* Posts by Catweazle

19 posts • joined 22 Feb 2008

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution


Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

Renewable energy means that the *fuel* is renewable. That claim is true for wind and solar.

It does not mean that the *installation* is renewable. If you want to compare that, the article needs to go into how renewable the nuclear installation is. At least an old wind turbine is not a radioactive hazard for centuries to come, like a nuclear installation

Soliton makes its way across silicon in CUDOS experiment


Needed to go to the original article to grok this. Never heard of solitons before.

Antarctic glacier 'melted just as fast Long before human carbon emissions'


Don't worry...

It's only the worst melting in 8000 YEARS.

And that's enough for flat earth believer Lewis to write "it's just one of these things that happen from time to time".

Like the worst flood in 8000 years would be nothing to worry about. Just happens from time to time.

Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS


Spanish beer culture

Beer was made popular in Spain early sixteenth century when Emperor Charles V moved from Flanders to Spain, taking with him an entourage of brewers.

HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why


Zero updates

Two minor updates?

My HTC One V never received an update.

ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...


The author proposed the perfect solution: move Lewis Page to the splendid forums!

That's the place for rants. Use the site for articles.

Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride


Re: I stopped reading here...

I stopped reading earlier.

Google is costing a lot of money by being in between end user and commercial services? I don't see why. What I see is that Google allows me to easily find commercial services.

People drop their ISP email, because the google mail is free? True, but it is also better.

Google annoys us with advertising? It is just because of google initiatives like adwords we see less popups and blinking banners from advertisers.

Google can drop your service anytime? True that Google drops services and adds others. But if you want professional service you can get a Google business account for e-mail, storage etc. with SLA guarantees, which can not be withdrawn just like that.

Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows


> But then I think we've all worked out by now where Mr. Page is coming from.

Comes from the army actually (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/lewis-page).

Hippie = anything not wearing a uniform.

Look out! Peak wind is coming, warns top Harvard physicist


Stop the tea party

"Crusading pro wind boffins"...

The credo of most boffins is objectivity.

If you look for a crusader, take this lewis page character.

Constantly spamming the registry with one sided climate skeptic tea party views.

Can't you get someone with a balanced view, at least then we can take the climate skeptic articles seriously.

It is irritating to find stuff that belongs in the "advertise with us" section mixed with the articles.

Drags the credibility of this site down.

UN: Greenhouse gas emissions gap is out of control


Global temperature not going up?

"Given that global temperatures have obstinately refused to go up over the past decade and more, and even if they do..."

Global temperatures not going up? Check these:

- Global temperature evolution 1979–2010 (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/6/4/044022): We analyze five prominent time series of global temperature... All five series show consistent global warming trends ranging from 0.014 to 0.018 K yr−1.

- Of the 13 warmest years since 1880, 11 were the years from 2001 to 2011. (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2011/13)

When the author writes "and even if they do...", he seems to know perfectly well he's writing things that are not true. What's the use of this misinformation?

IDC: Everything but Unix on the rise


linux == unix

unix is flat if you take out the flavour that rises. Great statistic!

Empires built on free code aren't cheap


Easy to gain popularity?

"Unfortunately, it's often easier to gain popularity on the web than it is to actually monetize that popularity..."

Easier to gain popularity than to set up a profitable business?

Is this on the authority of Prof. Trewlaney or based on statistical figures?

I'd like to see some numbers on sites succeeding in being popular and sites succeeding in being profitable.

MIT boffins on track of portable 60-watt seawater desalinator



WWF hardline? WTF!

MS and Oracle's big dev tools - who needs 'em?


vi in netbeans

Netbeans has the jvi plugin (http://jvi.sourceforge.net/)

China silent on Google, welcomes compliant internet firms

Dead Vulture

He who is without faults, throws the first stone.

For once that someone speaks up on the prosecution of critical voices by economical superpower China at home and abroad all the Register can say is:

- Google, which simply wants to find out everything about you

- a problem that Google created for itself

Implying that Google is just as bad as China and as no one is without faults, we should not complain on violation of human rights in China.


Cybercrooks get faster, further and sneakier


no firefox plugin vulnerabilities

Well there are 8 firefox browser vulnerabilities agains 6 for IE in the report, so that can't be the reason.

> Simple, Firefox has such a small user base that it's not worth bothering with.

>>Anyone got an idea what the reason might be?

Paris Hilton

no firefox plugin exploits?

The report points to browser plugins as the main source for vulnerabilities,

To my surprise they report NO vulerabilities for firefox XPI plugins (against 73 high priority ActiveX plugin vulnerabilities for IE).

Anyone got an idea what the reason might be?

How big an eco-hazard is IT equipment?


standby anything

Do not limit the 1W discussion to IT.

At night it is all the standby stuff that lights my house: the microwave with lcd clock, the stereo, the tv-video-dvd standby for responding to remote control, the speakers, the radio, the wireless mouse -keyboard-network-headphones, the monitor, the washing machine, the printer, the laptop power supply.

Add it up and it matches lighting a room 24/7 in each house.

Next thing your toiletpaper will be stanby to warm your *ss.

Apache daddy walks out on OpenSolaris


open source (tm)

get real, sun open sourced this, that's good.

Why force them to do other things like saving the planet, eating fish or giving away trademarks.

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