* Posts by JeffyPoooh

1665 posts • joined 28 Jun 2013

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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At least somebody out there read 'The Art of War'

There's a plug-in that merrily clicks ALL the ads in a hidden manner, behind the scenes.

It's a bit like Judo...

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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Re: Silly... @Cynical

The 'FibreOP' system can span a reported 40km with pure passive fiber optics.

No power required anywhere in the middle of this run.

No cabinets.

No copper.

Effectively no distance limit since the telcos already have COs closer than that.

That said, whatever is cheaper is, ah, cheaper. Yep. YMMV...

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Re: Silly...

That said, 330 Mbps is 10% faster than what's presently on offer by fiber (at my house).

But they've gone from 175 to 200 to 300 Mbps in about a year, so I assume it's slowly heading even higher.

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Silly...

The fiber to my home (FTMH) involved three steps that I witnessed.

The trucks rolled through the neighbourhood, much quicker than you'd expect.

On another day, a guy installed the fiber to the side of the house, I think it took an hour.

And then a guy showed up to plug in some boxes in the house.

Step 2 was trivial. People are too scared of the Last 100m bit.

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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"A.I. is hard."

Next, they'll stumble across James May in his Push-Me-Pull-You double-fronted car.

Then Edd China will show up with his 75 mph couch.

Next, a motorized Shed will close in on them, leading to several '1202 Alarms'.

I'll be out walking my kangaroo and it'll get loose, leading to CPU meltdown.

A truck delivering huge mirrors should be amusing.

Try winter diving in Canada, when the entire visual field is just shades of white.

"A.I. is hard."

They're not only not done, their hardware is incapable of accomplishing the complete job.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Cite

t'was publish on a black hole in a 2D holographic format 20 years ago which may be impractical for you to read.

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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Re: stocks != economy

Agreed. (You can't spelled 'agreed' without 'greed'.) Anyway...

I believe that it's been clearly proven that the markets are mostly rational/efficient as expected, but are partially irrational/bonkers.

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

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Re: Three year old Nexus 4

Battery Life advice "Just delete off all the crap you don't use."

How does having things sitting in nonvolatile memory consume energy?

Does the Android OS constantly go through every installed app one by one to shake them out?

Or is there an assumption that most apps are doing something in the background?

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Re: I hate USB3 -radiates like crazy in the same bands as lots of other stuff

Grounding and RF...

I've often said that RF would be less 'magical' to most people if it was bright purple, instead of invisible.

Assuming for the moment that you're talking about noise emitted in the 2.4 GHz wifi band, then you must understand that the wavelength is 12 cm. So a lovely perfect ground, feel free to imagine it anywhere you like (even if it's not true); just one quarter wavelength 3cm up the ground wire will be the peak of a standing wave. The pattern repeats all the way up your ground lead to the source of the noise.

Grounding is important for several reasons. Conducting microwave noise away isn't one of them.

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Re: I hate USB3 -radiates like crazy in the same bands as lots of other stuff

If you're adding external shielding, that implies that there's no shielding and that shielding helps.

Cables come in shielded varieties.

Buy shielded cables.

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Re: Who goes all day without charging?

Yep.

"My phone battery lasts three days."

Yeah? I'm not homeless. Where I sleep there is electricity.

It'll be the right time to buy an electric car when people stop talking about their phone batteries.

^- candidate for QotW?

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Re: My phone regularly runs out of electric power.

"I thought Android was crash-proof..."

I have eight tablets of pretty much all the major OS ecosystems. iOS, Android, Win 8.1, Win 8 RT, Blackberry. More than a few phones too, iOS, Win 8 Phone, Android.

Android is significantly worse than the others. Worse in the sense that the Chrome browser under Android can't deal with quite a few websites. Seizes up, crashes, etc. Worse in the unmanageable file system. Worse in many ways. Crash-prone is more accurate. Amateur coders. Bad management. Lack of attention to detail.

An exception is that Blackberry has too many horrifyingly bad apps. Their apps are the worst.

Apple is the worst for all the well known reasons. Evil DRM power cords that cost $20. Sleaze bags.

MS is doing okay, mostly. Nice gadgets for the most part. Not perfect.

Your opinion may vary. Which is fine.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: hydrogen as a fuel is absolutely rubbish.

"106km from 1kg of hydrogen..."

Even with steam reformation (ignoring 'brown' H2 as mentioned), 1kg of H2 (and thus 4kg of CO2 from the steam reformation process) is only about 40g/km of CO2. Twice as good as is common.

Or 1.6L/100km or 175 MPG equivalent.

