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Curious Pineapple

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  1. Go look up ITER, it's about 5 years from completion and energy production for research.
  2. You may get lucky by buying another drive and swapping the board over, but repairing that one is a no-go. If you need the data the best option is a recovery specialist. They have stock of boards from all sorts of drives and can usually find one that works well enough to recover the drive. May even be able to repair your board and get it working to recover your data to another drive.
  3. No we wouldn't. Unless you look for the information yourself, you won't see it. You tell the masses that we're on the verge of a clean energy breakthrough and no fucker will give a damn about trying to reduce usage. ITER is predicted to be running by about 2025 with an output of 10 times the energy required to sustain the reaction, but it won't be feeding into the grid. It's an experimental reactor (the ER part of the name). There's also private companies building large (but still small compared to ITER) fusion reactors and some of them claim to be on track for commercial fusion energy in a similar timeframe. I believe the Chinese have made similar advances recently too by sustaining a reaction for several minutes on a small reactor, but still with no net output. Remember, the hydrogen bomb is a fusion reactor, it just releases all it's energy at once.
  4. About 5 years now. The problem has always been scale, It takes a lot of energy to maintain a fusion reaction but keeping the plasma in the right place, at the right temperature is a fine balance of magnetic fields. It's like trying to heat a bolt to a specific temperature with a 12KW heater. It's going to overshoot, undershoot, overshoot, undershoot, you get the idea. As you increase the mass of the object you are heating, the same energy input effects a smaller temperature change until you reach a point where you can keep the workpiece at a constant 700 degrees even if the ambient changes rapidly. Same with a fusion reactor, they just have to be built really big so that a multi-megawatt magnetic field can make quite precise changes to the plasma stream.
  5. Also why would goverments be pouring money into ITER and fusion research if they didn't want to loose all the tax money from burning stuff? Once fusion becomes viable it's going to be cheap, really cheap. It's not like it's some secret that can't be done by anyone else either. Smashing hydrogen into helium isn't hard, you can do it yourself cheap in a kitchen. There will be more than enough electricity being used to make up for fuel taxation when everything ends up electric.
  6. Electricity and gas here has seperate tax rates, not general sales tax... Here a tax can't be taxed. No inspection is needed if it's not used on the public roads either. Not sure what dictatorship you live in but we never embraced the gestapo so no, I won't have to prove where I didn't charge a vehicle that doesn't touch the public highway. And yes I would have issues with paying for the energy draw of a charger that I never use.
  7. Taxed on water!?!?!?!? We pay a service charge for it but zero tax.
  8. They already DO tax electricity, and where would they tax consumption anyway? Work? Home? Farm? What about Renewables? Just because I own an EV doesn't mean it gets used or charged, I may buy one as a track or off road use car. In that case I have no obligation to pay tax on the fuel anyway. Don't pay fuel duty on wagons or farm vehicles here either. Don't even need to pay vehicle taxes on quad bikes and tractors if you own fields on opposite sides of a road (with limited usage).
  9. Can't stop me wiring the charger into the ringmain. Can't stop me using different chargers. Can't meter the car as the government can't tax my own solar or wind energy.
  10. Sounds like you may have some malware thats forwarding all your browser traffic through an unknown proxy.
  11. Very often? The usual interval for a modern timing belt is near enough 100,000 miles, high performance engines and diesels being potentially lower.
  12. This is a failed capacitor on the supply rail, it has likely been failing for a while and has shorted internally. It will be a small surface mount ceramic cap, I had this happen and just removed the offending component. Worked fine until the adjacent one failed too. Still using that card in a test machine several years on. The rest of the system will likely be fine
  13. The 9900K costs nearly twice as much, not exactly a reasonable comparison.
  14. Happens too much here, posts quickly get derailed into an argument then I get the moderator hammer for calling someone an ass. For the same price you get a better performing AMD processor, just like you get a pretty quick Vauxhall for the same cost as a meh Mercedes, but Merc have an F1 team so at the very top end, they have the fastest car.
  15. The Leaf a few doors down moves a lot quicker than my 1.6 litre Italian Tank
  16. I still have my Athlon 64 system, that more than competed with Intels toaster offerings. If it costs less and performs the same, it's the sensible option. Doesn't really matter anyway as the OP has made it clear from the first post that they will be buying Intel. Seems more like a post intended to cause an argument, especially with the "AMD fanboys" comment.
  17. They'll never be cooler than ambient, I wouldn't worry about it.
  18. If you're referring to AMD as "the budget option", then it looks like you've already decided that buying AMD will leave you with an inferior system.
  19. BT do it, you opt-in and your router provides a seperate WiFi hotspot that other customers can use, you also get free use of the network for agreeing to provide a hotspot. In the UK we don't rent hardware, it just turns up in a box as part of the montly cost. It does create a lot of waste though as the hardware is often locked to one ISP and without installing DDWRT or similar, it's useless if you move provider. They're always for sale though and cheap to buy.
  20. On one hand it's not really any different to selling a car with optional extras/modifications, then the dealer removing them and selling it as a standard vehicle. On the other hand, it's like a private dealer buying a used car and the manufacturer coming along and swapping the alloy wheels for a set of standard steels. I'd assume that the car has been sold to a dealer at an agreed price accounting for optional features that the car has and can be seen working, then those features have been disabled. People just won't want to buy a Tesla to sell it on unless it's a bare stock model with no options. The owner won't want to sell a car with 5 grand of extras for the value of a base model, and a dealer won't buy what will become a bare stock model for price of an top-spec car.
  21. Never used them, but they're a magnesium wool in a glass envelope.
  22. I have cameras with mangesium flashes, never mind that new fangled capacitor stuff Depends on voltage, they were a few hundred so the skin broke down as an insulator, I build capacitive welders at work. About 1.6KW discharged in 100ms, you can jab your fingers in the outlets and bugger all happens. Them capacitors are big bois, the surface charge they accumulate in storage is enough to blow the end off a scalpel blade, but you can handle them however you like and nothing will happen. A box of them arrived today actually, I mey check the voltage on them tomorrow and see what energy they accumulate.