I learnt to program on a ZX-81 as well. Sir Clive is responsible for where I am now too. RIP.
451 posts • joined 11 Sep 2012
Could some one explain in simple terms about the difference in these sizes? I take it, that we are talking about the distance between components (not thickness) so is 14 nm better than 12 nm or is it the other way around? Assuming that 12 is better than 14 is the advantage just higher component density?
Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss
"there's always free to call customer services and polite requests for a little compensation"
You don't even need to do that. Just visit your account page and click the service link to register that you have a loss of service (assuming you have mobile data) and if the outage last more than a certain amount of time you will be automatically credited.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour
It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?
This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year
I understand the 98% false positive comment in the article but how good is this technology with actual wanted suspects. If 100 wanted people were scanned how many would this system expect to identify? Is it any more effective than a police officer looking at photos (excluding the scaling aspect)?
Re: An alternative solution
"Obviously the UKIP-loving retirees from Brum who settled in what they consider to be the far-west English Midlands were a factor, "
Do you have figures to back this up? Every Welsh county except Cardif, The Vale of Glamorgan, Ceredigion, Gwynedd voted to leave. I don't think that even the most moronic UKIP Brummie (Birmingham voted 50.4% leave,49.6% remain) would think that Conwy (54% leave, 46% remain) is the far west of the English Midlands (although now I think about it they might, maybe that is why the margin was so narrow in Birmingham?). If you are going to insult any one please stick to those who deserve it - the South East :-)
Re: An alternative solution
I agree with what you're saying. My area voted leave, depends massively on the EU and will be one of the hardest hit areas by a no deal Brexit.
Re the 'research', I was just commenting on that because It seems to be fashionable at the moment to blame the English voters for everything Brexit related (I'm Scots but live in England) even though only a minority of the electorate (although a majority of those who turned out) voted leave. This is especially true of comments made by Welsh and Scottish nationalists who seem to behave as if everyone in England voted to leave, while conveniently forgetting that sizeable parts of their populations voted leave as well. Then this 'research' was published saying that although Wales voted to leave, it was the fault of the English.
Re: An alternative solution
This analysis is a little suspect because it makes a distinction between natural born Welsh and people who just live there, i.e. English people who have made it their home, and blames the English 'incomers'.
People living in Welsh constituencies voted to leave, if they are Welsh, or not, makes very little difference, because it is still their home.Wales still voted leave.
Re: Lying in the Chamber
"I'm sure Mr. Johnson is only too well aware that no technology actually exists --- but with British Ingenuity unleashed by leaving from under the thumb of our tyrannical European Masters, it will be sorted in time for Christmas"
This is the bit I could never understand. The backstop, so abhorrent to the DUP and ERG, would only come into play if no alternative solution was found. So if this technology is just around the corner why all the fuss about the backstop?
Re: Yes, EU Minister
Sadly I must admit that as my wife is Belgian I do spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about naked Belgians. :-)
I spent ages trying to remember the correct spelling, bear or bare and then guessed. I will try to do better next time. Please find an upvote to your credit.
Re: Yes, EU Minister
My wife is Flemish and she has told me the same. In Flanders they rather you speak Dutch badly or English instead of French. (I don't speak French so that isn't a problem for me.) I think you have to bare in mind the fact that most Belgians (ignoring the German speakers as I don't actually know any) either speak French/ English or Dutch/English. Those who are fluent in all three languages are in a minority, so it may be that whoever you are trying to speak to in Bruges doesn't actually speak French (or not since they left school).
Re: Out of curiosity ...
Interesting - two down votes (at the moment) for a non-political, factual statement about a real life use for the .eu domain. No explanations why!
Is it leave voters down voting just because I've expressed remain sentiments in other comments and I mentioned an EU citizen in a positive light?
Is it remain voters because I suggested that an EU citizen gets home sick and doesn't think Blighty is the greatest place on Earth?
Is it astrophysicists because I made a cock-up in a comment the other day about gravitational waves in a different article?
Will I ever find out...
I think you're giving Johnson too much credit. He comes across as a short term opportunist looking only as his own advancement. Threatening a hard / no-deal Brexit is just his way of trying to convince Brexit party members to vote Tory in the next election. The Conservatives are apparently more worried than Labour seem to be about having their vote split (and don't give two monkeys about their remain voting supporters). Remember Johnson is supposed to have written two columns for the paper he was a columnist for; one arguing for remaining in the EU, and one against staying. Johnson doesn't really seem to care which we do as long as it comes across as the most politically expedient.
