* Posts by Voyna i Mor

1900 posts • joined 3 Nov 2015

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Re: Base unit

"Definitely one of the most unfeasibly large base units since the Farad came along."

The Farad isn't that unfeasibly large these days - you can buy a 3000F 3V capacitor from Maxell.

You think of an unfeasibly large unit and sooner or later science makes it commonplace. I think Mrs. May is about to find that once she has paid one lot of 17th century bigots the Danegeld, she will pay it again and again. How many Conservative constituencies are now marginal? Before long we'll be getting budget riders just like in the US, and the Something to do With Something Boring Plus a Bung for the MP for Con Marginal Act will be a Parliamentary fixture.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Nautical miles again

Chambers gives the only options as nm or n mile.

NM it gives as the abbreviation for New Mexico.

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"although wikipedia states"

IIRC you are not supposed to use Wikipedia as a source, but to go to the citations.

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: I HATES it! - How did that help?

By suggesting that someone who misuses "unique" is possibly not very bright and puffed up with self importance?

Elsewhere in the book Toad uses "knowed" to as to rhyme with Toad. I don't think Grahame was recommending this as received usage.

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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot!

"They spent millions on a Deloitte restructuring program that put most of the inept management in place to begin with."

I'm reminded of going to work on a project where the other engineers were, to say the least, excellent (and taught me stuff that was immensely useful later.)

Not to name the large Dutch company involved, but apparently the consultants had been called in by senior manager X to reduce costs; and they had produced a list of employees graded by ability. The best engineers were of course on the most difficult projects, and it was these projects that weren't making milestones.

Obvious solution: sell the difficult projects and their staff to other companies wanting a slice of the action. Retain the incompetent managers because they weren't a threat to X.

This seemed at first sight a slightly improbable story but I was there because the supposedly fully debugged and tested code produced by some of the retained employees didn't actually work. How was this possible? Because, it turned out, it had never been run on the target hardware. But it had been signed off.

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Re: So...

It's like reinsurance. Eventually everything will be outsourced so far that the government will have to step in as the outsourcer of last resort, and everything will be renationalised, but wages will be paid through layers of unprofitable companies.

I wish I thought I was joking.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: My Marshall McLuhan Moment

"She reluctantly agreed to give it a try."

This exactly reflects my own experience - that the more you know about something, the more reluctant are people to believe you.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: A new low for The Reg!

"DOI: not a gun person, but glad that some are, but also sad that they are needed. It's complicated and we shouldn't pretend it's not."

This, basically, is why I can't be a Quaker.

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"This particular projectile has a mass of almost 42 g., or about the same as a carpenter's claw hammer"

Factor of 10 out. A standard claw hammer like mine is around 450g.

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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"Statistics acan mean whatever you want them to, if you select the right test, right sample size and right sample."

That basically negates the entire point of statistical analysis, so no. What you are describing is more or less "anecdotal evidence".

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Re: "How can you possibly do statistics on a guess!?"

"well, the Guardian uses (I think) ICM who were consitently giving the highest Concervative lead "

The Guardian is basically Lib Dem these days; telling the faithful that voting Labour was a wasted vote is no skin off their noses.

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Re: "How can you possibly do statistics on a guess!?"

"Isn't it how pollsters work today??"

No. TFA explains the problem pretty well.

If different age groups have a different probability of actually voting and this is affected by factors like weather, it's very hard for polls to produce a single meaningful number.

The "Corbyn surge" in the under-25s and the 35-45 age group made a big difference. ComRes seems to have called it better than the other polls*. But if you were doing a poll to sell to the Torygraph, and assumption (1) gives May a majority of 100 while assumption (2) gives a hung Parliament, which assumption would the boss wish you to make? At that point he thinks about the cheque and mutters about turnout being guesswork.

Note that I am not making a party political point, but one about not wanting to be the messenger who's going to be shot. I detest roughly equal numbers of politicians on both sides. But our Press is mostly so partisan that it's part of the problem, not the solution.

*I first suspected that they might be right when Johnson tried to spin the BBC audience as composed of "lefties". You can pretty much assume that if Johnson opens his mouth he's either lying or evading the truth, so it was evidence that they had indeed picked a representative sample and he was getting worried.

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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5%

Personally I don't consider 5% to be substantial. It's not like the days when CPU performance decided whether the compile would have completed by the time you got back to work next morning. But as I understand it they aren't gaming the benchmarks by the good old techniques of recompiling with loops whose results are discarded simply removed, but by running at full speed.

If the claim that their OS skin does this for intensive applications is true, it isn't precisely dishonest. It just demonstrates that benchmarks are, indeed, more and more artificial.

