* Posts by Nial

139 posts • joined 19 Jun 2013


FPGAs? Sure, them too. Liqid pours chips over composable computing systems


"It is quite a leap, isn't it?"

Just remember you _are_ describing hardware, every flop flop, look up table etc you describe is always there and clocked, every clock.

And the article description is slightly incorrect, FPGAs aren't 'flexible compute devices'. They can be, but they could also just act as wire connections from pin to pin.

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016


Re: @The Tick

"Ahhhh, typical ignorant response from a brexitter"

"The Tick", you posted so many easily demonstrative lies, I don't know where to start.

Then a lot of rambling that doesn't actually refute any of the points.

Good one!

Free for every Reg reader – and everyone else, too: Arm Cortex-M CPUs for Xilinx FPGAs


Re: What are they used for

"typically their main design limitation is that you run out of input / output pins"

It depends what you're using, the biggest Artix device has 500 IO pins.


Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser


Re: Missing information

"Resolving round trip time to a billionth of a second gives a theoretical accuracy of 0.1mm"

You sure?

Speed of light in air = 3.10^9 m/s

Divide by 1.10^9 = 3.1m

That's a round trip so can resolve to half that, so ~1.5m.

Having said that resolving to 1nS isn't much to boast about, is that correct?

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level


"bear in mind that an A* or A grade truly does put them in the top few hundred of their cohort"

Did I not hear that ~ 26% (overall) got A or A* ?

It doesn't mean much these days.

CEST la vie, IR35 workers: HMRC sets out stall for ignoring Mutuality of Obligation


Re: where does MOO fit in?

If you're an employee they have to provide work, you have to do it, and they have to pay you for it.

As a contractor if the work finishes there's no obligation on them to give you any more,

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link


Re: Just make them

"Want to pretend to be self-employed - run full accounts, payroll and pay your tax as a company"

So you're banning people working self employed in the UK?

You know there are more tax advantages running a company?

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine


Re: sustainable, clean energy

"It does until it goes wrong and you send a massive radioactive cloud over half the planet"

Won't happen with Small Nuclear Reactors which can be designed to fail safe with no backup power.

UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year


Re: @AC Use local

"The median salary in the UK is about £21k (official figures are a few years old, so maybe 22-23 by now)"

The most recent figure I can find with a quick google is that in 2014 the median salary for full time employees was £27,200.


Again, it makes the argument that you can't get experienced IT people when you're offering £30K laughable.


Re: Use local

"And this is not about paying less, both of the roles I am offering are paying very well!"

Not well enough, obviously.

If you pay it, they will come. And if rates go up more people will start doing it.


Re: @AC Use local

"the minimum salary is £30,000"

This is bin man(/person) salary range.

How anyone can say they can't get experienced people when they're offering this is laughable.

Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then


"Bloated browser? My sub £200 Chromebook is online and usable from cold power up within 3 seconds..."

Exactly, I don't know where the downvotes are coming from.

I bought a cheap Chromebook to get access to my email (tethered to my phone) when on one client's site when they locked everything down.

At home it has become our go-to bit of kit for browsing/ ordering etc. That's over a reasonable windows laptop, an oldish ipad and a two year old ipad air.

They aren't laptops, but are instant on and 'just work', with a keyboard that vastly increases producivity

when you need one.

I don't even know where the ipads are now.

Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light


"If I didn't already have electricity in my shed, I 100% would buy this... Big thumbs up to them :)"

My reaction too, so I tried to buy one.

_£70_ on Amazon!


Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO


Re: Popular Front for the Liberation of England

"So Wales and Scotland would be worse off how exactly? It's interesting that virtually every argument used by the Leavers for taking the UK out of the EU can also be used (in spades) to justify the breakup of the UK, but the Britnats don't seem to see the irony!"

Except the money flows OUT of the UK to the EU.

Wales and Scotland get a lot of subsidy IN from the r-UK.

So the situation wrt the EU is completely reversed.

"Britnats". You're an SNP supporter then?


