* Posts by JohnOates

8 posts • joined 30 Sep 2016

Antarctic researchers send an SOS to the world: Who wrote this message in a bottle?


I for two

Thank you SquidEmperor,

I was absolutely certain someone on here would track down the bottle chucker - but thought it might take a few days.

Great work, hopefully we can get an update story.

Thank you for your digging

IBM cuts ribbon on quantum computing centre wherein a 53-qubit monster lurks


I for two

I struggled with getting my head round this one, and how much is theory and how much reality. I was hoping a commentator would jump in.

This video helps - an IBMer explaining quantum computing to a child, a teenager, an undergrad, graduate student and a professional. I got lost half way through undergrad...

It also shows just how mad the machines look - known as chandeliers apparently.


Das geeks hit crowdfunding target: IBM mainframes are coming home


Re: Die Geeks.

Fair point but it would make for a rather aggressive headline...

Uber JUMPs at chance to dump load of electric bikes across Islington


Re: Chinese bikes already here

Well I'm currently living in Madrid where the bleeding things are everywhere...

Hate e-scooters? Join the club of the pals of 190 riders in Austin TX who ended up in hospital


I did try and find comparable stats on other journey types in the UK. There were 101 cyclists killed vs 787 in cars in 2017, but couldn't find anything per journey..I'll have another look if I get the chance.


Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised


Re: Really annoys me when....

Many years ago a mate of mine was really chuffed to get his first job at an NGO in Pakistan.

He was duly dispatched to a regional office where he uncovered fairly serious corruption by the local boss. With the innocence of someone in their first job he gathered evidence and reported it back to head office.

He was quickly called back to headquarters and got on the bus expecting a glorious welcome and maybe a promotion.

Instead was instantly sacked. Not a great start to his career.

Either the local boss was paying off the man at the top, or the man at the top thought defending his position was more valuable than stopping corruption.

But whistleblowers at the UN deserve better protection. This story, and dozens like it, would not be possible without their courage.

And I can assure you they’re not doing it for the non-existent money.

The Life and Times of Lester Haines


Re: RTVE interview translation

Muchisimas gracias Dan, good work.

Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

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