* Posts by adam 40

961 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009


AI chip adds artificial neurons to resistive RAM for use in wearables, drones

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The CIM functionality will come in very handy.

Damn where's that Paris icon--->>>

Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape

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Re: Clean up

On the other hand, if the vehicle charges on your premises at a lower unit price (while it's cheaper overnight) and then gives you back in the morning when you boil your kettle before you set off, saving you money, it's a win-win.

What is needed is some intelligence in dynamic consumer pricing of electricity.

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Re: Green lunacy

If you consider heating, and by that I think you mean things like heat pumps (but also storage heaters, immersion heaters etc) maybe what we should be doing is using the relatively large thermal mass of what we are heating, for storage?

If we make the heating appliances clever, so they turn off when there's a demand event (such as kettles on at half time) then we can smooth out the peaks with little loss of utility.

Maybe what we need is some intelligent end-end dynamic price setting, so end users can choose what they want to pay for a certain level of utility, and over that price, they automatically don't get it. For example, for 16C in my home I'll pay 25p/kWh, but for 22C I'll only pay 7p/kWh. So I get a warmer house when it's cheaper.

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Re: I lived when Chernobyl happened, I was 23

We also had nuclear pollution from Windscale, that was renamed Sellafield so everyone would forget about it.

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Re: Carbon costs of Nuclear

How long do windfarm foundations last though?

If you re-use them for the next turbine, and keep replacing as each one wears out.

Would you think maybe 100 years?

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Re: Bang On - except the death stats

Oh - and palladium too, downvoters...


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Re: Bang On - except the death stats

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone/Area

4143 km²

Fukushima Exclusion Zone: 371 square km

Total: 4514 km²

Area of land on Earth: one hundred fifty-three million km²

Percentage of earth landmass fucked up by nuclear: 0.003%

Percentage of earth landmass fucked up by fossil fuels: 100.00%

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Re: Bang On - except the death stats

However, petrol cars emit particles of platinum as their catalysts degrade over time.

Hence the epidemic of asthma in our cities.

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thermal power stations which can't sensibly be turned off in such short order.

Even this aspect of it I find ridiculous.

Why not? Stop feeding it coal and close the air supply off, it will sit there hot for days, until you need more electricity.

Seems like these things are not being designed effectively.

This tiny Intel Xeon-toting PC board can take your Raspberry Pi any day

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By the time you've loaded windoze on it, I would guess the application performance is pretty similar, so it's like comparing apples with very expensive rotten apples.

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Re: the same.

I used the RPi in a commercial product, so you're wrong.

Virgin Orbit trims losses, eyes two final launches for the year

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Re: Purpose

Vladimir Putin.

Scientists find gasses from Earth in rocks from early Moon

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What no boffins?

As no boffins collaborated in this research, I find it quite dubious/sketchy too...

Paris because she looks hot in a lab coat....>


New flashpoint: US may ask Chinese tech firms to bin Russia

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Re: You're Next

Special Operation Storm-333


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Re: re: Territorial integrity

In the mean time, Chinese technology will return to 3rd century BC - great porcelain and bronzes, but not a lot else.

Take a tour round the National Place museum. (In Taiwan).

Huawei UK board members resign over silence on Ukraine invasion

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Re: Feather Nesting is No Solution for Real Problems which are Growing Almightily

When I went to Guangzhou in 1996 just before the HK handover, I stayed in the White Swan hotel.

It was a 5* (maybe approaching 6 *)

When we came down for dinner, I was amazed to see who was in the hotel bar, chatting and having drinks.

No - not businessmen or tourists, it was all party officials in their standard CPC jackets.

So - don't lecture us about feathering the nest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that applies everywhere.

'I wonder what this cable does': How to tell thicknet from a thickhead

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Re: Terminators and T-Pieces

This guy kept returning to do the same thing???

And he never said "I'll be back"???

Paris because, wait, what???


Intel, Amazon, and SpaceX asked to tuck into DARPA's Space-BACN

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Pigs in Spaaaaaaace!!!

