179 posts • joined 13 Jul 2010
@cray74 - there might be 35GW of geothermal power across the planet
>And geothermal? With conventional systems, the available sources aren't going to be powering too many cities - there might be 35GW of power across the planet for existing technology
Epic fail 67,246 GWh already exists!
Re: I seem to remember
>Geothermal has been explored. Like so many other ideas it falls over as soon as you do the detail work and find that a practical engineering implementation...
I've seen installations that have been working for about the last 50 plus years and they are competing with hydro, gas and coal. The Wairakei plant in the North Island of New Zealand is an excellent example.
New Zealand is still building them, I think the last one was sometime last year, so much for not being practical!
Engineering needs Science
And we all know the liberals hate science, it gets in the way of their religion.
How will they react when they find out that to code you need to understand logic and good logic and religion don't always mix.
Interesting number of down votes
Are we seeing the result of "Big content" trolls?!
Who defines offensive!
> AFP obtaining intelligence that an Australian IP address visited an offensive web site
I will never trust the government it is too easy for them to define what they don't what people to see. The changes the Tony Abort and his mates are trying to make look just like the US tea party would like, right wing and religious. This could mean that anything left wing and non christian would be offensive.
Re: Not such a big change
>>With chip+pin you get to enter your pin in 100s of different terminals at every convenience store, gas station and cafe.
Er, this is the same with your basic debit card, the only difference is you swipe the stripe and then key in the pin. You can do this in the same 100s of places on the same terminal that could be compromised in the same way.
Re: Possible option:
Why, chip-and-sig is a huge fail! No body ever checks the signature, anyone can use your card and just sign with something that just vaguely like your signature. Doh!
Actually, you can't. Product placement in movies, TV shows and video games is subject to agreement with the brand or trademark owner.>
I think you are actually wrong here. The only reason you ever see "vehicles provided.." is because they got them free.
I really don't think that Reliant ever gave Rowan Atkinson permission to do what he did to those Robins.
Re: @Steve the Cynic - I'm not sure
In Australia they have signs that state "Slow Drivers keep left". No one in Australia wants to be called dumb so they all drive in the middle lane.
Re: A quadcopter by any other name
Everything in texas is colloquially know as a target. If it can be shot at it is shot at...
Re: Fibre's finally viable
Total fail fluffy bunny, you must be a tony abort supporter. I live in a metropolitan area and along with my friends and neighbours we have considerable problems with the copper. At least once or twice a week we have telstra out sorting out yet another bad connection.
Noisy lines drop outs weather dependant connections flaky internet performance etc.
Re: What's so special about "democracy"?
>Democracy is a neat method of making sure your leaders will later become ordinary citizens who will have to live with the laws that they passed.
Not in Australia! Here they end up as extremely well off people with massive superannuation and special travel cards etc.
They have no idea what an "ordinary" person is.
Depends on humidity
This will depend on the humidity. The only place I've ever had a shock from a door knob was in the Midwest of the US (Iowa) in the middle of winter when it was a dry as. In the tropics where you spend all your time sweating you can never build up any charge.
It has NOTHING to do with the physical size of the capacitor. The mainframe caps you refer to will completely destroy a screw driver, but they are only 5 volts or maybe 12 volts.
The capacitors inside a monitor / TV or microwave operate at thousands of volts. the EHT section in a TV or monitor is typically 22kv.
It is extremely unlikely that 5 or 12 volts can give you any sort of shock unless you place the cap on your tongue. 22kv can and will kill you.
It is the energy in the capacitor that melts the screwdriver and the amount of energy in the EHT section of a monitor is not enough to do any major damage to a screwdriver. But the volotage is enough to punch through the skin and flow through a human body and if it crosses the chest it can stop the heart!
Re: Bit of a whimp
It is not only the HT capacitors. the The screen tube is plated inside and out and it is used to smooth the EHT! That can give you one hell of a bite!
Re: I support two teams...
Hey Pomgolian, how can you tell when a plane load of Aussies has landed?
The whining doesn't stop when they shutdown the engines!
