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Comment Re:Useless article (Score 1) 51

If you want an even better overview of the systems look at

From the site:

Development of the Azura technology is a collaborative effort between NWEI, Callaghan Innovation, and Energy Hydraulics Ltd (EHL). Callaghan Innovation led the conceptualization and early development of the technology in New Zealand, and NWEI recently secured a global exclusive technology license from Callaghan Innovation to commercialize the Azura technology. EHL plays a critical role in advancing the technology and is responsible for the engineering, fabrication, and testing of the power conversion system.

I have seen this device "in person" and it is pretty cool. As it was built a few minutes from where I live in New Plymouth, NZ.

Comment Designed and built in New Zealand; biased story! (Score 5, Informative) 51

Built by EHL in New Plymouth, NZ.

Northwest provided funding and some technical knowledge. However this story vastly overstates their contribution to the project. There is no mention of Callaghan Innovations https://www.callaghaninnovatio... or EHL. EHL engineers went to Hawaii to install and commission the generator and made sure it was working.

This is a New Zealand lead innovation; unfortunately the NZ government in their infinite wisdom pulled funding when the tech was about 80% proven. Thus forcing Callaghan to look elsewhere for funding.

There was also no mention that this is the second deployment of the device; it has already spent a year in the water and come back in for upgrades before this deployment in Hawaii. The upgrades were mainly around hydraulics and electrical systems to improve the consistency of the device and increase the power output.

The next gen device is currently in development with improvements based on what has been learned from the previous deployment and this current deployment; it has been in the water in Hawaii for about six weeks now.

Comment Re:dont think i want this.... (Score 1) 41

Why limit it to 440V? It is much more efficient run 11kV; much smaller conductors etc..... there is the whole death element to consider if someone somewhere fucks around with it....but there are plenty of those things in every day living; petrol is massively toxic and is explosive yet we trust general citizens to handle it regularly.

Comment Re:We all agree on ONE thing (Score 1) 177

Sorry to burst the grey hair bubble there; but for those of us that started out on the ribbon is significantly better then the old way with all the options hidden from view. Having a set of commonly used tools available at all times is super useful. I'm sure that if you learnt on the old style of interface then you would be annoyed that things have moved....but well progress happens.

When using LibreOffice at home I am constantly having to google how to do stuff that I can find easily in excel. But hey that is likely because I use excel every day at work and calc once a week at most.

Comment Re:Common Sales Slimage (Score 1) 170

Serious question (from a non-American); can companies in the states increase the amount they charge you without notifying you first?

I'm in NZ; I have a 30/10 fibre connection; my provider (Orcon) wont tell me about new lower cost options but advertises them on their web site so I check once a month or so. But there is no way for them to increase what they charge me without me signing up to a new plan. I pay $85/mth for unlimited. But they could never get away with tacking on extra fees etc... If there was ever a charge above $85 for a month I would be calling and asking what the hell it was for, and look at moving to any one of 12+ of their competition.

I know a lot of /. is US based; but sometimes the way you do things is confusing to me.

Use the Force, Luke.