* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

Silverburn

Re: I seem to recall...

Road maintaince is paid for out of Council tax, or through specific tolls (See Dartford, and formally, the Forth bridge)

Road projects are paid to agencies/contractors out of Central gov, using a number of pots, including - by virtue of being a percentage point therein - VED. Or 100% privately, with the right to reclaim costs through specific tolls.

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Silverburn

Re: And you're stuck behind a bicycle?

See my dilemma?

No....not really.

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Silverburn

Re: Facepalm...

So much fail here...

- In a 30mph/50kph limit, you will not be in top anyway - likely 4th or even 3rd. Nor will you be cruising at a constant speed. In town you have junctions, lights, bus stops, pedestrian crossing etc. Frankly cyclists are the least of your worries.

- In town (it's been proven in London many times) that cycling is faster than driving. I'm an "above average" cyclist, and I get held up by cars.

- Public roads are funded through council taxes, not VED. So unless all cyclists are homeless, they pay. They are also subject to normal road rules, and if they have a driving licence can even accumulate tickets and points (in theory...but rarely in practise).

- Your car only does 8.5 in ideal conditions. That's a gas guzzler. I'd hardly be quibling about 25% if I was you - if you can afford to feed it, you're paying your dues.

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Silverburn

Re: food != fossil fuel

Errr...not quite (see my post above). Being a cyclist, I'd love to believe this too, but there are a couple of snags:

- One of the biggest consumer of fossil fuel is agriculture, both in processing, transport and fertilizers. Yes, the end product is "carbon neutral", but the processing is not.

- Also, a lot of our food is flown in. Bananas from Brazil, Lamb from New Zealand, Strawberries from South Africa. This is done - very inefficiently - via fossil fuel.

- Some of our food products (cows, mainly) product a lot of methane.This is a far more potent greenhouse gas than plain ol' CO2.

Until we go 100% organic, using solar-powered electric tractors, and we only eat stuff harvested within a 10 mile radius, "our" food source will not be carbon neutral.

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Silverburn

Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

Ok, steady on chaps...

Lets factor in the fuel source as well. I think you'll find the amount of energy require to process and transport fuel from the middle east, is far more than plucking and eating an apple off a tree in Yorkshire. Even high energy meat produce is more efficient.

And lets not forget..."our" fuel is "carbon neutral", as it's grown organically, whereas fossil fuels is net contributor to the CO2 level. Errrr....well...mostly...if we ignore the amount that is converted to methane which is factor more dangerous greenhouse gas...and the agro-chemical fertilizers and our tractors are mostly based and run on hydrocarbons...and that we do stupid things like fly bananas over from Brazil...

Finally lets not forget that in most towns, bikes are actually faster than cars, and the biggest restriction for cars in towns are junctions and traffic lights, rather than cyclists. I'm an "above average" cyclist, and I actually find the cars are the ones holding me up. But regardless - tony's solutions is correct - make our cycle lanes better! Please!

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Silverburn

Re: This is it!

Indeed...except the amount of energy it takes to move heavy objects, it's well known that fat people's aerobic systems have to work harder than you'd expect. I think the fattest man in britain's resting heart rate is 130bpm, or something mental like that.

So tax fat people! Oh wait...they already plan to do that...

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Silverburn

Re: I think he forgot something

And what about those evil Triathletes? All that swimming, running and cycling...We should tax them like 4x4's.

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Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

Silverburn

Re: Missing the obvious:

Or he thought:

"This is so crap, it's going to have to go straight to DVD. Or wait - if I launched it as online only, will that give it the credibility it desperately needs, while simultanously giving me access to a potentially wider audience without the overhead of burning CD's...?"

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Evernote joins the notably hackable club

Silverburn

Cloud security...

...is anyone getting the message yet?

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

Silverburn

Yes...sometimes repeatedly, and in quick succession.

