Re: OY! Less dissing gravity...
Besides, isn't it more of a surface-tension thing?
385 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012
Besides, isn't it more of a surface-tension thing?
>Private companies can't be trusted to extend services if they aren't forced to...
Air travel seems to have done so, mostly in the face of public sector restrictions.
The railways were built with private money as well of course.
> * Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.
Beardy Co got a special dispensation to run a monopoly on the west coast as I recall, on the promise of huge amounts of funding which was immediately swallowed up by the massive backlog of basic maintenance and so little was seen except for rather swish trains.
Speaking of which, some people may not remember quite how crap trains were before privatisation, but they were, crap.
Looking at that table the 6502 was something of a wonder of efficiency, makes ARM look hefty..
> ...downvote for using the expression "my bad"...
I know these archaic linguistic expressions can be confusing to those who haven't studied them, and indeed are often seen as a bit pompous. However, be assured its meaning is similar to "mea culpa".
Am I the only person thinking it's time I had a shit in the bosses desk?
- They accept it.
- You have a network.
- The battery isn't flat.
- It hasn't been nicked by someone who noticed that you're lugging 500 quid of hardware around.
At $150/hour get someone else to do it for you.
>It might suit some applications.
You think they'll branch out?
I seem to recall that Labour came to power in '97 having promised to stick to Ken Clarke's budget, which is what led to the surplus rather than anything Brown did.
>You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.
Sorry, I had to down vote that.
> The economic effect of leaving the EU would also be nothing.
Then there's no point doing it and extending the article over several paragraphs explaining how you believe it would be beneficial would be silly.
Does the world actually work like that though? We have two major banks (Standard Chartered and HSBC) who's fundamental business is in China yet they are based in London, Boots is based in Switzerland (outside the EU of course) and Ford recently moved it's transit production from the UK to Turkey and of course there are all those tax dodging firms based in the channel islands.
The argument that businesses would prefer some EU location to the UK because of the EU presumes that the EU would have some kind of substantial trade barrier with the UK, but they don't with Switzerland or Norway and Turkey doesn't get rough treatment either.
Sure, they use it so they can pay for it.
My point was actually that it's unsurprising that Network Rail has worked better than Railtrack as it has much more money available to it than Railtrack did, which is probably necessary and it probably does make sense for railways to be paid for nationally, but it's not the public success/private failure that you paint it as.
I'm not sure that the government pumping my money into a service I don't use is a great "success" either.
Doesn't taxing excess profit amount to taxing success? Isn't what we really want is a tax on all capital which would pressure effort to maximise returns and also be broadly equitable as people with more capital would pay more tax.
I have to confess I don't know how you'd do that in practice though.
> Valeri Polyakov on Mir actually, 437.7 days in one stretch.
Mir and also the ISS use rockets to bump them back up every so often, as such I contend that they are actually hovering rather than falling and missing the planet.
Probably the longest fallers were amongst the astronauts on the moon which is properly falling all the time.
>I suspect the barge is a SWATH (Small Water Area Twin Hull) style design.
It's not, it's a barge. Google "MARMAC 300" for pics.
No it's not, it's held in position with azimuth thrusters.
Unsurprisingly they're aware of obvious stuff.
The great thing about private enterprise is that I don't care if it doesn't make sense because I'm not paying for it. It's interesting to see if it works, but if it doesn't, not my problem.
Incidentally ULA have kicked off a related re-use program apparently involving helicopters, parachutes and presumably a massive catcher's mitt, which promises to be very entertaining.
The sooner it dies the sooner IE 8 dies.
If you could fry the electronics in these things without losing the supply and without directly interfering with the meter?
If you have two kitchens and an overflow fridge in the cellar and all these things are two stories apart then suddenly internet connected fridges make sense.
For the first time in my life I see why someone might want one. It might even make sense for the toasters and bread bins too.
> I'd be interested to hear of any approach that could work without this.
Well, you could have an "impersonate user" privilege that lets you make an O/S call to become that user requiring a password to authenticate with, which would mean the process itself wouldn't have all the other stuff that root users can play with and wouldn't even be able to impersonate any user without a password.
The idea of "root" on Unix systems is widely considered to be a poor privilege model, it's just historically important. VMS had a "BYPASS" privilege, which was similar but almost no processes ever had it.
It isn't so much that the capitalist buying the spade makes money but that he makes more money than the man wielding the spade.
One of the better discussions of this is in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Free on Gutenberg), despite being coloured by a rather naive view of what socialism has to offer (written before the various demonstrations of it in practice) it does show quite well what totally unconstrained capitalism does to the people who have neither unusual or rare talent nor capital.
VMS sprang to my mind too remembering the transition to Alpha.
Thing is, graphical apps did run dog slow on VMS.
Will be along in a moment explaining how there will be an IT company hiring all the cheap old people and cleaning up as a result.
"...nobody can hear the difference between a 320kbps CBR audio file and the CD."
"Set B was the MP3, yet for those who picked A or B, most thought A sounded inferior!"
