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Can it tell me if an arbitrary program will halt for an arbitrary input?
113 posts • joined 28 Feb 2011
Can it tell me if an arbitrary program will halt for an arbitrary input?
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Of course, this is because the ISS radiator is actually a radiator; i.e. it mainly dissipates heat by radiating it. The "radiator" in your car - indeed, most things us Earthbound humans call radiators - are actually more properly convectors, since we have this oh-so handy "air" stuff that you can just dump heat into and allow it to float off. Just goes to show how hard space is.
Trivia of the day: the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Oddessy was originally going to have enormous cooling radiators for the nuclear reactor at the back, but they were dropped because Kubrick didn't want to have to explain why the (otherwise fairly realistic) non-atmospheric spacecraft design had "wings".
Do not underestimate the inertia in large, bureaucratic organisations, of which the FBI is almost certainly an example. It's entirely possible that someone got the e-mail telling them the domain was about to expire, but didn't have the authority to issue a purchase order for the renewal, or even authority to pass it on to someone who does. So, the task get passed up, down, left, right, through any number of people, committees, meetings, most of whom don't care about it, or know the importance (for instance, they may not have realised that it also was involved with the Megaupload domains). It only takes one to forget or not bother and before you know it, the domain's expired.
Presumably we need the medical device certification authorities to issue some smackdown and require these standards: that will soon provide the incentive. The certification process for medical equipment is pretty tortuous already (and I would be surprised if it ignored the software entirely); it just needs to include security, too.
Bear in mind that in Scotland the Crown in Parliament does not have unlimited sovereignty - this was referred to by the Lord President of the Court of Session as "a distinctively English principle and has no counterpart in Scottish constitutional law" in the result of MacCormick v Lord Advocate.
This isn't to say that Westminster couldn't legislate to repeal the HRA in Scotland, but it could result in a constitutional crisis or two if the Scottish Parliament dig their heels in and try to assert that they better represent the considered will of the people of Scotland (which is widely asserted, but has never been proved, to be sovereign in Scotland) than Westminster.
Those of us (in Scotland at least) live in interesting times.
Labour are only going to ban exploitative zero-hour contracts. They want you to think that means that all zero-hour contracts are exploitative, so they'll be banned. Of course, what it actually means is that they'll only ban the ones they have deemed to be exploitative - which certainly won't include any connected to a Labour politician, or donor for that matter.
If I'm honest I'd much rather we focussed on the exploitative bit, rather than an arbitrary number of hours. If a zero-hour contract is exploitative, surely a one-hour contract is almost as exploitative? I was on one during my student days, and although the flexibility suited me well, I can see how it could easily have been abused by a less-scrupulous employer, especially if had been a job whose income I needed, rather than like to have.
Rather than some vague aspirational soundbite, how about some concrete measures? I'd think if we had protection against detriment from refusing overtime, and the requirement that sick and holiday pay be based on the average hours actually worked over some period (perhaps the 17 weeks employers should already be monitoring for the 48-hour week) then we could keep zero hour contracts and the "flexibility" that business claims is so important, while also improving the lot of employees on all contracts, not just zero-hour ones.
If there's a hung parliament, we won't necessarily get a coalition - where two parties agree a joint programme for government, and share out ministerial positions between them. It's entirely possible we'll get a minority government with one or more other parties in a "confidence and supply" agreement, where they agree to support the government in confidence motions and pass their budget - the bare minimum. Everything else would need have support gathered on a case-by-case basis, which, if approached in the right spirit by the politicians, can lead to some nice consensus politics.
The SNP did this fairly successfully in the third Scottish parliament, although it showed both the good and the bad sides of it: while the Tories engaged fairly constructively, Labour stuck rigidly to the Bain Principle, and flounced around generally seeming upset that they weren't being allowed to run the country. Of course, the result of the election to the current parliament* shows how well that went down.
*One of the requirements for the Scottish electoral system when it was designed is widely acknowledged to have been to make it difficult for any party, and especially the SNP, to get a majority.
When we had a turtle in primary school, we were given strict instructions never to do left or right anything other than exactly 90. Guess what the first thing we did was? I believe the only way the teachers could find to abort our "right 99999999999999999" was to take the batteries out.
Surely endurance racing is a much better place for IT people? The cars there are self-jacking, so no need to leave the servers unguarded.
This is one reason for being a member of a trade union. No-one needs to put their head above the parapet: the rep just goes to management and says "our members tell us that...".
Are these strong enough to make a space elevator cable out of?
If they don't know there's a password to ask you for, you're in the clear.
