Technology

The ideology wars begin

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/6/1/17416444/net-power-natural-gas-carbon-air-pollution-allam-cycle

In the green corner we have the zero carbon team; in the black corner we have the regional development team; in the red corner is the ban oil and gas crowd and in the blue corner are some squabbling wimps.

There is a promising new technology that appears to be able to convert natural gas to electricity with reasonably good efficiency and have only CO2 and water as the ’emissions’.  The CO2 can be compressed and fed back into the underground strata to assist in further extraction of the oil and gas there.

The zero carbon corner should love it, but they are still waiting for Greenpeace to tell them what to think about it.  However, the ban oil and gas gang have already thrown a spanner into the machinery.  A newspaper looks at the issues.  Quote.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones wants it.

But his senior colleague, Environment and Economic Development Minister David Parker, won’t take a briefing on it.

Energy Minister Megan Woods, who has talked up the potential for hydrogen to replace oil and gas as a major industry, has been briefed on the 8 Rivers hydrogen plant proposal but won’t comment on it.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw is also keen on hydrogen as a transport fuel for heavy trucking, for electricity production and as a potential clean energy export opportunity.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is keeping an open mind. If it comes to fruition, 8 Rivers would be the biggest industrial development in New Zealand since the Think Big era, but this time the Government wouldn’t be paying for it.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is another fan of New Zealand’s “green” hydrogen opportunity and is aware of the proposal, which seeks an initial $10 million to $20m loan from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to help pay for a $50m feasibility study.

If that proved positive, the project’s backers would seek up to $2 billion in private capital to build a zero-carbon emissions plant in Taranaki that would produce industrial quantities of hydrogen, urea for local agricultural use and export, and electricity, along with a swag of other chemicals.

But there’s a snag. The 8 Rivers technology uses natural gas – which the Government has burnt huge political capital on putting a premature end to with its unanticipated decision in April to stop issuing future offshore oil and gas exploration permits. End quote.

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This looks like fun. Put it on the Christmas list

Caption: For years, lefties have warned about a “Big Brother” surveillance state. They forgot to mention that it was them creating it.

I noticed this on Zerohedge. Quote.

New patents show Google is quietly developing a smart-home automated system that will routinely eavesdrop on your daily life.

The patents describe how cameras and sensors will be mounted in almost every room of the house, scanning and analyzing every movement a human makes.

According to the patent description, the smart cameras could recognize Will Smith’s face on a T-shirt. After cross-referencing this data against the human’s browser history, the smart-home might announce or send them a message, “You seem to like Will Smith. His new movie is playing in a theater near you.”

By blending that with an in-depth analysis of other electronic devices in the home, and audio signatures to determine gender, Google will have enough data to create a corporate profile on the human and even their family.
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Car charging cord for sale: Still in wrapper, never used

Will governments ever work out that people will be people and that the law of unintended consequences has a way of popping up just to frustrate them?  This from the BBC. Quote.

Tens of thousands of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) bought with generous government grants may be burning as much fuel as combustion-engine cars.

​Data compiled for the BBC suggests that such vehicles in corporate fleets averaged just 40 miles per gallon (mpg), when they could have done 130.

Many drivers may never have unwrapped their charging cables, The Miles Consultancy said.
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What your electric vehicle costs me

In order to encourage uptake of electric vehicles, owners enjoy privileges not enjoyed by ordinary motorists; reduced licence fees; exemption from mooted congestion charges; use of bus lanes and priority lanes etc.

And driving in a cloud of smug.

As the number of electric vehicles increases, these concessions will become unsustainable, and the smug will fade.  What this post considers is the effect on the government’s revenue of foregone petrol taxation. A second post will look at ways and means to recover this lost revenue. Read more »

WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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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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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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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 »

WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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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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WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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