* Posts by wiggers

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing

Vidahost also :-(

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Take a letter to The Times, Miss Jones...

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Re: Positive externality

Yes there are externalities, but it not for the government to arrive at a technical solution. To reduce congestion you introduce road pricing. To reduce pollution you legislate for emissions. Spending tax-payers' money on something they think might be a solution isn't the way to do it.

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You only invest in something if you think there will be a good chance of making a profit. This is why governments shouldn't be investing in things, they are pretty clueless about what might or might not work. Governments need to look out for the externalities. If you want less pollution then legislate for emissions limits. Don't try to second guess what technology might achieve those limits, let those with skin in the game (manufacturers) work it out.

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Who pays?

Why is the taxpayer coughing up for this? If there's a financial advantage then surely it will be funded by the truck manufacturers' R&D departments.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: that have integer ratios in base 10

Yes, sorry, I realised that after I posted. I was focussing on the bigger issue...

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Re: Special cases

The point is, the special cases were well known in the ancient world, pre-Greek. So this tablet simply confirms that and provides more evidence for how far back it was known.

It is not 'better' than sin/cos/tan, it's simply a collection of useful special cases.

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Special cases

Pythagoras noted a number of special triangles, such as 3:4:5, that have integer ratios in base 10.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_triple

The Babylonians had similar special cases that can be written in base 60 as integers as shown on the tablet. Very similar techniques.

The breakthrough with sin/cos/tan is that any triangle can be described and calculated because they are continuous transcendental functions.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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You have to question their intelligence...

If someone has gone to the trouble of registering with the TPS, what are the chances a cold call will result in a sale? The call will be received as an unwelcome intrusion and immediately negate any chance of the sales pitch being viewed positively.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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"In your dreams methinks! Onion yield is strongly correlated with S in the soil."

I understood that he had also bred a new cultivar that gave good yields on S poor soil.

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I remember hearing about a British farmer who had worked out that sulphur that was the main problem. He treated a field to remove all sulphur compounds and the onions he grew were tear-free. This was about ten years ago I think!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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I'd go for fried egg (runny), sausage, smoked back bacon, tomato, and mushrooms fried in butter. I have tea first thing but freshly ground filter coffee with double cream float after breakfast.

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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So is the BBC any different to any other similar sized organisation? What about the top echelons of the NHS for example, or the tax office? Or is it just 'let's have a go at Auntie' kind of slow news week?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/07/19/bbcs-top-pay-reveals-gender-pay-gap-this-is-normal-just-like-the-rest-of-society/

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Re: "with 58 per cent admitting to having used a ripper"

OK, found the link to the report but it doesn't mention file-sharing amongst the older generation. So where does this come from?

"Fathers can now add "file sharing" to the list of things they do to embarrass their teenage children - alongside dancing badly in public.

"P2P file sharing, which peaked over a decade ago, is now the preserve of middle-aged and older internet users"

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"with 58 per cent admitting to having used a ripper"

Using a ripper is one thing, file sharing is something else. I use a ripper to store choonz on a streamer that's entirely within my home. This is simply so I can find tracks without having to find the right CD.

The article really needs a link to the original reports as the story seems to have mangled things rather.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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From experience (my family were nearly wiped out) people's reactions are not always in favour of the 'minimise damage' ones. When a car pulls out from a turning on your side of the road, for example, many people will instinctively swerve to avoid it, ignoring oncoming traffic with double the impact speed. Surely the test of the decision-making algorithms is how much better do they do than the average human driver?

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Antifragile?

It's been a decade or more since NN Taleb wrote 'Fooled by Randomness', 'Black Swan' and five years since 'Antifragile.' Has anyone applied this philosophy to software systems? Have any CTOs read these works?

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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If you're counting calories you're doing it wrong. Lose weight in the kitchen, gain health in the gym. #ketogenic

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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Re: Shouldn't they be throwing more money at this thing?

Especially as it isn't 'Government money', it's taxpayer's money!

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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A similar idea is negative income tax. If you earn less than the tax threshold they pay you to bring it up to that. Probably easier to administer than UBI.

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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Yellow Pages

Older readers will probably remember the entry for Civil Engineering in Yellow Pages. It said simply, "See Boring."