So it clearly *is* efficient.

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Re: grrr

Sounds like the perfect application of solar powered electric vehicles...

One 5-mile round trip per week.

I believe you. No question that this use model is perfectly feasible and absolutely practical.

Sorry I doubted you.

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"... there is a dearth of renewable power."

The UK needs to start installing underwater power lines from Norway and Iceland.

That sort of thing...

/dreaming...

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Brown hydrogen

Nice to learn about the abundance of 'brown hydrogen'.

In some locations,commercial quantities of hydrogen are produced by steam reformation of abundant natural gas. A process that releases 4 kg of CO2 for each kg of H2 produced. So a kg of such H2 emits the same 4kg of CO2 (at production) as 1.7 L of petrol (at combustion).

"106km from 1kg of hydrogen and since 1kg of hydrogen can produce a similar amount of energy to 3.7 litres of petrol you could say it’s doing the equivalent of about 29km per litre..." =3.45L/100km

Or, from the CO2 point of view, 106km per 1.7L petrol worth of CO2 is 1.6L/100km equivalent.

.: Even in the worst case, with H2 from natural gas, it's still extremely efficient in terms of CO2.

Yay!

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Re: grrr

If your solar panels are at home, then are you working nights?

Most people would be parked at work during the day, when the Sun is up.

So, explain yourself.

(Expecting to hear about how the solar panels feed into the grid during the day, and then the truck is recharged >>from the grid<< at night.)

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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"A bloody 5C? I don't want a bloody 5C. I want an iPhone 6 Plus."

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"It says, 'There are some problems with your post.' and 'The post is required, and must contain letters.' Why does everything need to be so complicated?"

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"Why would a Nigerian prince need my help moving his money?"

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"Oh shit! My Ashley Madison account has been leaked."

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Nothing new here...

Updates for Win 7 have been devoid of significant info for years.

Even the associated KB is often an info vacuum.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: power button

"...device to be always on."

In spite of always being on, when you sit down and try to use it, Windows and various applications will decide that it's the perfect time to start checking for, downloading and installing updates.

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Re: Windows Tax again

'soldered RAM' to 'Windows Tax' so-called 'logical' leap

I have another question...

How bloody cheap and small do gadgets have to get before we can move past the old fashioned PC-centric thinking that the RAM, mass storage, and CPU need to be upgradeable?

If the ICS was £1.49 and built around a tiny SoC, would you still ask if the RAM could be upgraded?

Answer: 'Yes' you probably would.

Exasperating...

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Re: Yours will be for movies over ethernet?

I have a question...

How cheap do such gadgets have to get before the fanboys will realize that they can stop arguing about (for example) the pros and cons of Raspberry Pi versus Intel C.S.; and just bloody well buy one of each (if you want)?

To make the point clear, if they were £1.49 each, would you still argue? Answer: 'Yes' you would.

Why do fanboys assume that we need to choose only one?

Limited funding?

Limited HDMI ports?

Daft residual habit left over from the days of expensive gadgets? [<- THIS.]

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"...more a comment on the generally dismissive style on these forums "

Pfft.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: Carbon sequestration is a funny thing

"...half the CO2 injected in the simulation was converted into solid carbonates within a day."

If true, then it's very reassuring.

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How's that solar powered airplane doing?

I'd settle for an 80/20-rule solution. 80% of the CO2 solved for 20% of the cost. The last 20% is not worth it.

E-cars will soon be viable. Don't hold your breath for e-airplanes.

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This...

"...half the CO2 injected in the simulation was converted into solid carbonates within a day."

New respect for sequestration.

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Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

@Ivan

The Internet proves that it's impossible to prove anything via the Internet.

(Let it sink in. Take as much time as you need.)

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream?

The endless ethical quandary begins when it suddenly blurts out, "Mommy!"

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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Why do they need to design new hardware to run a different OS?

Geesh, you'd think that they'd just dual boot by now...

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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Re: FFS

@JHW re. "...due to the runs being different (different times of day, different 'wiggle' from the precise route..."

You missed this?: "Each device scored one of the three pockets in the back of my club jersey. I couldn't turn them on and off simultaneously, but started and stopped each within seconds of the others."

All at once. So, the runs were not different as it was one run, not different times of day but at the same time, not significantly different wiggles.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: Sky and UHD

Bell Satellite TV (Canada), formerly 'ExpressVu', doesn't seem to overcompress their channels. I can watch their HD channels all day and not be annoyed even once.

Then I drop by friends to see what the local Cable TV company offers. Horrifying.

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Re. "...40"+ monitor..."

