* Posts by Hairy Spod

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DARPA's robot sat-fixing program survives sueball strike

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thank you both

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Paris Hilton

sorry for being dense

What does beyond the range of space walk technology mean?

Rocket goes to up to sat, man jumps out, hits it with spanner, jumps back in and goes home no?

Paris cos its written like I should know.

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Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

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Re: Oh Good grief!

you say that and I'm the same, yet 640x480 you tube videos frequently end up buffering on my Virgin 200mb service and they dont on grandma's 2mb bt connection....

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Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

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Re: Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!

ditto

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Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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is the jaw a really a fossil or is it a bone?

not being arsey, genuine question

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Mushroom

Military Applications

having cornered the civilian market place, me thinks this is Amazon branching out into military supply and DARPA budget

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

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ZX SPECTRUM NEXT

the link to this device on the page looks very interesting.

I take it that the makers have no connection to the Vega bunch?

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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wire replacement

figure out how to make it into light weight low value coppper wire replacement, sit back and watch the world become a better place (and more trains run on time)

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Dear New Owners

and bring back the directory!

There are probably less useful sites left than there were 10 years ago, make it easier for us to find whats left by subject rather than searching for a name that we dont know.

All google searches ever bring up these days are links to forums, amazon, ebay and you tube

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Statistically....

"You're misusing statistics. Fatalities are not an even distribution over all miles driven. They are much more likely to happen in poor weather and where there is more traffic -"

Actually fatalities often drop in bad weather as drivers tend to slow down and take more care

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Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network

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Re: Electric cars are a deadend

errrr yeah great maths there, it makes no difference what the energy density of the resultant fuel is.

lets assume the additional heat energy going into the fuel production is completely free just 3kwh of elecricity into every gallon.

the point is worse case V8 petrols can actually use a similar amount of electricity than an EV does BEFORE even taken into account ANY other efficiency aruguements

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Re: Electric cars are a deadend

average daily drive in this country is 36 miles pretty close to your 35 mile figure. What was your point again?

also 3.5 miles per KWh is pretty low average for an EV, mine for the year is around 4.6

Yes lots and lots of figures for Hydrogen are available the 2x figure is the best case figure I've seen based upon cracking natural gas, most figures are actually way way way higher making that arguement even worse

it can take 4 minutes to recharge but the reality is most of the stations in california (best place for it still) cant keep enough pressure to do it at that rate or supply at that rate or upto a full tank. Also well as far fewer places to charge. Good look taking a jerry can to top up with H2 or plugging in at home ironically giving Mirai owners far worse range anxiety than EV owners.

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I hope it never happens. That would quite literally double the amount of cars on the road. picking you up dropping you off again picking you up again dropping you off again.

Its a popular idea because ALL subscription models make the the people who run them more money in the long run than a traditional sale would.

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Re: Electric cars are a deadend

not this horse s#it again.

Fun fact: About 3kwh of electricity and another 3 kwh equivalent of heat energy goes into making every gallon of petrol - Depending on heating usage and time of year I get between 3.3 and 5.2 miles per khr from my leaf. My bosses 6 series beemer and Range Rovers can therefor quite often uses more elecricity than my electric car!

Hydrogen is the real massive waste of time here. It takes a minimim of twice as much electricity to make the hydrogen than it does to charge a battery. How come that double amount of electrcity is always deemed to come from renewable sources whereas every electric car is deemed to be charged from coal fuelled powerstations?

Also most cars are charged overnight by electricty which has to be generated anyway to keep the powerstations ticking over, but yes we do need to the look at both the grid and generation but we need to do that anyway.

Going back to the hydrogen nonsense, its really is a nasty reactive element that embrittles and knackers everything it comes into contact with. The REAL reason the car makers want to go this way is that you will be forced to regualarly replace expensive highly engineered components for the lifetime of the car. Car makers make more money on the upkeep of a car than they do on its initial sale. Battery cars on the other hand seem to be degrading far slower than it was originally feared.

