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Comment There are far larger DC projects (Score 1) 466

Many EU cities now specify LED street lights and this does usually include whole streets being converted to DC.
I've heard of some 40% efficiency gains by avoiding the usual transformers per lamppost.
On a private scale you could start by buying electronics that run on a specific DC voltage and making a home circuit run off a solar charged battery.
This last one is a specific requirement to have an efficient system, although a large single rectifier is better than many small ones you're still better off without any rectifiers.

Comment Silly but (Score 0) 480

At least partially silly but I do understand some of the banned items like baseball caps (or any other head wear like hoodies) as they are totally impolite to be worn indoors.
What I miss is a ban on dark glasses while speaking with someone.
Anyway, what I mention as unacceptable are US-only problems :)
Which brings up the next issue, dress style is depending on the culture you are living in and may vary greatly around the globe.

Comment But does it run Linux? (Score 1) 79

The question 'but does it rune Linux?' needs these days of UEFI be expanded with the question 'is it easy to install?'
My W520 is still working very well but has been around the world and shows some scars and I'm trying to decide on a replacement.

Maybe it is a sign of the times these questions weren't addressed in the original article...

Comment Re:British man arrested for sale of grapefruit kni (Score 1) 63

You are looking in the right direction, the UK is since many years enforcing a nanny state and the subject of flashing displays fits nicely.

Yes it is horrible if you are afflicted with this sensitivity but I am really wondering why it is ONLY on UK TV that you are warned about an upcoming item with 'flash photography'.
Is this sensitivity outside of the UK so rare as to not be a concern?

Or do the sufferers in other countries just turn away their eyes when they notice the offending picture?

Comment Re:I'm surprised (Score 4, Informative) 58

Uhh, Cameron himself said he wants to scrap the European Human Rights Act.
This European Convention on Human Rights has nothing to do with the European Union and pre-dates it by decades. Its institutions and courts are completely separate.

The Act covers all the rights included in the European Convention.

These rights are: Right to life, right not to be tortured or subjected to inhumane treatment, right not to be held as a slave, right to liberty and security of the person, right to a fair trial, right not be retrospectively convicted for a crime, right to a private and family life, right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, right to freedom of expression, right to freedom of assembly and association, right to marriage, right to an effective remedy, right not to be discriminated against, the right to the peaceful enjoyment of one’s property, and the right to an education.

The European Convention on Human Rights was the brainchild of Conservative Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Its chief author was the right-wing Scottish Conservative lawyer Sir David Maxwell Fyfe.
Churchill needs no further introduction. Maxwell Fyfe is otherwise known in history for his forensic cross-examination of Goering at the Nuremberg trials, and for declining to intervene (when Home Secretary) in the hanging of Derek Bentley in 1953.
It is surely one of the most bizarre turns in politics that it is right-wing Conservatives who now oppose a treaty which their direct political predecessors created. There is nothing left-wing, excessively liberal, wet (or whatever) about freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom from government expropriation of private property, the right to due legal process and all the rest of the treaty.

Freedom from state oppression is not an exclusively, or primarily, left wing credo.

Doing away with this 'horrible' act will in my view fit nicely with the ideas Mrs. May is voicing in the name of the Cameron government.

Comment Damn! (Score 4, Interesting) 110

My stupid sister and an equally stupid cousin uploaded their address book to Farcebook.
Then I got threatening mail from said Facebook imploring me to join 'my friends' on their website, a cold day in hell indeed!
So now after a few idiots have tagged me on their stupid 'Social' pages I'll be recognisable for every privacy invading company in the world.

Al I can do is waiting for a EU court to cut this crap as the US side won't do anything for us 'The People'.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.