* Posts by Hairy Spod

212 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010


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!

Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

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guff gas?

most people cannot fart methane.

The flamibilty comes from hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide


Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Re: Free Greggs

well I live and learn. Thank you.

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Free Greggs

I like it. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and every go gives you a chance to win a prize.

I won a £5 greggs voucher on my first attempt which I used to futher increase my waistline.

Its actually less convenient to use and takes longer than opening my wallet to use my contactless card (work phone and forced to unlock via 8 digit code every time finger print fails) but the chance of another freebie keeps my feeble mind motivated enough to use it

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid

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Never even heard of it

no wonder its not selling

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

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Paris Hilton

I miss my Sony tablet

There's still nothing I'm happy to replace it with

It died after my baby boy wondered off with it and dropped it in the bath with the flap that normally seals the charging port to make it water proof open :-(

Paris cos its still the prettiest and was dumb thing to do

Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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sod beautiful all they need to be is app free

Seiously having had one for 3 years the very worst thing about EVs is the frigging smart cards and apps.

Just make them ugly, reliable and add a chip and pin card reader for debit cards

No way would ordinary punters put up with the same level of faff to fill up with petrol.

Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

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hobbled at source

It's rubbish by design they need to show there is little market for them for as long as possible to minimise shareholder rumblings.

Men in sheds have been making 'good enough' electric conversions of ice optimised designs for many years.

All of the manufacturers know they can produce something decent after throwing a small team of engineers teams at the problem in fairly short order.

With minimal margins no one really wants the expense of pioneering the EV market, but have no doubt every car maker is more than prepared to become a fast follower.

GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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Paris Hilton

Has anyone double checked to see if it can be divided by 3?

Whenever we had to find prime numbers at school the ones I 'found' were usually divisible by 3.

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Nexus 7 tablet

The last update turned my nexus from something still worthwhile to have lying around to utterly unusable a year or so ago. I wouldnt be at all surprised if google did it too.

What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted. @katrinab

no we are not, not even the national grid say this.

Forget the made up analysis based on what we currently produce and use and what we might use

There's a reason for the limited overhead and that because the overhead costs money and is pure waste.

The national grid will always only ever and deliberately have the tiniest amount of spare capacity, when it gets too big it gets cut back, when it gets too small it gets added to.

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted.

>>> @ Voland's right hand

"It is the Tropical ocean thermocline."

>> Isn't that basically solar power?

Yes, but only in the same way that petrol and diesel are solar power with a few extra processes thrown in together with built multi million year time delay.

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: Advantages

>> HS, I don't understand this "If the planes can take off and land on electric power alone, all of a sudden lots of airports can allow a larger number of flights especially at night"

>> Can you elaborate?

Planning regs and local legislation often limit the number of flights coming in an out of an airport out of consideration for local residents especially at night. This is especially true of city airports, which are precisely the sort of places the first smaller electrified (not fully electric) aircraft will excell.

Wright electric think their electric aircraft reduce noise by 50% and fuel by 10%

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Re: Advantages

Its a different set of pros and cons to the electrification of road transport. Any real world efficiency advantages (if there are any) probably wont be as big as they are on the ground. In aviation the real advantage of electic power will be a reduction noise espectially on take off and landing

Battery weight is much more of a disadvantage in the air than it is on the ground. On the ground you mostly pay penalty for extra weight in the form of using extra energy to accelerate, but in the air you also have pay penalty in energy for every second you remain aloft.

If the planes can take off and land on electric power alone, all of a sudden lots of airports can allow a larger number of flights especially at night which means lots more operational profits even if there no profits to be had from efficiency.



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