349 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
But with all those extra programmes there'd be no room for the repeats of Porridge, The Good Life and Dads Army in the BBC 2 schedule. Whatever would happen to Egg Heads? Or Great British X
I've decided to boycott any programme that has "Great British" in it. I'm expecting an apology from the BBC and a rapid change to their schedules. I won't be able to tell you about their apology because it will be embargoed under the Chatham House rule.
Re: Just a News Operation
I'll reserve my judgement on the new doctor, but based on the last two, I wouldn't lose any sleep if Dr Who was returned to the crypt he was packed into post Sylvester M. In fact, if pushing a button to perma death all the modern Dr Who and Torchwood episodes meant we could recover the remaining missing Dr W episodes I'd do it in a flash.
I'm looking for a new phone, and I'm only considering phones with stock android. All the stuff added by the manufacturers gets in the way and delays or prevents updates to later versions of android.
Life would be better if the manufacturers just made it easy to uninstall their stuff and go back to native android
Re: Easy come, easy go
Agreed, the BBC has to earn its money. It should go subscription.
As for the programme quality, can't agree with you. Fact is that much of the drama coming out of the US is superior to BBC content. There's also too much celebrity twaddle and too many shallow documentaries.
I don't listen or watch anything like as much as I did a decade ago and I'm almost at the point where, if the BBC did go subscription, I'd choose not to bother. I resent paying for an organisation that is poorly organised, spends its money unwisely and refuses to be open about its internal operation.
Re: Optimistic - Given the right components
Poach it gently in red wine. Add Muscovado sugar to suit your taste buds. When the rhubarb is just softening take it out of the wine and then reduce the wine to thicken it a little bit so you can use it as a sauce. You can use a little powdered Arrowroot to help the thickening if you like.
The trick is to use the younger Rhubarb stalks before they develop that really acid taste.
Anyone who expresses any trust in any corporation or government probably deserves everything they get. Both should be approached with continual and complete distrust because they are there to make money, wield power.
Both will happily tread on our throats if it suits them and think it won't hurt their future prospects...
From this you can probably tell that I'm old and cynical :-|
The Third Man
I'm reminded of this quote:
In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
With Apple being Switzerland. Not in the original innovation, but the way in which their desire for complete control of the ecosystem is stifling further innovation...
Why would anyone want to recover it unless it has something onboard that's sufficiently classified to make it worth the effort and its self destruct fails. Even if each launch costs $1m, it's a drop in the ocean of US military funding. It's disposable.
This is the voice of the Mysterons
We know you can hear us Earthmen....
Re: Shortage scaremongering
It just looks like the merchants of panic are up to their usual sales tricks...
Even so, if there's a cost effective way to make this stuff more recyclable we should be doing it. As Timbo Worstall is always keen to tell us, there are slag heaps full of interesting stuff which can be extracted if there's a viable market.
Re: I use...
I've been running a DS411j for a few years and Synology issue regular updates to their software. They don't appear to be a company that has problems with long term memory when it comes to supporting their product.
Re: Ooooh Shiny shiny
Rofl yourself all you like.
The British bit implies ownership not the spectrum of its new content. Contrast the quantity of coverage of the Twitter IPO with the forthcoming Chinese Plenary Session due to start more or less now. Twitter may be important to the BBC, but what happens in China over the next week or so is far more important to normal people. Coverage? What coverage?
The main reason I have a subscription to the Economist is the parlous state of BBC foreign news.
Re: Ooooh Shiny shiny
The BBCs coverage of the Twitter IPO is symptomatic of much of its news coverage. Shallow, repetitive, pointlessly speculative and largely without balance. Still, at least Twitter stories will struggle to be the UK centric nonsense that normally makes up 80% of BBC news.
"Spies and crooks BOTH ravaging"
I'm off to lunch, and won't be ravaging again until 14:30 at the earliest. Also, it's Friday and I want to make an early start for home, so I doubt there will be much ravaging after 16:00. Did I mention that I don't ravage from home?
There's justification for the Indian space program as it advances their engineering skills and they've been busy launching weather and communications satellites, so useful stuff. Mars mission? I don't know. I'm sure you can justify large parts of it on the same grounds and £45m isn't a lot in the, ahem, cosmic scheme of things, even if you can buy an awful lot of solar stoves and vaccinations with it.
When they're selling launch capacity and and depriving the European space agency of revenue it will all make far more sense.
Glad you put the link in otherwise it'd only have been oldies like me that would have understood...
Am I the only one that thinks that the Steam Team all look rather young to have done this? Is this possibly a photo of the children of the developers?
It's either a bluff to try and scare the Chinese, or they're already flying something like them.
Twilight Of Briareus
That is all.
Re: DAB Bashing
DAB sets are expensive and don't last long on batteries. I've got a Sony world radio that runs on 4 'AA' cells for about two weeks of fairly intensive FM listening. Is there any DAB radio that can come close to that sort of performance? No, thought not. DAB sets are almost all confined to mains operation because battery life is so poor.
I've been looking at DAB sets for some years and have always been put off by the price and the weight, mainly that of 4 'D'' cells that'll be needed for any sort of mobility.
My current cost estimate for replacing all my radios is in the region of £250 if you include replacing the car radio. I can't buy a single DAB adaptor like I could for the TV, and I have no reason to go and spend this money on radios other than the government forcing me to.
DAB offers me nothing I want, and at considerable expense. That's why I'm opposed.
DAB and DAB+
There was an interview with someone from the BBC talking about DAB. I don't remember who or what program (Feedback?) but at one point they were asked about the technical shortcomings of DAB compared to DAB+, and they replied that, while DAB+ was clearly superior, there would be no switch to DAB+ for the foreseeable future because they didn't want to upset all the people that have invested in DAB sets.
The interviewer managed to completely ignore the open goal.
Re: Great expectations...
But why use the PI to do it?
Don't most school kids have access to or own a laptop or other sort of PC? If you want to try your hand at programming, why not write apps for your smartphone. There's a big market out there and the opportunity to make some money out of your class project. The tools for doing this sort of thing are readily available and free if you've already got a smartphone/tablet, a PC and a USB cable.
I never got the idea that a PI was going to help with teaching programming. Interfacing with other hardware and junior robotics? Possibly... But not straight out programming.
The study does seem to make some fairly remarkable assumptions in extrapolating from samples taken at a couple of sites to the whole Arctic. There's another paper published (Ice core O18 based) that suggests that there have been several periods (pre industrialisation) where there were large shifts in Arctic climate, all from natural causes. So we still have a lot to learn....
This is covered at Judith Curry's site: http://judithcurry.com/2013/10/25/unprecedented-arctic-warming/
Doing the reality based thing...
The Left like to monster capitalism, it's convenient and allows them to argue that politicians and unelected bureaucrats are far more altruistic and capable than those nasty fat-cats and their equally evil shareholders.
"poor short-term planning". Ha! It's been a lack of any planning and foresight. That's by the last government mostly, who had over a decade to put in place a workable plan to ensure we kept the lights on. They also had more money than they knew what to do with and a generally supportive population. They *still* managed to fuck it up.
If the government start to mess about in the energy market as per the the Labour plan we'll be no better off except in the very short term. Fuel prices might come down, everyone will feel good for a while, and we'll be sticking it to the greedy corporates. After that the money will be leached out of our pockets in some other way. As it always is because governments, particularly socialist governments, spend our money for us because they think they know better than we do.
Re: Go C#
> Java is... barely changed since the 90's - still comes with awful tools like Eclipse
Not so. Firstly Java has moved on a great deal from the language I was programming in during the 90s, I still prefer it to C#. As for IDEs,..
For Java development I've been using IntelliJ Idea since V2 and it's clearly better than anything else out there. The community edition is free, and if you decide you need the paid for version, the personal license won't break the bank. When I first started using it the community version didn't exist, so I chose to pay for a personal license rather than use Eclipse. It has support for languages other than Java.
If you go the C# route, I'd strongly recommend investing in Intellij Resharper. It makes MSDEV a tolerable environment.
I'm not associated with Intellij in any way, I just think their developer tools are excellent...
Money gets thrown away in waste or corruption in organisation that doesn't have proper controls over what happens to its money. Who knew?
That the waste and corruption was revealed by someone who has just left the den of thieves is not exactly news either. Why is it that they never say ANYTHING publicly while they're in post? Why not try to do something about it first and then resign or get sacked?
