* Posts by Hairy Spod

124 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

Apologies..... 3KWh of electrical energy an 3KWh of heat energy

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

about 6KW of energy (3KW electricity and 3KW heat energy) goes into to producing each gallon of petrol.

In summer I get about 5 miles and the depths of winter with lots of heating about 3.3 miles per KW out of my leaf.

That means that the most thirsty petrol cars out there actually use more electricity than my Nissan Leaf on top of the fuel that they burn!

Almost all charging is done over night, so the additional demands on the electricity infrastructure that would be caused by inscreased usage of electric cars are not actually as great as you might think

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Person in charge of looking for funding says...

someone with billions should spend it elsewhere shocker

nuff said

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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no, its not just the app.

All you needed (before Nissan pulled the plug) was the VIN which is visbile under the windscreen to a passer by and the script which could be run from any computer.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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a bit harsh on the other fruity one

"Ramping up the Ubuntu Mobile push comes at a tough time: Android and Apple hold such sway that they’ve succeeded in seeing off two challengers. "

mentioning microsoft and firefox and not even acknowledging blackberry

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Balloon-lofted space podule hits 30,000m

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Re: Helium balloons

As I understand it, outside of replicating a supernova (please dont) very hard to do, probably better off trying to make the almost just as impossible and not likely to ever see vacuum baloon

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

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Marketing opportunity for old gear on e-bay

..so basically now is a good time to pick up a load of old flat panels with poor viewing angles that no one wants and then to start flogging them as high security devices on e-bay

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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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Who cares, now that this is launching they can get on with the model E that the rest of us will be able to drive.

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: Pure water can exist only between zero and 10 degrees centigrade???

errrr yes and I think that can be read as the air pressure on Mars = Low enough that it doesn't really exist above 10C.

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Adobe patches Flash dirty dozen, ignores 155 in Shockwave shocker

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alternatives

Genuine question, do the non adobe linux alternatives like Pepper Flash have the same vunerabilities?

Am I better or worse off by using them?

Are there any Windows alternatives for visiting legacy sites, or playing old off line stick men or line racer .flv files with?

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WARM, WOBBLING MOON believed to hide MOIST CRADLE of life

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through the jets!!

what's that going to coat all of the instruments with, wont hitting them at speed be a bit of risk?

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: grrr

....in which case you are better off with a pure electic vehicle, or, if you must, a range extended hybrid which can have its ICE turned off in an urban environment.

(also bear in mind that hydrogen production requires lots of heat and/or electricity)

I cant help but feel that those billions would have been better spent on improving other existing solutions.

The only advantage I can see is for energy companies (these things require lots of overall well to wheel energy) and as they have a more complicated parts that a typical BEV the makers of all the parts that will need replacing as they get corroded by the reactive hydrogen.

The only plus (as you correctly point out) is that like electric cars there are no ground level emmisions

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grrr

I love it how electric cars are always fuelled by dirty coal power stations and hydrogen always comes from excess capacity nuclear or renewables. It costs more than an electric car, costs the same or more to run than a petrol car, looses luggage space like a hybrid, you can't charge it at home. Seriously what it is the point of these things

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

"Presumably the capsule is at the back of the ISS so any debris would have to pass through the entire station before impacting the Soyuz capsule"

Does space have a one way system?

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Afterburners on eh! I doubt it.

I think your memory is playing tricks on you sir

Apart from a few test bed flights (and I think those planes were long since destroyed or decommisioned) the only afterburning versions of the powerplant that the Vulcan used were for the TSR2.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: 1983 synthesisers!

either that or they are using Queen's "No synthesisers" statements on their albums which suddenly stopped in the early 80s as a guide to how all music was made as if nothing (else) really matters.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

not only that, as the surface of an induction hob is smooth glass and never really gets that hot, its an absolute doddle to keep clean which is just as important to a lazy arse like me, no more messing around taking things apart or scrubbing away at burned on food

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Re: Surplus power

actually link these to an economy 7 electricity tariff topping up overnight when a fair amount of generation capacity is currently wasted and these might actually make a lot more sense.

More controlable than a storage heater and you can use it to power your tv or washing machine later in the day rather than just heat your house.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Yes, and the flight instructors on the two seat English Electric lightnings used to comment to the novice pilitots whilst going supersonic in the vertical that.

"You'll notice dear boy that the purpose of the wings on the lightning is merely to keep the nav lights apart"

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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Re: @bill 36: Was kinda with you until...

we dont really need that much more electricity to power an electric car over a petrol one - about 6KW of electricity goes into refining each gallon of petrol, its a niggling little point that gets overlooked in most debates like this....

Electric cars are not the sole answer, you wont really find anyone claiming that they are, but they are a very useful step towards some very laudible goals, both economic, political and environmental ones.

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Re: Oh noe

I have a petrol car and an electric car, the electric car IS hands down better all round.

I'm with you on every other point though

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: Or to put it another way...

From what I have seen on the various UK electric car forumns, the real kicker is that Kia actually expect people to pay full price for it, Nissan dealers on the other hand do stonking discounts where you can almost get the car for the equivalent price of your petrol money on PCP

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Re: Don't they teach children to look both ways before crossing the road these days?

Rolls Royce have been trying to make their cars whisper quiet for 100 years, no oneever calls those dangerous

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

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Battery tech does seem to do something that they do right, I know they are starting to become popular as taxis in some parts of the UK.

As soon as they improve the refinement a bit and just as importantly get around to producing a car that can accellerate up a hill at a decent rate BYD might be become a real global player.

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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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Re: Model X

I couldnt give a flying about the S or X, its the every mans E that they seem to have gone quiet about that I want.

