* Posts by Tom 7

3286 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

Here's a scenario for you - really sunny windy day with lots of over-generation of electricity. A smart meter made by an engineer with a pic controller in it and an old phone so it only costs about £20 more than the original beast.

The electricity price drops to bugger all. Your home system recognises its gone cheap cost it can blue-tooth/wifi into it and see its nice and cheap. You can heat your hot water for near free and granny can fill up her storage heaters without worrying herself to death.

Your system also learns that it can be nice and cheap at night and can do a bit of thinking for itself and heat your water on cheap electricity rather than gas or whatever.

All perfectly possible now - which may explain why the companies are desperate to fit the old 'smart' meters that they effectively got the government to agree to by 'lobbying' cos they know you will never crawl under the stairs to stare at a shit LCD to see if its worth saving a couple of quid by turning the immersion on.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Highly regulated?

I was working at BT Martlesham Heath during privatisation. The place was swamped with accountants and managers without a clue. Budgets were tightened till the pips popped off. The bureaucracy got to the point were every £5 spent on hardware had £100 spent on pen-pushers checking it was done to the continuously changing rules. Research ground to a halt. BT had the capability in 1991 of making 2.4Gbit fibre components for around £30 for a 10km run that were shelved 'because we dont do research'. I didnt see anything close to that for nearly 10 years when BT was charging customers £60K for huge empty boxes to do a similar task,

Adastral Park as it now called doesnt seem to do any research (CMIIR) but from my point of view, sitting here on 1.6Mb 10km from the exchange waiting perhaps another 5 years for fibre that 25 years ago would have cost BT (no outretch then) less than they spend every couple of months fixing my rotting copper line I can see the shareholders may well have thought they did well out of it but they really were badly ripped off - as were the customers.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Re: And the problem is?

One part of the problem would be that the cost of managing the sale of crap cutlery to the staff and the discussion of same in meetings would far exceed the cost of giving the cutlery away for free.

Crapita are so used to charging their customers for badly miss-micro-managing their work they've now started to eat their own shit.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Excellent article

Prejudice and ignorance are really easy to deal with - Double Blind tests. No fucker can tell the difference - you dont even get the placebo effect that might come with homoeopathy. Its all marketing woo.

Work out the Doppler effect from the warm air rising from your body while sitting on the sofa and then follow the link to buy some of my special 'air stop' foam at £200 a cubic meter, or alternatively my £10,000 room conditioning tape which you string across the room to prevent air flow.

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The wonderful madness of metrics: Different things to different folk

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Re: Transit vans

Ironically a fully loaded transit van is actually smaller than an unladen one - assuming the suspension is still intact.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Wet for 1.5Billion years

As for debris flows there is still the question of dry-lahars to be seriously looked into. Mars (with no ocean or liquid core) rings like a bell when hit by space rocks and as most of the surface is very dry dry lahars move with great ease - and cutting power.

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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Not flushing goldfish - just need to change the water and the eggs will survive.

NT - no tench.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Baffled

as to why the Linux kernel would even be bothered with fonts - given that the kernel gives no fucks about graphics at all.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Mips???

You'll find most instructions take at least 3 cycles or more so 0.02 Mips is a bit of a sales figure.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: Burn them....

with methane hydrate to cover all options.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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The only fair remuneration for the music industry

is its complete destruction.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya

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Need a drool proogf keyboard.

To avoid complete kitchen destruction while passing out pissed with the cooker on all of this can be prepared beforehand for quick heat on returning from hostelry.

We keep chickens and ducks and sometime we get a lot of eggs hanging about and have found that making omelettes and freezing them is a remarkably good thing to do! Stack them with grease proof paper and you can just pull out as many as you need and have them micro-waved before the frying pan is even warmed.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Need a new PC?

RPi and a new monitor, os, keyboard and mouse and wifi and backup drive all for less than £200 gives you a very satisfactory PC.

You can kit a child out with their own RPi pc plugged into a telly for £50 or a gamer often just requires a new graphics card in an old PC.

But most people seem quite happy sitting there with their tablet. Someone is going to have to go to a lot of effort to make someone buy a PC these days.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Mr Cameron

As you have not objected to the plans I set out in my e-mail of today-3months I will expect you to vacate the office immediately.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: It does seem as if its a bit of a hole @Peter

There was a third transmission received - it does look like access is a bit more restricted than one would want. Rosetta's orbit is being moved to see it they can improve things. I have my fingers crossed but not too tightly.

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It does seem as if its a bit of a hole

as the comms seem to be the problems not the power.

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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They were vegetarians not vegans.

And in reality they will have eaten a huge amount of insect life. My sheep probably eat more non-vegetable matter than I do!

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Well at least Hillary is safe.

NT

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: That's not the point

@ Trevor_Pott Thas how revolutions used to start - ooh look topless girl on a mountain!

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: 20mtr up.

And 20mtr horizontally in a huge number of cases.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Speaking as a Scientist...

"No, Linux machines have build processes that require root elevation without justification."

Until you make a reasonable request to IT for permission to do what you need to do and then you will be given permission to do that (not as su) and accept the responsibility that goes with that.

