Technology

Driving into a world of pain


Green Car Congress reports that new analysis suggests that automakers failing to meet 2021 fleet CO2 emissions compliance for passenger vehicles sold in the European Union (EU) could be fined more than €14 billion (US$16 billion) in 2021.  Quote.

Legislators in the European Union (EU) are imposing a new passenger car fleet CO2 emissions target of 95 g/km, to be phased in during 2020, with 100% application in 2021 on Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (W.L.T.P.). New passenger car fleets that fail to meet compliance are set for potentially substantial fines in both 2020 and 2021. […]
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

How Facebook uses you

In an effort of explain the machinery of Facebook, the folk at Exponential View worked with Tremendo.us to illustrate the process.

They said we should, “Understand it, share it, and educate others around you.”  So, taken at their word, here is the graphic they developed.

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Trump pulls the plug on electric vehicles

CarAdvice

CFACT reports: Quote.

Driven by Green ideology, the Obama Administration set unrealistic fuel standards for cars sold in America.

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it is putting a freeze on their implementation before any serious damage is done.
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Elon-gating the pain

No, it is not Elon Musk,  but if I tried this I would be elongating pain

The poster boy of the left and saviour of the world with his electric cars is lurching from crisis to crisis.

While SpaceX managed to land two out of three rocket stages accurately at sea, the Tesla story seems to be collapsing, the hyperloop appears to be just hype without any loop and Elon’s world caved in on him after he made defamatory claims when his offer of an impractical rescue sub was refused in Thailand.

Then the left melted down when it was revealed he had donated to the Trump team, the GOP.

To try and salvage some green cred, he has dug another hole, this time for the green machine called the Sierra Club.

After reading this report I attempted to feel sad for the Sierra Club.  I failed. quote.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Debating with a machine

IBM shows off an artificial intelligence that can debate a human – and do pretty well

Can it be useful to debate with a machine?

After Sophia became a Saudi citizen in 2017, we now find IBM’s computers engaging in debate (against debating champions) and nearly winning. What is more, the ‘artificially intelligent’ debater has no human face. It is an obelisk -and this project seems to be an Israeli one! The Jerusalem Post writes Quote

[…] IBM’s new developed-in-Israel artificial intelligence system engaged in the first ever live public debate this week (article dated June 22, 2018) against two master Israeli debating champions. Who won? Depends who you ask.

At the media gathering in San Francisco on Monday afternoon, “Project Debater,” launched in IBM’s Haifa headquarters six years ago, more than held its own against seasoned human debaters.

In one face-off, Project Debater made the case in favor of government subsidizing space exploration, facing Israel’s 2016 national debate champion, Noa Ovadia, who took the opposing position.

Ovadia was judged the winner by the crowd of journalists in “delivering” the argument. While the computer’s attempts at humor didn’t measure up to the personality of a human, IBM outscored Ovadia handily on the question of “knowledge enrichment.”

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You can tweet but you can’t hide

RT reports that researchers have shown that we unconsciously reveal much more information about ourselves than we realise; both through what and how we write, and through the technology we use. Quote.

Twitter’s metadata contains an array of revealing information on its users, a new study proves, and can be used to identify a user with unnerving accuracy – even those who go to great lengths to hide that information.

Researchers at University College London and the Alan Turing Institute found they could correctly identify a Twitter user from a group of 10,000 with 96.7 percent accuracy, using just their tweets and publicly available metadata.
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Safety notice: Beware exploding green heads

Oh dear – what a quandary!

Oppose all things genetically modified or oppose plastic made from petroleum?

Evil “fossil” fuels or evil frankensteinian fiddlings?

Big Oil or Big Chemical?

Oh, this anti-everything greenie life is such a tricky balance. All because some clever Bugg in Warwick is using clever bugs to create biodegradable plastic.Quote: Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

You are being watched!

Who says I’m paranoid, and why do they want to know?

Ironically, this article was published on Independence Day.  Quote.

It’s the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won’t go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations to target them with ads. […]

Some computer science academics at Northeastern University had heard enough people talking about this technological myth that they decided to do a rigorous study to tackle it.

For the last year, Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer, Christo Wilson and David Choffnes ran an experiment involving more than 17,000 of the most popular apps on Android to find out whether any of them were secretly using the phone’s mic to capture audio. The apps included those belonging to Facebook, as well as over 8000 apps that send information to Facebook.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Rocketman or conman?

They may look sexy, they may, as a commenter on an earlier post so eloquently put it, “go like snot,” they may save the planet, one may even have been launched into space – but the laws of economics still apply and Harris Kupperman has some serious misgivings about the longevity of the Tesla production: Quote.

Tesla’s Bullshit Conversion Cycle is the key financial metric underlying this scheme (from @ProphetTesla)

I originally started following Tesla as I felt it was a structurally unprofitable business nearing a cash crunch as hundreds of competing products were about to enter the market.

As I’ve studied Tesla more closely, I’ve come to realize that Elon Musk appears to be running a Ponzi Scheme disguised as an auto-manufacturer; where he has to keep unveiling new products, many of which will never come to market, in order to raise new capital (equity/debt/customer deposits) to keep the scheme alive.

The question has always been; when will Tesla collapse? […]
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Email not secret? Well, doh!

News just in that other people are reading your Gmail.

First rule of email. Treat it like a postcard in the snail mail, with one difference: At every post-office and sorting centre along the way someone takes a photocopy of your postcard message.

Danny Bradbury from Naked Security explains what is going on: Quote. Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.