* Posts by J.G.Harston

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Want your kids to learn coding? Train the darn teachers first

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Re: Cameron and Tories: Do this, do that, no money for you.

That appears to also have impacted on your ability to spell.

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left hand, right hand

And yet, when I reply to targetted emails from DoE saying "we want *YOU* to enter the teaching profession", and apply for teacher training, I get turned down. When I see the vacancies still there in Clearing and apply again, I am again turned down.

If they want more teachers, stop turning away the b****y applicants, especially the ones you specifically target to try and get into teaching.

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West's only rare earth mine closes. Yet Chinese monopoly fears are baseless

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Tell it to Microsoft, they haven't noticed.

Ok, who else can I buy Windows from?

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

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So, they've swapped Times for Ariel

yawn.

Well, actually, with more use of small-screen devices, non-serifed less-rounded fonts are easier to read. A couple of years back the Beeb de-italicised their logo as upright lettering is crisper on the more common smaller displays people are using.

Edit: just noticed somebody else posted exactly the same point while I was typing.

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Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

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Re: too little too late

here you go

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Re: too little too late

But Google and OS are in two completely different map markets. Google Maps are absolutely utterly f***g useless for anything other than route planning. 95% of the useful information on an OS map is absent from a Google map. Google maps don't even have something a fundamental as f****g grid lines. lat/long or NG, don't care which.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Rant

I learned to type when I was eight, fourty-mumble years ago.

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: Post-war 90/10 story

Have an upvote. All through the article I was thinking: the post-WW2 boom was because we'd all bombed ourselves halfway into the stone age and had to rebuild all the infrastructure. People forget that 70% of 1945-1965 was a under a Conservative government. Hardly hard-on socialism.

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: billium

I do about ten times more mileage in my car than my bike, so ok, reduce that down to 0.225p.

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Re: billium

Nobody (in the UK) pays road tax. Car owners pay *CAR* tax.

"Bicycles damage roads, they should pay tax".

Ok, how? **CAR** tax is calculated on the vehicle emissions. So, bicycle=zero emissions=zero tax.

Wah Wah! bicyles wear the road just as cars do!!! Wah!!!

Ok. Road wear is proportional to the cube of the rolling weight of the vehicle. My bicycle with me on it weighs 80kg. My car weighs 1600kg. 1600/80 is 20. The cube of 20 is 8000. So, my wear-on-the-road bicycle tax should be 1/8000th of the £180 vehicle tax my car is liable for. 2.25p TWO AND A QUARTER FUKCING PENCE. Now, who do I send the cheque to?

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Brussels taxi union to disrupt the disruptors over Uber service

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Re: Are you insured

"When I last took an Uber and asked the driver if he had hire and reward insurance (you know the same as every other mini-cab driver needs) he said he didn't need it Uber Covered him."

Sorry, that's not how the law works. You can't chose whether to comply with the law or not, and you can't contract to not comply with the law.

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Re: I always wonder if the Uber bashers have actually tried Uber.

"Essentially the closed shop model does NOTHING to increase safety once the initial license is procured."

In England outside London you have to renew your driver's and vehicle's license at regular intervals, usually 3 years but that can be reduced by your licensing authority. A taxi license is *NOT* for life.

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I admit my knowledge is non-London English licensing law, but I also agree with your second point. A driver and vehicle licensed to transport passengers is a driver and vehicle licensed to transport passengers is a driver and vehicle licensed to transport passengers. If there are laws and regulations that a vehicle and driver transporting passengers have to comply with, then a vehicle and driver transporting passengers have to comply with them. It's irrelevent how they get their bookings, they're just another vehicle and driver transporting passengers.

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"Smet’s scheme would make Brussels' 700 or so Uber drivers liable for tax on their earnings,"

You mean, in Brussells people don't pay tax on their earnings??? Where's me passport?

It's all ridiculous really. A private hire driver is a private hire driver is a private hire driver. It's irrelevent how they get their bookings (unless in a juristiction where you need a seperate licence to ply for hire). As long as a private hire driver has a private hire license (in juristictions where they are needed) and the private hire vehicle has a private hire vehicle license (in juristictions where they are needed), it's all just a storm in a tea cup.