Re: Eh?

"We get much less than the Scottish economy returns to Wastemonster"

I'm sorry but this is complete and utter balearics according to the SNP led government's own figures.

"We are also the only part of the UK other than the SE with a positive balance of payments so we pay our way in the world"

Wrong again. Again according to the SNP govts figures we get ~£1900 per head support from the r-UK.

BTW, NI, Wales, the NE and NW of England all get more per head than we do. Our revenues are about the UK average so our economy is doing OK, it's just that schools/ hospitals/ policing roads etc are expensive to provide in the Highlands and Islands.

Ever wondered why there's been no mention of Full Fiscal Autonomy for a while?

Get the message, PHBs: New York City mulls ban on after-hours biz email


Re: No working for free

"Exactly! Who in their right mind reads , let alone answers, business e-mails after hours?"

Everybody who works for themselves.

Although I suppose for us there's no such thing as "after hours".

First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’


The whole advantage of the chromebook is nearly iPad speed of power up, _with_ a keyboard and ~10 hours battery life.

Without the keyboard it's just another tablet.

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork


"You are either a genius, or an idiot.. your statement is an oxymoron - if they are paying less, the chances are there is a skill surplus, not shortage"

Companies advertise "IT" jobs at below the going rate.

No applicants.

They then go to the government claiming there's a desperate shortage of suitable people in the UK, they need visas to bring in foreign workers to fill these roles or the economy will be terribly constrained.

Multiple visas issued, temporary foreign workers arrive, supressing wages and the vicious circle starts.

This is a well known tactic by big outsourcers.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit


Re: Back in the day

" I can remember the first 1GB hard drive appearing in the building"

I remember one of the software engineers in the first company I worked for getting an _800MB_ hard drive. I was amazed and thought you'd be able to store your whole life's work on such a beast!

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge


Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

"All those old fossil-fuel power stations have a finite lifetime. They'll have to be replaced. The issue is - do we replace them with 20th century fuels (or, indeed, 19th century), or do we acknowledge that this is the 21st?"

This is like asking...

"Do we want to guarantee keeping our hospitals/ schools/ places of work open, or not".

Or do you mean building more nuclear (which I'd agree with)?


Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

> > Does their supply drop out at night when there's no wind?

> What makes you think there's no wind at night? Where do you think it goes after sunset?

The point was there's no solar input at night, if there's no wind then renewable input effectively = 0.

A few slower readers don't seem to have got that.


Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

I missed this bit... "The premise made in this report (from a pro-coal/gas) organisation assumes"

"Research conducted by Matteo Muratori of the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) "



Re: Answering a few points in the comments...

"Thanks to http://gridwatch.templar.co.uk/index.php

I can see that the wind is generating 26.38% of UK Power at the time of this posting. Coal is around 2%. "

Thanks to the same web site we can see that on Saturday there was almost no wind, yet they were able to ramp the coal output up to compensate.

We need 100% conventional backup available for when the ruinables aren't generating anything. This double supply is making all our electricity _much_ more expensive.


Re: Answering a few points in the comments...

"Our EV works out cheaper by far than the car it replaced. We pay less now including the repayments for the car and all fuel and servicing, etc. than we did for just the fuel on the car it replaced"

How much would it be costingt if you didn't get the £5K (or more?) subsidy to buy it (we're all paying), plus the grant for updating your charging point (that we're all paying) and the goverment started taxing EV charging to recoup some of their lost diesel/petrol taxes?

As before, with the current level of subsidies EV makes sense now for a lot of people, but if the number of people going electric vastly increases the govt won't be able to maintain the current level of subsidy.


Re: Off peak?

"Then you can set your fridges and car chargers to pause when the frequency drops below 60 Hz or 50 Hz. In fact, you could do that without the pricing changes."

So all across the country loads are suddenly dropping out or being applied, with less spinning generation to keep things balanced?

That's not going to cause carnage or anything, >:-|


Re: The pro-EV set always shouts me down

"Perhaps they are right?

