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Comment: Gas - problem solved (Score 1) 60

by Anne Thwacks (#47802521) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
Here in the UK, we have a gas grid as well as an electric grid. If it was not for the commitment to the Victorian solution of massive centralisation, and vested interests, we would convert the energy to gas, send it over the grid, and generate electricity at the point of need. We have "gasometers" (gas holders) everywhere and have had since before electricity - when gas was used for lighting. Sure it would be 10-15% less efficient, but the electricity grid loses 30% of the power anyway! (and the waste heat could be used to heat water and homes - its not very hot here).

For American readers: gas means a gaseous hydrocarbon, and not a liquid one.

Comment: Re:Main Problem (Score 5, Informative) 88

Nigeria has a centralised health care system? SInce when? It did not have one in February 2014 when I was there.

In any case, so far, the only people infected in Nigeria are the health care professionals that treated a Liberian who arrived infected, and the families of those health care workers.

Disclaimer: two of the deceased (a doctor and a nurse) were known to a colleague of my partner.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 579

by Anne Thwacks (#47701559) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Not the original poster here, but I have dual boot with FreeBSD, and its only Linux 14.04 that has these issues. It might be "drivers" or other hardware specific stuff, but it might be that some people use features others dont.

I have Psensor installed, and that is absolutely a cause of multiple disasters.

However, I suspect that if Munich goes back to Windows after more than 10 years of Linux, there will be a lot of angry users - even if they retain Libre, Word is not great in German anyway.

Comment: Re: Surprise? (Score 2) 579

by Anne Thwacks (#47701535) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Word is not only miles ahead of Libre on this

I am not sure if your are a troll or just stupid or ignorant. Libre and Open are WAY ahead of MS Word on this feature. It is far more stable and easier to use.

If people have trouble readng the docs with Word, tell them to download Libre - its free. It is Word that is an inconsistent, unstable (from version to version) POS, and it is DOCX that is poorly defined. If you want to share, you should be using internationally standard format for your documents, which works even with Word, not some unstable proprietry format. If you use a proprietry format as a government, you probably ought to be investigated for corruption (yes I know stupidity is the most likely explanantion).

I give you "calc" is wierd and lacking in the graphing area, but Writer is WAY better than Word and has been since version 4 got stable.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 359

by Anne Thwacks (#47697639) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted
Africa is a good example. At least 40% of the people who get Ebola are likely to survive it

However, in Europe, who knows?

There is a reasonable chance a significant portion of the West African population has some degree of immunity. There is NO chance the same is true of Europeans - It may well turn out like when the Spanish invaded South America. - or plague in Europe in 14th century.

Sure we might be better prepared, but with incubation of 20 days or so, who did you shake hands with three weeks ago? Come on, make a list - we need to interrogate them NOW!

Comment: Re:Quarantine vs. being stubborn (Score 1) 359

by Anne Thwacks (#47697513) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted
I always knew rap was bad, but I never knew it could transmit Ebola.

I have no intention of listening to it just to find out! However, I suspect that most of the population of West Africa do not actually understand the words of rap music anyway. Perhaps Afrobeat or Highlife would work better?

Comment: Re:Fascist justice (Score 3, Informative) 133

by Anne Thwacks (#47620921) Attached to: City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns
While it is true there are not many real people living in the city, there certainly are some, and they even have at least one Labour (left wing) MP. They also have to send anyone they arrest to the normal authorities for prosecution by normal judges.

I make no applogies for corruption or incompetence in CoLP (if any).

Comment: Re:Here's an idea! (Score 1) 203

by Anne Thwacks (#47580349) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
Not all people are alike. We have a Wii and a WiiFit board. I play Tiger Woods Golf 2010 and WiiFit+ exercises pretty regularly.

The young kids play WiiFit SKi Jump and some Mario stuff at weekends, and rest of the family play Quantum of Solace at Christmas.

We bought a bunch of other stuff and its mostly not playable. Anyway Android games keep kids occupied, and everyone else watches Youtube.

WTF is with yet another Mario title?

Some needs tog et some originality. Where is "World Ndombolo Challenge"? that is what I want to know! I am still waiting!

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