Re: Evgeny Who?
"Worstall is a marxist-socialist type"
More a marx-fraternalist type
7605 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
"Worstall is a marxist-socialist type"
More a marx-fraternalist type
>You have no idea how superior nautical miles are to the French equivalent.
For navigating at sea on a great circle - they are ideal (well assuming you are doing your navigation using astronomical sightings and a stop watch and don't have a calculator)
For orbital mechanics they are less obviously the ideal choice
It's offense meteorology you really need to worry about
The US navy will claim it was a gay suicide pact.
DHS will claim it was a 5year old on the no-fly list
NSA will claim it was north korean hackers
And British nuclear Fuels will claim it that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all, and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all.
They will do anything to avoid metric won't they.
But even then you would expect it to reject 20% for being on the wrong form, send back 30% for queries, lose 40% in the system and then launch an internal inquiry into what happened to the other 10%.
Remember it's only DMV grade incompetence that protects us from government
Remarkably effective for a government service.
If you are using GSM voice for calls then it is recorded anyway, because the nice men from the TLAs are very good friends with the nice men from the Telcos. They don't need to crack the SIM.
If you are using encrypted messaging on the phone then you are obviously a terrorist anyway
There are GPS transmitters but they are rather large and obvious and generally bolted to satelites
The GPS receivers (or rather the calculation of position) is very power intensive.
The solution with 2nd generation GPS was to use base station triangulation as a starting point rather than a lock from first principles, together with an accurate time reference, avoiding the need to keep an updated position..
The newest generation can pass the semi-raw GPS signal to be processed in the base station or even in the cloud and the result returned to the phone.
Whereas we have the knowledge that Lord X will eventually produce a public inquiry on the matter which will totally exonerate the government.
At least secret police thugs cost less/hour than QCs
Given the list of things that are now "terrorist" in the eyes of NSA/GCHQ- like protesting oil pipelines, merchant banks, billionaire tax evasion, or union activities - then I assume you would get a commendation from the KGB
Didn't last week's travelogue say that you can't do sarcasm in SF
If your were working for a global multinational like el'Reg you wouldn't have to use BART.
All these companies have luxury buses that pick up their employees from their downtown lofts and whisk them to their offices.
In the case of this esteemed mighty organ they probably have a barrow that does the alleys behind bars at chucking out time
Same with the police, 1/3 of my property taxes go to the local police and yet several entrepreneurial minded future young republicans offered to protect my parked car for a very nominal one-time fee.
English muffin - too much effort, a bap will do
Poached egg - fried egg is better
Avacado - substitute mushy peas
Hollandaise - that's just salad cream isn't it ?
So basically a bacon, fried egg and mushy pea butty with salad cream - sounds simple enough
Enron was obviously destroyed by time traveling North Korean hackers
Now if they had inserted a virus that made the roulette wheels spin at a pre-determined rate .....
You obviously aren't a good enough customer.
I would be insulted - it's like somebody refusing to steal your crappy phone
This one glows in the presence of idiot users - try it at work
Not to mention Canadian terrorists smuggling Kinder Eggs of Mass destruction
Ma Bell's monopoly was arguably a good thing in the 20 and 30s and even 40s
The alternative would have been every town having their own phone system and a massive government standards body to set technical requirements for interconnection of devices that hadn't been invented and a regulatory body to ensure everyone played nicely.
This is pretty much what happened with the first cell networks in the USA. Roaming charges started when you stepped out of your house.
>How on God's Green Earth is any of that provision in law applicable to broadband internet service?
Perfectly. I rent a phoneline from you, I pay you for calls, you sort it out with the other providers how to bill them for calls to people on their system.
I rent a broadband line from you, I pay you for data, you sort it out with other providers how to bill them for data on servers on their system.
>May we see your actual evidence for this?
Fox news said so - what more evidence do you need ?
>Akamai is in a banned business model.
Akamai isn't banned.
Fox monitoring the stuff from Akamai and slowing packets containing HBO shows is banned.
Give me a "B", give me an "A" give me an "N" give me a "D", give me a "W".....
Mr Smith, the good news is you have been accepted into the bionic astronaut corps.
Now the bad news ...... sound of chainsaw starting up ....
Warranties are simply futures options contracts, Since the cost of the flash chips is innevitably going to drop over 20years, or even if it were to rise slower than the stock market, they will win by taking your money now and offering to replace your 128Gb flash drive for free in 20years.