There is nothing wrong with 2G, I live near a major 90K+ seating sports stadium and for me it was considerably more reliable as the 3G and upward would drop out at half time quarter time and everytime a game ended.
Why do you need to use a goto! These days just throw an exception it does the same thing!
Re: "You're a NEANDERTHAL"
No you don't! The hair comes off as they drag along the ground!
Mercury is NOT a unit of temperature
It is a poisonous heavy metal, a planet or the name of an old god!
Because it is poisonous it has not been used in thermometers for years, these days thermometers use a coloured alcohol or they are electronic. So the statement "and in spite of the mercury getting close to 44°C" should be "and in spite of the red coloured alcohol getting close to 44°C" or "and in spite of the electrons getting close to 44°C".
Or, if you wanted to be CORRECT it should be "and in spite of the temperature getting close to 44°C".
Re: We did question his use of plywood
Nothing wrong with plywood, just remember the Mosquito fighter/ bomber/everything else from WW2
Y2K nearly destroyed my marriage
I was working as a contractor in bank at the time and for 18 months I was fly in and fly out 12 hour plus days replacing the old system with one that was Y2K compliant. I even ended up riding shotgun when it went live waiting for the first ATM/EFTPOS transactions to start flowing. I ended up having to do a patch on the live production system, THAT was scary!
It totally stuffed me, but at least I ended up with an awesome amount of frequent flier points and help with a good holiday.
Tools like this senator have no idea and it is extremely dangerous that these idiots get elected.
It's about new smokers
It is not so much about stopping the existing smokers, it much more about stopping new smokers.
Who cares if the current smokers kill themselves, they are a lost cause, they already have the emphysema and the cancer and even if they stop in most cases it is probably too late!
And they wonder why illegal downloads are so prevalent! Doh!
>NBN need only deliver entertainment services
Yea, right the Tony Abort fiber solution will never be able to deliver anything at any speed so forget about any level of quality live HD movies sport etc, because that is exactly what Rupert Murdoch wants, no competition for cable TV.
> scientists find a caveman footprint of the same age
They have done! Sarah Palin herself has seen it, a cave man foot print inside a dinosaur foot print, she is a politician and a christian so it MUST be true.
Re: Starters orders
"highly likely..." yea, right! All and I mean ALL the problems I've had with my broadband have been in the copper right outside my house. It will make NO difference how fast the fiber is to the node when it transitions to crap corroded ancient soaked in water copper infrastructure!
>There is no such thing as "random", at least according to some researchers who tested the statement.
Incorrect, try quantum fluctuation. Quantum mechanics runs on randomness.
The quantum noise from a diode is random and is used in random number generators. I don't know exactly what the intel engineers used, but basing it on the random quantum noise from a semi conductor junction would appear to be the easiest method.
However, if there is any post processing of the random number...
Re: What happened to you, Big Blue?
I was in part of a very large consultancy firm bought by IBM. They told us all that nothing would change. BS! they just pushed us into being box shifters for software and server groups.
Previous to IBM we called them clients, in IBM they were customers. I hated it as we could see what was happening in terms of ripping off the client. But we were told to only deliver to the bare minimum of the RFP regardless of where it would actually do what the client needed. When the whole thing failed (as it did several times) the client was told we delivered what you asked for not what you wanted.
To me IBM knows cost of everything and the value of nothing.
Another reason NOT to buy a Volkswagen
With this and the complete lack of support from volkswagen with VWs just dying in Australia there is no way that I will ever go near a VW.
Aren't these the things that have problems with insects ice etc? I remember an incident with iced pitot tubes and an air france airbus in the middle of the Atlantic...
Re: Poor quality
Totally agree, I've had THREE WD drives fail, two caviar black and a caviar green. All were under warranty. Bought the caviar green and it failed under warranty, it was replaced with a caviar black, it failed and was again replaced with a caviar black, IT FAILED again under warranty. I gave up and bought a Hitachi and I've had no problems since.
I will never trust WD again.
Re: No Radiation?
>Nuclear fusion is getting a lot safer, and these new designs look much better still.