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Silverburn

3 hours docking

Overheard in the work canteen: "why does it take so long to dock? You can dock a cross-channel ferry in under 10 minutes and it's much bigger!"

When *everything* costs 10-100x more yet far more fragile than a cross channel ferry, is flying round in a much more hostile environment where "drag" does not exist, it pays to be *super careful*.

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Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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Thumb Up

Ignoring the fact it's Apple, am I the only one thinking how cool it is you can get get a "Computer" (for one of a better word) into something as small as the cable ending?

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Microsoft parts clouds over Bing Maps with massive sat pic upgrade

Silverburn
WTF?

Bing Maps?

Bing has maps?

I'm not sure if I should be excited or not...is it any better than Google maps?

And is it better than Apple Maps? (no, don't answer that)

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

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Alien

awaited VoIP service allowing customers to make and receive calls from five devices at the same time

That's good, because I was wondering when I'd be able to make practical use of my five ears and five mouths.

<-- Needs Alien *and* Joke icons.

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Belgian boffins find colossal meteorite

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Holmes

Why...

...the Antarctic? Better preservation of samples?

Enquiring minds must know.

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Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

Silverburn
Boffin

Which will succeed?

The one with the happy shiny youth wearing his still-early-generation version that looks suspiciously like a mock up, or the one with the crazed looking, but more-experienced-in-this veteran...?

Sadly, I think I know the answer to this one.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

Silverburn

Re: 17 months, no way to expel waste

That might explain the sheer size of it, going by the pic. Just how many square meals a day are they planning to eat up there???

There's also the small problem that it will be almost empty when it leaves earths "shield".

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

Silverburn

Technical problems with this.

Ok, as I see it:

- Ipads are not light

- ergo, the internal magnets needed to support it's weight in some of these scenarios need to be substantial

- ...adding yet more weight

- and making the "remove with ease" statement a bit of a falacy

- possibly causing secondary issues; the internal magnets *may* interfere with other electronics (eg, if stored in same bag as a laptop).

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Google open sources very slow compression algorithm

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: It is even slower than you say

Actually, I understood it fully. But maybe I could have made my point clearer.

Given the meagre 3-8% reduction in size, the disproportionate increase in CPU (and thus battery life) to obtain it will not mean any significant advantage for the consumer,

It might make the carriers happy but even then, 3% (even if *every* device used this new algo), will hardly dent their year-on-year data increases, and 8% probably only works on specific scenarios.

The consumer will hardly notice the benefit on local storage, given the "growth" of the phone's OS and application footprints will probably wipe out any benefits there.

So given the real world useage, chances are, all the user will see is a massive increase in battery drain, with no real benefit, in *either* local storage or improved data transmission performance.

Far better to improve security on the devices, as this will have immediate benefits to the consumer, given it's likely the smartphone will become a significant attack vector for hackers in the coming years. Preferably one with minimum CPU requirements.

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Silverburn

Re: It is even slower than you say

Indeed.

Also this: 3.7–8.3 per cent smaller than its rivals (PDF).

So...it's 100x slower, for only a 8% decrease in size. Hardly seems worth it, really, given storage is hardly a big issue these days, even on phones.

Maybe he should direct his obvious skills into some new forms of real-time encryption/decryption, which would be more relevant today?

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Silverburn

Re: @Silverburn

However there seems to be a disagreement on this point which is why pedestrians have so many accidents.

I have no stats to back this up, but based on personal experiences (which didn't actually involve mowing anyone down, just to be clear), I put the causes down to the following, in order of frequency:

- ipods

- phones

- beer

- age (both too young and too old)

- laziness

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Happy

If they cannot grasp this simple bit of notation (^2) they should not be allowed a Reg commenting license.

Au contraire...I suspect he just cross the gold membership threshold, even though his trolling skills are too low, and grammar skills too high.

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Silverburn

Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

well i keep to the speed limit religiously and in 30 years of driving I've only hit 3 children and a dog, not all at once mind you

Joke icon missing? I hope...?

