* Posts by wiggers

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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0% efficiency...

Between sunset and sunrise. Need to factor in a few AA rechargeable batteries...

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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To boldly architect...

Since when did architect become a verb?

"we’ve architected it to have as much natural shielding from the structure and the components that are inside"

"so that you don’t need to architect a path around planets"

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Server or backup?

If you use the NAS box as a server then you need a separate backup strategy. I use my NAS as a backup and just happen to use the copies of vids and music when my PC is off. Always keep at least two copies of everything, preferably three.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: A better measure...

If you follow the link they say, "You might think that the exponent should simply be 3, but that doesn't match the data at all. It has been known for a long time that people don't scale in a perfectly linear fashion as they grow. I propose that a better approximation to the actual sizes and shapes of healthy bodies might be given by an exponent of 2.5." So, it is a 'best guess' but, since BMI is only intended to be a rough indicator that suggests other health indicators should be looked at more closely, it's good enough.

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A better measure...

Height to girth is a far better number, girth should be less than half your height to be considered 'healthy'. There is a 'new' BMI calculation that uses a more reasonable power of 2.5:

http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/trefethen/bmi.html

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FIRST for HUMANITY: Fridge-size PROBOT headed for COMET TOUCHDOWN

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Re: Lighter than a feather...

Still has the momentum of a fridge approaching a hard thing though.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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FAIL

File under...

"What were they thinking?"

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: lies , damn lies, and who are all the pies?

It's not about calories, it how the body handles different food types.

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You lose weight in the kitchen and gain health in the gym. It's 80% diet, 20% exercise.

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Statistics

The analysis omits to examine the incidence of high-carb related diseases such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which have been increasing over the same time. Many of the charts in the article only go back a decade whereas the 'fat is bad' lie goes back to the 70s. Maybe the very slight changes shown in the charts means we are just beginning to wake up to the problem. The assertion it is down to lack of exercise or thermostats falls down when you have newborns and toddlers that are obese. Are they not exercising enough and has their environment really changed that much in the past decade or two? Switching to a low-carb-high-fat (LCHF) diet means you are burning fat to maintain body temperature, the equivalent of an hour's workout on a high-carb diet, just by living! I am not alone in experiencing significant weight loss having gone LCHF, eating when I am hungry and achieving satiation; 20kg loss in just over a year in my case and now enjoying a stable weight on the same intake. BMI is right in the middle of the normal range, height/waist is perfect (had to buy whole new wardrobe though!) 10yr CHD risk is just 4% (avg for my age 14%) all other health indicators very good.

So this article is trying to find statistics to say, "actually chaps we're OK" when the nation's health is far from it. Look at this from first principles. Look at the bio-chemistry of the effect of carbohydrate consumption on insulin, grehlin, leptin, liver function, kidney function, salt excretion and the headline-grabbing cholesterol that Big Pharma would love to resolve by selling even more statins.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Propellor head

Just add a small wind turbine to keep the battery topped up!

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Re: Solution in search of a problem

"The European Union wants a system that automatically calls for help in the event of a crash to be fitted to all new vehicles by 2015." It says here:

http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21615060-way-cars-are-made-bought-and-driven-changing-mobile-communications

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Life imitating art...

Has anyone read Le Carré's latest, A Delicate Truth? Deals with all this kind of stuff very well. Spot on.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: One more off the list...

150 years doesn't exactly make it a fad...

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Re: One more off the list...

There is a simple, cheap fix: Low Carb, High Fat. Answers the 'French Paradox' too.

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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I reckon someone just asked the computer to make a really nice cup of tea...

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: Read this man's website

That's where I heard about the X100S. He loves it!

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Fujifilm X100S

Worth a look. Pro: DSLR sensor, HDR mode that works well, fully auto or fully manual and everything in between, huge aperture and high ISO (black cats in coalmines no prob), small and discrete. Con: Probably not beer-proof, fixed lens (but you get so many pixels cropping is fine), pricey (but good value).

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Traffic

"Last year Google tantalized Map aficionados with the prospect of live traffic results" - Google Maps has had live traffic for years! I can see Waze notifications on the desktop browser version of Maps also, but that might be because I'm a Waze user.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Pulse

The Pulse from Withings sounds better; measures altitude gain and has a heart rate monitor, but doesn't do swimming or cycling.

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Electric sheep...

There's a great app called Sleep As Android that does a similar thing, only wakes you from light sleep unless you tell it there's a 'drop dead' time you absolutely must be awake. The alarm starts very quietly and gradually gets louder, so you can turn it off before it wakes your neighbour. After a while your subconscious is programmed to recognise the sound at very low levels. And no sliding gestures required to turn it off, just jab at the big red square.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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Headline

I thought the term was toy-boy, not boy-toy.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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On yer bike!

This will solve a lot of commuting problems for the unemployed...

http://boingboing.net/2013/06/20/flying-bicycle.html

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AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

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Re: 45Kwh ? Battery tech just jumped a couple of orders of magnitude.

Might be thinking of this:

http://www.amazon.com/CX-45KWH-Battery-4400mAh-6cells/dp/B009NMDQ4I

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Dragon capsule makes fiery entrance, safe splashdown

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Coat

Tautology?