All the evidence seems to point that way."

Perhaps they are involved in the PV/EV subsidy farming and don't want anyone challenging this?


Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

"There are a number of companies out there that sell 100% Renewably generated Electricity"

Does their supply drop out at night when there's no wind?

If not then their supply is not 100% renewable. Obviously.


Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

"Personally, I charge my EV when the sun is shining"

So you're not charging it much this time of year?

And most people would have their cars at work during the day, how does that work?

"Now with careful juggling of where and when I charge and a light right foot, the cost of my motoring so far this month has been £42.60 and I've done more than 1000miles."

This is a single user case with the massive subsidies that you're currently getting (probably a sensible decision for you).

The report was about what happens to the grid if everyone jumps on board the subsidy wagon. The government will have to replace all the tax lost on petrol/diesel somehow, and the grid won't cope, especially here in Scotland.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany


Re: Market distortion

"We have about 200 years of coal under our feet and that is capable or nearly capable of being made into oil"

The Chinese were synthesising oil from coal before the oil price crash, it might not be cost effective now.

Lenovo inherited a switch authentication bypass – from Nortel


"More evidence that the US government only wanted US switches in 'merica because they were the only ones the NSA could hack into"

Nortel was a Canadian company. :-)

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report


Re: Brexit

"Apart from the Tories never being a left-wing party, both SNP and Plaid Cymru were Remain"

Only for political expediency.

If the SNP had 'won' in 2014 we'd (Scotland) have been out of the EU.

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project


Electric motors in the undercarriage.....

There's already enough juice to do that...


I worked on the early electronic control for this. :-)

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles


Re: Sport truck! 0-60 in 5 seconds

"Ever heard of regenerative breaking? The biggest difference between a leccy and an a gasoline vehicle is that a leccy vehicle recoups >60% of the stop/stop cycle."

How much of a 500 mile trip across America or Australia is going to be "stop/stop"?

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang


Re: The universe will now disappear

"If reality doesn't match theory, discard reality"

Ah, so you're a climate 'scientist'?

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed


"because while it contains just eight fibre pairs"

You'd think if they're going to the hassle of laying a transatlantic cable they would put a few more pairs down? >:-0

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum


Re: Markets are mostly psychology

" UK needs EU more than EU needs UK"

Except we buy a _lot_ more from them than they do from us.



Re: Markets are mostly psychology

Jeezo, does everyone on here read the guardian?

"The whole thing wouldn't be much of a problem if the UK still had a big manufacturing sector, but that was apparently killed during the Thatcher Era."


"(OT: My prediction is that there will be an agreement, the UK will pay back 20% of its debt and will get special treatment in exchange for it)"

We have any debt wrt the EU, it's the opposite if anything.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


Re: Smart meters and electricity storage

"The thing is, though, that if you've spent 15p/kWh (for example) charging your car, you don't want to sell that back to the grid "

You might also want to have your car charged to go to work in the morning, or be at work when it probably won't be plugged in.

Some people haven't thought this 'smart' malarky though very well.

ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard


Re: PCIe x16

Ah, right enough, getting data in and out probably isn't the bottleneck!


Re: PCIe x16

"There is a difference between the physical connectors and the number of PCIe lanes a component uses when plugged into any PCIe slot (though an x1 slot can only use 1 lane - and x16 slot can use up to 16 lanes)"

Eh, yes.

This is touted as a crypto mining machine.

It has 19* PCIe x1 slots.

How many mining cards come with a PCIe x1 slot?

The answer might be 'lots', but the example card they listed is a x16 board, so you can only plug one in.


I don't get it, this has 19* PCIe x1 slots, that recommended P106 is a PCIe x16 card.

So you can plug 1 in.


Elon to dump Trump over climate bump


Re: Technological welfare queen

"Fossil fuels are subsidized to the tune of several hundred billion..."

Ah yes, the old fossil fuel subsidy bollocks.

Fully destroyed here...


