Climate Change – Ohhh Betty!

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Climate Change

Climate protesters tend to talk about what they don’t want (by definition). This is not constructive. We need to address climate change in a structured fashion and that needs governments and/or some form of organisation. Anarchy in this case won’t cut the mustard. Let me give a few concrete examples.

There is much talk of the on/off nature of wind and how difficult it is to store electrical power. However, if there was the large scale adotpion of electrical vehicles then these would act as power stores, particualrly given that a car spends most of its life er… stationary. This subject is currently the focus of much study in the power indsutry and the car industry. For it to be realised will need organisation. Are the anarchists going to provide this?

In the case of Co2 already in the atmosphere, a carbon negative process called bio-char already exists. There is growing interest. To roll it out to useful places (such as Africa – where it would make a real difference to poor people) needs organisation.

Concrete solutions to some current climate change issues.

They will not be realised without government support. The people in the climate camps have a role – but in my view it is a negative role. We need solutions and soon. These come from people, but can only be implemented on a large scale by governments and or companies (i.e. capitalism). In the case of bio-char I have some very large corporations interested – since the role of these orgs it to engineer and produce low cost systems – there is no alternative to them – no other organisation has the resources or scale to do it.

So yes, whilst corporatism has caused the problem it could also provide the solution.

PS3 Slim Cheaper & Ready for Modern Warfare 2

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PS3 slim and a price drop?

What a surprise!

I must say though that I don’t like the look of that new PS3 model one bit. It’s gone from looking like a sexy, sleek, high end gadget to random black box under the TV. The old one had style and character. This one just looks generic.

Although it does look kind of ugly, but, in my opinion, it doesn’t look that much worse than a black Xbox 360 or the original PS2.

I guess smaller is good for the masses and price drop is a great thing that everyone has been screaming for and will reinvigorate interest in the PS3 console. So good job Sony, for playing to your hardware design strong suit.

Finally the PS3 console is at a reasonable price and is in a position to really compete with the Xbox 360. On the flip side, Microsoft are upping the price of the Arcade SKU and are taking away the HDMI cable away from their Elite bundle (while, admittedly, there is a rumour of a price cut). And then you’ve got that rather unfortunate Game Informer survey which claims that the Xbox 360 failure rate is at 54 percent – and flawed though the survey may be, it’s still a scary number to come out.

My point is, this is an instance in a very long time where Sony’s been getting the good press and Microsoft’s the one getting the sharp end of the stick, instead of the other way around. And it’s about bloody time, too.

I am kind of bummed about the lack of backwards compatibility, though. My PS2 broke half way through me playing Snake Eater and I’d really like to finish that game someday. Regardless of what others may think of it, backward comaptibility is a factor that would encourage me to buy a PS3.

Modern Warfare 2

In the meantime the debate rumbles on – which platform will give the ultimate Modern Warfare 2 experience?

The anticipation of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is reaching feverpitch already and its not out until 10th November 2009.  Bargains are widely on offer and on this price comparison site we found Modern Warfare 2 for the 360 hovering around the £40 mark for pre orders to be delivered on the relaese date.

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