My leaf meets 99% of my needs and a genuine 150-200 miles would make that 100%.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Eh! who told you that company cars were free? they tax you on them to the extent that you have to very carefully do the maths to see if having one is worthwhile.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?

"When Homo sapiens neanderthalensis walked the earth, about 70,000 years ago, they may have been able to see a small star passing the fringes of our solar system"

in which case you'd better get the red pen out again alter the bit about fringes of the solar system too!

There's a big difference between 0.8 light years and the hours that it takes to get to the edges of the solar system

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

Hairy Spod

Re: Do not make such a video yourself

who said it had to be handheld, given who owns the company I would imagine google glass would be more likely....

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: How Possible?

A) he might have been one of the protype models that didnt have the safeguard built in and didnt go insane

B) he might not have been a replicant

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

Hairy Spod

I wonder if the scientists studying amphibian populations all over the world are part of the problem and are actually spread the tiny spores themselves...

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

Hairy Spod

Re: Wrong platform?

Note that it said Bradley replacement not Bradley.

I can see the advantages, link it with the mobile sized fusion reactor that Lockheed are proposing and you can rattle off a lot of small yet heavier hitting ordnance and not have the associated risks of carrying explosives or explosive fuel. Its a combination that would bring a lot of logistical advantages too.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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upgrades

couldnt most of the 8-8.1 shift be explained by people upgrading their existing Win8 system rather than a surge of new machines?

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Re: Political more than commercial

No, not really, loosing support from manufacturer can never be a good thing. Especially if its more important to Microsoft for them to be seen as visible and viable provider phone OS than it is cash in on a few patents. I believe the HTC may have done something very similar.

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Re: Political more than commercial

I wonder if this means that their licencing agreement agreement to pay Microsoft royalties for the patents it holds for Android is up for renewal?

OK Mr mister Microsoft we'll make another phone with your OS on it if we dont have to pay you quite as much for the ones we make that dont.

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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Re: share pricing

Surely that would only be true if Musk no longer held any shares, and if he no longer held any shares its doubtful that Musk would be in charge.

I understand that he gets nothing from the shares he already sold, but the ones he kept have gone up in value nicely and more than offset what he originally sold.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction

I dont deny the big epic asteroid impact and there's more than enough geological evidence for it having happened. Its linking it to the extinctions I struggle with

Asteroid causing mass near instant exitinctions I can get, asteroid causing a mass extinction over the next umpteen million years is something of a stretch.

Are there any theories about some kind of species specific disease yet like the fungal thing thats wiping out lots of amphibians around the globe at the moment?

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: Same old

That's how I used to think and then I realised that I hadnt used my commuter car to drive more than 30 miles even once in a single day in the last 18 months.

I get the leaf later this month.

We already do our longer journies as a family all together in our primary car and to be honest we might even stop using that and get a free loan of a quashqai for upto 14 days a year to help keep the miles off it.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Er messing with hybrids for how long?

"Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive."....

Or you could go right back to the 1901 Lohner-Porsche

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

Hairy Spod

Re: ice-blasted tundra

gloves.....

<cough> stylus

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

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So just change the name in that territory

GM / Holden / Vauxhall / Opel seem to shift a few cars without too much of an issue...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."

.....unless they unwittingly caused the desertifaction and decline of civilisation on the other side of the world in parts of North Africa.

I'm not saying that they did, just saying.....

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Don't underestimate the noise

Disagree totally about the noise.

The sound of last years V8's were not a patch on the mega high revving V10's and to be honest both were too loud and detracted from my F1 experiences. I really like the whine of the turbos and engine recovery systems and prefer the overall lower volume of the current engines.

I do not need ear damage to enjoy my music or my motor racing, just enough sound to give me a clue about what (and how) each of the cars are doing

The best sounding race cars I have heard to date were at Le Mans in 2012 and they were the quietest diesels which make an amazing pod-racer esk wub wub wub wub sound as they passed. Much quieter and much cooler sounding than the petrol cars on the track. I expect that I would also learn to love the sound of the electrics too.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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???

Anonymous Coward, what relevance has the context of being poor got to do with anything when discussing luxury cars.

I'm pretty sure that a poor person would struggle affording the fuel in an old V12 Jag, so that argument about the battery is pretty lame.

I dont think that it is that unusual for high mileage drivers (mini cab drivers in particular) to not think twice about putting a new or reconditioned engine in high mileage ICE car, so why should swapping out the battery in an 8-10 year old electric one be so outragous?

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Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

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Childcatcher

what about the poor fools that paid

Will there be many people out there that havent had an unlock code to retrieve their data because the naughty peoples customer services were taken down?

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

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Paris Hilton

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Coat

Re: Zero compression

I couldnt stand to listen to all of that you tube link. The compression was awfull.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Hairy Spod

Re: A step backwards

Ah Yes, that feeling you get when someone tells you, "that's a fantastic photo, you must have a really good camera".

Its a bit like going round to someone's house and saying 'that was a lovely meal, you must have some excellent pans'.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Hairy Spod

Re: Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting

But basically it still boils down to them patenting pretty much all of the sensible and concievable ways of making smaller consumer orientated consumer devices in a manner vaugue enough to ensure that most other manufactures will fall foul of this (if not one many many others) that they hold.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Facepalm

Re: Not that easy

...or you could just load the files on a networkable Amiga, and copy them to a modern PC.

...or you could load them to a compact flash card using the PCMIA port on an Amiga 1200 and copy them to a PC that way.

then just view them in a free bit of software like Irfan view. Easy!

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Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.

I noticed the other day that the free image viewer Irfan view is actually capable of displaying Amiga IFF/LBM files

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