* Posts by Andre Carneiro

350 posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


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.

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Again, the National Grid seem to suggest we already have enough supply for the EV transition. Distribution is probably the bigger challenge.

The battery recycling is an interesting one. They're certainly reusable and Tesla seem to indeed suggest they're 100% recyclable but there aren't enough of them out there to recycle because they're lasting a lot longer than expected, especially when you take reusing into account.

Recycling needs to be made commercially viable for manufacturers otherwise we'll be walking into a complete disaster indeed.

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Re: Hmm....

You seem to be ignoring the just-as-equally incredibly destructive, unsustainable and energy-intensive process of drilling for oil. And not just the oil you burn, but all the lubricants over the course of the ICE's lifetime (EVs do use some, obviously, but only a fraction).

EVs are just as much of a lump pf metal, with a smaller, less heavy drive train. The battery pack is the "big lump of metal" that really needs improvement, but that's happening gradually.

ICE vehicles use just as many electronics as EVs, how do you think you can get the insane levels of precision and fuel-air ratios in current ICEs?

I don't know about the recycling of charging points, especially compared to the recycling of petrol pumps? Do they fail often? A petrol pump is a mechanical device, so I would expect it to fail relatively often as well (but, as I said, I have no data to make up my mind on that one).

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Re: "Why solar panels are not mandated as part of the new builds is lost on me."

Well, yes. But I still produce about 9MWh on my solar array at home every year. That is far more than the house "burns" and does provide some commutes on solar power.

Adding £8k worth of solar to a new build doesn't seem to be a very high cost intervention and the impact may well be quite significantly when averaged out over the year.

Absolutely the intermittency and unreliability problems of solar still apply, but those are imminently solvable as storage tech improves.

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Don't for get, though, that currently every single car has to go refuel, whereas with EVs it's possible that less than half of them will (most people will charge at home most of the times) so that problem is already somewhat mitigated.

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Re: Elephant in the room

The 8 hours charging are a non-issue if done when you're at home or at work. This is the most common gripe from ICE drivers but, in reality, is a non-issue. Also, 8 hours is nearly 50kWh, so you'll need to have a pretty huge commute to burn that much juice every day. In reality, most people can top-up their commute at home in a couple of hours. Topping up on long journeys does take longer but it's not an issue because you can factor it in to your journey calculations and most people rarely do journeys that are longer than their EV range anyway. For those who do, then I agree, EV tech may not be quite there yet, but will be "soon" enough.

Battery life decline is turning out to be a far lesser problem than originally expected. There are fleets of 10 year old Tesla Model S with 85% to 90% of their original rated capacity still available, and that's with 10 year old tech. It seems many EVs may well "die of old age" around the battery pack rather than needing it replaced.

Agree on the underbuild of nuclear, I really don't know how the transition to low-carbon sources can be made without nuclear and with the current energy storage technology available (although that should hopefully improve over the next decade).

That last statement is just silly :)

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Re: Hmm....

I disagree, provided that we don't bin current ones to replace them with EVs.

If current ICE offerings get replaced with EVs as they come to the end of their natural life then I cannot fathom how they can be environmentally worse over their lifecycle, even with current battery tech (which will hopefully improve significantly over the next decade).

Couple that with a better grid management system (which, admittedly, is not without its challenges) and we have the makings of a very powerful tool for emissions reduction.

As usual, you can find a study to quote whatever your opinion is but as the grid goes greener (admittedly with increasing difficulty if we don't invest in decent nuclear) then transport-related emissions should go down even more.

DOI: I drive an EV and cannot ever see myself willingly go back to ICE.

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Re: Some things that would help the situation

1. Already exists. CHAdeMO is a dying standard. Type 2/CCS is the standard connector in Europe

2. Very much agree, I suspect this will be coming sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.

3. There is some suggestion that V2V (vehicle to vehicle) DC charging may become possible so at least you can give your mate a jumpstart. I believe most of the breakdown service already have emergency battery chargers for just such a situation :)

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Well, the National Grid employ clever people that do this sort of thing for a living and they seem to think that this is achievable so I'm not too worried.

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch loses first stage in fight against extradition to US

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Re: Popcorn.....

Not sure she gives a flying fcuk about "bad press"...

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Yes, I could swear there are squat switches that prevent accidental landing gear retraction whilst on ground.

Presumably whatever system reset they were doing must have circumvented that fail safe, hence the requirement to insert the downlock pin.

CentOS Stream: 'I was slow on the uptake, but I get what they are doing now,' says Rocky Linux founder

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Re: Stability? Bah, Humbug

Nobody should be taking lessons from the current incarnation of Boeing, unless it is on how to NOT do things.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Re: Right to repair is all well and good...

Smart legislation needs to be extremely good legislation both to make it adaptable as well as avoid unintended consequences.

And extremely good legislation requires extremely good legislators.

You can see where this all falls down, yes?

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'

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Re: Shortly after joining I had a startling experience.


God, I hate myself so much right now…

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

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Re: All very well but

And how often do you drive 800 miles non-stop?

Honestly, that argument is getting so tedious....

Hybrid working? Buckle in, there's no turning back as survey takers insist: You can't make us go back

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The roads are most definitely not quieter, I think we'll go back to old habits a lot more than you envisage.

More power for your Raspberry Pi: A new PoE+ HAT to sate power-hungry peripherals

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Why keep the previous one on sale?

From what I gather from the article, it's difficult to come by, runs hotter and provides less power....

James Webb Space Telescope runs one last dress rehearsal for its massive golden mirrors before heading to launchpad

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I'm actually feeling nervous...