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Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

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Re: like pavement power...you are looking at am absolute max of 5W per person.

It's no good stating a wattage without the period. If you had said "continuous" then I wouldn't have quibbled. But in any case 5W continuous is 430kJ/day, which is more than average pee power at 100% efficiency.

Even if only 10% efficiency can be achieved from a fiddly bacterial process, it might have applications in remote Third World villages where the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow - a communal latrine for 100 people at 10% could provide around 40W continuous power, and that's a useful amount.

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Re: like pavement power...you are looking at am absolute max of 5W per person.

Watts is indeed power but what matters for charging batteries is energy, and your number is picked out of empty air anyway.

40g at about 8MJ/kg is about 300kJ. A phone battery holds around 36kJ. It's feasible, even at an efficiency of conversion of around 12-15%.

Intuitively, the quantity of urea in a day's production of urine is much larger than the amount of lithium in a phone battery.

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Google may follow Apple, design mobile chips in-house

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"Android multitasking is dire. Still can't match BB10."

Yes, but tell my bank and a mobile payment provider to sort out the reason I no longer have a BB10 device.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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"Well they say the law is blind, they just never told me it lacked common sense."

It did once (common law) but that didn't provide the big fees, so Statute Law was introdiuced. It's written by Civil Servants and passed by MPs or representatives who don't have time to read it.

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Re: Sex offenders covers a lot of ground

"If not, how about sending them to Antarctica to count penguins"

If we sent the present and past members of the Bullingdon Club they'd keep counting wrong. "Boris, please don't stand there, I counted you in again."

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Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

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Re: surely JLR are not on 'message'?

My suspicion is that a lot of low level work will be done in India but, when it comes to entertainment and information systems, Indian workers won't have the cultural understanding of what the European and US public want.

Samsung had this problem big time with phones at one time, and with the exception of Sony - who have lots of resources in the West - Japanese phone makers have not done well outside Japan.

And doesn't Huawei have a lot of R&D in the UK these days?

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Himself? Herself?

"Surely HMS Prince of Wales should be referred to as a 'he' and not a 'she'?"

Gender is just a convention, even in gendered languages. In French a soldier on duty is feminine (la sentinelle), in German girls are neuter, and in Russian all dogs and horses are feminine but cats can be either. So, actually, calling ships "she" regardless of name is in some ways more gender neutral than calling them it.

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Does this mean

Instead of Artics we'll get an aircraft carrier trying to get down our local road with a tight T junction after a sharp bend at the end and having to be hauled out by a couple of farm tractors?

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

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Re: By the time the £ recovers to pre-exit levels

Noting the pattern of down-voting I get on these posts I can make one observation: Brexiters have not the slightest sense of humour, and cannot bear to be laughed at.

But, even more, they are utterly ignorant of economics. Tell me one fiat currency that has actually appreciated in value over the long haul, in terms of purchasing power? It doesn't happen. Every time there is economic stress, due to wars or self-inflicted foot shooting, currencies inflate faster. But they always inflate - that's why the inflation figure is quoted in official statistics. In purchasing terms that £ will never, ever reach pre-exit levels. Hence my comment.

It is possible if Trump does enough damage that the £ will reach a larger number against the $, but the $ will be worth a lot less.

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By the time the £ recovers to pre-exit levels

Possibly nobody much will even remember what a PC was.

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As you head off to space with Li-ion batts, don't forget to inject that liquefied gas into them

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Re: Article completely misses key reasons you might use this tech on Earth.

"made from one of the most reactive and unstable substances in the universe"

Neutronium called...

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Re: Use a liquid instead of a liquid?

"Pfft. You're all wrong. They're just slightly chilly quark-gluon plasmas."

With big gaps and a lot of electrons. It's more like Mr. Whippy ice-cream with the electrons taking the place of air. Lots of air. Even more than Mrs. Thatcher managed to get into it.

I'm not sure where this is going.

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

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Re: American CEO sleeper?

"He actually sounds more like a merchant prince, a head of a Venetian trading house or similar."

Where's Mister Vimes when he's so obviously needed?

"Arrest the bastard, Carrot, we'll think of a few charges later."

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Re: As someone who voted Remain

"The EPO has little to nothing to do with the EU."

I stand corrected. I seem to have made a very stupid post and I apologise.

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Worried about election hacking? There's a technology fix – Helios

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Re: It's total bollocks

"Chain it to the floor, or the van, or the nice policemen who are here to ensure there's no jiggery pokery with the ballot"

The nice policemen who are paid by the ruling party in places like Zimbabwe, for instance?

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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"He was a mechanical engineer."