At last, the muppets were proved right.

Paris, because she looks like Miss Piggy ---->>>


Microwaved fish could help scientists create sustainable LEDs

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Pico(l) onions, shurely?

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Re: Hmmm...

I'm glad they have found a porpoise for this waste, but I won't carp on about it.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: Slightly Ridiculous

The known MS problems just get worse when you move into the cloud, on top you have:

- applications thrown together with an inconsistent UI - so you can't change permissions on a doc except in a particular part of it, and god forbid if you forget which part!

- on top of everything else, if you can't get an IP connection to the cloud, a good one, you're fuackered!


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Re: Living in a bubble?

Maybe that's a good thing?

20 years ago, office was fine, then they added loads of cruft we don't need.

In any case, Micro$haft is pushing us into the cloud where office365 is online. So that stuff is getting less important anyway.

India’s latest rocket flies but payloads don't prosper

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Re: Caveated

That's aphalling!

Virgin Galactic delays commercial suborbital flights again

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Won't they fly to Paris?

Errrmmm - not again!

Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Paris because she likes sausage.... what , wait? Hang on a goddam minute!

Major IT outage forces UK emergency call handlers to use 'pen and paper'

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Fancy a freshened up SLAX or ChromeOS replacement Peppermint OS?

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Flash memory vendors unveil PCIe 5.0 SSDs, latest spec for CXL interconnect tech

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Don'tcha mean "Samsubng (R)(TM) Adam 40 Enterprizes, Inc"???

Paris, because... WAIT A GODDAM SECOND!!! Where is Paris???

Intel close to deal for semiconductor plant in Italy

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... but not really

" an advanced semiconductor packaging and assembly plant"

So - not making the actual wafers. It may as well be putting eggs in boxes then.

The US grid is ready for 100% renewables, says DoE

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Can't you have both?

The US of A is well-known for the cheapest solution.

So - use the fracked gas when the sun ain't shinning or wind blowing. Just keep the freaking leaks of methane down.

At all other times, use the cheaper solar/wind combination.


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When I were a lad, Luddites smashed up coal-powered steam engines!!!

Luddites just want human--powered spinning wheels and looms!

Get with t'program, brother!

Be careful where you install software, and who installs it

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Re: Who is your customer?

It was funnier the first time.

The second time, not so much.

Now, I'll get the FSB onto it...

Sergei Lav.

HPE says $30m Solaris verdict against it didn't provide 'evidence' of copyright

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"originally" written by Sun?

Isn't some of this BSD? Maybe a few bytes survive that were originally written by K and/or R.

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system

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Re: Marooned in Real Time

Mine's a pint! In Real Time!!!

Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists

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I am calling bullshit on this

"Jet fuel that begins life as air and captured carbon, the researchers explained, is completely carbon-neutral because the fuel only produces as much carbon dioxide as went into its manufacturing."

If they are talking about captured carbon from power stations and the like, no, that's not carbon neutral at all.

Most of it comes from fossil fuels.

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

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"A single comment, commit, or new issue posted to a project during a 12-month period will be sufficient to keep the project alive."

Add in code pulls, and any project accesses. That would seem more reasonable.

Microsoft thinks there are people on 2G networks who want to use Outlook

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the full android outlook caned my poor phone so much it lost all free space and was almost impossible to remove once in that state.

I wonder if I might risk it again....

It work want to email me something on my personal phone, well, they can pay extra for the space. So - I don't' do it. Even teams is disabled unless I'm travelling abroad.

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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I increasingly find it's the younger ones who are the lightweights, not being able to put down a few lunchtime pints on a Friday, or no staying power at the company party...

Akamai: We stopped record DDoS attack in Europe

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Re: "Eastern Europe", Hmmmm

"Meris was responsible for an attack in September 2021 against giant Russian tech company Yandex."

Russians attacking Russians? Maybe it was just a trial run, to see if it was effective?

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

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Re: Incredible...

Because they don't have a reflection in the mirror? Probably don't case a shadow either....

