* Posts by Alfie Noakes

83 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Nov 2009


Power grids tremble as electric vehicle growth set to accelerate 19% next year

Alfie Noakes

Re: For many of us, hybrids make more sense than BEVs

...and i bet that this separate (EV) meter (made compulsary for new installations over a year ago) will allow you to be charged (taxed) even on electricity that you have generated from solar panels that you installed at your own expense!


Bosch goes all-in on hydrogen with €2.5B investment by 2026

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Re: I was expecting

Indeed - you have gotta watch out for the weakest link!

You mentioned copper piping - is this not "hydrogen safe"? If not then it will be a MASSIVE job to replace it all (as well as being quite expensive)!

My house also has some lead piping for gas - dunno how good that will be for hydrogen?

All of the norths are about to align over Britain

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Black Helicopters

for the "first time in history,"

...must be due to climate change ;)

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Re: Or you could...

Isn't there also something about the entrance to ant hills (or is that just in America)?

Wind, solar fulfill 10% of global electricity demand for first time

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Re: Just the headline - now fixed

Thanks for the fix :)

Sadly too many press articles confuse power/energy with electricity (and kWh with kW etc.) - at least El Reg try to keep things on track ;)

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Title says "energy", article says "electricity".

Add gas boilers, most cars, diesel HGVs, blast furnaces, oil-powered ships, aircraft, barbeques and birthday cakes etc. - wind and solar still contribute a pathetic amount to the "global energy demand"

AI to help study first images from James Webb Space Telescope

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James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteoroid

Sad news according to the BEEB...


Europe's largest nuclear plant on fire after Russian attack

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Well done El Reg

Can i just thank El Reg for reporting this incident in a calm and researched manner - unlike most of the hysterical MSM!

Even the comments seems to be well balanced ;)

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough

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Oh, i did do a search, but there is not much recent activity - the referenced article is over two years old. Also, although it mentions that they "are able to power themselves with a wind turbine", there is no mention of such a facility for the Johnson Matthey station (at least via https://www.itm-power.com/h2-stations/swindon-hydrogen-station).

What is interesting however, is the fact that it can only generate enough fuel for around 15 cars a day - is this commercially viable (especially with a windmill that needs to generate at least 3.3MWh per day)?

Alfie Noakes

Over six years on and i haven't much more about Honda's "'self-sufficient' hydrogen refuelling station" - please, do tell us how it is going?

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there

Alfie Noakes

PAFEC memories

I remember PAFEC - lovely old building(s) out in the sticks.

IIRC, their "computer room" was in the attic (with oak beams) where they had one of the first VAXstations.

The stables had been converted into an office, but keeping the original stalls for desk units.

Beside every door was an umbrella stand full of umbrellas, so you could keep dry when walking between buildings.

Ah, the eighties - the good old days of computing!

Wind and quite a bit of fog shroud Boris Johnson's energy vision for the UK

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Re: Or

But, but, but - after Fukushima, didn't Germany decide to phase out their atom-burners? Thus there must be tens of fah-sans of "nu-cu-ler" designers, engineers, constructions workers etc. all desperately in need of a job!

Where are we now? Microsoft 363? 362? We've lost count because Exchange Online isn't playing nicely this morning

Alfie Noakes

Yet again we hear the word "mitigated"

...which simply means "less shitty"!

Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions

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Recommended by Pocket!!

They seem to have snuck in a "Recommended by Pocket" option, which is turned ON by default!

I haven't ready all the "privacy" propaganda yet, but would rather have be given an "opt-in" option with an explanation beforehand :(

Vodafone issues a stay of execution for Demon domain hold-outs

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From the sound of things at https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/Anyone-else-affected-by-Vodafone-disabling-demon-co-uk-emails/m-p/2655220 it looks like Vodafone thought that there were only a couple of Demon e-mail users left!!!

Well, it looks like they might now be losing quite a few thousand "customers" (and their friends and colleagues and much future business) as a result of their lack of basic common sense (and arrogance)!

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address

Alfie Noakes

Vodafone forums

In case anyone is still reading these comments, there is an interesting discussion going on in the Vodafone forum at https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/Anyone-else-affected-by-Vodafone-disabling-demon-co-uk-emails/m-p/2655220

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Re: Aliases


Have you seen https://www.names.co.uk/support/2850.html ?

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I will NEVER buy anything from Vodafone EVER again!

Vodafone (after taking over Demon)!

First they took away my web-space (without telling me).

Then they took away my web-site (without reducing the price).

Then they forced me to pay for an e-mail service that was supposed to be part of my HomeOffice 8000 package.

Now, in the middle of a Coronavirus pandemic they give me just over a month to re-allocate around 200 e-mail addresses (many over 20 years old).


Mozilla plugs two Firefox browser holes exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack victims' computers

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Re: Clarification

I think that the former is found on macOS!

Watch Waymo's totally driverless self-driving car cruise around, how the US military wants to use AI ethically, etc

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Re: Prety neat driving

It also seemed to be doing a lot of un-necessary braking (including mid-turn). Not the cleverest self-driving (if that is indeed what it is using)!

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

Alfie Noakes

Re: "just north of Antarctica"

I thought that the question was "What colour is the bear?"?


The original riddle had an answer of "white", but i believe that a polar bear has black skin, but transparent (hollow?) fur that appears white due reflected light!


Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Why do Microsoft pepper their status updates with the work "mitigated", which literally means "less shit"???

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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It is not even the end of January yet!

Down yet again, but seems to be coming back :(

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

Alfie Noakes

Re: Bye bye.....

