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by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

gritz wrote: My long wave radio* and single coil (non-hum cancelling) guitar pickups both report that energy saving lightbulbs (and a lot of other consumer electronics) care not a jot for EMI regulations. I find that depending on manufacturer and wattage of these bulbs, a large chunk of the LW, MW a...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

So if you checked with the spectrum analyzer you would no doubt have seen all the rubbish thise lights generate. Just one is not too bad but multiply it by millions and its a big problem. The argument that things that are sensitive to RFI should be shielded is not 100% accurate. Yes they should be s...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

The problem with nuclear is that it affects hundreds f thousands when something goes wrong and we may all have to be living in caves.
Lead lined caves.
But that is another discussion for down at the local like you say.
We can argue whilst consuming some ice cold beers from a fully manual fridge. :-)
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

@Burngate Wind yes if you live in a windy area, nuclear? You are kidding right? As for the RFI, when last did you fire up a spectrum analyzer and checked between 50khz and 20MHz? The fact that they contain mercury means an extra step is required to not only extract/contain the mercury but also safet...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

@MrBunsy Sorry about the new lines but this phone is.....well rubbish and likes to do it's own thing. As regards using the same technology to force people to only charge their cars at certain times is not going to go down well. Imagine being told that you may only fill up with petrol at certain time...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Hi Hampers and welcome. Thanks for joining the discussion, it's always nice to get different points of view. I understand that the fridges only monitor the line frequency but why should one be forced to have one and on top of it pay extra for it? The fact that a group of stores use it is fine but th...
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

@richardp ... demand was always met. If the operators can't cope, kick them out and replace them with a more competent lot. I have a nice aluminum smelter and automobile engine casting plant right here, and over there a steam plant for steaming oil out of sandy tar AND YOU MUST MEET MY DEMANDS! Do ...
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Does it also have one of these stickers on it?? :D

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by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

What's the IP of you fridge then? :D
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

gritz wrote: One scenario I can see however is that all of our food packaging might become peppered in rfid tags. The excuse will be that our smart fridge will be able to inform us of purchases that are approaching their use-by date, but doubtless the data will be available to the highest bidder. ht...
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

@richardp

Spot on.
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

@richardp Quite right and many many of those boilers/geysers have been "rewired" if you know what I mean. The whole idea of remotely switching on and off peoples appliances stinks. In the UK and many other countries, the national grid was sold off to private enterprise on the condition that demand w...
by Rene_is_I
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 8366

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Read the article and must say had a good giggle. Not only because they decided to add a pic of the royal wedding as it supposedly added extra demand, what a load of rubbish, we all know that they added the pic because it sells more papers, but they make out as if it's a new idea controlling electric...
by Rene_is_I
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 49491

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

johnbeetem wrote: For supercomputing, if your data transfers are 100 microns away instead of having to transfer to shared caches or (far worse) off chip, you're charging and discharging small capacitances instead of large ones. 100%, but then of course all the heat dissipation is concentrated in one...
by Rene_is_I
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

I haven't looked into the technology behind the hellschriber but I'm thinking it would make for a nice
educational experiment to have one Pi sending out the characters via a short range radio link and
having one or more Pis receiving the characters, using the display to replace the paper.
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 49491

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Interesting thread, been following it for a while and here is my 2 bytes worth: No doubt that there will be competitors/alternatives to the Pi, however I don't see the Pi going away anytime soon. Not only was it the first but by the time any serious contender gets going in any meaningful way, there ...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

feverish wrote:
Bring back the helleschreiber with the paper tape.
Is that the one with the blinkenlichten?
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

PS1981 wrote: If you look at all the Anroid devices popping up all over the place, I kind of get the impression it will not take 30 years, and Windows8 will contribute to the rapid change. (Personal opinion from me). I agree 100% and think that Win8 will be the O.S. that people will be forced to use...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

PS1981 wrote: The Windows licence keys will look like this then:
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I think you are right :D
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by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

@Jim JKla I hear you. The funny thing is that I use Win7 (cough, spit, hiss, booo) only a daily basis, but for one function only. The 3G modem I have only seems to like Win7 so I have a lappy with it on and simply use the machine to share the internet connection with 3 Linux computers via an etherne...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

Jim JKla wrote:The other barcodes just contain the product name.
Even if it did contain a valid key, would you seriously use it?
I know I wouldn't.
In fact I wouldn't use Win8 if it were free.
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

I want to start an international campaign. We all have to write to our MPs, Congressmen, Party members or whoever makes the decisions in our respective nations. We have to get them to ban the use of high-resolution printers. Everything has to go back to 10dpi dot matrix. No lasers, no four-point si...
by Rene_is_I
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....
Replies: 42
Views: 6310

Re: Bl**dy Micro$oft, Bl**dy Windoze.....

@jamesh
Call centre in Newcastle?
Uhhmmm no, Cambridge.
Hang on, isn't that where Broadcom is? :D
by Rene_is_I
Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Which Language to Learn?
Replies: 53
Views: 16984

Re: Which Language to Learn?

@omega1 gcc is not graphical but you can invoke it with an IDE by setting up the IDE to pass it certain parameters/switches when gcc is called to compile your pgm. A nice light weight IDE/text editor is Geany. Not only can it invoke the required compiler but also does syntax highlighting and colouri...

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