* Posts by AndrewB57

31 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jul 2009

Strong electric car sales expected for 2024, but charging grid needs work


Large scale new tech

IMO we are undertaking a change in mode of transport equivalent to the introduction of ICE with many equivalent issues: capital expense of new tech, comparative underdevelopment of new tech by comparison with existing, unavailability of "fuel" distribution points.

The difference being that this will be a smaller change but effecting larger numbers AND we have a massively enhanced ability to drive both tech and industrial production forward.

While overall power generation is an issue, it can be overstated - it is reasonable to assume that the very greater part of charging will take place overnight. At that time we are ALREADY in danger of having over-capacity from renewables taken with other power sources, leading to a need to load-shed Soaking up over-generation will make our grids more efficient.

While we (UK) ae building 'massive' nuclear power stations (Sizewell C anyway) the technology exists to build Small Modular Reactors which, apparently, take only 5 years to build/commission. Of course this requires political will, which may be in short supply.

I DO think that distribution is a larger issue. If there is to be significant urban uptake then there will need to be a great deal of thought, and investment in infrastructure at a local, even domestic level. I am unaware of this taking place on any scale yet.

The other part of distribution that concerns me is that of the grid itself both above and below ground. While I think that generation issues can be solved through some large scale decisions, the enhancement of the network will be a series of difficult choices - new pylons, large scale buried cables. Essentially we are replacing our existing refineries, storage depots, fleet of tankers and fuel stations with 'something else'. Some can be direct replacements (substations on petrol forecourt sites, power grid running up and down motorways) but much will have to be new.

Again, I am not aware of any of the necessary debate taking place (except very loud objections to a new run of pylons across Suffolk).

I believe we will overcome a lot of this, but there will be many bumps on the road (!)

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments


Re: The answer

No no NO. A bean, ANOTHER bean, a bean and a half, half a bean and a BEAN.

Country's gone I tell you.

UK air traffic woes caused by 'invalid flight plan data'


Interim Report available here: https://www.caa.co.uk/our-work/publications/documents/content/cap2981/

Of interest to software engineers and system designers.

Also to those who collect acronyms

Windows 3.11 trundles on as job site pleads for 'driver updates' on German trains


Re: WFWG 3.11

and what EXACTLY was wrong with IPXODI & NETX?

don't answer that

Mac shipments slump as Apple finally bitten by glum PC demand


Re: Made by Apple in California??

It was scheduled to be built during Infrastructure week I believe

Critical vulnerabilities found in 'millions of Aruba and Avaya switches'


Re: Sjeesh

The reason corporate entities spring for paid-for kit is not just that you can ring up and get "support", it is so that someone else warrants the fitness of the item concerned.

Most businesses cannot afford to rely on in-house s/w checking - why should they if they are a hospital, or an airport? They should be doing due diligence on suppliers and then relying on THEIR resources to guard against nasties (and to fix sh1t when it goes wrong).

With just over two weeks to go, Microsoft punts Windows 11 to Release Preview


Re: Windows 10 will be the last version

"That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week"

Article is dated 7th May 2015. That Was The Week That Was

GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15


Re: Come on then, let's give it a go with those rules


Kensal Green

Also this will be helpful for The Cousins


Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle


...and in other news

I can see the headline now:

Location of mobile phones tracked

In other news our intrepid investigation team reveal the habits of bears in the woods - more at 10

Dissected: A dropper-as-a-service miscreants pay to push their malware onto potentially 1,000s of victims


Re: You'd think

The social engineering here is to exploit people's greed, of which there is plenty evident.

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe


Re: if you have a few TB sitting around....

yeahbut nahbut

In a lottery you lose the cash invested, the rate of return depends on the number of other tickets purchased, the security of both depends on the business running the lottery.

With Chia the value invested in HDD depreciates as with the resale value of the HDD, the rate of return depends on the amount of disk space allocated by other users, the security of value is er nil

With UK premium bonds the value of the investment is maintained in cash terms (depreciates by inflation), the return per bond is at a set, known, rate and the entire setup is guaranteed by HMG

Also income is tax free.

They're not very alike.

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!


Re: Ah, "I will know it's new".



The fridge. Space is finite and we must prioritise, Shirley.

Beer, wine, vodka.

In that order. YMMV but batteries are nowhere NEAR the top

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins


Re: "All three mitigations, however, clear local data on the device"

Slight mod:

..those who have lost data and those who are about to lose data.

I don't believe one can go through any significant spell without SOME data loss whatever the strategies employed

AWS Frankfurt experiences major breakdown that staff couldn’t fix for hours due to ‘environmental conditions’ on data centre floor


Back to The Dark Ages for you

I'll get my coat

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof


Re: Complexity: Another nail in the coffin...

