"How can you get the job done when someone has robbed all your tools?
How exactly do you rob tools? Tools don't have any belongings to steal from.
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"How can you get the job done when someone has robbed all your tools?
How exactly do you rob tools? Tools don't have any belongings to steal from.
"Children still can't give consent and paedophilia will never be acceptable enough to legalise."
How do you define what is a child though? What would be considered paedophilia in this country is perfectly legal in many jurisdictions, including many EU countries.
"Perhaps there is different levels of business\pub sky card price based on the size of the pub."
Yes I think that is how it works. A local private members' club near to me has about 200 members and the chairman told me Sky wanted over £1000 per year for a place that size.
"If ARM hadn't been spun off as a seperate company Acorn could have used some of its profits to develop and showcase a proper rival to the PC. They might only have ended up with a single digit percentage of the market but thats all Apple ever attained and look at it now."
Yes I concur completely. The whole rise and fall of Acorn is a very sad story really, and one that to this day still tugs on my heartstrings a little, but for better or worse, we are where we are and we have to make the best of it.
"(only the Commodore series attempted a serious effort at making certain system calls portable across their range via their 0xFFxx kernel jump table, but the C128 used a Z80 to boot the system!)"
I think the same is true for all Acorn's pre-Archimedes BBC machines, including those with 16 and 32-bit second processors.
In fact it's the case on the Arc as well: in BASIC type A%=65: CALL &FFEE. It won't try to execute ARM code at 0xFFEE, it'll emulate the BBC's OSWRCH call and print the letter 'A' on the screen.
"Nuclear boy scout. He got most of the way to making a breeder reactor in his garden shed. Used thorium from lamp mantles as a starting material and the smoke alarms as a neutron source to breed.
Hmm, according to the Wikipedia article, Hahn very recently died (presumably from radiation poisoning) but I can find nothing on any news sites about it. On the other hand there does seem to be an obituary for someone of the correct name and age.
"Look at the charges of anti-Semitism. A lot of this seems to me to be attempts to stifle criticism of the state of Israel"
A lot of it might be, but certainly not all of it.
Regardless, I agree with your post in general.
"I don't think the image is a red back."
Looks like one to me.
I have a microwave oven with most of the features you are talking about. It must be getting on for 40 years old: my granddad bought it when I was a very small child. My grandmother gave it to me many years ago when she replaced it with a newer (inferior) model. It has two knobs, one to set the time and one to set the power level, and has an electromechanical countdown timer like the ones you used to see on tape recorders. It's only 650W though, as was the norm back then.
The thing weighs an absolute ton and needless to say it's still going strong today.
It's very similar but not identical to this:
I had a similar problem a few years back with a phantom shitter leaving his doings outside my garage door. I suspect the culprit in both these cases might be a taxi driver. I put a stop to his little game in the end by installing gates at the end of my service road.
"Now, bear with me on this one Wilsus.
Up North we use 'Could've had', but if i lived at Downton Abbey, then a case could be put forward for 'Could of had'. Its a question of grammatical context! If i was a posh twat, i could definitely use ' Could of had' in a sentence.......just try it now in a posh accent, go on..........you see? Now try this sentence, 'He could of had a brand new Rolls Royce, but instead plumped for the Bentley instead'. You see, it works doesn't it?
Now lets try up North: (so with a northern accent in your head)
'He could of have had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.
Now try: 'He could've had a plate of fish n chips, but instead he had a plate of black puddings'.
Hope thats cleared up things.....or is that, cleared things up?"
Sorry, I can't say I agree. Surely that's just poor pronunciation? Downton Abbey isn't real, so can hardly be used as evidence in this regard.
P.S. When you say something like, "if I was a posh twat" you should really use the subjunctive, "if I were a posh twat." :)
'I think you'll find the accepted modern usage (in the UK at least, not sure about elsewhere) is:
"could of had"'
Oh dear. That usage is certainly not accepted by me.
"Could've" is a contraction of "could have."
"Could of" simply is not valid grammar.
"I thought the biggest complaint about Sky was that they made it very difficult to actually talk/complain to them..."
So people keep telling me. However I've been with them for a number of years for TV, and until very recently phone and broadband. In all that time their customer service has been nothing short of excellent, not that I've had too much to complain to them about because I have had virtually no problems with any of their services.
