* Posts by catprog

49 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

In your face short sellers! Tesla goes two quarters in a row without losing money


Re: welcome to China

Was it New Year or was it Coronavirus?

BOFH: The company survived the disaster recovery test. Just. The Director's car, however...


Re: There's a solid point there too

I remember once arriving just as the fire alarm started.

Turns out I was not on the list of people in the department who had arrived that day.

As above, so below: El Reg haunts Scaleway's data centre catacombs 26 metres under Paris


Re: Insurance for the inevitable?

I am thinking of using this data center for low latency and storing a copy of the data out in the country.


Re: Insurance for the inevitable?

What if you design your software to account for this data center going down?

Our amazing industry-leading AI was too dumb to detect the New Zealand massacre live vid, Facebook shrugs


Re: Our Hearts go out, but we will keep the add revenue

So if someone wants to do a livestream(For instance an artist drawing a commission, or a gaming session or a spacex launch) they are no longer allowed to do so?

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

Except the problem is the links are not getting clicked

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting


Re: Would an "informal vote" still be possible?

But enough people will still be elected to run the government giving the ones elected more power.

ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice


Just $45,000 a year?

So the ICANN's Board of Directors are paid less then an average Aussie worker?

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack


Re: Space lifts?

Yep most of the elevator will be lifting away from the planet.

The small lower bit will break and litter the earth in tiny pieces.

First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit


Re: Betting against Elon Musk?

No market for a 6 million dollar launch?

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


Re: " I wish more people would put resources into space,"

For water.

Doesn't mars now have confirmed water?

Also arn't comets pretty much ice.

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking


Re: Elector allocations

You mean the districts that are subject to gerrymander?

Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain


Of course if you get a giant storm and the power lines go down, your nuclear plants will not be able to get the power to the homes. Just like what actually happened in South Australia.

Now if you had local generation you would not need to worry so much about blackouts. But I don't think anyone would want a coal or nuclear plant in their backyard. (Probably not wind either)

If you want to avoid what happened in South Australia your only real option is storage at the local level.

Australia's online Census collapses, international hackers blamed


From what I hear, they tested the site at a million forms/hour.

Apparently their are 6 million households in the same timezone on the east coast.

California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet


As said by a trucking company here. They would prefer one set of regulations rather then each council having a different set.

Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air


Ah I see. Your saying people who believe in not vaccinating also believe in global warming. You are not saying anything about the majority of people who believe in global warming.


Can you post a link to the study or are you just making it up?


Of course the oxygen in CO2 was originaly atmospheric oxygen. (One of the pieces of evidence for fossil carbon being turned into atmospheric CO2 is a drop in oxygen levels. Nothing to worry about though. The CO2 levels will be too high before oxygen runs out)

Antarctic ice at all time high: We have more to learn, says boffin


Re: with El Nino peaks removed

Lets try an experiment. We get the following data 1 ,1 ,1 , 1 , 1 ,1 ,1 ,1 ,1 , -100.

According to you their has been an large decrease in the data. If I know why that last one was an outlier I can say in general the data is stable. (Comparing like to like)

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees


Re: No Surprise Er...

Would it be more accurate to say that less then 2% of papers studied had an opinion that humans were not responsible for climate change?

F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track


Re: Battery Times

You have solved the problem of generating the hydrogen from non fossil fuels?

Fukushima fearmongers: It's your fault Japan dumped CO2 targets


Re: The elephant in the room

I can think of plenty of land that is not used for crops that would be useful for solar , including houses and carparks.

Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year


So 0.6% in one year is not a big deal.

And yet people were up in arms over a .1% reduction in GDP growth in Australia from a carbon tax.

Boffins agree: Yes we have had an atmospheric warming pause


Re: Ozone causes (a) warming (b) cooling (Delete as politically expedient)

or d) It cause both it different ways


Some people do not die from cancer. therefore it is not the cancer that kills people.

Ofcom launches idiot's guide to traffic-shaping


Re: net neutrality shouldn't be needed

The problem is the barrier of entry for cabling is quite high without regulation.

Google shakes up US utility with green power tariff


Re: Saving the world? My arse.


Seems to have only gone up by 10% due to the carbon tax.

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


Re: Makes no sense to me@JDX

>There is no study that actually has measured the emissions impact of massive amounts of renewable energy on electrical energy generation when co-operated with fossil backup.



Re: Makes no sense to me

So turbines a few km apart lose power from transmission of the power.

How much power is lost from centralized power stations transmitting over tens of kms of power lines?


Re: Makes no sense to me

>So a wind farm slightly bigger than the exclusions zone around Fukushima now, would (because almost nowhere would be less than 200m from a turbine) be totally uninhabitable permanently.

But would be very useful for a farm.

Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss


Re: Games are king

The deal was bad for Nintendo. At the point it was dropped it was the right move for Nintendo. They should of not gotten that far into the deal with that clause though

Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox


Re: How much for how much?

Yes their is a lot of very tiny asteroids. however their is also a lot more space to distribute them in.

Swedish boffins: An Ice Age is coming, only CO2 can save us


Re: Questionable extrapolation

Their extrapolation is not BS. They just assumed no human activity at all to find the max area the peat could cover.

