What does Russia do?
Do the Russians buy Huawei kit?
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"...never been infected..."
nbsp is something I replace during html editing -- I do use the 'edit html' screen as well as the WYSIWYG screen. I get a lot of nbsp in html articles saved from the web; some are introduced when the author has been correcting typos, some seem to be put in especially in documents created on Apple machines, and others seem to be house style policies.
"... and you've probably not heard of ..."
I am well aware of those things. You, perhaps, are unfamiliar with themes and styles in MS Word.
Also, perhaps, unfamiliar with the proverb: "The best is enemy of the good". MS Word and Libre Office Word can produce structured documents of office quality. If I want kerning and ligatures I will use Lyx or a 60-day trial I have of Quark Express.
I never did agree with formatting things by hand, starting with Digital Standard Runoff on VAX computers. Almost any word processor is preferable to Tex/Latex. I use a WYSIWYG html editor for creating and cleaning up documents: it removes multiple spaces, makes multiple newlines easy to remove, and supports body text, headings, lists, and tables. It produces what I call "simple html".
The Telegraph and many other websites use single-sentence paragraphs, a usage condemned by my schoolmasters in the late 1950s. The BBC remain fixated on visual content: they would rather bore you with a five-minute audio-video than give you text you could read in a few seconds. The only site I use regularly that writes proper paragraphs is the Spectator.
The real absurdity is when the Latex enthusiasts claim you can "just write". Oh no you can't, not when you have to remember the markup for paragraphs, headers, and lists. And tables are hell! The nearest I have come to "just write" is Microsoft One Note, where even tables are a doddle.
I refer to the original desktop One Note, not to the cloudy abortion MS is trying to impose on us.
I have just installed 6.2 as an upgrade to 6.1 on a Windows system.
All the variations of the Liberation fonts (mono, sans, serif) looked like mono. Same with the Deja Vu fonts. The Microsoft fonts (Times, Arial, etc.) were OK.
It looks like a typical problem with free software: more enthusiasm than accuracy.
I accept that other animals can recognise 1, 2, 3, etc. when looking at specific sets of objects. What may be unique to homo sap is to associate the symbol 1, 2, etc with a number of objects. This is analogous to the way that words are abstract and their sound is not related to what they mean.
Libre Office is fine if you are working alone; and simple letters and essays can be exchanged with the Rest of the World.
But try that with complicated documents, containing tables, lists, footnotes, pictures, drop caps, page numbers, sections in two-column format, various fonts, an index and a table of contents -- and one or more minor details will be wrong. For one document, you can fix it; but for a dozen documents a day it is too much. These tend to be important documents with a life of many years, shared by many people.
If Libre Office ruled the world, it would be a Microsoft problem of course.
I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I knew an old lady who swallowed a spider
That wriggled and wriggled and tickled inside 'er
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly…
I knew an old lady who swallowed a bird
How absurd, to swallow a bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider…
I knew an old lady who swallowed a cat
Well fancy that, she swallowed a cat…
I knew an old lady who swallowed a dog
What a hog, to swallow a dog…
I knew an old lady who swallowed a horse
How very coarse, to swallow a horse…
I knew an old lady who swallowed a cow
I don't know how she swallowed a cow…
It has to be a large ring.
It is not possible to accelerate uncharged particles, such as neutrons. When you accelerate charged particles (or decelerate, as in X-ray machines), energy is radiated away. Circular motion means sideways acceleration, same thing.
So it has to be a large ring, i.e. small curvature.
My first approach to word processing was using the EDT program from Digital Equipment Corp, first on 16-bit PDP-11 computers running RSX11M, and then on 32-bit VAX machines. EDT was able to re-flow a paragraph of text, and do cut and paste, so a document could be tweaked until it was right. I would then print it on a lineprinter, and copy-type the text on a regular typewriter. With the VAX machine came laser printers, and then a diktat from an old-fashioned boss that we were to use typists for documents, not laser printers.
After that I bought an Amstrad Word Processor, a cheap device which sold so well IBM actually noticed. The Amstrad was designed to work very neatly with just the keyboard; I never felt the need for a mouse. Meanwhile at work I was still expected to use Digital Standard Runoff. I knew one small company that tried to get its secretary to use DSR, with predictably negative results.