I can't help thinking that because people don't like the Murdoch empire, they just make any old shit up to make them look bad.
In C, something like this has always been my approach:
# define DB printf
# define DB
The use of which generates no code at all unless DEBUG is turned on. It's not rocket science.
"Between him and Smith they have promised the world in the past few weeks, and I bet none of it ever gets delivered if they get elected."
That's a bit of a moot point, really...
OK, so as I think someone else said, you deal with it in the compiler or at the ASM level by having branch "hints", e.g. flags saying how likely the branch is, and you use the transistors saved on implementing an extra core or two.
...or has this whole thing become stupidly over-complicated?
Back in the 1980s, the RISC chips of the time got around the branching problem with features like branch delay slots (MIPS) and predicated instructions (ARM).
I can't help feeling that perhaps there is a much simpler solution to this than dedicating ever more transistors to hugely complicated algorithms that could instead be used for the operations that the programmer actually intended.
Perhaps some radically new, but elegant type of CPU design is needed.
"Proxima Centauri really only produces red light"
No. I keep hearing this and it is totally incorrect. The light from Proxima has a colour temperature of about 3000K which is rather whiter than a halogen light bulb. The last time I checked, plants in my living room, at night with the light on, still looked green and my white ceiling still looked white. Sure, the light is redder than sunlight, but it's certainly not red light.
On the other hand, a cool brown dwarf with a temperature of a few hundred degrees probably would have these properties, but Proxima is far from being one of those.
"They do it better in Europe, with electronic signage over the seats that the more selfish passengers can't tamper with."
I'm puzzled by this because I'm sure that Virgin Pendolino trains do have such electronic signs instead of the little cards. Are the Voyagers different?
"My response is to put the phone down if I hear background call centre noise or an indian accent."
I can almost hear from here the clicking keyboards of all those outraged Guardian readers typing "RACIST!"
There's nothing at all wrong with the idea of OOP of course, but the way it's implemented in C++ is one of the things (but not the only thing) that makes it a fucking horrible language. I hate it.
Or a garbage pod. A smegging garbage pod!
"...we have to somehow keep that centered on the star with propulsion as it's effective average gravity towards teh star inside it would be zero."
I think I read somewhere that a Dyson sphere would be orbitally stable, unlike a "more, but still not very feasible Larry Niven-style Ringworld."
"The best, easiest and cheapest way I improved a good system was to hang some Moroccan rugs on the walls, they were aesthetically pleasing BTW."
Yes, improving the listening room pays dividends. There are also commercial products sold for these purposes. Most are extremely effective but are, IMO overpriced for what they are, and generally have a poor WAF.
*WAF = Wife Acceptance Factor.
"... is almost always bollocks. Most of us cannot hear the difference, not when listing in a front room..."
The difference between what and what, exactly? Are you saying all hifi systems sound the same? Or that most people can't tell the difference between a stereo and a live concert?
I agree with you regarding 4K TVs though.
"about device on my Galaxy S5 gives kernel version 3.10.61"
Some Linux-based systems use kernels with newer features backported to them, so the kernel version being reported won't necessarily tell you much. That's definitely the case with ChromeOS, I don't know if it applies to Android as well though.
"He probably got chewed out for refusing to work an extra 2 hours each day"
Sounds just like the video games industry...
There always has to be the one dullard who feels they have to downvote solid facts (although admittedly the average has since dropped to a mere 84%)
RT's ratings are aggregated from professional reviews.
...currently has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"32bits can not ever use all of 4gigs of memory"
Of course it can; native data word size does not limit maximum memory size. Even a 32-bit address bus can support more than a 32-bit address space with latching.
A data word size able to hold the maximum address is advantageous but not essential.
Of course, that's why we had processors like the 6502 which had an 8-bit word size and a 16-bit address space.
"Friend of mine has a nearly 10yr old Panasonic surround system that uses a Wireless system to connect the rear speakers. No cabling between the unit and the speakers at all."
I've seen systems like that. I guess a system could also use a digital toslink cable in a similar way. That wouldn't really make it a speaker cable though, in both cases the speaker cable would be the wires connecting the wireless receiver/amplifier electronics to the actual drive units.
"Optical fibre "sound cables" are quite common. Not sure about 'speaker cables', though."
