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24 posts • joined 1 Apr 2011

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

Killing Time

Re: No Surprise

RE RM

I agree us mere ignoramuses shouldn't make sweeping comments regarding the sum of scientific knowledge however it’s fascinating that you feel compelled to comment on behalf of ‘the scientific community’. I always understood science to be a continually evolving debate with fact being established through experimentation and prediction. Even then, it’s a case of test and retest.

I am sure you worked very hard for your PhD in Palaeoclimatology, as no doubt did the committee which awarded it to you however I think it’s a valid point that without an issue such as Global Warming ( I have deliberately dropped the ‘man made’ as everybody else does now), your area of expertise becomes a tad less attractive to scientific funding.

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CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

Killing Time

Woo Hoo!

Errh.. I wouldn't start popping the champagne corks just yet. Whilst this achievement is admirable, it's one thing to hit a peak pressure and temperature but another to generate the mass flow to do enough economical 'work' to build a power plant around.

Scrub that, what was I thinking, that's what subsidies are for!

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Killing Time

Re: More legendary writers please !

Got to agree, articles of this quality are why I read El Reg. Clear technical commentary with a health amount of wry observation. Keep it coming..

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Killing Time

Meic,

you may want to look up the definition of monoglot...

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Re: Who is actually going to benefit from this?

@AC

I believe the comparison is completely irrelevant as by your argument we could compare any UK spend to a regional issue.

My beef is with WAG spending welsh taxpayers money and so a regional comparison is far more appropriate in my local taxpayers opinion.

Whether ‘The proportion of expenditure spent supporting the Welsh language is so small that if it was all cut tomorrow you wouldn't notice the slightest difference to any public services’ is true, is debatable in its own right but I suspect you would dismiss out of hand opposing points of view. Funnily enough the term ‘blind spot’ springs to mind.

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Killing Time

Re: Who is actually going to benefit from this?

@AC

Glad to hear you are doing your bit for the Cornish language, good for you. However the fact that I am asking who is actually going to benefit from this does not in any way suggest that I don’t support my native culture. Through extensive travel , time spent living abroad and adoption of the local language where I could (including Welsh when in that environment), I am also fully aware how other countries embrace their various languages.

Unfortunately HS2 in its current incarnation will not pass through Wales so the comparison in costs is irrelevant, perhaps you may wish to make your comparisons in public services with a more direct bearing such as school services where the languages are actually taught?

My question stands ‘who is actually going to benefit from this?’

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Killing Time

Who is actually going to benefit from this?

I consider myself a proud Welshman but from a native tax payers perspective it’s not at all encouraging to see that the Welsh Assembly Government is expending time, energy and money on ensuring their purchasing options become more focused on a single supplier.

As there are few if any monoglots in Wales, particularly of an age where they would likely rely on these products for translation, (with respect to the silver surfers, monolingualism if it still exists is going to be in the 80+ age category) this strikes me as a phenomenal waste of money, I am pretty certain Microsoft will not be doing this for free.

This canned statement regarding improved efficiency is quite frankly bollocks, if there is a weakness in their Welsh skills, ask a colleague. There has been a policy of positive discrimination regarding public service employment for years.

There is also another functional official language in Wales which, like it or not, is English.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

Killing Time

Re: How about...

Similar idea with contact pads on the fuselage (copper or brass, slightly convex surfaces to enable clean breakaway) but using lightly sprung carbon motor brushes as the contact from the battery supply / truss assembly? The brushes could be shaped to ensure good electrical contact.

If it works for motor armatures it may work here, the graphite from the brushes would provide some lubrication again to ensure clean breakaway.

Just a thought.............

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

Killing Time

Sad Prius Driver

Sadly I have been driving one of these since 2009... Happily it is one of the most reliable cars I have ever had... Sadly I have had to return it for recall at my convenience, had a cup of coffee, read the paper and jumped back into a newly washed car... Happily I traded it for a VW Golf which despite its legendary reliability cutout at 75mph in the motorway outside lane twice on me due to a dodgy relay associated with the EMU.

