Re: Rewriting history yet again
That's a bit rich, considering the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris.
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That's a bit rich, considering the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris.
why would you use it if it cost you 6Euro and it's only worth 2.5Euro
You might feel it's worth € 3.5 to annoy some French people.
I have read in the past that it's easier to get compensation from a council if the pothole has previously been reported to them, presumably because they have willfully neglected to repair it. If that's the case then it can only be a good thing if there's a continuous electronic stream of reports being submitted by cars.
Let me be the first to confess that my knowledge of this kind of computing, and indeed of statistics, is rudimentary. Perhaps that's why I'm having trouble understanding some of this article.
computational algorithms that produce results that can be explained in terms of certainty – the probability that a given will take place
Which is it, certainty or probability? They surely can't be the same thing, even in the domain of weather forecasting.
...customers who make sophisticated, risk-based decisions can benefit from having probabilistic rather than deterministic decision on events of weighing up the probable chances of an outcome rather than working with a black and white.
Come again? I can imagine it's a challenge to render this stuff into plain journalistic English, and I sympathise wholeheartedly. But that last para seems to be the product of some kind of random word generator.
The researchers reckon they've powered temperature and camera sensors at 20 feet and 17 feet respectively. Coin-cell batteries can be charged at greater distances.
I believe you can actually buy power cables in 20-foot lengths (maybe even more if you go to a specialist shop). As the WiFi router is presumably connected to a power source of its own, it might just be possible, with the right technology, to share the power between both devices. Further research is needed.
I wouldn't describe Kingsway as "central West London". That sounds more like Hammersmith.
Depending on your criteria, Kingsway about as central London as you can get. Bank is probably the centre of the Roman city, but Aldwych, at the bottom of Kingsway, is named after Lundenwic, the Saxon trading settlement.
Was the expression "central West London" derived from the fact that Kingsway has a WC2 postcode?
We should build up a rapid reaction force of small dogs in readiness. They can be trained to eat anything that looks like a space ship. To be on the safe side, we should include some large dogs too, in case our calculations of scale are inaccurate.
Someday that housing crash is going to happen...
Is this an echo?
I've been hearing exactly this prediction for the past 40 years, during which time there have been corrections, but nothing that could legitimately be described as a crash. The allusions to a "housing price bubble" are equally misplaced. True, houses are expensive. But it's only a bubble if the price is sustained largely by confidence, and that confidence liable to be destroyed by a sudden large reduction in demand or increase in supply.
* I should make it clear that I'm writing about the UK housing market.
Tesco automated checkouts have an "own bags" button at the start. A nice idea that discourages the use of one-trip plastic carriers.
Unfortunately, nobody seems to have thought this through. When you put your hessian bags-for-life in the bagging area, the till says "Please wait while we verify your bags" and blocks until the harrassed assistant notices your flashing light and comes over to "verify". If you're in a hurry it's best not to be ecologically-minded.
The automated tills at B&Q are voiced by the most annoying woman in the world.
To start with, her voice has a horrible, naggy timbre, but they've made it far worse by setting the timing so that she nags you to do something just when you're about to do it anyway. As you lift an item up to the scanner, she says "Please scan an item...", if you pause for a second after scanning, quick as a flash she's in with "Place the item in the bagging area".
The one thing that impresses me in B&Q is that the checkouts appear to have a scale that can weigh anything from a plastic catch to 50kg of sand.
lick your fingers. You'll get enough traction to open the bags.
There's a simpler and more hygienic solution to the thin-carrier-bag problem. Hold the bag with one hand at the centre of the top edge (i.e. between the handles) and the other on one of the side edges. Stretch the top. This causes the corener of the pleat in the side of the bag to stick up above the top edge. Pulling on this corner while holding on to the body of the bag will open it.
It sounds incredibly complicated, but that's just the way I tell it.
I recall reading an article about five years ago, on an overclocking site, where somebody immersed the electronics of his PC in a tank of Mazola or something. Workable but messy.
There are always a few parts left over.
Especially if you buy your LHCs from Ikea.
For the first 30 years or so, Microsoft refused to accept that their operating systems would be better for having a decent scripting and command-line language. Instead they made half-hearted updates to the brain-dead MS-DOS batch language.
Meanwhile, 99% of non-Microsoft operating systems* offered the same family of scripting languages. They aren't perfect, but they are powerful enough to do pretty much any job you want, and they work in much the same way everywhere.
So when Microsoft come along and say they have this great new Powershell thing that can be used for scripting on Windows, I'm afraid my reaction is "Do I have to learn this? Why?"
* made-up statistic
Yeah, well, I thought SMB was Server Message Block protocol, which made the whole article rather confusing.
Since when have uPVC door and window frames been superior to oak?
Precisely. And not just oak. The softwood sash windows in my house are between 200 and 250 years old. They've obviously had some repair and maintenance during that time, but they're basically original.
I wouldn't want to ruin my house with chavvy uPVC windows, and I'm not allowed to anyway. But I find it's an amusing gambit to say to the salesmen "My wooden windows are 200 years old. How long will you guarantee your plastic ones for?"