I **think** that means that there is no difference in the chance of corruption as experienced at a local level.

Then again, 15% of statisticians will ALWAYS disagree with the other 90%

If your internet wobbled last weekend, you have Vodafone India to thank for it


Re: Sporting errors...

as also the "major GBP hijack" - poor sterling

Plot twist! South Korean telco uses 5G to fight coronavirus via hospital-patrolling robot


Re: Yongin Severance Hospital

Well you wouldn't find it if it had been severed would you

That's logic is that

UK government opens vaccine floodgates to over-45s, NHS website predictably falls over


Re: over 45s - over 50s

Possibly an inverse relationship between age and mad interweb skillz

‘Can COVID-19 vaccines connect me to the internet?’




There IS a piece of work underway, supported by the Gates Foundation, to support vaccine tracking through the use of 'quantum dot technology' within the vaccine does.

This research is being undertaken by one of the foremost institutions in the States, MIT, and has the potential to be highly valuable in low-income, low tech settings.

It is worth being aware of when discussing with anti-vaxxers so that they do not surprise you with "evidence"


British gambling giant Betfred told to pay stiffed winner £1.7m jackpot after claiming 'software problem'


Played 4-3-3 did they? With a front 3 of

Large (tricksy tanner ball-player rejected from the Arbroath academy

Hadron (Greek centre forward, also owns 2nd best kebab shop in Chantry)

Collider (South American genius (fat))

Hidden text in MacOS 11.3 beta suggests removal of Rosetta 2 compatibility layer in some countries


Re: Urning

That's the notorious Grecian translation

I'll get my coat

The next departure leaves in... have you thought about a Microsoft 365 subscription?


Re: Will no-one make the obvious comment?

Ah, you'll be the one who changed the jumpers we were using as goasl posts

I'll get my coat

Scottish enviro bods shrug off ransomware gang's extortion attempt as 4,000 files dumped online, saying it's nothing big


If said hackers had the science, maths knowledge and data skills to understand and manipulate the records sufficient to fool the rest of the scientific community I doubt they'd be hacking into others' databases for loose change.

Lucrative careers in banking await

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password


Re: Passive aggressive?

The additional 'e' was Dear Leader's attempt at security - no-one would EVER guess a randomly inserted letter eh?

GitHub will no longer present a cookie notification banner – because it's scrapping non-essential cookies


Re: s

FWIW the underlying piece of info from which this conspiracy grew is a project to store some medical information onboard following vaccination.

"researchers developed a new type of copper-based quantum dots, which emit light in the near-infrared spectrum. The dots are only about 4 nanometers in diameter, but they are encapsulated in biocompatible microparticles that form spheres about 20 microns in diameter. This encapsulation allows the dye to remain in place, under the skin, after being injected."

A fantastic project which has triggered the technophobes everywhere


Hey Reg readers, Happy Spreadsheet day! Because there ain't no party like an Excel party


And another blast from the past

Surprised not to see mention of the shareware prog we bought back in the ?early 90s - AsEasyAs

And why AsEasyAs? well Lotus-123 geddit?

I taught myself the back end from the Manuel (written in West Coast geekese as I recall) and wrote a macro that took the csv output from our invoice runs, data in our product files and table for salesforce ("force" ha, haha, oh god) and calculated gross and net profit (an anaylsis missing from our otherwise handy dbase app).

We shared this out on a monthly basis leading to the classic observation that "1/8th of fork all is fork all"

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim


Re: explosions of rage, paranoia and violence

Only if 'average' = 'median' which, mostly we don't mean

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API


Re: This is all complete cack

"I don't get that bit. Why? It's present and spreading in countries where their winter temperatures are higher than our best summer temperatures. I'm guessing there must be some wholly counter-intuitive reason for it bit I can't for the life me work out what it is."

Because when it is cold, windy and wet we shut our windows and spend more time indoors. We take the bus to work rather than walk or bike.

The dispersal of virus vectors outside is very significant but in the still air of a sealed home or office.....

As some other wise person has said, it WILL spread until a very high proportion of the population have had it. The only thing, ultimately, that can stop that happening will be an effective vaccine with significant uptake. Until then all we can do is slow the spread to the point where our economy can support our medical service to treat the casualties.

C is for 'Careful now', D is for 'Download surprise': Microsoft to resurrect optional Windows 10 updates as 'Previews'


Good plan


Mel Gibson to put hand up Jodie Foster's Beaver

Paris Hilton

Lucky Guy

And Gibson gets PAID to do this?

Where's the justice?

Paris, cos she probably didn't get paid