Technology

Even Google Engineers now say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

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Google is one of the biggest investors in renewable technology. They have poured billions into research and now their top engineers say that renewable energy is hopelessly flawed.

Eric Worrell at WUWT explains:

A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”.

According to an interview with the engineers, published in IEEE;

“At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope …
Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.”
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A word of warning for fools who hate on their former bosses and blab it all over social media

Some people have gone to town on social media, joining in on the kicking of Roger Sutton. You’d have to wonder they have remained silent for so long but only come out of the woodwork now one of their media pals is having a larrup. Probably because they were protecting lucrative troughing contracts at the taxpayers considerable expense flying in and out of Christchurch to share their pearls of PR wisdom.

That course of action though might well be fraught with danger after a recent Employment Court ruling.=

Employees are being warned not to air dirty laundry about their bosses on social media – even after leaving a job – after a former oil company employee was ordered to pay more than $2500 for making disparaging remarks on Facebook.

The case before the Employment Relations Authority has prompted a call for caution from a top Wellington employment law specialist.

The authority heard that in May last year Kristel McLeod received a “substantial” settlement during an employment dispute with Kea Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

In return, she signed an agreement that she would never speak disparagingly of the company or its officers, the authority said.

Kea is an oil and gas exploration company, which has offices in New Plymouth, Wellington and London.    Read more »

Do you have ‘Text Neck’?

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Have you heard of ‘text’ neck’?

I hadn’t until yesterday but apparently this is rife now and causing alarming injuries.

I wonder how long before ACC starts to record injuries as being caused by texting.

Resea​rchers at the National Library of Medicine have just found out that there is an epidemic sweeping America called—and this is possibly the best name for a medical condition since “micropenis”—”text neck”.

Text neck. Text. Neck. It’s when you look down at your phone too much—when walking down the street, perhaps, or when you’re sitting in front of me at the cinema, or at the bar instead of talking—and the weight of your big dumb head plus the Earth’s gravity puts unbearable strain on your neck and spine. The condition can cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and, over time, even remove your neck’s natural curve. And all because you had to keep an eye on your group text message while someone went through a bad breakup. All because you were taking a screenshot of a fun interaction you had on Tinder.

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What is happening with CRISP?

Josh Forman at Slightly Left of Centre has another ripper of a yarn, and what I am enjoying seeing is his willingness to call minister’s offices, and SOE CEOs for comment.

He also looks like he is working some very good sources. He should be encouraged because he is actually running stories without any vitriol and just looking at facts.

His latest post looks at the rumours floating around about CRISP.

Slightly Left of Centre can reveal this afternoon, again as a result of another National caucus leak, that the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is set to cut yet another Tony Ryall initiative.

CRISP, which stands Central Region Information Systems Plan is an initiative of Central Technical Advisory Services Ltd (TAS), which according to its website “is a joint venture company, established in 2001 and owned by the six Central Region District Health Boards (DHBs) to provide support and services, undertaking:regional planning; implementing regional programmes of work; hosting regional groups and forums; and ensuring the compliance of contracted health service providers.”

The CRISP initiative has the following stated goal:

One Portal,
One Password,
One Patient Record
For every Clinician
At Every Facility
Across the Central Region

This initiative, in the words of those who have been employed to set it up, was meant to provide a shared database of all information relevant to every Clinician at every facility across the entire situation.    Read more »

UFB passes 10% uptake

The fibre rollout is progressing and uptake is growing, passing 10%.

Now if only Chorus would turn on the dark fibre in my street!

Broadband connections have increased nearly 40% over the past quarter according to the latest quarterly figures of the Government’s ultrafast broadband and rural broadband initiative.

The figures, released yesterday by Communications Minister Amy Adams, show around 536,000 end-users are now able to connect to UFB, though only 55,000 are connected. However, 15,500 of those connected to UFB in the three months to September, a 39% increase on last quarter.

The figures indicate a 10% uptake nationally, compared with a national uptake rate of 7% the previous quarter, with the project now 6% ahead of build schedule.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, as of September, the UFB deployment progress was 100% complete for Northland. Waikato and Taranaki were sitting at 71% and 62% completed respectively, while Auckland was 26% complete, with Wellington at 29% and Canterbury at 36%.    Read more »

Balclutha’s WiFi Luddites David and Julia Hunter have been at it for a while – in more ways than one

Yesterday’s Julia Hunter WiFi story is but the culmination of years of concern/harassment/activism from the Hunters.  This, from 2010:

The Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha has assured parents there are no safety issues about electromagnetic radiation levels emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi computer network, installed last September.

Two families are known to have withdrawn their children from the school in February and a third family joined them this week, citing concern about health risks.

But in a four-page newsletter, issued to parents by the school’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, the school insists the results of a National Radiation Laboratory test of equipment, carried out on January 20, prove the equipment complies with the relevant regulations and operates at “very safe levels of electromagnetic radiation”.

Principal Chris Morris confirmed six children had been withdrawn from the school over this issue so far.