Too late too late
Deep in my research cavern my minions are already manufacturing parts based on these designs. Google will soon be a thing of the past Bwahhhh ha ha ha.
This and LPs both.
In a world where the majority are content to download MP3 despite it's shortcomings. This is going to be a minority sport. It certainly won't attract the strange group of people who are faddishly buying LPs...
Still, it took up space in the the newspaper that would, otherwise, have been filled with bile against immigrants, benefits scroungers, gays, politicians, unions, corporations or 'celebrity gossip'.
There was a time when people used to talk about newspapers like this as only fit to wipe your bum. But I wouldn't want to risk it.
Ahhh yes, windows and Unicode
It bring back all sorts of memories. None of them pleasant. But then I can't say I had many (any?) pleasant memories coding windows GUIs either direct to API or using the horror that was MFC. Unicode was just part of the shit I had to put up with.
Re: HL3? What's the point?
In fairness, you've got to compare it to other shooters at the time, and on that basis I think it holds up well.
I've been hoping that valve would have HL3 be their opener on Steam OS, my main concern is that if it does actually turn up it's never going to satisfy all of the pent up expectation that's been generated over the last 5 or 6 years.
Then again perhaps Newell is messing with our heads. Because he can.
Re: It's all politics
He means they choose which papers to cite and which to ignore. Those they choose to ignore are usually those that don't tow the party line.
For good reasons of course, when there's a consensus anything that goes against the consensus is most likely to be wrong and therefore not worth consideration. The fact that this artificially reinforces the consensus seems to be lost on them.
It's a form of confirmation bias.
Of course there's a good deal of political interference. Look at the contortions they went through between SPM last draft and release in an effort to obscure the pause.
They've already conceded it DOES have an effect.
What we're arguing about at the moment is the strength of the effect. I think everyone agrees that the changes in TSI are small, but there is growing evidence that the effects of those small changes can be quite large as they appear to have a significant influence on cloud formation.
It's a bit like the effects of CO2, the actual radiative effect of CO2 would only give rise to a 1c change, but feedback may be adding another degree or two. There's a lot more science that needs to be done, contrary to the impression one might have gained from the extremely political AR5 SPM.
Re: The gootards really need shunning/quashing ...
Didn't god punish humanity by making us all speak different languages?
You don't suppose this project is going to be like the Nine Billion Names Of God when Google make that last entry in their database and everyone can speak to everyone else...
Re: Amazing video
What impressed me most was the fact that there was so little resistance from the phone that the initial Barrett round went through and the phone stayed upright.
When I was a kid I dug up some 50cal machine gun slugs fired during WW2 at a temporary range. They were unjacketed lead (weighing 35g, 1.25oz) and you wouldn't want anyone to throw one at you let alone have it arrive at several hundred miles an hour. War films were never the same again...
Re: Such a waste of time and paper.
Population will take care of itself if we let it. Development leading to raised standards of living, education and freedom for men and women to use contraception will all contribute to a stabilising and eventually, falling global population. It's worked in lots of places, including many that are supposed to be dominated by a religion that abhors contraception.
Re: Free energy
Wetherspoons microwave their food? Oh nooooe....
Re: Didn't Microsoft kill off a better browser by giving away an inferior one?
All I can remember about IE 5/6 was their shitty and inconsistent support for HTML and CSS and a complete determination to keep them outside the standards the rest of the world was working to. I think the biggest legacy of those versions of IE is the fixed width WEB site...
There's nothing like the BBC going all self congratulatory to make me want to run in the other direction. Dr Who was good once, briefly, many years ago.
In recent years there's been too much sonic screwdriver based deus ex machina for my liking. To the extent that I'd not be surprised to find that the Time Lord was actually based in the screwdriver and was remotely piloting the fleshy holding it....
while two in five (40 per cent)
> Seen this in a really bad movie: "Ultraviolet"
And this is real life. At times it may seem like a bad movie, but there are fundamental differences...
Re: Open source
One of the big issues was the integration of many disparate systems running on different hardware combined with what appeared to be an irresistible urge to gold pate everything.
Instead of incremental change with an overall goal in mind they appeared to have gone for something equivalent for IT Armageddon. With all party agreement any plan could have been carried forward by incoming governments over a decade or more.