"Salty brine"

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Unhappy

Keeps crashing

On my machine, which works perfectly for everything else, it reboots my PC within ten minutes of starting to play. Even in the Getting Started Tutorial it reboots the PC at the same point every time.

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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FAIL

WIll auto update succede where manual failed?

I've spent days trying to get SP1 installed on a couple of computers without success. Just keep getting 'unknown error has occurred'. Ran all the trouble-shooters they suggested, but nothing, nada, rien.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Brewing Time

I think brewing time is more a function of specific surface area, so the more finely-chopped tea ('dust' or 'sweepings') will need far less time than pukka brands. Same is true of ground (not instant) coffee. The finer it is the less time you leave it in contact with the water. (E.g. espresso is much finer than cafetière or percolator grounds.)

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Obama's new cyber-security tactics finger corrupt staff, China

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Boffin

Top tip

If you have a computer with secrets on it, don't connect it to the public internet. Bletchley Park demonstrated decades ago that any mechanically generated (or electronic for that matter) code can be cracked given enough resources.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: IE9

How is it my fault? I've just had to repair the C: drive after CHKDSK trashed it by replacing all the security IDs with default ones, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing, unlike Microsoft.

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IE9

I've tried many times to upgrade from IE8 to IE9 on a Win 7 x64 platform but it stubbornly refuses, just giving vague error codes. Utterly hopeless.

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'Like most convoluted theories, it was an incorrect one'

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FAIL

US solution to crime

Brush it under the carpet (= Hide it in the prison system and throw away the key)

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/02/prisons-and-crime

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

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Land area

From SEWTHA we have energy density of wind as 2W/m^2 and solar as 22W/m^2. Average electricity demand in the UK is around 45GW. That's over 2,000km^2 of solar or 22,000km^2 of wind. Total land area of the UK is 241,930km^2.

Think I'd rather have nuclear.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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"Born in Sussex"

No, he was born in Pinner, Middlesex, near where I used to deliver newspapers as a lad.

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One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers

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"Firefox users tend to be the worst for keeping up to date"

My installation never seems to tell me when an update is available unless I go and look on Help > About. I don't recall turning off any notification, just an out-of-the-box installation. Before I upgraded from XP to 7 the update always failed as a Limited User, often completely screwing up the installation in the process.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Boffin

"equivalent to holding a large family car on the palm of your hand,"

I recall the quote being several cars on his hand. 600psi is 42kgf/cm^2 and he said his hand was 1/100th of a sq metre, so 100cm^2 = 4.2t. Or roughly one elephant.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Re: The pilots are going be lovin' it, flying sideways.

I was thinking the whole 'root' with passengers, pilots and engines would be circular in plan and the 'wings' rotate around the outside.

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NASA picks the target for Curiosity's first road trip

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Boffin

Grand Challenge

In 2005 the first driverless vehicle to win the challenge covered 132 miles in just under 7hrs, about 20mph. So surely Curiosity could manage a bit more than 0.06mph?

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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Facepalm

Better than the BBC's 'cousin of the laser'. Good grief...

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Alert

FUD

All new technologies, with the possible exception of digital watches, have been met by fear and loathing by those who managed to avoid the sciences at school because they were 'boring'. The loom, steam engines, electricity, nuclear power, mobile phones...

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Hubble finds fifth moon orbiting Pluto

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Re: Moon vs really big asteroid

According to New Scientist, "Pluto may not be a planet any more, but the discovery of its fifth moon means it can boast more satellites than the inner four planets combined."

-- http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22052-discovery-of-fifth-moon-reignites-pluto-planet-debate.html

I agree it should be a planet, but that doesn't make it one.

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Re: Moon vs really big asteroid

> If it's orbiting a planet then might be moon.

But Pluto isn't a planet, so none of them are moons!

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Licence fee

I'd happily pay double or even triple if it meant there were no ads interrupting the content. When my street was first cabled I naively signed up thinking, as it was a paid-for service, there'd be fewer ads. Very quickly cancelled the subscription! Sadly, it seems the more you pay for a broadcast service the more your enjoyment of the content is spoiled by annoying shouty people telling you what to buy. Thank god for PVRs and LoveFilm to rent box-sets.

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Gov exposes 8,000 GPs so punters can pick one

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Unhappy

New OCD...

Everything has to be turned into a talent or popularity contest.

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Ten... Freeview HD 42-47in TVs

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Panasonic TX-P42ST30B

Around half a grand, knocks spots off any LED/LCD I've ever seen. Plasma, silky blacks, 4 HDMI, network enabled, what's not to like?

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

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Re: "kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."

> Shouldn't that be one (or a half) square kilometre per pixel?

Spacial resolution - linear rather than areal.

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Re: "some guys into space with a hassleblad medium format camera."

Blimey! I didn't know MODIS was some blokes with cameras!

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BlueMarble/bmng.pdf

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/

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"kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel."

That was the resolution of the original NASA Blue Marble imagery. The BM Next Generation is half a kilometre per pixel.

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Resistance is futile? Memristor RAM now cheap as chips

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Joke

"huge range of potential applications"

Boom boom! Basil Brush would have been proud...

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Re: TiVo Ad skip

HUMAX boxes have a 2 minute skip button. A couple of presses of that and you're done.

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