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Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 126

by gbjbaanb (#49166003) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Ah, but the principle is that the lagoon is filled by the moon (spinning those turbines as it floods in) and then they put down gates to keep the water in, releasing it when the tide has turned. The tides are every 6 hours, so you get a lot of generation during that time - it may not be continuous 24/7 but you get it between 4pm and 10pm, so we would get a lot during the evening when the sun has set and solar is no longer producing. They say generation will be 14 hours a day,

Sure, we still need storage though - efficient storage would fix all our energy problems! I think if we could pump water uphill during peak generation times, it would store a lot of energy. I vote to re-use all the old gas meters we have kicking around for the task!

Comment: Re:Flat Look may be ugly, but it is useful (Score 1) 506

by gbjbaanb (#49145837) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Scaling will matter when you have a 4K display, and half your dialogs appear a quarter of the size you're used to. Take one of your dialogs and think how small that is. More pixels means better looking dialogs, and most of the time you still want them to be the same physical size.

Comment: terminal? (Score 0) 696

Not necessarily - Wilko Johnson, a famous guitarist,was diagnosed with terminal and apparently inoperable, pancreatic cancer and decided to basically go out with a show - he refused chemo and organised a farewell tour.. and then a doctor got in touch to say he could cure it, and he now is. Which is good news, apart from the farewell tour not being a farewell any more.

Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge, UK. Give them a call, you never know.

Comment: Re:I've posted this 1312 times (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126247) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

I agree, I tweaked a few settings on my work FF (as work laptop is 4GB) and it shows 245MB private bytes used with 6 tabs open and doesn't show nay signs of slowness compared to the default 'cache up loads of stuff' settings.

I think the most important is the sessionhistory stuff as that can multiply how much back button pages are stored, per tab!

browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers; 2

I think those are the only settings that I've changed WRT memory. Maybe they could do a pre-defined setting set that optimises FF for low-memory PCs.

Comment: Re:It's there for a reason. (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126195) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

not if its a walled garden that all the browsers (and W3C) specify and support. Then its a club that you can join if you like.... or go back to sitting on the steps outside whining at passersby, who don't really care.

I think you can generally blame Google for this, and I think one day they will wall off their part (in a Microsoft-eque de-facto standard) and then we'll be really unhappy with the internet.

Comment: Re:What about the 87% of 'sad' feedback reports? (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126113) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

what exactly is the negative feedback about?

I imagine its all kinds of stuff. I clicked the sad button when an upgrade made the pop-out hamburger menu thing instantly close itself. Turns out it was privacy badger plugin, but FF still got 'sad' feedback from me.

They also got valid 'sad' feedback from me too though., when an upgrade added the search box to the 'new tab' screen, all the thumbnails got quite a lot smaller, I complained about that and they did, fair play to them, make the thumbnails bigger in subsequent versions.

+ - Starter kit for IoT development->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A "starter kit" designed to spur on the invention of internet-connected gadgets has been announced as part of a tie-up between chip designer ARM and IBM.

They say it can take just five minutes to unbox the equipment and start sending readings to online apps, including software tools from IBM. The box is made by Freescale and pricing will be between $50 and $200."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Hurr durr I'ma sheep?? (Score 1) 263

by gbjbaanb (#49110543) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

The Linux distros would have done a lot better if they were codenamed after an animal, without the stupid adjective. Lucid Lynx - crap name. Lynx - acceptable name suitable to interest PHBs.

Its not so much the name but the sense that people who are coming up with these names are finding it amusing or humorous and so it comes across as unprofessional. Anybody who isn't already deeply into Linux and open source will look at such a name and think its a toy or joke, not something to bet the business on. This is why Microsoft sells Windows, if Linux wants to make inroads they have to appear professional first.

Its like putting your CV up for a job, if its full of schoolboy humour, jokes and nonsense, then you're never going to be invited to interview, no matter how good your qualifications, enthusiasm and intelligence are.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn