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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) 336

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.
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Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 2) 336

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) 336

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) 336

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:Should be interesting RE- Nato (Score 1) 375

by JRiddell (#47729633) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

'I believe Alex has mentioned before that "when" Scotland breaks free' Being a skilled professional politician he will have been very careful never to say any such thing

'they'll try and use their current position of being British to just seamlessly slot into NATO and the EU' This is because we are part of these unions and there's no reason to think we'd be kicked out

"I wonder if theyre allowed to stay Nuclear free zone whilst being in NATO." why would it be any different from say Denmark or Norway?

"More likely, the threat to remove the Nuclear weapons is a way of renting out the bases from the new English Commonwealth" the SNP have been very clear they wouldn't do this if they are elected as the first government of an independent scotland

Comment: Hope So (Score 4, Interesting) 375

by JRiddell (#47727363) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

I hope it does mean the end of the weapons of mass destruction we have north of Glasgow, removing Trident is one of the major reasons for voting yes to independence next month. It's a shame this is the only issue that has caused it to be brought up on Slashdot.

In reality the submarines can be housed in England but politically many people in England don't want nuclear bombs next to one of their major cities. That London based politicians think it's fine to put them next to one of Scotland's major cities shows why we need this referendum.

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
Exactly!

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!

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian

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