* Posts by Hairy Spod

225 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010


Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy

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Remember where that energy comes from

Whenever considering hydrogen as a fuel source it is important to always remember that Electric cars are charged at peak times using coal and gas-fired power stations, whereas the electricity needed to crack hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles tends to be spilt from water using surplus green wind and solar energy.

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

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Re: “ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030”

Yeah, you're that guy aren't you, the one from the wedding breakfast table that told me you would never get a digital camera because film was more convenient and available everywhere and was much better quality for the average user and you only replaced the battery in your camera every year or so.

The one who at the Christening snapping away on his digital camera told me that he would never get a smart phone as you had to charge them every day which was far too inconvenient when their Nokia lasted 7-10 days.

That's you that is.

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Re: Hmm....

I'd did yes, like many I'm lucky enough to live in a 2 car household and used the hybrid for longer trips.

Turns out we did a lot less long trips than we thought we did! Instead of being the intended 2nd car though the Leaf was used for the vast majority of family outings and almost all local errands. The negative impact on my lifestyle for going electric was 0.

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Again, the National Grid seem to suggest we already have enough supply for the EV transition.

Citation, please?


to cut a long story short, getting rid of CRTs switching to LED lightbulbs and the loss of some heavy industry means that if every car went EV overnight we would only be using a similar amount of electricity as we did in the early 2000s

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Re: Hmm....

re The current premium for buying an EV is just too great. vs the running costs of the 4yr old Mazda

I bought a used 2015 Leaf with only 12K miles on the clock on a PCP in 2018 for £155 / month using only a knackered 2007 Nissan Note as a deposit

Parking used to cost me £6 a day but was free for EVs and I definitely used to spend more than £10 a month in fuel in that Note and thats before I paid road tax servicing and cost of replacement parts..

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Re: Hmm....

on the topic of that nasty nasty cobalt, the biggest user of it is the petro chemical industry who use it the make it their city fuels 'less polluting'. The nasties simply get moved into ship and bunker fuel where they get burned anyway so the net global benefit is close to 0.

It's true that car traction batteries are not currently recycled effectively, however, this isn't because it isn't possible its because we don't yet have sufficient quantities of them to create a viable recycling market!

The recyclable content of the thousands of gallons of fuel used over an ICE car's lifetime is exactly 0%!

A considerable amount of electricity is required to pump crude out of the ground, to and from refineries often over very considerable distances and then as part of the refinement process (along with lots of heat energy). It may surprise you to find that electric cars use little more electricity (and in some use cases less) than ICE vehicles.

I'm also pretty sure its not electric cars that are responsible for giving me black snot after walking round London

Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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bully targets

I presume the targets of most of the bullys are their QA team, esp the ones working with the Warzone teams

Paper Tiger Lake? El Reg gets its talons on the first Intel Core i7 Honor MagicBook 14

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Civ XI !!!!

I'm still playing V.

I didn't bother with VI as I didn't like the look of all the changes, what are all the other versions like?

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: we even prefer to change gears manually.

Mostly true, but people who like changing gears in ICE cars often turn into people who like playing with and manually adjusting their regen settings in an EV.

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

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Re: Hydrogen is a problem

they may be corrosive but the issues will be easier to deal with than hydrogen embrittlement

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Re: Hydrogen storage

but not much lighter (if at all) when you consider hydrogen cars also have to have sizeable a battery to cope with peak loads under acceleration and inverters on top of a fuel cell stack, plumbing, extra strengthening for crash protection, high-pressure connectors for refilling and the actual storage tank with the hydrogen in it...

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The inconvenient truth about hydrogen cars

You wouldn't want to buy a second-hand one

There will never be any cheap old used ones (at least none with old storage tanks and piping)

maintenance costs at a main dealer will make even current audi or even Maserati owners wince

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative

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Re: Not as green as 25kv overhead

also there are no H mines you have to spend energy cracking it from natural gas in the first place to get it, or even more energy on electrolysis and then compressing it (compressing, cooling and storing it costs a lot more than you might think)

The Battle of Britain couldn't have been won without UK's homegrown tech innovations

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you could read that two ways...

"it is important to remember that had Britain not invested in the science and technology capability to come up with such innovations, it is probable that the Battle of Britain may have gone the other way."

