Re: The dumpster fire is intensifying
Holes the size of trains but not holes sized FOR trains.
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At the other end of this link is a long list in Excel (220 rows) of the obligations of local authorities https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7542/18927821.xls
Including the clear, but possibly open-ended, "Make provision for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear emergency and urban search and rescue." and the potentially ever-changing "Have regard to such guidance as the Secretary of State may issue (e.g. guidance on investments)."
There probably can never be a single system that works for more than a short time before the goalposts shift again.
Lithium sulfide batteries look to have double the energy/weight performance of current lithium-based batteries.
If you can take a 1/2 ton battery down to 250 kg then that's a substantial benefit.
Even if you used a 1/2 ton of LiS batteries instead but it meant you don't have to dig for cobalt that could be a cost and environmental benefit
PS Yes, I did pass on your strawman.
I didn't say "likely" I said "possible".
also possible that Musk was directly informed that Ukraine was using Starlink for unspecified offensive actions but then prevaricated over his decision long enough that it coincided with the naval attack.
A few hours earlier and the attack would not have been put in at all, a couple hours later and the newspapers would have been making comparisons with the battle of Tsushima
possible that neither he nor whoever tipped him/Starlink off didn't know an attack was imminent.
But that cutting the links coincided with a particular attack and we see patterns in the shadows that aren't there.
Wars are complex and messy businesses and bad fortune and good fortune can overtake good planning and bad planning respectively.
i suggest you listen to Tim Harford's recent podcast episode Cautionary Tales on Luddites.
The problem with new tech is not necessarily that it eliminates work but how the transition is managed for those already working.- how to give some protection for those who have their skilled obs suddenly cut out from underneath them but not able to take on other work.
probably counts double in US where the social security blanket is threadbare and healthcare is so often tied to employment
watching the vid, one of the common "breakdown" faults is something overheating and tripping out.
But with obscure fault codes which remove agency from the user, the operator wouldn't know that solution was something like "Stirrer motor overheated, power down for 1 hour, then reset. If problem remains call maintenance" (and consider checking you're not blocking the vents) or "power supply overload. Do not use machine. Call maintenance"
Musk was deploying the Nirvana fallacy - that you shouldn't do things because they are imperfect answers.
Any billions would make a lot of lives better, not cure the problem but would improve the world for many and wouldn't make it worse
Though if he gave it to health initiatives or climate change mitigation, he would be denounced on formerly-known-as-Twitter as a WEF operative in minutes
I found out the other day that opening an image from twitter feed in another tab (in order to zoom in a bit) that the new tab has the blue Twitter bird.
Indicative - I think - that no matter that Musk throws out everything he sees with the Twitter name on it, there'll be something lurking somewhere to remind him he didn't invent it.
Birth rate falls in developed countries. And reduced child mortality feeds into that.
See China, Japan, South Korea for extreme examples.
though high at about 5 Nigeria's TFR has been falling since the late 1970s when it was 7. Extrapolation to 50 years from now is unwise
Now go read the works of Hans Rosling
1) He's the chair not the chief exec. He's supposed to know that there should be adequate security but shouldn't need to know minutiae
2) Commissioners are appointed by a cross-party method " The Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with membership drawn from MPs within the UK Parliament, oversees the recruitment of electoral commissioners. The candidates for these posts are then approved by the House of Commons and appointed by HM the Queen. The Speaker’s Committee is also responsible for deciding any reappointment of members following a first term of service" (EC website)
And for what it's worth, Japan runs on 100 volts. Once made a custom transformer (parts from Maplin) for a friend's relative who had a boom box they brought back with them from Japan after a period TEFL.
It buzzed like a hornets nest that a homeowner had treated with Columbian marching powder. Very embarrassing.
wikiquotes gives the line as
"Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind." William A. Ganoe, 'MacArthur Close-Up' (1962), p. 137
The context though is in Macarthur handing out disciplinary punishments for cadets and not adhering to the set punishments; the author is praising him for not working from precedent and treating each case individually on its merits.
"EU laws in areas for which the EU is responsible override any conflicting laws of member countries.
Two important ideas make this system work. These are ‘supremacy’, meaning the higher status of EU laws compared to national laws, and ‘direct effect’, meaning that EU laws can be relied on in court"
"Regulations become part of national law as soon as they’re passed. EU countries must pass their own laws to put directives into practice." (Fullfact, 11 March 2016)
"Although it is up to the Commission to propose new EU laws, Parliament can take the initiative by requesting that the Commission submit a legislative proposal. When making use of "legislative initiative", MEPs may set a deadline for the submission of a proposal. If the Commission refuses to, it must explain why." (EU Parliament website)
Legislation in the EU parliament is proposed by the EU commission which is drawn from people put forward by the Council of the European Union and the European Council.
The latter two are made up of ministers and heads of government of the member nations of the EU.
IE the member states have a hand in developing the legislation before it reaches the parliament.
I don't think the government actually wants to exit the ECHR.
I think it does want us (or sufficent numbers of us) to believe that
1) immigrants are dragging our country down, ruining it for 'hard working families' (though not the undeserving poor)
2) that the ECHR is the only thing (apart from bleeding heart liberals, lefty-lawyers, 'remoaners', His Majesty's Loyal Opposition, the BBC and so forth) that stops the government from preventing this
3)if Labour were to get in they would immediately sign a billion-year-contract with the EU
And it's convenient that if they did try, if the attempt was blocked then it would play to the image of them as the victims.
The Tizard Mission handed over examples of jet technology to the US. getting jet engines built and in use to defeat the enemy was considered more important than profit for Whittle or British companies
He did receive £100,000 for his invention. That's somewhere between 4 and 15 million in todays money depending on what you choose to determine the change against.
(if you choose to consider what the cost was to the country of the award, then its about 20 million as a proportion of GDP)
I just used Copilot in Edge (with a bit of tweaking) to give me this.
"I would like to thank TheRegister for this news item relating to Copilot replacing Cortana as a standalone app in Windows 10 and 11. The article was informative and well-written, and it helped me understand the reasons behind Microsoft's decision to drop support for Cortana and focus on Copilot as a new AI-powered personal assistant for Windows users. I appreciate the insights and analysis provided by the author, Jeff Burt, and the sources he cited in his report. I look forward to reading more news and updates from TheRegister in the future."
1) it'll never replace AManFromMars
2) I would have preferred it delivered with Jen Taylor's voice
I read some of the comments on Googles move as
"other people also have problematic TLD so Google creating more isn't that bad"
rather than the risk averse approach which problematic TLDs exist, let's not add to that while browsers might still be fooled.
Because the world is crying out to use .zip and .mov domains.....
I think Copernicus developed the notion that Earth etc circled the sun - writing "On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres"
And Galileo followed up with "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" about 80 years later.
(Though unsurprisingly a Greek had proposed heliocentric model much earlier)