Your imaginings have cause me grievous harm! YOU. WILL. HEAR. FROM. MY. LAWYER!
 
2013-09-02 02:52:36 PM

onyxruby: We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed.


If it had happened to a 10 year old Civic they would have laughed in his face.
 
2013-09-02 02:53:09 PM

Prophet of Loss: Too bad there isn't some way we could harness all that energy ...


I think it's still drivable.
 
2013-09-02 02:53:45 PM
I love it.  Enough energy to melt car parts.  If they'd put in solar panels, they could power the whole building for free.
 
2013-09-02 02:54:13 PM
Buildings can't melt cars!

*chickenwire.jpg*
 
2013-09-02 02:55:49 PM
Why do we not have a CAD plug-in that analyses the reflections of the sun over the course of a year for the position of the building and figures out if it's going to fry things like a six-year-old with a magnifying glass?
 
2013-09-02 02:55:51 PM
It's global warming!
 
2013-09-02 02:56:51 PM

onyxruby: We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed. Imagine what the legal system would look like with a little more responsibility from people.


Anyone that can afford to park a car, never mind drive one, in London is obviously already a lawyer themselves.
 
2013-09-02 02:58:26 PM
Archimedes approves.
 
2013-09-02 03:00:57 PM

YoOjo: Anyone that can afford to park a car, never mind drive one, in London is obviously already a lawyer themselves


Sadly, from everything I have heard you just might be right.
 
2013-09-02 03:03:08 PM

ruta: Why do we not have a CAD plug-in that analyses the reflections of the sun over the course of a year for the position of the building and figures out if it's going to fry things like a six-year-old with a magnifying glass?


How much do you want to bet that some engineer along the line at one point stood up and said "uh, hey wait a minute guys..." but was ignored so some brainless suit could say that he saved the company a few pennies?
 
2013-09-02 03:05:02 PM

stirfrybry: It's global warming!


gable-wable?

Seriously, we were in London yesterday and saw this building from the train. First thing I thought of was that scene in Antz with the kids with the magnifying glass

That's going to be expensive
 
2013-09-02 03:06:07 PM

onyxruby: YoOjo: Anyone that can afford to park a car, never mind drive one, in London is obviously already a lawyer themselves

Sadly, from everything I have heard you just might be right.


Imagine NYC parking prices, with higher gas costs, and a 'Congestion Charge' of about $8 per day if you drive in the central zone.
 
2013-09-02 03:06:36 PM
In what way is this a metaphor for Monopoly? Headline makes no freaking sense.
 
2013-09-02 03:08:31 PM
Its a cool thing to see happening. There was an article(or pictures) last year about a 1 story concrete parking garage under condo units, and the next apartment building 10 feet away had mirrored glass on the units. The sun reflected into the parking garage and melted car parts(mirror) in 1 or more spaces. The glass did appear to be slightly deformed resulting in a perfect wide beam heat cannon.
 
2013-09-02 03:09:51 PM

YoOjo: onyxruby: We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed. Imagine what the legal system would look like with a little more responsibility from people.

Anyone that can afford to park a car, never mind drive one, in London is obviously already a lawyer solicitor themselves.

 
2013-09-02 03:10:51 PM
"Your car is bucked" - Yeah. I'm sure London Builders used that word to describe what happened to the car.
 
2013-09-02 03:13:38 PM

Disgruntled Goat: In what way is this a metaphor for Monopoly? Headline makes no freaking sense.


His token is the car.  He has to pay rent ("get's burned") when he lands on a space that another players has put up a building on.  Granted, it's a stretch.
 
2013-09-02 03:16:38 PM

YoOjo: Imagine NYC parking prices, with higher gas costs, and a 'Congestion Charge' of about $8 per day if you drive in the central zone.


I did just that before conceding that if your not right, whoever it was can certainly afford said attorney.
 
2013-09-02 03:23:54 PM
I thought auto cad had a plug-in for checking out building lighting in all conditions during the design phase.

Anyway, this is going to be expensive to fix. All the offending windows involved will need to be replaced or treated in some fashion, either with a surface treatment, little wedges to change their angle, or some kind of louvers or something.
 
2013-09-02 03:25:06 PM
Your car's bucked. I know they use u in color but do they spell that with a b?
 
2013-09-02 03:29:42 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-02 03:34:47 PM
Any Pie Left: I thought auto cad had a plug-in for checking out building lighting in all conditions during the design phase.

It probably does; but it probably also costs $8,000,000 and requires 6 more security dongles.
 
2013-09-02 03:35:41 PM

Any Pie Left: I thought auto cad had a plug-in for checking out building lighting in all conditions during the design phase.

Anyway, this is going to be expensive to fix. All the offending windows involved will need to be replaced or treated in some fashion, either with a surface treatment, little wedges to change their angle, or some kind of louvers or something.


Same thing happened in Dallas, see icam's post above. It reflects into the art museum below, though it's glass roof, threatening the art inside.

http://flavorwire.com/newswire/dallas-art-museums-burned-up-by-the-t ex as-sun
 
2013-09-02 03:47:48 PM
i.imgur.com

They will soon be hearing from Disney's lawyers.
 
2013-09-02 03:51:21 PM
Crickey.
 
