Re: The Pope is a Catholic
Oh no, he isn't.
The guy in the vatican isn't actually "The Pope" (officially); and the guy who is "The Pope" (officially) isn't catholic. cf. Sandi Toksvig on QI:
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The Twizy has such a small battery that they fit it with a standard domestic plug. There are a few public charging points that offer 13A sockets, but they're going the way of the dodo.
There is a Type 2 to 13A socket adaptor available that lets it use a wider range of charge points.
Ionity charge 69p/kWh for open access. It's deliberately priced so that almost no-one does, but lets them claim to be open "unlike Tesla" (though I keep coming across rumours that that may change).
If your car comes from one of the manufacturers in the Ionity consortium (BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, VAG), you'll be able to get a much better rate.
The supermarkets with rapid chargers are about the cheapest - Lidl are at 25p/kWh, Tesco at 27p/kWh - and their slow chargers are usually free (I don't see that being sustainable!).
That's exactly how I charge my car on long trips using rapid chargers at Rugby services, Toddington, Baldock, and a couple of others I've used.
At work, I just plug in (13A socket).
When shopping, I plug in (7kW charging point). If I do nothing else, it'll only give me a 15 minute charge and then stop, but if I use an App (ugh) or log in online, it'll charge for as long as I'm there.
In some places I shop, there's a rapid charger option which is then back to "plug in, tap to pay, do stuff, unplug" again.
It's interesting watching the EV charging environment dynamically changing. I imagine it's not that dissimilar to how petrol forecourts developed in the post-war period as car ownership took off.
The crucial difference is that almost anywhere a car can be parked can potentially have some charging capability (even if it's only 3kW).
I suspect that eventually it'll be routine to plug cars in whenever they're parked, and that rapid chargers will be mainly used on long journeys.
1. "Type 2" connectors are pretty much universal for AC charging (generally for slow charging, but can support rapid charging at 43kW [for compatible combinations of charger and vehicle]). For rapid DC charging (50kW+), there are two main connectors - CCS (VHS!) and ChaDeMo (BetaMax!). CCS has essentially won this particular war (it helped that CCS is an extension to Type 2, so a single port covers all charging options).
2. The charge networks are rapidly moving towards contactless payment as the main method. It'll be interesting to see if their membership schemes (which usually give lower unit prices) survive.
3. They do (or is that what you were saying?).
The question that remains then is what's the 2nd-most prevalent OS shipped with new PCs...
Windows is assumed to be #1; you state ChromeOS is #3 and macOS #4. While I wish it was possible, I don't believe Linux can be #2, but what else is there? Or did you really mean that ChromeOS is now the 2nd-most [...] ahead of macOS?
Not only should they stop aggressively pursuing those least able to defend themselves, but how about actually getting rid of the loopholes by abolishing all the various unnecessary different ways of taxing work, and just make it so that all forms of direct remuneration for work are taxed the same.
I thought at first (before spotting the problem) that the potato picture was a topical reference to this story:
Indeed, I added yet another IP block to my firewalls today after receiving spam from a previously unseen OVH server.
I did bump into a way to list all the IP blocks registered to an organisation recently, but now can't quite find it again (something ARIN/RIPE/etc whois based, I think).
"Back in May, Liberty Global and Telefónica said they would merge their respective UK telecoms businesses, Virgin Media and O2"
The UK's Competition & Markets Authority wants to investigate this, though (it's applied to take it off the EU equivalent, as it's currently under that body's purview), so it might not happen.
"The IoD called on UK government to provide tax incentives so small businesses have the wherewithal to invest in digital tech"
No, stop it. "tax incentives" add complexity to the tax system, are generally badly defined, rarely achieve the stated goal, and usually introduce new loopholes that can only be exploited by big companies/multinationals. We've enough idiocy in the tax system already - it'd be much more useful to work on getting rid of such.
That's my server announcing that email of up to 20MB will be accepted.
That seems like a reasonable limit in the modern world - not too small to interfere with normal traffic, not too big to choke the server.
IME, the UCE that does get through actually tends to be quite small (well below that 20MB limit) - it's not often that junk comes with huge attachments.
Other [genuine] email from MS servers comes through ok, so I don't think it's TLS-related (though it's a good thought).
And even if MS did want to only transmit over TLS, their servers should end the conversation cleanly with QUIT, not just drop the connection.
Mostly, it's their hypocrisy that peeves me.
...it'd be nice if they could stop the silly DoS crap originating from some of their *.outbound.protection.outlook.com servers.
Stuff like this, where they just connect and then drop the connection over and over:
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) EHLO GBR01-LO2-obe.outbound.protection.outlook.com
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-Welcome, mail-lo2gbr01lp2055.outbound.protection.outlook.com [184.108.40.206], pleased to meet you
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-AUTH=LOGIN
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-AUTH LOGIN
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-SIZE 20971520
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-ETRN
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250 HELP
07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) Error:  Connection reset by peer
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