* Posts by squigbobble

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Efficiency % important for niche applications

Yes but you don't have to buy a new $2.5B plant every year. Assuming a lifespan of 20 years (and also ignoring the ongoing maintenance 'cos I've no idea how expensive that would be, except that it won't be $2.5B/yr) that brings it down $330/ton of avoided CO2 which is still pretty eye watering though it seems to be in the ballpark for the retail price of bulk coal in the UK.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Re: Sunday shutdown...

"armed with M-16s (or similar)"

It'll be a SiG 550, Switzerland's home-grown assault rifle.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

"for IOS anyways from what I've read it seems the contents on the phone are encrypted, but contents stored in icloud are not encrypted in the same manor"

Indeed, they're stored in the shooting lodge.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Only the pleasure of eating?

I like milk.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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"solar storage"

Google it. Pretty expensive, though :/

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Re: Then we're fucked

The wood fired plants are doing well because it allows them to hit their CO2 targets with minimal changes to the machinery. There isn't enough land mass, let alone arable land, on the planet to provide all of humanity's energy needs via biomass.

Also, photosynthesis is far less efficient at capturing energy than photovoltaics and you have the added inefficiency of converting the heat from burning the plants into electricity.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane tumbles onto BBC World Service

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Read the Welt article...

...don't recall Vulture One being rocket powered.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Useful debris

Yeah but try intercepting and docking with it. Just lofting enough fuel for all the manoeuvres would be an arseache.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Enlightening

I find it interesting that all the CO2 makes a beeline for the North Pole in winter, might be something to do with the greater degree of melting up there vs. the Antarctic.

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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WTF?

for a more entertaining take on it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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An actual outcome of this...

...will be an increase in the number of wildfires started by lightning, esp. as the researchers claim that precipitation will not increase as much.

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CAMERON DIAZ covers top BOFFINS in GOLD at Breakthrough Prizes

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Not so esoteric

"Alim-Louis Benabid, Joseph Fourier University, for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease."

My dad had one of the first DBS units implanted in the UK (he was in a clinical trial) and it gave him about another 8 years of mobility.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: Who's going to flip the burgers...

http://momentummachines.com/#product

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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Re: Heal UK!

I think you meant to use the 'Joke Alert' icon.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Formula 1

ABS came from the aviation industry where the braking is almost always heavy, the runways are not always dry and, proportionally, you're stopping a car that's fitted with the wheels from a mini-moto.

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Re: Can we just agree...

Mmmmm... Dr. Czerski.*

*I suspect that was the effect that the Director of Programming intended.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: Right Direction?

@Shrimpling - ...and they're late to that party, the Pegasus system is over 20 years old. The only thing I think they could beat it on is price.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2013/08/19/closer-orbital-sciences-stable-launch-vehicles/

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

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The road to Data Protection Hell...

...is paved with good intentions.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Thanks for the NSFW warning on the 'turned it on' link

Dabbsy, you muppet.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: Article crap. Try this instead.

Yay, Skipton :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/16/best-place-to-live_n_4973713.html

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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'gives a warning before it goes bang'

I assumed that this warning would take the form of a plume of smoke emitted from the battery (maybe a hissing noise as well) but the reality is less fun.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy

Moi, puoleensavetävä nainen...

Hmmm.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Home taping is killing music...

...to the tune of £58 million.

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Supercomputer water-cooling comes to solar power

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Budget version already available.

http://www.solimpeks.com/pv-t-hybrid-collectors/

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: petrochemicals -- just, not fossil fuels

"And we can burn as much of these as we like with impunity provided (a) we achieve clean burn, no nasty soot or carbon monoxide or hydrocarbon fragments"

This is practically impossible, there's no chance of controlling the mixture and flame propagation well enough to completely eliminate all of these in a piston engine, that's why catalytic convertors were mandated. You can minimise the undesirable carbon compounds by running a lean mixture but you make up for that by spewing out more NOx instead.

A fuel cell is the best bet for a clean hydrocarbon 'burn' because of the degree of control it gives you over the chemical reaction but then you'd get all the extraneous chemicals in affordable hydrocarbon fuels trying to poison or cack up the fuel cell.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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Re: Optional

Just had the bizarre thought that it's so big even the light in the photon sphere will take about 15 days to orbit it...

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: What's 3nders game?

OKcupid is free for all (so you can message people for free) with charges for premium features. Core demographic seems to be twentysomethings.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: I call shenanigans.

The glove went for 1p, lol. I always inflate the postage charges slightly to cover the eBay and PayPal fees when I'm doing a penny auction otherwise you can actually lose money on a sale.

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I call shenanigans.

I've unloaded close a £1k of old crap on eBay over the years, including a solitary left glove I found in the pocket of a dead man's bike jacket that came with a bike I bought off autotrader. It's no harder to use (when you can actually log in to it) now than it was when I started. They even have promotions specifically for low volume sellers although you get bummed on the fees if you're not a business seller.

