"Genius, I tell you!"
It took me all year but I finally came up with the good ideas....
702 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011
"But I maintain that there is a significant difference between watching twenty two top athletes working as two teams with talent, determination and occasionally breathtaking skill"
That would work if that's what football was. I only see a couple of dozen prima-donnas worried about their haircuts and how they look then falling over and crying foul when somebody goes too close to them. And that's from watching highlight programs to get the "best bits". It's like a fashion show where occasionally something almost like a sport accidently appears.
"There is no such thing as a zero emission electric car..."
You know that's not what is meant by zero emissions. It is shorthand for "The driving motor/engine of this car produces no emissions during normal running" and to act like it doesn't is a bit dishonest really. As a consumer society Everything we do produces waste and emissions of course but that's not what is meant - and you know it.
... that makes these different from other i5 based SSD 2 in 1 laptops? I can get very similar for a couple of hundred pounds less and the only thing that's different seems to be battery life. I'd also get better performance without the emulation. If all you want to do is a little browsing and word processing and youtube then one of the really really cheap convertibles would do the job and you'd save £500 - some of these have data too. I got an atom based Surface 3 for £250 that can do all that.
"The smart plug glows a low purple when not turned on and a brighter green when it is"
I am fed up with everything having to have bloomin lights on it. Some things have more than 3. I understand if it's a standalone device but If I have something plugged into a plug then the thing plugged in being ON will let me know if the plug is on or I can use the big tablet thing to tell me. Any smart device with an led should give me the ability to turn off said led.
...have been terrible. We have devices by both in the house and whilst they are great value neither has had an update for months - and not for the life of the product so far when it comes to the honor. This is pretty poor and really terrible when you consider my oneplus 3 has been getting updates pretty much every month.
I don't think I'll ever spend premium supplier prices again but will not be buying honor or Huawei again.
@Voyna i Mor
"Downhill yes, but the energy consumed in braking usually exceeds the rate at which it can be fed back to the battery."
No. Under breaking or going downhill we can generate charge for the battery in our leaf. On one part of one journey we do a long hill and will generate visible charge on the meters.
Wasn't extoling the virtues of the free charging - and a lot of it is in places like supermarkets where the shop provides it as perks. In fact I mostly use ones in Sainsburys. I'd be daft not to use it if it's free. One day it won't be and we will all drive EVs and all pay tax. But for now I'll take any free stuff. Motorway service stations are a good example - they used to be free but now you have to pay a similar mile per pound cost to that of ICE.
@Not also known as SC
I agree with a lot of that. And it all adds up to why we've got the Leaf on PCP. It's all a bit of a wild west as far as EVs are concerned here in the UK and we could either go the Norway way and have them well supported by government and infrastructure or we could end up with them so taxed that they become too costly to drive. I wonder what way the UK government is likely to go? For sure once we're all driving electric there will have to be tax in place of some sort - perhaps according to battery size and power output - a zoe pays less than a tesla.
Your calculations ignore some things.
You are ignoring some technologies that exist in electric cars that affect your maths. Regenerative breaking has quite an effect in our Leaf - something that doesn't exist in ICE cars. Also we can pick and choose the time of day the car draws power meaning we can take advantage of late night tariffs. We can also use free charging that is available in some places. If you have an EV then you would be daft to charge it from a standard 13amp plug all the time - we have a wall socket that does 32amp. We traded in a similar sized car for out Leaf and once you include tax, fuel prices, reduced prices for MOT and servicing (so much less to service or go wrong on an EV) we a saving iro £20 a month. That may not seem much but that INCLUDES the payments for a brand new car..... (and before you ask - we do the same miles including a daily 60 mile commute).
@Richard Jones 1
"Yes they nearly do, since the nominal holders of many 'self defence' weapons end up being killed by their own weapons I guess the guns must fire themselves"
They are not killed by their own weapons they are killed by themselves using their own weapons. the weapons don't up and fire themselves. They are either fired deliberately or accidentally by a person. I suppose it is possible that a weapon could fail due to corrosion or defect and fire if kept in a cocked position but very highly unlikely and the person who left the gun cocked would be the one at fault.
