* Posts by Piro

2046 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

China spins up giant battery built with US-patented tech

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Re: Torn

Yes, China is actually doing something and producing a large scale battery, which is what we actually need to do. Let's get it tested on a real scale.

Seems like very interesting and promising technology. I'm somewhat surprised that something that could be so useful has barely had any deployments until now.

If we're going to invest in wind and solar, gas power by default is what can back them in unfavourable conditions. If we can go with this battery tech instead, maybe we're on the way to finding a solution.

Still need to invest in lots of fission plants for base generation though, which is sorely lacking worldwide.

Google Cloud is super keen to keep certain customers on pricey Intel VMs

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Avx512 on Zen 4

Is still avx256 on the back-end, as I understand it. But if it can keep the clocks high, the difference might be small.

Google kills off Stadia

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Re: Well.....

It is, it's above and beyond really, Google lost tons of money on Stadia by doing that. Wonder if people can export their save game data to use elsewhere?

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Cut short by several months


Had it pegged as being November 2023, January is a bit rough.

Still, there you go, predictable as death, Google axed a product.

Nobody should be surprised.

Is it a bird? Is it Microsoft Office? No, it's Onlyoffice: Version 7.2 released

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anæsthetic - Latin?


Hard to resist the extreme pedantry.

Ethereum Merge signals end of GPU shortage, but not necessarily high prices

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Japan created an extra problem

By cutting off tourism for years. That's no doubt cut off a lot of money flow to the country.

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Re: Why

A bit sweary, but correct.

Billionaire CEO tells Googlers 'we shouldn’t always equate fun with money'

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Re: Google, the little startup that could!

Of course satisfication and challenge is important, I guess I was wrapping that up in "decent work environment".

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Google, the little startup that could!

Or.. wait, no, they're an enormous giant.

People just want a decent work environment, generous time off and a pay packet that respects their abilities and contribution.

If Google expect "fun" to replace compensation, they're on the wrong track. It can work for a while, but that gimmick will wear off when you need to pay the bills

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Re: Li-Fe batteries aren't an ideal fit

lfp (lifepo4) batteries aren't much cop as a car starter battery due to their very poor charging and discharging capabilities below freezing. Not sure how Tesla's dealing with that in their cars, but you can get self-heating packs - but that's obviously going to waste energy

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What chemistry?


I've read some news saying Tesla's moving to LFP for their static packs, as they've done for some of the low end cars made in China, which would be a great choice. LFP has lower density but is made from more abundant materials and doesn't tend to be as ready to burst in to flames.

Unsure what's in these packs, seeing as they were probably produced some time ago.

Nvidia unveils RTX 4090 – but it's the 4080 to watch out for

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Re: 4070

8 GB is a joke so many generations on. The 290X had an 8GB variant back in 2014.

It's not suitable for a mid/high-end card any longer, they need to leave 8GB to the xx60 and lower.

But yes, the 4080 is a 4070 rebranded to bump the price.

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Bottom is falling out of crypto..

.. largely due to Ethereum going proof-of-stake.

NVIDIA won't be able to sell these overpriced toys in a market flooded by used cards.

You'd think they're running a professional urine extraction outfit with those prices.

Grand Theft Auto 6 maker confirms source code, vids stolen in cyber-heist

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That was old Rockstar. Who knows what the game will be like now, my hopes aren't high. GTA V was in many ways, worse than GTA IV, and both had a less amibtious scope than SA.

Queen's shooting star was actually meteor, not SpaceX junk

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Re: Islay

I was hoping to see a string of whisky related comments. The good commenters of El Reg did not disappoint.

Backblaze thinks SSDs are more reliable than hard drives

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Re: Maybe

Ouch, that's a hell of a take.

The vast majority of computing wouldn't be possible. There are few systems that allow the running of memory in a mirrored configuration, and fewer still that allow entire systems to run in lockstep across separate hardware (think VMware FT).

I agree that important data should regularly be copied to extra locations, not part of the original system, but to say all unique data in time and space is worthless is quite the thing to suggest.