We didnt invest enough or at least invest in the right places. If they had invested in Mr Whittle's ideas or put money into some of the other Rolls Royce engines we would have had a wider variety of aircraft that easy surpassed rather than matched their Luftwaffe counterparts.

E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial

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Re: No consistency.

I think the scooters can be upto 500w whereas bikes (not requiring a licence) only 250W

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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actually there isnt really a lot of old stuff up there, but there is a lot of new stuff up there.

Over the next year and a bit the amount of up stuff is pretty much doubling and its getting to the extent whereby its starting to affect measurements from ground based instruments

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Re: NanoFlowcell

No, they've been touting that since the late 90's production is always 18 months away

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Re: I actually own one

.....and the oil and very regular servicing, don't forget the oil and servicing....

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you drove to the petrol station pulled in and pulled out again in zero seconds too I suppose.

I drive to my garage every night and plug in in around 30 seconds and wake to a full car again.

Take two cornerstones of British life, booze and queues, then squirt them with face scans: AI Bar

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Re: Intentions

or deal with the hussle and bussle of a dimly lit bar 4 people deep with people moving forwards and backwards.

The control shot looks rather nicely lit and with people standing face on even distances apart

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

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superior in that it had a key pad but no IDE interface?

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...

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err games

err never mind all this serious stuff.

Does this mean I can expect a much better experience playing Mario64 and Dreamcast and that Gamecube emulation might now be possible?

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...

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Total waste of money

What, we are saying that people who take testosterone and excercize put on more muscle??!!!!!!!!!!shift1!!!!!

Some one better tell the gym and body building industry quick, there's a fortune to be made.

If only Arnie had access to such knowlege earlier on in his career

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year

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I wonder if the effects plastic on fish making some of them take on female characterics also explains the recent seeming explosion in transgender issues we seem to be having

Intel unveils Project Athena: Chipzilla tells lappy makers how to build their own kit

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it is, its even supported by Steam, but the complexity of doing it reminds me of the trials and tribulations of getting sound cards to work with old DOS games



AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality

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Running Man

With this and other deep fakes we can frame Arnie for something ala running man!

Rising sea levels? How about the rising risk of someone using a nuke?

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Re: How about both?: Rising sea levels and nuke use

I think he means low carbon, which grid watch backs up.

Just less than 20% each for Nuclear and Wind, just over 10% for solar and 1% hydro at things stood just after 11 am this morning

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn

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Fun Fact

In yet another WWII related co-incidence I'm pretty sure the Belgrano was also sunk by a MK VIII WWII vintage torpedo.

Forget that rare-earth element crunch – we can now just extract them from industrial waste

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REEs, as the name suggests, are difficult to find and mine

Are they though?

I thought the rare part of the name was just a hangover from when they were first discovered and that Chinese can simply produce them so cheaply that they put the rest of the world's mines completely out of business long before they stopped yeilding any mateirals

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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" And yes i know, even a super Earth at long distance looks very small,"

....or about the same size as a micro Earth very close up.

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Would it not just be easier

To present the public with a list of all of Jupiter's or Zeus' lovers or spawn that are not already taken are long enough and end with an e for us to choose from?

I'm guessing that there are possibly 3 left, so some of those rules need bending or breaking.

Moony McNikey Face is my curveball suggestion.

If anyone could send me a pair of air max trainers that wouldnt look too stupid on a 40 something that would be nice

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging

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Re: @Charles 9

@Chris Miller

I think Charles is right, not necessarily because you are wrong but batteries warm as they charge anyway and becasue the phone is also sat on the warm pad everything heats up just a little bit more from being in direct contact with it. Further to that I expect that if left on the pad after charging will probably stay warm for longer too

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I have another theory

I have one, and I do use it, but I dont think its mystery why Qi pads havent taken off

1. they cost more than a standard cable

2. most are slower than a standard cable

3. for the environmentally concious they take up more resources than a cable and are less energy efficient

4. its just one more item of clutter in the home - and it still needs the same cable sticking out of it

5. its a proper first world problem that doesnt really need a solution (it not actually that hard to plug in a phone esp usb c)

6 if you charge on the move its yet another thing to take with you

7 if you charge in multiple locations and dont take one with you thats multiple more charging pads to buy

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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I'm reasonably sure the rocket scientists thought of this, but those solar panels look a bit lightweight and flimsy.

