Technology

Saving the planet? Yeah, nah

I wish our lazy MSM journalists would provide a little context for their breathless articles extolling the virtue of saving the planet.

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A recent headline in the Herald caught my eye, “Why buy an EV? The planet, your wallet … and Trump”

Someone, funded by the taxpayer, has done a survey to find out why people buy electric vehicles and one idiot “singled out US President Donald Trump as a reason people couldn’t rely upon politicians to combat climate change.”

So, one person mentions Trump and it becomes the headline. Sigh!

There were many reasons, apart from Trump, given in response to the survey question. 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, to write 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.

The multi-billion dollar industry that makes its living from your data

Visual Capitalist provides a frightening infographic showing how much personal information we have freely given away.  For a large, more readable version, click here. Quote:


In the ocean ecosystem, plankton is the raw material that fuels an entire food chain. These tiny organisms on their own aren’t that remarkable, but en masse, they have a huge impact on the world.

Here on dry land, the massive volume of content and meta data we produce fuels a marketing research industry that is worth nearly $50 billion. Every instant message, page click, and step you take now produces a data point that can be used to build a detailed profile of who you are.
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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, to write 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.

Hey Phil, shut up and actually read the indictment

Get used to Orange fatty

Phil Quin ignorantly writes in a newspaper:

Like many Kiwis, I took an instant dislike to Kim Dotcom. Aside from anything else, it saved time.[…]

But we can’t, and nor should we, prosecute and imprison detestable people simply for being detestable. And in the case of Kim Dotcom and his erstwhile colleagues at Mega Upload, questions of justice, dubious political motivations, not to mention basic questions of procedural fairness, must surely outweigh our distaste at the spectre of Kim Dotcom.End of quote.

You could say that Kiwis are divided into two groups: those that think Kim Dotcom is innocent and a victim and those that believe he is guilty and has more than outstayed his welcome. I say Kiwis are actually divided into those that have actually read the indictment against him and those that haven’t. Quote:

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

Lefties just don’t get the math

In response to a recent post, Paul made this comment: Quote:

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The old joke went :
“I’m the first in my family to Vote Conservative”
really? – what happened she asked?
“well, I learnt to read” he said

but rather than Reading , I’ve become convinced the fundamental difference between Lefties and Righties is Maths. Most Lefties just don’t get the Math… End of 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, to write 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.

Facebook: It’s not just the data you should be worried about.


Karl du Fresne takes a friendly stab at Facebook. Quote:

I note that $80 billion was wiped off the value of Facebook’s shares following a scandal over privacy breaches.End quote.

Also around one in ten American Facebook users have ditched the site. Quote:

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

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Face of the day

Mark Zuckerberg, realising his company is in deep trouble.

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The challenge of recycling stupidity

No, this article is not about the challenge of re-electing the current bunch of wombles getting overpaid in Wellington.  It is about their utopian dream of a future with a green energy landscape populated by rows of rotating wind turbines, fields of sparkling solar panels, and smooth-running, silent electric cars; because if they have their way, that utopian vision is almost within reach.

Chemical & Engineering News looks into the problems that recycling renewables present. Quote:

[…] if the materials that enable those technologies aren’t reclaimed, the future’s clean energy will be anything but, with views marred by graveyards of old turbine blades, decrepit solar panels, and corroding batteries. Many initiatives are under way to prepare for the arrival of this new type of waste. But in most cases, the solutions are works in progress at best.

The potential quantities of waste are enormous. By 2025, waste batteries removed from electric vehicles will total 95 gigawatt hours worth, according to an estimate by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That pile will weigh roughly 600,000 metric tons.

A similar amount of old solar panels will have accumulated by then, according to projections by the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA anticipates solar panel waste could reach 78 million metric tons by 2050. And Europe could see 300,000 metric tons per year of decommissioned wind turbine blades in the next two decades, says the trade association WindEurope.

Thanks to rising demand for renewable energy, manufacturers already face spiking costs and supply constraints for raw materials such as cobalt and lithium. What’s more, it takes a lot of human ingenuity and effort to make turbine blade composites, high-purity photovoltaic silicon, and highly structured battery cathodes. Those cleverly engineered materials deserve more than a one-way ticket to trash town.

However, recovering materials from discarded devices remains impractical. They are manufactured to not come apart, even under extreme force or environmental conditions, so they can do their job for as long as possible. And they are made by mixing valuable materials with less valuable ones. Getting the good stuff back out is like unscrambling an egg.

Materials scientists, manufacturers, and waste handlers are working on ways to efficiently reclaim renewable energy materials. But so far, not enough of these devices have reached the end of life to make investing in recycling facilities worthwhile. It’s not clear whether a profitable industry will be born in time to prevent clean energy from adding to the planet’s already growing pile of waste.
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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, to write 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.

Old white man of the day

Richard William Pearse

Richard William Pearse was born on 3 December 1877 at Waitohi Flat, Temuka, New Zealand.

By disposition quiet, introspective, gentle and somewhat aloof, Pearse was a dreamer even at school. After finishing his primary education at Waitohi in 1893 he wanted to study engineering at Canterbury College, but the family could not afford it. Instead, when he turned 21, Pearse was given the use of a nearby 100-acre farm block.

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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, to write 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.

Mental health break

Will this be the last Tesla crash of them all?

I think Tesla is going to crash in the next 3-6 months …

  • partially due to their incompetence in making and delivering the Model 3,
  • partially due to falling demand for the Model S and X,
  • partially due to the extreme valuation,
  • partially due to their horrendous finances that will imminently require a huge capital raise,
  • partially due to a likely downgrade of their credit rating by Moody’s from B- to CCC (default likely) which should scare their parts suppliers into requiring cash on delivery (a death knell),  [ A few days later this was reported by Business Insider.”Moody’s cut Tesla’s corporate rating one notch to B3.“]
  • partially due to the market’s recent falling appetite for risk, and
  • partially due to our suspicions of fraudulent accounting activities, evidenced by 85 SEC letters/investigations and two top finance people leaving in the last month. […]

Tesla, without any doubt, is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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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, to write 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.