* Posts by Ellis Pritchard

3 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

Ellis Pritchard

Checking your facts

UK Electricity grid losses are more like 7%: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Grid_(UK)#Losses

DEFRA lists petrol as 0.28455kg CO2e/kWh, whereas electricity is 0.04609kg CO2e/kWh with % transmission and distribution losses as 7.4% (2008 figures); see http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/conversion-factors.htm

A Li-ion Battery charge/discharge cycle is 80-90% efficient, and EV electric motors >90%. All of which works out that electric cars are around three times more efficient than petrol cars, even when charged using a conventional fossil-fuel heavy power grid.

Whilst mining and refining the metals in batteries is not environmentally benign, the metals can be recycled at the end of the batteries life, using less energy than mining new material. Extracting and refining oil creates a large number of toxic by-products, and presents a considerable risk to the environment, as BP demonstrated this year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_refinery#Safety_and_environmental_concerns

Finally, read this article on the efficiency Hydrogen Economy, it's not as rosy as you assume, basically, electric cars win: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2003.09.024

In summary, your 'BAN battery powered cars' call may be a little wide of the mark...


Undead Commodore 64 comes back for Christmas

Ellis Pritchard

Not like C=64

They can't actually seem to distinguish between the C=64 and the Amiga; no way is the Amigo reminiscent of the C=64, it's more like the bastard child of a TI99-4a and an A1200...


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Matching genes for criminal injustice

Ellis Pritchard

Fair use

The only fair use of DNA data I can think of is that DNA samples from convicted criminals is kept, and that from persons who have not been convicted is discarded.

Ok, so this may mean that if the police suspect someone is involved in crime (supposedly they 'know' who the criminals are), but can't pin a particular one on them, they may subsequently have to take another sample, but in practice, it's very likely that persistent criminals will end up on the database anyway, through a conviction for something, and can then be matched to DNA from other crime scenes, new or old.

Keeping innocent people's DNA on the database just encourages the lazy kind of 'investigation' highlighted in the article, which is dangerous for our liberties and ineffective in taking the real criminals 'off the streets'.