* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

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Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?

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Re: 30m quid on removing greenhouse gases?

Physics tells us a very simple mechanism behind climate (well, temperature) variability and anthropogenic climate change

If the mechanism is so simple, why has every model thusfar utterly failed make an accurate prediction?

Because it's not simple at all. There are myriad effects, feedbacks and forcings, both positive and negative, many of which are poorly understood.

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And who foots the bill for all this? Such build-out is almost infeasibly expensive i.e. 10s of billions, maybe 100s. Utility bills are already inflated thanks to subsidies. Adding more would drastically increase fuel poverty. Government clearly won't pony up or they would have started to already.

Huawei thanks Uncle Sam for returning its seized comms kit ... two years later, ya jerks

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5G Leader

The continued delay will only prolong uncertainty for network operators, risking the UK's position as a leader for 5G deployment.

Why so vital that the UK 'leads' 5G rollout? Understandable if it where say the first succesful satellite launch, or the first successful mobile phone call even.

But I see zero need to be first for helping users burn their data caps ever faster, or allowing mobile companies to get all gougey with reasonably sized data plans.

Questionable ecomonic projections on the benefits of 5G be damned. So far the use cases of 5G over 3G/4G seem gimicky at best.

FFS let someone else iron out the kinks, bring the data caps up and the prices down, then roll it out here.

Handcranked HTML and JPEG japes. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Hmmm..

Sole. Not soul.

New York City sues T-Mobile US over 'abusive sales tactics'

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Pai in the face

Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai has already agreed the $26bn merger should go ahead saying he believed the companies' promise to rapidly set up 5G networks and improve rural access

Stop, stop! My sides are splitting! No more, you're killing me...

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

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Re: Could be worse

Also the priority tends to go to the fleshiest obstacle i.e. the pedestrian. Always the vehicle (bike/car/whatever) is expected to be aware of and avoid the pedestrian wherever possible. Even when they're blantantly in the 'wrong' place (cycle path, road) and not paying any attention to their surroundings.

As in, you can't mow someone down just because they're walking on the road.

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Re: At werdsmith.

Bonus 50 if you leave their walking stick / Zimmer frame standing.

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius

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Re: Why?

If everyone thought like that we'd still be in the dark ages.

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Re: Can they not just use a micrometer?

That's what the bench vice is for.

OK, let's try that again: Vulture rakes a talon on Samsung's fresh attempt at the Galaxy Fold 5G

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Re: I wonder...

how much of the device thickness could be reduced if the front screen were only a small display for notifications.

Hardly any, I expect. Screen hardware is very thin, especially OLED / AMOLED. Doubtful Sammy's using oldskool LCD for the front panel on their new concept flagship.

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Re: They tested the first attempt for 200,000 folds also

Certain glass types can bend if thin enough. We're talking really thin though.


Yeah I know bending isn't folding. But it is progress.

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Re: Surely not

No one's forcing you to buy it. Obviously it doesn't fit your use cases or lifestyle, but others are allowed their own opinion.

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Re: Why? unfolds into a tablet

Not sure combat trousers suits the OPs use case. Takes 'business casual' a tad far.

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Re: Why?

Quite a chip you have on your shoulder there.

The wheels on the bus go round and... Oh dear. Chancellor Sajid Javid unveils spending review

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Re: "the opportunities created by Brexit".

Just like it was applying to leave without having worked out a strategy.

This. A hundered times this.

Regardless of remain or leave leanings, pulling the Art.50 trigger without having the first clue what was actually wanted or how to achieve that was the height of moronic political hubris.

As it is we're left with this unending stalemate. The EU's "deal" has been voted down 3 times, but there are so many different camps we can't coallesce around one unified counter deal.

EU won't open renegotiation because they believe we'll do anything to avoid no-deal. And now we're on course to bin the nuclear option*, EU has zero incentive to reopen negotiations and this stalemate will go on forever.

At least until someone has the balls to revoke A50 until we've worked out how this might actually work, or if there's still the same desire there was... dare I suggest... put it back to the people since there's way more information than we had in 2016.

* That's the trouble with nuclear options. Nobody realistically wants to use them. But if you don't have them, or the other side knows you won't dare use them, you cede all negotiating power to the other side. This is true in pretty much any negotiation, Brexit or otherwise.

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Re: eastern European counties gained freedom of movement

Sure but if the mooted 15k per annum figure really was the claim at the time, it doesn't really matter who advocated the policy. OP is merely talking about the figure, not the advocate.

Whether the 15k figure was an outright lie or just a massive underestimate is another issue, and since nobody has an actual predictive crystal ball any estimate is nowt much more than a guess.

SpaceX didn't move sat out of impending smash doom because it 'didn't see ESA's messages'

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Recursive problem

Assuming your testing programme is well defined to cover all combinations of possible input and output states, your unit tests are themselves bug free, and your tools for system test, UAT, fuzzing etc. are similarly free of impactful flaws.

Which relies on the tests testing those testers to be bug free.

Which relies on... arrrgh!

It's turtles all the way down.

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Re: Dart scores

My dad would often say he's not that kind of mathematician (retired applied maths prof, Warwick Uni).