He bought a used Delorean
I think they will be forced to rename themselves to avoid anyone mistakenly thinking they are now linked with Google
I'm having a bit of trouble seeing the advantage of being able to see the results of twiddling a dial in the cloud. Especially since the bit of kit sending the twiddling to the cloud has more processing power than you need to do anything reasonable with the twiddlige.
Is it net neutrality that funds terrorism and government regulation that will allow child porn - or was it the other way round ?
That's true if you have a choice, something like 40% of cable customers don't.
And the others have a choice between two cable companies that both throttle Netflix and Amazon in favor of their own shows
As Kate Winslet says in extras - "play a crip and it's a guaranteed oscar"
Not if he just meant that one of his parent's were grand .
Hence the IT angle an; off by one error
>I wonder who they'd sell it to?
Sorry I meant to say planning restrictions.
One of the big problems of working here is that you have to keep thinking if you need to translate English words and early on Sunday mornings you get confused and translate them twice.
It is amazing how peaceful US bars are.
Even in Texas at a real sawdust on the floor place on $1 bud nights (yes you can get very drunk on US beer it just takes longer than with Riggwelter). There is one solitary cop outside at closing time to make sure nobody too drunk drives home - although the rule in Texas is that if you can find your own pickup you are sober enough to drive.
Back home the SAS wouldn't go near Bigg Market on a saturday night.
Note: L1 is the visa you get if you are on temporary assignment to the US office of your current employer. I don't know if it lets you apply for a green card - the rules change because they get exploited.
One thing you do need ex-pat contacts for is that nobody in any branch of the US govt (a land of immigrants) understands the systems for non-Americans. You will get frustrating conflicting different rules from different Govt. depts.
eg. You must get a driving license within 7days of moving to California, you need a SSN to apply for a driving licence, it takes 4 weeks to get a SSN. Well why don't you have a SSN from the state you moved from ? Because I didn't move from another state!
Don't get me started on the kafka-esque nature of the "you must surrender your out of state licence" but a UK licence isn't out-of-state, not is it a Californian license. The computer demands that the license must be Californian or out-of-state ... repeat....
It's the same with tax, visas, health-care, pensions etc etc
Even if you get hired by a $Bn global corporation who promise that their lawyers will sort everything out - don't expect them to do it right.
Hunt out Canadians.
Generally if an American 'gets' any non-obvious joke a little probing will show that they are refugees from the North.
Ironically the really poor can get healthcare - it's the crazy system that screws people in the middle.
What SF, and a lot of US cities, are fighting is professional begging and the criminal gangs that enforce territory and extort business. What is very common in the US is to buy a coffee or fast food meal for people obviously sleeping rough rather than handing out cash.
Building codes are what keeps housing expensive. Wanting to keep SF looking like a victorian fishing town while having a million people live in it is the problem.
Vancouver has a similar problem (and >$1M average house prices) but it also has a policy of building condo towers along public transit lines rather than pushing all the problems out to the suburbs.
If you want a beach side 5bed house you have to pay for the scarcity of beach side land but if you want a one bed apartment in walking distance to work you can have that for a lot less.
UL/TuV/CSA and all the other people that have been paid to assure you, your home insurance company, the airline carrying you, your fellow office dwellers etc that the laptop is safe.
Or maybe this guy is a secret ICANN agent......
If playboy win this then there is no need for apple to run around paying to register apple.crapgadget or apple.bumfuckidaho because if anyone else ever does register it then the court will hand it to Apple.
But if he wins then Apple etc have to run out and pre-register everything they can think of now.
So the obvious solution would be to have a premiership footballer as head of state.
All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp - something Posh and Becks could do just as well as Betty and Chuck
Surely the CEO of a privatised utility earns his million pound bonus "by brain" in exact accordance with the principles of clause 4?
It can be good business.
Worked on one of the first gps fleet tracking systems.
One of our customers, a family firm, noticed that one of their vehicles was parked odd somewhere overnight. Turns out she was playing away from home.
She got half the business and both halves (amazingly) continued to buy our product.
Couldn't we solve the problem by subtracting lots of leap seconds before then ?
>Spy on your enemies, not your friends, and certainly not your own citizens.
Your enemies can't do anything to you without a war.
Your friends can damage you at the next trade negotiations
Your own citizens can destroy you at the next bi-election
Who do you target?