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43 posts • joined 6 Apr 2007

World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

Russell Hancock

Re: Tesla S?

@Dave62 - true about the electric motors having less issue with the stop start cycle... i know that a couple of cars i have had (the MG TF especially) was most efficient cruising at 50 MPH - at that speed i could get close to 50MPG, doing 10 - 20 MPH i would only get 20 - 30 MPG so not sure how that would change on an electric car - does the Tesla (or this car) use 10% more power per 10 MPH speed? i.e. doing this at half the speed it would have gone twice as far?

What i would love to see is the Tesla do the exact same thing and see which dies first! i also would like to see the same thing done again but with the solar panels turned ON - so i can understand what extra benefit these give - 10 miles, 100 miles, 1000 miles...

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Russell Hancock

Re: Tesla S?

@Myself - Also want to re-iterate my first point...

WELL DONE...

(not trying to p on their parade, just want to know what they have done that will make it possible for me to personally own a nice new electric car that can get me the 350 miles i drive each way to customers most weeks without having to stop for an hour along the way...)

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Russell Hancock

Re: Tesla S?

@A Dawson - The "P85" spec is 312 - with the "performance plus" it is 318 - 324 miles (http://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/models/design)... Whilst i agree that the driving cycle is different for their stats the Tesla is "start stop" driving which uses more energy than a steady 60 around a test track...

I just think the article did not explain why this is a record? does it only run on a single 9V battery? does it have 1/10th the amount of batteries that the Tesla does? can it be built in a garden shed?

@Neil 8 - i agree about the solar panels but the article states that these were turned off during the test so in this case they make no difference (although i am sure if they were on it would make a difference)...

@Salts - Agree, they probably did spend a lot less money and that is a good thing. The article needs to give more info of the specifics of how this was achieved - less money, smaller batteries, more efficient motors, new technology? what does it add... The article needs to give a bit more "meat" on the bones of it...

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Russell Hancock

Tesla S?

First things first, well done... Any advance in this area is great.

BUT...

The Tesla S, in it's top spec is rated for 320ish miles at 60mph - that is more or less the same as this and I am sure that the Tesla is more comfortable and already road legal...

SO

What have I missed? Please enlighten me as so far this article does not tell me why this is better than the rest...

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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Hats off and glasses raised to that man

I think this guy deserves a pint or two and a couple of nights rest in a proper bed!

Have to say that he is a braver (or stupider) man that me - i like going potholing, abseiling etc as they can get your heart pumping but this is a whole other world of heart pumping...

We need more people like him doing "stupid" things because they can...

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

Russell Hancock

Re: Standard Form Letter

@SImon - You are right, we should complain more about this type of thing as it is depressing but there are so many things to complain about and so little time - just easier to go back to my apathy and continue ranting on the Interweb as that will make the world a better place!

(also agree about the "if only it wasn't so sad" comment)

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Russell Hancock

Re: Standard Form Letter

I always find that line funny - the damage has already been done and a lot more people will have seen the original ad than will see the "don't do it again" ruling...

It is basically a "do what you want and by the time we decide anything it's too late to matter" thing - typical of the UK.

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Russell Hancock

Re: Ironically....

Sorry, but in 7 years dealing with BT they have never done anything right! (disconnected me, not canceled things they confirmed would be canceled, added charges to my account and taken months to refund them...).

Sky are probably not much better, but they are better than BT, TalkTalk - now that's another story!

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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Re: What?

Also, just a thought that popped into my head - could it not have been a power cut that reset the charging flag? does it also record the fact that a physical "unplug" happened?

Not trying to cast doubt on the case - just wondering what goes through the mind of phone developers if they think: "I know, it would be really useful to know how many times a phone is plugged in to something, lets add extra bloat to the software to do that..."

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Russell Hancock

What?

Why does a phone keep a log of when it was plugged in to charge? my phone gets plugged in to charge about 30 times day (in and out of car and in charger on desk - remove to take call, put back)... surely recording this info just takes up space?

Have I missed something here? Miss read the article?

I'm confused!

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

Russell Hancock

Re: Mogpiss Monday Blues

@I ain't Spartacus - have an upvote for making me smile (although the "jokes" are pretty bad)

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Russell Hancock

Re: correction needed

While i agree that VED is the correct term for it "Road Tax" can also be correctly applied as it is a "Tax to be able to use the road" - i.e. without it you are not allowed to use the roads...