"I still have my demon mail domain hosted on O36x now "

Me too, so i hope that Vodafone give the demon domain to NamesCo (rather than just closing it down, which seems to have been their MO so far!).

The icing on the cake would be for NamesCo to drop O35n, as it seems to add several K of "diagnostics" bloat to even the smallest e-mail :(

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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I am surprised that (James) Dyson hasn't chipped in there? Very British, high-speed air, etc.!

Gotta be worth a punt (anyone got his phone number?)

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

@Doctor Syntax

...and another advantage of plain text in e-mails is that it is in YOUR e-mail, in YOUR mailbox/on YOUR computer.

(Linked) Images have an irritating habit of expiring, or worse still, changing, so you lose any hope of an audit trail!

WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

Alfie Noakes

Is nothing safe?

Ironically, mine was sent to an e-mail address that was _only_ (and anonymously) used to access the Avast support forum!

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Wellyboot beat me to it ;)

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...and that would also provide a very nice world-wide set of "base-stations" that would be in control of the participants!

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

Alfie Noakes

Re: AC

"Vodafone have recently announced they are closing Demon as an ISP.

Where that leaves the email service that was outsourced is an interesting point..."

Hopefully names.co.uk have an ongoing agreement with Vodafone, otherwise i will have to transfer my 170-odd demon e-mail addresses yet again :(

Nothing to suggest it is happening at https://demon.net/, but i wouldn't put anything past Vodafone EVER again (dropped them as an ISP some time ago, as they did nothing but collect your DDs).

Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Much a do

@Stephen Battleware Re: "Most telemetry can be shut off by disabling a single service in Services. Cortana can be shut off with a single simple regedit. "

Please let us know the "single service" and single regedit "tweak" that will disable all slurps - or is it not really that simple?

Linux kernel long term support extended from two to six years

Alfie Noakes

Re: "bleeding edge" is overrated

AC said: "because you can no longer backup phone contacts through itunes."

Since when?

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Thanks for the link/video - oh for the days when the RI Christmas Lectures were _truly_ educational!



Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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What is that smell?

I didn't think that DVDs and LCD displays (as per the picture) existed in 1989?

We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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So are you saying that i can walk down the High Street with a Taser in my pocket (or utility belt) and not have any concern about being stopped, jumped on, handcuffed and arrested? Perish the thought that i might actually point it at someone!

Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

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Re: natual consumption reduction

"The monitor sits in a drawer now, and has been for maybe 2 years as it was costing me a fortune in AA batteries!!"

...that's a good point - I wonder if the DfBEIS factored the cost of batteries in their energy (un)savings?

Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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"Chen says one of his “now-retired colleagues worked on real-time compression, and he told me that the Alpha AXP processor was very weak on bit-twiddling instructions".

I guess that Chen doesn't know what the "R" is "RISC" means!


300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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The Daily Mail...

...would that be the newspaper the puts all its weekend supplements, leaflets etc. in a, er, single use plastic bag?

Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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Dangerous gimmick

If compromised, you can change your password - but you can't change your voice!

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

Alfie Noakes

Re: $&%#! Microsoft!

Re: "That's only true for those who upgraded from an originally OEM license..."

It is a good job that Microsoft made that transparently clear in their upgrade nagware popups - er, they did, didn't they?

EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

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I wonder how many more of these "very generous schemes" (already greatly funded by the money we pay into the EU) will suddenly appear over the next two months?

I guess that timing is everything :(

Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

Alfie Noakes

Re: Leave the Conman Market before its too late!

Re: Si 1

"One more thought: If the EU really is so vindictive and malign towards countries leaving, then surely we are better off getting out from being controlled by them?"

Forget the economic arguments - this alone is enough to justify leaving! With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?

Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Carbon


But are you comparing the energy density of methanol to hydrogen at room temperature and pressure?

Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

Alfie Noakes

Re: More Cars than Roads


"Rail systems are mostly paid by its users."

In the UK, rail companies receive billions of pounds per year in subsidies (on average, several pence per passenger mile). I don't know the actual percentage compared with paid-for fares, but it is probably quite a lot!

"Road systems are mostly paid by the taxes."

That'll be the taxes in the form of duty on fuel, and VAT on the fuel and the duty, and the road fund licence wotsit, and car tax, and car insurance tax etc - £50-odd billions worth every year, of which only a tiny fraction is spent back on the roads!

No wonder motorists think that they are treated unfairly.


Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Alfie Noakes

@Salts (Re: Sue 'em )

Re: "Consumer wise same in the UK, unless it is against your statutory rights, basically at point of sale you and the retailer enter into a contract and all terms and conditions that need to be adhered to must be clearly displayed at that point, not 10 meters back on a wall in white text on a white background or sealed in a box, otherwise your statutory rights apply and anything else you can get away with."

...and Microsoft did _just_ that for me this morning!

Booting my (work) PC i received a popup dialogue saying that i could not continue unless i *accept* a licence agreement. The popup did not say what program or application it was from, and the licence agreement link said...


PLEASE NOTE: Your use of this software is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement by which you acquired this software.  For instance, if you are:

• a volume license customer, use of this software is subject to your volume license agreement.

• a MSDN customer, use of this software is subject to the MSDN agreement.

You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft or its licensed distributors.



...and that was it.

The Vogons were nothing but fluffy kittens compared to Microsoft!


Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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@Steve Davies 3

"Those old enough to have worked with VMS will probably smile at your post."

...and lucky enough ;) :)


It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't

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Black Helicopters

Re: AC Of course, now we *know* this

..but he (she) did it anonymously (er, wait a minute!).


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One rule for us...

Is it ironic that the photo at the top of the article has the police car number plate obscured? ;)

BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Web attack knocks BBC websites offline