695 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007
Plenty of ill affects
Maybe in the vast empty expanse of Austria they couldn't find anyone affected, but in the UK with the damn things springing up everywhere, there are thousands of people affected by the horrific noise they make, and many epilepsy suffers triggered by the flickering when the sun is low.
Then there are in the indirect effects, every wind turbine should come with an attached memorial plaque to a dead pensioner, who froze to death after not being able to pay energy bills pushed up by the huge subsidies paid to renewables.
And lastly there is my blood pressure pushed up by thinking of the sheer stupidity of wind power economics, with highly efficient gas plant being switched off when the wind blows and back on when it stops, which does of CO2 emissions exactly what start/stop driving does for your car's mpg.
It is an obscene green con, which we are all having to pay for through our energy bills.
Re: Nope, this is all about getting rid of them because they're unsightly.
Nothing has been proved, all someone did was develop a model which gave them the answer they wanted - pretty much like the rest of the climate change research. It doesn't look like anyone has actually measured the affects on an area before and after a windfarm was built.
I agree in that for most users there isn't the performance improvement to make upgrading worthwhile, there also isn't a huge difference between laptop and desktop performance for real world tasks either. I have a very modest i3 laptop to which I added an SSD, and since then I really don't notice any difference between that my a i7 desktop for more things. In fact I'm having to run 4 Linux VMs on it, so the 8 threads and 16GB of memory have something to do.
Re: More like a PR relkease then a serious review
It's amazing that it is that low. Considering that it is the default search engine for IE, and most users are too lazy/don't care/can't figure out how to change the search engine in IE, you would think that it would have a much greater market share.
That 20% is down to people typing "google" in to Bing, then using Google for the next 4 searches.
Or giving us secure email access?
No secure email
Their email servers still offer no security after 4+ years of complaints, so is unsuitable for use from public networks.
Re: Where were the generators?
We are talking a substation covering several acres, I don't think they come in portable versions.
Re: Where were the generators?
You need those generators to last 30 days if you are located in Gloucester.
North Gloucestershire came within 1 inch of loosing its main substation following the 2007 floods. The substation was unmanned and wasn't checked until 48 hours after the rainfall, at which point they found the control room starting to flood. The only reason it was saved is the flood barriers meant for Upton-upon(in)-Severn where stored elsewhere and couldn't be transported to the village in time with all the roads blocked, so were available to be redeployed to the substation. The army had to be called in to top it with sandbags before the spring tide arrived (the river Severn is tidal to south of Tewkesbury), and just kept it from going under.
As it was Gloucester was only without power for 3 or 4 days when it was shut down as a precaution, but it could have been weeks if not months if it had flooded when operational. But just as that crisis was averted, the water treatment plant at Tewkesbury flooded, and we were without mains water for 6 weeks - which wasn't pleasant.
Re: A bit amateur-ish and not entirely honest, it seems
This is cock-up just the latest instalment in a long long list of failures. Look for the many previous stories about this blight of Gloucestershire's IT reputation.
Please Mozilla, make sure there is something in the contract about not letting Panasonic plaster adverts over the EPG if they use Firefox OS.
Re: Probability and Mathematics
We wont get 7 billion off the planet, so we'll need to cross off a few names. Lets start with all those who wont be able to get along in a tin can travelling through space, because they have arguments over who's flying spaghetti monster is best.
Nothing says desperation like paying for a promo for app development.
Nothing says desperation like accepting a promo for Windows phone.
I had hoped for better from The Register.
Re: Parent present
Plenty of new hudls going on e-bay for a small mark up, if you are really desperate to get them before Christmas.
Camera for oldies
If you are getting a decent camera for oldies, or just anyone over 40, get one with a viewfinder and dioptre adjustment so they can use with or without glasses. With just a screen on the back, they'll either have to have to hold it at arms lengths to see, or find the correct pair of glasses for close up, and then wont be able to see what's going on around them.
Re: Good luck with that
VPNs are then only available to registered business users on business tariffs.
Re: Not quite the first thing to take out...
Taking out a faster than light weapon just means throwing more conventional weapons at it than it can engage simultaneously, as is the case for any technology, or even just storming a machine gun post.
Nigel Whitfield wrote:
Using film at least forces you to think "I only have 36 shots" and certainly I find that I spend more time looking round, taking in the splendour of somewhere, and deciding what might make a good shot, from a particular angle. And, when I do return home, I have the memory of actually drinking in a magnificent sight with my own eyes, rather then second hand.
It was like that for me with my first digital 2.1mpix camera, I went out to Australia for 3 weeks with only two 16MB cards, but luckily found an affordable 64MB card during the stop over at Singapore airport. That still only gave me a ration of 10 pictures a day, but I took a lot better shots than most of the ones now when I can fit a few thousand 12mpix shots on a 16GB card.
Re: @Peter Simpson
I bought 3 Cree 9W GUI10s for the bathroom to when one of the halogens blew after about 4 years of use. The first bulb failed after about 10 minutes, the second 5 minutes later tripping the breaker. They looked naff anyway, so back in went a sub £1 halogen rather than a £7 LED. Luckily Amazon gave a full refund.
Re: Was briefly enthused...
If it did allow that, I'd buy a dozen of them right now. The hardware is just what I've been after, but the software needs a rethink.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
How about fighting kites?
Re: As a techie
But who would he flog Microsoft off to for 10x it's real value?
Re: Asus X102BA Touch Laptop - £289?
A step up from that is the ASUS Vivobook S200e, 11.6" touchscreen, 4GB/500GB, 1.8GHz i3 for around 400 quid.
Re: If only..
HSBC and Barclays are major UK banks, not bailed out by the treasury.