Fair enough, but (a) IC engine combustion is a matter of electrical, gas and fluid technology. And (b) he might be perfectly aware that it wouldn't work, but that wouldn't stop the business being profitable. After all, think of the very highly paid investment managers who do no better than tracker funds despite the fact that investors can read that fact in the financial journals. There's a lot of people who want to believe - which is why I suspect the placebo effect works even with people who are told it's a placebo. I suspect they convince themselves that this isn't true and they are the ones getting the wonder drug.

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Re: not necessarily

"The placebo effect is indeed clinically real. The real wtf thing is that there is still clinically measurable effect when the patient is told it is a placebo."

Provided it's done by a proper doctor. As I recall, the long term NHS study of homoeopathy showed that a placebo was more effective than homeopathic medicine.

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"Both copper bracelets and magnets are just sham medicine and I'm surprised an ex-fighter pilot fell for it."

Pilot != engineer.

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Re: Horrible store

"so I went to Tescos and they had what I wanted"

Off topic and not even a shareholder, but since Tesco lost that dysfunctional chief executive and stopped trying to open up everywhere in the whole world, it's actually got quite good.

This might be a lesson Amazon is going to have to learn.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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"+1 On the accuracy of the sales pitch. I used to work for a SaS provider and this was their exact modus operandi."

Nothing has changed on the data migration shafting front in 40 years at least.

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Wargaming 5c

If everyone has the same aircraft wargaming is so much easier. You can work out the result in advance. That hypoxia is a feature so the actual battle can be made to conform to the simulation. No need for missiles. Virtual bang, pilot dead for real.

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@F104-Why are you people even bringing that aircraft up? It's decades old.

There are lots of decades old aircraft designs still flying very successfully and very safely.

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Re: Wrong Jet

"The on-board oxygen generation system seems to develop faults in sub-fleets of the aircraft its used in, the problem is going to be figuring out what the common factor is with those sub-fleets."

I doubt this is anything to do with it, but does anyone else remember the story in The Right Stuff about the aircraft assembler who was putting bolts in upside down because they looked better that way and killed a number of pilots?

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Re: Awesome...It's called globalization, if you must know.

So you mean in a few years you'll be able to buy a Chinese copy, and a few years after that the Chinese version will have the bugs ironed out, be cheaper, but getting it serviced will mean a trip to Shanghai?

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Re: Nothing to see here

"pinko-commie-socio-liberalist-tard!!"

So if we had a vote on it in the UK tomorrow, it would probably be cancelled?

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Re: Why slight the Tiger Moth?

I thought he was suggesting that the F-35 would only work with the cockpit open.

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Oh snap! Election's made Brexit uncertainty worse for biz, says BT CEO

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Re: The gargoyle’s mouth is a loudspeaker

"It seemed to work OK for the Belgians."

The Belgians are pretty intelligent, and they don't have our newspaper owners telling them lies.

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"If only BT could manage strong and stable connections."

Oh they are, they are. As with politics, everything would be fine if they didn't have to deal with the general public.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: So when will the politicians learn?

"This Labour strategy worked as it damaged the tory majority, but it was extremely unethical."

I can see that this is the first time you have ever paid attention to a UK General Election.

Making unsustainable policies before elections is what Oppositions do. They know the Government will break its promises if re-elected, so there's no point in doing anything else.

The only rule is never upset people with long memories, which is what did for Clegg (and will do for anyone in the DUP who tries to modernise the party).

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Re: Next version will use camera

"(*) WTF is that all about anyway?"

It was invented so that people on reality TV programs were still recognisable when holding a phone up., and didn't have an arm in way of the camera. As with so many things on TV programs (like people crossing the road straight into parking spaces because nobody wants to watch people park) the watchers of the boob tube promptly copied it.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Re: Fall Creators Update

"One might suggest that as the world evolves, people who can't figure out how to become comfortable with a new version of Windows after 10 years might be headed down the same road as the dodo."

The evolutionary error in your post is that Windows 10 is also part of the ecosystem, so the other possibility is that it will become extinct due to a lack of competitiveness.

It's like this: take the edge of a wood surrounded by parkland. Pretty, isn't it? It is actually a battleground between trees and grass. Trees crap dead leaves or resin on the grass and deny it sunlight; grass removes surface water and slows tree growth.

But there are other factors like climate. This affects the relative competitiveness of trees and grass. Hence savanna, pampas, and various types of rainforest.

Sometimes adaptation isn't needed, you just wait for the climate to change. And the climate is made neither by ordinary users nor by Microsoft; they influence it but they don't make it.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Re: Journalistic Intergity - Motoring journalists, for example?

I have always assumed that the code words in reviews "boring/dull/not exciting to drive" translated as "you didn't bribe me enough."

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