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Comment: Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (Score 4, Interesting) 186

by Teun (#47737311) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite
Often, that's why comparable countries have done away with the licensing scheme and pay public broadcasters from general taxation.

But for their own reasons the UK parliament has resisted such moves as they see the overriding importance of keeping the BBC free from political influence.

Yet, as a Brit you can't avoid being a taxpayer but you can most certainly avoid being a licence payer.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 338

by Teun (#47735677) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
Sure, but you'd be a fool to use them in regular appliances, a tipical 100W bulb has an efficiency of around 1.6%, the hardened ones are quite a bit worse.

The same is true for a 40 W (50 is unusual) bulb it is up to 25% less efficient, a 100W Quarz Halogen bulb might achieve double the efficiency.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 2) 338

by Teun (#47735651) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
You might be right that the UK (once more) drags it's feet to get in line with their neighbours but really, the continent runs on 230V.

The fable that the continent has also remained on 220 V is only to pacify British feelings of guild, from 1990 onward the EU countries increased their mains voltage in small steps and were done in the year 2000, a little quicker than the original plan that called for 2004.

Just as much a fable is the story the UK would have incurred great or unacceptable cost for this change, technically and with good coordination it can be done in mere hours, it was and is simply a lack of will.

At the time this harmonisation was planned, mid to late eighties, the typical power supply for domestic apparatus was fairly crude and thus the change would have had economic benefits.
The introduction of better and switchable power supplies has largely done away with many of the original reasons for harmonisation and consequently we've seen a slight increase in the permissible range.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 338

by Teun (#47735353) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
It is still possible to buy and sell the old incandescents from existing stock, it is not allowed to manufacture or import them.

Environmentally there are no objections to the Mercury containing fluorescents as here in Europe we tend to recycle, landfills are strictly limited as a last resort.

But since a (very) few years anyone with half a brain buys LED, not cheap but long life and extremely efficient.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 5, Informative) 338

by Teun (#47735345) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
Uh no, since the year 2000 all of the EU, that includes the UK, runs on 230V.

The UK has not changed it's 13 Amp plugs but the domestic circuits can be up to 40 Amp, on the continent they are typically 16Amp, meaning you can pull up to 3600 Watts.

There are manufacturers selling 2000-2200 W. vacuum cleaners.

Comment: Re:What "Munich Linux debacle"?? (Score 4, Interesting) 159

by Teun (#47724381) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

There's a vice-mayor that heard stories of some city workers having trouble with the compatibility of certain file formats and he wants an investigation into it.

This says nothing about the Linux OS or something else OSS being ditched, it doesn't even mean he's getting his investigation!

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 579

by Teun (#47701157) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
The difference between you and the Munich people are they have a couple of professionals selecting both hardware and software to be compatible from the onset.

Like I run Kubuntu 14.04 on a Thinkpad and hardly ever experience breakage, Firefox and Thunderbird are since years examples of stability.
My provider suns their mail, pop and imap, on Linux and again perfect stability.

Additionally, Munich does not run 'the latest and greatest' but a well proven Kernel and set of applications.

An other little piece of info, the newspaper article refers to observations by a vice-mayor of the city and the complaints he heard were not about Linux the OS but about compatibility issues with the Office packages, a problem that would go away if MS had a proper implementation of the odf standard.

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