Given the unbelievable ball-up they made of the health payroll system this has to rate as a masterpiece of self delusion.
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Re: The solution?
I think you are getting a little confused here. You are talking about a gasoline engine which usually runs with a near neutral mixture (just enough oxygen to burn all the fuel). Most modern gasoline engines run a little lean (a small excess of O2) which causes the NOx (NO2 and to a lesser extent NO3) problem. The VW problem is with Diesel engines which will run very lean nearly all the time, except under heavy acceleration. A Diesel engine will draw into the cylinder a full cylinder full of air, there is no butterfly valve. Power is determined by the amount of fuel injected and the timing of that injection. In a gasoline engine the spark occurs before the piston reaches Top Dead Center (TDC). This means that the air in the cylinder still being compressed, and thus heated, while the fuel is burning, and heating further. The increased temperature aids efficiency. Exactly the same argument applies to the Diesel engine. Fuel is injected before TDC for exactly the same reason. Unfortunately the increased temperature leads to increased NOx. Delaying injection timing reduces cylinder temperatures, but reduces efficiency.
Re: Invoices, thousands of em
Maybe there is a business opportunity here. The client, instead of giving account details, supplies those in an encrypted form. The payment is made to a third party who has the secret decryption key, and passes the payment to the real customer. I am sure this could be done for a very marginal charge which most businesses would be happy to pay in exchange for eliminating this form of fraud. Come on, someone work out the fine details.
Re: For a payroll project?
This sounds like an Agile cock-up. Start with a vague spec and keep changing it till all the money has gone, then spend more, and then more and more. Of course it is the customer's fault, he should have known exactly what was needed from the out. But then if he had then the spec would not have been vague. There is no alternative to knowing what you need to achieve before you start, all else is a disaster in waiting.
Many many years ago, when I was a little scrubber, I entered a competition in a comic. I had to list ten items in order of importance I would need if stranded on a desert island. And yes, at the top of the list I had a boat. I won top prise.
Re: It's a pity and travesty
Yes, successive Greek governments have been criminally stupid and the Greek people are paying the price for their collective cowardice and stupidity in electing such people. However German Banks have been equally stupid and, may I say it, corrupt in lending money that stands no chance of being repaid. What were they thinking? Where they just too stupid to realize that a debt of 4* GDP stands no chance of being repaid, or did they just not care. "That is OK, we are too big to fail, someone will bail us out, someone will make sure we are OK." If the Greeks are to suffer so should the Banks who have acted with equal, if not greater stupidity. I think the Greeks should be given 70% debt write off.
Inflicting grinding poverty is what The Allies did after WWI, and look where that led. The UK government tried in in the 1920s and the policy failed, it just led to a decade of suffering and poverty. The US tried it too, till Roosevelt's New Deal. If it had not been for him, and the resulting vibrant US economy WWII would have been very different indeed. Why do we keep on repeating stupidities.
Re: Comparing with a 'competitive' project
Exactly. If you are looking for a snout and trough tale look no further than PFI in the UK. Example: a school build by a private company, under PFI, but is no longer needed. The taxpayer will have to continue to pay for this empty school for the next 30 years, or buy out the contract. Not for the build cost of the school, but for the projected profit on the contract. Now that is a snout and trough tale.
Re: God give me strength
I went to a Catholic Boarding School where I was taught, in an RE lesson, that The Garden of Eden was a real place, the Adam an Eve where real people and that the Original Sin was sexual. I nearly fell of my chair. I realized that the monk teaching us just had severe sexual hangups. That was the final end to any Religious convictions, I left that room an atheist.
A Legal Loophole is an unexpected and untended consequence of a particular phrasing of legislation. The law in this case, so far as understand it, is quite clear and explicit and is being used exactly as written.
As to non-doms I fail to understand why we tolerate this daft piece of legislation. It is not a if we derive any benefits from being a tax haven. Quite the contrary, if a non-dom were to invest in this country then he would pay UK tax on the revenue. One thing a non-dom must never do is to actually invest in a UK business. Nor must he repatriate any foreign earned income, or he will pay tax. All a non-dom may do is to buy property, which is why it is quite impossible to buy any more than a rabbit hutch in London.
The Busines Case?
And just what is the business case for there being just one payment agency? This just introduces one more stage in the process of paying, one more stage to go wrong, one more stage to introduce delay, and for exactly what benefit?
