And isn't it a bit tricky to lose the heat?
And will need an awful lot of solar panels to power a few thousand servers. Or does he plan to beam power up from the ground?
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English is fine as a lingua franca, as is Swahili. And that's why people around the world are keen to learn English. But few people in China want to stop speaking Chinese. Being bi-lingual or multi-lingual is actually the norm for a majority of the world's population. And being a monoglot English speaker doesn't help you during business negotiations when you can't understand what the Dutch negotiators are whispering to each other!
Language is a key part of a culture, and a mind-set. The way that different languages deal differently with ideas and concepts can be eye-opening, and help to explain cultural differences. Going from one language to another is not just a matter of translating word-by-word with a dictionary (as Pedro Carolino showed with "English As She Is Spoke") - it's more like Worzel Gummidge swapping heads.
"Life support for languages"? Or funding to correct an institutional imbalance?
Use of some of the Celtic languages has declined (although many are now increasing again) - often because of uncontrolled immigration by non-speakers, many with the same attitude as Brexiters living in Spain. It's their colony and they will continue to shout in English at the stupid locals, and demand warm Stella. Thankfully some incomers become part of the community, learn the language and immerse themselves in the culture. Even so, if a group of Welsh-speakers are joined by a monoglot English speaker they will usually (out of misguided politeness) switch to English. This does not help the language survive.
In Wales we have many incomers who have little English and no Welsh. They often come because their homes have been bombed and are starting a new life with nothing. But they set to and learn both languages - quickly. Their children attend Welsh-medium schools. These are the people we need.
But the pressure of the 'default' imported language, omnipresent in the media, films, radio & TV, coupled with generations of effort by governments and individuals to 'down-grade' the importance of language, in some cases even to extirpate them completely - - Scots, Gàidhlig, Gaeilge, Gailck/Manks, Cymraeg, Kernowek have all suffered - means that some positive action (not just funding) is needed to redress the balance.
Interesting mis-spelling of 'Welsh' as Welsch - because of course 'Welsh' is derived from a Germanic word used by the Saxon economic migrants who came to Britain a while back. It basically means 'foreigners'. I believe Wallonia comes from the same root, as does the district of Wels in Austria, Valais, Wallachia etc. And the '-wall' in Cornwall.
That's why more and more of use insist on using the proper name 'Cymru' for our country, and Cymraeg for our language. Hopefully it will catch on in England as well.
Don't get me started on the treatment of Welsh by the powers-that-be...
But it survived - nearly a third of the population speak it today, and that's growing.
Interesting that support for Welsh independence is growing fast - now at 32% (but compare that to 55% in Scotland). Even 49% in England think England should be independent - but they may have mixed the question up with Brexit!
Scots is a language. But this is complicated because there is a continuum of language here, between Scots and English. At one end there is English with a Scots accent and a few odd local words (much like the Wiki) - clearly just a dialect, easily intelligible to speakers of standard English, and this progresses steadily with different people as more vocabulary changes and, importantly, the grammar starts to change, until you have true Scots, whether Doric or whatever. This doesn't seem to happen so much with other languages (although I could be wrong) - is there a smooth continuum of speakers between Dutch and German? It could be argued that it happens to an extent in Wales - with full blown 'Wenglish' taking the place of Scots. There's a lot of English in it, but there is a lot of Welsh grammar and vocab which takes it away from just being an English dialect.
If you want to know more about the Scots leid, go to oorvyce.scot or follow them on @oorvyce
And try this as a starter
"Whit wye shuid we be carin aboot Scots?
Scots is a leid thit is integratit intae Scots cultur, is pairt o wir identity, an is whit maks oorsels different fae the rest o the warld. A wheen o fowk hae an attatchment tae the leid fae bairnheid an their hames wi'oot even kennin it. Scots has ayewis hid spikkers at aa livvels o society, fae aa backgruns an fae aa waaks o life."
Is toil leam IRN BRU (that's actually Gaelic, not Scots, and is taken from the Duolingo course)
Yes, Irn Bru is sold in Scotland, and is made in Scotland - fra' girders!
Yes, it's a foul chemical concoction, but it's the only thing to drink with your haggis pudding supper after an evening on the bevvy. It helps to cut through the oil and fat.
Ah, happy memories. Actually I used to sometimes have it with my steak pie supper - the chippie used to deep-fry the pies. Obese? Moi?
Irish app cost: €850,000 - seems to work
English app cost: £12,000,000 - doesn't work at all
And I assume the Irish one was at least bi-lingual. I trust the English one also catered for a wide range of the languages used in the UK (if not in the IoW).
But I suppose that's better than £150 million on face masks that don't work at all.
Why, oh why, aren't we all marching down Whitehall with pitchforks and lengths of rope?
And it doesn't need a particularly large team. There's a lot of data, but it's relatively straightforward. The big job is creating the meta data and catalogue records for the 90% that doesn't have a digital record, and that's basically grunt-work. Having said that I did work on a project to digitise 900,000 typed catalogue records, created over a century or so, which needed some considerable IT cunning, and manual cleaning up, to go from OCR text to database. I think we found over 30 different date formats!
I'd also suggest that they consider splitting it into two parts. Firstly get a digital catalogue of everything, then move on to actually digitising the objects as part 2. It would be interesting to know how much of the budget is allowed for each chunk - design and build DB and system, populate DB, do digitising.
To be honest, I suspect one good bod could build a system in months.
Yes but, no but.
The new plant? Yes we need high-tech stuff, but please don't tout it as a way of creating jobs.