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UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

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Government Cash = Taxpayer Cash

"government would have to stump up the cash"

Why do people keep thinking the gov't has all this cash at it's disposal? It is our money! But yes, the best way is to provide vouchers to people who can't afford the full price of the service, rather than trying to force providers to do what isn't profitable.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Econ 101

"no business is going to miss this golden opportunity to fleece its British customers even more."

If prices rise demand falls. They'll simply sell less at the higher price.

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Hackers hustle to hassle un-patched Joomla! sites

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"eventuated"?? What language is this written in?!

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UK govt sucks at AI and robots, doesn't use them to its advantage – wait, is that good or bad?

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Most feared words...

"I'm from the Government and I'm here to help."

As others have said, we need less interference from the Gov't rather than more. Let Industry do it's own thing. As demand for AI increases so salaries go up, so University applications for AI increase, AI depts at Unis get bigger, and so on. The Government tried to second guess how to reduce carbon emissions by subsidising selected technologies, instead of just introducing a carbon tax (as the Canadians are about to) and let the markets find their own solutions.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

There's still brake fluid that needs replacing biannually,

I think you'll find the recommendation is biennially... 6 months is a bit too frequent!

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

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CyanogenMod

For the Nexus 4 at least, there's only an update when someone builds it. The latest v12.1 was dated 2015-10-07, so is probably missing some Google updates. There are some v13 nightlies but I don't know if they're usable.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Think about it...

Whose money is actually going to HMRC with corporation tax? It's the consumers'. Corporation tax is just an indirect way of taxing the consumer. We're already paying income tax and NI on what we earn and VAT on what we spend, why do we have to pay a chunk of the before-tax amount as well?

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: Pilots will soon only be needed for taxiing

They manage to cock up take-off calculations even with fancy electronic briefcases:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/easyjet-urges-cross-check-rigour-after-take-off-data-420811/

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Re: ...how many landings are fully automatic...

If there is a considerable loss of resistance on one side of the car (both wheels on gravel) then I can imaging the total braking effort would be reduced. To maintain full effort on the tarmac side could result in a spin.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: Sadly

It seems she is wrong, there are clear beneficial effects of moderate consumption, it says here:

http://www.statsguy.co.uk/new-alcohol-guidelines/

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

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Shirley...

if the gravitational wave is distorting spacetime won't it also perturb the measurement frame of reference so the masses will appear not to move?

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: Risk assessment...

If you eat a bacon bap it's the bap that will do most harm!

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Writing?

I would nominate writing, the ability to record information such that it doesn't rely on word of mouth communication. Recorded information can be transmitted across time and space. It means that each generation doesn't need to 'reinvent the wheel' and a civilisation can grow and share knowledge beyond the camp fire. Also essential for the scientific method, without being able to record your hypothesis no one would be able to test it and build on the body of evidence. And without writing there would be neither book-keeping nor databases. I've heard it said that the invention of writing also brought about patriarchal societies, although I don't recall the reasons.

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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Re: Boilers

I read somewhere* recently that older boilers were better on NOx than condensing, although worse on CO2 hence the move to switch. The reason being that the exhause on older boilers cools more slowly, allowing the NOx to degrade to something else. In a condenser the gasses are cooled rapidly defeating this process. Also I believe condensing boilers have a higher max burn temp, increasing NOx production.

*I think it was here on El Reg.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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They get around a bit

These 'rogue engineers' seem to have been working for other companies also!

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/09/mercedes-honda-mazda-mitsubishi-diesel-emissions-row?CMP=twt_gu

And in the US in the 90s it seems they were all at it...

http://arstechnica.co.uk/cars/2015/10/volkswagens-emissions-cheating-scandal-has-a-long-complicated-history/

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Boffin

Re: It is not portion size which matters

You're on the right track and bread is a key factor. You can go further and say carbohydrates in general contribute to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other conditions known collectively as metabolic syndrome. This has been shown in numerous high quality studies and meta-analyses. The biochemistry of this is very simple. The body considers carbs as a rarity because for most of the past million years we haven't had supermarkets with aisles full of cereals, crisps, sugary drinks, bread, baked goods, biscuits, jam, sweets, etc. So when you consume carbs the mechanism that makes you feel full is turned off so that you can carb-load and build up fat reserves quickly. That's fine if it's for a short season before winter, but not every day all year round. Eating food high in natural fats will make you feel full properly and it's difficult to over-consume.

