As a total aside, my SEA friends pronounce 'Winnie The Pooh' as 'We-needa Pooh' - never fails to entertain!
110 posts • joined 14 May 2011
Re: Typical el Reg
OK then, the article mentions Byte so here's a quote from the late Jerry Pournelle, "the Mac didn't become the computer for the rest of us because the first Macs were too limited and the next generation which could have been that were at prices the rest of us couldn't afford. It took Windows -- unreliable, limited, slick looking but finicky, wasteful of resources -- to get computers on every desk and in every home and in every classroom."
Much good has come from the democratization of computing but Apple played little part in that.
Re: I'm sneering, but you know who's to blame for this?
I totally get that you dislike Amber Rudd (me too!) but smart meters are an EU wheeze leapt upon by Ed Miliband's Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Minister of State for Energy at that time was Mike O'Brien who told the Telegraph in July of his that, "After a while I barely looked at it, didn't use it. We got rid of it."
I think he meant the 'in home device' rather than the meter - him not knowing the difference wouldn't surprise me given that he, not Amber Rudd, is largely responsible for the present mess. OTOH he's no longer MP for North Warwickshire so perhaps he has ripped his meter out and is cultivating something entirely different to the usual Westminster disdain for voters.
Well it's not like they had a choice - they couldn't do the former as there was no 6502 replacement that suited them so they did the latter. I think the article implies that.
This was an age when eg IDE was a novelty, the problem was that Acorn were used to doing peripheral control on the CPU to cut hardware costs and arrive at a viable price point but you can't have your CPU disappearing into it's own microcode for a dozen (plus some random number of) clock cycles without your OS thinking the hardware has failed. IIRC MUL was the first ARM instruction to take more than one clock tick and if you watch an ARM running RISC OS it's forever jumping into and out of Supervisor Mode.
There's no need to be revisionist over the history. The truth is the Master series hung around in education for an embarrassing length of time and left the door open for the competition which consequently sealed Acorn's fate. That ARM didn't disappear is 50% excellent judgement and 50% good timing/luck.
As for unhackable, as with BBC MOS, RISC OS routines were called through vectors plus those OS ROM modules were fully relocatable and could be replaced by soft loaded RAM resident versions and often were cos patching. Hacking the OS was half the fun and yes, still got mine too.
Re: "From my 50,000 feet position"...
But surely he needs to define the key attributes of his emergent themes and mandate guidelines to provide rafts of measures to drive pictures of excellence through a robust organising framework leveraging relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, observability and triability in his best of breed world class solutions going forward?
Re: Wasps / Apple fall
Had this in the female loo at work, all the other men in the company being too pussy to deal with the situation I went in with a Henry hoover like some sort of Ghostbuster and thunked them down the nozzle (top tip!) after which I duct-taped their entry holes.
Left a note on the hoover and the nest to die off over winter, total pest control bill £0.00
Lock Story 3: Nothing But a Hand-towel
Smart friend, house in her name, partner & father of her three kids decides to re-engineer his personality with cocaine. He's kicked out but returns one day while she's showering and one of the kids lets him it. He drags her into the street, naked except for a small hand-towel, and locks her out of her own house. Phone box 999, mentions she's naked - said she'd never seen so many police cars turn up at once.
Lock Story 2: Young, Dumb and (not) Full of Chips
Same street, fire engine turns up outside one teatime and their radio came right through the hi-fi (A&R A60). Turns out the young female student occupant (details that seemed important to the fire service) had locked herself out with a fryer going on the hob.
Lock Story 1: Bank Holiday Locksmith
Elderly neighbour locked herself out, distressed at the cost of a bank holiday locksmith (but not quite distressed enough for the police to break in for her) she mentioned there were keys inside in the lock of the other door.
Out we went with toolbox and a small mirror to make something to hook the keys out through the front door letterbox. Took maybe an hour, Victorian terrace street plenty of people passing and not one single person queried or even jokingly mentioned what we were doing.
I guess it was the toolbox. I'm told a hi-viz and a bucket of water will get you in just about anywhere.
Re: Fair enough, but as a matter of balance
nothing special happening in terms of extra teaching
The class teacher would have been required, with few additional resources, to ensure the child picked up English - even at the expense of the achievement of the rest of the class. Fine with one child, but when it's four or five or six...
Sounds like your example pupil did OK but you don't mention outcomes for the rest of her class.
Re: Killing the patient
We are talking about data that is not needed for a school to teach the child....
So why ask it?
If English is not the first language in their CoB it might be very relevant and not just in their initial years, Autumn terms follow eight weeks where some children don't hear a word of English.
The data provides evidence to request additional resources or explain academic performance that is lower than expected.
Re: Multiple Patterning?
Article is right, 'feature size' doesn't mean much, it is what it says: the smallest distinguishable feature, the actual components are a whole lot bigger.
And yield ain't what it used to be since per-transistor cost started going up instead of down, a particular problem for Intel since their profitability depended on spawning smaller versions of their high-end product at cheaper prices.
There's a good thing to come out of this, since software developer's machines stopped getting faster they've optimised for platforms approximating mine - I've not had to upgrade CPU for six years now.
Re: Normal really
I've heard from a digger driver that they don't worry about things like digging through power cables or water mains
I heard that too, from a BT staffer. If you wrote to them weeks in advance they'd send a map saying where not to dig but if you put a JCB bucket right through they'd actually come out on site, same day too!
Google owns the lab and designed the experiment, humanity are the lab rats and content providers supply the little bits of cheese.