The sensible thing is to stop anything happening until you are sure it should. MS could learn from that.

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Re: The view from High Wycombe

I've just show a musician friend who has a mac and the biggest fuckoff screen ever a load of stuff running on the RaspberryPi 2. He was gobsmacked.

The reason why a lot of musician use Macs is cos that's what they are shown and know. When you spend more on a single musical instrument than you do on a mac it doesnt seem a lot to ask. When you realise that a ten year old can have a full blown recording studio for less than £200 on a Pi the school budget looks VERY different.

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ISS 'nauts quit orbiter and aim for Kazakhstan splashdown

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Splashdown!

Oh dear that doesnt sound promising!

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Potholes - theres tool for that.

Its called the steering wheel.

You dont have to drive into them. I know they are not always possible to avoid but do make an effort.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: providing the world's population with the protein it needs to survive.

"Meat isn't the most efficient way of utilising land to produce protein for humans. "

Actually in some places it is. You'll get something from a mountain top from goats and sheep. And ditto for a lot of land that is marginal. The broads used to produce more food as 'foetid marshes' in the form of eels (Ely cathedral was paid for with them), ducks and water reed roots than any modern farming method can.

Nature has a remarkably efficient way of filling areas of land with a combination of plants and animals - and insects which should be eaten too - and, while it currently wont make a flavourless, nutrition-less white loaf for the market as cheaply as modern farming methods as food prices rise we will be ditching the tractor for slightly more man-power hungry methods of growing more food than monocultures can.

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Re: Hmm let's think about this...

Leather (well good leather) last for years too - and when it breaks down its almost completely organic.

When plastic breaks down (when you leave the shop) after its choked the land and the seas its often quite toxic.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Re: There's always

There were stories of a cooker not far from a transmitter playing Radio2 continuously as it arced over a very small gap.

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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

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There would have been more results from the UK

if they hadn't timed out.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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So we cant trust HTTPS then.

NT

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FLYING SAUCER crashes into Pacific off Hawaii - NASA

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Re: Failed?

Unit testing in a nutshell - destroy everything and then run away.

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Chips can kill: Official

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No problem

I'll have my chips with chicken or pies or chilli or lasagne. I leave that Maillard reaction for my pancakes and plum sauce.

Sorted!

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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If this happens outside london we'll get plenty of help

all those media choppers will keep the windmills whizzing round!

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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One light second a week.

<silently>whoosh</silently>

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Re: Typical short-sighted approach

I think the Americans still use groats and rods in space development. Its the only sign of irony in the whole nation.

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If you play it backwards

it say "Kill the earthlings".

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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if you're over 15

you will have seen all the jokes in the big bang and spot the ones coming in friends - long before the canned laughter man hits the button. Weeks before in some cases.

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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Re: European Extremely Large Telescope...

Nowadays its more of a get as high as possible so there ain't so much air to get through! Its nice and high up where they're building these monsters so you get less weather, less air to reflect back any street lights, less wobbly air to correct for. There are places in europe that high (2500m+) but the vibration from snowboarders hitting the doors would make it impractical.

I'd be interested to see if their are any figures for less brain power in the scientists who work at this height - I notice problems standing up these days.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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20A!!!

I'm guessing the idea behind this is so when you put the cable into storage the cable is sufficiently thick and strong that when the storage torque effect kicks in the cable will not wrap itself irretrievably round other cables in the vicinity as normal it will in fact walk back to the place of manufacture for re-sale.

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

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What the hell happens when it hatches?

Dr Who is quite prescient really....

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Cycling normally works the other way

it seems that smashing your perineum with a hard saddle on a regular basis is really good for erectile dysfunction.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Impossible Testing Scenario

Even my software can ask what hardware there is present before loading the wrong stuff.

They used to call them sanity checks.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Re: Hot meat pies?

Large tortoises have evolved to surf down the lava on their backs. They actually work together to ensure eruptions happen regularly.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Re: Where's the astronomy angle

he found a spot on saturn! Re-read it!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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Good to see she's given up smoking.

Well the pipe anyway!

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

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Re: Just one question

When ADSL hit general use in the UK a friend of mine managed to torrent enough films to take a lifetime to watch. Now he's got FTTC he's still at it.

The greater the bandwidth the lower the baud rate.

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Windows Server 2003 end of support draws ever closer

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Re: Unlikely...

I see them regularly but then I roll my own kernels for antique machines when pissed so its not surprising.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Choose a question (and answer) on car numbers

The fucking car park has started to ask my registration number before it will give me a ticket these days!

I might learn it soon - but by the time I'm back at the car the dogs had a shit so no need for the ticket!

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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How much more was there before we nearly wiped out the whales.

Someone spotted that most whales dive deep to get their food but poo at the surface. When there where a lot of whales they would have provided a massive amount of nutrients at the surface for a much larger eco system.

When we piss in our chips...

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

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Re: BT Scope rubbish

My cabinet was around a mile and a half away until they got money to FTTC the exchange - now its back at the exchange 6 miles away on about a foot of fibre!

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