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In Topic: The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

18 September 2017 - 11:47

In Topic: The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

18 September 2017 - 02:34

View PostMekong, on 17 September 2017 - 19:48, said:

Problem with Electric Cars is nobody has thought out how the Grid could handle them all being charged overnight.

Not talking about Generation, all you Greenies can go on about your windmills and solar power renewables whilst I am the bad man whom still burns coal, but the T&D, Transmission and Distribution

I think the generation does play a part in that a more distributed generation network takes the strain in part on the primary grid. A lot of private homes are going more with solar, even Thailand plans to start buying back power from domestic generators and with the cost of things like solar and grid connected inverters coming down this starts to look more interesting.  I can imagine a lot of EV owners wanting to generate their own power for charging purposes.

I wonder what the numbers look like. How much leccy do ya gotta squirt into da wheels for da battery to last a day of honest John motorin? Can you get all that energy stored during a day of sunlight to recharge the car at night with?

In Topic: The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

16 September 2017 - 05:45

I have a lot of (sort-of) respect for him. It's hard to know with someone you er don't know. He might just be another Trump though if that's the case I can't quite see it yet. It's interesting that he's been involved in several things that have become almost ubiquitous and highly sought after by others.

Of course we can't know what might have been without Tesla but when VW says it's shifting all its brands to EV and gives a time frame for that. When Mazda says essentially the same thing. When the German Auto show is basically all about EV. When countries like the UK put a date on ending sales of internal combustion engine vehicles. Sweden likewise. Makes me think there's a bit of a revolution more than just evolution going on here, and I can't help but feel he played a part in that.

In Topic: The Anything Goes Youtubery Thread

14 September 2017 - 09:00

A wonderful perspective on where we were as to where we are.

In Topic: New Apples

14 September 2017 - 04:52

I just love tech stuff, old and new. The old stuff is often quite brutal but fun to play with and I can get inside and fix it Still use a lot of valve (vacuum tube) stuff from the 60's

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"Stuff", like an iPhone, is just magic, the integration and engineering on such microscopic levels I find quite captivating. In use, it just gets more awesome and it seems what you can do is limited only by your imagination. Calling these things phones and making calls sets a rather low bar. Don't think I've made a regular phone call in ages, it's all WhatsApp, Line or Skype, voice, video, texting. My phone, if you insist, is my primary camera these days, it's always with me and today is as good if not better than a lot of point n shoot cameras were just a few years ago. X would seem to push this a bit further, great. Facial recognition, hmm, I'm not sure either, wonder if I will need to have it scan my morning as well as regular daytime face? And as for modifiable emoticons based on expression so you can make a smiley turd, again hmm! It will be a hit with the kids though and I think Apple is clever enough to recognise this and drawing them in has to be one key to future growth.

In other news, VW, who really do need something radical to climb out from under the shitpile of the emission testing scandal, has anounced it will build EV versions of all 300 models across its 12 brand range. That's a lot of batteries!  Electric Porsches, hmm, well given that a Tesla model S P100D does 0-100kmh in what, under 3 seconds, no one can say the future is boring.

Even my 83 year old mother is a convert. I gifted her my Phone 5 and it has her hooked, brilliant I say.

Now I just need to live another 100 years to enjoy all the cool stuff.