MOT and insurance could also be called "Road Taxes" as you have to pay them to go in the road and they are just another way to get money to use something - Why are there so many "taxes" on driving? Petrol, MOT, VED, Insurance, Fuel Duty, VAT... Maybe they should scrap the lot and have one simple "Road Tax" that is "the charge for using roads"...

(looks like this turned into a bit of a rant at the powers that be - sorry about that!)

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Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

Russell Hancock

Re: What is Bing?

Thanks for the laugh... i liked that one...

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Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

Russell Hancock

Re: Scientists spend money discovering already known facts?

The point of this, well points i can think of in about 2 seconds, is:

1) We now have a way to actually CREATE "sharkskin" so now we have a way to use the knowledge that sharkskin is quicker in water... This can be used to make boats more efficient, dive suits that are quicker, surfboards that are quicker...

2) We now have a way to actually measure just how good sharkskin is - i.e. we know it is quicker than not having it but HOW MUCH quicker - should we do all of the things in point 1? yes, yes - it's not as good as real sharkskin but then neither was V1 sharkskin i don't imagine

3) we can now MAKE laser wearing sharks rather than trying to train them - not sure about you but i don't fancy trying to train a shark to shoot the right thing with a laser - it will probably think i am the right thing to shoot based on the fact i caught it and strapped a laser to it's head.

Think thats it for now - anyone else care to add to this list?

Cheers

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

Russell Hancock

Re: I wonder if...

That was my first thought on this one - Space X must be loving the issues if only for the fact that it highlights that having one supplier of anything is a dangerous thing - be it Space buses or toilet paper!

Hopefully this will make NASA look at the manned version of the Dragon in a new, more urgent way...

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

Russell Hancock

Re: I have a little list...

Thanks - i only know this as i recently swapped from O2 to Tesco mobile and wanted to check it would be the same signal - I was happy with O2 but they would not let me have more than 2GB of data and i wanted more (now have 6GB with Tesco for less than the cost of 1GB on O2 but still using their network :) )

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Russell Hancock

Re: I have a little list...

Google, my friend, Google....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Kingdom_mobile_virtual_network_operators

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Spain clamps down on drones

Russell Hancock

Re: Reminds me of Ian Banks

@chrisf1, @Radbruch1929, @Irony Deficient - Thanks for the extra info from each of you - i will go and look into the points raised and try and understand things better - as i said, the comment was based on memory and not based on research (yes, yes, dangerous i know...)

Always happy to learn something new...

Side topic [Pet hate] - @Radbruch1929 's down-voters- 2 down-votes but neither explaining why - how do we know what you did not agree with so we can check it out?

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Russell Hancock

Re: Reminds me of Ian Banks

If I remember correctly (probably not) this is the basis of Roman law - it's banned unless it's written in the list of "allowable" things... This is the basis for the laws of most European countries...

The UK is based on Common Law - if it is not on the list, go for it. The problem is now that the list in the UK is massive...

Can anyone correct my tired brain?

Cheers

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

Russell Hancock

Re: Puzzled @Russell Hancock

Hi NomNomNom, giving the benefit of the doubt - i must assume that your post was made before I managed to find some of the references to the "vague memories"...

Cheers

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Russell Hancock

Re: Puzzled @Russell Hancock

It was Phil Jones, professor at University of East Anglia and part of the Climatic Research Unit - the study was published and used when issues with some of the data were known and the reliability of other data sets was "questionable" - this was back in 2010 and still sticks in my mind...

Then there is the IPCC saying that Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2035 but this was based purely on nothing more than some "thinking" - no peer reviewed studies, no physical data, nothing! these are supposed to be the people advising government policies and they just "make it up". Again this was 2010

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Russell Hancock

Re: Puzzled @Russell Hancock

I can't remember the exact details of the major studies that were taken as "fact" and then found to be wrong i seem to remember it was a UK university that was then published as fact by one of the major international bodies - Any help me out here, was a couple of years back?

Then there is the BBC changing it's stance to "it is happening" based on a meeting of "scientists" that it refused to name and spent a lot of money trying to avoid disclosing who was at the meeting. Again anyone got any dates (think it was around 2012).

