15 posts • joined 20 Jun 2008
Isn't one of the big savings gained by adjusting the _boiler_ temperature (not the room thermostats) to be as low as practical (at least for condensing boilers) throughout the year? This temperature varies with the seasons (general ambient temperature), and may have the side effect of stopping your pipes banging.
So the general advice of "don't feed the troll" is wrong, or rather is done for the general well being of the troll? If we feed them there would be fewer of them.
Depends on its composition. How much iron is in its core vs lighter elements?
With a similar composition to Earth the surface gravity of a planet in the habitable zone with twice the mass is roughly 1.3Gs - but could easily vary 0.2 Gs either way depending on composition and possibly more.
Note density increases as planet mass increases for the same composition.
Secure forever for you and close relatives?
Even if the system is secure now, it has to stay secure for your entire lifetime and probably your children's lifetime too - as your medical history is useful in predicting around 50% of your parent's/sibling's/children's susceptibility. Though that likely excludes the more embarrassing personal medical history but not the insurance issues.
And therefore if you opt out but the records of your parents/siblings/children who haven't are ever cracked then perhaps 50% of your info can be inferred.
Would you bet on tech not being able to break current encryption in 20, 40, 60 years time?
If it has the predicted density of 1.3 and diameter 60% bigger than the Earth then surface (cloud top) gravity is about the same as Mars at around 0.4G.
As it is low mass and warm it is probably losing Hydrogen and Helium at a high rate (geologically speaking). It likely has an escape velocity lower than Earth.
Make it a write only store?
Why not make the passwords not viewable (and encrypted)? It appears most users don't know they are even there in any case.
The only times I have used it is when I can't immediately remember/find a password and needed it on another device/browser and that only a handful of times over the years.
This has made me consider using a stupidly long and complex password to protect them and then throwing away the password (in Firefox).
Do the commute math
Don't folks do the maths on the commute? I worked out a while back that one mile of daily commute (2 miles round trip) equals over one hundred quid a year extra you have to earn (before tax) in direct fuel costs (or public transport costs). That is excluding any notional value you place on the commute time itself (at least minimum working wage perhaps?)
If I commute an extra 50 miles each way (100 mile round trip) a day, I need to earn over 5K more a year to make it worthwhile. All else being equal of course. Plus there would be a notional value of a couple of hours of my time a day which I would value _at least_ 3K per year (minimum wage for commute time for 220 days ).
What about the profit margin?
Ahem, ten to fifteen percent savings is probably below the profit margin the outsourcer had on the project.
So if the pay really is significantly below market rates then there are two obvious potential conclusions:
Either the savings are much bigger than 10-15%
or the insourcer is using more staff to do the same job as the outsourcer (possibly due to inefficiencies or lower skill base)
A third cynical conclusion is that they are overpaying the market rate (at least for someone) but spinning it the other way so that no-one notices!
so NOT using the internet makes you live longer?
According to national statistics on life expectancy half of the current people over 75 will be, ahem, naturally removed from the system in 6 years or less. So this statistic will rapidly fall. In fact it falls by over 10% per year.
As as the report is only indicating a 9% reduction in a year then either:
A) more, not less, under 75 year olds have never used the internet
B) NOT using the internet is an indicator for longer life expectancy
$199 when you buy a subscription to Office 365 more likely
Bundling it at that price when you take out a premium Office 365 subscription makes a lot of commercial sense.
Subscription model - check
Protects Office revenue stream - check
Protects OS revenue stream - check
Feeds off existing strengths - check
Strengthens cloud offerings - check
BYOD - check
Tablet footprint- check
Realigns Enterprise and Consumer platforms - check
Yup, seems likely.
Ooh SVG support, Ajax Business Intelligence is go
Chrome supports SVG, which makes AJAX graphing and charting a doddle.
I suspect now it is in Google Chrome that Microsoft will be forced to follow suit. This opens the door to much faster useful graphing in all browsers and paves the way for cheap Business Intelligence on the desktop.
Hosts file homing slows Chrome to a crawl
If you have edited your hosts file to "home" ad servers then Chrome takes ages to load any page containing a "homed" URL - which is of course most of the internet.
Generally it is obvious it was released early - there are a lot of things missing. It isn't a Firefox challenger by any stretch of the imagination.
But is its carbon footprint lower than fossil fuel?
Shouldn't the question be whether its lifetime carbon footprint is overall less than generating the same energy using the most efficient fossil fuel? Not whether it is carbon neutral.
It's not going to be economic anytime soon though.
It's not the TVs it's the computers (it's our fault)
Most new TVs have the standby nailed already so this will mostly sort itself over the next few years as old TVs get replaced with digital TVs. My new LCD TV uses less than 1 watt on standby already.
It's computer gear where reducing standby wattage will make a big difference. 10-20w in "off" mode for your desktop computer, printer and wireless router is fairly standard. Note many cheap printers have external transformers that use almost as much power when turned off (at the printer) as they do when turned on (e.g. Lexmark).
The cats have the right idea
The slide deck (on the linked site) is both enlightening and rather depressing. I was beginning to wonder if its major green contribution was in increasing the suicide rate (suicide being the greenest thing you can do). And then slide 164 - death by cats - priceless.
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