Re: Brexit is coming
Which category does the evidence suggest 'Brexit' belongs to?
Brexit is in category #2, the EU is in #4 (also numbered 2 for some odd reason? )
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It only works where good faith is involved, and that's never the case at a border.
Most border crossings work on an assumption of good faith, in the "trust, but verify" sense. You have to assume that most paperwork is OK and objects contain what they say, but you spot-check enough of them to make life difficult for smugglers. Can't really do anything else, checking every vehicle/passenger/suitcase/parcel would be logistically impossible. You can't get 100% coverage, but it's a trade-off like most things.
A lot will depend on how much they manage to muffle that sonic boom. If they can get it down to a distant rumble, rather than Concorde's distinctive, and allegedly greenhouse-smashing, "Boom-Boom", then I could see other possibilities, W. Europe to Middle-East for example. Range will be an issue, of course.
@phil, for one talking about people moaning, you do moan a lot.
I do, it's true. I get irritated at people who believe all the crap in a puff piece without bothering to check the detailed claims, just because they're still annoyed about 3-year-old decision that they didn't like. When did the UK become such a nation of whining doommongers, happier to run down everything it does instead of putting some effort into making it succeed? You're beginning to make the French and Italians look like optimists!
to make room for a tedious anti-government rant.
Not anti-government, just anti-Brexit. The remoaners (and this article is a perfect example of why that is the appropriate term) just can't resist the chance to take half a story, twist the juicy bits, and spit out yet more BS about why they were right and everyone else was wrong.
Some of the other articles on the subject are a bit more accurate,such as:
"In a letter to Downing Street, OneWeb is understood to have offered to move its entire operations from Florida to Britain. Ministers were told that transforming the business into a UK-centric operation could address ongoing security concerns about Britain’s telecoms network and deliver on the Government’s pledge to bring faster broadband to rural areas by 2025.", with repurposing yet-to-be launched satellites for GNSS use just a "maybe" speculation. OK, so it's playing the "national security" card to get cash, but wouldn't you try it on if the alternative were bankruptcy? The UK is considering chipping in as part of a bid, to rescue a UK business and get some general satellite functionality.
As others have said, what about some real journalism, investigating the facts of this, and the "£92m report'? The "buy OneWeb and use it for SatNav" seems to have been a joke dreamed up in a pub that various gullible anti-Brexit reporters have swallowed, hook line & sinker.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds spoke about the challenge of finding future maintainers for the open-source operating system,
Seriously? People aren't queuing up to be told:
"SHUT THE **** UP!
"It's a bug alright -- in the kernel. How long have you been a maintainer? And you *still* haven't learnt the first rule of kernel maintenance?
And I don't _ever_ want to hear that kind of obvious garbage and idiocy from a kernel maintainer again. Seriously.
Fix your ******* 'compliance tool,' because it is obviously broken. And fix your approach to kernel programming."
I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you.
then separate the thick clotted cream on the top from the thin liquid (whey?) left behind.
It's buttermilk, just use it to make the scones.
Only problem is that's 3 days until you can have your scones, buying a tub of Rodda's is far easier :)
But for those of us who live in uncultured parts of the world where clotted cream isn't available in the shops, making your own is the only option. Doesn't take 3 days, though. The initial cook works very well if done in the oven overnight.
Do I take it you're unfamiliar with the miracle of ISO9000 and related Quality Management Systems?
Sadly not, I remember having to implement that back when it was still just BS5750. At the time it was so easy to confuse the auditors that "not worth the paper it was written on" was the kindest thing one could say.
I don't think the law is on your side.
I wouldn't be so sure. I work for a large international company, and the legal hoops I have to go through just to upgrade the version of some 3P code we choose to use are impressive. That even includes cases where we don't ship the code but just tell the end-user "you have to download xxx". The company lawyers obviously think there's a risk.
if a developer is pulling in unchecked and untested third-party packages, and including them in a 'product' that is shipped to their customers, then that developer should face the full force of any legal penalties incurred by their customers due to the developer's incompetence.
If an aircraft manufacturer bought components from a supplier, and just installed them without consistently checking they they met the safety specs, would they get away with saying "not my fault, blame my supplier"?
