* Posts by the Kris

42 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Oct 2016

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies

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Re: A giant

Why this need to dress sexy?

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee

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Re: Doubt it was Apple

"They are supporting third party repairs now"

Some repairs for some devices. Are you able to buy the charge chip for every MacBook model sold in the last 10 years or so?

Google tests battery backups, aims to ditch emergency datacenter diesel

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Re: They are using Fluence Gridstack

They are identified as:

Battery Supplier / Module


These are LiFePO4 batteries from CATL, their 280Ah cells in a liquid cooled frame, as I already suspected would be used.

Lower cost per usable kWh than lead-acid.

Cycle life of 8000 when charging fully and discharging to below 5%.

If they cycle between 20% and 80% cycle life will increase dramatically.

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Re: Can someone do the math for me please?

Most likely they will be using LiFePO4, which doesn't contain Cobalt or Nickel.

Diesel generators also need to be maintained, this means oil, coolant, filters, ...

The batteries will also be used to stabilise the grid, this means allowing increased use of renewable energy generation on the grid.

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Re: Can someone do the math for me please?

Doing the math:

Most likely they will be using LiFePO4 batteries which have lowest cost per capacity and have the longest lifetime. Under optimal use (e.g. 20%<->80%) we see 10000 cycle lifetime.

So if they were charged and discharged every day between 20% and 80%, they would last 45 years.

(45 years * 365 days * 60% cycle => 9855 cycles)

Techies tell BCS: More and richer data required if COP26 climate pledges are to be met

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Re: @Mr. Flibble

"they were doing the 'right' expert thing".

No they weren't.

Elephants were killed based on a claim of an ecologist who thought they were the cause. "experts blamed desertification on over-grazing". But no research showed that that actually was the case and that killing them was the 'right' action to take.

Sparrows were killed based on a claim of a politician. No research showed that that was the 'right' action to take.

I would only agree on that they should've looked at meaningful data before taking any actions.

"Wind farms producing so little energy compared to the 'expected' output".

I have yet to see any reports confirming that, I've seen only the opposite, doing close to or far better than expected.

The energy shortage has jack shit to do with wind farms and home solar. It has everything to do with politics, namely pandemic and monetary mismanagement.

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Re: Climate Change

The name was changed because too many people misunderstand the term, and not because "the temperature going the wrong way: down not up". It couldn't be for that reason, because it isn't going down, it is going up.

If I cycle through the different hadcrut datas on http://verstat.no/hadcrut/ I clearly see an increased and continuous rise of temperature from around the 70's for all methods, and the difference between the methods is very small.

You only blew holes in your own "theory" here.

It is clearly you who doesn't read data nor research.

Oh please, "remind people how the entire meme was thoroughly falsified"

Survey of astronomers and geophysicists shines a light on 'bleak' systemic bullying

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Re: re: There happened to be a 30ish woman walking in front of me.

He did not make any such argument. He just gave an example of a situation that can have been perceived as harrasment while it was nothing of the sorts.

The argument is to be sceptical and look at what the study actually "studied".

In South Korea the new normal future of work is ... a 52-hour work week! (Down from 68)

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Fell 0.84 or fell to 0.84?

South Korea has a huge problem with digital sex crimes against women says Human Rights Watch

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Well, that is the experience for too many male victims, not just in South Korea, but all over the western world. Go to the police, try to report sexual or other domestic abuse, get laughed at and sent away...

Accused of underpaying or snubbing women and Asian techies, Google spends pocket change to make it all go away

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Re: They have the money and they want the talent.

Well, last time it was men that were being paid less...

Google found it paid men less than women for the same job


Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

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Re: Cubic metres? cm^3? ?? What is its abbrev.??

I've only ever seen cu.m being used, never CUM.

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Re: Cubic metres? cm^3? ?? What is its abbrev.??

That's not ASCII but Unicode.

Devs strung up about .NET 5.0 string changes that may break working code are told: It's not a bug, it's a feature

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Re: "... that doesn't create new productivity improvements for our users"

{CR} and {LF} are not a culture issue, but a platform (System) issue (iOS, Linux, Windows, ...), as you say yourself.

A search should not fail to find "\nBob" in a string "Alice\r\nBob" for any culture chosen. Culture can't (shouldn't) define whether it is {CR}{LF} or {CRLF}

Windows 10 to let you know that your SSD is dying rather than throwing out a BSOD when it's already too late

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Re: SSD Failure Warning: Only Fair

"it is only there if you need it"

That should be the case. Unfortunately Windows will proactively swap pages of memory to the pagefile when those pages haven't been accessed for x time. Even before there is any memory pressure, "just in case you need it".

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Re: Yes, you are, regardless of the amount of RAM you have

No, you're not!

I've been running Win 10 on my laptop for 5 years now without any pagefile. No software has complained or crashed because of it. This includes: VMware Workstation, MS Visual Studio, C++Builder, 7Zip, OpenOffice and a whole lot of other stuff.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: If you look for offence, you will find it

Why focus on the west? Why exclude racism faced by whites outside of the west?

Your second statement, again, why exclude non-white on white racism, which is less visible because it gets less media attention?