@AC RE: "Yup. Expensive toys for rich people. Case example: Tesla."
No. We have a Leaf and it does SWMBOs commute every day @30 miles each way. Whole of life resource use puts EVs at between 65 and 85% of a ICE depending on comparisons. We have a leaf and as they have had no battery fires IIRC. As for comparing cars to phones..... well....
No. Duty on fuel is a duty on the amount of fuel purchased. Different cars and even driving styles use different amounts of fuel per mile. Miles are a constant. You would charge the same per mile covered for cycles as for cars. Weight has nothing to do with it as the wear on the road is only a part of the road tax, you have road signs, maintenance and policing amongst a whole load of stuff.
"That's how you get personal, constant GPS tracking and a police state where you can't even go to shop without being tracked. And you know what? You, as the car owner, pay the tracking equipment, through the nose."
errr. no. we just track miles. All cars have a system for doing this now. They track how many units of leccy you use but don't know what you're powering. Just improve the security of milometers.
Remove duty from fuel and charge based on miles driven. All road users should pay for the upkeep of roads and this tax should be ring fenced. It's that simple. This includes cyclists btw. Cyclists are one of those effected most by poor road condition so they should want to pay for the upkeep of roads.
"Yes you can. You can legislate the definition of "militia" to clarify it means members of the National Guard while officially deployed. "
But the supreme court has already ruled on this deciding that the second amendment is irrespective of the militia part. http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment2.html
"You would be surprised by how many people in western countries would like to introduce these."
Not many as people in these places tend to vote in their laws and none of them have voted these in. But religious dictatorships are another thing....
"Or you could say the vast majority of terrorists incidents world wide are linked to western imperialism. "
The majority of Islamic terrorist actions worldwide are not against western countries. That kind of makes your point silly.
How many western countries currently have the death penalty for apostasy or homosexuality or adultery? The issue here isn't big bad imperialists. It is a incompatible difference between Islam and western ideals.
"Without easy (designed for killing people easily and rapidly) gun access those people would still be alive."
We've not seen any instances where people have driven cars or trucks into groups in order to kill, have we? The issue is that we have people that somehow and in some way have grown up thinking that killing other people is a resolution for their problems. How we deal with this is not an easy thing and likely beyond us as a species right now.
"premeditated" - you keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I have not decided (though I live in the UK where firearms for defence are not allowed so this is a little hypothetical) before hand that I will kill people with my firearms. I have decided that if I had to I would. The same as if I had to mow someone down with my car to save other people I would. That does not mean I have premeditated intent to kill. My intent is to never have to harm another human being as long as I live. I would if I had to but I don't want to.
"If you choose to own a weapon primarily designed to kill people the you are demonstrating premeditated intent to .... errr .... kill people."
no no no no no
If you chose to own a weapon designed to kill people you may be demonstrating the ability, as a last resort in defence of person or property, to stop people doing you harm. I own a computer and have the skills and ability to do harm with it - does that mean I have a pre-meditated intent to do so? I own knives and tools that make me an proficient butcher - does that mean I intend to butcher people? I own firearms - does that mean I intend to shoot people?
Shit. The world must be coming to an end. A post of yours I agree with. But then I am a rare beast being an active UK hunter and gun owner. I don't personally own one but I do know other UK hunters, particularly in pest control, that use semi-automatic 22 rimfire. This is when a semi is useful in hunting. When there is likely several targets to be had in quick succession.
"Huawei bragged about how great they were going to be with firmware updates"
My other half has been stung by this. Never going near them again. Oneplus are the polar opposite. I get an update nearly every month. Running my OP3 for well over a year now - on android 8 with September security.
