* Posts by Andre Carneiro

383 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


Intel's PC chip ship is sinking with Arm-ada on the horizon

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Re: Like Linux Desktop within 10 years

You are quite right, but I don't think it's been publicly released yet so AFAIK still very much mostly for developers and enthusiasts :)

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Re: Like Linux Desktop within 10 years

It seems to me that the big difference that makes it a real concern now is that this time Microsoft is also paying attention.

Making windows run on ARM easily really could be the springboard the architecture needs to actually properly take off.

Boris Johnson's mad hydrogen for homes bubble bursts

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Heat pumps don’t come in just 5kW flavours, though.

Surely you can size it so that it meets your heating requirements?

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Re: Technical question - advice politely requested

A standard immersion heater is already pretty much 100% efficient at heating water. There is nothing to be gained other than complexity in coming up with a magnetic induction water heater.

Also, induction hobs are not as efficient as gas. They’re significantly more efficient (a lot of the combustion heat of gas escapes up the sides of the pots) and have the added bonus of not producing combustion products which contribute to indoor pollution. :)

So this one time, at Bandcamp, half the staff were laid off

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Re: Never forget, when you work for the compnay being bought...

“you odious weasel.“

Blimey, that escalated quickly. Oh, well.

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Re: Never forget, when you work for the compnay being bought...

Some people do quite like knowing they’re doing a good job even if they have no recognition from the company.

Keeping management unhappy seems like a very poor long term career strategy, too.

You advice to strive to nothing higher than mediocrity explains a lot about many problems the world faces today.

Europe mulls open sourcing TETRA emergency services' encryption algorithms

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Re: Problem?

I suspect data privacy has become far stricter since then. AINAL but I wonder if these organisations would be liable for data privacy breaches with some of the information that used to be broadcast in the clear 20 or 30 years ago…

Apple blames iOS 17 bug for overheating iPhone 15 woes

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That should read “less HOT to the touch”. Idiot me…

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Surely if the new frame couldn't dissipate the heat properly then the phone would feel LESS cold to the touch (even if its innards were being grilled)?

The way I see it the frame is dissipating all the heat properly, the problem is that too much of it is being generated in the first place (definitely not by the frame itself).

Most distant observed star is blue – and it isn't alone

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Re: A hot minute

Light is fast. But the universe is big. Very big. You won’t believe how vastly, mind boggingly big etc. etc. ;)

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Re: a massive distortion in space-time

So who is Eddie then, exactly, then? ;)

First of Tesla's 'bulletproof' Cybertrucks clunks off production line

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I love my Model 3. But this one…. well, the mind boggles.

US vendor accused of violating GDPR by reputation-scoring EU citizens

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Re: TeleSign told The Register it was compliant with the law?


Airline puts international passengers on the scales pre-flight

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Varies by type but it’s usually pressurised (but, as you correctly said, not warmed unless live critters are in cargo)

Russian businesses want to party like it's 1959 with 6-day workweek

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Struck a nerve there?

That Meta GDPR fine is €1.2B. Plus biz must stop sending EU data to US

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The sheer arrogance of their statement is proof (if any more was needed) of the bunch of utter sleazeballs (I’m trying not to get carried away here) they are.

So glad I ditched them almost 10 years ago, I can’t wait to see them join MySpace.

Tesla Semi, out since December, already facing a recall over brakes

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Yes, handbrake failures are completely unheard of…

Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed

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Re: the book was better

It was made clear in 2010: The Year We Made Contact, not in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I can't do that, Dave: AI drowns top sci-fi mag with story submissions

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… and so it begins.

Unplug that Anker battery pack now: House blaze sparks recall

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Re: Argh!

Getting a bit unfashionable but cigarette lighters are literally flammable devices you keep in your pocket.

They rarely go boom, AFAIK

Shocker: EV charging infrastructure is seriously insecure

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Or, if you're a Tesla driver, you arrive, plug in, charge and leave. Your can skip the "having your Visa card read" step.

That's how it should be everywhere. It can be done.

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Re: Ubiquitous AC destination charging is the way to enable EVs.

That's right in the grand scheme of the whole grid. The problem is that you're shifting 10GW of load from industrial sites with plentiful transmission capacity to thousands of residential sites with transformers and distribution system designed with 2kW-per-household calculations.

In my housing estate we have a substation and I am told that each phase has a 400A fuse.

At 32A single phase draw, it would only take about 13 cars charging to overload that fuse. For the 3 phases let's say the whole housing state of 100+ houses would only manage 40 cars charging simultaneously. Some of these 100+ houses will more than likely have more than one car.

I am glad that I managed to get my EVSEs and batteries installed early, as the DNO is going to start looking very closely at capacity calculations. Between charging cars, batteries and heating water with off-peak energy I am already hitting the 100A limit on my supply for 5 hours every night (in the winter. Summer is a different story)

There will definitely need to be some sort of upgrade done closer to "the edge" of the electrical network once home energy supply for mobility, heating and cooking becomes exclusively (or nearly exclusively) electric.

BT's emergency call handlers will join pay strikes

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Re: emergency calls?

Because BT have a level of control of the call that the individual services don’t. They know if calls have been disconnected or not and can stop calls from being terminated if the caller hangs up, for instance.

Also, with a universal 999/112 number someone needs to direct the call to the correct emergency service.

NASA scrubs Artemis mission yet again because SLS just can't handle the pressure

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There is going to be HUGE pressure to make the next launch a success.

I do hope the engineers have the balls to stand their ground and scrub if they have reason for it, rather than giving it a go anyway…

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking

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Re: Copycat

Interesting. I did not experience “phantom braking” even once when I had my Golf R.

It’s crap on my Model 3 (which, by the way, I absolutely LOVE driving).

It appears the FSD development is far more advanced in the US than Europe (and the UK in particular), so making comparisons between both sides of the pond is tricky.

Forum posts seem to suggest, however, that phantom braking episodes seem more widespread around these parts.

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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Surely someone else already suggested somewhere you could put them? ;)

Australian wasps threaten another passenger plane, with help from COVID-19

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Re: Aircraft systems & resilience

There are indeed 3 pitots and three Air Data Computers. If one fails, the other two will "vote out" the erroneous data.

The problem in this case is that all three pitots were presumably "protected" with their covers as teh plane departed.

Semiconductor boom could be coming to an end – analysts

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Hang on. So as the article says, in previous years the average decline in the first quarter was 4.4%

This year it was 0.03%.

Seems to me like demand is still above average, then? Hardly the sign of an inpending glut, unless I'm missing something obvious?

Intel shareholders revolt against Pat Gelsinger's pay package

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"We take feedback very seriously..."

Yeah, I'm sure you do...

Also, I found it interesting that Mr Gelsinger has a strategy that may or may not pay off in the long run and the shareholders are annoyed about that. That seems a tad suicidal to me. If they focus on the quick buck today, there will be no Intel tomorrow. So many companies are hindered by boards and investors wanting quick returns...

Moscow to issue HTTPS certs to Russian websites

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Re: Proproganda Newage style

Happy to be proved wrong but I am not aware that there were any provisions in the 1994 Budapest agreement for any of the signatories to "remain neutral"?

Regardless, though, the annexation of Crimea had already kinda blown that out of the water wouldn't you say?

Microsoft: Russia invasion of Ukraine ‘unlawful, unjustified’

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Re: What about Apple


I am sorry that you feel offended by my post. I was merely pointing out that I found it out of character that whilst most tech companies were indeed making a statement, Apple wasn't.

And yes I am aware that they eventually followed suit so my post is now moot, but thank you for the update anyway.

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What about Apple

The Cupertino woke-central is remarkably tight-lipped about all this.

They are, of course, under no obligation or requirement to pick sides but it is interesting nonetheless....

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all

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“ Unfortunately, I was stupid enough to mention this to friends who took great delight in kicking me offline whenever I was in IRC....”

Thank you for this comment, I am wiping a simultaneously amused and nostalgic tear off my eye…

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains

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Re: Hmm

I agree.

My commute to work is about 100 miles per day. I am on a tariff that sees a ridiculously low electricity rate between 0030 and 0530 and a fairly high one for the rest of the day, so all my electricity use (EV and Powerwalls) is shifted to those 5 hours.

This is a good way to incentivise load shifting, IMHO.

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Re: "Less than 5 per cent of lithium-ion batteries are recycled today"

As usual, "graphene will fix the problem". The problem, it seems, is that a decade on from first hearing about the sodding thing it is STILL not easily available for large scale manufacturing.

News seem to have gone quiet, does anyone know if there have been any significant advances on that front?

UK's NHS hands Accenture another £5m for Test and Trace system for another year

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£1200 per day AVERAGE?

Damn, I'd love to know the spread of these salaries, someone must be VERY happy about this pandemic right now.... :/

Apple stalls CSAM auto-scan on devices after 'feedback' from everyone on Earth

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Tim Cook is a clever man

I'm just astounded that nobody at Apple actually thought this was A Bad Idea.

I'm even more astounded that Tim Cook actually decided to go for something so utterly, mind-bogglingly stupid.

Maybe I'm just naive.

Also, I'm about 95% sure they're just waiting for the media attention to die down and then quietly implement it anyway,

Cloudflare says Intel is not inside its next-gen servers – Ice Lake melted its energy budget

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Re: Reminds me of a graphic I once saw.

Intel are still in a very good place, I wouldn't start "throwing them a bone" just yet.

Their practices in the last 20 years have been utterly despicable and I, for one, think they haven't been punished nearly enough for it just yet.

Google is designing its own Arm-based processors for 2023 Chromebooks – report

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Ask not for whom the bell tolls....

Can you hear that, Intel?

This way up: James Webb Space Telescope gets ready for shipment after final tests

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The tolerances described are just so mind-boggling that I am astounded we're even contemplating doing this.

If we pull it off this will be a momentous occasion for science and human ingenuity. I'm actually nervous!

Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse

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Re: "Bought" not

The "blessing" bit is paling more and more when compared to the "curse" bit...

Apple's iPhone computer vision has the potential to preserve privacy but also break it completely

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I only wish there was a custom ROM for mobile devices built with actual, proper privacy in mind.

I’ve had iPhones for a long time but this one is just too much.

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Re: It's simpler than that

The way I see it there’s quite a commotion in the Apple ecosystem. Very loud crickets, I’d say…

China stops networked vehicle data going offshore under new infosec rules

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Re: I long for the days of yore...

Had my Tesla Model 3 serviced a few days ago: I drove into the Service Centre and went into the waiting area. No human interaction required.

They remotely unlocked and started my car and did everything they wanted and then returned it to me.

10/10 for convenience but bugger me, it made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. It definitely gave me the feeling that I don’t actually own my car anymore, and whilst I sort of already knew they can do this I am surprised by how uncomfortable it has actually made me to see it in action.

Yeah, I’m not sure I’m liking the direction of travel very much…. AaaS is not something I’d like to embrace.

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

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Ah, and here we get into which figures are right. Why would "The Government" know more than the NG?

And, obviously, your answer would be "And why would the NG know more than the government".

I don't know which one is the authoritative source, but I would (naturally, because it substantiates my point) tend to believe the people who run the thing more than "The Government", whoever they are... :D

Also, you assume the generating capacity will remain static (which it doesn't have to). Even if all cars sold in 2030 are EVs, there will remain ICEs in circulation for a long time after, so the transition will be slow enough that generating capacity can be brought online to more than supply the increased demand.

Ideally nuclear generating capacity, IMHO, but sadly I suspect I'm more likely to win the lottery two weeks running than THAT happening...

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"Charging your car entirely through solar panels would require more than an average suburb roof surface"

Depends on the time of year. In the spring/summer my average suburb roof surface produces far in excess of what would be required on a daily average commute.

But you're right, only in exceptional cases would solar cover all the transportation needs of the average person.

It does help significantly, mind you...

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Sure, from he NG itself.

Have a blast.


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You’ve just described the Tesla Supercharger experience.

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Re: Elephant in the room

You're absolutely right that not everyone has a place to charge at home or work, but I suspect a significant proportion already do. Workplace charging is not common at the moment, but can become so in due course.

The "couple of hours top-up for standard commute" was assuming a "normal" charger at home. 2 hours at home can be done in 10 minutes at a rapid charger, which hardly seems unreasonable.

I'm not sure that Tesla being a "premium" car actually is significant in the battery pack. My comment applies to most of the industry (with the infamous exception of the original Nissan Leafs due to their lack of thermal management).

With regards to your last statement, I wasn't mentioning the displayed energy capacity, I was referring to the actual battery capacity. Also, your phone's battery is a completely different beast to an EV's so I don't think you can make a very meaningful comparison.