Stop beating up on Toyota for providing a service.....

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

Killing Time

Re: Why?

Assuming you place yourself somewhere at least around the middle of the technical knowledge spectrum, have read the article, skimmed the previous comments and still can’t work out what Chrome OS is for, then lord help the future of IT.

It’s an ‘information appliance’ (hope that’s not too wild a concept), a means to access and manipulate ‘information’. It’s the information which is deemed to have the inherent value, far more than the means by which it is accessed. Hence the term Information Technology which has been around since the eighties and makes the distinction between the data and the supporting software and equipment.

If the appliance can provide information access and functionality at an acceptable overall cost (monetarily, functionally and in terms of privacy/acceptable data use) then it will be a success, if not then it will crash, burn and end up as a historical footnote along with a multitude of other good ideas over the last forty years.

Can you work it out now?

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Killing Time

Chromebooks do the job....

Been using a chromebook for a year... don't want to use anything else for personal use. Only really use my Ubuntu machine when forced to ( and then this is mostly to apply updates), Home Win machine went in the bin long ago and good riddance. Compelled to use a Win machine professionally, certainly not out of choice.

All these supposed 'issues' with cloud machines are frankly, nonsense. 2 GB local memory and 16GB SSD really are more than adequate (it really isn't that long ago these were KB and MB capacities in hardware), additional cloud capacity you will never exhaust.

Ooh! the big bad spy man will look at my data. Yeah, they are going to pick my cat photos out from the millions of other accounts because there are all these agents with time on their hands who want to trawl through my shit, I really am not that interesting, they can knock themselves out!

I am not dumb enough to save anything dodgy out of my control, encrypted thumbdrives are still around right?

If you have got problems tethering then pick an ISP with a shed load of hotspots you can easily access. Cloud enabled printers are in the tens of pounds price range and really not that hard to set up. I thought everyone knew they stiff you on the consumables so avoid printing and save the planet and your bank balance.

A Chromebook and Lastpass fulfills 99.9% of my personal IT use, here's hoping this is the case until the direct neural implant is invented!

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

Killing Time

Remember MAN+ anyone?

Looks like how I always envisaged MAN+ in my minds eye... Fact following Fredrick Pohl's fiction.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

Killing Time

No mystery here folks

Ignoring all the sensationalism and schadenfreude, this has all the hallmarks of HV flashover within the switchgear jointing bays. Sporadic and seemingly random in nature due to poorly terminated joints.

There was a time HV jointing was considered a bit of an art to avoid undue stressing of the heavy cabling, proper crimping to avoid dissimilar metals corrosion and proper insulation of the exposed metal lugs etc. You know, engineering experience. These days they will let any clown do it if they can barely read the instructions on a jointing kit.

All it takes is poor project management and someone prepared to either forgo or falsify HV DC pressure testing records, hey, who's to know when most of these project managers are from a civils or mech backgound. Electricity is mysterious and difficult so they tend to get shouty and dick swingy when the subject comes up. A dawdle to pull one over on. Nah, no great conspiracy just piss poor management.

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"No comment" on Alex Salmond Seaside Shenanigans Ravings?

Killing Time

Alternative Energy schemes in general

Given Lewis's innate ability to lambast multiple factions in the space of a paragraph it doesn't surprise me this is directed directly to the forums. Overly sensitive jocks, tree huggers and mainstream journalists are all likely to get a bit miffed by this one.

However he does make a valid point in how some of these schemes are over egged, over politicized and then fall flat on their face when looked at rationally. Personally, I believe alternative energy sources can make a contribution to the UK's energy mix, if only to ensure a variety of sources, however they will never amount to more than single digit percentage (averaged).

We are a getting to the point where people will be getting fleeced soon by some of these schemes. Underfunded AIM listed 'vehicles' taking advantage of this confusion, flogging hare-brained schemes to mugs thinking they will make a profit because they can't get it in a savings account. The result will be minimal private investment and an even greater burden on the bill payer / tax payer.

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

Killing Time
WTF?