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Silverburn

Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras

Last I checked zebra crossing mean pedestrian priority, so you muppets mowing down kids are transparently not anticipating to stop when you come across one.

Naturally, walking onto the crossing while giving the car only 5ft to stop is pretty stupid, but all the same - why did you not notice the person walking up to the crossing? It not as if they're hiding behind street furniture, waiting to jump out and catch you out.

Sidenote: Here in Switzerland, failure to stop for a pedestrian will get the side of your car kicked regardless of how little notice they give you, and a not-so-polite (or cheap!) visit from the local constabulory shortly afterwards who will "not see" the kick dent. It's a big no-no in other words.

Sidenote 2: It should be be noted I find zebra crossing bloody annoying myself, in case anyone thinks I'm from the "won't someone think of..." brigade.

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Joke

Oh god..a bit of russian malware I'd *actually want* in the UK.

<-- And before the anti-speeding lobby gets a full head of steam going, witness icon.

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Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: Seriously?

Take that broke up if I recall.

And it depresses me that I know something about a crappy manufactured boyband.

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Mobe networks test-drive punter-tracking kit to sling 'better' ads

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Thumb Down

Mobile network operators are already storing your browsing data for a year to better target advertising and optimise the network.

Nay, nay and thrice nay. Don't want.

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Unhappy

Re: Older Couple

45 is a good age for most things:

- physically, you've suffered no significant physical deteriation if you've been keeping fit and avoiding the beer and pies.

- Mentally you're still sharp

- ...and this one is crucial I suspect...you're experienced without being set in your ways and emotionally mature, and far better at performing under stress.

Having said that, I'm nearly the same age - but feel 65 - and have an irrational hatred of children on my lawn.

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Silverburn

Re: Suggestion

Send them the entire "strictly" series, while remembering to change the code on the suicide capsule safe.

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Coat

Re: Preferably a married couple with no children.

Not to mention the unsavory situation of what to do with the kids if this is a one-way trip, and "colonisation" is planned.

Though this will be less of a taboo issue for our midwestern citizerns...

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Coat

Graphite sandwiches

Not very tasty either I suspect, though I imagine Heston Blumenthal could do something creative with them.

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Happy

Round trip?

Who fancies an all-expenses-paid 501-day trip?

It's not clear if it's one way or not.

If it is one way...tricky, as there's so many deserving candidates needing one, and I doubt i could fit the entire house of parliment in the capsule.

Round trip? I vote...myself.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

Silverburn

Re: No Nokia in this roundup then.

or his wisdom teeth put back in

He'd have to grow them in the first place. Along with the rest of his adult teeth...

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Silverburn
Meh

Dust and waterproof?

and IP54-rated resistance to dust and water

Very impressive, but that still only adds up to 30 seconds of baby-proofing, what with their incredible knack of:

a) working out where your phone is, even when it's hidden from view

b) being able to drool into the most water-sensitive port of your device.

Why - in a room full of toys, slides and teddies - are your electronics the things they want to stuff into their mouths the most? And how do they know to start with the most expensive/useful one first? It's uncanny.

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Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

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Happy

Microsoft did ape it with Metro.

And by "Ape" I mean it was transparently designed by one.

Edit: Have I become Eadon, posting anti-MS stuff in unrelated forums? Time for the mind bleach.

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Thumb Down

Re: 2 of them obviously more suitable

Doesn't really matter. If Apple's offering is anything to go by, it'll be utterly useless for anyone outside the US, and only increases to barely useful to anyone inside.

Related pet annoyance: Why can't you uninstall Apple's apps from iOS? You have to create a folder called "Apple crap", and dump them all in there. I'd rather just delete them, thanks.

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Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

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Happy

Busy afternoon that day...

...plotting how to exterminate the human race through internet-enabled home appliances.

When does Mr Cerf get his own underground lair? Can I be a henchman?