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The truth is that most of us who already have electric cars, never ever, or only once or twice ever use public charging.

We all charge happily from home, do our daily commute and plug in at home every few days, I charge my car less frequently than my phone.

Even the current limited range models make ideal second cars

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Pluto has massive underground oceans, say astro-boffins

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Coat

Re: Past and present

yeah but its called Pluto so its prolly full of plutonium

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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stupid question

What do these axions do?

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Too easy to shoot down with a hand hold missile

This I very much suspect is the real reason for it being replaced with f35s

The ultimate aim, rightly or wrongly, being to replace pretty much everything other than transporters with F35s

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they may well have done, they used to use my primary school as a dummy target in the 1980s at play and lunch times, they'd even come back round low enough to wave. Very popular with us, but not as popular as the lightnings who'd occasionally give us airshow quality passes and climbs that I'm pretty sure they wouldnt have officially been allowed to do either

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BRRRTTTTTTT

BRRRRTTTTTTTTT

that is all

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

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Do the same review phones get passed around or does a new one get sent out to each reviewer.

If its the former is it possible that some other journo had previously taken it apart to see what was inside and some form of seal got broken?

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: What we need

Yes, I do want that authentic 90's or at least turn of the century broadband experience back!

There was a time when I used to have a PC with 16mb not 16GB of RAM and a 2mb connection not a 200mb connection and in usage terms it was a hell of a lot faster than what I use today.

They were both used to read tech, car and sports news with banner adds. I see nothing extra in a modern website that improves upon that experience.

I also remember when netbooks were usable. If anyone knows of an idiot proof distribution that just werks and does it well on a netbook please let me know

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

Apologies..... 3KWh of electrical energy an 3KWh of heat energy

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

about 6KW of energy (3KW electricity and 3KW heat energy) goes into to producing each gallon of petrol.

In summer I get about 5 miles and the depths of winter with lots of heating about 3.3 miles per KW out of my leaf.

That means that the most thirsty petrol cars out there actually use more electricity than my Nissan Leaf on top of the fuel that they burn!

Almost all charging is done over night, so the additional demands on the electricity infrastructure that would be caused by inscreased usage of electric cars are not actually as great as you might think

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Person in charge of looking for funding says...

someone with billions should spend it elsewhere shocker

nuff said

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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no, its not just the app.

All you needed (before Nissan pulled the plug) was the VIN which is visbile under the windscreen to a passer by and the script which could be run from any computer.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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a bit harsh on the other fruity one

"Ramping up the Ubuntu Mobile push comes at a tough time: Android and Apple hold such sway that they’ve succeeded in seeing off two challengers. "

mentioning microsoft and firefox and not even acknowledging blackberry

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Balloon-lofted space podule hits 30,000m

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Re: Helium balloons

As I understand it, outside of replicating a supernova (please dont) very hard to do, probably better off trying to make the almost just as impossible and not likely to ever see vacuum baloon

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

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Marketing opportunity for old gear on e-bay

..so basically now is a good time to pick up a load of old flat panels with poor viewing angles that no one wants and then to start flogging them as high security devices on e-bay

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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

Hairy Spod

Who cares, now that this is launching they can get on with the model E that the rest of us will be able to drive.

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: Pure water can exist only between zero and 10 degrees centigrade???

errrr yes and I think that can be read as the air pressure on Mars = Low enough that it doesn't really exist above 10C.

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Adobe patches Flash dirty dozen, ignores 155 in Shockwave shocker

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alternatives

Genuine question, do the non adobe linux alternatives like Pepper Flash have the same vunerabilities?

Am I better or worse off by using them?

Are there any Windows alternatives for visiting legacy sites, or playing old off line stick men or line racer .flv files with?

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WARM, WOBBLING MOON believed to hide MOIST CRADLE of life

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through the jets!!

what's that going to coat all of the instruments with, wont hitting them at speed be a bit of risk?

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: grrr

....in which case you are better off with a pure electic vehicle, or, if you must, a range extended hybrid which can have its ICE turned off in an urban environment.