Intel's stock Raptor Lake chip will do 6GHz and overclock another 25%, if it keeps cool

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Re: Honest question

PresHOT baby, let's go long pipeline crazy, forget the power budget, and crank those clocks!

What's that, it won't stay cool? Invent a new standard for cases that have an inlet directly over the CPU! (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)

Apple debuts iPhone 14, Watch 8, other sparkly things

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Re: Mini is cancelled

Yep. There are no phone sized phones available, only phablets.

That said, have a gander at the Asus Zenfone. It could be the last Android thing available that isn't the size of a paving slab.

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Re: Dynamic Island*

Yes. I don't know what's so exciting.

A fig leaf for a piece of screen that doesn't work. WOW, Oh Apple you're such geniuses!

It was invented before - I've seen people with half broken laptop screens resize windows to fit in the bit that was working.

Bye bye BoJo: Liz Truss named new UK prime minister

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It's always interesting to think about the various politicians that have come and gone without much to attribute to them, but Attlee established so much we take for granted, that his abscence from history would be almost unthinkable.

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I think it's general despair at the choices that were available.

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Re: Trussed Up

It's funny that everyone's experience with cheese is the same.

I buy mature Cheddar from the UK, which I can fortunately find in the local supermarket, because most of the local cheese here seems to be rather rubbery and bland, designed for easy slicing. Still, there is some reasonable stuff available, so it's worth trying a few before throwing in the towel.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it

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Re: It does suck

I know in the company I work for, everyone from HR or accounting to the technician remoting in to customer's systems has 2 large screens, the idea is to keep the desks as identical as possible.

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Re: It does suck

I have an old Pentium III-M tablet running XP Tablet edition that still works. Classic. The handwriting recognition was not totally awful, but of course the overall experience was just XP with a stylus.

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Re: It does suck

Yeah, Windows 7 was peak Windows design. I enjoy it every time I go back to it, compared to 10. Oh well.

Newport Wafer Fab sale to Chinese company held up again by UK.gov's probe

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Ahhhh stop!

We need to stop selling our assets abroad, let alone China!

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec

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Usb-c is a giant cluster

The spec is being fragmented to a comical degree. You'll soon need a degree to identify the right cable for the job. I'm thinking maybe it's not such a good idea to force it to bear every imaginable functionality.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Re: You knew this was coming...

That sums up everything recently, it's not just one, two or three bad things, but an avalanche of external and self-inflicted catastrophes, amplifying each other.

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Re: Does this apply to everyone?

We all know the answer to that.

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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Re: Open-Shell

Pretty much. I've been using it (well, and its predecessor, classic shell) since I touched a post-7 machine.

The search in the start menu has been broken since 8, but classic shell fixes it, so it works perfectly again.

AMD refreshes desktop CPUs with 5nm Ryzen 7000s that can reach 5.7GHz with 16 cores

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Very impressive!

I have a 5950X, so I don't plan on building a new machine for many years, but I have to admit, those new CPUs are very attractive, the clock bump is unprecedented.

Germany orders Sept 1 shutdown of digital ad displays to save gas

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Re: Pointless laws are pointless

I literally mentioned it in my post.

Is fission perfect? No, but it's the best we've got. We can't shy away from the fact we need a solid base load provider while we come up with something better.

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Re: Pointless laws are pointless

No, the MMR autism thing was literal baseless fraud.

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Re: Pointless laws are pointless

It's frustrating being a nuclear supporter. Try to explain that there's more radioactive fallout from coal-fired plants than properly operating nuclear ones. People don't seem to comprehend it.

We should have been honing our skills and building better designs decades ago. The problems of both Chernobyl and Fukushima are common in a sense: design flaws that people flagged, but were ignored, and then a bloody mindedness to sweep it all under the rug.

High positive void coefficient, lack of containment, graphite tipped control rods, and an incredible lack of regard for safety during a test for the first, inappropriate design for the backup power for the second, and it was also an old design. I read the Japanese left the diesels in the basement because it was in the American plans, despite some voicing their concerns. But the later units had their backup gennys installed uphill from the plant, as far as I recall.

