His only goal is becoming a crypto whale one day
Hamster to whale. Imagine how the transphobes will react.
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A report from the Government Office for Science … as it bemoans the nation's weak standing in the international supercomputing sector and makes a series of recommendations for improving matters.
Have supercomputers replaced nuclear arsenals as the politicians' strap-on penis of choice while I wasn't looking?
No, you misunderstand. At the outlet of the tap there are two separate pipes producing two streams of water that mix in the air. The pipes are never joined.
What you're probably missing is that most UK housing does not have mains pressure hot water(*). Joining cold water at 2-3 bar mains pressure and hot water at the pressure produced by a header tank maybe 3-4 metres higher than the outlet isn't a recipe for success.
(*) My 1890s house does but only because I had it replumbed during major building work ~12 years ago.
as European citizen in the EU I can guarantee that Brits' issues with ID is one of the things that baffles us the most.
1) Brits believe government should prove its validity to exist to the people, not the other way round.
2) If you have to have identity papers, then information like "Juden" or "Tutsi" or other religious/ethnic affiliation can be printed on them at the whim of government. The first is why two generations ago half of my wife's family lost both identity papers and identity at a place called Auschwitz.
… you let your self remain behind the rest of Europe in exactly the same way taking a vote in the parliament takes half an hour with MPs wandering around the chicken house when the rest of Europe uses a minute or two before pressing a button.
We're actually ahead of Europe in insisting that MP physically vote – it stops the buggers passing more damn fool laws than they already do. One day you mainlanders will realise the benefit.
Most Brits don't actually understand why they need two taps and I now wonder if it's still true, and for sure, it cannot be so in any bigger town.
Most Brits don't understand why they need an earth in the electrical wiring, but it's still sensible.
Your explanation for the two taps is rubbish, also there was a time when you had no cars and still you have cars today.
As Paul Crawford correctly said, it's the UK plumbing standard. I have mixer taps everywhere but if you look at the actual plumbing inside there are two separate pipes right up to the end and the water mixes in the output stream.
Most notably, killing Identity Cards
“That is not dead which can eternal lie"
Identity cards are a Home Office goal. The idea turns up every decade or so, whatever party happens to be in power. The excuses vary to match the party's particular bugbear – "ID cards will help prevent crime", "ID cards will make benefits easier to manage" – but the aim is to get us all to have a single official identity. The only way to stop it is to have a root and branch reform of the Home Office and no political party will do that.
Again, Amazon has done no more than use the instruments legally available to keep its tax bill down.
If you don't like what Amazon does, change the [expletive deleted] law rather than whinging that companies should do something the law doesn't require them to do.
OK, let the down votes commence.
As we're all going to have to move to VoIP if we still want a landline equivalent, I'm thinking of setting up a virtual PBX. Then any scam calls will be met with "excuse me, my son is trying to put the cat in the dishwasher(*), can I put you on hold while I sort this out, won't be long" and then I'll see just how long they can stand hearing what the things(**) on the bus do or what Barney the Dinosaur thinks of them.
(*) Excuses will vary and be just on the possible side.
(**) Wheels, horn, etc
I know a small (UK) charity that uses the free Mailchimp offering for sending out newsletters (to ~1-2 hundred subscribers). They have very little technical know how so probably couldn't set up and run their own mail list. Any suggestions what they should move to if/when Mailchimp starts trying to charge?
For instructions, LEGO and Ikea do a reasonable job. If you think not, try some alternatives
And it wasn't necessarily the instructions that were the problem. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land I tried to put together an MFI table for someone. One vitally necessary bolt just refused to go in(*). When I looked closely at it, rather than the thread spiralling along the bolt there was a set of independent rings going round the bolt. I really have no idea how it could have been manufactured like that.
(*) Cue chorus of "at least you had a bolt, mine was missing" from those who miss MFI like they miss impacted wisdom teeth.
