Technology

The day Youtube went down

Youtube went down yesterday and hilariously some idiots rang the poor New Zealand police to complain about it. The New Zealand police are IT specialists? Who knew.

Now excuse me one moment while I make myself a tinfoil hat because I am going to speculate on why Youtube went down as well as predict what will be missing from Youtube when it eventually goes back up.

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Would you watch women only car races?

New Tatuus W Series race car

After reading Christie’s recent post regarding equal funding for Paralympians, I came across an article that got me thinking, on motornews.co.nz

It seems that ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and a few others have come up with the idea of creating a brand new international single-seater series that will be only for women. The idea is that it will help females reach Formula 1.

The new championship will be named the ‘W Series’ and will use Tatuus F3-spec cars, and will have a prize pool totaling $1.5 million. I’m presuming that will be US dollars so this is pretty big in the racing world. Quote.

The winner of the category will earn $500,000 to help fund her next step up the racing ladder to F1.

The six-round W Series will launch in May 2019 and feature 30-minute races in Europe, with one round to he held in the UK. Expansion in Australia, Asia and the Americas is expected longer-term.

Those hoping to compete will not have to bring sponsorship, but will have to prove their ability through a selection process to ensure the grid is full of the best talent possible.

Judges will include Coulthard, former F1 team manager Dave Ryan – who is the series’ racing director – and designer Adrian Newey, who is an advisory board member. End quote.

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‘Windfarm was at the mercy of the elements.’ Who knew?


Isn’t it such a pain when economic reality jumps up and smacks you in the face?

Stuff reports that the new chairman of NZ Windfarms has discovered the unpredictability of wind power. Well – blow me down! Quote.

Stuart Bauld spoke of the options as he also announced a $14m loss due to Vector selling its 22 per cent shareholding meaning Windfarms lost millions of dollars in tax benefits under continuity of shareholding accounting rules.

Bould [sic] said the company can consistently produce a modest profit and a modest cash flow, but will never be a major player in the industry. […]

Windfarms faced two formidable obstacles – it was unable to manage its revenue effectively, and was at the mercy of the elements.
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Solar panel roads a dumb idea: Who knew?

A road to nowhere? Credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway

Phys.org reports on the results from solar panel roads.  Shock, horror – it appears to be a stupid idea. Quote.

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5% of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50%.
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$US 963,723 per day for an answer to a non-problem

The Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is NASA’s most technologically advanced ice-monitoring spacecraft to date.  It was launched on the weekend on the last of the Delta II rockets.  It is scheduled to operate for three years and cost $US 1.056 billion, or $963k/day.

Space.com reports on this pretty impressive piece of kit (as you would expect for that moolah) Quote.

Capable of measuring changes in ice thickness, forest growth and cloud height down to 0.02 inches (0.4 millimeters) every year — the thickness of a No. 2 pencil, according to NASA — ICESat-2 offers scientists an unprecedented view of Earth’s changing systems, especially at its poles. End of quote.

0.4 mm resolution?  Really?  Seemingly not. The official NASA specifications say 0.4cm/year on an ice sheet or 0.25 m/year for an outlet glacier, surface elevation change rates for dynamic ice features to an accuracy of better than or equal to 0.4 m/year along 1-km track segments or ice-sheet elevation change to 10 cm. Quote.

“Watching and understanding how it [ice] is changing helps us understand why it’s changing,” said Waleed Abdalati, a geographer at the University of Colorado in Boulder and a concept designer of ICESat-2. In turn, the information will sharpen environmental-prediction models and help scientists better forecast rising sea levels and climate shifts because of melting ice. End of quote.

An interesting unspoken assumption by this concept designer is that there will be melting ice and sea level rise.  Surely they have not spent a billion bucks with a predetermined outcome in mind? Quote. Read more »

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Don’t be evil?

Breitbart has published a video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election which reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe. Quote.

The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.

It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.

These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.[…]

Key moments from the video can be found at the following timestamps:
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Sayonara to the Kimono Clown

Taxpayers have handed over three months of salary for Derek the Kimono Clown, since the government has decided they don’t want to give him the role after all, after offering it to him in the first place. Quote:

Dumped chief technology officer candidate Derek Handley has been paid out more than $100,000 in compensation by the Government, Digital Services Minister Megan Woods has confirmed.

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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Then the job has no purpose…

Derek Handley

Tom Pullar-Strecker thinks Derek Handley will be missing out on the CTO role he craved, after a sh*t storm of criticism was heaped upon Handley by top technology identities. Not even this Government is so tone deaf that they couldn’t hear the mounting concern that the top technology adviser to the government shouldn’t be a virtue-signaling internet marketer with a history of failed companies and angry investors.    Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Is Derek Handley New Zealand’s Gavin Belson?

In the wake of Clare Curran’s less than honest disclosures of her private meetings with Derek Handley, it appears that he is still the front-runner for the role of Chief Technology Officer: Quote:

It is now an “open secret” that entrepreneur Derek Handley was about to be announced as the country’s first chief technology officer last week.

But the question technology leaders are asking is whether the bungling of the recruitment process will make it harder for Handley to be successful, assuming he is still confirmed in the role as appears all but certain. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Green, green, it’s green they say …

Wired poses a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? Quote.

Brine is pumped out of a nearby lake into a series of evaporation ponds and left for 12 to 18 months. Various salts crystallise at different times as the solution becomes more concentrated.

The answer is lithium – the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars.

In May 2016, hundreds of protestors threw dead fish onto the streets of Tagong, a town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. They had plucked them from the waters of the Liqi river, where a toxic chemical leak from the Ganzizhou Rongda Lithium mine had wreaked havoc with the local ecosystem.

There are pictures of masses of dead fish on the surface of the stream. Some eyewitnesses reported seeing cow and yak carcasses floating downstream, dead from drinking contaminated water. It was the third such incident in the space of seven years in an area which has seen a sharp rise in mining activity, including operations run by BYD, the world’ biggest supplier of lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. After the second incident, in 2013, officials closed the mine, but when it reopened in April 2016, the fish started dying again. End of quote.

Well, that sounds all very green, eco-friendly and sustainable, doesn’t it James? 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.

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