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timrowledge

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    “So what does Mars make and ship back to Earth to make the whole endeavor financially viable?” So what does Earth make and ship to... somewhere? ... to make the whole endeavour financially viable? You don’t actually have to trade...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’m 4 years older than Charlie and also benefited from the somewhat saner times; full tuition and living grant (actually a little less since parents divorced and were supposed to cover a few % but didn’t) for the Imperial College...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “Herr Doktor Doktor Professor His Lordship The Very Reverend Admiral (retired) Sir Humphrey James MacArthur Charles Fritz Adrian Williamson-Frigidsdottirson-MacTaggart-Forsythe-Smith-Jones-Smythe the Third, Esquire” That’s because we know damn well that the second ‘Doktor’ was obtained by taking credit from your grad...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Oh, do stop with the foolishness. You’ll make yourself look very silly. Does anyone with more a handful of brain cells really think that nobody has plans to deal with these issues? Really?...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You do know that a Tesla model 3 weighs about the same as a BMW 3 series, right? They’re not made by taking a nice normal pollution spewing ICE and adding two tons of AAA size mercury-alkaline cells and a...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    EVs in general and Tesla in particular have never had an actual fire issue. It’s just the usual ‘new thing does same thing as old thing and we make headline payday from thing’. To the best of my knowledge there...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    " How many miles do manufacturers estimate you'll get out of a vehicle battery pack before you have to replace it? " Current evidence - which is of course a bit limited because not so many packs exist at the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Aside from “no way are you swapping my damn batteries “, what is something that a lot of places in outback Australia have that might be of use wrt EVs... it’s on the tip of my tongue... something to do...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “, it comes out to about a 10 percent increase in total electricity going into LA County” When I hear people getting concerned about how much extra power will be needed to power all those nasty EVs I have to...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    “There's a third problem, which is that electric cars average around 3-5 kWh/mile” err, no, off by an order of magnitude. There’s a local delivery company that use Tesla X (the one that is actually a big heavy lump of...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Moz, I don’t do FPV flight nor even aero photography so I can’t offer anything directly - but I would urge you to try two things: A) rczone.com almost certainly the biggest RC related site out there with forums for...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Yes, well that’s why one doesn’t use power for long enough to actually lose sight... (Which might be useful advice to politicians?) The hotline is designed for a competition class that requires a burst climb, 4 laps of a 100m...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    “And they seem to be treated in the market almost like consumables..” Well, that is at least in part because we horribly abuse them most of the time. For a small plane it isn’t too hard to keep a lipo...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I think that would ‘the police’, right? Civil forfeiture and death by cop......
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Militia? In the UK? Well, not in the sense of gun-wanking massively overweight drunk reichwing nutjobs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the average football hoolie gang could take any of them with just bricks, scarves and sheer brute violence....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    {insert evil cackle here} We scored some of the good stuff this week at last - actual Marmite! Woo-hoo!...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    D’oh. *unheated*....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There used to be a rather nice British motorcycle made by Scott - the Silk 600. Very rare, pretty much handmade2 stroke twin. I only ever saw a single one in Poole when I still lived there. They had the...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    For anyone fantasising that EVs cannot be used to tow at least moderate trailers I’d like to point out a local delivery company here on the island. They use Tesla X to deliver assorted stuff up and down the island....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    “I've seen an electricity grid where the generators game the system for huge profits (I can explain how it works if anyone is interested). Setting things up so that a company run for profit can decide if you freeze to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    re CyberTruck and not very specifically aimed at trout. As a designer I like that Tesla went with bold and new instead of boring, tedious Princess Pickup Blah. Where I live is plausibly referred to as the pickup capital of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I was under the impression that some battery power systems used as peaker plants (the Tesla megapacks for example) have a startup time in the low milliseconds....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Who says solar panels will only last 25 years? I know a guy in NE US whose has a 35 y.o. set he’s been carefully logging that whole time. He says they’re actually producing more power than when new. Who...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I long ago sold or gave away my Archimedes A540, RISC PC 700s and Iyonix, but I still have the A500. Which is *not* an amiga, but one of the hand made prototype Archie’s that Acorn made for internal use....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Re: IBM CUI - yes, I was a minor consultant on that when I was at IBM UKSC. Basically it was a fairly typical xkcd “one standard to unify all the other standards “ approach. I tried to discourage the...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There is indeed a Mac OS 32bit still getting updates; I’m using it. The version currently on my iMac (Mojave? I forget) runs 32 or 64 bit apps with no complications. The very latest is, I think, 64 bit only,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    And yet my iPhone 4 and my wife’s iPhone 3 are both still working perfectly well, including the original batteries. Both were bought within a week or two of the initial release. And my 8 y.o. iMac is updatable to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The whole ‘hijack/Nigeria ‘ thing seems awfully convenient for Patel to demand nuking asylum seekers and the boats. Does anyone seriously think she wouldn’t?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Fortunately some of us *do* understand garbage collection and no, it does not require loads of memory nor massive compute power. We’ve been very happily using it in Smalltalk since 1972, on machines with less memory and power than a...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Uh-oh. I think I just spotted a crack in the simulator - I just dropped a slice of buttered toast and it *didn’t* land butter side down. This could be so very bad......
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