If you chat about your brilliant idea with the chap next door you have given it away. You are an idiot and you have no one to blame but yourself. Trade Secrets are called that for a good reason, they are supposed to be secret, i,e, don't tell the man next door.
Re: What socket?
Yes indeed! You should check out Connective Logic Systems. If you have more questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No longer can I say "As rare as chicken's teeth"
Having the centre of gravity forward of the hind legs while running only works while accelerating. Once at full velocity, and assuming such velocity is not supersonic, then wind resistance will not be sufficient. Dino would have buried its face in the ground. Those front leg (arms) are clearly insufficient to carry significant weight so a four legged stance i out of the question. Basically the tail is an insufficient counterweight to the rest of the body. Take a vertical line from the centre of the main load bearing part of the foot (most likely near the heel) and if it does not pass though the centre of gravity then splat!
If we have a palaeontologist reading this then I would dearly like to know.
One thing I have never understood about this shape of dino is how it does not fall over. The centre (correct spelling, not American) of gravity is clearly in front of the hind legs. It either carried large counter weights on its tail, or it stood a lot more upright, or the hind leg were angled forward. In the posture above it would have fallen on it's face.
"I don't understand why we can't have both,"
The reason is you are stupid!
How many times have I heard "I don't understand why... " from Project Mangers and oh so many times have I bit my lip rather than make this reply.
And what happens when driverless cars appear
Few people are going to have thir own driverless car. They are going to be an urban feature that you will summon just like Uber. Are the taxi drivers going to assault the cars? So long as Uber drivers are properly insured, licensed and pay tax then I think the taxi drivers should join Uber.
Re: That's it...
A very good point. There is one cargo ship sunk during WWII in the wash. This was (is) fully laden with explosives, shell, bombs etc. with sufficient explosive power to rate as a medium sized nuke. Immediately after the war is was deemed too dangerous to attempt a recovery, so, in the best Whitehall tradition, it was ignored. Every year it becomes even more dangerous and the consequences of it going off ever more serious.
Re: Wot carrier
I hate to be less than totally patriotic but I must agree about our defense forces, especially these new carriers. Sorry, but they are a sick joke. In order to have at least one available at all times you need three. One in long refit, one in short refit and one available. The argument for having only two was that we could "share" with the french. Leaving aside the fact that the current plan is to mothball Prince of Wales (not personally you understand), we have a carrier that, thanks to the fact that we have sold off our Harrier fleet, can only be equipped with F35s. These are the most expensive aircraft of all time with the type B (the stovol type) being the most expensive variant and the least capable. So the chances of us being able to afford the full complement of 8 squadrons for each carrier is a laughable. Current plan is to have only one. We will not be able the "share" with the french, they cannot either launch nor recover the F35 type B. They cannot launch because no French carrier has a ski ramp and they cannot recover a fully armed F35 because it cannot land vertically, a fully armed F35 is too heavy. The only way a fully armed F35B can land is by doing a sort of belly flop. To do this the pilot has to have the nose so high he cannot see the deck at all, he has no reference point, all he can see is the big blue sky. To overcome this the carrier has to be equipped with video cameras feeding an image up to the pilot, something no French carrier has. Why have we landed ourselves in this mess, ask BAE Systems and the MOD.
More than stupid
There are stupid people, grossly stupid people, and then there are HI buffs. These people are way beyond ordinary levels of stupidity, they are hyper stupid. Some years ago I read an article in What HiFi. This was a review of speaker cables. The introduction stated quite clearly that the sole function of a speaker cable was to transport current from the amp to the speaker with as little interference as possible. To this end the sole requirement was low resistance.
Second in the roundup was a cable that had two cores in parallel, one thicker than the other. It was claimed that the thinner of the two would transfer the high frequencies while the thicker would handle lower frequencies. The top scorer had just one thin core, obviously of higher resistance tan a thicker core. The review raved about the "Crisp Tonality" of the cable. All it was doing was introducing a bass cut with its higher resistance. The price for this piece of tat? An unbelievable £1000. There are the stupid, the grossly stupid and, alone in the category of hyper stupid are HiFi buffs.
Re: What a waste of Helium
Helium is a very precious and limited resource. No lives would have been put at significant risk using hydrogen. The Hindenburg did not suffer a hydrogen fire, the hydrogen went straight up at high velocity, unburned and well out of harm's way. The fire was a reaction between iron oxide and aluminum dust in the outer fabric skin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.