(Writing as an ex-taxi licensing bod)

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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The stereotypical male programmer is a straggly-haired troll in mucky t-shirt and torn jeans, who is invisible to customers behind his keyboard. Do they get told: get a haircut you scruff if you want your coding taken seriously?

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Re: Silicon Valley

Well, I've always said that any adult is fully at liberty to do/have done to their body whatever they want, but you also have to acknowledge and take on the responsibility for any damage it causes to bodily function and any resultant the societal "oddness" of sticking out from the crowd.

I live in Whitby. You'd blend into the background here during Goth Weeks.

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She claims to be Chinese? I wouldn't have thought that from her appearance. Exactly what ethnic group is she underneath all that plastic surgery?

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Re: Silicon Valley

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't find women who look like they're desperate for breast reduction surgery visually attractive. And how did any of these plastic surgeons manage to get their degrees? Have any of them actually *seen* a real human breast?

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Re: What Next?

Standard protection against puppetmasters. ;)

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Is that her in the picture? She looks deformed.

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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"The search string “Palo Alto, CA, USA” gives you the city boundaries on that map"

Bloddy 'ell. Can somebody say "squashed salamander"?

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Computer Science GCSE male dominated, but geekettes are ready to rise

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Re: Gender question

"Why-arent-we-doing-more-to-encourage-men-to-be-primary-school-teachers"

Society can answer that in one sentence: because all men who want to be around little kiddies are peedos.

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In 1985 (god, I'm old) my state comprehensive school 'O' level Computer Studies course was almost 50% male/female, and it covered database structures, algorythms, logical analysis and programming. We never touched 'office' tasks - that was the business studies class upstairs bashing away at their Remmingtons.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: @wordsmith 10 Year Wager £50

"£50 to a charity of your choice if humans are banned from driving on any existing classification of road anywhere in the UK in the next 10 years."

Ok, this was last year, so I'll just wait for next year's and claim my £50: prohibition of motorised traffic (Tour de France) (Special Event) Order

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Re: Mandatory

"Driving for pleasure can stay (emissions allowing) in its appropriate place, which then just as it is now, will be on race tracks."

How will driving on race tracks get me to back of beyond in the Yorkshire Moors?

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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I prefer...

Awake, ye sons of the Motherland!

Woodsmen, grasp your choppers!

Farmers, slaughter the enemies with the tool formerly used for lifting beets!

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All about the base^H queen?

God speed our General Wade

And by thy mighty aid

Victory bring.

May he sedition hush and like a torrent rush,

Rebellious Scots to crush.

God save the King.

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Just as a technical aside

You can use "British Law" to mean "the law in British juristictions", note the plural.

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Re: Another attempt to pour your money down the drain

Nobody has paid road tax since 1935, and there is already a pay-per-how-much-you-drive system, it's call petrol. Drive more, use more petrol, pay more money.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: i got your skills right here

After coming out of a well-paid IT development/maintance job in Hong Kong and returning to the UK and spending three years being turned down for jobs, I retrained as a sparky, but now my knees are too knackered to keep doing it.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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44 years old? He's got another 50 years of existance to pay for. I'd keep it and live off the income. What's he getting, what, $150,000-$200,000 *A* *MONTH*. Convert that income stream into capital, what's that after sales taxes, capital gains taxes, whatevers? $30,000,000 ends up as $50,000 a month.

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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Coat

Mushrooms aren't plants.

Coat, Roger's, pocket.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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"We strongly refute any suggestion that safety concerns were ignored or dismissed without careful consideration" (my italics)

So, they have strongly "provided evidence to prove the falsehood" of the suggestions. So, end of story, why are you harassing them? More to the point, why haven't you published the evidence they have provided to prove the falsehood? Or where they actually lying and they only CLAIMED the suggestions were false?