I'm not sure that OSS would have helped. Either way, the gubermint would have been completely out of their depth and unable to understand that, once you agree a plan, you have to stick with it, or your contractor is going to make you pay through the nose for any change request.
I remember reading about a school built through the PFI. When complete and inspected, they found that there were no coat hooks in the kids cloakroom. The education authority contacted the contractor and asked them to fit the hooks. The contractor responded with a price for the change. The authority argued that any fool should know that a cloakroom should have coat hooks, and that, even if they weren't in the schedule the company should fit them foc. The company responded that the authority had prepared the plans, and signed them off, and the company had agreed to implement the plan supplied by the authority. The authorities failure to specify hooks was, therefore, the authorities problem.
A hospital I know built a new wing for its eye surgery unit. When the building was complete, they discovered that, because they'd specified a suspended floor, it was impossible to perform the delicate surgery they wanted to because their equipment moved as people walked past the theatres. They had to continue to work in 60 year old buildings with solid floors. Don't suppose anyone resigned over that either...
Anyone remember the Olympics?
When Group 4 fucked up the security stuff, they paid back the money they were paid, and paid for the forces personnel to do the work. People from Group 4 resigned and others got no bonus or reduced bonuses.
MPs made a big fuss about it, particularly those from the Labour party.
I'm not holding my breath while waiting to hear that civil servants and MPs who were involved in the procurement and management of this system are going to resign. Because of course taking responsibility isn't part of any politicians or civil servants job any longer.
His defining film is, as any fuel no is Tremors.
"it does not cause detectable earthquakes"
Actually, it does. They are very small, and not significant, but they are detectable...
Re: Lower your expectations
"This has improved, and will improve further."
No it won't. Certainly not while it's possible to post and be sure that the person you are insulting or threatening can't just turn round and punch you in the face for what you just said.
That the government that shelters him is such a bastion of truth, liberty and all that's decent. Had Chavez been alive I wonder if even he would have had the courage to shelter Snowden...
It must be very dispiriting for him to see that most of the rest of the world has lost interest so quickly. He has risked and apparently lost everything. While I don't entirely agree with his actions, I have to admire his courage and conviction that he was doing the right thing.
I still think I'd rather be Snowden than his Russian equivalent trying to find somewhere to live and waiting for a fatal umbrella or a tasty radioactive coffee, or (to more or less quote) "an icepick that makes his ear burn"
Not the "if you've got nothing to fear" argument. Please. As far as I'm aware you don't have to have a record to be on the computer. Being questioned or suspected of something may be enough for you to have a record.
The RSPCA *aren't* supposed to check on people to see if they're breaking the law any more than I am. They aren't part of the legal/judicial system and have absolutely no powers other than those granted to any individual or organisation in the UK.
Perhaps we should all be required to be interviewed by the RSPCA before we're allowed to own a pet of any sort. Then they could deny access to those they considered to be capable of animal cruelty. /sarc
Re: Testing testing testing...
The quality of code isn't a red herring. Poor quality code is just that, it probably runs slowly, is inclined to break at the first provocation, is difficult to modify and a pig to test.
You wouldn't get an airline pilot to write the flight control software for an Airbus, but you'd be a fool not to have them working as part of the team developing the software as they're the people who will have to use it, and have the domain experience.
I see nothing that tells me climate scientists would make better programmers than airline pilots....
Re: Anyone working on these models like to comment?
Well, I wasn't asking for comment on climate change, just looking for someone that works on a GCM to tell us a little bit about how they do their testing, porting, release management all the usual stuff that any professional programmer would expect to go with the of developing large/complex software systems.
That would then put the WUWT story into some perspective.
In fact, if someone out there is brave enough, perhaps El Reg might like to give them space for an article...
Testing testing testing...
My initial reaction to the piece at WUWT was scepticism and the thought that WUWT really didn't understand the software they're criticising.
Then I began to wonder just how they manage to test a complex model like this in the first place, how much testing they do and what sort of verification procedures they have. I've worked on distributed real time calc engines receiving multiple inputs and reacting to them in real time. Testing was time consuming and therefore expensive.
After that, I remembered some of the developer comments on the quality of code written by CRU (released as part of climate gate), and wondered just who it was that has been programming many of the GCMs out there. Professional programmers or climate scientists?
Anyone working on these models like to comment?
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