Consume, consume, consume, again and again, and all the while take everything for granted. We, in the developed western nations, are at the top of the hill – it's all there for our taking. In general we seem to think that we can insulate the walls and lofts of our homes, stick in a few energy saving light bulbs and then be fully justified in placing a heated jacuzzi in the back garden! It seems to me that we might do well to ponder the plight of many millions of folk around the world whose own electricity supplies are anything but regular. I think that if we were to truly imagine dealing with such interrupted supplies ourselves we might begin to re-assess our habits of consumption and appreciate the absolute pure luxury that is, e.g. the drive to a superstore, the freedom to fill trolleys with all manner of globally sourced produce on display in chiller cabinets, freezers or just lit up with enough light bulbs to get 20 more overs in at Lords when bad light is declared. I therefore submit that we need to look very hard at and re-assess all our consumption patterns, not just energy, before things start to go a bit dark! It is a much, much, bigger problem we face than simply whether or not the supply data from alternative energy sources adds up to anything significant at this moment in time. Very reluctantly I am coming around to the view that we in the UK will need increased reliance upon nuclear generation for the next 30 years or more. But I can only find myself agreeing to that if we absolutely ensure that in those 30 years we expand/develop alternative sources of supply and storage to work alongside nuclear generation and seriously address our patterns of consumption and energy use all round, thereby diminishing the grand total that is required to feed into the grid in the first place!
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The use of 'Psycho-active' drugs really mushroomed in the mid to late 1960s.
The only 'Entertainment' systems in my car are a somewhat dog-eared copy of "Eye Spy Lorries and Motor Cars", a rather tatty box of wax crayons and a Woolworths foolscap writing pad (price 3d).
Re: Uk Temperatures
@ saxicola - Would it not be more accurate if that read as: "UK Temperatures are very much influenced by the Atlantic Conveyor or 'Gulf stream' AND the meanders of the Northern Jet Stream" ? I would suggest that it is a combination of these two major variable elements that have the greatest local influence on UK weather.
Did they come Bering gifts?
So, will it be called the Peel electric car, (geddit hehe), or maybe the iPeel. I dunno, I wonder if it will have any aPeel at all.
Re: Mirror, mirror on the wall - the internet.
@AC - Education and an open mind I suppose. If you don't take everything you witness on the web, or media in general, with a healthy pinch of said salt, then you will, as your anecdote would indicate, become very blinkered in your outlook on the world. There's no point in ignoring 'conspiracy' sites either, if you want to achieve a balanced view that is. In the main I find that a brief dip into some such 'conspiracy' site usually bolsters my contrary leanings, but then that probably has more to do with the way they present 'information', rather than the content itself.
Mirror, mirror on the wall - the internet.
The great internet mirror reflects us back at ourselves through such media and not one of us likes 100% of everything thing that we can see in that reflection. If unfettered freedom of speech is what we want when gazing at the interwebs, then we must also accept there there will be some scars and blemishes in that reflection and that we are equally free to ignore them. But, those 'nasty' bits are parts of the whole reflected image - that is what we mustn't loose sight of. But, no, no, no, we want to sugar the pill, to pull the wool over our own eyes and stick our heads in the sand until the nasty stuff goes away. I would rather have the nasty comments visible, out there in the open, where I can chose to either reflect upon what they say, or choose to ignore them, than have them fester away in a hidden manner where they cannot be challenged. As ever it would seem that minority views are being allowed to distort the much bigger picture.
I myself am gladdened by the initial results from this project, I had my fears that it was going to be a Micky Mouse affair.
Irony (or stainless steelery in this case perhaps)
Meanwhile the bosses and upper echelons continue to just stuff their snouts at will into troughs that seemingly never empty, funny that.
@Norphy - Cables with dual USB connectors are available and should draw sufficient power from the USB2.0 sockets. But this means you will need two USB2.0 ports to be available and in tandem / close proximity.
Re: Conclusion is obvious
But, but, pondering your post has given me a headache and now I'm very confused.
Obvious innit . . .
