Technology

E Sports: Pro Gamer Moves

In the classic Martin and Lewis comedy The Caddy, Dean Martin plays Joe, son of an Italian fisherman who dreams of being a golf pro. His father is outraged that his son wants to do something as frivolous as “hit the little-a ball-a with a stick!”

The appeal of sports is very much in the eye of the beholder. To die-hard Aussie Rules fans, rugby is “choreographed sodomy”; rugby fans sneer at Aussie rules as “aerial ping-pong”. Both of them dismiss soccer as just keepings-off played by duelling teams of crisis actors. Nothing on God’s earth can convince me that Nascar is in any way entertaining.

And almost all traditional sports fans are united in sneering at e-sports.

Yet, it’s a huge and growing sector overseas, which is beginning to get noticed by investors here.

Call it the sporting equivalent of investing in a tech start-up — except in this case it is already making money and is forecasting multi-million-dollar profits within a few years…So goes the pitch by the vendors of Australian e-sports organisation Kindred.

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Nix the Zuck Sez the Woz

Our own SB has ditched Facebook and put up a handy how-to for the rest of us who want to follow suit.

As it turns out, all the smart kids are thinking alike.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took time out of his day to warn us all to delete Facebook. Permanently.

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Brmm, brmm – Brmm, brmm

One more reason not to buy an electric vehicle. Why not the noise of a throaty V8 or something equally reeking of toxic masculinity? One more reason for Brexit as well.

New electric vehicles will have to feature a noise-emitting device, under an EU rule coming into force on Monday.

It follows concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet, putting pedestrians at risk because they cannot be heard as they approach.

All new types of four-wheel electric vehicle must be fitted with the device, which sounds like a traditional engine.

Either the BBC is pranking us all and has misread July 1 for April 1 or someone has a very odd interpretation of what a traditional engine sounds like. (Listen on the link below.)

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Air Powered: Oh la la!

Press Release: [A ghastly translation from French it would seem.]

On June 22, 2019, MDI delivered to Veolia the Air’Volution for the metropolis of Lille. This non-compacted waste collection vehicle is the first industrial vehicle powered by compressed air on public roads in the 21st century. It’s a big step for MDI, with strong symbolic significance.

For several years, MDI SA, its subsidiaries CQFD Air Solution and MDI Prod, are working on the realization of this industrial vehicle that combines several singularities.

The most important feature is, of course, its propulsion. What makes moving the Air’Volution is neither gasoline, diesel, nor electricity. The truck’s fuel is compressed air. The air is compressed under 248 bar and stored in filament winding carbon fiber tanks. The vehicle concedes no smoke in the wake, no loud noise, no pollution, no carbon dioxide, and no fine particles allowing only cold air expelling from the muffler. A simple and inexpensive solution to the pollution problems of urban centers and health repercussions.

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UK Government Server ‘Hacked’

When is a ‘hack’ not a hack? Although the National party achieved some embarrassment for the Treasury IT staff they seem to have failed in their attempts at Question Time to score any hits over the ‘hack’.

It seems someone used a search box on the Treasury website and the search function returned answers that it should not have returned. A similar situation occurred in the UK, only this time it was Google that indexed information that it should not have had access to.

Someone in the Parliamentary Digital Service managed to leave a server so completely exposed to the internet that Google indexed the Windows machine’s operating system.

Register reader Chris, who stumbled across this while searching for something related to a Google update, discovered that sizeable chunks of bills.parliament.uk , well beyond what should have been firewalled off from the wider world, were exposed online.

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A few more good reasons not to buy an EV

If our anti-mining government ever bothers to drag its head from the sand it will discover EVs carry some unpleasant baggage and that changeover from fossil fuel to EV production is unsustainable.

The environmentally conscious UK promised 100% of its vehicles would be electric by 2050, but they’ve just realised this will not be possible based on the current supply of raw materials for lithium-ion batteries and future requirements.

“A team of scientists has written to the Committee of Climate Change warning that if the UK’s 31.5 million cars are replaced by electric vehicles by 2050, as is currently planned by the Government, this will require almost twice the current annual global supply of cobalt.

The researchers have also calculated that based on the latest ‘811’ battery technology (80 per cent nickel, 10 per cent cobalt, 10 per cent manganese), UK demand for EV batteries will require almost the total amount of neodymium produced globally each year, three quarter’s of the world’s lithium, and “at least half” of the world’s copper.”

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And that’s just the UK’s requirements, what about the rest of the world’s need for cobalt, copper, lithium and neodymium?

Our greenies are stuck between a rock and a hard place because they have rejected fossil fuelled vehicles and mining but production of EV batteries is impossible without mining.

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Advanced nuclear reactors could be the key to reducing emissions

In Isaac Asimov’s SF novel Foundation, the collapse of previously civilised planets into barbarism is exemplified by their reversion from nuclear energy to oil and coal. But Foundation was published in 1951: when nuclear was the clean, limitless power of the future. Over the ensuing decades, nuclear energy quickly became the bête noir of the environmental movement. But as even the promoters of climate hysteria begin – however slowly and grudgingly – to admit that their beloved “renewables” just aren’t up to the task of powering a modern, industrialised society, the potential of nuclear power is once again being considered.

Over the last several years, there has been growing recognition that nuclear energy is an important climate mitigation technology…Building new nuclear plants, however, has been a different story.

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UN catches Mallard’s disease

Siri, Google Assistant & Alexa

The UN has found a new bogey(wo)man that is apparently responsible for training men to be rapists. Why don’t these people go and get a real job?

Digital voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa are tools of oppression used by the patriarchy to keep women down, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) along with the German government and the EQUALS Skills Coalition, according to the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

According to a 146-page report, the authors note that “most leading voice assistants are exclusively female or female by default, both in name and in sound of voice,” which sends sexist signals that “women are obliging, docile, eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK.’”

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Winter is here: Don’t use the heater

Since winter is upon us, it is now time for a Whaleoil public service advisory for all the readers who drive electric vehicles. This article was first published in the northern hemisphere winter.

Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.

Many owners discovered the range limitations last week when much of the country was in the grips of a polar vortex. Owners of vehicles made by manufacturers including Tesla, the top-selling electric vehicle company in the U.S., complained on social media about reduced range and frozen door handles during the cold snap.

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Imagine the outrage

What would be the result if, say, BP and Isuzu brought in a ruling that Isuzu owners could no longer completely fill their fuel tanks at BP stations in peak times?

Imagine if Isuzu owners could only fill their tanks to 80% of maximum capacity in order to reduce the queues at the pumps.

There would be an open revolt. Everyone would switch car brands or fuel source. But what if the car brand owns the refuelling source and has embedded software in both that allows this control?

Welcome to the Tesla EV Utopia.

Tesla is updating some of its Supercharger stations today to limit the top State of Charge (SOC) to 80% at busy stations in order to reduce wait times. In a memo sent to Tesla employees today and obtained by Electrek, Tesla announced the new feature:

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