But what happens if someone accidentally buys one? I wonder what the legal position is - although, in reality, I expect Dell would be understanding.
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Yes. Yours is ultimately the answer we're looking for, but, perhaps not all that surprisingly, it's deeply unpopular with the encumbent energy suppliers (the "Big Six").
They are, for instance, oddly challenged when it comes to measuring how much power a micro-renewable system in a domestic installation actually exports to the grid.
Another handy method they use is to worry about the capacity of local transformers and how much the local voltage will rise if more power is generated in remote locations.
I don't agree that they should
"hold off on implementation until 2020, to push the OECD to agree an international version by then."
It's fairly clear that we have things that we need to pay for now. I see no reason to delay this implementation, then later, IF the OECD come up with something viable we could roll back on version and implement theirs.
Fetching in this tax now could, for instance, fill the hole that will be created by the reduced stake rule on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. In this way the FOBT stake limit can be implemented at the proper time and lives can be saved.
My back of the envelope calculation runs thus.
Sun is about 400,000 times brighter than the moon.
Aiming at 8 times brighter than the moon, so looking for an area about 1/50,000 the area of Chengdu - which is big! (14,000 km²)
So about 600m diameter mirror.
Big, but not impossible.
The pay rise in the US is really significant - 36% for some people and 250,000 benefiting overall. That's much larger than the equivalent change here.
Huge credit must to Bernie Sanders and the clever piece of legislation he is suggesting. It proposes that for companies whose employees claim benefits, the employer should have to compensate the state directly for those benefits. I hope it also proposed a public register of companies doing this as a hall of infamy.
Who is championing the equivalent legislation in the UK? I suspect, nobody.
I'd like to suggest an edit: add the word "necessarily" so that it reads "This doesn't *necessarily* mean anything corrupt..."
Some of these companies are corrupt, others have developed a moral blindspot so huge that they are in effect corrupt. For instance, the outsourcer purchasing cladding for Grenfell Tower either actually knew they were contravening the regulations, or they assiduously and deliberately failed to check so as to avoid technical guilt through some kind of plausible deniability. These people belong in prison.
The only changed mentioned in the article which might help to achieve this is the extension of the Freedom of Information act to apply to outsourcers.
There are also quite a few high street second hand shops where you can go in and try before you buy (for a few minutes). Some of their phones are locked to a carrier, and some, slightly more expensive, are unlocked. These shops must also be quite significant competition to the Carphone Warehouse model.
While I agree with following the Money, as suggested by Jonathon Green, another effective route would be to follow the actually call back towards the offending company. In this way if the call centre operator does not pay, or cannot be located, liability passes to the line provider who delivered the call to the victim. This would make BT responsible in most cases, I guess. That would be appropriate and would eliminate most cold calls pretty rapidly, I think.
"What do you propose as an alternative to credit reference agencies?"
The world somehow turned before there were credit reference agencies didn't it? They aren't that magical. What they enable in essence is lending without face to face contact - without trust in other words. Look, for instance, at the world conjured up by the Nationwide advert of a family in the 1880s getting a mortgage for their first house for 6 bob a week (30p in new money). I don't think any credit reference agency was involved there, was it?
That with safety test with the various sorts of ammo is all very well but... With a cylindrical tank you would almost never get a "direct" hit with the rounds glancing off to one side or the other. What about fixing the tank at about bumper height next to a concrete wall - as it might be in a car crashed against a motorway central barrier. Then take a thirty tonne truck and drive straight into it at forty or fifty mph. I don't think there would be many Toyota "geeks" keen on standing anywhere nearby would there? Of course the petrol or diesel tank would blow up under these circumstances too but it would be interesting to see the difference.
Really? Is "on-ramping" a thing?
About twenty years back I used to occasionally on-ramp my car before slithering underneath to access various oily and muddy components. The oil and mud then formed a fun shower that spread over my clothes, body and hair. Great. Thought I'd seen the end of on-ramping to be honest but now you're introducing it as a computery thing.
Clearly these examples you've given are worst case scenarios and would be very unlikely - perhaps around one in a thousand drones dropped on a playground would do that much damage, especially since the average package would be well below the maximum weight. On many occasions, it's also so dark, cold or rainy that even British children might not be in the playground. There have not been many injuries reported from recreational done accidents. That said, it would still be worth routing the drones away from places like playgrounds and, yes, insurance is essential.
"... they come they go, some thrive, then fade. None live forever..."
Really excellent points here. But we should not be complacent. I think there is something to be concerned about. Yes, the East India Company was huge - so were Standard Oil and Bell Telephones - and yes, all these declined. But they weren't truly multinational ("globalised") in the way that Google and Facebook et al are today. The US was able act to split Bell into baby Bells. But the same trick in today's circumstances is starting to look unlikely.
While the issues of undue political influence and the erosion of the corporate tax base are widely acknowledged, western powers are looking disturbingly impotent, constantly divided and distracted and beset by lobbying. Nothing is being done to counter the threat. Nothing really viable seems even to be in the pipeline. Very soon it might be to late. Perhaps it already is.
We don't want to see text messages become unusable like many personal land lines have. This practice does need to be stamped out by proper concerted action. I agree with "Cynical Observer" that fines like this should be transferable to the directors if the company doesn't pay. The carrier should also share some liability as the gate keeper that has allowed a million plus spam texts onto the the system.
Yes. This figure in the order of 1,000 is a lot more realistic. It would probably be sensible to have around 3 semi-autonomous communities of this size in case of some form of infection / natural disaster / depressurisation / fire wiping out a community altogether.
And to be practical, rather than fashionable, we should, of course, start on the moon for fairly obvious reasons.
Yes, this is true. Also, there's less to go wrong on a tablet than a PC. There are fewer parts and fragile connectors involved and fewer moving parts like the hinges of a laptop or the spinning disks of the old desktops that are now coming to the end of their lives. Despite this, market pundits and manufacturers are hoping for the shorter product life cycle that they've grown used to with PCs.
Calling BT. In a way this is off-topic, but in a way it's not. Some way into a call to BT I once had occasion to point out to the guy that I'd recorded his not-so-accurate comments from earlier in the call. He got very cross, accused me of criminally recording him without a formal message to that effect and rang off. Therefore ... in response to "Please say in a few words..." I always start my response with "Broadband problems - I record my calls." And several times this has come in handy later on. And there is way this is on-topic, because this and many other little tricks for handling call centre staff are totally alien to my parents who always approach these people with what might be seen as either niceness or naivety. Sometimes this works, of course, but at other times they get fobbed off with a second class service. It's not just the machine user interface that is sometimes more difficult to cope with than it used to be.
But there hasn't been a a change of rules has there? The subsidiary started in Italy and that's still where it is. And the whole point of the story really is that the size of the loss (relative to the Italian business) while it could conceivably have been some kind of error / accounting feature at £145m... But at £500+million it's definitely fraud.
> It is worrying that virtually all phone and desktop operating systems are American
Not to mention database, ecommerce and social networking platforms. The Americans seem to hold all the cards with only half-hearted and desperately slow response from the likes of the EU Competition Commission.
I hope you Alt-tab guys have also noticed how these companies (quite by chance?) are all crowding to the beginning of the alphabet. Look, for instance at Alphabet. I'm guessing that private (expensive) research has shown that this has benefits. Think we should soon expect to see Aardvark, Aaron and AAA Taxis heading for NasDaq listings.
My car radio has a handy feature... About 45 seconds after the engines fires up and as I'm turning out onto the main road, a screen full of smallish type appears ordering me to RTFM and not to get distracted by small things on the screen. Below the text is a small screen OK button. By tapping this button I agree that I will never look for things on the screen as small as this button. Perhaps I should turn onto the main road, stop the car, tap the button, then move off again. If I stall the engine, the sequence restarts from the beginning.
Exactly. This hits the nail on the head. And it is displays of Clinton's "experience of power" like this that really grate with a large portion of the electorate. Unless she bucks up her ideas rather than getting complacent, Trump could yet win.
@Schultz - I think you'd have to send solar panels and robots in advance of the people to build the kit that would collect the energy. It would take a great deal of patience. It would be interesting to know if SpaceX are working on calculating how much patience.
While it's quite impressive that the power generated is sufficient to keep Wales going for five and a half hours, I'm afraid we need a little more than that to be able to get all our power from renewable sources. To cover a spell of windless dark days in mid winter would need about five and a half weeks power for the whole of the UK.
Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam system certainly need any help that's available. They're close to their all-time low water levels with little obvious sign of relief any time soon. The daily status is here
(Although it's not too easy to follow)
This is a classic slow-motion train crash. So slow that the 5-year electoral cycle allows problems to be swept under the carpet for a few years yet, but their apocalypse does seem to be coming. Cloud seeding might really help - for a while.
Fitting, though, has to be done in part by the Distribution Network Operator. That's how it works in the UK anyway. This organisation is a monopoly who does not want you to generate power locally rather than getting through their grid. For this reason you have little option but to pay sometimes grossly unfair prices for connection. In our case, we paid £5,000 to move a single low-voltage wire from one connector to the one just next to it on a transformer like the one in this picture. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtr736/8585238931
Although they don't seem to have caught on, the battery swop systems that have been proposed would deliver KWh to the car very fast.
It's my guess that what has really good wrong here is the failure of any big auto company to adopt anyone else's idea to the extent of building compatible batteries to fit a common slot in the car and use a common delivery mechanism.
I believe that NASA have experienced many pounds of egg on face over this in the past. Maybe apocryphal, but I think I remember a lander going straight passed Mars as it failed to cope with dodgy unit conversions on the fly in its on-board micro-computer.... And a mirror that was supposed to reflect a laser beam back to earth but sadly aligned itself looking straight out into space owing to a similar error.
I think hell will have dropped to a temperature of well below 32°F before NASA adopt any sensible units!
Maybe I'm missing something, but surely the test vehicle will have to stop, and if it fails to stop on it's own, there'll will need to be a way to stop it without killing the occupants, whether these are just guinea pigs, or guinea pigs of the human variety. How on earth can this be achieved on a track only a mile long?
Add to this the fact that the technology is likely to result in an acceleration that is totally pants (a technical term that I'm guessing Mr Musk will be familiar with).
And the result I'm predicting will be some rather embarrassingly slow tests. Or a decision quite soon to spend a few millions on a longer track.
Good to see someone getting to the actual numbers. For some people the numbers come out better than you suggest though, I think. For us in the UK, for instance, electricity costs rather more than the price you imply. And for someone with enough renewable power that they're close to being able to go off-grid, there's the standing charge that can also be avoided. Numbers like these also help to apply a ceiling to the prices that the grid suppliers can charge in the longer run. If they know that the substantial increases that were being predicted a few years ago would lead to many people going off-grid, then the prices for grid electricity aren't likely to rise too much. In turn this helps to cap the wholesale price of gas and ultimately of crude oil.
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