Western Australia powers up 10 MW solar farm


Re: Well Done Those People

Figures I have found show <3 years of >20 years lifetime to pay back the power for the prouction

Oz gov to test ‘all renewable’ options


Re: Very Dodgy

I'm Heavily Against:

*telling people they can use as much energy as they want without paying for the privilege.

Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries


Re: Well

Unless the Methane was in the ground and not in the air.

Low sunspot activity linked to rivers freezing: Mini Ice Age on way?


Re: Manmade CO2 significantly affecting the climate is rubbish

And all 100% of the natural CO2 emissions are then taken back up by nature. Plus some of what we put out. That leaves the only amount accumulating being what we put out.

Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy


Re: plenty of fuel

>The current known reserves of petroleum are sufficient for an estimated 50 years. The current reserves of coal are sufficient for an estimated 400 years, both at current usage rates.

>The current known reserves of Uranium are sufficient for an estimated 200 years. That is using existing technology. Using both plutonium, existing stocks of depleted Uranium, and thorium, Nuclear can be stretched out to 500 to 1000 years.

the key word their is current usage rates.

At just 1%/year increase

42 years of petroleum

163 years of coal

112 years of current Uranium

182-242 years with depleted Uranium, and thorium.

if you go up to 5%/year

27 years of petroleum

64 years of coal

50 years of current Uranium

68 - 82 years with depleted Uranium, and thorium.

What's copying your music really worth to you?


Re: sales commission yes, control over use no

If consumer electronics increase the value of music then the musicians should have to give a share of the revenue to the consumer electronics companies.

I mean how often would you listen to music if you had to be at home with heavy/fragile speakers/playback device compared with a lightweight portable device.

Amount of ice in Bering Sea reaches all-time record


Re: Riddle me this.

Is there some mechanism whereby the earth releases energy back into space?

Sun: very hot transmits heat to the earth that is hot (IR)

Earth: hot planet transmits heat to very cold space(IR)

Now the reason why temperatures do not rise a lot in day and cool a lot at night(>50) is that parts of the atmosphere reflects IR.

The 4 major gases are water vapor, carbon dioxide,methane and ozone. Clouds also reflect heat.

The basic argument about climate change

Sun cools by radiating heat to a colder body(Earth)

Earth cools by radiating heat to a colder body(Space)

Certain parts of the atmosphere slow down the cooling. (And stabilize the temperatures)

Humans have increased the ability to slow down the cooling(more CO2 in the air)

Therefore more energy is retained and temperatures go up.


Re: How To Save 2000 Liters of Heating Oil Per Year

I have seen figures of 200w /m^2


Re: Is the tide turning?????

>At that point, in sea level terms, things stop getting any worse.

(I think)Actually at that point the sea level stop getting any better.(ice is less dense so less ice = more dense water = lower sea levels). The problem is ice that is not floating in the sea but is on land. As the planet warms up more of that melts.

Ice age end was accelerated by CO2


Re: The phrasing seems dubious and seem based on flawed assumptions

And how do you affect the level of the water vapor?

Too little and evaporation will occur to bring it back up.

Too much and it will precipitate out.


Warmer temperatures in the ocean leads to less CO2 being able to be held -> CO2 gets released.

CO2 then causes more warming and more CO2 is released.

(And if you say CO2->temperature can only be one way I will point you to Nitrogen dioxide. If you put some of NO2 into a container some will change into Dinitrogen tetroxide. And the reverse reaction also happens)


Re: Irrelevant

Or the 3rd option.

Use our technology to reduce the changes in the 1st place.

Sydney's CBD heading off the grid


Re: Um what?

it makes sense if you can use the heat generated in the building. Then you get electricity and heat instead of heat.

I think they are using "self-sufficient" as in we already need electricity so lets not count that. (see the 70% self-sufficient not 100% )

Fuel taxes don't hurt the world's poor - they don't have cars


>10% of £100 is £10 'poor' worker pays £10 tax

>10% of £1000 is £100 'rich bastard' pays £100 tax

correct socialist answer:

Poor worker spends £80 on a basic lifestyle. (food,house,transport)

£20 for luxuries which £10 gets taken out as tax. poor worker gets 50% tax on luxury money.

'rich bastard' spends the same £80 on a basic lifestyle.

£920 left for luxuries of which £100 is tax. =10.87% tax on luxury money.

correct capitalist answer:

Why should the 'rich bastard' have to pay tax he is employing the £100 workers. He has to pay the £100 tax and the £100 salary. So out of his £1100 he is paying £200 out.

£10 of £100 is 10%

£200 of £1100 is 18.19%

Why should the rich have to pay more to other people then the poor person.

Enormous orbiting solar raygun power plants touted


Try 5-6 times as much energy from space solar(generally you only get 5 peak hours of sun). But costs for space solar are a lot more then 5-6 times then terrestrial solar.

Aussie carbon tax in actually-makes-sense shocker


16k to 18k?

@david 12

the no tax is 6k to 18k

The 16k you are referring to is due to the low income tax offset which has been reduced but still is there. which brings the actual tax-free to ~20k

and the 3% increase in some brackets is offset by a reduction in the rate the low income offset is reduced for those brackets.


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