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tasselhoff - 10 Apr 2021 11:21:49 (#1 of 1144)

Ooh, shiny new fast thread!

YogiMeerfield - 10 Apr 2021 11:22:04 (#2 of 1144)

With thanks to blacksunday for creating the original thread.

coshipi - 10 Apr 2021 11:22:59 (#3 of 1144)

they'll be more tempted to invade and enslave us all for resource extraction.

Any alien race capable of crossing lightyears on a budget less than the value of whatever resources they're looking for is going to be capable of extracting whatever they want from the mantle and core, never mind the little scratches we've made in the surface of the planet.

tasselhoff - 10 Apr 2021 11:25:27 (#4 of 1144)

Yeah, I was wondering about the feasibility of using some massive straw to suck the core out as I wrote that.

quattrobhoy - 10 Apr 2021 11:26:00 (#5 of 1144)

2.0 Shirley? Or is this the beta version?

coshipi - 10 Apr 2021 11:37:05 (#6 of 1144)

Well, it's beta than the old slow one, anyway.

quattrobhoy - 10 Apr 2021 11:43:55 (#7 of 1144)

You have alpha mail!

quattrobhoy - 10 Apr 2021 15:46:52 (#8 of 1144)

According to a Bloomberg report, there is now a serious shortage of display driver chips that is creating headaches for manufacturers of LCD and OLED panels. This in turn will affect all manner of consumer devices, from the lowly smartwatch to smartphones, tablets, laptops, computer monitors, TVs, smart appliances, and infotainment systems. Every new car or plane comes with one or more display panels, which only adds to the demand.

https://www.techspot.com/news/89199-shortage-1-display-driver-chips-causing-production-delays.html

Gotout - 10 Apr 2021 16:36:43 (#9 of 1144)

We seem to hear this every year!

bossab2 - 10 Apr 2021 16:46:54 (#10 of 1144)

I think I have enough technojunk to last a lifetime.

Tenesmus - 11 Apr 2021 09:42:07 (#11 of 1144)

I am hanging on to my analogue car dash for as long as possible.

bossab2 - 11 Apr 2021 09:46:52 (#12 of 1144)

Its a fair point: electronics failure now kills cars.

New CD player for the Mondeo: £2500 !

( thankfully it just needed cleaning)

OldLefty - 11 Apr 2021 09:59:52 (#13 of 1144)

Cadwalladr on Facebook:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/apr/11
/another-huge-data-breach-another-stony-silence-from-facebook

tasselhoff - 11 Apr 2021 10:38:59 (#14 of 1144)

it was data scraping, not actually a breach. But it basically has the same effect.

bossab2 - 11 Apr 2021 12:51:30 (#15 of 1144)

Thankfully my details on Facebook are all entirely fictional.

CarlosFandango - 11 Apr 2021 12:52:19 (#16 of 1144)

Its a fair point: electronics failure now kills cars.

It's a complicated point. Modern cars are in many ways fabulously reliable compared to older ones. They also use half the fuel and kick out a fraction of the pollutants.

The occasional 'horror story' of a new ECU costing a mint is rarely offset against the countless over-revved and shagged engines, blown heads and general mechanical destruction that all those sensors, watchdogs and software limits avoid or delay.

bossab2 - 11 Apr 2021 13:01:18 (#17 of 1144)

Indeed

Modern cars are brilliant.

A lot of the stuff on the roads is 15-20 years old

AND HASNT RUSTED OUT.

Tenesmus - 11 Apr 2021 13:07:52 (#18 of 1144)

I'd still rather have buttons than a touch screen.

coshipi - 11 Apr 2021 13:09:26 (#19 of 1144)

Especially for the steering.

Gotout - 11 Apr 2021 13:13:15 (#20 of 1144)

Back in the 1950s I can remember my dad telling me our Ford Anglia 100E got 28 mpg. Now my Peugeot motorhome can beat that!

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