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Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

Silverburn

Re: Sounds like a product for Haemmorrhoids - Orifice Pro Plus

Oh god...I just laughed at an Eadon comeback. I feel unclean.

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Silverburn
Facepalm

FFS

When will MS get it?

Where the apps are hosted and run from are only a minor consideration, compared to...WHERE THE DATA ITSELF GETS ROUTED!!!

No much of an issue when writing a thank you letter to Aunty Mildred, but if you need to type up a letter to the CEO about the fatal flow in multi-billion dollar product X we sell to the Air Force? Yessiree...lets do that in a office app that routes through the cloud...what could possibly go wrong!

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MasterCard tries to zap PayPal with own-brand mobe wallet

Silverburn

Useage models

The way I see it, this "bonking" tech is useful for high-throughput stores, sell high volume, cheap, commodity-based items.

Pay by bonk/wallet for a £2,000+ imac, which I'll maybe do once every 5 years? No...methinks not. When I buy a computer worth £2,000, I want it delivered on a velvet cushion, carried by angels, and Steve Jobs himself getting out the grave to shake hands and thank me personally for my purchase. "bonking" doesn't really make my high ticket purchase feel "special".

And the rest of Apple's range of goodies hardly comes under the "high volume, cheap, commodity-based items" banner either.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

Silverburn
Meh

I played with one...

...and wasn't that impressed. Just seemed cheap and fiddly, and the various workflows I tried simply didn't "gel". Some issues were hardware based, some were win8 based. The track button I hated. The screen angle was ok for me, but the whole process of switching from tablet to laptop was fiddly and cumbersome, and not to mention surprisingly hard - there was a lot of resistance in the motion on this showroom model.

Maybe gen 2 will be better.

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

Silverburn

Biology is great...

...it means we're actually naturally protected from most of these nasties. Only a few actually cause any issues, and if bacteria, the results are *mostly* annoying, rather than fatal*.

However...that doesn't quell my desire to never touch or use my phone again.

*Unless it's in an NHS hospital, whereapon they will probably eat you alive in 3 days, starting with the side of your face you put your phone to. Which is a disturbing thought..

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Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather

Silverburn
Facepalm

True story

In addition, global land mass is concentrated in that hemisphere

Interesting aside, this reminds me of a conversation I had with a very early girlfriend. She once asked that "if all the land mass is on the top of the world, it will be unbalanced, so why doesn't it spin off it's axis and go all wobbly?".

It was like a thousand facepalms at once.

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Welcome to our Wi-Fi: Devicescape reinvents landing page

Silverburn
Facepalm

connecting users to 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots without the user, or hotspot owner, ever knowing it happened.

Naturally, this represents no security issues whatsoever. No sirree. No problems here.

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McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

Silverburn

Re: AV is a malicious Peril

There's only ONE operating system that needs AV. Windows.

If you can stick in USB media, are plugged into a network (inc the internet), then you need a layered security approach, which includes AV. The OS being used is merely a technicality.

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Silverburn

McAfee has said it's dumping the system – or rather, adapting it – in an upgraded security suite which will (it claims) virtually eliminate susceptibility to botnets.

Just like you said in the last big release then. Ho hum.

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Japanese gov builds APT database to study targeted attack info

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Happy

The Japanese government will respond to the increasing threats from targeted cyber attacks by building a centralised advanced persistent threat (APT) database designed to aggregate threat intelligence so it can be shared with domestic security organisations and foreign governments.

That database will only have one table and all rows will say CHINA. There. I just saved you 800m y.

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Australian supercomputer to use geothermal cooling

Silverburn

Australian supercomputer to use geothermal cooling

Misleading title, IMO. Should read:

Australian supercomputer to use geothermal plant to run cooling

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BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

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Happy

BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

Beeb strongly condemns disruption

Lets hope they're not using the very same airwaves to communicate this condemnation...

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Silverburn

Re: Ahh China

Pretty sure they're not democratic - they're a single-party socialist republic.

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