* Posts by Chris Gray

12 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Mar 2008

E-cars are a dangerous myth, says top boffin

Chris Gray

Shipping *far* worse

Reading through Slashdot, I came across this article:


In short, large container ships are *far* worse that cars - 15 of the largest container ships emit as much sulphur oxides as all the cars in the world. Seems to me that they should go nuclear. Of course, given they are run by commercial companies, we *would* have nuclear disasters. Sigh.

Love on the buses: The S-100 and me

Chris Gray

Very similar to mine!

Wow! Rik, your system was pretty similar to the one I had. Similar Godbout cards. I wish I still had my CPU board to see if my 8088 was an AMD as well! My box was the full 20 slots - I had a separate box for dual floppies (only single density though). Did the "Ram disk" work under CP/M-80 or CP/M-86? I mostly used CP/M-80, and I programmed my own RAM disk for it - I used the 24 bit addressing mode of the Disk Controller to write instructions to the high part of each 64K bank of my 256K DRAM card, and I think it was 5 bytes per cycle that I could transfer from the "main" 64K bank to a "cache" bank, inside the CPU registers. Wonderful fun!

Before that system, I built my own diskless one using the original Intel 8080 chipset. I also went through a Radio Shack Colour Computer and an Exidy Sorcerer, before I got my first Amiga - the A1000 - that one I still have.

Obama science chief: Geo-engineer to save Gaia!

Chris Gray
Thumb Down

Acid Rain?

I don't know much about this, but doesn't sulphur in the atmosphere result in the formation of weak sulphuric acid, which drops out as acid rain? That kills lots of trees, which isn't going to help the situation. This has been an issue for many years, with the effect being seen downwind of large industrial sites that spew sulphur.

Harry Potter hangs up wand in 2011

Chris Gray

Same Length

Hmm. My copies of Half-Blood and Hallows are exactly the same length. I guess that means that the Half-Blood movie will be the same crap that Order of the Phoenix was. If you hadn't read the book, you couldn't follow the mish-mash of disconnected events. If you had read the book, you hated the way it was all chopped up.

Prof: Save up fossil fuel reserves to fight the next ice age

Chris Gray

@Mike JVX, Chris, Art Hawkes

Mike JVX: wrong on all counts. If that's the best you can do, quit trying.

Chris: read it when it first came out - don't remember much except the Motie's arms

Art Hawkes: are you actually suggesting that there weren't any ice ages? Weird. If not, then what exactly *IS* your point?

To those that deny climate change: go to Australia and tell them about it

I'm off - time to go eat some cow.

Chris Gray

Permanent Effect?

I'm not worried about temperatures 170,000 years from now - it'll come on slow enough that they'll figure something out.

But, on a somewhat related topic, I believe we've long since used up all of the easily accessible oil and coal. So, if (when?) we end up wiping ourselves off the planet, the next round can't become a technologically advanced (?) society like ours using the same path that we did. Is there another path to high technology? Any historians out there know? If there isn't, then I guess we've made sure that if we go, Earth won't have another bunch like us. That's not a big loss, I expect, unless we happen to be the only advanced bunch there is anywhere.

Of course, I don't expect much sympathy for this view from the highly self-centered El Reg crowd.

The alien icon because maybe the next round won't be our descendants.

Easy updates best for browser patching

Chris Gray

Blame Ubuntu

I think the conclusion is likely quite correct.

The reason I'm still at Firefox 3.0.4 is because Ubuntu hasn't pushed an update through Hardy Heron (8.0.4). I'm concerned that updating directly though Firefox will put me out of sync with Ubuntu updates.

Bogus LinkedIn profiles punt malware to fools

Chris Gray

LinkedIn fairly safe

You can accomplish pretty much everything on LinkedIn with JavaScript turned off, so it continues to be a fairly safe site.

Swedish transsexuals offered prosthetic todgers

Chris Gray
Thumb Down


"strapadictomy" - you had me snorting out loud at that one - very good! And then again when I realized the pronunciation of the last part. How do we get a new word made official?

The thumbs down, because, well, that's all the poor chaps get.

World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch

Chris Gray
Thumb Up

Canada's Shaw Cable OK

Shaw Cable in Canada seems OK:

Your name server, at, appears to be safe, but make sure the ports listed below aren't following an obvious pattern.Requests seen for b14aed6a1cd3.toorrr.com: TXID=14695 TXID=9436 TXID=50420 TXID=39373 TXID=46561

Canada.gov blocks sale of space company to US

Chris Gray
Thumb Up

Canadian Sovereignty

As a long-time Canuck (born in Blighty, but came over at age 4), I am very happy that Canada has reacted this way. From what I can tell, a very large percentage of Canadians feel it quite important to keep Canada as separate and distinct as possible from the US. Many find the state of affairs down there to be quite distasteful, and want nothing to do with it.

Preventing this sale of the space part of MDA is probably a very popular move on the part of the government. Being politicians, they may have done it just because they thought it would be popular, but in a way that's OK too.

Long live an independent Canada!

Vyatta blows out Cisco routers with study

Chris Gray


Most folks in networking will tell you that latency is a very key attribute of something like this. The whitepaper required a login, which I declined, but what does it say about their latency compared to the Cisco gear?