"Few listeners can distinguish between “average” and “best” MP3 samples"
"The results of experiments conducted in this study showed that, in all listening conditions, music samples compressed by lossy compression codecs proved undistinguishable from original uncompressed samples for bit rates of approx. 96–128 kbps."
"Differences in files at 128 kbit/s and higher cannot be noticed within the majority of listeners"
So, Brooks Newmark and Bryant would've been able to sit out their respective photo scandals knowing that the evidence could never be shown to anyone?
OK, farmers clearly have to be in rural areas, and something can probably be done with mobile broadband to ensure they can get access to government services.
But isn't it more reasonable to expect people who don't need to be in the countryside to sort themselves out than it is to force me to pay for their lifestyle choices?
In case people aren't aware of this yet, tenant farming and pub tenancies are non-starters.
Don't do it.
You won't make any money and it will grind you down.
If you're in either of these, get out now.
Now you've been told, don't complain when you find it grinds you down and you have no money.
Ramps aren't about preventing discrimination, but allowing access.
People don't start off with "I don't want to hire people in wheelchairs how can I avoid that" and end up with "I know I'll make sure there are stairs everywhere".
People who don't want to hire disabled people have a problem in their head they just wont hire them, they might well still put ramps in and still just not hire them.
The way to prevent discrimination is through recruitment processes that ensure no one person makes the decision and those that do must independently justify their personal decisions before the final decision.
A good starting point is Joel's approach: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/GuerrillaInterviewing3.html
Obviously this stuff varies on the size of the organisation a one man band cannot have multiple interviewers for instance.
From their website:-
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination."
and good on 'em.
Maybe it's the "u" they object to?
When I were a lad it was considered preferable, I think the US influence in TV and t'internet from the '90s onward, where "coloured" has a more problematic history has changed the prevailing view.
"Black" never seemed suitable in northern England in the '80s as those of a darker ethnicity were more light brown and if you wanted to be offensive there were plenty of more offensive words than "coloured".
Language changes fast these days.
>"The dog wags it is tail" and "The dog wags it has tail" make no sense.
A bit too simplistic, the ban on the possessive apostrophe on "it" is arbitrary.
Let us consider the dog's tail, its tail wags.
The "it" is the dog, but while the dog gets the possessive apostrophe the dog as it doesn't.
No doubt I have broken numerous rules of grammar and speeling but in my defence I am not correcting but expanding upon the problem.
One day everyone will run Linux, and then all the viruses will target Linux.
I do wonder about these people who seem to think Linux has some kind of magical power that protects it.
In the UK the "buzzword" laws are often actually just amendments to existing law, some of it is naturally marketing, we have after all, elected a marketing man as PM.
Regarding photos and permission I wouldn't like to see the day when a photo of an MP in his jim-jams with his nob out would be barred from publication, at the same time it's clearly extortion to demand money from him under threat of doing so.
I guess another vote for doing this creep under extortion laws from me then.
Yes, newer versions are better than older versions is a marketing ploy.
I'm not sure about your 32bn, I think that's from the article for US consumers of facebook, so should be 3 or 4 times higher for TV and most TV has advertising as well as a subscription so the 50p is too low (although it seems a little high in the first place).
In all, I think the TV figure would come out at more than $250bn around 20 times the value of facebook to the world.
I have my doubts on both.
Facebook is in fact no different to TV, it's entertainment funded by ads, people actually pay for TV full of adverts too of course, on top of the advertising.
So if we did the same calculation average american spending 8 hours a day watching TV, then presumably TV comes in as more beneficial to the human race than the entirety of Europe?
Facebook, is no different to other forms of entertainment and can be valued in exactly the same way.
That's how I read it too..
>As a good first approximation - zero.
Not sure about this, when you design for lower performance there's a cascade of things that get smaller, lighter and cheaper and then because the whole is smaller and lighter you can go smaller and lighter again.
Think tyres, brakes, suspension, drive-shafts all that stuff doesn't need to be as big if the power is lower.
On the other hand you don't want to spend 100k to drive the electrified equivalent of a 2CV.
If you gave that a flight deck you could fly Typhoons off it without a catapult...
Not sure about this, if my machine has been off for a while and I turn it on, then the clock corrects much faster than your statement would imply.
Similarly we get an hour change twice a year which also happens nice and quickly.
...but if the client doesn't deal with it like that then the clock is wrong until ntp corrects it using the normal mechanism.
In normal use computer clocks drift and will regularly get 1 second corrections, things like Amadeus may well be second sensitive with carefully synchronised real time clocks everywhere but for most systems this will happen frequently and probably with larger amounts.
>Last time I checked - North Korea was a third world country without high speed internet links.
>The country has some broadband infrastructure, including fiber optic links between major institutions producing nationwide speeds of up to 2.5 Gbit/s. (Wikipedia)
Seems pretty good for the 20 or so people allowed to use the link...
Is high speed required for this anyway?
Yes, win 8 and it's really just the application menu, the other gubbins is pretty much the same as 7.
Linux is a fine OS, but an OS is more than an app menu, and I want to run windows games at home and I need vis. studio for work (not my decision).
My telly has a linux box attached, I very rarely use the app menu on that either.