* Posts by Sam_B.

12 posts • joined 20 Apr 2016

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

Sam_B.

Re: Terminology

Metric Tonne is a Tautology, but it is also irrelevant if compared to an Imperial or Long Ton as you do, as the mass of the machine is unlikely to be exactly 1 Tonne, to better than the 2% accuracy of 1 Ton. On the other hand it may become relevant when compared to the U.S. or Short Ton which is 93Kg out, and still in common usage.

Sam_B.

Re: Terminology

That used to be the UK pronunciation when I was at school, but Alister was referring to the Imperial Long Ton of 2240lb not the American Short Ton of 2000lb.

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

Sam_B.

Re: Cycling is a Victorian mode of transport...

Cars are also a Victorian mode of transport, and much less suited to city roads, and the health of the planet and the user, than cycles are.

Sam_B.

Re: Education

Yes, flashing lights are illegal, if they don't show a constant light as well, and I'm pretty certain there are regulations about the brightness of vehicle lights, and there has been an indication that over bright after market car lights are going to be prosecuted, but unfortunately the number of police these days is so small, that even if there are rules, no-one's going to enforce them. Part of the trouble is that cyclists have spent so many years with crap little lights which had to shine straight at drivers to be seen, they haven't got used to dipping these new ones.

Sam_B.

Re: If we cyclists agree to beacons how about...

Yes, they are responsible if they cause an accident or run down a pedestrian as the recent court case has shown, but the risk to other road users and pedestrians is minimal, as the statistics show. Pedestrians are the cause of more accidents, so are you going to have to have a licence to walk ?

Sam_B.

This is going to be the whole thing with driverless cars: Can't make the technology safe for normal road use, so adapt the roads and the users to fit the driverless cars. As soon as drivers, and their cars are assuming cyclists have beacons, there will be a lot more cyclists without beacons getting run down, not to mention the pedestrians. This may be ok in the U.S. where it's already illegal to walk across the road, but will mean huge changes in the U.K.

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

Sam_B.

Of course they do have over 11,000 m^2 of roof, so possibly as much as 1.5MW of solar capacity.

UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

Sam_B.

Re: The interesting one will be how much land around the UK is owned by the big builders.*

In the garages on the recent Wainhomes estates round here, there's dropped floor level relative to the room or passage it has a door into, and a raised brick skirt round the walls which is just the right level to put floor joists on to lay a floor at room/corridor level. I don't know how the rules or finances work, but I can only assume there's some advantage to the builder selling a 2 bed house with garage and the buyer converting it to a 3 bed without, although having the easy conversion may just make them easier to sell

Sam_B.

Re: May I introduce you to...

That is only part of the one we were taught: I before E except after C when the sound is a long E.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Sam_B.

Scalding the leaves is normally regarded as a positive thing, in fact a requirement, when making "normal" tea, but should be avoided with green and white teas.

Are bearded blokes more sexist?

Sam_B.

It would be interesting to try this survey in the UK where according to the media, beards tend to be associated with Old Lefties or young Hipsters.

Sam_B.

It would be interesting to try this survey in the UK where beards tend to be associated with Old Lefties or young Hipsters.

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