Re: Out of curiosity ...
A friend and his wife uses one. She is from one of the EU27 nations and has never really felt at home in the UK despite living in the UK for at least thirty years. I don't think she can get one for her home nation, so the EU domain helps her maintain a bit more of a connection with her homeland.
Re: Government Advice and Actions
But inside the EU the UK could negotiate with other EU governments to get changes made and direct the EU from a position of power. Ultimately the UK government has a veto (as do other member states). Once outside we have no say and if we want to trade with the EU will have to accept whatever rules they decide to enforce upon us. Better to be a rule maker than a rule follower.
Excellent research but who is funding it?
First of all this is excellent progress. Is it too much to hope for that governments (part) fund this sort of research so it can benefit everyone who needs it once main stream technology? The worry I have is if it is carried out solely by private companies it will become a product for the rich only.
If the situation is as described in the article and the developer's observations are accurate this does seem a little bit excessive. It seems perfectly reasonable to have a Sony based app, Samsung based app, etc if these companies use different approaches to how their remote work. Google really need to provide a mechanism to appeal their decisions.
*Disclaimer I have wasted hours trying to get third party URCs to work so anything that makes this easier for people is good with me.
Watch out! Andromeda, the giant spiral galaxy colliding with our own Milky Way, has devoured several galaxies before
Re: Could it be?
However the stars have been around a significantly longer period of time than 50,000 years so if gravity does travel, it would already be at those stars and they would already be attracted to the 'black hole'. As Andromeda and The Milky Way are being attracted towards each other gravity must already exist between them. In fact Astrophysicists recognise structures called galaxy clusters which contain thousands of galaxies all of which are gravitationally bound to each other. 50,000 light years is quite insignificant in terms of those distances.
You also get superclusters in which the galaxy clusters are not gravitationally bound so that suggests there is a limit to how far gravity can impact something. However as we can observe these superclusters from a greater distance than their component clusters then gravity, if it travels either loses most of its strength in that distance, or travels a lot slower than the speed of light.
Re: Could it be?
There are three possible final states for the Universe. Expand at a steady constant rate, expand at an ever increasing rate, or the rate of expansion eventually slows down and once it stops, the Universe collapses in on itself. The models require large quantities of dark matter and dark energy to replicate what is being observed and are further complicate by the fact that the relative proportions of dark matter and energy to 'normal' matter and energy have varied over the life of the Universe. So although the rate of expansion is currently increasing it may not always continue to do so depending upon how these ratios change.
I think your theory (ever increasing rate) is known as the entropic heat death of the Universe (while the contraction is the big crunch).
Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020
This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles
Re: If you could try *not* breaking the Internet
I've only just read this article and can't see anything wrong with your comments so I'm going to up vote you because I agree that bots won't break the internet. They might break parts of the internet, for instance social media etc, but that will just be the internet evolving.
Re: No accurate bills
If your gas is so high have you checked that the meter reading and billing units are the same? When I moved house into the one with the smart meter I gave the reading as xxxx kwh (as that was on the IHD) and they billed it as cubic metres (or vice versa) which gave me a gas bill way higher than it should have been. It was only when they went to treble my DD payment I realised what had happened.
Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything
Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius
Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...
Re: Would I be right....
"Covering your face in a 'facial recognition zone' will become illegal."
Isn't that effectively the case with things like crash helmets and hoodies in some locations where CCTV is used (banks, shops, petrol stations etc)? If it is similar then any such law as you've suggested would be so easy to introduce.
To be honest I'm less worried about the authorities,who you have to trust at some point, but more about if this technology is then made legal in general. Can you imagine the exploitation advertisers would come up with?
Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive
Hey, it's 2019. Quit making battery-draining webpages – say makers of webpage-displaying battery-powered kit
Re: An easy way to save power...
I don't know why you used a joke icon. I am sure that my phone used to load WAP optimised pages on 2G or whatever it was called (I forget now) faster than my current phone can load pages over 4G (it is an iPhone so that maybe why...). It seems perverse to me that loading times have done down as connection speeds have gone up due to all the extraneous crap web sites push out with their content.
Re: People can feel insulted by anything if they want, it is their choice and it is their right
You seem to be quite worked up by the fact that these people are trying to force their will upon every one else. Although I agree about the cat-5-o-nine tails (I like what you did there) you need to remember that some people only feel validated by bitching about anything they can. Do we really have the right to enforce our will that they should be less snow-flaky, even if it is for their own good and the good of society in general?