I was more of a Duke guy myself.
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Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all
Re: Generous non self-serving billionaires
Getty was a private person working from his own bank balance. By comparison Gates (plural -it's in his and hers names) foundation handles a large portfolio of stock including Warren Buffet's donation; it makes funding awards just like any large foundation and all it's financials are out in the open.
I note in passing Getty died about 14 years ago on 17th April - admitted to hospital for a chest infection.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus
Re: It's not just IR35 though
Cromwell was just the top guy of the religious-military junta.
Charles Second was more a case of deciding to go back to the old ways was the least worse option after the Republic/Protectorate. At least insofar as England was concerned, Scotland and Ireland suffered in their own different ways. And the swing of power to Parliament meant it was a different type of monarchy afterwards - and thus get to replacement of James a few years down the line.
Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches
Re: Why not have a locker in the shop staff room?
A sensible idea. But not one Apple would have thought of using while it still had the whip hand over the staff.
This ruling may inspire Apple to go for some back room re-modelling of their stores. Or they might be hoping someone develops those body scanners from Total Recall.
Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons
Tea tipplers are more likely to live longer, healthier lives than you triple venti pumpkin-syrup soy-milk latte-swilling fiends
What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears
Google security engineer says she was fired for daring to remind Googlers they do indeed have labor rights
Lights, camera, camera, camera, action: iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip biz in new iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip shocker
Re: Mozilla are only partly right
I see that the Czechs require passing a written and practical exam and a clean criminal record before a licence is issued.
An AK47 needs a specific valid reason to be given . In general the Czech gun laws seem comprehensive and thorough to achieve a balance between public safety and right to have a weapon for certain uses.
Bollocks or brutal truth: Do smart-mobes make us grow skull horns? We take a closer look at boffins' startling claims
Much medical research is reported by muppets who pick an exciting headline unsubstantiated by a scrutiny of the underlying paper.
The authors seem to be more modest in the text and I was wondering the merits of the dataset. The authors indentify that the X-rays came from people who were being X-rayed for a medical problem, so there you have the immiedate issue that the population sample is representative of the whole, as it comes from an unhealthly set
And then I read "All radiographs were obtained by a trained radiographer, at a single chiropractic clinic.." so perhaps these are a healthy population. albeit gullible to the promise of the chiroquacktors.
There will be a immediate cause such as "blown tyre" (proximate cause of the accident) but there will be a reason the tyre blew eg it was worn, then there will be a reason why a worn tyre was used on the aircraft eg not picked up at inspection, then there will be a reason why it wasn't picked up at inspection eg insufficiently trained inspector and vague checklist and then there will be a reason why the inspector wasn't trained correctly and a reason the checklist was vague. And there lie the "root causes".
And uncovering the root causes might then show a risk to a whole fleet of aircraft. Which is what aviation accident investigators are after.
"This is the fifth of six IR35 cases HMRC has lost since it made its disastrous changes to IR35 in the public sector in 2017"
Raises a question and supplementary questions.
How many cases have there been (how many are active at moment)?
How many have HMRC won?
How many have ended in a "settlement" rather than a win or loss?
Re: " I suppose it's no different from black cabs refusing to go over the river in the evenings!"
"A taxi driver, unless required by the hirer to drive more than 12 miles, or more than 20 miles in respect of a journey which begins at Heathrow Airport, London, or for a longer time than one hour, is under a duty to accept a fare:"
"A taxi driver is under a duty to drive the hirer of his taxi to any place within the Metropolitan Police District or the City of London not exceeding 12 miles from the place where he was hired; or more than 20 miles in respect of a journey which begins at Heathrow Airport, London"
Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT
HMRC does not always collect all that is owed. And may need prompting to act.
It reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in 2010 which avoided the latter paying interest on about 20 million quids worth of National Insurance Contributions they hadn't paid relating to offshore bonuses (I believe)
The HMRC had settled because Goldman Sachs had threatened to withdraw from a voluntary code of conduct. Judge said it “was not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue.” Those in HMRC who had made the agreement hadn't consulted legal experts nor noticed they had to have the deal reviewed internally.
This past week in my newsletter from Airfix I heard one of the last flying Gloster Meteors (a Nightfighter) has ceased flying.
Airframe age, of itself, means that it's had more opportunity for problems to develop but that does not mean you shouldn't step foot in the cabin of an airliner just because its been around a while.
