It was an attempt to keep the delivery package safe by perching on the wire temporarily. Works for birds, right ?
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Re: Just take their licence away
With an automated car, the license could be far more active.
Instead of allowing free rein until found to be non-conformant, conformance with the rules could be imposed electronically. The car would be responsible for spotting pedsetrians, interacting with the owner etc. But on needing to access some shared resource such as a freeway or busy city street, the car would have to announce its intentions to the city traffic management system and obtain permission for literally everything it did in real time, such as making a turn, changing lane etc.
The owner still retains control of the car - they can change plans at any time - but the car has to achieve them in a way that meets not just the law but the instantaneous traffic management aims. No illegal turns, speeding, misparking or contributing to traffic jams. If you ask it to do something that overloads the system, you can't do it.
Similar to the road-train concept for freeways where you join a train of cars moving together, but applied to cities.
Now, be fair.
For months, the tories had been telling us that Johnson was the best possible leader they could elect to do the job. Nobody else in the party could do it better.
Now, finally, they had to admit he was utterly unsuited to the job and would be better off in jail.
So, forced to choose someone else, it's quite clear that since Johnson was the best, anybody else would be worse. And so, indeed, it has proved.
And if they get rid of her, it will be someone worse still. Because every one of them is totally crap. They did, after all,. choose 4 crap leaders in succession. QED.
Re: Living in fear of a 2nd wave.
Maybe if you're so horrified by the tasteless display of an organ 100% of humans own, you should reconsider your priorities.
It's good to have some taste, but the lack of it is probably not the worst threat our species - even the young members still in full-time education - is facing.
> At the other end of the scale orange juice was terminal.
As was beer.
Recollections of a calculator returned for repair from a brewery in Wolverhampton. A lovely machine with nixies all in a row and a hand-designed circuit board with swirly traces instead of modern straight lines.
And green stuff that shouldn't have been there.
Register unit of computing power
Now we've abandoned the teraflop in favour of the raspberry pi as a unit of computing power, what will the units of electrical consumption and thermal output be in el reg articles?
In honour of the now-obsolete Watt, maybe it should be related to steam and kettles. Journalist cuppas-per hour could be used for both electrical usage and temperature increases, though both size-of-Wales (or whales) and Hiltons might be relevant. I guess the reg unit system needs some unification.
I'm slightly puzzled by all these cries of despair. Were you hoping Rishi would win ?
Given the choice, there wasn't going to be a good outcome.
Both options were members of a failing cabinet, and both were members of a party which for a long time believed Boris was their best member.
And the same selection process that produced Boris has produced Truss. Why would it do better this time ?
My experience of using other people's python is that it's almost universally crap, with the few exceptions being where it's deeply embedded in a larger package. It may be easy to write, but it's difficult even for machines to read.
Python learned nothing from the 2.7 -> 3.0 debacle. In fact, the compatibility situation got worse, with multiple step releases within 3.x making scripts written for one version unusable on another and with incomplete dependencies that make it very difficult to find the problem.
Forth, and to some extent Perl used to be decried as write-only languages. Python is rapidly outdoing them.
What's the solution ? Not venv; like any containers, they're a bodge to overcome the compatibility problems that shouldn't exist in the first place (and don't, in a well-regulated language like C). But with inaccurate dependencies, they don't solve the problem either - and in any case, need to be automatic rather than an optional extra if they're to make it usefully portable.
Much of SM is a mystery to me (or makes me intensely cynical) but I can see how this started : in a live chatroom like IRC you get notifications that someone has gone, and it avoids you addressing a comment to them. This is fine.
However it appears Whatsapp doesn't distinguish between 'gone to bed' and 'walked out slamming the door behind them' , and as being online 24/7 has become the norm, one has mutated into the other.
Whatever. A change for the better.
Now my cynical side looks for a less socially acceptable reason for the change.
Re: You do write a log, don't you ?
Then how about a button that, on the request of the developer, the user pushes to see the last few error messages ?
Or better still emails them (on command, to avoid privacy issues) but I accept that may not be possible, especially as many failures will have broken connectivity.
Re: At scale??? Yes, easily
The problem with solar orbit sats is that although they have a vast amount of space (how much of earth's orbit does earth occupy ?) and no nightside, there isn't any CO2 or water in solar orbit.
I guess maybe we could spit out power pills at them as we pass. Maybe with an electrically powered rail gun. But that's another semi-available tech to rely on.
Re: Only the Guilty?
"One wonders what MI5/MI6/GCHQ really think of that arrangement if it so easily and quickly can lead to wholesale chaos with parties in conflict and opposition. Common sense and a greater wisdom would dictate that they totally ignore the prohibition and discover all that is necessary for a true picture of events be produced and directed for subsequent daily media presentation and virtual realisation."
I would imagine they would completely ignore it, just as they did the law for ordinary joes.
Then when they need to use something incriminating they disguise it's source. This has been the practice since the interception of Ultra in WWII.