Technology

They don’t pay road user charges and now they are stealing your carparks in Wellington

No, not road maggots…but another kind of road bludger…electric vehicle owners.

Their cloud of smug just engulfed Wellington.

Up to 100 car parking spaces in Wellington could be converted for the exclusive use of car-sharing and electric vehicles before the end of next year.

Wellington City Council is planning to convert about 30 CBD spaces and 70 in the suburbs, and has already picked out 37 bays, including some in central city streets, including Brandon St and Stout St, which have the highest use.   Read more »

Israel deploys David’s Sling

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Back in 2014, when Nicky Hager was dropping his own bombs on me, I was in Israel and one of the highlights was a visit to an operational Iron Dome battery.

I also met one of the main project officers who designed the system. He explained the technology behind the weapons system but outlined that Israel never lets weapons systems stagnate. They are constantly refining and developing.

I was pleased to see that Israel has further refined their system and now launched David’s Sling, the next generation of missile interdiction systems.   Read more »

Hey Robbo, this is what the future of work looks like

Grant Robertson spent two years writing a report called the Future of Work.

You won’t remember, he launched it just around the time John Key resigned…and before Christmas. It was nothing more than a collection of unions wishes and bumper sticker slogans.

This is actually what the future of work looks like:   Read more »

Meet Sam, he can lay 3000 bricks in a day without smokos or lunch breaks

Unions eventually push too far. Liberal panty-waists push too far as well.

This is where you end up when the minimum wage, stupid health and safety laws and the living wage kick in…ingenuity solves all the problems with a robot.

A robot that can lay bricks six times faster than a builder is set to arrive on building sites in the UK within two years after already starting work in the US.

The Semi-Automated Mason, nicknamed Sam, can lay 3,000 bricks a day, while a builder’s average is 500.

Experts have spoken out against the robot’s arrival and have claimed that the auto-builders could put the jobs of thousands of bricklayers at risk.

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The stupidity of electric cars to save the planet

I loathe electric cars. The mere sight of them makes me want to own a Hummer.

Most people who own them are virtue signalling wankers who drive around in a cloud of smug thinking they are saving the planet.

I do know two people who have electric cars. One owns one so he can bypass traffic on the motorway by travelling in the bus and transit lanes. The other owns one because he can, and he is a tech junkie with a pile of money.

That aside, the rest are mostly tossers, and their cloud of smug is noxious. On top of that, they are deluded in thinking they are making a difference.

One is the expense of switching to an all-electric light vehicle fleet.

Professor Kelly says he expects it will take 10 years for electric cars to make up 5% of the total light vehicle fleet. He estimates converting all cars would cost some $120 billion, not counting the infrastructure of charging stations.   Read more »

Peak oil? Not any time soon

We’ve heard for decades that there is a phenomenon known as peak oil. The Green taliban all want us to change our ways because apparently oil is going to run out soon.

That argument wasn’t really gaining traction so along came climate change to scare us into using alternative fuel sources.

However, peak oil is still referred to by the wombles…the only problem is we are way past when it was predicted to be and we are still finding oil.

Oil is more plentiful than you can imagine. And we keep figuring out easier and more economical ways to get it out of the ground.

In 1938, the famous geologist M. King Hubbert came up with the concept of peak oil, which is defined as having extracted half of the recoverable, conventional oil reserves. After that, oil production declines and cannot keep up with growing demand as the population continues to rise.

In Hubbert’s time, most of the conventional oil reserves had already been discovered. Hubbert went on to predict that U.S. production would peak in 1969, and it did appear to peak in 1970. World reserves were supposed to peak around 2010 (see figure).   Read more »

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You want a self-driving car do you? Think again

What does it mean when people talk about self-driving cars? We really ought to be talking about programmed cars.

And about who does the programming.

The “self-driving” car doesn’t decide for itself how fast it goes or what route it takes – at least, it won’t until it becomes an autonomous thinking machine, an artificial intelligence. We are not quite there yet.

So, in the meanwhile, who decides?

And it is a who – a flesh-and-blood someone (or someones). Guess what? It’s not you. This whole “self driving” car thing is about taking you out of the driver’s seat. And putting someone else in control of “your” car.

That part stays the same. Nominal ownership. You will make the payments, pay the taxes and fees. You will still be responsible for all of that.

But who will control the car? And how will they control it?

The “who” will be the same people who already control the roads: The people who are the government. Clovers. Authoritarian Control Freaks. The same people who make the laws about how fast you’re allowed to drive, when (and whether) you’re allowed to pass, make a right on red or a U turn . . . every last little thing.

They will control your “self-driving” car.

And when they do, not only will you not be allowed to proceed at a speed faster than they decree – or make a U turn or a right on red . . . or do anything they do not want you to do- it will be impossible to do so.

The car – controlled by them – will not do your bidding.

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Science is settled? But what if no one can replicate the experiments?

We are told by politicians that the science is settled with regard to climate change. We are also told by scientists that to criticise them is to provide a chilling effect on science. Some of those scientists even trot off to court to try to silence critics.

However, it appears the science is far from settled…especially when no one can replicate experiments or the claims made in these so-called peer-reviewed papers they submit to journals like Nature.

Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests.

This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon.

From his lab at the University of Virginia’s Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies.

“The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results.”

You could be forgiven for thinking that should be easy. Experiments are supposed to be replicable.

The authors should have done it themselves before publication, and all you have to do is read the methods section in the paper and follow the instructions.

Sadly nothing, it seems, could be further from the truth.  

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So, tell me again why we are building the CRL?

While the Green Taliban wants us to ride around in an 18th-century transport solution, other countries are exploring other more innovative solutions.

There are autonomous cars coming, and soon autonomous taxi drones.

An autonomous drone that can transport humans will start ferrying passengers around Dubai this summer.

The head of Dubai’s transportation agency said that self-flying taxis would start taking people across the city starting from July.   Read more »

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What do muscle cars and e-cigs have in common?

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A recent facebook post about Andrew Hill who had an e-cig explode in his face has raised questions about e-cig safety. When I looked further into the story I discovered that Andrew had installed his own homemade coil inside of it.

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Andrew also took a puff before stepping into the shower, which means his device may have come in contact with water or condensation, which may have caused it to malfunction. I wanted to find out more so I contacted QJ from NZ Vapor (sponsor of Whaleoil General debate and Whaleoil backchat)  to ask him what he thought had gone wrong and he educated me with an analogy about muscle cars.

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