"We are comparing apples with oranges but normalising for energy production, the renewables subsidies are 8.4 times larger and amount to 94% of the value of the energy produced. This latter statistic is hard to believe, but if it is close to true, it suggests that new renewables are contributing virtually nothing to society."

NASA taps ESA satellite Swarm for salty ocean temperature tales


As an engineer, reading the details I call bullshit on this.

"have demonstrated – at least at the proof-of-concept level"

"while conductivity varies with salinity and temperature in a regional way, conductance really varies primarily..."

..but not exclusively...

"with only the depth-integral of temperature (heat content)"

How much does conductance vary with fractions of a degree? That's what we're talking about here.

And you only end up with the integral of the heat profile, no details of the heat at different depths.

"which theoretically could determine heat content throughout the oceans' depths. His work is still in its early stages"

"Describing his model's development"

MODELS, not raw data any more, should ring alarm bells.

"If – when – Tyler and his team succeed in precisely discerning signal from noise in the cavalcade of Swarm data"


Rik Myslewski above asks "What do you fear?"

I fear $1.5 trillion being pissed up the wall on this instead of suppling clean drinking water to the world's population.

It's put quite well at the end of this article...


"To those of us who have been studying the global warming scare in some detail, the answer is depressingly obvious. It’s because in the last decade or so, the climate change industry has become so vast and all encompassing, employing so many people, it simply cannot be allowed to fail.

According to a report last year by Climate Change Business Journal, it’s now worth an astonishing $1.5 trillion — about the same as the online shopping industry. If the scare goes away, then all bets are off, because the entire global decarbonisation business relies on it. The wind parks, the carbon sequestration projects, the solar farms, the biomass plantations — none of these green schemes make any kind of commercial sense unless you buy into the theory that anthropogenic CO2 is catastrophically warming the planet and that radical green measures, enforced by governmental regulation, must be adopted to avert it."

Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club


Re: Trumpity Trump

"The world is getting hotter and it is, or will, affect many of us"

But not most of us. 0.8 Deg C since the 1840s? And the Sahel greening (and crop yields increasing) and no increase in extreme weather events?

"Carrying on regardless isn't going to fix the lack of water in regions that used to manage"

So massive population increases using limited water resource isn't the source of the problem? It must be "climate change"?

Aye, right.

Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025


Re: Political deals...but if they do

"You omitted "just like fossil fuels" from your list of subsidised power sources"

Ah yes, the old follsil fuel subsidy lies......


Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'


Re: Are Men Really More Intelligent Than Women?

"Girls do better at boys in school, up to a certain age. It then appears that girls self-censor or restrict themselves, either int he face of male hostility at female success, or because their lifelong understanding of male importance makes them back off"

So it's the fault of males, rather than boys maturity catching up ?


Re: Why Apologise ?

"Finally, never piss of a man who can kill you instantly."

Is this an admission that wimmen can't control their emotions?

'Look into my eyes: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... so worried'


Re: Didn't have to look

"Yes, retreating and disappearing glaciers..."

...revealing evidence left by previous civilisations.

You know we're still slowly recovering from the little ice age?

What is the 'right' temperature we should be keeping the planet down to?


"who are screaming from the rooftops."

No they aren't, they're goign about their day jobs manicaly trying to paper over any cracks that have constantly appeared in the 'theory'.

This reminds me of......


"You have made some observations and calculations, which show that humanity is doomed unless it changes its ways. You have total belief in the accuracy of your predictions. Do you:

(a) Announce your results, but keep your workings secret for fear that someone will criticise them.

(b) Announce your results, but set up a group of companies to make yourself mega-rich on the back of the scare you have created.

(c) Drop everything, including secrecy and profit, and devote yourself to saving the human race."

Scientific consensus that 2014 was record hottest year? No


Re: Well

"We only have records going back about 600,000 years (from ice cores). Which in fact show a very close correlation."

The corellation is very close on a 600,000 timescale, and shows CO2 concentrations follwowing temperatures.

Out of interest TheVogon, what do you do for a living?


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