(also bear in mind that hydrogen production requires lots of heat and/or electricity)

I cant help but feel that those billions would have been better spent on improving other existing solutions.

The only advantage I can see is for energy companies (these things require lots of overall well to wheel energy) and as they have a more complicated parts that a typical BEV the makers of all the parts that will need replacing as they get corroded by the reactive hydrogen.

The only plus (as you correctly point out) is that like electric cars there are no ground level emmisions

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grrr

I love it how electric cars are always fuelled by dirty coal power stations and hydrogen always comes from excess capacity nuclear or renewables. It costs more than an electric car, costs the same or more to run than a petrol car, looses luggage space like a hybrid, you can't charge it at home. Seriously what it is the point of these things

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

"Presumably the capsule is at the back of the ISS so any debris would have to pass through the entire station before impacting the Soyuz capsule"

Does space have a one way system?

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Afterburners on eh! I doubt it.

I think your memory is playing tricks on you sir

Apart from a few test bed flights (and I think those planes were long since destroyed or decommisioned) the only afterburning versions of the powerplant that the Vulcan used were for the TSR2.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: 1983 synthesisers!

either that or they are using Queen's "No synthesisers" statements on their albums which suddenly stopped in the early 80s as a guide to how all music was made as if nothing (else) really matters.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

not only that, as the surface of an induction hob is smooth glass and never really gets that hot, its an absolute doddle to keep clean which is just as important to a lazy arse like me, no more messing around taking things apart or scrubbing away at burned on food

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Re: Surplus power

actually link these to an economy 7 electricity tariff topping up overnight when a fair amount of generation capacity is currently wasted and these might actually make a lot more sense.

More controlable than a storage heater and you can use it to power your tv or washing machine later in the day rather than just heat your house.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Yes, and the flight instructors on the two seat English Electric lightnings used to comment to the novice pilitots whilst going supersonic in the vertical that.

"You'll notice dear boy that the purpose of the wings on the lightning is merely to keep the nav lights apart"

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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Re: @bill 36: Was kinda with you until...

we dont really need that much more electricity to power an electric car over a petrol one - about 6KW of electricity goes into refining each gallon of petrol, its a niggling little point that gets overlooked in most debates like this....

Electric cars are not the sole answer, you wont really find anyone claiming that they are, but they are a very useful step towards some very laudible goals, both economic, political and environmental ones.

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Re: Oh noe

I have a petrol car and an electric car, the electric car IS hands down better all round.

I'm with you on every other point though

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: Or to put it another way...

From what I have seen on the various UK electric car forumns, the real kicker is that Kia actually expect people to pay full price for it, Nissan dealers on the other hand do stonking discounts where you can almost get the car for the equivalent price of your petrol money on PCP

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Re: Don't they teach children to look both ways before crossing the road these days?

Rolls Royce have been trying to make their cars whisper quiet for 100 years, no oneever calls those dangerous

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

Hairy Spod

Battery tech does seem to do something that they do right, I know they are starting to become popular as taxis in some parts of the UK.

As soon as they improve the refinement a bit and just as importantly get around to producing a car that can accellerate up a hill at a decent rate BYD might be become a real global player.

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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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Re: Model X

I couldnt give a flying about the S or X, its the every mans E that they seem to have gone quiet about that I want.

My leaf meets 99% of my needs and a genuine 150-200 miles would make that 100%.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Eh! who told you that company cars were free? they tax you on them to the extent that you have to very carefully do the maths to see if having one is worthwhile.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?

"When Homo sapiens neanderthalensis walked the earth, about 70,000 years ago, they may have been able to see a small star passing the fringes of our solar system"

in which case you'd better get the red pen out again alter the bit about fringes of the solar system too!

There's a big difference between 0.8 light years and the hours that it takes to get to the edges of the solar system

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: Do not make such a video yourself

who said it had to be handheld, given who owns the company I would imagine google glass would be more likely....

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