@Belardi Uh, only crappy 8bit computers or that very crappy MS-DOS had 8.3 File names.
The 16-bit PDP-11 operating systems RSTS/E, RT-11 and RSX-11 all used even shorter (6.3) filenames. So, IIRC, did the DEC-10 and DEC-20 mainframes. They may be old, but in no sense were they either crappy or 8-bit.
How could Jesus Christ have been born in 6 BC, that is in year 6 Before Christ??
The original post said he was born in 6 BCE. BCE is the
politically correct religion-neutral version of BC. It stands for Before Common Era.
Until about ten years ago, painting the Forth Bridge was a handy metaphor for a never-ending task*. The idea seemed to be that the bridge was so massive that they no sooner finished than they had to start again. But if you put yourself in the position of an employer with a big maintenance requirement, you realise that the correct number of people to hire is exactly the number who can work on it continuously. Anything more is wasteful.
What's this got to do with mineral reserves? The No-Breakfast doomsayers need to perform a similar thought inversion. If they did, they would realise that the economical amount of any resource is the smallest you can safely get away with. It applies to minerals, components for factories, stocks in supermarkets and painters.
* I understand they've now developed a paint that lasts so long that continuous painting is no longer necessary. Where are we going to find a new metaphor?
... electricity production that we could flog to anyone and everyone in UK for a flat rate £30 a month. Forget meters and meter readings.
I don't know enough about Gen4+ nuclear plant to know whether you're right or wrong. I'm sure the general point about green energy investment being misdirected is correct, though.
The disconcerting thing is the way your statement is almost exactly the same as the promise that was made when the first Magnox reactors were planned. "Electricity so cheap that it won't be worth the cost of billing." To judge from my electricity bill, it doesn't seem to have happened.
I'm also unsure that at the period in question Britain was living on "looted wealth". The height of the Empire was some way in the future. The Great Exhibition was set up to display British manufactures and exports.
Agreed. What's more, the empire was originally a trading operation, and that remained at the core of its function. That's not to claim that it was benign, nor to deny that it was at times exploitative. But there was little looting compared to other empires, such as the Spanish empire of the 16th century, the French empire of the early 19th century and the German empire of the mid 20th century.
Everyone raves about Maseratis. I'm sure they're great cars, but the styling does nothing for me.
From the trident badge to the elliptical clock there's a definite air of bling about the look. There's also a strange whiff of boy racer - that carbon fibre finish is available on FleaBay as a wrap, if the interior of your car is knackered enough to need it. As for the "sharky side vents ... another Maserati design cue", they look like something you might find on a 1970 Ford Capri.
Brilliant. I'd completely forgotten Wilfred Pickles. Though I it was "What's on the table, Mabel?", because the answer tended to be something like "Two pound eleven and sixpence, a jar of marmalade and a box of Mrs Eckaslike's butter biscuits."
I was thinking the inspiration for the name might be "Avago if yer think yer ard enough".
I recently bought an OBD2-USB cable from Amazon. It came with a software disk, but also with the statement that the software only runs in Windows XP. So now I'm searching Amazon for a time machine.
There is no technology that can cure stupidity (yet), be it the driver or the pedestrian that is at fault. Drivers and pedestrians must drive and walk defensively.
Yes, drivers and pedestrians have an equal obligation to be careful. The reason that the driver, and the vehicle manufacturer, have greater obligations is that the outcome is almost invariably worse for the pedestrian. Injury to drivers as a result of collision with pedestrians is not common.
a Buster Keaton tribute as Hay and Hulbert end up hanging off the clock face of Big Ben
It sounds like it was actually a tribute to Harold Lloyd. The famous clock face routine is in his film Safety Last.
(To confirm my recollection, I searched Google for "buster keaton clock". Oddly, the first page of results contains four images from the Harold Lloyd film, a YouTube link for the Harold Lloyd film, a Wikipedia article about the Harold Lloyd film, and five other links related to the Harold Lloyd film. The interwebs seem to think Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd were the same person.)
forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes
I hardly like to contradict Wikipedia, but I should have thought that £10, £20, and £50 notes were so rare during the war that it would be hard to "flood" the economy with them. The average wage in 1942 was £6 a week.
No mention so far of audio editing with razor blade and Sellotape?
As far as I know, the similar method of video editing on a Steenbeck machine lasted well into this century.
Never mind rats, they should have deployed Sing Something Simple in Room 101.
Even now, I can feel my life-force ebbing away as I recall that vile combination of gloopy music and Sunday evening blues.
One of my many non-study ways of filling my time at Oxford was doing light shows for balls*. For a big occasion we'd hire a van-load of kit from Strand Electric. The dimmer units were armour-plated monsters on wheels - typically about five feet long by four feet high to provide twelve 500W channels.
Then smaller dimmers using a solid-state device called a thyristor started to appear. I built a number of these, but mine always burned out. I guess I was destined for a career in software rather than hardware.