2013-09-02 03:53:51 PM

Tenebreux: "Your car is bucked" - Yeah. I'm sure London Builders used that word to describe what happened to the car.


Of course they did, you silly funt.
 
2013-09-02 04:03:59 PM

jso2897: Tenebreux: "Your car is bucked" - Yeah. I'm sure London Builders used that word to describe what happened to the car.

Of course they did, you silly funt.


Required viewing.
 
2013-09-02 04:05:39 PM

OscarTamerz: Your car's bucked. I know they use u in color but do they spell that with a b?


The same way they spell bolour television.
 
2013-09-02 04:56:07 PM
I used to live 150' from the tower. The heat from the building is absolutely staggering, I can't believe nobody thought of it during the design period.

Everything YoOjo says about driving in London is correct, aside from the congestion charge which is ~$16 per day. Luckily I married a lawyer.
 
2013-09-02 05:02:31 PM
Read a little more carefully, duckies. They said "buckled", not bucked.

To buckle is a technical term for bending, warping, or crumpling. They may have thought bucked, but they wrote buckled, which is technically correct, the best kind of correct.

Frank Gehry never built anything as stupid as this building, but yes, his buildings do look like they are made of buckled sheets of metal.

The "walkie-talkie" is the wrong name for this building. They should start calling it the solar oven.
 
2013-09-02 05:11:08 PM
Sadly, if there were a lot more unemployed lawyers, there would be more unemployed lawyers making work for unemployed lawyers.

You can put lawyers out of work, but they put themselves right back into work again, the mischeavous little imps.

Reminds me of a cartoon based on the British folk story that if you ask mice to leave your house politely, they will go.

This cartoon showed a householder doing just that. All the mice rush into the house next door. Then the other householder asks them to leave politely and they all rush back into the original house. Lawyers work just like that. You can ask them politely to leave, but you can't keep them from coming back. I believe a lot of rich people use retainers to keep them at bay.
 
2013-09-02 05:13:06 PM

FarkinNortherner: I used to live 150' from the tower. The heat from the building is absolutely staggering, I can't believe nobody thought of it during the design period.

Everything YoOjo says about driving in London is correct, aside from the congestion charge which is ~$16 per day. Luckily I married a lawyer.


Blimey, I had no idea. Lat time I drove in London was probably about 2001 though, which was not long after the CC was introduced maybe? I think it was a fiver then... five pounds of your Majesties diamond encrusted gold, not dollars.
I'm probably missing some other driving expenses too, is insurance steeper in London?
 
2013-09-02 05:19:20 PM

brantgoose: Read a little more carefully, duckies. They said "buckled", not bucked.

To buckle is a technical term for bending, warping, or crumpling. They may have thought bucked, but they wrote buckled, which is technically correct, the best kind of correct.

Frank Gehry never built anything as stupid as this building, but yes, his buildings do look like they are made of buckled sheets of metal.

The "walkie-talkie" is the wrong name for this building. They should start calling it the solar oven.


Just give Gehry a little time to scope out his next vict--er, client and he'll be saying, "Challenge accepted."
 
2013-09-02 05:26:44 PM
Mr Lindsay said he "could not believe" the damage. The developers have apologised and paid for repairs.

Shouldn't Jaguar pay for producing a plastic car?
 
2013-09-02 05:26:57 PM
So let me get this straight: They discover that this building is reflecting light in a manner that melts cars parked in certain zones, so the solution is to block off the parking zones?
 
2013-09-02 05:46:30 PM
There was another fark link a year or two about the same thing happening at the newly built Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas.

Perhaps there should be a global ban on concave structures with reflective surfaces.
 
2013-09-02 06:17:06 PM

doglover: Mr Lindsay said he "could not believe" the damage. The developers have apologised and paid for repairs.

Shouldn't Jaguar pay for producing a plastic car?


Does any other car company really pony up when it becomes apparent their products are crap?  Of course that would mean GM would be given more taxpayer money to survive after repaying their customers.
 
2013-09-02 06:21:09 PM
No picture of the "melted icecream truck"?

/Leaving disappointed...
 
2013-09-02 06:39:55 PM

Kahabut: YoOjo: onyxruby: We need more stories like this one. Car owner was quickly compensated without hassle and as a result no lawyer was needed. Imagine what the legal system would look like with a little more responsibility from people.

Anyone that can afford to park a car, never mind drive one, in London is obviously already a lawyer solicitor themselves.


Lawyer is a perfectly cromulent term in the UK. Covers solicitors and barristers.

Most corporate solicitors would call themselves lawyers.
 
2013-09-02 07:14:07 PM

belhade: So let me get this straight: They discover that this building is reflecting light in a manner that melts cars parked in certain zones, so the solution is to block off the parking zones?


Can you think of a quicker temporary solution? Changing the building takes time. Plopping down a couple of no parking signs and some cones doesn't.
 
2013-09-02 09:11:11 PM
When did Jaguar start using cheap plastic parts?
 
2013-09-02 09:46:42 PM

stuffy: When did Jaguar start using cheap plastic parts?


Since ford started making them.
 
2013-09-02 10:17:19 PM
So as the sun moves south now that summer is over, were will the next hot spot be?  I would guess a bit north of where the Jag was parked.

/if I ever have the means, remind me not to buy a new Jag since I live in Australia where it gets very hot
 
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