Info and forum posts by 'alfie noakes'
Joined on: Saturday, 29th December 2001, 21:40, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 13:54
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About this user: Calm down girls... he ugly.
This user has posted a total of 5059 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 0.64 messages a day, or 4.46 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 7 messages, which is on average 0.23 messages a day.
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Currently have 3 bins. If we opted for a garden waste bin we could push that up to 4. I dream of having 7 bins.
Yeah, illustrates very much what I was saying.
Amazon running a big chunk of the world's servers and data storage, Musk making war-changing decisions on his Starlink internet usage and the US govt almost solely reliant on SpaceX to launch it's satellites, Google scraping news feeds and then refusing to pay for doing so and so wiping news stories from it's search (big argument with Canadian govt), but they're all happy to bow to authoritarian governments' unreasonable demands when they think they may get shut down in China, Iran, Turkey, India...
"Just joined the waiting list for a BlueSky invite."
Did this months ago, still had nothing back. Re-submitted again yesterday. Getting an invite is another route to joining - of course I don't know anyone who's got any...
Still very much steering clear of Threads. Just because Mr Free Speech (the irony) has turned out to be a massive arsehole hasn't stopped the other human facsimile being a danger to humanity.
Listening to a podcast the other day where they were talking about how the big tech companies have huge and growing geopolitical influence, bypassing governments, who now often have to consult with them and defer to them, it's very scary.
Apparently Elmo is considering making twitter pay-for-use as a way of 'getting rid of the bots' and definitely not a way of getting hold of your financial info...
The sooner he does that, the sooner he makes my mind up about quitting for good.
"Looking at the people coming out to defend him, it gets harder and harder to believe he could be innocent."
Doubtless the same people who bleated on about the media protecting Jimmy Savile and not outing him when they had the chance.
Jitendar Canth says...
"Is that 90% efficient from battery to transmission to wheels, or 90% efficient from resource extraction to combustion/fission/wind/solar/wave generation, to transformers, to network to home/commercial charge point to charger to battery to transmission to wheels?"
At least 90% of the electricity you put into the motor turns into motion. The motor can be as much as 98% efficient, apparently. An electric car will give around 4 miles per 1kWh of electricity if you want to get an equivalent of mpg.
Googling tells me that a litre of diesel will give around 10kWh of equivalent electricity - but it's only 30% efficient (at best) when burnt in a diesel engine.
It's very easy to be cynical about the ULEZ charge (and particularly easy for the disingenuous right to use it as another culture war battering ram) but I think we have to be grown up about this and take our medicine.
As already stated, most people in towns don't even own a car and 90% of cars are compliant anyway (a pretty low bar frankly).
Why should car drivers have greater rights than non-drivers who have to suffer the pollution without the benefits? Cars are a problem and they've too long had undeserved priority over pedestrians and other road users. It wouldn't be practical to turn cities into pedestrianised bike only zones overnight, but that's the future we should be aiming for (see Utrecht as a good example).
It's not great having to pay a fairly hefty charge, but honestly, we have to put up with it and that includes me: my clunky 14 yr old diesel is not compliant and I do pay (and have paid) the charge. But I don't want to be a hypocrite about this.
"The diesel is ten years old, has 125k on the clock, so in the greater scheme of things is probably more green than most electric cars"
Some pretty detailed studies have calculated that keeping an old diesel does not ultimately save CO2 over a new electric car - including the new car's production emissions.
"with batteries that have components mined the other side of the world"
...you're not gonna believe it when you hear where fossil fuels come from!!!
" that degrade in efficiency after a few years"
Battery degradation is about 2%-5% per year for the average electric car (Tesla's seem to be better). Some cars have done hundreds of thousands of miles on their original batteries and the batteries are expected to outlast the cars in new EVs and can still be put to second use (static storage) and be ultimately recycled so maintain some value. Internal combustion engines also degrade and lose efficiency over time. I spent over a thousand quid this year on my old clunker and I still need to get the cambelt changed (and I still have a turbo/dpf/erg problem that needs sorting). I frankly wish I could buy an electric car for the lack of all that maintenance alone...