[declaration of (in)competence - I may have watched too much Air Crash Investigation and be overrating my skills/opinion]
If I've understood correctly, you can't open people up to do these sorts of direct measurement of brain impulses. So you find people who are having their skulls opened for surgery etc and then ask them if you can stick your multimeter probes into their grey matter before the brain surgeon gets going. Obviously routine surgery not emergency surgery (even though such nuerological prodding and poking is not rocket science)
I heard of this project on the Sceptics Guide to the Universe podcast earlier this week, but a more interesting aspect of brain mapping mentioned in the episode (described by Steve Novella, a neurologist) is the use of "lattice light-sheet microscopy" to map the neurons in a brain.
Deckard in the novel wants a real sheep. He makes do with an electric one as mankind has (for reasons not gone into in depth) most all real animals are gone. We haven't gotten there yet.
Another element I remember from the book is (IIRC) 'kibble' - the general,detritus of broken and unrepairarable materials of civilisation. We might be getting there with drawers stuffed with ancient USB sticks, propriety cables, instruction leaflets and warning labels. Stuff you'd like to throw on the tip but feel morally obligated to dispose of responsibly (you'll get round to it one day) or fear that you might need one day.
Re: Cooking Basmati
After many years of intermittent cooking of rice I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that microwaveable bags of rice make a lot of sense. No pans, no clouds of steam, no starchy water down the sink, no anxiety over timing.
Rice is there to soak up liquids while giving you a portion of carbs. And if you're mixing it with a strong tasting sauce such as a curry then any subtlety of flavour is forsworn.
And if you're only cooking because your body is crying out for something because of the ravages upon it from alcohol, then 'is it edible?' is your yardstick.
Re: How about a high power laser burst ?
"Urban myth" implies didn't happen at all.
The flip was used but not often. because it wasn't an simple manoeuvre and was resorted to when a pilot a ran out of ammo.
Eg a 3 Squadron pilot "It wasn't impossible to tip them up but quite difficult. I only did it once.... I found that every time I put my wing under its starboard wing, it just skidded away; I had upset the airflow. On the next try I slipped my wing under it and immediately flipped my stick over to the right, and that tipped its wing right over and it just catapulted into the ground."
The few Meteors available were only in use from late July (when seven aircraft were posted to Manston) to September (when the launch sites were overrun) against V1s. That and working out the kinks in the new fighter probably counted as much as low endurance against them getting a passable score.
New icon design
"We also used gestalt principles to further emphasize key product changes"
I think I get what they mean, but I'm sure they could have used more understandable language to say something along the lines of - "we bore in mind that these programs are all related to each other and that the apps have changed over the years"
As opposed to readers thinking "Gestalt - isn't that what the Borg are...or was that thingy's lot in DS9"
Re: Isn't it bad?
I don't think I was implying that. But I see a lot of of copyright material on youtube and the impression I get is that if youtube wanted to they could throw tech at the problem.
What woudl the knock on effect be if the averager user uploaded a video and it took 5 minutes or 50 minutes for the system to "validate" it?
Re: Isn't it bad?
"that is impossible for Google to do, they simply can't afford to hire enough people to do that"
That's an interesting statement because I'm sure Google/Alphabet have implied before now that they are masters of AI and search. Do they need humans, or is it sufficient that show they have made a reasonable attempt to vet content.
Also, that a company is unable to exercise its legal requirements without going bust is not a pre-requisiste to letting a company off its legal obligations.
I login to my online energy supplier account.
Would you like a smart meter? It's free it says. Click here to arrange install.
OK, I think. I forget to do the read your own meter thing. And getting down on my knees to look in the back of the cupboard is no fun either. So I click. Screen tells me my install is already scheduled - for January last year. With no option to change.
At this point you know you're going to have to phone a call centre, and your heart sinks.
Re: One problem with this
According to the Measuring Worth website, a 6d Mars bar in 1955 going by retail price index would be worth about 60p today. Coincidentally the current price of a 51g Mars bar from Tesco.
Using other measures of 'value' 6d in 1950s is worth up to £2.50 in terms of earnings or share of economy.ie it took more to earn that Mars bar in the 50s.
Ada Lovelace gets a poor showing sometimes because although a romantic figure, there's not the evidence to point to and say 'she did that'. But as a symbol of women in technology and as a bridge between the literary and scientific sets could be a justification as an early communicator?. Her 'social' network included
Charles Wheatstone - influential but a bit of a sod over claiming IP that wasn't necessarily his to claim?
De Morgan - her tutor
Brewster - optics
Faraday - nuff said
Perhaps a hypothetical soiree of the above could be considered.