Erlang does not have what most other languages call a 'variable'
Hence my Princess Bride quote. "Variable" has a variety of meanings, and logic(*) variables predate programming variables by several decades.
This avoids a certain class of errors that prop up in multi-threaded programming. You can get sort of the same effect but through other more explicit and safer means.
I would argue that if you're trying to prevent problems with shared memory races there's nothing more explicit and safer than simply not having shared memory. That's why I prefer programming in the Erlang/Elixir world for when I'm dealing with heavy concurrency, I've spent too many hours trying to debug intermittent memory race bugs in operating systems. [It's when you haul out the storage scope to debug the device driver that you know you're having a bad day.]
(*) As in variables in a formal logic system, not Booleans.
* Modula-2. Pascal-esque language that went nowhere
It turned into Modula-3. That went nowhere.
* Prolog. A niche AI language that went nowhere
It inspired Erlang.
Also, back in the early 80s Prolog was going to save the world because the Japanese were basing their Fifth Generation Computing Initiative(*) on machines that executed Prolog directly so you'd just specify your problem in Prolog and no one would ever have to actually write a computer program ever again and excuse me but I'm giggling too much to finish this bit …
* dBase - please kill me
It would be a mercy.
* Z notation - a specification language that went nowhere
Oh God, I'd forgotten about that. Eldritch.
* occam - a concurrent programming language that went nowhere
Didn't it go into space? I certainly remember that Transputer chips were naturally rad-tolerant if not rad-hard, and the idea was that you stuck four in a deep space probe and used voting logic, resetting an incorrect one on disagreement(**). Four would be sufficient for a 10-20 year mission because you'd expect to lose at most one to permanent damage on that timescale so the voting logic would keep working.
(*) I was at the academic conference where this was announced to the world. Far too lowly to meet the bigwigs, I drank with the bigwigs' retinue who'd be doing the actual development. I asked them if they really thought it would work and they replied to the effect "well we're guaranteed 5 years funding, and 10 unless we screw up royally, so who cares".
(**) Transputers could be rapidly rebooted and reloaded from any other Transputer.
Or LISP - it only has four special characters: ( ) . and space.
#*Cough* reader macros #*cough*.
Actually a nice middle ground is plain old Fortran.
Nice??? Sorry, that should be .NICE.???
I have heard of Erlang … it completely lacks the concept of 'variable'.
It has logic variables(*) that work by unification.
(*) aka "You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means"
Anyone know of other programming languages that use another language or glyph system (Cyrillic, Hiragana, etc) at their core?
There used to be a French Algol 68 system. I can't remember the chap's name (French academic of course) but at A68 conferences he'd have example code like
SI x < y
… code …
[Not sure about that closing IS, it would have clashed with the IS operator in English, but I can't remember whether his compiler accepted English reserved words.]
And there was always APL which had its very own character set, mixing mostly mathematical symbols with Greek letters.
how about gliding BELOW the surface
I can't remember which game it was, but there was one computer game where the programmers hadn't allowed for daft settings so the best strategy was to attack with your submarines 50 feet up in the air and your aircraft 50 feet below water thus making them both totally undetectable as sonar doesn't work in air and radar doesn't work in water. [Or something of that ilk.]
You will have eternal copyright when you can download (your) consciousness into silicon
We (or at least the US) already have de facto unbounded copyright – see Disney and the ever-extending copyright on Mickey Mouse. All it takes is a few tame legislators, no need for fancy technology.
putting unsuitable (but highly thought of), people into jobs, where they have control over projects that they know absolutely nothing about....even if previously, they had done well in their specific original role
Published as the Peter Principle back in 1969. People are promoted to their level of incompetence.
You don't really think they wouldn't verify your submissions before paying out?
The only time I know of when this test was done, it was a TV crew and "security expert" asking London commuters at some railway station the question. No verification, not even a confirmation of what the password was for. I.e. a stupid stunt for TV, not a real experiment.
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