He really is stretching an semblance of credibility now..... It will be rather amusing to see him being booted out onto the street when the Ecuadorians have exhausted their political posturing. I wonder if his gear will be ejected after him. I'd buy a ticket to see that.

His relevance faded some time ago...what a saddo....

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Typical Data Centre Power Requirements

Killing Time

Thanks for the feedback, the subsequent digging I have done hasn't contradicted these figures so far. As the potential project I am looking at is new build I am fairly confident the legacy kit shouldn't be an issue.

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Typical Data Centre Power Requirements

Most written articles reference the high power consumption requirements for data centres given the high density of hardware and its cooling requirements. Clearly though, over the past few years the industry has moved towards higher processor performance per watt.

I recently read an article from 2008 which set a typical data centre power requirement at around 5 MW per 50,000 square foot. Here we are five years later, presumably this will no longer the case given processor advances and improved cooling strategies? Does anybody have a more up to date estimate of typical power requirements with respect to area or possibly a recent case study?

Any comment would help enormously on a project I am currently working on.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

Killing Time
Alien

A sad day indeed

Sad, sad news of my favourite author.

The Culture series are books I return to time and again and will continue to do so till the end of my days.

My personal homage to Iain is and will remain my 'Handle', a character he created with which I identify completely.

May his passing be peaceful and to the Sublime.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

Killing Time
Coat

Re: I cannot believe....

Low cost, low maintenance, decent quality (new Samsung) web device. Had mine for a month and love it. Much prefered to my tablet for anything over and above basic web browsing, and for once I have a device with a trackpad that's a dawdle to use. Pretty much does what it says on the tin and I suspect will only get better given the Chrome update cycle and Google's clout in the apps dept.

If you think that any of the other vendors out there (Apple, Microsoft et al) do not exploit tracking data etc. to the max then you are either incredibly naive or in the pay of one of the others.

Pick your camp and take your chances, I'm pretty confident that my web activity, as no doubt is the vast majority of people's not worth the time and effort to spy on. go on face it, it's bloody mundane!

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Assange: Australian neglect made me flee to Ecuador embassy

Killing Time

Assange the embarassment

I would think most self-respecting Aussies would consider him an embarrassment by now?

How much whining and self-pitying rhetoric can this guy spout before the Aussie embassy physically takes his passport back and bitch slaps him for bringing their country into disrepute.

I suspect the vast majority of his countrymen wish he would just keep quiet about his origins, 'grow a set' and face the music like a man.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

Killing Time

Re: Poor Choice!

' Day-by-day, he's looking less like a government persecuted victim and more like a rapist on the run, hiding behind a wall of expensive lawyers, and keen on evading justice.

What a twat. '

Incisive observation, right on the money….couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

Killing Time

El Reg Project Naming Convention

How about -

IMOGEN - Independent Mowing Operation Garden Environment Navigator -

There is a 'turk' (south wales expression) 'bint' who meets the criteria of previously honoured ladies of ill repute.

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Assange™ in court to fight extradition order

Killing Time
Big Brother

Justice System Therapy

There are a lot of people who appear to believe that this clown is important, none believe it more than him of course,

there was a time in the not too distant past that you couldn't go a day without seeing some mention of the Wikileaks / Assange roadshow.... been very quiet since he started getting his ass dragged through the courts.

Probably been advised by his high priced legal team to keep his public comments to a minimum so as not to prejudice his case, as the legal bills mount he will soon run out of friends ready to put their money where his mouth is.

Sweden, America, UK who cares, whoever said there is no justice? There are many ways to skin a cat!

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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

Killing Time

The balanced view

It's been refreshing to read Lewis Page's commentary on the Fukushima issue's, pitched with the typical El Reg's sense of irreverence. The perfect antidote to the guff that's been broadcast since the tsunami.

Whatever you believe, from my career experience, ranging from working within the controlled areas at a nuclear plant on the south coast to IT work for the DOE on tracking systems initiated in the aftermath of Chernobyl, the commentary on this site is closest to the truth.

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