Better to invest £1 billion of public money to create jobs by investing in small, locally-owned startups and expanding businesses. Invest the money as equity, and vest that in a local community trust, so that decisions are made that benefit the community, not distant shareholders, and prevents a sell-off to a big competitor who will close them down, or relocate.
Yes, some will fail, but many will still be there and employing people in 10-20 years time, long after the Huawei site has closed. Massive investments by big firms aren't any help in the long term.
That way, you could probably get 5-10,000 jobs for a billion.
If we had a competent UK government, who had done all in their power, successfully, to keep the death toll down to a few thousand, then people would say, well, OK it's an emergency, we won't worry too much about GDPR if it saves lives.
But of course, we haven't. Their 'app' wasted millions, weeks and cost lives. And still they breach GDPR.
The sooner Johnson and the rest of the Tories start their whole-life sentences breaking rocks on Dartmoor the better. No need to waste time on a trial...
This means that attempting to hack US government networks is now completely legal outside the USA. If they are fighting an undeclared war against the rest of the world they can hardly object when people fight back.
So no more extraditions to the USA.
Release Julian-the-prat now!
Yeah. The most important thing really is how long a charged battery lasts, rather than the charging time. So long as you can get a couple of days plus of 'normal' use and charge every night, it doesn't really matter if it takes 1 hr or 4 hrs to charge.
And for emergencies, I always have a cigarette lighter adapter and a USB cable in the car.
Our village caffi (in Wales) re-opened yesterday - outside service only (as per Welsh Government rules). Entry to building to pay and to use the loos (via the back door).
Would you believe the number of visitors (on holiday from England) who couldn't understand why they couldn't sit inside (it was pissing down). Explained slowly in words of one syllable, but no, they couldn't grasp the concept that Wales is not in England, and has a different government and rules.
I like the idea of the electric fence and cattle prods. Or could we get a few 2nd hand Tasers on eBay?
They are seriously f**ked.
"Cloud" database servers disappearing for hours (obvs tata to websites that use them) - still not sorted.
Support dire - 2-3 days to get reply to ticket. Try their 'chat' and "You are at position 52 in the queue"...One hour later you get a human.
It's sad - I switched to using them (under a different name) several years ago, and they had been great. Tech support guys (usually E European) really excellent, and quick. A nice hosting setup.
But that's now all gone to shit. Weird new hosting packages, switched to cPanel (that's okay), but suggestion that you can't direct external domains to their DNS.
Time to switch providers again I think. Any suggestions for who can host 100 domains for me?
"Both SpaceX and OneWeb (in which the UK government has plans to invest a cool half billion ^^^ under the mistaken impression it's a GPS system^^^) plan constellations which will enable greater 5G coverage."
Government must stop spaffing billions as the result of a chat over drinks with a chum.
Cute idea, but please can they do it properly.
If I'm in the audience for a speaker, I want to see the view from my seat - people to left and right, back of peoples heads in front of me. If we're round a table, that's the view I want to see.
Anyone for full 3D VR? Then we can meet on a beach in the Maldives
A friend was on IT support for the Met in the early days of desktops (and 5.25 in floppies)
Got called to some very senior officer who was having problems. "I keep putting the floppy disks in but I can't get them out"
Turned out there was a narrow gap between ill-fitting lid and body of case and he'd been feeding them in there.
No, although it's probably the best the Tories can do.
Several areas in Wales set up their own track and trace system very early on. Staffed by Council Environmental Health staff, been very, very effective.
And "specially-trained contact centre workers" - does "reading a PDF" count as 'specially-trained'?
I'm not totally convinced that every reference to the word 'black' is a deliberate reference to slavery, or supposed racial differences.
For instance, blacklist: first use of black list (according to Wiki) dates to a play in 1639, and refers to the list of regicides compiled for Charles II.
Blackball? Original Greek voting system. You put the white ball in the urn to say yes, black to say no.
Black bottom dance? Named after a predominantly black community in Detroit, but although the name "Black Bottom" is often erroneously believed to be a reference to the African-American community that developed in the twentieth century, the neighbourhood was actually named by early French colonial settlers for the dark, fertile topsoil found in the area (known as river bottomlands)
Black body radiation?
I'm not sure how much these trials will prove. Surely a lot of the potential use will be privately owned ones that people use for a short-ish commute or run to the shops etc. The market for pick-up-and-go rental could be quite limited, and will only really apply in large towns & cities, for people who have perhaps driven in and then need to go a mile or two to other locations, as an alternative to a taxi or bus. The trial will give little evidence for overall demand and practicalities.
And for those complaining that they can be left to litter the streets? Easy, if one's been abandoned on the pavement, chuck it over a fence or in the canal.
Insurance: rental companies can be easily policed to check they provide insurance cover for when the renter rides into an old lady at 15mph. Harder to police for privately owned ones. If there is a requirement for licensing them, displaying insurance etc people won't bother. If they can be treated the same as bicycles (legal even with electric assistance) then the problem goes away.
Ah CSV again. Not so much commas, as the field they're in can be delimited by " in most sensible exports. Real pain in the posterior is how Excel exports data with carriage returns in a cell. Which creates a new line in CSV, which causes some grief when trying to import into PHP - anyone got a suggestion?
For many years on Windows I've been using a little utility called To Bach, originally developed to cope with adding a ^ to w and y in Welsh (It's called a To Bach, meaning Little Roof, or, more formally acen grom) - Basically AltGr + w gives ŵ , default is AltGr+letter puts a ^ on it - â - but it was extended to do more, much like the extended keyboard noted above AltGr+", i gives ï, AltGr+/,e gives é
A really neat bit of freeware!
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