* Posts by Hairy Spod

240 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Feb 2010


Fat EVs may cause 'more death on our roads' – watchdog

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Re: Weight is relative...

Not necessarily the case, although not widely acknowledged potholes and road degradation are often started by mini fuel spills rotting the binder (even a single drop of fuel especially diesel). EVs are not part of that problem.

End of an era as the last 747 rolls off the production line

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except that's a totally different car with a name badge slapped on it, the last 747s avionics may have been updated and elements of its structure tweaked, but its still very much a 747

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...great analogy, you do know that Ford stopped making the Escort almost 20 years ago don't you!?

InSight Mars lander has only 'few weeks' of power left

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Re: Use inclined solar panels

..or a simple windscreen wiper type arrangement.

or a slight incline and a vibration function maybe?

NASA AI shows slashing sulfur in shipping fuel cut air pollution at sea

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pollution shift

It's not just Sulphur either. Marine and coastal air quality is another reason why we need to wean ourselves off of petrol and diesel cars as quickly as we reasonably can. In basic terms every barrel of oil has a certain amount of nasty toxic shit in it. As we don't generally like breathing in toxic air in our cities we lobbied the oil industry to refine as much shit out of the fuel that we put into our cars and trucks as they possibly can, which they duly did for us.

The thing is though, the toxic crap doesn't magically disappear it just gets more concentrated further down the chain, ie goes into marine diesel and bunker fuel.

The more 'clean' city diesel we refine to use in our cars, the more toxic leftovers there are to put into bunker fuel and marine diesel. When we refine less fuel for cars the stuff that gets burned by the marine industry gets 'cleaner'

Sony, Honda collaborate on 'premium' electric vehicles that are born in the USA

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Re: Honda only offers a single EV currently, and it's not for sale in North America.

Not only that, its barely competitive with everything else that's available on the market. The Honda EV is woefully short on range, its USP is that it looks cool and has some interesting tech and good you tube reviews all of which are translating into next to f all sales.

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Re: Wait until we get te cheap Chinese knocks-off

@Stoneshop no correction needed, contrary to popular belief, EV drivers typically do more mileage than average gas drivers, gas drivers who drive mega miles are actually a minority


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Re: Wait until we get te cheap Chinese knocks-off

I expect that the fire departments are more likely to be playing pool to expert levels and experiencing lay offs by the time full EVs reach 80% market penetration

combustion engined cars catch fire far more often than EVs

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Re: Look to Dinorwig

you mean funny how alternative energy sources were not needed until we over used fossil fuels

Wearables sales slacken as the novelty wears off

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Re: Even with the money available, I'll give them a miss

Just to be clear, there is no way to safely answer a phone while driving, hands-on or hands-off.

Startup rattles tin for e-paper monitor with display fast enough to play video

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Paris Hilton

Would it not just be cheaper to ask the people who make Amazon's kindle devices?

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: In other words...

..or you could use 30-50% less electricity to charge a battery and go further

Even desktops showed up on growth radar in global PC shipment stakes for 2021

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long, long term maybe, but in the short term as some offices open back up to hybrid working there might even be a period of further growth as a large swathe of currently unused office desktops that are now 2+ years older get upgraded or replaced, not every firm uses laptops.

...also not sure what it was like for everyone else, but as all the cheaper kit got bought up overnight at the start of the pandemic and only more expensive things seemed available for purchase, many staff who were historically lumped with machines previously badged 'Pentium' are now used to the delights of modern i5s and i7s with lots of RAM.

Staff retention might even become more of an issue with the double whammy of A forcing people back into the office and B forcing them to use noticeably slower more sluggish computers,

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver

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is there a reason

....they don't shroud the shafts of screwdrivers with plastic or some form of insulating paint?

Microsoft: Many workers are stuck on old computers and should probably upgrade

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Re: Productivity peaked around Windows 2000 Professional, perhaps XP

more importantly than that Windows Desktop search in integration with office was epic in those days!

Click start paste in the reference number, card number, employee number whatever and then in instant you saw every e-mail, spreadsheet and word doc that was relevant to the case.

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