* Posts by terd

13 posts • joined 18 Feb 2011

Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

terd
WTF?

Uninformed rubbish

There's so much tosh spouted on here I wouldn't even know where to start, you'd have thought IT type people would be less inclined to take the report from an uneducated non-specialised bunch of MPs as gospel truth.

The PAC report assumes 2% savings, the aggregated savings from over a 100 independent trials of smart meters with home displays has shown an average saving of over 9% over a number of years (with no creeping up usage again).

You will NOT get 2 home displays, every house will get a smart gas and electric meter, this will send data to a comms hub. One home display will connect to the comms hub (the hub will also send reading data to the supplier too). If you want you will be able to connect other devices to the hub (smart phone, shock! Etc).

If people actually want to make an informed decision have a read around, don't just assume that because a bunch of art graduate MPs say something it is true...

On meter life... The gas smart meter will have a battery which will easily last 10 years as it's just doing a zigbee connection to the comms hub. The electricity meter will, surprisingly, be fine since it has, ermm, electricity.

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terd

Poor reporting (and maths above).

Its £26 per year net - i.e. after taking off costs associated with purchase and install (over 10 years I believe)

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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

terd

Love the spin - all other news agencies are reporting it as much better earnings for Microsoft..

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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

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Re: Great design

Ah yes the famous country Nambia, right next to Narnia is it?

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Ten ten-inch tablets

terd

No Surface? Might be a bit compromised, but it is an excellent device in either form

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Don't Menshn the snore: Chick-lit queen's jabber site killed in its sleep

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Trollface

Hmm, not sure anyone would want to be associated with Bozier given his current 'difficultites'

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

terd
FAIL

got all excited about this when it was first rumored.

i've since cancelled virgin and sold my ipad, so meh

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XBMC coders acquire TVonics brand

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FAIL

Re: Anything that's got XBox in it's title, I will avoid like the plague.

it was rebranded years ago and the xbox was removed from the name. It is now a recursive acronym (google is your friend)

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

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Re: Budget?

Where from? and I guess thats with no custom duties..

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XBMC media player now running on Android, Nexus Q

terd

Re: More like "I can has a fire extinguisher"

xbmc has had dirty region rendering now for well over a year, maybe even 2. Just because something was true a few years ago doesn't mean it will always been so, but as you get older you can get left behind ;)

Running on my atv1 power consumption idles at 10W

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BSkyB nabs stake in telly babble app biz Zeebox

terd

zeebox already works pretty well with my tivo.

guess that will be quietly dropped now tho :(

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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

terd

xbmc?

that looks very much like the aeon skin for xbmc...

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Intel boss searches planet for post-Nokia MeeGo spouse

terd

Really?

I do wonder how many people posting on the these nokia winphone stories have actually used windows phone 7?

It is without doubt the best looking phone OS, and I quote like the tiles, makes a change from all the icons (very win3.1).

I really do think once you regular, non geek, consumer sees it on a phone in their local shop it will do well.

Yes it does lack a fair few features, but so did iOS on launch and how many people actually use some of them? (one of my colleages, technical support engineer, didnt even know how to access the multitasking on his iPhone, even when he updates to iOS 4 on the day it launched!)

[posted from my iPhone, because I don't have a choice :) ]

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