@Drefsab_UK: I will use the same amount of electricity with or with a smart meter
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@Drefsab_UK: I will use the same amount of electricity with or with a smart meter
Other, non-UK governments are good at big infrastructure projects because they are committed to serving their citizens, not to lining the pockets of themselves and their mates.
Also, I think this assertion may be susceptible to the application of Hanlon's Razor.
I always try to read the posts by amanfromMars 1, but I find brain-pain kicks in after about five lines. I'm off to lie down.
I think "cum", Latin for "with", is found in place names where two villages shared a single parish church. Within a few miles of where I live are Pidley-cum-Fenton and Earith-cum-Bluntisham. Neither name is in current use except maybe at the church. The Manchester district of Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a case where the composite name seems to have survived.
The formula X-cum-Y, meaning "X amalgamated with Y" is presumably derived from this.
If the Siberian object, at 120 feet across, was equivalent to to 185 * Hiroshima (185 * 20 kilotonnes = 3700 kilitonnes), why was the Chelyabinsk object, at slightly over half the size (65 feet), only equivalent to 500 kilotonnes?
Passwords had to be changed weekly. Woe betide you if you took a Friday off because that was when everyone had to change them.
If I've ever changed my password on a Friday I spend most of Monday morning trying to guess what I changed it to.
As a contractor, I've had more than my fair share of usernames. In my current job my username is a 9-digit number.
Though I too have a poor memory for names, I can usually remember a username derived in some way from my real name. But a number is impossible. I daren't log out.
I am not a number, I am a free lancer.
I don't know about the UK but up here in Australia, fuel excise goes straight into consolidated revenue. It's not a road funding system.
Same in the UK. Few taxes are hypothecated, anywhere.
But a "reliable" source tells us, "government revenue from fuel duty in 2009 was £25.894 billion, with a further £3.884 billion being raised from the VAT on the duty contributing some 4 per cent to the total UK tax revenues." That's about £30bn that's going to have to be found somewhere. Either direct taxes go up, or, more likely, electricity gets a two-tier tax system rather like the current system for diesel.
I wonder how the economics of an EV would look if it paid £1200/year in fuel tax?
Not directly relevant, but still an arresting statistic: Britain has twice as many taxpayer-funded electric car charging points as it actually has electric cars.
From the same article:
“If you were to charge a car in 12 minutes for a range of 500 km, for example, you're probably using up electricity required to power 1,000 houses," Yoshikazu Tanaka, a top Toyota engineer, told the Reuters news agency in April. “That totally goes against the need to stabilise electricity use on the grid."
Underpaid Overpaid under-qualified mediocre civil servants
I'm genuinely interested to know.
We all make a habit of deriding the incompetence and failure rate that bedevil givernment IT projects. But you have to wonder why it always happens. Is it failure to analyse the problem domain fully? Poor design skills? Incompetent developers who don't deliver to spec?
If the answer is inadequate skills, why? The days when public sector work was badly-paid are long gone.
I used to assume that scale must be a big factor, but that doesn't seem to be a legitimate excuse here. There are 300,000 farms in the UK, so it's big, but not overwhelming. And financial institutions deal with much larger systems without major issue (except RBS).
The excuse here seems to be "The challenges for a system like rural payments were integrations [around] legacy, third-party supplier...", but that's the case for most systems. It's vanishingly rare to build a system that doesn't have these features.
+1 for the Four Tops reference!
Try doing certain things to yourself when you've got a blindfold or hood on
I'm reluctant to sound like an expert in this area, but I'm sure the things people do to themselves while watching porn can be done in the pitch dark, if necessary.
I disagree. The formula x means y has two usages:
x implies y, as in Nuclear war means the end of civilisation.
x can be paraphrased as y, as in Antediluvian means "before Noah's flood".
In this case my intention was something closer to the latter. In other words, not The text referenced in your posting does not imply that everything is permitted, but The text referenced in your posting cannot be summarised as "everything is permitted". To my ear, at least, the two are quite distinct.