The design requires all types of cheese (including poisonous) and the avoidance of certain types is a valid outcome & worthwhile data. The vast majority of content creators make next to no dollar: the money is in the results, not in the supply of little bits of cheese which is why I am very, very suspicious about this article.
The word is that YouTube has been 'de-monetising' for some time consequently the charm offensive they are on right now with their free food pop-up space events is probably necessary and any story, no matter how negative, about mega-earners just plays into their hands.
Google still wants stats of viewer behaviour but there's less ad revenue to share to attract new content.
Re: Musk is crazy
In mine and "for my own safety" I expect to be banned from the same road space as robocars, a space currently for everyone and funded by everyone through general taxation but I won't expect the new robousers to pay tolls and I won't expect compensation for loss of access.
It's not what I want but it's the only way I can see this working: Moore's Law ran out of road and we're in Amdahl country now.
Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...
no chance of me ever watching the BBC, its for brain dead people, every program is mundane, if they have anything intelligent on it, its all dumbed down for 11 year olds who watch eastenders to understand it, i have'nt watched nothing on the BBC for 20 years, and it is all deleted off of my freeview channel list
should'nt need to pay for something you care nothing about
Be careful what you wish for: if we ask gov to abolish the Licence Fee they'll just add the sum to income tax.
TV-free for 20+ years here too and neither do I pay, if El Reg mucks this arrangement up I'll be annoyed!
Re: the Beeb don't do anything that is or requires a natural monopoly
Agreed. However, the BBC is required by law to be impartial. Commercial stations just have to make a profit and keep their owners happy. That's a pretty big difference and one that I think is worth paying for.
Sky News do a great job and arguably outpaced the Beeb some time ago. MP's expenses, the biggest political scandal of my generation, was broken by The Telegraph. Meanwhile the Beeb quash Jimmy Savile stories while bothering the airspace over Cliff Richard's house and there are certainly many individuals within the BBC who are anything but impartial.
It's not as good as some people think it is, it's certainly not good value (it's just that lots of people pay which get the individual price down) and while it exists it stops something good coming along to replace it.
Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...
I have spent several years ignoring the TVL letters sent to me on a ridiculously frequent basis...
If the frequency starts to bother you, just answer one. I now get just one email every four years which I think simply exists for people to perjure themselves should they get caught out.
Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...
Secondly, the presence of the BBC raises the standards of the other channels. Without it there would be a rush to the bottom with 3 minutes of programming per 30 minutes of adverts.
The 'rush to the bottom' was started by the BBC when it began chasing ratings after ITV launched in the 50's
the utter hypocrisy of a government stealing/ wasting billions and then spouting this off...
There are rightly big penalties for not paying it but seeming none for wasting it? Funny how it's "tax" on collection, "tax payer's money" at local government level but then suddenly it's "Westminster money" as soon as MPs get involved.
I really don't understand your message downvotes.
Except that MS DOS was dominant long before Windows arrived.
'One on every desk' - every business, schoolhouse, home was his goal. So he broke IBM's stranglehold by commoditizing the hardware and supplied a cheap, dirty little OS for others to sell their applications on.
I suspect he's always been an altruist but that's not mutually exclusive with being a money grabbing filthy rich capitalist animal :)
Re: Markets are mostly psychology
If the pound falls in value against the value of foreign currencies, it takes more pounds to afford to buy those items from foreign countries, irregardless of trade deals.
A slightly selfish viewpoint as conversely, the things they buy from us get cheaper. As an exporter, a rising gate price can be passed on under such circumstances. Your problem here is that you're not exporting your house!
Re: Markets are mostly psychology
After all if you open a factory in the UK it's much less usefull when you cannot sell to the EU
If you open a factory in the UK, the entire EU will barely take a tenth of your exported output (and falling). Having an overvalued pound won't help with most of what you do.
As for manufacturing having been 'killed' by some mysterious outside entity, if only Germany had taken more Austin Allegros! They've missed their chance now...
An overvalued currency shafts your balance of trade, and in an effort to compensate sees your assets flogged off abroad and it badly handicaps exporters. OK, cheap imports can disguise your underlying inflation rate but like QE, that's not healthy long-term.
The EU is all about kicking financial cans down the road and the wheels have already come off across southern Europe. Now is a great time to get clear and look to the rest of the world.
Is this projected saving just based on usage?
It's not about savings - there are practically none! It's about forcing a change of behaviour through differential pricing as there is no longer enough generating capacity to allow further increase in peak demand.
Old and polluting capacity reached end of life with replacement green generating capacity too small and variable to properly replace the base load loss. That variability also distorts the market making it difficult for your energy supplier, who is in essence a big hedging company, by increasing risk. It's an ages old problem that successive governments all saw coming and all chose to kick the can down the road.
Also, Hinkley Point C. Also, legislative commitment to electric vehicles and the massive load they'll present. We have no energy security, that is the sort of thing we used to fight military battles over and I think we're about to find out why.
They'll kill themselves, eventually
The longer HDDs persist the more the capital cost of their research & production is paid off - they'll just keep getting bigger and cheaper. Eventually that approach will fail (for whatever reason) resulting in insufficient profit margin to provide a return on capital invested and that is what will do them in.
The 'will they die' and the 'what will kill them' are best treated as separate questions.
Citation? The BBC's own 2016 accounts: staff salaries increased to £990 million (up from £977 million) with headcount only cut by 54 leaving 18,920 on the payroll - that many people just for two and a half telly channels and some radio, why?
They did save £154 million but mostly from cutting content rather than bureaucracy. Entirely the wrong thing to do.