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Re: Some people need to understand that not EVERYTHING is racist

When Muslims enslaved white Christian Europeans, no doubt it was firmly established in the population's psyche that 'good Muslims' (aka non-white people) go to heaven when they die whereas non-Muslims (aka white people) automaticall go to hell.

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From the article, using the word master is not inclusive.

Can someone list the "races" and cultures that are left out?

Which cultures have never had a part of their people enslaved, if that is what we are talking about?

Can we ask them if they actually feel left out?

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Re: It hasn't been able to kill lots of stuff

Make sure to try to kill a process on the Details tab, it uses a "stronger" kill than on the Processes tab.

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He also offered some tips. "If Task Manager ever hangs or crashes, start another by pressing ctrl-shift-esc," he said. This requests a "secret code" from the existing instance, and if not received, starts another one; and this works to launch the utility even "if the Shell/Explorer is dead".

Some 20 years ago I had a non-responsive Task Manager, on a live production system, and I needed it bad...

It was NOT possible to start a second instance.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Don't they realise ...

... that destroying a 3G/4G tower means that their own cellphone will have to boost its output power to reach a tower further away?

Assuming they destroy a tower near themselves of course.

Coronavirus pandemic latest: Trump declares 'two very big words' – national emergency – and unexpectedly ropes in Google to help in some form

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Trump recently said ...

We have a total of 15 people and they're in a process of recovering with some already having fully recovered. Hopefully we're not gonna have to spend so much because we really think we've done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum. But we've had tremendous success tremendous success beyond what and we want to keep it that way so we're at the low level. As they get better we take them off the list so that we're going to be pretty soon at only 5 people and we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

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The world we live in...

where you call a mechanical keyboard non-mechanical.

One teeensy little 13-minute power cut, and WD you look at the size of that chip supply cut!

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Re: Backup Power. — Dual Feeds

The above comments suggest that most people assume you need to supply the entire factory with backup power.

Although unclear for these factories, it is very unlikely they need to do that to prevent the current problem.

Anecdotal, but I have never seen that. Emergency power is supplied only were needed, e.g. server room, security systems, a few specific machines or rooms, ... stuff like that.

The required emergency power can be drastically less than the full operational power requirements.

Drone fliers are either 'clueless, careless or criminal' says air traffic gros fromage

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Much better fit:

Politicians are either 'clueless, careless or criminal'.

The FCC has finally, finally approved a half-decent plan to destroy the robocall scourge... but there's a catch

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Instead, charge the robocallers 1$/minute and play an info message to anyone who accepts a call: "Warning, you will be payed 0,5$/minute if you can endure the crap that follows this message".

No need to have the receiving party pay for blocking.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034

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A self-taught Belgian bloke? Unlike a self-taught mechanic, becoming a Belgian bloke requires being born in Belgium.

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

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I don't care for the crap Win 10 calculator, it must be the most unusable calculator ever.

Install Microsoft Calculator Plus and don't look back (or forward?)

Tech world mulls threat as new round of US China trade tariffs looms

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Compensating tax cuts

Trump is compensating tax cuts for the rich with import tariffs that are eventually paid mostly by the middle class US buyers.

Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

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Re: Puzzling

Quote from article: "Meanwhile, Xu was cuffed by Belgian cops in April, and handed over to the Feds, we're told."

What does "nabbed" mean anyway?

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Where's yelling Bob?

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: (misleading stats)

Failed comparison.

You're comparing a paragraph hidden in a 233 page document, which we can call a surprise needle in a haystack, to axis that are extremely clear. The fact that the 1st comment is about the axis shows just that, it is not hidden.

If the axis both went from 0% to 100% it would virtually show no information, that would be a useless graph.

You sound like the type of person who needs a warning on a box of razor blades: "Do not swallow, external use only", to prevent you from doing just that.

I can agree with the comment to have them at the same scale.

Astroboffins discover the stink of eggy farts wafting from Uranus

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If it smells like farts, then light a match.

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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Re: Timeline

Anyone registered www.intelflaws.com yet?

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: Sigh ...

The CRASHED annoyed me as well.

On the other hand, the bus did not get 'dented by a clown who wasn't looking in his mirrors?'.

The bus approached a semi that was already reversing onto a terrain, the bus should've left enough room for the tractor to manouver while backing up. The bus was dented by the tractor, not the trailer, says enough.

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The details are available, didn't mark the link though.

The truck was already reversing onto a (factory?) terrain, the bus should've stopped earlier, it stopped so close to the tractor it was on the part of the road the tractor and/or the front (!) of the trailer would pass over.

A human driver would've left the required space.

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: It's 'only' 16 bit and 44.1KHz CD

If you do hear a difference, it's because the 2 media have a different master, one better than, or simply different from, the other.

Double blind tests have proven over and over again that no-one can hear the difference if the same master is used and the correct sampling techniques are used.

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Re: It's 'only' 16 bit and 44.1KHz CD

And even better:


plus video link:


This is the best article and video I ever found about the topic.

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Other way around, LP sodium lamps are more efficient than any LED assembly (driver+actual led's) currently available at a reasonable price. On the other hand, LED's allow for a more directional lighting so you could get away with less lumen (and less watts) for the same road area.