How well do they stand upto the very high wind speed, sand laden storms on Mars? - serious question

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

are you kidding on the cost? GPD seem quite capable of making more capable and flexible units at similar price points

Xiaomi's Wang: We're coming to the USA

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"Xiaomi has vowed never to make more than 5 per cent margin on its hardware – something analysts believe will be hard to maintain. Particularly if the services and software revenue doesn't pan out. Remember that, outside China, it's competing with Google, which means it's competing against free stuff."

Are you sure you have thought that through?

If they compete with Google on a 1%, 0.01%, or 0% margin why cant they compete and still keep that vow?

I would imagine keeping more than a 5% profit margin would be the difficult thing for an unknown trying to elbow their way into a market.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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World Cup

Diss 98 all you want, but the news tickers for the World Cup and F1 along with the active desktop were all loads better than anything we have today

Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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There’s a lot of Ubuntu users suffering at 1366 x 768

...or is it just a handfull people installing Ubuntu on old Windows XP lap tops accepting all the default settings before selling them on ebay or giving them away to relatives?

- at which point the new owner formats it and reinstalls whatever they really wanted anyway.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

So its definately the Amiga that's better then.

I'm glad that's settled

HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Re: HTC Sense

yes to this day my old HTC desire remains the most useable (and sensibly sized) phone I've ever add.

It even recieved a mid life software update!

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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or we could just use fm


If it aint broke dont fix it.

There's enough space to fit 6 music on fm as for the rest of the 'choice' a grand total of about 300 people will miss them and loosing it will save everyone a fortune.

Mobile listening on DAB is crap batteries only last a few hours at best whereas an old tranny can last weeks on a few D cells.

Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Paris Hilton

why didnt they..

I know there will be good reason for it, but why didnt they just hit the dam from the dry side of the wall with a conventional bombs.

If dropped from a similarly low altitude wouldnt momentum have enusured they slammed into the wall?

Graphene-wrangler Paragraf slurps a cool £2.9m

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never mind transistors and all that technical malarky

How about just giving us cheap flexible lightwieght wiring.

Replacing all that copper would make cars and planes lighter and even make trains run on time (by virtue of the signalling cable not getting nicked every 5 minutes

World saved

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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Re: ...mirrored armor

Would the simple solution to that would be to cover the mirror with some kind of cover?

no shiny shiny from the outside until actually hit by a laser at which point the covering would initially be burned away and then reflected

Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

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so set the cooling fan to blow for 5 seconds stop for for 5 seconds blow for 5 seconds....

Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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Re: Red Snow

Yes very very picky

There's many a mid-high level DSLR that wouldnt do any better for white balance and exposure in that scene.

Snow and sand are both notorious for messing up white balance to the extent that most cameras have sand/snow specific settings that can be chosen

More power to UK, say 'leccy vehicle makers. Seriously, they need it

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Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution

I'm assuming you usually fill up at your sons house with a Jerry Can of some sort?

Seriously just charge your car at a service station (or two, OK maybe three) on the way. There is no denying that for that journey its going to be a faff but its not generally that hard and console yourself that for the 98% of the rest of the time you wont be visiting any petrol stations and will charge at home. Also feel smug that in the cold weather that your car will have defrosted and preheated itself.

British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo

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spent more on repairing space craft than IT!!

That either means we spent nothing on IT or we have a black book squadron of x-wings at our disposal////

UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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a great deal of electricity is generated in coal-fired plants that also emit pollution.

erm if by a great deal you mean 7% which is probably going to reduce to 0% by 2025

Also an EV on coal power alone will still be responsible for generating between a 1/3 and 1/4 of the emmisions from a petrol let alone diesel car.

Haters gonna hate but most of you lot are going to sound even more stupid than the pricks who used to tell me at weddings not so long ago that their film cameras would always outperform a digital one and who would then turn up at the christening with a digital camera.

Or the people who said they would never switch to a smart phone until they could last a full week on a single charge.

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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No second hand market

Who says there is no 2nd hand market for EVs

This morning my 65 plate second hand leaf which costs me £38 a week on a 2 year PCP deal (with only a £200 deposit) defrosted itsself and preheated the cabin to a lovely 23C

the future is now!



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