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: Money and Happiness

Having a women in your bed and having a family and children are two different things. I'd much rather have a woman to share my bed with than the hassle of kids and a family.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

"3. There are no slow/fast lanes"

Sorry, speaking as a roadie, what Tim was described *are* slow/fast lanes. In UK road design the slow lane up a hill is called the crawler lane. Its specifically the lane for slow traffic to take to allow faster traffic to overtake it in the passing lane.

As to the merging, working from engineering and physics basics, you would have the faster traffic merging into the slower traffic, as otherwise you are stating that the slow traffic that is in the slow lane because it cannot go any faster is required to break the laws of physics and actually go faster to merge with the faster traffic when you've already stated that it's there because it can't go faster.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Ooo dear...

Better not be called John Smith.

or John Smith

or John Smith.

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Techies told to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY by Microsoft, Netflix

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If I get a job with one of these companies will they also find me somebody with whom to go forth with?

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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It's sometimes said that the bloated NornIron government is the price worth paying to get former gunmen to pull in their money as MNIA salaries instead of shooting people's knees off. There remains the problem of those that simply got their jollies from shooting people and no amount of taxpayer-funded palm greasing is going to get them off their addiction.

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Re: Bandit theory

And the UK is about to throw away enforcement of contract by telling doctors that if they don't sign up to new contacts they will be forcably signed up. Do the UK's international investors know what contempt this country's government has for contact law?

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You'd think they hadn't had 150 years of experience trying to control substance consumption by banning the trade in it. Oh, wait.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: This is not a tech problem

I would have had it plugged into a "clockwork" power timer so it always powered off for 15 minutes once every 24 hours.

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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I'm using a 15+-year-old HP LaserJet 5 which I grabbed on the way to the bin 10 years ago. It's only recently started feeling its age, misfeeding and jamming if I try and print more than one page at a time with the gnashing and the grinding of cogs. I've had to tweek my printer driver to add a 2 second pause between each page so there's only ever one sheet in the mechanisms at a time.

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If you don't want to look like Velma from Scooby Doo

But Velma's hot! Phroaw!

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Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

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Rounding error

No, because then you lose accuracy. 1000mg is anything between 999.5mg and 1000.5mg. 1g is anything between 0.5g and 1.5g. Three magitudes of possible error. Are you willing to have a possible 50% overdose in your medication?

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Playing with graphene? All the cool kids are using TIN – atom-thick sheets of stanene

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Re: Picking Nits: TIN versus Tin

Tritium Iodine Nitride? I think there's enough valences for it to work.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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I think I probably worked for that Major News Relay Network. Or at least, the company I worked for was gobbled up by them a couple of months after I left, so I almost worked for them. Office on Connaught Road Central with glorious views of the Route 4 elevated motorway right outside the window?

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Re: Not really SysAdmin but....

Aghwghhkk! I was halfway through eating a sandwich.

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I worked in Hong Kong in the early 1990s and kept having to go on call-outs to idiots who thought it a waste of money to spend 50 quid on AC instead of thousands on continuously replacing their computer equipment.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Uber drivers don't "need" to be employees of Uber, in exactly the same way that any other taxi driver doesn't need to be an employee of their taxi dispatcher. In the real world outside the navels of the Uber-gazers, taxi dispatchers are often the "employees" of the taxi drivers, in a similar way that the people listed in the Yellow Pages aren't the employees of the Yellow Pages.

There are many models of taxi dispatcher. You can own a fleet of vehicle and employ drivers to driver your vehicles. You can employ drivers to drive their own vehicles. You can own a fleet and drivers can hire your vehicles. You can even be a pure dispatch service and have nothing more than a couple of telephones, a radio set, and a list of drivers who've hired your dispatch service. Uber is the dispatch-only model. What is sometimes called the "radio hire" model - the driver "hires a radio" which is their contact to the dispatch service.

Uber's only problem is they charge their drivers three arms and a leg to be on their lists, and their drivers don't bother to comply with the law requiring them and their vehicle to be licensed. There's a gap in the market their for a dispatcher to charge a sensible dispatch fee.

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