* Posts by Adrian Tawse

19 posts • joined 29 Dec 2007

GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

Adrian Tawse

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?

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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

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Idiot

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.

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

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Re: What socket?

Yes indeed! You should check out Connective Logic Systems. If you have more questions contact adrian@pipemead.co.uk.

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

Adrian Tawse

Damn

No longer can I say "As rare as chicken's teeth"

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TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

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Re: Balance

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.

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Adrian Tawse

Balance

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.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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"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.

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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

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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.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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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.

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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.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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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.

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NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin

Adrian Tawse

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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