Then there was the "study" that said all polar bears would be dead by now (proven false)...

As you can see - the major details don't stick in a "layman's" mine but the general "they told us something that was a lie" does.

I am not saying that we should disregard all studies, that would be insane, just that the actions of a few have tainted the actions of the many. Like you say the good scientists will figure out the rubbish ones and ignore them - unfortunately the media / government / Quangos wont...

As one of the other replies said - i was taking three mile island, Chernobyl and Fukishima power station issues for Nuclear Physics as these are the only area that most people "see" nuclear physics - i know that there are "nuclear power plants" in the rover on mars (OK radio isotope) and that many submarines are nuclear and don't have any issues but look at France now - no more nuclear and turn off the existing ones...

sorry for rambling this morning - brain is all over the place. If i can remember any more details of the studies i mention above i will post them...

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Russell Hancock

Re: Puzzled

I can't comment for everyone, only myself, but the reasons i don't fully believe either side of this argument is that many of the studies have been proven to have been falsified. Other studies have refused to release all data so that they can be verified and replicated. With out full transparency neither side can claim they unquestionably correct (if they are why not release the data...)

A similar issue may be around nuclear physics - because we have had 3 major issues in 50 years (not sure exactly how long nuclear power has been used) people are scared of it - could it not be that those 3 issues distort the whole field, i.e. 3 bad "models" have skewed the picture for the other 10,000?. If so is that not what is happening with climate science? a handful of "bad" studies condemning the rest?

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Russell Hancock

Re: I feel it in the air

You can also reject returns if they are incomplete (i.e. no power cable, missing manuals, etc) or if the packaging is missing - the main point being it has to be in the original condition so that it can be sold again...

Cheers

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

Russell Hancock

Nice install

Installed on a Lenovo IdeaPad 13 (core i7, 8GB, SSD) - took less than an hour and, as the article says, freed-up about 4GB on the SSD - not bad - wonder what they removed though (not my AV as others say as mine is still installed and running)...

The only issue i had was the trackpad stopped doing the multi touch stuff (simple 1 min install from the Lenovo partition on the SSD with all drivers there) and Microsoft changing the display to low res - again about 5 mins but really shouldn't have had to!

So far so good (but then i quite like win 8 so I'm probably too old and/or stupid to understand why it is rubbish!)

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

Russell Hancock

Re: Naming of astral bodies

Hey - you don't have to be over 40 to know that tune... i'm *only* 31 and i know the tune!

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

Russell Hancock

Re: Pardon?

You do know that you can get very cheap Samsung "Galaxy" phones - i.e. under £100 - try the Galaxy Y, or Galaxy Europa (not sure if they are still sold as i got one of each a couple of years back - one was £30 and one was £60)...

I can tell you for a fact that they are cheap tat... so not just Nokia selling low end phones with the same branding as their top end phones...

Facts - great aren't they...

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Peak Apple: Samsung hits DOUBLE the market share of iPhones

Russell Hancock

Re: Druthers

Have to correct you there - Range Rover (well, actually Land Rover) are doing really rather well at the minute - along with Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari…

Yep, lets go for low profit high volume like Renault, Citroen, Vauxhall – they are all doing really well right now!

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The O2 4G Lottery: Are YOU in one of the three LUCKY cities?

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Re: Here's a thought...

thanks for the tip about the 30 day now being £18 - i was paying £25 as this is what it used to cost...

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Russell Hancock

Re: Abducted!

Would you keep them?

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

Russell Hancock
WTF?

Re: High Street

@Joe K...

Nice attitude there... i would say that the original post was spot on - i work 9 to 5 most days and then spend some time with the kids before they go to bed...

What does this mean? when i need something it has to be from a shop that is open after 6:30 / 7:00 pm and has parking (have you tried public transport in Cornwall?) so that rules out every single shop in every single town center within 30 miles of me...

Where do i shop then? Tesco (open 24/7) or other supermarkets and other out of town centres as these are open till 8 / 9 pm and have parking...

so yes, free parking for us "tw@ts" with cars would be a start, as would being open when we are able to shop - i have spend several hundred pounds on clothes in the last couple of months but none of this was at a high street shop....