I see google as a massive card index to a library. They help you find information in the area that you are looking for. It is then for you to use your eyes and brain and other similar sources to validate what you are reading. The problem is that we are losing the ability to think critically and often the first google result or Wikipedia page is treated as gospel.
Isn't that the real reason they went for face id? I would hate it for several reasons. 1. The cost - blimey a grand on a phone should be illegal. 2. Using it on a desk - I often have my phone sat on my desk next to me and reach with my hand, press the button and use it from there. If I had to pick it up, line it up right with my face and then put it down it's just a pain.
Perhaps I'm getting old but I fail to see what I can do with this phone I can't do with one half the price. I may wait 3 nano-seconds longer for an app to load and have a bezel top and bottom. I simply don't care as long as for the few years I have it I get good updates and security patches. My OP3 seems to be giving me all that being already on android O with Septembers security patches.
@DaL "But you would surely have a charger at home? 14 miles to the next hop doesn't seem too bad. Even the worst EVs can do 14 (0r 21) miles without needing their next top up."
Yes. But who would like to be told that they need to do a 30 or 40 mile round trip to charge? I am fortunate in that I have a drive and a charger at home. What if I lived in a flat?
"Already quite a lot: https://www.zap-map.com/live"
That''s not a lot. The closest publicly accessible one to us is 14 miles away! The closest rapid charger is 21. I can't see Londoners driving from Watford to Richmond to charge. Though it does show that you can still drive electric without public chargers.
"And Apps to do this are already available"
The cars already do it. Our Leaf has a constant net connection and we can just press a button that navigates us to the nearest charging point. It does all kinds of checking on driving, battery usage and range and if it thinks you're in danger of running out of juice will ask you if you want it to find a charger.
Still - this is of limited use here in rural Somerset. I wonder how many chargers will be seen here?
" in any case professional entymologists will have accounted for any natural cycles"
I don't see how they can be if they are just totalling biomass and not looking at species. I am also aware of cycles that may be at issue. As I said - I need to read more, But the idea of just collecting a block of insect weight doesn't make sense.
" if the total biomass is down that means there's something that affects all insects. "
Not if a very large proportion was a particular species or type of insect. What if one year moths did great and they are on an off year and one site had 95% moths (unlikely figures I know - but you get the gist).
For example the field at the end of my garden will some wetter years have an abundance of daddy long legs to the degree that they are pretty much all you see for a period of time. They would certainly slew the results in terms of biomass.
Interesting to note that the surrounding areas farming ownership and pesticide polices don't seem to be mentioned as far as I could see.
I've had a brief flick through and will read more later tonight but on first look I would like to see the same sites checked frequently and not just at the start and end of the experiment. As a amateur ecologist and keen outdoorsman I often see some years when some insect species are very thin on the ground only to come back the next year in huge numbers. We don't know, from only having two samples from 7/8 sites if one of them was a particularly good or bad year for a common species. I'd really liked to have seen a breakdown by species and not just biomass (it may be there and I've not read it yet).
Whatever, we need to take care of the insects or we're all doomed. I see light pollution, over development and intensive farming as areas we need to change for the better. Oh - and we need fewer people...
"Windows 10 + Titanic --> Win-10-nic. "
At last. But it's terrible. Ti Tan Nic =/= Win Ten Nic. Unless you think the boat is pronounced Titennic. And the flat is a design choice that's becoming standard across all UI design. From iPads to the Reg everything is losing the faux 3d look.
"And the article had a picture of what looked like a win-phone display. I dislike the vertical-oriented displays anyway"
Bob, you maroon! That's just a clip of the Cortana window. You don't really think that's the whole desktop do you?? And please, please, please I beg of you - tell us what win-10-nic means.
DDE is something I can't see being used very much bu anyone. So turn it off by default and then when something wants to use it alert the user that it will need to be installed and what that may mean. I suspect, though, that somewhere internally Office is using it and that's the real reason it can't be removed.
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