A pedantic bastard writes:
That doesn't mean "anything goes". I think you're making the incorrect assumption that prescriptive usage is the basis of pedantry. Not so. What pedants are trying to protect is defined by usage.
As a matter of fact, the errors corrected in postings to El Reg are mostly malapropisms, spelling mistakes, and solecisms such as "there" for "their". These would be wrong in any language community.
As far as I know, the object of copyright law is not so much to prevent publication but to ensure adequate compensation for originators of IP.
If you publish a picture of a historic building, who gets the royalties? Gustave Eiffel (d. 1923), in the case of the Eiffel Tower? William the Conqueror for the Tower of London? Stonehenge, er...?
The Telegraph's online edition has no sub-editors - they publish directly to web without any proofreading or fact-checking of any sort
That explains a lot. I glance at the online Telegraph over breakfast, not because of deep sympathy with its views, but mainly because it's not behind a paywall. I've often been astounded by the typos and sloppy editing.
I appreciate the points made about emergency calls and power cuts*. But it's tempting to say to BT, "OK, it's a deal. You make sure every building that has a POTS connection gets genuine, fast broadband. Then give everybody a free router and as many VoIP phones as they need to replace their old equipment. After you've done all that, we'll scrap the USO."
*I keep an old wired phone for use during power cuts - not least because they're quite frequent in my village. But most people I know rely entirely on wireless phones, which won't work during a power cut.
10.The Dude - The Big Lebowski
Never heard of him.
He's the only one in the top ten whose primary activilty isn't fighting and killing people. The reason I rarely watch films is that these days they seem to be targetted at people with the taste and discrimination of ten-year-olds.
Why am I more likely to make a type in my email address than anything else? Doesn't everybody just copy and paste it between the fields, anyway?
Yes, but there are a significant number of sites where some bastard UI developer from hell has gone to the trouble of disabling copy and paste in these fields.
To judge from the bouncy-bouncy problems with the Philae lander, it may not be a very hard landing.
Interesting, though slightly less astounding than I expected when I saw the title An early modern human from Romania with a recent Neanderthal ancestor. In most history books, the Early Modern period runs from c1500 AD to c1800 AD.
I know what you mean. Not so long ago I read Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927. It's a fascinating and entertaining book, except for the two or three chapters where he gets stuck into baseball. Then it becomes a farrago of meaningless decimal statistics about players you've never heard of, playing for teams you've never heard of, achieving feats you don't understand.
Now if it was about cricket... that would be more comprehensible, but just as boring.
I thought I'd Google "slamming" too. The first result was an article from the Independent, summarised thus:
The trend – known as “slamming” – gives users a more intense high and commonly takes places at sex parties which can go on for several ...
So it's not just a case of phone hijacking.
both nations seemingly equally crap at IT
The article reports that the Scottish government and the UK government are both crap at IT*. I believe the British, as a nation, are actually quite good at IT. It's the government that's crap at IT. No surprise there, being crap at things is a government speciality.
*Maybe because they don't know that it isn't called "ICT". Wasn't ICT the name of the company that became ICL?
No, don't stop it. You're all doomed, doomed, I say!
(I'm thinking of buying a new PC soon.)
It's reasonable to assume that the RBS systems have are able to handle exceptions at a transaction level, i.e. reject records that contain bad data, rather than the entire file. If they didn't, problems like the recent one would happen at least once a week.
If a system that can handle bad records rejects a whole file, the likelihood is that the third party that supplies the file has modified the format, either deliberately or accidentally.
With 2400h of video it sounds like you're hoping to keep the back seat occupants quiet until they're old enough to drive their own cars.
I'm trying to work out why this article is classified under Data Centre / Storage. I suppose accommodation is, loosely, storage?
To produce reliable figures, you'd need a minimum % of the providers customer base (or of the entire customer base).
Statisticians may correct me, but I was under the impression that statistical significance is determined by a combination of absolute sample size and the relative frequency of the attribute being sampled for. For example, if you're measuring the percentage of population under 20, a sample of 1000 produces results that are equally significant for Cambridgeshire or the whole UK.
BT uses the method to describe our speeds that is defined by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP)
I think I'd place more trust in a method devised by network specialists than one made up by a committee of admen.
It would have been less confusing for us non-boffins if the star populations were numbered in order of creation, rather than discovery, but that would have meant knowing from the start how many populations there were to discover.
Email isn't (shouldn't be) a filing system...
Why? Most email clients go out of their way to provide filing-system-like features such as hierarchical folders.
Important documents should be kept in a version controlled respostory.
Maybe, but emails, however important, are intrinsically different from version-controlled documents. It's rare for an email to be modified, as opposed to being copied into another email.
Why mess about with browser-level filters? Almost all big companies access the Internet via a proxy server, and in my experience the proxy server also filters content. I should have thought that ad-blocking would be a logical extension.
I use Privoxy at home, but I don't know whether it has the capability required of a corporate proxy.
Pour petrol on it.
Exactly. If the team in the story was gifted with any ingenuity, they could have made Tim's life hell.
Take the example of not committing router config to NVRAM: it shouldn't be hard to make sure Tim gets to reconfigure one router an hour throughout the day and night.
most net users are not native English speakers, and by that I mean US/UK/AU
Cue angry responses in fractured English from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand...
My recollection is that blancmange only came in two colours, white and pink, or, if you prefer rosemange.
@MrXavia a dead, cold, dessert of a planet
Made of blancmange?
there's 1.6 billion muslims in the world from every walk of life
Including, presumably, the one-shoe hobble.
The Stasi also used to steal people's underwear* so they had a smell sample for their tracker dogs. There was a program on TV that showed all these jars with grubby kecks in them.
* And socks? Somebody's certainly stolen a few of mine.
6 and 9 are both 'lucky' numbers in Chinese
And according to other posts here, 8 is lucky, too. 30% of the single-digit integers. The Chinese must get a lot of good luck.
DLR project manager Dr Stephen Ulamec explained the probe's current status
I think it's fantastic that in this day and age we have a commuter railway that can convey a probot to a comet millions of miles away in space. Did Dr Ulamec also offer an explanation for the delays at Canary Wharf? Perhaps you should have got an explanation from somebody at Network Rail as well.
(It's the only reference to DLR in the article, and a Google search for those initials returns a page of results about the Docklands Light Railway.)
the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph of Earth taken from an Apollo spacecraft, the first time the author claims that humanity could see itself as a whole
It's a beautiful photograph, but my recollection is that the most striking thing about it was that it was just as expected. Terrestrial globes had shown the world in a similar way for centuries. It's a bit like the way the view from a plane window changes from surroundings to map as you climb.
Two Ctrl keys as well. What's going on there? The world's gone mad
I think most keyboards have two control keys. VirtualBox uses Right-Ctrl to control window capture.
an assistant will HAVE to track your speech patterns, habits, friends and generally 'know' a ton about you to even get close to being as good as a human PA
But why does it need Internet connectivity to do all this? Modern computers have plently of local storage. This is especially annoying on phones:
Cortana, how do I get a network connection?
I'm sorry, Dave, I can't tell you that without a network connection.
To judge from the pictures, this thing will be dangling just below an HDMI port. On all the TVs I've seen (not, admittedly, a large number), the HDMI ports are at the back, so the dongle will be out of sight. All the remote controls I've used communicate by infra-red, and so need line-of-sight to the receiver. Does the Amazon dongle use RF or something?
how long it is going to take that file to copy
12 hours... 5 min... 2 years... 4 min... 3 min... 1 min.. (getting excited) 25 sec... 5 sec... (oops, just found a bit I missed) 10 min... 20 min...
That's a bit rich, considering the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris.