Re: Todays Music just blows
"Yeah, that's right Grandad. It's all just Thump Thump Thump these days. And those bloody teddy boys"
Let's see, Teds in the mid 1950s, aged late teens to early 20s. How old are they now?
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"a switch to mono"
It seems that DAB really missed its mark. It needed to match or exceed existing standards such as FM or CD in quality in order to find a place in stereo rigs. It didn't so AFAICS most DAB kit sold is the little portable mono radio spec. It's not surprising if broadcast channels switch to match the bulk of receivers in use.
"CH.gov.uk → redirects to GDS front page → Find Company info → Start Now → old CH front page exactly as it was, with the useful search box right on the front page"
Which you then bookmark and continue to use. Isn't GDS wonderful? - it helped you to do that.
"If you want to run a successful commercial business, you need a professional partner who will have your back and ensure there are no potential legal threats. If you just want to run a toe-jam harvesting co-operative, then by all means use F/OSS."
This reminded me of the time when the client's invoicing run broke on the second successive Friday lunchtime (see icon) by blowing up the database engine. Although it was a proprietary application we had the source code to most of it so, after repairing the damage, I spent the rest of the afternoon going through the it & rung up the profession partner, i.e. vendor, to tell them how to write code that didn't cause to engine to keep taking bites of memory without releasing them. Free or not there's a benefit to having the source.
"In many European countries the same ones opposing NSA style dragnet spying, also supported laws which forbid or restrict police to maintain databases with DNA and other information. If the police is allowed to keep DNA, fingerprint, voice recognition and facial recognition information of all registered citizens, crime fighting would be considerably easier, and perhaps the dragnet surveillance can be terminated."
You need to take a little care in stating your case. The objection to retaining DNA etc records is not to retention per se but in retaining records of people who have not been convicted. There is, in English law, a principle of presumption of innocence. That is one of the main protections against wrongful accusation.
With that correction made the reason why we oppose all these things is because they have one thing in common: abuse of due process of law. The notion of due process has been part of English law for 800 years this year; we like that. I think even David Cameron, were he to think about it, would baulk at celebrating the anniversary of Magna Carta by abolishing it.
“Our calculation for what an observer on Earth could detect predicts a very unusual signature that is unlikely to be caused by any naturally occurring object in the known universe,"
But there are naturally occurring relativistic objects in the form of cosmic radiation. So why do we not detect such a signature?
Or is this how Raytheon were hoping to detect incoming aliens at UK borders?
This is all well and good until their recommendation:
"Abandon the whole programme and develop a smart phone app instead – look into developing a smart app which would convert a photo of their current mechanical meter into a meaningful number for the suppliers. This would cost tens of thousands of pounds rather than billions."
This could rapidly become "convert an edited photo of their current mechanical meter into a meaningless number" and "cost customers tens of pounds rather than hundreds".
I doubt any of then will be out of a job. I expect a show looking remarkably like Top Gear to show up on some other channel with the same faces fronting it. OTOH Beeb executives will be several 10s of millions short to spend on executive lunches etc - or maybe they won't, they'll cut a few costs elsewhere to make up for the shortfall.
"So why are we paying these buggers anything?"
Because it's the cheapest way of making them go away, otherwise they keep the case going through the courts for the duration of the next few parliaments.
Now el Reg has sorted out the links so we can actually get through to the report Tim was quoting (all these comments & nobody noticed the links were screwed?) I'm not sure what was actually being said. The report isn't the actual paper. It isn't even a review of the original paper. It's a write-up of what's best described as publisher's blurb for the original paper from the University.
The researchers seem to have taken a geographically wide-spread series of samples. What's not clear is whether all the geographic areas show the same restriction which would seem unlikely; there would be little gene flow from the Western European neo to contemporary Oceania, for instance.
Maybe they said that restriction took place separately in each culture at the time that it developed agriculture but if so this doesn't come through clearly in the report.
The mechanism of the restriction must also be open to doubt. It could well be linked to the way in which agriculture spread. If the knowledge & skills were largely passed down from father to son then the spread of agriculture from an area in which it had developed would be the work of a relatively small number of male lines originating in that area. Because agriculture allowed cultures using it to support larger populations those male lines would proliferate faster than those of the hunter-gatherers into whose territory agriculture was spreading.
OTOH, unless it's clarified by legislation or a Statutory Instrument the only way for you or I to actually know whether it's illegal would be a ruling by a court.
In the meantime, consider what might happen if you were to stand with a placard saying "Slow down" just round the corner from a speed-trap. And the efficacy of a defence of "I was only warning drivers they had exceeded the set limit".
If it cuts the income from speeding fines it'll soon be banned. In fact, it might already be illegal. Devices which detect speed-traps are illegal as is warning drivers about speed-traps. "Should travelling downhill cause the vehicle to exceed the legislated speed an alarm is sounded" - this would appear to fall into the same category.
"Of course if the ambassador is fed up with Assange and allows the Swedish police to arrest and remove him"
The ambassador doesn't have to allow the Swedish police to arrest him. All he has to do is to decide that Assange no longer qualifies for asylum. If the Swedish & Ecuadoran authorities are in agreement that the proposed interview is an acceptable procedure and he refuses to be interviewed then maybe that would provide the basis for terminating asylum.
I think this is a problem that's been brewing for years. How do you define and then establish identity?
If I produce a birth certificate and claim to be the person named on it does it prove that I am? No, in fact the certificates specifically say that they are not a proof of identity?
What about National Insurance Number? That is also not a proof of identity.
Some businesses want a recent utility bill or bank statement to prove your identity; the utilities and banks want to go paperless. And such documents would be fairly easy to forge. I had a couple of gigs at one time, one with a real security printer where all waste had to be securely destroyed on site with records kept and the other printing utility bills where waste was overflowing from a skip in the car park.
The identity card would have solved this wouldn't it? More likely it would have brought these problems to light a few years earlier.
Lots of organisations want verified identity but want to throw the problem of verification over the wall for someone else to deal with.
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