I find this hardly surprising at all, I mean have you seen the sheer numbers of lunch-time courses, blatantly on offer, freekin everywhere I tell you, for those people who want to become airplane pilates !
How about 'Britains Got Telnet'
Each week you could have two opposing teams of four peeps on a TV show, drawn from say; pub quizers, gamers, librarians, IT folk and, of course, ordinary working people (TM). Each team has seven days to find out as much information about the other team members as they can. Categories could include; Hobbies, Health, Finance, Sports and On-line shopping etc. Methods could include your more traditional sifting through the contents of bin bags, intercepting mail and binocular focused observation. Tactics could involve calling the other teams bluff by threatening to reveal something really juicy, even though no such material exists. As the competition progresses the time period allowed could be reduced. In the later, more difficult stages, the teams might have to follow a randomly selected tourist from say a major airport hub and determine his/her identity and reasons for travel without drawing attention to themselves. You could even have all manner of diversionary tactics and double agents!
No, no maybe not.
I think everyone is being most unfair and beastly towards this particular government department - at least they actually bother to listen!
'Britains got Telnet'
Watching, on a prime-time TV near you?
So what goes in the map box now?
Oh, of course, it becomes a charging dock for the gadgets I suppose!
Shirley . . .
Just build robots that ONLY play golf, invest in more operating theaters/staff/equipment, and yer consultants can concentrate on applying their considerable skills to surgery and catch up with Robo-Golf progress on their E-Scorecards via smartphones when they take a tee break.
Re: Back in my day...
Luxury, bloomin' luxury I say. A slide rule was the most advanced piece of equipment in my satchel. It was (is) open-source, required no batteries, still works to this day (some 50 years later), and has never suffered malware infection or system corruption of any known kind. Storage - that's what yer grey-matter is for. Luxury!
Just Keep Banging Those (very, very, very small) Rocks Together Guys
"... future voice services..."
So something like - 'You will be called next month by the mother-in-law, press the hash key to divert the call to Saga Very Long Round the World Cruises, or press the star key to use the AI Automated Prerecorded Conversation system.'
Just put up a big sign
'Any asteroid found hereabouts, having collided, deemed to have been abandoned or otherwise found to be in contravention of Earth's Near Orbit Rules and Regulations, shall be clamped and the registered keeper fined. A maximum penalty of 5-years imprisonment applies.'
There, that ought to do it.
I could be wrong but seem to remember something about Alexy Leonov having to cope with what would otherwise be a bit of a brown-space-suit problem for us mere mortals, but was just a bit of a challenge to him as he re-entered the spacecraft - I think his space suit had inflated just enough to cause him to struggle to get back through the canvas envelope that surrounded the hatchway. His ingress was, I believe, further hampered by the fact that the suit gloves had tightened up on him, embiggening the bothersomeness of the whole ordeal. So, yes, indeed, I raise a glass to Alexy Leonov and ALL the other pioneers of early space flight.
Re: The very fact
I take issue with your comment sir - I know for a fact that Ofcom is fully aware that 'Smart Phones' are the ones were you press Button-A when your call is connected and Button-B to return your coins when the call is not connected, so there.
Machines leaving earth - Yes / Human Meat Bags - No
I can only envisage AI machines, originating from Earth, and perhaps carrying sufficient biological material to replicate humans (when time/conditions permit), traveling through deep space in order to colonize anywhere at all. In missing out the 'meat bag' problem such travel to the orbits of other stars could work and replicated humans might find a niche in this way. Such migrations would therefore proceed in a 'stepping-stone' manner.
Why not . . .
Fill that little old electric slow-cooker up with seared and seasoned diced pork/chicken/beef strips etc., add some stock (and/or ale - whatever), to taste, plop in a few diced vegetables (peppers / onions / toms etc.), set the timer accordingly and then pop off dahn the boozer for a few hours, safe and smug in the knowledge that a wholesome hot meal awaits you on your return. Simples.
It would appear that there is not a hole lot of difference twixt Swiss banks and Swiss cheese.