Smaller portion sizes will make no difference now that people are accustomed to snacking (and adverts tell them it's good and healthy so to do). They'll still have the mid-morning and mid-afternoon crash in blood-glucose levels and feel 'hungry' so reach for more sugar. Expect sales of snacks and sugary drinks to increase if this is implemented.

Low carb, high fat is what we always used to eat.

http://www.dietdoctor.com/

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Journos to be spared replacement by robots, BBC claims

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Like fusion power

"35 per cent of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years".

They've been making predictions like this since the 80s! The thing is this sort of change happens gradually, so the reduction in jobs gets hidden in natural turnover. It's not like shutting down a mine or steelworks where the entire town gets laid off in one go.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: Android 5.1.1 arrived today

5.1.1 came out in April this year, before Stagefright was discovered. Are you sure it fixes this vuln?

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Right of way

The overtaking vehicle (or ship for that matter) has to give priority to the one being overtaken. Therefore merging lane 1 -> 2 makes sense in that lane 2 are the overtakers and 'should' allow lane 1 vehicles to merge in. It also makes sense to merge lane 4 (say) into 3 as it is the end of the overtaking section. Of the two, I think the latter is preferred as it simply means overtaking is being stopped. Whereas 1 -> 2 is tough on those in lane 1 as they need to find a slot to move into and hope faster vehicles will let them in.

(Disclosure: I have worked in Traffic Management)

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: In other news...

Last of the Summer Whine?

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

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Re: What benefits and to whom?

So the consumers who, along with other taxpayers, are only benefiting to the tune of about £5bn will actually be handing around £9bn to the businesses that are charging them for power anyway. Not to mention the charge for actually having one of these things fitted.

If they are so beneficial to the generating businesses why don't they finance it themselves instead of the taxpayer?

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What benefits and to whom?

Still unclear about the benefits side of the equation and how these provide value against the cost. And to whom do the benefits accrue? So far all I've heard is that it will mean the end of estimated bills (why not read your own meter once a month?) and some wishful thinking about the effects of instant feedback on consumption. The idea of appliances responsive to price is still a long way off. The IoT currently has wildly growing numbers of protocols, so what chance your Curry's washing machine imported from China will know what the price of leccy is?

Far better to invest the umpteen billions in nuclear power to produce more power than we know what to do with, instead of implementing rationing by stealth.

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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Re: When did the Register become the mouthpiece of a failed labour party??

So anything pointing out problems with a gov't project is automatically deemed a promotion for the opposition? I thought that was just an American disease.

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Slamming of barn doors...

...to the sound of distant hoof-beats.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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I think I'd rather be connected to a nuclear power station than buy one of these and a shed load of solar panels.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Plurality of Protocols

Exactly how many incompatible protocols are mentioned in this article? It's bad enough having apps that only work with minority OSes, but when you are choosing your washing machine according to which flavour of phone you have, or which protocol your fridge uses, it's getting a bit absurd.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

At least on Freesat you can get BBC4 HD, which is just about the only channel with anything worth watching. (Still loads of repeats, to the extent they now have to put 'New' in the title so you can spot the original stuff.) I don't know why they even bothered with SD, it seems to be worse than the analogue channels DTV replaced. Big step backwards!

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Slopey shoulders

This reminds me of complaints I've made in the past. The BBC response has been to 'reframe' the complaint to sidestep the main issue and then say they've done nothing wrong.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

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Nice hardware, shame about the app

This seems to apply to most of the Withings 'ecosystem'. I've been using the Pulse and Smart Body Analyser (=WiFi scales) for 18months but the Android app is still, after all that time, almost unusable. They introduced a new 'Timeline' display a little while ago, but that has even worse synchronisation issues than the original Dashboard. If you report any bug their first response is to uninstall and reinstall the app. This loses all your personalisation setting so you have to go through the painful setup all over again. The bug is usually still there afterwards! Also, the web app has its own settings, some of which are reflected in the mobile app, but some have weird side effects. As the reviewer says, "...when app and hardware are both part of the 'product', a weakness in one is a fault in the other."

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