I saw many instances in my career where I thought the initial analysis was poorly done, and processes were not cleanly separated. This led to variables being corrupted in unexpected ways. Coding standards cannot correct for poor analysis.
All too often, so-called design documents were a restatement of requirements: they said what was wanted but did not show how to achieve that. For 1950s programmers transcribing mathematics into Fortran, the requirements were often enough; but, for example, a modern database meeting modern requirements needs much more thought. Even a simple members list of an organisation should be more than just getting correct postage labels: e.g. reports on how many by county or country, ...
Design reviews ought to emphasise these matters, but often they don't. Management often feels they obstruct the need to get on with the coding.
I spent my career wondering how to turn an engineering graduate into a good programmer, and never did find the answer.
I have to admit I did not properly understand the scheme until I read the paper cited in the article.
Molten silicon (the element, not the oxide aka silica or sand) is being pumped around by electromagnetic arrangements with no moving parts apart from the molten silicon. Its "low" temperature is 1,500C and its high temperature 2,900C. Radiation and "solar" cells are a plausible way of extracting energy from the high temperature phase, rather than traditional heat exchangers.
Years ago I worked on software for a nuclear power station. The CO2 reactor coolant then generated steam at 800C -- red heat -- and high pressure.
As ever, a journalist expresses his dislike of the English law of libel.
That law says in effect that if you claim something as fact you must in the last resort be prepared to prove it in court (to a civil standard, less demanding than a criminal standard).
If you make it clear that it is an opinion, it is necessary only that other people might share that opinion: it does not have to be factual, or politically correct.
What the law does forbid is reproducing rumour as fact. It also forbids printing something and than claiming that the source cannot be revealed. Both these bans remove a lot of worthless reporting and are worth having.
PS This is an opinion.
Thank you for replying to my comment.
My career in the software industry showed me that people are generally willing to pay for hardware, but sorely begrudge paying for software. Your reply shows that FB will pay for hardware, but does not disprove my point about paying for software.
PS I do not use Facebook. Ghastly nonsense for American extroverts.
The reason the World Wide Web exists at all is that Berners-Lee made it available at no cost. Who now remembers the contemporary whatever-it-was (I've forgotten the name) that died after they tried to charge for it. There was an interface to it in Windows NT3.
Facebook, Google, and others are well aware of that history.
Edit: from another comment, I see that I was talking about Gopher.
Munich, and other German places, tried that. The problem was that they had to exchange lots of documents every day with other German places still using Microsoft Office.
The word "compatible" has a special meaning in the computer industry: good enough for salesmen but not good enough for actual screen bashers.
So Libre Office will not be a practical choice until the vast majority are using it.
On Earth, the weight of a unit mass is GM/(R**2).
This becomes proportional to GM**(1/3).
The new exoplanet is described as 'rocky', with mass at 3.2*M. If its average density is similar to Earth, gravity at its surface will be greater by 1.47. But who cares about gravity if you live in an ocean?
During WW2 my dad was a radar technician in the RN. He told us of one ship where, as soon as they had left port, people in his position were ordered to do normal sailor duties.
There are such people in the armed forces -- not too many of them, one hopes. "Man management with discipline" is the key phrase.
The polling number is on the back of the ballot paper. When the papers are being counted, they are kept face-up so the candidates and their agents lurking behind those doing the counting do not see the polling number. Traditionally the only time the polling number is reconnected to the voter ID is when there are court actions over the vote.
Postal votes are slightly different. As they are received in the days before the election, they are vetted by election staff and then put into a ballot box ready for counting. As a candidate myself, I have wondered what checks there are on that vetting. The candidates are not invited to oversee things for obvious reasons. Does the Electoral Commission do any overseeing here?
It has happened before. Religious nutters destroyed the School of Euclid and the Library of Alexandria. Here's hoping the books of Euclid will still be in use when all the religious books are forgotten.
I as a single man paying just about the maximum in British taxes feel that the education budget on STEM subjects is achieving nothing and is, unfortunately, a total waste of MY money.
However, I suspect it is a cunning plan by our invisible galactic overlords to prevent us from reaching a point where we might challenge them.
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