So, erm . . , if I have understood this correctly, this 'ere ancient light of the cosmos was one of them energy saving thingies was it, took a little bit longer to come on and that?
I for one
Would like to see what they can inject into the proceedings.
Re: could be worse...
..if it was Microsoft - everything about the project could potentially become ElonGated. (but still, I suppose that's the general shape of rocket ships, so it might work)
Only intermittently connected.
For the moment at least, my car can only be described as 'connected' when a tow rope is making that connection twixt it and any given recovery vehicle.
Re: Today's tautogram
I C what you did there ;-)
It needs to be asked . . .
Upon arrival at the terminus, will the gloopy mass of body parts, fluids and mashed internal organs that constitute the remains of the luckless passengers, be poured directly into vats destined for the Soylent Green factories?
Re: Alternate Routes
@ Sir Runcible Spoon - "It's a myth" - Presumably that's because all fiber lines lead to Roam ?
OMG what if . . . .
. . . the teddy bears' fur harbors some nasty bacteria that will give little Tommy a bad tummy, or worse! Now I need a bug-monitor for the sterility of the teddy, where is this going to end!
Or - have your kidz in a test tube/incubator and put them into a sealed bubble from birth, get fone appz and rest easy so you can fix your eyes to the smart TV for all that must-have advertainment and political messaging. Welcome to the 'modern' way.
Re: Can you believe it?
Do get with it peeps, it's now called 'power cycling' a system, you heard what the man said, enough with this off and on again malarkey.
Worth a listen
The Beeb World Service have a half hour interview which provides some interesting background to IS called something like 'Bureaucracy and Brutality' available as an mp3. Slightly OT here but it really is worth a listen.
Groucho Marx quote . . .
"I find television very educational, whenever it is on in our house I go and read a book"
I'm a little confused now having read your comment. After all I was just about to complement El Reg on the high definition, up to the minute, imagery they manage to secure in order to document such revelations, truly life-like it is.
If you liked any of the above . . .
Then you may also like to search out: The Institute for Transacoustic Research / The (Vienna) Vegetable Orchestra / Gomme Handschuhe Doodlesack(?). But I can't quite remember exactly who performed using the sounds from distressed computers in suitcases as they were savagely chopped and hacked with axes, anybody?
Holger Czukay, co-founder of Can, studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen, who, if my memory serves me well, once wrote a passage for piano wherein the pianist was required to use his/her buttocks.
Re: God bless us, every one!
Add to that the fact that if you do travel some 900 miles for work and you come from the 'wrong' region/ethnic group, you can come up against some pretty nasty discrimination that can leave you further out of pocket and generally make life rather difficult all round. Such matters aren't, of course, the sole preserve of China and it's economics.
Re: God bless us, every one!
Not all but very many workers in China continue to be dawn to the cities for work because of economic allure, but the majority of those leave children, wives/husbands behind, sometimes many hundreds of miles away. Whilst the wages appear reasonable, when compared to subsistence farming, leaving the kids with grand parents who struggle with the burden, and not seeing them for 6-months at a time, is not an easy thing to bear. If you are young and single it's fine, but what sort of housing could you expect if starting a young family in the city - have you seen what's happened to property prices in big urban/city areas over the past 10-15 years.
Re: God bless us, every one!
You mean . . I . . what . . wait . . that we were mis sold Globalization as well! It's as if we now find ourselves top dog - atop a pile of crumbling social needs, low pay, misery and economic seizure.
Re: Supply and Demand
@ Credas / @ Bloodbeastterror
Honestly peeps I was unaware that Apple "trumpet [their] wonderful ethical policies". If they make such a 'thing' about it then yes, I agree, they should be able to publicly put that to the test. (the only Apple (Macintosh) products that I own are over 30 years old and still work as intended).
I am just reasonably sure that almost every imported product is made at the expense of workers conditions and pay. Therefore I consume as little 'new' product as possible, make what I do have last as long as possible, recycle as much as possible and look for pre-owned alternatives to the latest shiny-shiny if indeed I really 'must' replace something and have a very, very, stern talk with myself about the merits of opening my wallet in any case. So I admit I am probably not representative of the general all-consuming populace, sadly.