There needs to be some way for engineers to voice their concerns in a way that forces the hand of the company building and running these plants.

It's also a general issue that the fleets are getting older without enough new installed capacity to take over, so we just extend and extend. If we extend indefinitely, we're going to encounter problems.

Epson says ink pad saturation behind 'end of service life' warning on inkjet printers

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Re: Brother

If you want quality photo prints, you're best off ordering them from somewhere that'll guarantee a good print every time, without having to maintain an inkjet.

I use bonusprint, but others are no doubt available. The price is so reasonable that there's no point doing it yourself, getting hit or miss results, potentially having to cut the paper, etc.

For everything else, a laser is a trusty beast that'll let you print the odd thing off now and then.

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing

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Re: Blind

Radar isn't used in FSD and is being omitted entirely from newer cars.

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My car has one small improvement over basic cruise control, it's not adaptive, and it doesn't automatically brake, but if I've got cruise on and the computer reckons I might hit something, it disables cruise. It rarely ever happens, but why not, it's a worthwhile improvement without a disadvantage.

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Re: As soon as I saw this

Then it'll only roll over them at 5.6 mph.

DuckDuckGo says Hell, Hell, No to those Microsoft trackers after web revolt

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I don't use or recommend it any longer. They keep making questionable decisions.

Boffins put supercomputer on the scent of a perfect landfill deodorizer

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Re: Waste to energy


I think that still happens. From time to time someone does an investigation by leaving a GPS tracker in a pile of recyclables, to find they end up in some village in Africa or China.

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Re: Waste to energy

@Korev - Yeah, and that I disagree with. Reduce, reuse, recycle, of course, but then the step after that shouldn't primarily be landfill, especially as leaving open rotting pits of rubbish generates far more in the way of harmful gasses than incinerating the stuff before it has a chance to rot.

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Waste to energy

Why not incinerate that which cannot be recycled, use the heat to generate electricity. Remaining unused heat could be used in district heating. If it's organic matter, in to a digester tank with it, and capture the gasses to burn to, once again, generate electricity.

Then there's not a lot left that could smell...

Covering up the smell of rotting stuff that could be better used seems like a fig leaf over the problem.

WhatsApp boss says no to AI filters policing encrypted chat

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This is what gets me.

There are real, no doubt still happening this very second, known by the police events of actual child abuse, but far too little is being done.

Can we sort out what we know is going on instead of trying to break encryption fundamentally?

Sage accused of misselling perpetual licenses it knew would soon be obsolete

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Re: Incredible...

It's hard for them to see past the enormous pile of cash.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

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Piss up something something


Microsoft resorts to Registry hack to keep Outlook from using Windows 11 search

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Microsoft has failed to get the basics right

Search has been degraded since arguably Vista to some degree, simplified further in 7, but still very functional in the start menu - and then utterly broken in 8 and beyond. They never recovered. Third party alternatives are the only way to regain sanity.

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats

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It's not possible

1) It's not possible to do it with secure end-to-end encryption without scanning client-side.

2) That's not possible without mandating what effectively amounts to state-level spyware on every device.

3) You would then have to mandate the types of devices that were allowed to be sold, to ensure compliance.

1) Unreasonable.

2) Extremely unreasonable.

3) Monumentally unreasonable.

I obviously understand and sympathise 100% with the need to remove horrendous material and stop abuse, but we're doing a terrible job in the real world of protecting children we know are at risk. Maybe the police should focus on that.

Vendors are hiking prices up to 30 percent and claiming 'it's inflation'

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Re: It's shit like this...

Of course, that's the business model. It's the very reason they want you on subscription based platforms.

It's the new way!

It's the seriously awful way, and I'll moan about it forever, but not that it makes a difference..

Logitech Zone Vibe 125: Weightless comfort on the ears that won't break the bank

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I doubt that can be fixed. It happens on all headsets I've encountered. Cabled is the way.


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