* Posts by Adrian Tawse

7 posts • joined 29 Dec 2007

No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

Adrian Tawse

Interesting

Interesting theory, but may I suggest another. I think it is probably wrong that the farming life was preferable to the nomadic hunter gatherer. Certainly the life of a medieval peasant farmer was truly dire. The problem with the hunter gatherer lifestyle is that it requires a great deal of land. I propose that it was the shortage of land that led to the demise of that lifestyle. Imagine an area of mixed farmers and hunter gatherers. The latter would see no reason why they should not hunt the farmers cattle and gather his crops. Much warfare and killing would follow. Warfare is a predominantly male activity, for good reason, one baby to one woman in more than one year. One baby to one man per night, men are disposable, they matter less (some would argue that that has been the male fear behind much subjugation of women). Even after this period it is no coincidence that fort building started in the bronze age. Bronze is highly nick-able and has to be defended. I don't think our ancestors built Maiden Castle just for the fun of it or for the cracking view (it is truly cracking, come and see). Defending the shared wealth was a serious business involving warfare and male deaths (OK, so Maiden Castle was built mainly during the Iron Age). Maiden Castle was a shared effort from the whole community, not the chief with the most bling. The Iron Age brought more efficient killing tools, which required yet more fort building, warfare and more male deaths. I don't thing even stone age women were so stupid as to think that the man with the bigger stone axe would be so much better a hunter as to be able to support multiple children rather the hunter with only one. The statistic is mainly due to warfare and male death rate.

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NASA wants you to help space mining corp strip mine the Solar System

Adrian Tawse

What a load of crock

This reminds me of a daft scheme to dredge the deep ocean for manganese nodules. All looked good till someone pointed out that if the project succeeded the world would be awash with Manganese and it would be worthless. So, what happens to the value of diamonds if a meteor weighing a hundred tons consisting of pure diamond suddenly lands on earth.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

Adrian Tawse

Yet another Agile F**K up

Agile is crap. This is not to say the ideas in The Agile Manifesto are rubbish, just the way so many lame brains have interpreted it. It is the difficult parts that very often determine the basic structure of an application, solve those problems first, then move on to the easy bits. The emphasis on having something to show quickly leads to an overwhelming temptation to do the reverse. Software is not additive, you cannot add new features just by adding more code if the structure does not support it. Lame Brains and Project Managers, they all came from Golga Frensham together with Telephone Sanitizers.

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US nuke boffins: Multicore CPU gains stop at eight

Adrian Tawse

Multicore vs mesage passing?

This always has been rather obvious, and has been remarked on ever since the first dual core cane on the market. The most remarkable development is that quad core works. The solution is a software architecture that abstract the processor, so that software can be migrated with no effort between symetric architecture (multicore) and asymetric (message passing). This too is limited by the speed of communication channels but with an intelligent optimising distributed scheduler the gains can be even more dramatic than the migration from single core to quad. See www.connectivelogic.co.uk for more information.

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Unions line up against airline ID cards

Adrian Tawse

Frog Boiling

This is gust an exercise in frog boiling. Put a frog in hot water and it will jump out immediately. Put a frog in cold water and slowly heat it and it will boil to death. Get any captive group, construct any spurious case - no need for any substantive case, any old guff will do - and force them. Slowly, bit by bit, witout anybody ralising it we will all be bar coded, tracked, traced and monitored. Every tiny detail about all of us will be recorded, where we go, what we do, who we are related to, where we have lived, tax records, health records, NI records, bank accounts, foreign travel, all significant financial transactions, every time the ID cars is used.

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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

Adrian Tawse

Amstrad "HiFi"

When I was a student, admitedly some time ago, a fellow student bought one of his HIFI boxes. We were all very polite about it because he has blown a large part of his grant on it, but the sound quality was truly terrible. We opened it up to see just what had been done and found that the power stage consisted of a low power IC amplifier with output boosted with a PNP/NPN pair. Unfortunatly these had not been correctly biased, thus resulting in truly awful cross over distortion. The design was crap, even a schoolboy could have done better. A cheap as chips design made truly awful for the want of four resistors at a cost of about 1/10 of a penny.

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Byrne puts fake ID frighteners on illegal employers

Adrian Tawse

Just why are we so keen on not collecting tax anyway

These people ar here anyway. We can allow them to work, and collect ax, or they will get illegal jobs and pay no tax. We have virtually no unemployment now so very few can say they are taking jobs from nationals. Most of the jobs these people are doing national would not do anyway. The money currently being spent pusuing these people would be better spent creating the sort of lower paid jobs we are talking about rather than the extraordinarily well paid ID consultancy firms. I cant help feeling we are being scammed here.

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