* Posts by Social Ambulator

4 posts • joined 5 Nov 2018

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

Social Ambulator

I'm loath to say this but I'm sure you are loathed for your bad language.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

Social Ambulator

From the desk of the former Waitrose Food Editor

Country and Western singers — surely you don't encounter many of them in the metropolis! Are you not aware it is international vegan week?

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

Social Ambulator

What would El Reg readers know about iPad users?

I am in academic tech, have numerous desktops, laptops, servers, iPhone. See no real need for an iPad. My wife just went out and bought one when they were first released. She has her own specific uses for it, which reflect her demographic and particular situation (middle-aged, female, travels a lot, needs to store her own teaching documents as pdfs, reads on flights, watches Dr Who). The only reason why she upgraded a few years back was for speed, but her current model still runs the latest iOS and is quite adequate. She like others in her demographic will run their iPads as long as they can. She hasn't fallen out of love with it — quite the reverse. It's just that the phone analogy does not apply. Tough for Apple, but it's similar with their laptops. I'm typing this on a late 2010 MacBook Pro, which I'm only just about to replace.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Social Ambulator

Re: Rosalind Franklin

Except she didn't discover DNA — it was discovered 50 or more years earlier. She didn't even discover the structure of DNA — She produced x-ray photos of DNA fibres but did not determine the structure of DNA from this. Crick (the Brit who should be considered for the £50 note) and Watson used her information to test (although not prove) their model of DNA, which had huge significance in explaining how genetic info is passed on when cells divide. It was her boss — Wilkins — who screwed her in relation to the Nobel prize, but neither he nor she was party to the intellectual brilliance of the double-helix, and it can be argued that neither deserved the Nobel. Feminist tokenism is in nobody's interest.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019