Tesla Autopilot crash driver may have been eating a bagel at the time, was lucky not to get schmeared on road

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Re: Naming

Bender Mode

(kill all humans)

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Re: Did he get a ticket?

Sounds like the... unfortunate... who rear-ended the highly visible tow truck was also not paying proper attention to the road and surroundings.

Doesn't really help your assertion that emergency lights may not be as visible as we'd like to believe.

Icon for "The simplest answer is usually correct" etc...

Devon knows how they make it so steamy: Phantom squatter of Torquay curls one out on bloke's motor

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Re: Police Powers

Pretty sure taking a dump in public fouls a variety laws.

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Re: £2000...

Did Yogi get bored of the woods?

Teletext Holidays a) exists and b) left 200k customer call recordings exposed in S3 bucket

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Re: many companies still leave their S3 buckets unsecured

But is anyone monitoring that inbox?

Say the bucket was set up by a dev who's long since moved on, and the email provided was their email and not a more generalised company email.

Whistleblowing saboteur costs us $167m bellows Tesla’s accountant

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Re: Even better addressed some of the issues ...

Nah that costs real money, not imaginary losses due to hour-hour stock market fluctuations.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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Re: What does USA border patrol does do if you don't carry a phone or computer?

Maybe so. Unfortunate side effect is you'll probably stand out more and so be more likely to get selected for a full cavity search a yelled at by the racist on duty.

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

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Re: A bit out of date?

A really effective personal transport solution shouldn't require a change in mindset. It should just work, as well as if not better than the thing it replaces. Reduced convenience is hardly a compelling argument.

As to your local generation, that's great and it works for you but many people can't afford it, lack suitable space/roof-orientation to build it if they can afford it, lack a dedicated parking space even if they otherwise have the means, lattitude is barely adequate... etc. etc.

ASA...? Come on, they're toothless. Please. You can't be that naive. Besides, regardless of what Ecotricity et. al. provide, you aren't justs shuttling their electons into your Leaf.

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Re: A bit out of date?

Maxwell's Demon. He's figured it out and put it to work as an electron bouncer.

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Re: Go ahead and downvote this.

Ok I will. Not because you have an EV, you can afford that option and it works for your circumstances, but because you believe you're charging it with ONLY use renewable Electricity from companies like Ecotricity, Octopus. No. You get the same grid mix as the rest of us (minus your solar panels -- also financially beyond reach for many).


Ecotricity Vegan Energy...? WTF!?! Do other providers fuel their generators with a steady stream of live animals? This has to be up there with the most ridiculous, stupid, bandwagon jumping virtue signalling nonsense there has ever been.


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Re: A bit out of date?

Depends on the motor. Typical ICE can easily run to £5k-£10k or more, which seems roughly equivalent to EV battery prices I've heard quoted.

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Re: A bit out of date?

There's a lot of service items beyond the engine, spark plugs, oil and air filter.

Suspension, transmission (unless we're talking in-hub motors), other filters, aircon, brakes (less so due to regenerative braking), bearings, bushes, wipers, lights (less so as LEDs become widespread)... to name a few. Batteries, battery coolant.

Suspension, bushes and bearings are under more strain due to the increased weight, and manufacturers love to make these things as cheap as possible so I expect the same MTBFs will still apply.

Tyres wear faster due to extra weight.

Still a lot of things left to service on an EV.

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Re: .. not really

Ah well that's because the current fleet was built not to run its own waste.

And "new reactors" obviously means new designs specifically crafted to passive walk-away safe in the unlikely event of a problem. It doesn't mean the current fleet, nor those being added to the current fleet (which are still 'old' designs).

All new solutions are hypothetical until they're actually built. By your reasoning we'd never build anything new, because it hasn't been built yet.

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RE: Oh well, just give up then. No point in being a world leader...

Devil's advocate for a sec...

If mass decarbonisation of transport is economic suicide -- do you at least agree it will be disruptive without major infrastructure changes (infra rarely keeps pace with policy) -- then yes, there's no point being a world leader when your own nation's economy has collapsed. Not sure it's even possible to be a world leader in those circumstances (except perhaps at being the nation with the fastest collapsing economy).

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RE: strike price is almost at a level where there wouldn't even need subsidy...

...(most of the year it doesn't)

So why are we all still paying this unnecessary subsidy? At the same or higher rate than when the subsidy was first introduced?

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

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Re: You can't force women to participate when they dont' want to

Indeed, and having made considerable effort to solicit submissions from women presenters, and still failing to achieve their desired diversity, the organisers could have legitimately continued the host the event and responded to their detractors explaining the effort expended to attempt scheduling a diverse panel, and how despite their best efforts the desired demographic doesn't seem to exist (as in women devs wishing to participate in a PHP conference).

Instead, they folded to seemingly well-intentioned but ill-informed political correctness and took the easy way out.

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

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Indecisive much?

So you start by saying you don't need a jack, then that you use an adpator:

You don't need a headphone jack, so it was removed. To support old devices, they included an adaptor. I use it all the time. It does what is needed.

which means you do need a headphone jack, you're just accepting to use it via an adaptor.