Preparing for Skylab: The separate 1972 experimental mission that never left the ground

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A floating ball of urine?

I'll just leave that one there.

Bill Gates venture backs effort to bring aircon startup to market

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Re: SmOoThINg oF uSe RaThEr ThAn C0$$$t??

Apart from Hydro, maybe we could harness some other type of potential energy?

I was thinking, 7 billion humans times the weight of their middle finger, hovering 2 inches above the shift key???

Anyhow, joking aside, the storage of this renewable stuff to smooth out the peaks is an issue.

Or else - only use it when you have it? So - no smelting or factories running except when the sun is shining or wind blowing? Maybe good old market pricing of electricity will sort that one out though.

Lastly, with this salty idea for air conditioning - what happens if it turns out cool the next day? Your investment in electricity is wasted. And - why do we need anything better than freezing and melting water? it seems like an invention for invention's sake.

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: Very Hot stuff

I worked for a company called "CommsCo" back in the '90's.

They ran an audiotex bureau in North London, (i.e. dodgy porn premium rate lines - but - that's not the hot bit!)

Anyway one day the directors decided to "but some new kit", which they installed in 19" racks in the premises.

But - they also sold the kit on, removed it from said premises, put some dummy borken PC's in the rack, and set fire to the lot!

Then - they never paid the original invoice!

So - free kit, payout from the insurance, payout from the third party! Trebles all round!

China seems to have figured out how to make 7nm chips despite US sanctions

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Re: "Close copy"

Yes but they have always kept the bleeding edge stuff in the Republic of China.

Back in the day, it was only 8" wafers allowed on the PRC side, 12" in RoC only.

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Re: Multiple stacks

Probably it has survived is because it fixes a shitty hardware implementation underneath.

So the corollary is HOMER (sic) had better have 5 9's or better hardware underneath it.

Apple-1 prototype hand-soldered by Woz up for auction, bids expected to reach $500k

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Re: I am the despair of the antique auction trade

Quite right, in the recent Sputnik auction, Breker wondered why I didn't bid. So I replied:

1. There is no accompanying documentation which would help to verify provenance.

2. Not even a letter from the vendor stating the circumstances of his purchase, date of purchase etc.

3. Only three photographs of the item were provided, and no internal photographs. No 360 degree coverage either.

4. Condition-wise a number of modifications were disclosed, but without more details of the modifications (such as schematics, detailed photographs, notes and/or an engineer's report) it is difficult to know how much of the original electronics remain.

5. Having compared the existing photographs with those of the most faithful reproduction I could find, a number of discrepancies were observed.

In particular around the antenna mountings and possibly the construction of the antennas. This is inconsistent with the requirements for EMC/EMI testing where the sample should be representative of the original.

However, a test report mentioning these differences would have gone some way to explaining this.

6. The construction of the casing shows 4 extra screws that are not apparent on any other photographs of other Sputniks (including those of the original Sputnik 1)

7. The construction of the stand isn't consistent with the 1957 Russian stand. I expect it was made later?

8. The original silver-zinc battery has been removed from the casing, but is not included in the sale. (I know this would have discharged long ago, but nevertheless it's an important part of the history.)

9. The mention of raspberries in your email was quite off-putting! But the whole story seemed to be quite surreal and didn't mention Sputnik once.

Finally, although the opening bid was reduced to 80,000 Euro verbally, the online ask bid was not. Although without documentation as mentioned above, I would have been unlikely to part with anything approaching 80k Euro, this may have deterred other bidders.

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Apple user self-repair

Not allowed any more, so this is a bit of rare history...


NASA: Mars rocks won't make it back to Earth until 2033

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Re: The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

.. so they say.

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds

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Smear Test

1 second in 17h is 1/612000 or 16ppm.

Mobile phones stop working if oscillator clocks differ by much more than 200ppb or 0.2ppm.

So - all mobile phones off for 17 hours? Well, that would certainly be a wake-up call for faeceburke!

Maybe they might relent.



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