Was it that the impact on landing was too high, and caused the ram pack to wobble?
Surely if the Earth's rotation is slowing down, the International Earth Rotation Service need to work a bit harder at rotating Earth internationally?
The metric sizes being odd is quite simple: they're just the (largely pre-existing) Imperial calibres expressed in millimetres: 7.62mm is 0.3in and 12.7mm is 0.5in, for example.
As to why the original Imperial measurements were so, I have as much idea as you, although I suspect the same "we've always done it this way" is in play.
Matchlock muskets looked pretty feeble compared to pikes, too. Expensive to make, took ages between shots, didn't like bad weather either. I take it you'll be using a pike next time you go to war?
At least the books aren't a complete write-off: they'll be re-issued as "Middle-Management Barbie" next week.
You're under the quaint and old-fashioned impression that the people at the Job Centre are there to get people jobs. They're not: they're there to get people off benefits. This sounds like it ought to be the same in practice, but since it's a lot easier to sanction someone - thus getting them off benefits and chalking up a "success" - than it is to find them a job, guess what the system has become geared up to do.
Worry no more. Only once since the present electoral system was introduced (1948) have Scottish votes altered what would have been a Conservative government into a Labour one. A couple of times they've given Labour a majority or denied the Conservatives one, but in both cases coalitions were entered into anyway which would negate this. (Source)
Thus, the rest of the UK is quite capable of electing a Labour government when they choose to and, indeed, pretty much have to if the UK as a whole is to get one.
This is why ICAO (i.e. aviation) English uses "affirm" and "negative".
No, sports car racing gave us modern disk brakes. Specifically, the Jaguar C-Type, although the idea had been used on Lanchesters half a century earlier.
So now you know.
Stop, because that's what disk brakes are for.
Catalunya no és Espanya.
Get a tech writer: our tame ones seem to actually like doing it: http://www.techaddiction.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/techwriting_presentation.pdf
Gosh. Your in-laws have some unconventional attitudes to naming.
Paris, because they named a hotel after her.
Although equally, if it isn't a crime to send it by letter, it shouldn't be a crime to send it by Twitter.
The people of Britain do not have a choice. We will only get to decide whether we want red or blue Tories. The people of Scotland, thankfully, do have a choice. Vote Yes in 2014!
Since El Reg can't be arsed to start a topic on this themselves, here is one.
I suspect they're mainly doing it because some marketing drone has heard that it's the "in" thing to have an app.
Inevitable XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1174/
On Sea Harriers, they had to, at least if it was a warm day. They didn't have enough engine power to hover with more than a light weapon load. Search Lewis' other articles for "running jump jet" if you want the full details.
But you use wget on the command line! Command line == hacking. Have you learned nothing from Hollywood movies?
"Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.'" - Ian Hislop
As the standard response to someone worried about flying in an old aircraft goes: "How do you think it got to be so old?"
The RAF's pilots who don't fly will be a perfect match for the Royal Navy's carriers without any aircraft.
*Ahem* Did you not read the bit about them coming from completely different directions?
So that's another Apple thing that Samsung are actually just as good at?
I think you mean "England and Wales' contempt law reform push begins".
Where's the FTFY icon?
Brooks is 44, more's the pity. On the bright side, she has already been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden.
For reasons best known to themselves US operators don't use the IMEI blacklist, so your nicked iPhone is fully-functional in the 'States. Except for the Maps, of course.
To be fair, I believe they are just about to start enforcing the blacklist, like operators in most of the world have been doing for years.
Apple will countersue with their design patent on parallel lines.
I love the way the second hand *doesn't* move continuously. Or at least, it does move continuously for fifty-eight and a half seconds, then it *stops*, and clicks up to the twelve o'clock position as the minute hand moves from one minute to another. If I had found a replica that duplicated that feature when I was in Switzerland, I'd have got it. As others have noted, you can buy souvenir SBB clocks all over the place, but they're usually just a cheap (by Swiss standards) movement with a ticking second hand.
The other advantage of the taxed bag system no-one seems to have picked up on is that it neatly sidesteps the whole creepiness of having to present ID to throw stuff out. I don't know how the Dutch do it, but if UK.gov implemented this, you can bet they'd want everything logged and made available to the authorities for fishing trips.
A rapid and dynamic entry that took thirteen minutes to find the guy?
bcsthecharteredinstituteforit is not a union. Prospect, on the other hand, is. Not sure why you think all IT people couldn't join it.
I was going to suggest what Apple's response (at least to El Reg) would be, but the forum software said "The post is required, and must contain letters".