I remember a little later on when Radio 2 had its own FM channel, but lent it to radio 1 for a couple of hours a week, one of which was on a Sunday morning. I used to wait to return to hear the music in wonderful clear stereo, rather than the dull mono of AM. When I heard that most DAB channels were in low bit rate mono, I swore never to adopt it. Think of the outrage if they switched of colour analogue TV, and digital was only in black and white.
I populated all 4 slots of my Intel motherboard, and now I get that BSOD at no extra charge.
Magnetic variation twice over.
Four poles is going to make the compass navigation part of the pilots licence a lot more difficult.
You'd think they would use a better codec.
Why no TV tuner?
It's the size of a TV, so why no TV tuner?
Secure software, my arse!
Microsoft devoted itself to security and over the course of a decade became a world leader in secure software design and implementation
You forgot to flag that comment Doctor Who @ 50 and in an alternative universe...
In the dark
Do these ones have a remote kill switch?
Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance
Intel has nothing interesting to offer the ARM community.
Not true. Intel's process technology is second to none. If they process-shrank and fabbed ARM chips, they would be the best ARM chips on the planet anywhere in the power - performance envelope.
But not anywhere in the price/power/performance envelope, that state of the art fab process doesn't come cheap. Having a processor costing thousands of dollars rather than tens of dollars isn't going go down well, even in a top of the range phone or tablet.
If Intel has to reduce margins down to be comparable to other ARM licensees, their lead in fabs wont last long, as they wont be able to fund the next generation.
Tell that to people spammed from gmail accounts, particularly on newsgroups.
Follow the money
Come on Reg, find out how much Microsoft had to pay them to port it.
Re: How much????
Just how beautiful a woman, how extreme a kink, can you get for ₤800 that you couldn't just as easily get for ₤100?
Not much as ₤100 is only £0.04, even ₤800 is only £0.35
(At 1999 exchange rates before the Italian Lire was replaced by the €)
Re: That’s changed my opinion of Research Machines
I too was surprised by the early innovation of the RM founders, compared to what it later became; selling under powered PC clones with obscenely expensive support contracts to schools.
Re: You would think
You want nuts, try cave divers. Apparently every cave diver knows 3 other cave drivers that have died.
Re: Viglen customer here
It's been downhill all the way since they stopped doing the green stripy bordered adverts for BBC Micro peripherals in Acorn User magazine.
John P wrote:
No digging out of product keys required. Open store, click on half page button for Windows 8.1 upgrade, go away for 2 hours, come back and its done,
Alternatively: "Something happened and Windows 8.1 couldn't be installed. Please try again. Error code: 0x8007004"
Nigel 11 wrote:
A more sensibly net-connected gadget is your fridge. It could be registered with the National Grid as a device that can be commanded "off" at a moment of critically high demand. A fridge will stay cold enough for at least half an hour without power.
You can already do that without any Internet of things or registering with the national grid. The device just watches the mains frequency and temporarily turns off when the frequency drops a fraction of a Hz under nominal, which is what happens when there is a demand spike. See this graph.
The Bell X-1 had a very experienced test pilot on board, and even then it wasn't an easy ride.
I'm sure they could adapt the airport perv scanners we are (hopefully) getting rid of. Would also help to spot anything disharmonious concealed under clothing.
Re: Just add hardware
You need a minimum of 3 MPU's in lock step, coupled to a voting system, and take the majority vote as the correct answer. This has been used in various systems which have to deliver high integrity in an environment with high error rates, such as the space program.
Re: Nuclear energy is expensive
cicero_muc sorry, I'm going to down vote you just for the hard to read double line spacing.
Re: Nuclear gets my vote
We managed to stockpile almost a year's supply of coal before the 1984 miners strike.
I think you'll find far more pollution in the sea and a larger land area is far more hazardous due to all the industrial waste distributed by the tsunami, and will take just a long to make safe.
Re: controllable? - WELL ENOUGH
To date, nuclear accidents have regrettably killed probably 5000 to 6000 thousand people, including Chernobyl, Fukushima, TMI, and others.
What references do you have for figures 100x times greater than generally acknowledged? This mysterious others?
If the liquid sodium reactor near Detroit had actually gone critical (it came very close), many more would have been added to that list. If Indian Point had ever had a massive accident that it has always seemed close to...more yet again.
But none of that happened, did it.
RISC OS Please don't tarnish the name of a greatly respected operating system with the posting of such tripe.
Re: The penny drops - renewables as 'The Answer'. ?
Ledswiger; the EDF deal is for energy prices in 10 years time, and is quite a bit cheaper than we are paying for the least expensive renewable - onshore wind - right now.
In 10 years there will be no more onshore wind locations, leaving only offshore wind which is currently over twice cost, and even more ridiculously inefficient solar. With coal having been banned by then, and then being at the mercy of foreign supplied gas, that nuclear deal is going to look like the bargain of the century.
Re: The penny drops - renewables as 'The Answer'. ?
itzman is correct. Our local gas power station has just been upgraded at great expense to bring up it's efficiency to close to 60%, however with cheap coal taking up the base load and having to drop out any time wind become available, it is no longer viable to run continuously, but is now powering up and down on a daily cycle. This means it spends a large proportion of its time only running at around 30% efficiency (the same as coal), completely negating any CO2 savings from the wind.
The cost is enormous, not just from the obscene subsidy paid for that tiny amount of wind, but at the same time running cost of the gas plant increases due to reduced life of components from continued cycling, the staff all need to be paid whether its generating or not. Just to top it off when the wind stops during very cold calm spells in the winter, some of the energy from the gas plant has to go back to the wind farm to heat the blades so they don't ice up.
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