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Save your phone battery.
Use a Bluetooth iBeacon.
Your Home Assistant will know you're home just before you step through the door and turn the front door light for you if appropriate.
This is one of the great things about Home Assistant is that you can achieve the same outcome in so many different ways with so many different type of sensors.
Well, yes. But that's the cost of install for a single dwelling.
The transport of equipment onsite, the planning and council permission, some of the trenches and ducts, all of that would be shared by a larger number of homes and would expect to bring the cost down significantly.
If I call BT to dig up my street to install fibre just for me, then yes, I expect that to be quite expensive.
I'm not convinced this legislation goes far enough, but user-swappable batteries in smartphones, similar to the ones we had in the 2G era, might actually result in smaller phone dimensions if you could have a fully charged battery in your glove box or your laptop bag which you could swap in seconds.
Sure, the BBC is renowned on the world stage for quality programming and its World News Service (unavailable in the UK), but it is not a worldwide service provider.
The BBC isn't in the same league as Netflix.
As was stated in this article, the BBC's income is about £5bn while Netflix gets some $30bn.
The audience and reach is also different: 20 million uk households vs 200+ million paying netflix users across all continents.
One produces most of its content and has expensive production facilities for that, while the other mostly commissions or just licenses content, ironically a lot of it from the BBC.
I don't get this whole "world beating" mantra and competing with the daddy/ Kleenex of streaming.
The empire is dead. Being the best in the UK will suffice
This looks like a clever design, but moving elements and pulleys in those harsh conditions don't seem like a good idea.
If something fails you don't want the nacelle with its tons of oil other dangerous chemicals landing in the water.
To keep something that floats stable in rough seas you need balast. Lots of balast.
Finding cheaper and more suitable balast sources would seem like a better direction of research to me, but nonetheless it's good that research and innovation is happening in this industry not just on the blade and generator front.
At Nominet, the "heart of the internet" as they like to call themselves, the status page is almost never updated.
On three occasions I've had to specifically ask that they put some sort of update on nominetstatus.uk after reporting an issue to them, them not being aware of it initially (at least 1st line of support weren't) then later confirming it was a "wider" issue.
You would be surprised how many people click the Continue or shiny green button on cookie consent popups for websites. Even when it's a simple binary accept/reject option, not to mention the complicated "Let me choose" pathway.
There will always be plenty of ignorant users or subtle ways to persuade the others.
While technically H2 and CH4 are very different and pose different challenges, I agree with the sentiment of your comment: we've proven as a society that we can work with extremely dangerous gases even in a domestic setting without any special training.
Plus we've been using hydrogen in industrial settings for the production of ammonia/fertilizer for over a hundred years.
A hydrogen tank does not explode in the event of a car crash, for example. It probably would in the event of a terrorist attack, as you suggested. But so would petrol tanks in that case.
Toyota engineers (big proponents of hydrogen fuel cell cars) did plenty of tests and they admitted that they were surprised by the results: in a high velocity crash where the tank would be punctured the pressurised hydrogen is released in the atmosphere with incredible speed and it immediately raises up before it can ignite.
Hydrogen is an incredibly light gas and disperses upwards into the atmosphere very quickly, in fact too quickly for combustion to occur.
There are crash tests carried out on hydrogen fuel cell car tanks where they do not explode because of the speed with which the hydrogen disperses.
In the Hindenburg accident it is not clear whether the hydrogen was the main fuel of the fire or the fuselage itself. Hydrogen fire doesn't produce a visible flame (see the Space Shuttle engines), so the intense flames in the Hindenburg footage would have been caused by the fuselage.
In other words, hydrogen is incredibly safe – we understand its properties very well and have been safely using it in the fertiliser industry for decades
When Nasa built the Hubble telescope they actually commissioned two identical ones, because when you're dealing with taxpayer money, why build one when you can build two at double the cost?
The second one has been in a museum since then. Just dust it off and strap it to a rocket.
There's an interesting story about that: the one in the museum apparently is better than the one in space because they were built by different contractors.
Plastics are good if used sensibly.
But plastic is not a circular material – it can't be recycled indefinitely. For example recycled plastic can only take a small percentage of a new plastic bottle. Usually plastic is down-recycled into plastics that can no longer be recycled.
If we can avoid plastics we definitely should!
The email that triggered all this was a lame spoofing attempt sent from a dodgy AOL account.
"I was told by friends at GCHQ that I was better off sticking to Gmail rather than using the parliamentary system because it was more secure,"
It seems to me that whoever gave this advice might have been referring to Gmail / Google Workspace's automatic spoofing warnings which are triggered when the sender's name is the same to one of the directory contacts but the email is not from the company's domain:
These alerts are extremely intrusive and therefore are highly efficient with nontechnical users (in fact we were getting a lot of support calls about the alerts themselves), so in a sense would be more... secure.
We simply don't know...
The turnout at the first EGM was the biggest ever, it was an incredible achievement. Not sure if we can reach the same level again, to be honest.
Nominet's FUD was clearly all lies then, but now it would be actually valid – removing the entire Board is a serious disruption to the company. Some members might think it's too radical.
We need to try. It's our right to call for an EGM.
If that fails, at the AGM later this year, we have to elect better NEDs that support the Public Benefit principles and not those who want a Nominet PLC
Simon Blackler at the time explained that disputing Nominet's refusal of putting the second motion to the vote would have taken months in court and would have delayed the entire EGM (plus the huge legal costs). The whole thing would have lost momentum and Nominet would have had more time to spread their FUD and give registrars special deals in exchange for their vote.
It was the right thing to go ahead with just one resolution – we made some progress and there was hope the remaining Board would see the writing on the wall and cooperate.
But we are where we are now so it looks like we need to call a second EGM to get rid of all the Board and start fresh.
This desperate attitude can't be all about remuneration. There's probably something a lot more sinister hiding in the accounting books that they don't want people to see.
Who know how much they've been syphoning out of the coffers through various supplier contracts and those failed acquisitions.
All members can vote now only via a proxy, but you can instruct the proxy how to vote on your behalf.
PublicBenefit.uk campaign has been encouraging members to vote Yes and appoint Simon Blackler as proxy. See: