<p>I would like to ask whether CO2 was found with the CH4.
That could mean bacteria splitting acetic acid, CH3COOH.</p>
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<p>I would like to ask whether CO2 was found with the CH4.
That could mean bacteria splitting acetic acid, CH3COOH.</p>
People have complained, rightly, about the poor quality of machine generated TV subtitles. It would be useful to test the speech decoding of this MSFT system with those subtitles.
Even better if they could get it to take useful minutes of meetings comprising: subject discussed, principal arguments for and against, decisions taken, actions placed.
Barclays in 2013 were still using Windows XP, on the machine I saw in a manager's office.
"Virgin laid bare".
As opposed to being fully clad.. Nice but naughty, Reg!
It seems that a faulty flight plan caused the FP server to fall over.
Looks like poor error checking of input data. But it takes a good programmer/designer to produce good error checking: he or she has to scope out a range of error cases surrounding what is valid input, otherwise bad data just crashes the program. Which is what may have happened here.
That means hiring a good designer/programmer rather than the cheapest contractor.
Like it used to be in the German Democratic Republic.
The phrase "Air Traffic Control" illustrates the control freak mentality behind the whole current setup. What we need are just two relatively simple functions: a collision avoidance function, and a priority function for take-off and landing. Let all the other details sort themselves out automatically.
With that approach, NATS could indeed be replaced by an iphone on every plane.
Yes, there are managers like that. But I doubt if they read El Reg. The time to be afraid will be when this article appears in a management magazine.
Yes, it was SF, and a high flying CIA plane (a U2) was somehow thought to be much lower. I did wonder if it had been flying at 65536 feet.
That happened where I worked. I was studying the sky and clouds in true Fotherington-Thomas style when there was a flash at gound level and our computers died. The bang came a second later.
" ... Friday afternoon..."
You have probably hit on the cause of the problems.
I object to the phrase "Basic human right". The most we can ask for is that we are not robbed, murdered, or worse.
In most committees there is one person who knows what the current subject is about, and the others are there to vote as their party dictates. Self-righteous outsiders should not try to interfere with a working system, but simply vote for rhe other lot every few years.
I was once involved in a computer-buying exercise for a very technical government department, before the scientific civil service was all privatised. The department head told us they had managed to keep out the useless bureaucrats of CCTA, but had to satisfy the money men in a certain government contracts office.
So I am surprised at the praise for CCTA from Geezer.
Never mind the websites. Microsoft use device fingerprinting to enforce their Windows licences.
Is that to become illegal?
You make a good point that knowledge becomes lost. It happens all the time in the computer industry, as old software and hardware is neglected, and knowledge of them disappears as people retire or move on. Fashionable managerial policies have a lot to answer for.
Sometimes this is because we become richer, and good ideas become affordable realities. I have commented in other threads that scaled fraction arithmetic has been largely replaced with floating point arithmetic.
I have always undestood that phosphorus in some soluble form was a limiting element. Phosphate is notoriously insoluble.
Secondly, my geology lecturers always pointed out that a creature being fossilised is a rare event. Sounds sensible, otherwise we would be overwhelmed by fossils instead of regarding them as rarities. So fertilising the ocean may make fish (and squids and many small other invertebrates) but is unlikely to fix CO2 as fossil carbon.
Most of the world's carbon exists as CO2 in chalk cliffs, seashells, etc. The organic carbon is a minor contaminant.
For those reasons I believe Worstall is mistaken.
Facebook is for extroverts. So half of us will never want to be involved.
@DAM and asdf...
Thank you, gentlemen, for your answers. This is El Reg at its best.
I have never understood why quantum computing cannot be emulated. Presumably it can be described mathematically, so???
Yes, you would need a source of random numbers, but these are fairly well known.
Reg readers, please help.
"The hacker will always get through."
Almost what was said by Stanley Baldwin, a former British prime minister, in 1932.
In 1967 I started programming a Ferranti Argus minicomputer. It had a primitive assembler that alllowed addresses such as v12, v13, etc. So not a fully fledged assembler by the standards of the contemporary IBM 1620, another machine I used.
I later learned that EDSAC programs were written in a similar primitive assembler: clearly an ancesral work.
Neither EDSAC nor Argus had floating point hardware, so for science and engineering calculations you had to understand scaled fraction arithmetic. Not many people did.
The article mentions temperatures of 130 degrees C. This will be reached, under pressure, in hot springs on Earth that are full of algae and bacteria. So not really anything new.
Project Seti has looked in the wrong place for ET life. It turns out they have been looking at us.
The cunning part is how they get their results back to Alpha Centauri, or the Andromeda galaxy.
Why the secrecy? Remember that when the first pulsar was discovered, and was thought to be an ET clock signal, the facts were kept secret for six months. The lamest excuses were given when things were published.
A carbon tax could be made like VAT, with payments and deductions.
You buy oil, you pay the tax. You produce "non-CO2 carbon" as petrol, polythene, PVC, nylon, or whatever, and you get rebated for the amount of carbon in the product, easily assessed by analysis.
On second thoughts, this will produce an enormous non-productive bureaucracy that will be worse than any amount of CO2. Best forget altogether the idea of a cabon tax.
In the early 1980s my workplace was using an Array Processor: massively parallel arithmetic for e.g. Fourier transforms. It drew about 2KW of power, The first thing we did on a winter morning was to switch it on.
The meson was a theoretical prediction.
Then mesons were discovered in cosmic rays. But they were not "right" mesons: they were mu-mesons. The later discovery of pi-mesons justified the original theory.
El Reg is desperate to liven up its weekend section. Maybe one day they will give up on a bad idea.
I saw lots of "engineers' Fortran" written in Coral66, Pascal, and C.
Libraries cause as many problems as they solve. The Heartbleed bug was a conspicuous example, but there are many others.
The only libraries that are nearly reliable are the time-honoured functions in the C library, and their equivalents in Fortran and Cobol. All the new language libraries are rushed out by promoters who just want to get it onto their CVs.
In the 1970s I worked on various projects that used fixed point arithmetic, as floating point hardware was not available. Very few programmers could "get it".
Even if the computer operations were correctly coded, there were other algorithmic errors: most often, the loss of precision when subtracting a large number from a nearly equal number.
PCs now have floating hardware by default, but I do fear for micro-controller systems.
Thank you for that comment. As it happens, I largely agree with it.
But we live in a society where people have different opinions, and we seek the kind of political and social compromises that allow everyone to feel that at least some of their wishes are respected. That was the point I was making about my colleague in that political discussion group.
I am not a part of what George Orwell referred to as the "Inner Party", and I have my reservations about them. But I am even less attracted to a Guardianista/Anarchist existence which would result if the majority views in this thread became dominant.
We in Britain have been exposed to threats for centuries. York v. Lancaster, catholics v. Elizabeth I, the gunpowder plot (5-Nov-1605), Irish terrorism, German espionage, Russian espionage. Then today we have middle east fanatics, and other espionage possibly Chinese though they deny it of course.
So we expect the government to take active measures to protect the state itself plus at least a few of the people.
If you think MPs have much influence on government policy, you are ignorant of these matters. Replace them on your list with: all Permanent Secretaries, the top four cabinet ministers (PM, Home Sec, Foreign Sec, Chancellor).
Or, as I saw it expressed in a cheap thriller story: "If they wancha, they gotcha".
When the authorities find one "ne'er do well", as you call them, thay also want to find his or her associates before those others do more harm. That is why they need a trace of the last six months (say) on people who are not yet known to be offenders.
The real problem was the "ten year rule": the doctrine that there would be no major war during the next ten years. This was imposed by the then chancellor of the exchequer, one Winston Churchill (*), and then cynically renewed by the Treasury every year.
I look at the current British government and its predecessors, and wonder if that rule has been quietly reinstated.
(*)Also responsible for raiding the Road Fund, a tax that was supposed to be reserved for spenfing on roads. Without Adolf, that is what Winston would be remembered for.
@AC (The First)
That is a typical computer geek's view, somewhat shared by me.
But I was in a political discussion group where at least one man argued that a lot of the internet is just plain wrong - obscene, fraudulent, seditious..., and it should be stopped. I have some sympathy with that view also. There are laws against using telephones for those purposes, so why no law against the internet?
I am British, and there are enemies of my country out there. Even some of our 'friends' need watching. Within reason I am happy to help the authorities. Do I trust the authorities? Only to a limited extent. I was always uneasy when the work of the Security Services was extended from affairs of state to include major crimes. Thin end of the wedge... .
So Hannigan's arguments seem reasonable to me.
Wow! What a bunch of troublemakers.
I hope the authorities keep an eye on them.
BT do or did sell telephone directories on CD. What is that if not a spam-call list?
The only British outfits I know of that respect the Telephone Preference List are the political parties. They know that nuisance calls in an election campaign would lose them votes.
Or the North Korean People's Reeducation Facilities?
Or, in the case of ISIL, the Yazidi Womens' Reorientation Centres?
I object to the phrase, " lawmakers in the House of Commons", used as El Reg notes that the proposed law must be endorsed in another place.
All MPs are equal, there is no special category of "lawmaker"; nor, so we are told, are there lawmakers elsewhere such as at Buckingham Palace or in the Security Services. The phrase should be replaced by "the House of Commons".
Once upon a time there were special lords, the law lords, who were the ones who decided law cases. Although some MPs, such as Privy Councillors, are more equal than others: they are called sooner to speak in debates.
The ancient Greeks developed complicated machanical calculators, but they were all burned when the Library of Alexandria was destroyed.
"We The People RULE."
Er, like Hungary 1956, Tianenmen 1989, ...
It surprises me, an Englishman, that a seriously democratic country like the USA can make these proposals which are so much against the interests of the common man. Or, as FDR once put it, "the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid".
Have they forgotten "No taxation without representation"? Where are the People's Tribunes in this negotiating process?
So the list of countries is:
UK - finance, probaably
Germany - engineering prowess
Saudi - probably by Israel
Turkey - This one I do't understand
Switzerland - finance.
Hawtony - Hawaii to New York.
Or Mintex - Minnesota to Texas.
Or hyphenate those two into a distinguished double-barrelled name.
This article, and some others from Worstall, remind me of the legendary Professor Iffsen Butz, head of multidisciplinary studies at Vaguest County State College.
I, too, get downvoted or flamed if I admit that I like some of the tricks that Access and One Note can do. But not as badly as the time I criticised St Snowden.