Re: The Spaghetti Has Escaped
"Once upon a time we programmed computers using a tangle of patch cords."
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41 posts • joined 15 Jun 2016
(You're me, you are)
We're fortunate, but not as fortunate as our partners. Being in 2 schemes the "death in service" payout for partners is 50% of our DB pension from Section C, plus 10*salary lump sum from the defined contributions scheme.
Ever since my wife found out she has been encouraging me to give up gentle exercise and take up extreme sports. The sooner I retire the safer I will be.
"If being "earthlike" was enough, this planet would continually be spawning life, as it originally formed. Those "respawns" would then start their own path of evolution. "
No, we have a billion years of evolution behind us - voracious, competitive, cooperative - selective. Any new kid on the block will be devoured by our cousins the bacteria before it gets to form its first cell.
"And making things exponentially worse, the fuckwits now expect nurses to pay for the education demanded by a near-monopsony employer, leading to a dramatic reduction in nurse education when we weren't training enough to replace those retiring anyway."
Nursing is the one degree course where a graduate is almost guaranteed a graduate salaried job anywhere in the UK.
Therefore, there is no shortage of applicants for nurse training places, just a shortage of places. So the solution is to spend money on training places, not on bursaries and grants.
!It has been the policy of successive governments to run down the training of such staff in the UK (no more grants and bursaries for instance). It has simply been cheaper to bring trained staff in from other countries."
Nursing degree courses are 7 times oversubscribed. If there is money available it should be used to create more training places, not more applications.
If you move house, databases must be updated to reflect your new address, and unless there is a very good reason to hold onto your old address, that should be deleted.<br>
Mr. Cynic. Can you prove to the home office that you have been continuously resident in the UK for the last 25 years?
"I may be confused, but aren't there already three competing systems? the US GPS, Glonast and Galileo."<br>
No, only GPS and Glonass. Just to be sure, I went on to Amazon to look for receivers - no Galileo - only GPS and Glonass. Or do you mean BEIDOU?<br>
So we have a chancellor who counts "one, two, many" - no wonder the UK budget is stuffed!<br>
It's important to only count what is there.
Despite GPS being global, they are designed to provide maximum coverage is certain geographic areas. The original GPS was designed to cover the northern latitudes for missile launches, Glosnas, the Russian subcontinent, Galileo Europe.<br>
Well, orbital mechanics will tell you that non geosynchronous orbits may give slightly better coverage over a particular range of latitudes, but will certainly not give better coverage over specific longitudes (e.g. time zones). And the Northern hemisphere coverage will be just as good as the southern hemisphere coverage for the corresponding latitudes.
So that's the satellites. Are you talking about the ground stations? Easy to sort out.
"Anyone would think the MET/Home Office had an agenda against a certain section of our society."
Well, quite. Instead of all that police effort at the carnival, send the police round to our street, where some dog walkers don't scoop.
As for facial recognition - the Guardian periodically castigates Google because AI facial recognition isn't good at identifying people with dark skin. Whether it is a programming issue or an AI training issue, it's probably better to try the software out in Notting Hill rather than Inverness, isn't it?
I think we might be able to make some good narrow-band sensors but you'd need a really wide-band sensor to get an idea of what's really motivating a dog.
"Even the smell of roses, is not what they supposes,
And goodness only knowses, the noselessness of man"
Dog poetry. Sorry - that has stuck in my mind for 40 years after reading one of the Dr Dolittle books...
"Is it just me or does that trajectory look like it’s coming back to earth eventually?"
It should return to about the same place it was when the boost ended, to complete it's orbit. Except: (1) Perturbations from earth's gravity will affect the orbit further in the first days of travel. (2) It's not orbiting in the plane of the ecliptic. (3) the earth will be somewhere else when it gets back.
So we are probably safe enough.
"They'll just set up the rules on how money is distributed and distribute it to themselves. See the renewable heat incentive scandal."<br>
The RHI money went all over the place - the rules weren't discriminatory, just stupid:
"So, how will they stop those horrible Polish plumbers and Lithuanian chefs flying into Dublin, hoping on a train to Belfast (no passport checks) and then onto the boat to Liverpool (no passport checks)."
It doesn't matter whether they fly into Gatwick as tourists or go the long way round via Dublin. If they want jobs, schools, benefits or the NHS they will need paperwork.
"...maybe they need some more resources to make use of the existing powers?"
How *many* more resources? How many police officers does it take to mount round the clock surveillance on a single suspect? Do we need uniformed policemen? Detectives? Secret Policemen? Infiltrators?
And when the bad guys catch on, and start giving duff warnings to increase the pressure on the police, won't the situation break down again?
"Bearing in mind there is the poorest people don't have driving licenses and many do not have passports - what is this ID going to be?"
It will be pretty much identical to the Northern Ireland system, I expect - that system has been running smoothly for a couple of decades now. Simply put, people without a Passport or a driving licence can apply for an a electoral identity card. People in that situation would apply for the card when they first register to vote.
"Those that did want it were Boris (buffoon with no eye on the top job in the Tory party), May (mostly hated), Gove (mostly hated). Farage - UKIPs *only* MP. Hardly a compelling team of winners"
May supported remain, Farage isn't an MP. Are paragraphs 2,3,4,5,6,7 any better?
'...and are fighting very hard against the EU bringing in a (very tiny, percentage-wise) "Tobin Tax".'
Among the many problems of a Tobin Tax, the main one in this context is that an EU wide Tobin tax would raise most of the money in the UK, and spread it around the EU. No UK government would accept those terms.
So if you want a Tobin tax for other reasons, your best chance is to vote Brexit, then hope that the EU does it unilaterally, then hope that the UK govt follows locally.
But if the EU notices that it is no longer a way to pump money from the UK to the rest of the EU they probably won't bother...
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