BSA Tau = Five minutes.

From plugging it in, saying Wow!, being amazed at the huge screen size... ...to thinking it's normal. "Could be just a bit larger actually..."

5 minutes.

I've had this happen so many times, with formerly 'huge' TVs to formerly 'enormous' 27" monitors, that I've noticed it and timed it.

5 minutes.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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"Is it safe? Is it safe? Is it safe?"

"Security (theater) Software" is dead.

The game has moved into the 'hardware', which is chock-a-block full of other software. Layers and layers and yet more hidden layers.

There is no solution.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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"Assange™ wants to clear his name..."

Well that's easy.

Using your mouse, select the "™". Then press 'DELETE'.

There, that nasty ™ has been cleared from his name.

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Re: Let's use a reusable engine... once!

We've tried the "Reusable must be cheaper" theory already. = FAIL.

Musk is going to try again. And we wish him the best of luck with it.

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Re: "Brain"

"...not due to stupidity, but rather an overabundance of lawyers."

Same thing really.

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Foxconn to build 1,500-acre, US$5billion complex in India

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Re: So...

1500 acres. One vast building, just a single story tall.

"I will end it all..." Leap-thud. "Ouch.."

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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Re: Hmm

"...the damage of disposing of the batteries."

That's nonsense.

No car company will allow them to go anywhere except into a closed recycling system.

They're not going to end up tipped into a ditch in China.

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Re: I Love Driving real cars

"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.” P. J. O'Rourke

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Re: Dearman Engine will win

'Lightsail' (company name) has figured out how to store compressed air and the heat of compression.

Then, when it's time to release the compressed air, they reintroduce the stored heat. Which makes things better.

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Re: Free energy.

"Oil is effectively stored energy..."

Fixed it for you.

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"...vapor loss is very very small..."

GM had to recall a fleet of cars because the fuel lines were not sufficiently impermeable.

The fleet of Transitional Zero Emission Vehicles have addressed the residual pollution sources: those nasty gaskets in the fuel system. So they weld the fuel system together, and give the system a really long warranty.

If people were paying attention, they'd realize how clean burning modern cars really are.

The dribbles of petrol from the pump nozzle - that is getting towards the top of the list.

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Re: @Orv @Derpity Still a bit confused

"Prius was first manufactured in 1997."

The first Prius is thus about 18 years old.

So if it lives about another 12 years or so, then it'll just start to achieve environmental payback for the monumental (ly poor) investment of embodied resources.

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Re: IQotW: "Renewables simply don't cut it for power generation..." @ jeffypoooh

Grikath actually wrote: "I doubt that much of the energy exported to the US would be from 'Hydro'."

Wow, how can you believe that your philosophizing can overcome simple facts?

Hydro-Quebec exports about 30,000 GWh, worth over a billion dollars, to the North East USA.

Hydro-Quebec's energy is almost entirely (98.5%) sourced from hydro.

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Re: Wrap up warm

Unless the e-car is 100% efficient, there will be waste heat. Tesla has water cooled the motor, reportedly even including the rotor. There should be some amount of waste heat.

Of course, since a Tesla is never more than a few hours from being plugged in again (half kidding), the cabin can be toasty warm when powered by the grid.

Hmmm... I'm going to write ELECTRIC CAR on the back of my car, wire in an e-car socket, and install an electric heater. Then I'll park in those spots and use only a few kw to keep my car toasty warm in winter. Maybe have a window-mounted aircon during the summer, but that might be too obvious.

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"...find a way to get their batteries to work well at -20c and below..."

If low temperatures are a big issue for batteries, then the solutions are fairly obvious.

1) Wrap the batteries in an inch of high tech thermal insulation.

"NO, THEY NEED TO BE COOLED!

Calm down and shut your trap for a minute.

2) The battery insulation will obviously have doors for controlled air flow, and/or water pipes for liquid cooling. One can have both insulation and/or cooling.

3) At home, or anywhere while being charged, the batteries can be kept toasty warm at the ideal temperature.

4) If parked in a cold field, then a tiny amount of power, maybe 30 watts, can be used to heat the battery box to keep it warm. Some spreadsheet jockey can work out the ideal amount of heat. A 90kWh pack can run a 30 watt heater for 3000 hours. Use some logical timer and remote control design, and it's a non-issue.

Problem 99.9% solved.

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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I never understood expensive commercial databases...

Why does the software cost more than $10?

If one was designing a $100 price class several-TB NAS box, then one could burn a distributed-processing self-organizing database program onto the same ROM chip for an extra $3.

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