* Dances in marquees, not testicle lighting.
The Government has a multitude of platforms for paying people money.
Unfortunately, none of them seem to belong in this century. It used to be that when you sold a car the VED went with the vehicle, so it was all a neat cashless transaction. When they changed the process, they decided instead to refund the unexpired VED to the seller, and make the purchaser re-tax the car.
I received my refund the other week. In the form of a cheque - an instrument of payment that I haven't seen for years. It sat on my desk for about a week while I tried to work out when I might be near a bank. In the end I found an old paying-in slip and posted it.
But the JVM really needs a new flagship language and Oracle isn't the company to make it happen.
I agree that Java's syntax shows its age, but I wouldn't expect it to be superseded soon, and not because of Oracle. The alternative JVM languages all offer syntactical features that purport to make development quicker, or perhaps safer. Even accepting that these features are as magic as their enthusiasts believe, they can't deliver enough of an improvement to justify a switch. Things like language syntax are very important when you first start to learn a language, and they can make that process pleasant or nasty. But for experienced users the differences between any fairly up-to-date languages are not enough to affect the development process much.
It was only ever niche on the web.
I used to think the same, but then I worked at two companies that made massive use of Java in web clients. One was a wide range of tier-3 trading platforms distributed as Applets, the other a massive online game, also an Applet.
I think things like the trading platforms are distributed via Java Web Start these days, and gaming is switching to Unity.
Secret questions are a hangover from the "security" procedures used by banks before the Internet.
I have to tell you that bank security questions are alive and all too predictable. DOB, who else uses the account, mother's maiden name!
Not so long ago my bank started asking questions about recent transactions and repeat payments on the account, which was probably more secure, but generally impossible to answer. They seem to have dropped that approach, presumably because so few people could answer.
I wasn't born in a city, and my dad doesn't have a middle name.
My impression from completing web forms is that for Americans "city" means anything from a hamlet up.
Ultramarine? Viridian? Charcoal? Aureolin?
But seriously, who the hell has a favourite colour past the age of six?
running through 2 Ups systems
Data security is all well and good, but using UPS to deliver packets of data by van is going incur unacceptable latency, isn't it?
Actually if you read the article you will find that's what it says:
Google tried dog-whistling, but found that PCs are set up for sound humans can hear, so reverted to a trilling series of notes.
The standard of English found on the Internet suggests your rite. But theirs a well-attested phenomenon of contextual usage. It's most noticeable in speech: children use different accents, vocabulary and syntax depending on the social context. In writing too - even the bottom quartile know that the language they use for texting is unsuitable for essays.
Bear in mind that the widespread use of phones and computers probably means that all children use written communication far more than previous generations. Paradoxically, solecisms could be the price we pay for more widespread literacy.
The Pi needs Windows like a new Porsche needs 500 kg cement in the boot.
So does it need it or not? I once owned a 911, in the air-cooled days when the weight distribution could cause nasty surprises when cornering in the wet. One solution was to add weight in front - Porsche themselves put the battery as far forward as possible and in some cases actually added weights inside the front bumper.
The boot was, of course, in the front. 500 kg seems like it might be a bit much, though.
I can't help wondering if the driverless car is going to be as endlessly deferred as the flying car. In both cases there are working prototypes and announcements that a production roll-out is just around the corner, but....
I'm just thinking of the level of ingenuity required to be a car commuter in Central London - knowledge of rat-runs and back doubles, judgement about which route is appropriate for the time of day and traffic conditions, knowing that this side road is the one to use when joining a main road because there's an upstream pedestrian crossing that causes breaks in the traffic and so on.
It's been a while since I lived in London, so last time I visited I used the satnav. I think it routed me through every major traffic hotspot it could find, and I arrived an hour late. At this rate, driverless cars will spend most of their lives stationary in traffic jams.
Navigation is the easy part of the driverless car requirement, but even that seems to need more work.
a Barclays analyst reckons that points to a calamitous future for Detroit
I've never been there, but from what I read of Detroit it already has a calamitous present.
I'm an old guy. I sometimes wear a hat because it can be quite draughty in my open car at 100 mph. What should I do to avoid holding up the traffic?
I'm intrigued by the role of the exotically-named Autumn DePoe-Hughes in this incident. Early on in the story, she's just 'the woman who uploaded the Facebook video'. But by the end she's become a car security authority: '"Manually lock your doors or make sure you see/hear the locks lock," DePoe-Hughes advised.'
Mind how you go.
Though I have a limited grasp of economics, I read, enjoy and, I think, understand most of Tim Worstall's articles.
But I have to confess that in this case I haven't the foggiest idea what he's on about, despite that fact that the article seems to be about something related to IT, which I'm supposed to know. Should I take the trouble to find out?
If they were a bit closer they'd be able to read Ed Milliband's election promises on one of them.
Just how big a gun did they have?
Perhaps they were taking a leaf out of the Norks' book. They needed an anti-aircraft gun to kill a Defence Minister.