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Just completed my raspberry pi zero case which also contains a 3 port USB hub with WiFi and Keyboard dongles. This must be about as small as is possible. It's all fitted in the box for 2 AA batteries that came from a set of cheap LED Christmas lights.
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At the moment all electric cars are aimed at the luxury market even the smallest ones are the equivalent of the top of the range petrol or diesel models. A more basic electric car would be great. Look at the technology in the electric Morgan and build something like this into a mass production car.
 
This is a Good Idea
Yesterday I re-tweeted this image put out by Greenpeace. Clever and eye catching image for the 21st century. One glance, read the text, message received. I wish I could think of things like this. I tend to drone on in writing or video and barely get any point across.
That said, it's a very good idea and what we desperately need now is a radical departure from one of our big car makers and indeed one of our big energy companies.
Not making a noise and sending PR spin about it, an actual change of direction, from the ground up.
If VW said they would stop making internal combustion engine cars by 2020, (as Toyota have stated) and produced a line of cheaper, well made electric cars with ever increasing range, also investing in charging and local generating infrastructure it would be a massive come-back for the company.
Pie in the sky maybe, but I have a suspicion that there are many folks at VW thinking along these lines.
As usual some of the responses to the re-tweet were a little predictable, 'what about the pollution caused by making the batteries and generating the electricity.'
And 'all these cars would mean we'd have to burn more coal to generate the electricity.'
Duuuur!
(No we wouldn't, current generating capacity and grid could charge 2 million + cars overnight which would actually help level out demand on the grid and reduce running costs. It's the absolute opposite of that anxiety)
I'm now more surprised that I was 5 years ago by such comments. The mountains of evidence that shows otherwise is entirely ignored.
The ignorance of the colossal reduction in detrimental global impact of electric cars has been successfully denied by endless spurious 'reports' pumped out by the fossil industry.
This has then been lapped up by a mostly ignorant cut and paste press who have no time or resources to investigate the possible truth.
This is then ingested by a mostly ignorant (of this topic, I don't mean thick) readership who fall back on the pat excuses to do nothing.
We need to do something about the way we generate and use energy, we need to stop burning fossils.
I don't for one moment suggest we need to stop exploiting fossils, they are very useful, but we really should try and stop burning the damn stuff.
Come on VW, do the right thing.
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I hope to see more budget models soon. The potential fuel savings don't cover the extra cost right now. There's also the range issue as many of them are marginal for my commute and I can't charge at work yet
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Just completed my raspberry pi zero case which also contains a 3 port USB hub with WiFi and Keyboard dongles. This must be about as small as is possible. It's all fitted in the box for 2 AA batteries that came from a set of cheap LED Christmas lights.
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I went along to the Hitchin hackspace tonight. A couple of familiar faces from the LUG. Some interesting projects going on there
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That's a cool machine. I like that they use some electronics to monitor it
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Where will the incident with the sudo command be reported to? Here via https://xkcd.com/838/ ‪#‎unix‬ ‪#‎humour‬ ‪#‎linux‬ ‪#‎Christmas‬
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Towel swan that greeted us at the weekend :¬}
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The newest Raspberry Pi costs just $5, and is available to buy now. It's free with the December issue of +The MagPi, in UK stores today.
Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose …
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I may have an HDMI lead. The mini USB adaptor is not so easy to find. I also don't have a space micro SD. I'll get those when I find a use for it. I'd probably need to get another Wifi dongle too. It's all fairly cheap
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Chinese leader Xi Jinping yesterday exposed David Cameron to some traditional English culture when he took him to a local pub to try and give him an insight in how British people spend their time.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping yesterday exposed David Cameron to some traditional English culture when he took him to a local pub to try and give him an insight in how British people spend their time.
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Trying to practice the art of thinking sideways.
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 I'm a long time Linux user with many other interests.
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