"and cost half the price to manufacture!"
ICE cars have had a 100 year jump on electric cars, but prices are coming down fast and pretty soon the economics will make only the most bull-headed petrolhead want to stick with their dinosaur juice museum piece.
"Oh and lets not forget the energy to charge the electric cars, that comes from predominantly fossil fuels!"
It was something like 40% of UK energy came from renewables last year, whilst every single ICE vehicle was 100% fossil fuel. Ultimately an EV could potentially run 100% off solar panels, an ICE car will never have that possibility.
And if you want to talk efficiency, an EV is something like 90% efficient whereas an ICE vehicle is 30% at best - making better use of that "fossil produced electricity".
"I agree, I have Solar on my house, my Electricity bill last year fell to a quarter of the previous year, and that was with the energy prices going up!"
I'd love solar panels... not practical right now for me.
"With electric cars I cannot understand why they don't build in Solar Technology, great big roof, and bonnet area's... its mad even if it only gave 25% charge, that would probably give most users enough for short journeys."
If you've got a few quid, let me interest you in a Lucid Air. There are a few cars that have some after-thought solar panels and there are some other makers in development atm.
Electric cars aren't going to save the planet (frankly we should have fewer cars of any type) but they are far better than ICE cars environmentally (don't believe the garbage in the Telegraph/Mail/Express/Spectator...). But no-one has to dump their petrol car either. People will naturally shift to EVs when it clearly becomes a no-brainer that it's just cheaper to go with electric when they naturally change their car.
"I was hoping we would see more Wind Farms on land"
Tories have finally dropped their "no onshore turbines" policy. I'd happily have them near me - especially if they implement the idea to lower electricity prices for nearby homes.
This item was edited on Wednesday, 6th September 2023, 17:14
It's coming home
Jitendar Canth says...
"The BBC have put the 1980 Oppenheimer 7-part drama on iPlayer"
Have memories of watching this at the time and really liking it, but... 1980... Didn't realise it was so long ago!
The sick man of Europe, here we go again. Although only slightly related, I heard yesterday that they are dropping salmonella testing on meat products imported from Brazil. Yay Brexit!
The weird little detail I always remember about the Exorcist is that they built the bedroom set inside a giant freezer just so they could make it cold enough to see the actors' breath.
Ok, I admit I've never actually watched anything he was in in it's entirety, but I think the mark he made makes him a notable figure worth mentioning as he goes on his way... and quite a classy note he leaves too:
"Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years [cancer]. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you" - Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman
Used to follow her on twitter when she was a bit of a hoot (and probably not that well).
Someone did a youtube of some of her tweets set to her music
Just spotted this, posted by Linda Yaccarino (new Twitter CEO)
X is the future state of unlimited interactivity – centered in audio, video, messaging, payments/banking – creating a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities. Powered by AI, X will connect us all in ways we’re just beginning to imagine.Again, no thanks.
"The problem here is the west doesn't want that. Facebook tried to do it and failed, the best they can manage is keep buying the next big social media thing (Instagram, WhatsApp)."
As far as I can see, only the EU really seems to be standing up to the big tech giants - Threads is still banned there (another app that I will be steering well clear of unless privacy issues are sorted out).
I still use 'twitter' more as an info site (don't really engage at all) until all the main players ditch it (if ever) and have been a bit lazy about Mastodon which is still a bit hard to get into.
And then again there's Bluesky. This might just be the one to watch as it's Jack Dorsey's baby and a lot of names have signed up to it.
This item was edited on Wednesday, 26th July 2023, 11:32
The grand idea is that Musk wants to turn 'X' into an everything site, something like Weibo in China, where messaging, payments, pretty much your whole life is handled through the app.
I would like to have no part in this, thanks very much. And I wish him nothing but zero success in his endeavour.
