Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing
Vidahost also :-(
142 posts • joined 23 Jan 2011
Vidahost also :-(
Take a letter to The Times, Miss Jones...
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.
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.
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.
Yes, sorry, I realised that after I posted. I was focussing on the bigger issue...
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.
Pythagoras noted a number of special triangles, such as 3:4:5, that have integer ratios in base 10.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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?
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"
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.
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?
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?
If you're counting calories you're doing it wrong. Lose weight in the kitchen, gain health in the gym. #ketogenic
Especially as it isn't 'Government money', it's taxpayer's money!
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.
Older readers will probably remember the entry for Civil Engineering in Yellow Pages. It said simply, "See Boring."
"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.
"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.
"eventuated"?? What language is this written in?!
"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.
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!
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.
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?
They manage to cock up take-off calculations even with fancy electronic briefcases:
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.
It seems she is wrong, there are clear beneficial effects of moderate consumption, it says here:
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?
If you eat a bacon bap it's the bap that will do most harm!
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.
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.
These 'rogue engineers' seem to have been working for other companies also!
And in the US in the 90s it seems they were all at it...
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.
"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.
5.1.1 came out in April this year, before Stagefright was discovered. Are you sure it fixes this vuln?
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)
Last of the Summer Whine?
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?
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.
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.
...to the sound of distant hoof-beats.
I think I'd rather be connected to a nuclear power station than buy one of these and a shed load of solar panels.
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.
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!
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.
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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