It's a physical impossibility. The job of speaker cable is to carry electrical current, quite a lot of it in some cases, in order to energise the speaker's drive unit(s).
It's hard to see how you could achieve that by shining a red LED down a fibre optic cable!
"Paper fivers will continue to be legal tender until May 2017, after which they'll no longer be accepted in shops and banks."
This makes no sense, the term legal tender has nothing to do with whether it is accepted in shops or banks. Shops in the UK are free to accept or not accept whatever payment they like, whether it's in gold bars, postage stamps or Euros.
Legal tender simply defines what a creditor must accept as payment for an outstanding debt.
The fox has moved on and is now working for the U.N. at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning.
"The 6800, 68000, and 6502 were logical orthogonal instruction sets like the IBM 360. The Intel instruction sets always seemed far more arbitrary - so I never learned to program the 8080 etc at assembler level."
The 6502 wasn't that orthogonal, certainly not when compared to the 68000 or the ARM for example (IIRC you had to use different registers, either X or Y, for different addressing modes etc)
Triple pedant alert: It was his foot that fell off, not just his toes :)
Whether DAB is dwindling or not is a moot point: many, if not most, of PURE's radios can also play back Internet radio as well as FM. PURE also makes a range of really quite decent wireless speakers, in fact many of their radios have this capability too.
He said it would be "worth having a debate" as to the extent to which people are comfortable about how information the government has."
This would never work because most members of the public don't really understand the issues. In this particular case they want the government to protect them from the baddies but at the same time they aren't comfortable about the government knowing too much information about people (i.e them.)
People want to have their cake and eat it: they want more money pumped into the NHS but don't want to pay more tax. They want free services from the likes of Google but they don't want their details used for the targeted advertising that pays for it. I'm not sure there's a common ground in any of these areas that most people would be happy with.
I may have got the wrong end of the stick there then. I will only add that the technical support of the company in question is *extremely* well regarded in the industry!
A relative of mine who works in tech support for a fairly well-known ISP told me a couple of classics:
I can't get my machine to send emails. Are you blocking port 25?
Yes Sir. Blocking the SMTP port is a service we offer as standard to all our customers.
and my favourite:
My (ADSL) broadband has stopped working?
OK, is your modem plugged in? Is it switched on? (etc)
Are you sure you haven't changed anything?
Well, I did change my landline provider to Virgin Media
I had one of these books which appears to be a compendium of three of these others: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/9742/The-Beginners-Computer-Handbook/
and it probably has heavily influenced the career I am in today.
I've just had a quick skim through the Machine Code one and it's very good, but it does make me realise how lucky us BBC/Electron owners were with their built-in assemblers, it's a bit of a shame that the book doesn't appear to even mention this though.
If I have one criticism, in one of the books here (which I don't own) it states the oft-repeated myth that a BASIC interpreter converts each line into machine code, which it then executes before moving onto the next one. I do wonder whether this book was responsible for people believing this, I certainly remember having a heated argument with my Computer Science lecturer at college about it!
The majority of Pure radios have Internet and/or Bluetooth capability now.
Agreed, tricks like that would work on a BBC Micro or Electron, except that I think it would have actually printed:
10 PRINT "NO!!"": REM ĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥĥ
You could also insert a control code that disabled text output, then another that re-enabled it further on, completely hiding sections of your program.
"That's the Milky Way. It really does look like that, but you need good eyes and a very dark sky. A camera which can handle long exposures helps too."
You actually don't need good eyes at all, but you do need a very dark sky, so you won't see it from any town or city. I'm a keen astronomer and I've never seen it :(
"This translates to 25.6 million miles at the rim or 6.6 million miles at the spindle."
When you consider that that's barely more than a quarter of the way to the Sun, that's actually a bit disappointing :)
[Amy Winehouse's] singing was as musical as my son's pet frog
I guess that's a matter of opinion, my dad and I both liked her but my mum, who is a music teacher, didn't find her to be to her taste.
The production of her albums though, was absolutely appalling, they even manage to sound harsh and compressed on my crappy car system, with the engine running. Back to Black is genuinely the worst sounding CD I've ever come across.
'it must be quite nerve-wracking knowing that your entire life's work might be about to be consigned to the bin marked "interesting, but wrong".'
Like Newton's laws of motion, you mean?