I'm sure I am not the only one, but if a nobody like me is actually feeling nerves about this launch and deployment, I can't even begin to imagine the stress that all the engineering and launch teams must be under right now.

I can only doff my hat in respect for the sheer boffinry and cleverness going on right now. My mind boggles.

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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Re: Does Tesla actually buy any advertising ?

"They are out there evangelising their beloved vehicles (and slagging off every other EV at the same time[1])."

From what I've experienced in forums, that is mostly a USA thing.

Most of the UK forums are quite balanced and I am more than happy to chat to anyone about my Tesla and, whilst I still think it's the best car I've ever had, I am quick to point out stupid design decisions (poor soundproofing from the foot wheel being my main gripe), poor implementation of technology or downright cheap-and-nasty cost cutting exercises (like the cardboard underbody protection that someone else mentioned, that one takes the biscuit).

I once criticised Autopilot on the Teslarati comments box and I was quite surprised by the amount of vitriol I got for it. Obviously I was just a troll pretending to own a Tesla.... it shocked me a bit, actually, and further reinforced how much difference the Atlantic Ocean actually makes.

But I would still buy my Model 3 again :)

App Tracking: Apps plead for users to press allow, but 85% of Apple iOS consumers are not opting in

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I allow the apps to ask me because I'm curious as to which ones actually want to do so.

It has been rather enlightening, and I get a kick out of clicking "No" every time...

As for YT adverts, I have developed such a hatred of Gramarly that I will go out of my way to avoid giving any money to those intrusive cockwombles.

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel

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Re: re: Idiots can bypass any security system.

Oh, not at all.

Guilty as charged of having one of his cars but I don’t like the company and I DETEST “Autopilot”. I’m fairly agnostic to the man himself, I’ve never met him.

Anyway, “Autopilot” (let alone “Full Self Driving”) is a dangerous PoS at the moment, as far as I’m concerned.

I just don’t see any bloody value whatsoever in this article.

Failsafes can always be defeated by determined idiots, big whoop.

But it seems from the number of downvotes I have missed something very obvious and very valuable in that masterpiece of investigative journalism.

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Idiots can bypass any security system.

And idiots can publish any old tripe on Consumer Reports these days, by the looks of it...

Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world

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Egads, looks like the 60s all over again.... The Cold War rhetoric is back.

Mind you, I do wonder whether two superpowers (let's just call them that and leave it there) competing for progress will make more advancements than two superpowers collaborating.

Not being intentionally inflammatory here, by the way, I do genuinely wonder if much of the ungodly technological advancement of the 60s was done so that the Russians wouldn't get there first...

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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It "could be" lots of things. We don't know, there is no official report as yet.

We're on our way already: Astroboffins find 5 potentially habitable Tatooine-like systems from Kepler 'scope

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Re: Space is big

Yes, I'm pretty sure that all of the Star Trek universe is set in the Milky Way.

I think I read somewhere that this was a deliberate decision, so as to keep passing on the message of how incredibly vast the Universe is, even for putative 24th century, FTL civilisations.

Windows comes to Apple M1 silicon as Parallels delivers native desktop hypervisor

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Re: Grumble.. grumble..

I rather suspect you’ll be keeping that money for quite a while...

NASA writes software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight

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I don't believe that questioning is insulting to anyone, and I'm sorry that you feel that way. I have nothing but the deepest appreciation for what that team is doing, it truly is the thing of Sci-Fi, and only a complete moron would think they had done no testing. That is not what I was implying.

I was genuinely wondering what it was that they couldn't do here. In that respect your answer was very thorough and helpful, despite your sanctimonious attitude.

So thank you, and please allow me to add another upvote to your post.

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But but. but... didn't they do any sort of testing before departure?

What is it that change en route? Is this software update to mitigate a mechanical fault? Or is it to compensate for unexpected parameters in the martian atmosphere?

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics

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Re: Ah, so it's an offence

My understanding is that the severity of the sentence is not a deterrent, but the consistency of being caught/prosecuted is.

If you know you're likely to get caught you're less likely to offend. If you know you're unlikely to get caught, you'll take your chances.

UK Space Agency will pay a new CEO £125,000 to run non-existent space programme

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Re: Give it to...oh

Yeah, I was also too late saying we should give it to her to see it all go up in flames...

MPs slam UK's £22bn Test and Trace programme for failing to provide evidence that it slows COVID pandemic

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Re: NHS Test & Trace??

It’s all about branding...

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Queen of Carnage

It’s just absolutely astounding!

She really does have the reverse Midas touch!

Has she actually ever managed not to fuck up at great scale?

SpaceX wants to slap Starlink internet terminals on planes, trucks, and boats – but Tesla owners need not apply

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Re: Hopefully

Quite the contrary.

If someone else can provide good quality internet to hard-to-reach locations then that immediately takes Openreach off the political hook to get it done.

They won’t miss a few thousand premisses that would cost millions to connect with a decent service and never see an RoI (even with subsidies)

GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol

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Surely it would be relatively easy to issue a NOTAM and say GPS is unavailable so fly on inertia and NAVAIDs.

And surely Larnaca has published RNAV approaches that dispense GPS entirely?

Thirsty work: TSMC starts trucking in water amid Taiwan drought to keep chip production lines chugging

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Climate change....

So.... shit's getting real, eh? It's not just some islands full of poor people anymore, it's starting to hurt "the people that matter""....

(Also, I had no idea semiconductor production used that much water, is this something that could be improved on?)

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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Re: SpaceX

Because it's ALL ABOUT COVID these days...



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