1065 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Really? Define "waste of money".
Sodding post edit function timed out on me so here's the rest of my response:
Joking aside, I live in the wettest town in Australia so I know a little bit about rainfall. We average over 4000mm per year with a record peak of over 7000mm. We can sometimes get over 500mm in 24 hours. 500mm is roughly London's annual rainfall, if you want a bit of perspective.
I get my weather info from the BoM Web site and a few natural indicators. When the farmer next door mows his lawn during the wet season it means it will rain within two hours. If the tree frogs start croaking during the day it means it will rain within 15 minutes. And so on.
Weather is about tried and tested observation, not apps with sensors that don't like the rain.
Really? Define "waste of money".
Buying a telescope from Dixon's for deep space research.
About the only thing this does that sticking your head out of the window doesn't achieve is the air quality stuff:
Did he explain why it's a waste of money
Low quality sensors, mainly. If the Bureau of Meteorology or any other met service, could get away with low cost hardware then they would. Example: The anemometer on a decent weather station needs to be a minimum height above ground for any thing approaching accuracy. I would guess that most people couldn't be arsed to install a suitable tower in their garden to complement a 150 quid iPad app.
I talked to a weather scientist about personal/automatic weather stations last year. He said anything below AUD25k (GBP16,843) is a waste of money..
His best piece of advice was if you wanted to know what the weather was like simply stick your head out of the window. It's free, up-to-date and highly localised.
He sounded like a man with a fully functioning crystal ball once. I stopped paying attention when he sold his soul to Google.
Nice work, Simon.
Well done everyone involved
This is proper boffinry combined with international cooperation that came together over the Internet and all in the name of fun and science.. It's what a less cynical me from a couple of decades ago was hoping for.
Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...
How does this make them different from the dictators they're trying to strike against... It's still "do what I say or else".
You have a choice of what browser you use. You don't have a choice on what dodgy cert is presented to you.
I've never worn a watch.
the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is
Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory
Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?
Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd
"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."
The Saudis used Lambos too...
...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.
I have a question
What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?
CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper
Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.
Some potential there
A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea
All connected by...
...shitty old copper? That'd be Abbott's view of the future.
Thank the stars she privatised BT...
...it would just be some faceless, mega-incompetent corporate giant now if she hadn't.
Looks like the proposed wireless 25/5 we'll be getting isn't so bad after all.
Did Turnbull include the costs of replacing the rotting copper owned by Telstra? Malcy's ADSL2 is going to suffer sooner rather than later.
Re: How to make the world a better place
Our morality as a society is what's legal.
There are plenty of things that are legal but entirely immoral.
How to make the world a better place
Do note this was a couple of decades ago when such shenanigans were indeed legal. Not necessarily moral, but legal.
It's people like you that screw things up for the rest of us. Greed has no morals and no limits.
Re: "He was Anonymous but not anonymous."
Actually he is still anonymous. As a minor his name is protected.
He's anonymous to us but not to the legal system. They count, we don't.
He was Anonymous but not anonymous.
It'll be programmed to disallow goals from anyone in an England shirt, just as the officials have been.
...remind me again why I spent good money on a car with such twattish accessories.
Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE
If Chrome totally dominates, there can continue to be forks of their browser with any undesirable parts stripped out. Most people will use the official versions for convenience and geeks the unofficial versions cleansed of evil.
When Chrome was first released I gave it a test drive and was somewhat surprised to see that whenever I logged in to an SSL site Chrome also made an SSL connection to a Google-owned server. I then tried the supposedly flea-free version known as SWIron. It had the same behaviour despite claims that dodgy code had been removed. Neither got a second chance.
Firefox all the way here. It's the only one I feel I can trust.
Good on 'em
The way Australian cattle farmers treat livestock is pretty despicable. Animals are moved on journeys that often exceed 1000km or more in crowded cattle trucks to a coastal port. They are then exported by ship to places such as Indonesia and the Middle East where they have their throats slashed while still alive by the usual Halal brutality
If the farmers had any concern for animal welfare (and breeding cattle for killing excludes them from that category) they would at least have local abattoirs and not subject the animals to weeks of poor travelling conditions before an unpleasant death. It's barbaric.
They may whine about privacy invasion by drone but I've never yet heard a farmer complain about Australia's proposed data retention and monitoring.
Civilisation has reached the tipping point
It's all downhill from here.
Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos
At least they weren't looting.
There wasn't much left to loot.
Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos
fire up a stand to sell "disaster burgers"
Most people's stuff had been swept away by the storm surge or was under two metres of sand.
Disaster pr0n for sickos
We had to get the police to roadblock our area to the public after cyclone Yasi. Too many rubberneckers drove in to look at the mess. Sick bastards.
"Your next car will be smarter than you"
The author should visit rural Australia. His statement is already true here.
<-- Beer icon. It lubricates the drivers.
Re: No Thanks
If this gets too obvious I'll just stop watching anything.
I was thinking the same thing. I shall just read more books instead. Then I had a horrible thought about what would happen to books if we all stopped watching TV.
The worst thing, by a mile...
...are those functions that remain invisible until you hover over them (yes, WordPress, I'm looking at you). How the f%$# are you supposed to know to hover if the f*&^ers are invisible?
The other UI nightmare is the one that came with Orifice 2000 (at least I think it was but it was definitely a MS product). Menu items that just disappeared if you didn't use them often. The obvious happened: As you couldn't then find them you used them even less.
"FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection"
and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe
Awesome detection evasion there. 10/10.
"fish and chips, a national treat"
Things must be desperate in Blighty if fish and chips are a treat.
Why did Microsoft even bother? Half the fun of moving to another country is exploring the differences.
I have 12.3 running in a VirtualBox VM on the Win7 gaming box. Everything feels faster than the equivalent apps on the base Windows system.
Re: Strange URL
Pharma SEO fail?
Re: I'll stick with my Mac
Blimey, dozens of comments before we come to a Mac user that knows what a text editor is.
Re: A nitpick
What is Zawinski's Observation?
I believe it's possibly the one about all applications bloating until they can do email. Or something.
"jam jars with rulers stuck to the side"
And will likely remain so for a while. The main difference these days is that fewer people are required to read the rulers due to the ubiquity of modern connected rain gauges or AWS.
Rain gauges, even the spiffy modern ones, are notoriously inaccurate for several reasons.
NB I did once enquire about a BoM-recommended AWS for home use but was told anything below $25k was a waste of time. If you live in the town with the highest rainfall in Aus (over 7 metres) you tend to pay attention to this stuff..
Your articles were always a pleasure to read.
I'll get your coat.
Life moves so fast...
...I can remember the old days when Tesco specialised in horse meat lasagne.
It'll be insurance ads. Thank fuck for Adblock..
I buy more music now than I ever have
Not just music, but films and games too.
Just to clarify, none of this happened because of anything the music industry did to "stop piracy". The most likely reason is that I'm now exposed to more culture than at any time in the past. Not only that but I can choose where, when and what I am exposed to. This is despite the best efforts of the music industry to make the opposite true.
"44 per cent of those people were over the age of 75."
Cameron's NHS policies will soon get that number down.
Slight difference unfortunately
Yep, I realise there is a legal difference but the end result is the same. It's still ripping off those that do pay their fair share.
...the likes of Amazon, Google and scummy bankers get away with squillions while HMRC are busy with two oiks.
Still, something must be done, eh? Got to keep the Daily Mail readers happy.
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