* Posts by wiggers

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The UK's Cairncross Review calls for Google, Facebook to be regulated – and life support for journalism

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Most news publications, with the exception of the BBC, do so to make money. Mostly from advertising and partly from subscription. There is a market for news, however loose the definition. There is no monopoly. Therefore there is no need for taxpayers' money to be thrown at a non-existent problem, especially not yet-another-QUANGO.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Government funding

Presumably because no one else was daft enough to invest in it!

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: I want to move away

I'm using Tsohost now, seem reasonably low-cost and competent.

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Offered for domain already migrated away!

They sent me the 'deal' for a domain I transferred to someone else many years ago! When I queried it they sent me a list of half a dozen other domains they were 'protecting' that I had transferred to another registrar over the past couple of years.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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Governments are crap at picking technologies

So they install fibre everywhere at taxpayers' expense just as the rest of the world moves on to something else, say mesh radio of some kind. When demand outstrips supply the price goes up, encouraging new investment in the supply side. Having the government plan things is a horrible idea.

"Hayek was right, the only calculating machine we have capable of planning the economy is that economy itself with its pricing mechanism." @worstall

UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Alert

Just what we need..

Moar QUANGOs!

"I'm from the government, I'm here to help."

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Re: Hmmm...

I've noticed many survey/speed test sites don't allow the option of 'coax' or cable, which forms a large proportion of VM's connections.

MIT gives one-star review to Lyft, Uber over abysmal '$3.37/hr' pay

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Judge by what people do, not what they say they want.

If the 'wages' are so bad why are people still driving for these services?

Worstall, formerly of this parish, has an explanation:

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/02/is-it-ubers-wages-or-the-minimum-wage-wrong-here/

Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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The Dilbert Principle

"Always postpone meetings with time-wasting morons."

http://dilbert.com/strip/1989-05-10

Best piece of advice I ever read!

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

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It's all about control

"the increasing number of journeys made by vehicles it doesn't control"

How exactly does it intend to control where taxis go? Surely that's down to the passenger! And what about all the privately owned vehicles, not for hire, by far the majority of traffic in London? Seems a rather specious argument.

The reporting to police business is a bit odd too. Surely it is the victim or witnesses who do the reporting, not the people who run an hailing app!

GOLD! Always believe in your role. You've got the power to know you're indestructible...

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Wrong direction!

The inclination of the orbit is way off, which is why they probably lost comms.

"TLEs are out - the Ariane objects are in 230 x 43160 km x 20 degree geotransfer instead of the intended 250 x 45000 x 3 deg, so inclination totally off but height pretty much fine"

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/956942816655040513

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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They should have a pico-module all about Blockchain, that should get them flocking in!

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: If somebody does not understand...

I've taught and helped maybe a dozen 'silver surfers', but one lady defeated me. All she wanted to do was transfer photos from her camera to her computer and organise them. During the first session she seemed to be doing well, taking notes to remind herself. Got a call a couple of weeks later and she was struggling to find and open Windows Explorer. After two more teaching sessions I had to admit defeat. Her recall after only a few minutes was gone, even with her notes.

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

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Supply and demand

"Some 15,010 people started ICT apprenticeships in 2016/17, down from 16,020 the previous year and a fall of 3,510 since 2011/12, the government body found."

So they have successfully increased the supply and now the demand is falling. Do we really need the NAO to tell us that?

Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

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Re: If you build them...

"what happens when your infernal combustion engine wears out?"

Current vehicle design is such that the engine should last the life of the car, if properly maintained. So when the engine needs replacement it is generally uneconomic to do so and the vehicle is scrapped. This is factored into the depreciation costs, the assumption is that a new engine won't be required for the foreseeable future.

There are not nearly enough EVs in the used car market for this calculation to be made, so it is a big unknown. Leasing companies will need to work this out as this affects their rates.

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If you build them...

Question is, can they sell them at a profit? And what will the depreciation be like?

National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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Re: Governments are useless..

Centralised planning fails again!

No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Great Depression?

"They anticipate a period like the Great Depression, when agricultural innovations meant fewer workers were needed to produce food, reducing agricultural prices and incomes, and thereby driving down demand for urban products."

Of all the causes mooted for the depression agricultural innovation isn't one of them!

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

If that's the basis of their argument then they're on completely the wrong tack!

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

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Comments on images still there

The code in images.php had an unconditional comments call, which you had to delete to disable comments. Now there doesn't appear to be an images.php file and still no way of turning off comments on image pages.

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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"Most locations (59%, n = 37) were sampled in only one year, 20 locations in two years, five locations in three years, and one in four years" also "Our data do not represent longitudinal records at single sites, suitable to derive location specific trends"

Looking at Table 1 it seems the sampling was very irregular and sporadic. I'm not sure how you can draw any conclusions from this! And in Fig 2, is it my eyes or does the black trend line appear to be right at the top of the blue bars?

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing

Vidahost also :-(

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...

'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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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/

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.

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?

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?

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

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.

Hackers hustle to hassle un-patched Joomla! sites

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

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.

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!

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.

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?

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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