“The school respects the rights of parents to make decisions.

“We are sad and disappointed, but we respect people’s right to choose. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money [$4410] investigating the process.”

Parent Kim Cruse said she would like the school to be more receptive to hearing parents’ concerns, and to look at all the evidence presented from both sides.

The Wi-Fi equipment was installed at the school last September, following recommendations in the Rosebank ERO report to upgrade the Information and Communications Technology system.

David and Julia Hunter, who removed their child at the beginning of the school term, are seeking legal advice over being publicly named by the school in this week’s newsletter.

It appears the Hunters continued to send their child to secondary school knowing that the school has WiFi, and then started campaigning for WiFi to be taken out of the school.  That makes no sense.  Knowing their strong feelings about it all.

All this is even more remarkable when you know that the Hunters run an Internet provider company in Balclutha called Rivernet   Read more »

Luddite detected in Balclutha

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via ODT

A Balclutha parent has resigned from her school’s board of trustees because she believes it is not taking her concerns about Wi-Fi in classrooms seriously.

St Joseph’s School (Balclutha) board endorsed the use of wireless connectivity in its administration block and a senior classroom after assurances from the Ministry of Education there were no health implications for pupils.

Many New Zealand schools operate Wi-Fi in classrooms, but former board member Julia Hunter said she had serious concerns the Government was not paying attention to the growing evidence of biological damage being caused by Wi-Fi, and instead continued to reassure boards everything was safe.

”Sadly, our New Zealand standard is 15 years old and was set on the thermal heating of a 90kg man after only six minutes of exposure.

”Our children . . . are being exposed to this equipment for six hours a day, five days a week.” Read more »

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Expunging the record, Dotcom’s former lawyers run from their work

Kim Dotcom’s former lawyers are pretending desperately that they never worked for him, such is the toxicity of his brand and persona.

TorrentFreak highlights some of the changes as Dotcom’s former layers run and hide:

[I]t’s been revealed that high-profile Queen’s Counsel Paul Davison, QC, and Simpson Grierson, one of New Zealand’s biggest lawfirms, are stepping down from Dotcom’s legal team.

“Paul Davison & Simpson Grierson of NZ are stepping down from @KimDotcom legal team. They did world-class legal work & were great colleagues,” Rothken tweeted.

Davison has been representing Dotcom in his U.S. extradition case and various Simpson Grierson partners including William Akel and Tracey Walker have represented the entrepreneur in civil actions brought by the Hollywood studios.

While Rothken has made it clear that he was pleased with the work of the outgoing legal team, there is a rather unusual element to the story. When we searched the Simpson Grierson website for the history of the Dotcom case, it appears that the company has erased it, an unusual move for such a high-profile action.

And it doesn’t stop there. Senior litigation partner William Akel has removed all reference to Dotcom from his case history. The image below shows his profile, before and after, with Dotcom’s case now erased.

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Gayer than Fossy’s Gay Ute

It takes a lot to find a ute gayer than Fossy’s gay ute, but the diminutive Simon Bridges has managed it, and worse splashed it all over social media.

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Guest post: Going Solar by using “disruptive technology” [UPDATED]

UPDATE:  A time-lapse movie of the installation shown in the photo has been added.  There was criticism that the photo showed an inadequate setup.  This is because the NZ Herald used a photo part-way through the install.


 

A response to the recent NZ Herald article..  By David Keppel, MD , WhatPowerCrisis. 9/11/14

The article was titled

Solar costs handed on  By Susan Edmunds  5:00 AM Sunday Oct 19, 2014
Conventional homes pay for solar users

I thought I would take the time to look at this article in detail and offer a perspective from someone inside the small NZ Solar PV Industry.

(PV is where Solar Photovoltaic Modules make high grade energy i.e. electricity, NOT to be confused with solar hot water, low grade energy)

While I only see a small glimpse of the retail and lines companies’ business model, I think that the media is just taking their Press Releases and reprinting them without really asking the hard questions.

My only goal is to facilitate a change in attitude within the industry, to point out a few of what I would have thought would be obvious home truths.  I hope this strategy causes a change of heart and gets the conversation going.  I am coming from a non-partisan approach, as I believe this will provide the largest support base.

I don’t actually blame the energy retailers, or lines companies for the situation they are about to find themselves in.  Always start at the top, and that’s the government. The government sets the rules; they control the sandpit we all have to play in.  And in my opinion they would have seen the trend of rapidly falling solar prices which has been well signalled.  Call me suspicious, but this could be one of the reasons the power companies were sold off (well 49% anyway) in such an unusually fast time frame.  Now they are in a bind: they have promised “blue chip returns” to the new shareholders, but also should have a responsibility to the taxpayers who paid for this infrastructure many times over, in 1970’s or 1980’s dollars.  The Government has failed to protect the interests of us taxpayers, and in failing to come up with an adequate solar power buy-back scheme after many years and also failed their duty to our solar future   Read more »