Supply and Demand
T'was ever thus. I would have paid more attention to this if the Beeb had taken a swipe at working conditions for a plethora of tech/gadget manufacturers. Perhaps they could have approached it from the 'Demand' and 'Desire' angle and placed more emphasis on the habits / actions of consumers in the West. The majority of what we import / consume is made under pretty awful conditions for the workers at the sharp end, be it clothing, foot wear or technology. I realize that Apple apparently make something of an ethical approach to workers conditions etc. Well, good luck with that, it isn't going to be easy. Exploitation goes all the way down the slippery slope of the supply chain. If you happen to be at the bottom of that chain you are hit hardest because you have nowhere to move.
Since the 1950's I have been deliberately and harshly mislead by illustrated encyclopedias, comic books and all manner of other literature, as to the most common, 'proper', and frequently used technique of landing a space ship on earth by means of retro-rockets and a multi-legged arrangement, sporting up-turned dished feet. As and aside, if it hadn't been for the dear old Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump jet I might have given up all together! So, having had to endure many decades of watching lumps of metal plunge earthwards onto barren ground or into the ocean, I find that, personally, I have a lot invested in seeing this contraption 'do it's thing'. Good luck to all involved.
Is Standing Still the Third way
If, as has been postulated, there are two streams of gravitational time, each traveling in opposite directions, would it not therefore be reasonable to suggest that where they meet, or collide, is the moment of present, the now. Which then might infer that the present is stationary, unmoving, as the two streams cancel each other out at the time-event horizon, or present moment. Might we be able to only observe, or at least sense, the past, as the results of that collision moving backwards (from our standpoint), as if we were moving forwards, but only because we are only able to look backwards and document what has just happened. Walking backwards for Xmas as it were. If we are not able to look in the other direction might that explain why we cannot observe, or accurately predict, the future. By contrast, an observer in the opposing stream of time would be looking backwards (from our standpoint), at a past that is, simultaneously, the future of his/her opposing observer.
But we can predict the future, because prediction is not the same as recording or documenting a happening. I can say that in approximately six days time a machine will be turned on that will appear to chaotically juggle 49 spheres, each with a different numeral written on them, in space-time and then randomly select only six spheres as lucky, winning, numbers in a lottery. But I cannot, however, and to my continued immense frustration, accurately predict which six numbers are going to be drawn in six days time - at that moment of 'now' when two streams of opposing time collide in such a way as to determine the outcome of that lottery. When a seemingly chaotic system reveals a static, ordered, outcome and one which can only be observed looking back upon it. But, in all probability, for a few lottery participants at least, that moment of 'now' will change their futures, or at least the probable predictability of their futures, as determined by the amount of cash they each have available.
So we get the sense of traveling 'forward' in time, but are, in fact, stationary, only able to observe moments 'past', which implies a 'forward' momentum and gives us the impression of travel. A bit like that peculiar sense one gets when sitting on a train known to be at rest, at a platform of the station, when suddenly the train on the next track starts moving and for a brief moment the laws of space-time seem to have been broken and one starts, at the very least, to worry about the implications that Waterloo station and indeed the rest of London, the UK and the entire known universe, are all heading towards the West Country in time for tea.
I need a little lie down now, but I am happy to contemplate upon the probability that my opposite, babbling, commentard of the future El Reg, coming towards me at this very moment, can say something to the effect of: “T, that I doing, the get, shirt”.
Dear Sir, I have been avidly watching this television series for some years in the hope that it would one day focus on the subject matter described in the title. After all I very much welcome progressive program makers dealing with all manner of contemporaneous human activity. However, I am sad to say that watching groups of people bobbing about in boats entrapping fish is not at all what I was anticipating. Therefore I find myself in agreement with those wishing to ban such abundantly erronious and frankly misleading material(s) being transmitted by means of the interwebs.
If he was dong this whilst attending a Public Accounts Committee meeting, one assumes he would have been playing another game altogether, since one Margaret Hodge can be a pretty angry bird at the best of times.