The Just Stop Oil campaign is a result of exasperation. Decades of polite insistence and ignored protests haven't moved the dial an inch. As journalist @MathewdAncona said "they're not virtue signallers, they're desperation signallers". As things stand, oil consumption is going up not down, CO2 output is going up not down, global temps are rising faster than predicted. We are in far more trouble than most people realise.
Threads does seem to be getting A LOT of uptake - 10 plus million - and all the big accounts I follow on twitter seem to be signing up in their droves.
Lots complaining that Threads is hoovering up your info when you use it (who'd a thought a Facebook company would do that?) and the name's a bit unfortunate in the UK. Although I'm on Facebook and Instagram, I've barely used them over the years, but Whatsapp is de rigueur.
Seen a lot of traction on Bluesky (which I think is still invite only).
I'm going to wait it out too, but I don't really fancy Threads.
I did see what was coming when it got closer to it, but I was basically going through all the 'bad ending' scenarios - and that's sort of the trouble now with this formula - guess the twist, try and pick the worst thing that could happen.
TBH, I thought it was too bloody long - 120 mins!
This item was edited on Thursday, 29th June 2023, 20:16
I don't know if anybody saw the Eni Aluko thing, where she reckoned Arteta had called up his old mate at City and said "any chance you could put in a bogus bid to make the Arsenal bigwigs sit up and put in a proper offer?" I don't know how likely this would be, but would Pep really want to help out a direct rival like that?
I also think that Rice would much more want to choose Arsenal, even if it meant possibly losing out on nailed-on silverware - he wouldn't have to move family out of London, guaranteed to start most games, likely captaincy in near future and he'd also be part of the Arsenal narrative if they did get back to success of yesteryear instead of walking into a side that's done it all.
Now *apparently* the hotdog seller is saying he is de-escalating the apparent coup. Surely Prigozhin is toast if he caves now? Putin surely wouldn't risk keeping him with any power?
From what I'm reading from various twitter accounts, Wagner are on their way to Moscow and planes have been tracked out of there - presumably Putin legging it. I've also seen video of Rostov-On-Don citizens handing out food and drink to Wagner troops, so they are still seemingly popular with the locals and not yet seen as the bad guys.
There really could be a collapse of the Russian regime and it may happen surprisingly quickly. Of course, this could be a load of speculation and I don't know how reliable these various accounts are. Also, from our point of view, a collapse of the regime may bring in even worse leadership. Right now though, the popcorn memes are going strong.
This item was edited on Saturday, 24th June 2023, 14:39
Maybe you can't use IMAP and have to settle for POP3 access.
"I don't have Works so Outlook is not an option"
You can use Outlook mail free (desktop version too) - you don't need an Office sub or anything.
I've had to do a lot of messing about with mail recently. My business main email address (administered by BT) will now only work with Outlook, which I'm not a big fan of, so I've set up an entirely new address that I can use with Gmail as my mail client.
Anywho, looking at Sky Yahoo settings:
Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server
- Server - imap.mail.yahoo.com
- Port - 993
- Requires SSL - Yes
- Server - smtp.mail.yahoo.com
- Port - 465 or 587
- Requires SSL - Yes
- Requires authentication - Yes
- Email address - Your full email address (eman[at]moc.niamod)
- Password - Generate App Password
- Requires authentication - Yes
HOWEVER, you may have different server settings with non-Yahoo Sky mail:
Sky.com (Sky Mail) IMAP Server:
- IMAP port: 993
- IMAP security: SSL / TLS
- IMAP username: Your full email address
- IMAP password: Your Sky.com password
This item was edited on Wednesday, 21st June 2023, 22:22
I think I may have missed a season somehow...
Fantastic actress and principled politician and brilliant with Morecambe and Wise too. Shame about her odd son.
Honestly I quite enjoy Ted Lasso, but certain aspects of it do make me cringe.
If you haven't already seen it I'd say Welcome to Wrexham is an entertaining substitute (if you've got Disney+)