Re: Wow, it's almost...
Leave polled 38% of the registered electorate.
Closer to 27.5% of the adult population.
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Back in the olden days of 'O' and 'A' levels -- grades where awarded on a percentile basis.
This measured the student abilities against their peers - someone awarded an A-grade was in the top-10% for that year regardless of their actual marks, and largely decoupled their grade from the quality of the course or the teaching.
Now the "modern" courses seem dumber in their marking - just grading for marks and pressuring courses to produce more high-grade results. Grades are no longer a way to tell the quality of a candidate if all the munchkins have A*++-with-sparkles.
I had to uninstall all Facebook apps from my phone last year - for the second time. Fortunately they where not part of the OEM installation, so I could do this.
The reason was that, even if I didn't use these apps, they drained my battery by midday. Without them I get a clear day off a full charge.
What was particularly unacceptable was that even if I force stopped these apps - when trying to keep some battery life for emergencies - they kept restarting. At this point it became a liability, risk, and safety issue to have them installed - regardless of their covert data slurping shenannigans.
Hopefully this will not be a wholesale replacement of satellite broadcasting?
When I recently lived in a rural area (only 3 mi from a major town) we didn't have much terrestrial reception, and on a good day our "broadband" could nearly reach 2Mb. Sky or freesat was the only option.
Now that we are within stone's throw of a major centre in Greater London our broadband frequently exceeds 2Mb - perhaps as high as 3Mb if the wind isn't blowing!
As much as I loath the Murdock empire I do like Game of Thrones...
Always prefer a language to require the developer to be explicit rather than having to guess their intent.
However if you think tabs vs spaces don't matter you've not had to maintain a lot of makefiles.
Meanwhile recall the proposal to provide whitespace operator overloading in C++?
Although the worse example I recall being told about was a proposed language for minicomputers which used normal, italic, bold as part of the language syntax. ...until it was pointed out that in some situations you'd have to be able to tell the difference between a normal and italic full stop.
Part of the problem is taking the lowest bid regardless of how realistic is was. Although the company I was working for bid on the Watchkeeper contract at "US" levels which probably didn't help. (Interesting maths though...)
To be fair, the MOD (and UKGOV) are pretty terrible at managing techy contracts -- trying to be very specific and lock down requirements to "keep control" without fully understanding the scope of the problem or issues at hand. Requirements inevitably change mid-project, which is always going to be expensive. (On one MOD contract in the last couple of years we worked for six months against a specification that we later discovered had been changed four times during that period - nullifying any effort upto that point...)
One of the changes I lived through was the move from 'per diem' to 'actuals' as a UK Gov agency tried to go "real-world".
'Per diem' allowed you could minimise costs and pocket the difference, which covered the inconvenience of not being at home. In my first year as a grad I pocketed £500 from a weeks conference thanks to travelling with a higher grade.
'Actuals' didn't offer any incentive to save money - people switched from the fleabag motel to the nearest (nicest) hotels. The actuals were much more than the per diem.
I've used a HP Slate6 6" Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) for a number of years now. Not bad for ~£150, though I had to replace the battery with an after-market one earlier this year.
The main problem - as with most vendors now - is a lack of support once the product is no longer "hot". I doubt that it'll get another Android update.
HP (use to) make good hardware. Software - less so.
Maybe I've read/watched/eaten too much SciFi over the years, but...
Perhaps we should considered that eventual replacement of biological humans with a non-bio form just an inevitable form of evolution? It would certainly have some positives for the spread and survial of a "human culture".
Lets hope that their teenage years pass without too many problems.
"the first true aircraft carrier in Royal Navy service for almost a decade"
I'll join pedants corner and point out that the RN has only had "Through-Deck Cruisers" since the last WWII era vessels were decomissions (HMS Hermes, 1984, in service with India until 2017).
These where definitely not aircraft carriers 'cos HM Gov said they didn't need those anymore. They did manage to survive many releted collisions with aircraft though.
Anyone remember this? A bare minimum POSIX.1 subsystem included in the original NT releases - allowing MS to undercut big-iron UNIX vendors for US Gov contracts for a "POSIX compliant" OS (but not defining how POSIX it should be). Dropped shortly afterwards once they'd secured the market. Many unhappy end-users left with either a massive porting exercise, or legacy/unsupported systems.
And then there was Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) (discontinued). Not sure who that was for.
Meanwhile the first thing we do with a Windows desktop is install Cygwin and fire up bash...
Reminds me of a lesson ignored from war games...
Its not the quality of the planes - its who runs out of ammo last that matters. If you've still got something armed and flying when the air cover has fired all its shots, then their carrier looks vunerable.
Now consider the development and price for drones... Can you launch something capable of taking out a carrier for $5 million.
As I was told at the time, the MOD spent an unfortunate amount of time deciding on a minicomputer to standardise on. This being a Prime model which promptly went out of production.
I missed out on the Primes. When I started work (1990) they had just been removed and the ground floor of our building was a dark warren with unexpected holes in the floor. There were still people who bemoaned losing a "real" computer - even though the 386PC desktop was quicker, not shared, and cost less than a years maintanance.
This is the same realm that built a big new building to house a new Cray. Had to be big because the new computer was a hundred times more powerful than the old one, and that was quite big enough. Last time I saw the place the new computer was installed in the lobby, and the cavern was used as a super-chilled typing pool...
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