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Review: Sony Xperia Z

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Happy

Re: I like the waterproof feature

While i agree that the inductive charging would be much better than a charging socket i have the Xperia Go (baby brother of this and also waterproof) and that has the same (i assume) covers for USB / Headphones. I have to say there is very little risk of breaking them off or wearing out - they are really well made and i am 6 months into the phone with zero signs of wear on them...

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

Russell Hancock

Re: Cool for CATs

Get a Sony Xperia Go - Slightly smaller screen, granted - but also IP67 water / dust proof and so far the screen has not cracked on drops that killed a HTC One X... Have tested the water proofing several times with dips into the sea, lakes, ponds and the bath!

Great phone.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

Russell Hancock

XOOM Media Edition - 8.2

What about the XOOM Media edition? that has an 8.2 inch screen - surely that is a direct competitor to the iPad mini?

Being too lazy to check the respective specs against each other i can't say how they compare but surely 8.2 is closer to 7.9 than 7.0 is?

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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

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Is it just me or do NASA seem to be on a bit of a roll at the min? Some amazing images from some amazing science - shame school science lessons are not based around things like this!

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Firefox, Opera allow crooks to hide an entire phish site in a link

Russell Hancock

Re: And yet...

You don't need to host any web page - simply have the submit button trigger some javascript that reads the form fields and emails it to a free email account - GMail / Hotmail / etc, that way no backend servers, no traces to you...

Or as others have said simply embed a virus / trojan in the URI...

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

Russell Hancock

Re: too easily shocked

The TyTN was not the cloest to the iPhone - The HTC Artemis was (Also branded as XDA Orbit) - this was the keyboardless version, had a few buttons at the bottom (not just one) and was mostly controlled by the touch screen (i still have mine in a draw) it was also launched in November 2006 BEFORE the iPhone in January 2007?...

it had all of the features of the iPhone and more and was pretty easy to use. The only improvement that the iPhone made was to have the screen flush with the surround to make it easier to touch the very corners of the screen - this improvement is probably nothing to do with Apple though as it was a change in manufacturing processes that allowed it - they just picked a newer design screen.

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Google Native Client challenges Microsoft and Adobe RIAs

Russell Hancock
Stop

Why?

The problem i have with all of these projects is that i can't see any benifit in them....

Why would i want to edit a photo that is stored online via my web browser when i can just save it to my computer and use a local app - Say Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro. The best "onine" apps will probably be about as useful as Paint!

Or have i missed the point (Just like i have with Web 2.0)...

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UK.Gov green lights nuclear power

Russell Hancock

@John Stag

The tree-huggers have no reason to complain - i have been diving and snorkelling in the *best* locations and there ain't no wildlife to destroy....

also tidal is generally a little way of shore where they can be put out of site / harm from beach rocks and cliff collapses....

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Why nuclear?

If the new nuclear powerstations will not be ready for more than 10 years surely pumping the £10s / £100s of millions into renewalables would make them as *cheap* as anything else?

Now i know that Solar is nearly pointless in the UK and wind is unreliable but what about tidal energy? Living in Cornwall you get to see the amount of power available there everyday (it's wicked watching huge waves breaking over rocks in a proper storm).

And before anyone says renewalables are not reliable i can assue you that the tides are very predictable (roughly every 5 3/4 hours) and reliable!!

Oh and there ain't much uranium in Cornwall....

Cheers

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BT aims to make UK a Wi-Fi kibbutz

Russell Hancock

Mobile Phone

Does this mean that my wi-fi mobile will be able to use any of them?

*free* internet downloads in covered areas - that could really change the way I use GPS, mobile email, skype, google earth et al.....

Hope it works in practice as I have a feeling BT might just be incompetent enough to mess it up!!

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So, what's the first rule of Reg Club?

Russell Hancock

The First Rule of Reg Club is.....

....always have your coat handy and a taxi on speed dial

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Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip

Russell Hancock

Why???

I have to ask why they pulled the whole of YouTube? Surely if it offends you then don't watch it.

I know that there is loads of stuff available on the internet that will offend me, so i don't watch / view it. Is that not just simple common sense? or is the rest of the world joining the UK in the "nanny" state where no-one is allowed to make a choice for themselves...

It's a sad day when things like this become the norm...

Cheers

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