Then you reverse your position:

No, I told you I don't, and why I and others don't. This headphone jack thing is just a typical anti-Apple beat up.

Whether that jack is in the phone or the adaptor doesn't change squat.

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

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Re: No One Cares About This Anymore.

What the fuck has a discussion about EV pro's and con's got to do with Brexit?

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Re: Low hanging fruit

Nah that's a perfectly good idea and has the benefit of being carbon neutral. It requires no personal sacrifice and everything can carry on as usual without wrecking the global economy. So no chance of happening.

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Re: "Leave your car at home"

I'm lucky enough to work from home, so I do leave the car at home. Except when I need to go somewhere. Until working practices and expectations are overhauled to encourage remote working, leaving the car at home is hopelessly impractical for a whole lot of people.

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Re: 2023!

When the battery costs more than the car, that's unlikey to be a roaring success.

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Umm... did you miss the troll icon?

Hard to tell if you're serious or not. Some of those ideas are ok, others seem like batshit crazy unicorn brain farts.

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Planting trees is a relatively easy solution. Iron fertilisation of the oceans to vastly increase fish stocks is another. Kelp farming is a third.

All these are relatively simple, relatively cheap, and don't force massive personal sacrifice and societal upheaval to fix CO2 emmissions.

Which is why they will never be enacted. It's almost like fighting CO2 emmissions must be a self-flagellating thing.

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Re: Or people.

There's a study indicating drones would be far more efficient at planting than people. IIRC maybe up to 100 times more efficient. Plus it's drones. Everything is cooler with drones.

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The thrust of the gov's EV push is to reduce carbon emissions to meet it's own masochistically imposed GHG targets. Eliminating street level pollution is a handy side effect.

Seems like mandating all large ships be nuclear powered would do far more to reduce CO2 emmissions than the political suicide of banning all ICE vehicles. But that'll never happen because nuclear.

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Re: alternative temporary charging arrangement available

A well thought out transport plan, in a civillised society with proper infrastructure, should not need all these caveats.

It should not require alternative temporary charging arrangements!

All you're doing is drawing attention to the gaping inadequacies of the very scheme you're battling to promote.

Unless said "arrangements" can be reduced to the size and weight of a full 1 gallon / 5 litre jerry can it's an unnecessary and expensive excess requirement, a sticking plaster to cover the inadequacies of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the grid in general.

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Re: The problem with electric vehicles in the UK

Doesn't mean someone hasn't already thought of it, and isn't actively pushing it.

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Re: The problem with electric vehicles in the UK

There should also be access to a scheme where the vehicle is allowed in an EV space (which could be outside your house).

These schemes are great in principle, until they're put into practice. Then they're usually a beaurocratic nightmare of proving your eligibility, residence status and so on, and completely fail for:

1) multi-car households where there is only on-street space in front of the house for one of those cars.

2) households with a driveway too small for their car or unsuitable for their medical/disability conditon (example - my partner is registered disabled, has a drive but it's dangerous for her to use due to the slope. Asked for a disabled spot outside the house (road is much flatter than the drive), was turned down because she has a driveway despite being unusable).

3) Likely to be other issues.

Plus no one's likely to happy for you to park your EV in their spot. Rightly or wrongly, people can be surprisingly precious about parking in front of their own house, what they consider to be their spot. On-street charging and EV spaces may solve some problems but they will create others.

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Re: The problem with electric vehicles in the UK

a competent diyer could also fit it themselves (with proper earthing and RCD protection).

DIY electrical work is illegal without an electrical safety certification from a qualified electrician.

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You keep pitching this...

With the modern generation of long range EVs they would only need to plug in, on average, twice a month.

What are your sources? What's your basis for this assertion?

You seem to assume no battery drain while the car is parked, but that's not a valid assumption (anti-theft, remote locking etc.).

And 'average' still means quite a lot with significantly higher mileage/use demands. Doesn't matter if excess demand on the grid happens occassionally or frequently, the result when it happens is still the same (rolling blackouts anyone?).

The rise in EVs has also led to a rise in owners installing solar and battery storage as well so no load on the grid.

Again, citation needed. And assuming "no load on the grid" is fallacy. Any non-optimal day for solar, and let's face it... UK... there will be many sub-optimal days, there will be inevitable grid draw. Sometimes less, sometimes more, but across the board unlikely to be zero (failed batteries, failed panels, faulty wiring, failed inverters).

If you're among the few who can afford and have a viable roof or open space for solar with battery backup, that's good for you. Most people don't have those opportunities. Many barely afford to house themselves and get to work. The additional cost is simply beyond them. What happens to those people? They'll use the grid. I expect that's a lot of people. Off-grid solar is niche, for those who can afford it, and so it always will be niche.

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Re: require brake pads to be in an enclosure

For a second there I was thinking 'how the hell would that work?', but I'll concede it is feasible.

Would have to enclose the entire disk/pad/caliper assembly which would be a nightmare scenario for brake cooling, which is why I see near-zero chance of it happening, but it is technically possible.

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Re: 50 miles???

Not a problem in the brave new electric car world.

You simply won't be able to have a car. Problem solved.