Functional nuclear fusion is ANYTHING but safe! Hydrogen bomb anyone! I think you are thinking about Nuclear fission! There are no useful(more energy out than in for more than a few seconds) fusion reactors yet.
Audio to External sound system
It doesn't appear to be able to have a digital audio feed to an external sound system. So if you have a Sony TV that can only manage a down mixed stereo output from any external HDMI digital audio feed you are screwed.
Re: For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the USA if you want to live
Aoyagi Aichou 10:36 - Actually I lived in the states for a while and I remember a report about government travel advisories that stated that the US was the most dangerous place to live outside of a declared war zone.
So Aoyagi Aichou all the paces you mentioned are not war zones and will actually be safer than the US.
Open office now screwed!
As an ex IBMer I was forced to use sym-phoney and it stank big time! I can completely disagree with the writer on that point.
I just hope they took only the good parts (I never found any) or else OO is dead!
No wonder that California is slow, it is the home to the film and TV industry. The last thing they want is fast internet as it will completely stuff their business model. Just think about all the fast access to content from anywhere in the world free or much cheaper than Hollywood wants to charge you.
Re: Magnetic field
This issue I have with this is the term "classical" as apposed to "quantum" for a true event horizon to exist you MUST be able to exceed the speed of light. To me as a large mass collapses the gravitational hole created will slow the collapse to extremely close to zero, so to actually create an event horizon you would actually need to exceed the speed of light in the gravitational hole to be able to collapse it further.
Concept sounds nice but in Oz it won't work as all the VWs will stuff it up with all the random slow downs and stops.
Crashed in aussie half way through using it
Purple Tomatoes are NOT new
I've been buying and growing purple tomatoes for ages. They are a lot sweeter with purple / blue flesh and juice.
Re: I question the quality of work
This is just bad coding, it is not as a result of aspergers.
Just because you (may have) aspergers doesn't mean that you can create good code. To me (with aspergers) there is an inner beauty with well crafted code.
I live inner city Melbourne, I'm live just over 2 km from an exchange, I have ADSL2+ AND I can only get 4.6 a couple of friends who also live close are about the same speed.
I also have extremely unreliable internet and phone service. The problem is the copper running past my house. This is the copper that Tony Abort wants to use for the liberal broadband.
@Sirus Lee flaky 'environmental science' degrees?
Not in my experience, I remember follow students doing a post grad degree in Environmental Physics in the 1970s. To reach that that needed a conventional BSc.
Agile = joke
Agile has to be the worst IT project management process I've ever worked under and I've been in the industry for 30+ years. It is reactive not proactive, trying to reduce everything to a two week sprint is a joke, on any decent size IT project that I've worked on many of the individual tasks have been longer than that and any attempt to break them down causes task fragmentation and increased the effort required to re-integrate each of the fragmented parts back into a functioning whole. Agile which is based on JiT etc is really great for a continuous process like a car production line but not for a single project, if it was they would be using it for the process of building bridges, buildings and other engineering projects. The best PM techniques I've used have been in the software engineering sphere and with those software was treated like any other engineering discipline and process.
Re: Some of the most infamous terrorists of the 21st century were former engineers.
Some were doctors, Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Check your insurance premiums
If you really want to know if climate change is occurring just check how much your insurance premiums have increased over the last few years.
Insurance companies are like bookies, they look to the odds and if their payouts are increasing because of more extreme weather events then they will be increasing premiums to cover the additional costs.
So, if the average premium is increasing inline with inflation then no climate change, if however they are increasing faster than inflation then there is something happening and odds on it is linked to climate change! In Australia in some places they have gone up by double, triple, 10 times... This does appear to be indicative of something...
Mercury is NOT a unit of measure!
It is temperature NOT mercury, Mercury is a planet or a heavy metal. It has been decades since it was used in any thermometer. These days they are either red alcohol or electronic!
So If you have to use stupid terms like "The mercury hit .." the correct option should be "The red coloured alcohol hit.." or "The Electrons hit..".
Re: I have a question - funny looking yacht
Yachts do not need sails to be called a yacht. Consider the Royal Yacht Britannia.
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