The only significant change for amateur sellers is the new postage pricing which will be handy once I've actually managed to set up all the prices, lol.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: John Savard Watch the Funny Man!

To me, it looks like 'traditional black farming' is just Mugabe's cover story. He's deliberately crippled agriculture (usually, when the farms get taken over they're gifted to one of his cronies and asset-stripped) and the monetary system in order to keep the populace weak and create a dependence on his regime.

Food scarcity ensures that people spend much more of their efforts on acquiring their next meal and less on things that might be detrimental to the regime a la the Ministry of Plenty and (this is a pretty wild guess) imported food should be easier to control the distribution of than locally-grown stuff, ensuring that regions with more Mugabe supporters get fed better.

Hyperinflation can also be worked to an advantage. The moment a trillion-Zimbabwean Dollar note is printed it starts to lose buying power. The older that note is, the less you can buy with it. This means that the people closest to the mint (Mugabe's followers) are automatically wealthier than people further away from it, thus creating a dependence on the Mugabe Bunch.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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"That meant the pilot had to get the jet into the air without scraping the tail on the runway."

As other people have implied, this is exactly the opposite of what the pilot would be facing- not being able to get the nose up leading to the aircraft charging down the runway at 200mph.

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Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports

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Re: More power to them..

I think that's pretty much what the plan is.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Economists solving the problems the last one caused

For bonus points, in BradMet the housing benefit cheques go straight to the landlord. That's how my housemate ended up paying rent (after he'd started a job) while his landlord was, unbeknown to him, simultaneously cashing his housing benefit cheques when BradMet comprehensively failed to stop his benefits after he told them he'd started a job. 3 times. Though he ignored my advice of telling them in writing by recorded delivery.

Out of him and the landlord, guess which one BradMet pursued for benefit fraud and demanded repayment from.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: SICKING, DISGUSTING WATCHING!

Full marks for creativity in your attempt to both inspire a reunion of another 90's group I want to forget and living out your sexual fantasy re. them.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Depression kills.

It also gives you negative recall bias so you'll have difficulty remembering anything positive and your usual confirmation bias, combined with a depressed mood, will make you focus on anything negative and disregard positive things. It's not always as simple hearing nice things about yourself.

You can have everything and still not have your health, including your mental health.

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

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Re: Not just bitcoin has value.

"...or a laughing stock"

Or, as they're known in cryptocurrency forums, shitcoins.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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"Top speed is limited to 87mph (140kmph) in the interests of power saving."

...and also of not melting the motor controller and setting fire to the battery pack.

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Re: Maybe not the whole car....

They've been available on Fords for over a decade. However, the durability is crap (the tiny wires gradually break so that strips of the windscreen cease to be heated) and my parents have had a car come straight from the factory with a few duff wires in the heated windscreen.

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: "heptane-based fuel"

The best bit about that sketch was the petrol-cheese switch on the back of the robot :D

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"heptane-based fuel"

errrr... petrol?

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Patience

The cops will still be sifting through the cack on their puters before working out what to charge them with. There's limited resource and suspected terrorists (and probably fraudsters too) are further up the priority list.

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Re: Retro...

I might've mixed it up with that. However, the addresses are read off the packages by machine vision (supplemented by humans to cope with my mother's handwriting) for the automated sorting machinery so you already know which sorting office it entered the postal system at (pinning down the probable source to a particular region) and the destination; filling up a database with that info is all that's missing.

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Re: Retro...

Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient. Handy for traffic analysis.

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Re: What is the solution?

There is psychological help; people caught with teh CP are now more likely to be put on probation with a treatment course (there's an Internet Sex Offenders Treatment Programme) than in previous years. They still get a criminal record and got on the Sex Offender's Register, though. Obviously, if they're making it or distributing it (especially for gain) they'll get the book thrown at them. It's akin to sending junkies to rehab while putting the hammer down on the dealers and manufacturers.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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"5 year plans"... ...Russian automobiles

Seems to be about how long they last, unless they're fibreglass. Though Lada Nivas keep rolling with horrendous tinworm, if autotrader is to be believed.

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Going out on a limb here...

With the assumption that you'll be able to post whatever you like as long as you're in Nashi.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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"Disney and Lucasfilm are, of course, saying nothing about the plot"

'cos there isn't one.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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You can recycle energy as well

Manufacturing glass from raw materials is way more energy intensive than recycling it so by recycling glass you reduce the total energy required for manufacturing new glass things. In a sense, you're recycling the energy that was put into processing the raw materials into raw glass.

Paper recycling, however, is more about saving the trees.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Can't wait...

...to see how netmums reacts to the discovery that chip&PIN terminals create nonces.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Gooooooowld

Why are so many prototype science experiments made of gold?

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