It isn't 'agile', it's 'lazy'.
Be happy GateGourmet is not the one providing Lufthansa with their "dishes" ! Those ... things are properly terrible.
My "worst ever" was a pizza that United served mid-atlantic. I valued my teeth too much to attempt to chew it, and looking at the collected trays I was far from being the only one.
because they are too fucking stupid to use a phone
I have done something similar, but only once.
I wanted to redial the last number I called, which was a sequence something like '**3'. Instead I misdialled '*3', which was a programmed short code to a local supplier. I apologised, and hung up.
Then I had a brain fart & did what I had originally intended, '**3' to redial last number. Which of course was now the supplier...
Back in the day, most UK exchanges reserved '8' and '9' for local dialling codes, to dial nearby exchanges by prefixing a phone number with '91' or '87' etc. You could daisy-chain them to a degree, so '991' might take you to nearby town (9) and then on to a close-by village (91). Although the full emergency number was '999' a few very small exchanges had limited connectivity so that '99' was enough to reach the emergency services. It didn't take much misconfiguration of autodiallers to trigger a visit from the local plod asking why you kept calling them and making strange beeping noises...
I also wonder about toner. Isn't laser printer toner just plastic dust melted on to the paper? How much of the environmental microplastics that are currently causing all the news headlines come from recycling those 3.2 trillion sheets of paper, and flushing away poorly-filtered used water?
chortle at (some) people being confused by the "new money",
I just remember being incensed that a 5d bag of crisps was now 2½p, a 20% increase without any more crisps in the bag (I was about 10 years old...).
makes it all the more strange that the conversion to metric stalled and has dragged out for sooo loonnngggg
I think that's more down to familiarity. People who grew up with buying "half a stone" of potatoes had a mental image of that quantity which 3kg didn't give them. With decimalisation a Pound was still a Pound.
I did measure my paces and discovered they were indeed approx. 0.8 m long,
I think you may have measured your strides. A pace (from right foot at rest to right foot at rest again) is two strides, and closer to 5 feet (1.5m). A Roman mile was 1000 paces, not far off a modern statute mile of 5280 feet.
How do we fix institutional racism?
That's a somewhat dangerous term, since it tends to lead to knee-jerk reactions, the "All Police are xxxx" sort of thing, which of course is itself a form of ingrained prejudice.
Institutions are generally made up of people, and any racism comes from some (rarely all) of those people, and often those in charge, so let's address the real problem.
I'm presuming you've got some better ideas, let's hear them!!
One way is by not hiding the symbols or history, but keeping them in the open for discussion, where our children can ask about them. Hopefully we can then educate them not to make the same mistakes in their institutions.
Pick a more welcoming, inclusive word... or stick with the word that reminds some people of past and present acts of inhumanity. Such a tough choice.
That's the definition of political correctness, assuming that the concept comes from the word, when in reality the opposite is true. The idea that one human being should own and control another is abhorrent to most of us, yet the idea of a mechanism faithfully tracking the operation of another is just engineering. Both use the terms "master" and "slave". Changing the term for the second concept will not change the first, it will only change the language, which will then evolve.
Let's start completely afresh, and replace the computing terms "master" and 'slave" with meaningless invented words, say "fribble" and "frooble", words with no historical baggage. I am absolutely certain that in 10 years time we'd be reading about gangs run by evil fribbles, and their trafficked sex-froobles.
Fix the problem, and the name won't matter. Changing the name alone is pointless.
There was one exception to the "non-commercial" part when a pilot managed to land a Boeing 707 at the airport by mistake. Given the runway was only about half the normal length a 707 needs, getting it out of the airport has become the stuff of local legend.
Dan Air (locally known as "Dan Dare") once landed an incoming Belfast flight at a nearby disused WW2 airfield. It caused much consternation for the control tower when the pilot announced they had landed, and the tower replied "we can't see you". According to local rumour the pilot wanted to turn round & 'hop' to the main airfield, and was told in no uncertain terms that he wasn't taking off with passengers from an airstrip with no safety equipment. The airport sent a bus instead.
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