Re: back to the etymological roots
Nice: a well constructed fork of the original name both close enough to imply the link but different enough not to be mistaken. Also still has the hint of Audio and an added one for Music.
26 posts • joined 20 Apr 2016
Regardless of edibility, the gummy bear is a useless unit of measurement as it is flexible so can be stretched or squashed to falsify measurements. The (uncooked) linguine has the proper attribute of not being variable in length, although as with the gummy bear a brand, country and possibly date of manufacture need to be included in the standard, as it has been pointed out that these may change the exact size. Luckily within normal (human bearable) temperature variations the Linguine is pretty stable.
Is there a "standard" Linguine stored in stable conditions somewhere in the vaults deep below Reg central ?
Not sure why your sexuality is relevant (or is non-binary a reference to the analogue systems most of the network was built for ?) but, in the U.k. at least, he wiring/fibre to the house is the same for most of the companies you buy internet from: yes there are now a few companies actually putting new fibre in, but the bulk are still just selling you the same connection via the same equipment maintained by the same engineers, so the "free enterprise" is an entirely invented layer of profit making companies leaching off the customers. Had we not "Privatised" the GPO we would have had direct to house fibre, before there was even an internet to make use of it. And a lot cheaper as there wouldn't be multiple layers of companies who's only real role is to siphon money out to their investors.
Blame it all on Thatcher; As I understand it, the GPO were planning to roll out full fibre nationally back in the 80s and had the production facilities in place before Thatcher's govt. decided to sell off those facilities and privatise the phones, sticking us with the copper wiring that still limits most of our speeds. Not much point having superfast fibre at the exchange when you've got a mile of copper, with who knows how many junctions and repairs getting affected by atmospheric conditions before reaching your house.
If it weren't for Thatcher, we'd have had Superfast broadband before there was even an internet to connect to it.
The Cummings incident was certainly a turning point, and personally I don't see it as accidental, given that Cummings has always promoted the "herd immunity" approach, and until his little outings (the second required because no-one really noticed the first) people were still being sensible and not taking many risks even though the lockdown had been loosened.
The charlatans did their best to avoid advising masks, and were making a point of shaking hands and going to large gatherings, until they got it themselves.
The advice from charlatans to avoid is the advice that it's safe to go back to work or to the pub, or get on public transport; this advice was purely designed to start making money and nothing to do with the actual safety of the general public.
I must admit I haven't come across these studies you refer to. The ones I've been reading largely suggest that masks of pretty well any sort, and certainly proper well fitted ones, considerably reduce the chances of you passing the COVID19 virus to other people, and that social distancing at 2m is also effective in reducing the spread in both directions. It is pretty obvious that the fewer moisture containing micro droplets from your breath that reach another person, either by attenuation or by distance, the less chance they have of catching anything from you. It is possible that the massive drop off in cases after lockdown started was a complete coincidence, but what makes you think that coming in to contact with far fewer people isn't going to reduce your chances of catching something from someone, and of course, the even more rapid increase of the number of cases after people went back to pubs and other social interactions must also be a coincidence.
Metric Tonne is a Tautology, but it is also irrelevant if compared to an Imperial or Long Ton as you do, as the mass of the machine is unlikely to be exactly 1 Tonne, to better than the 2% accuracy of 1 Ton. On the other hand it may become relevant when compared to the U.S. or Short Ton which is 93Kg out, and still in common usage.
Yes, flashing lights are illegal, if they don't show a constant light as well, and I'm pretty certain there are regulations about the brightness of vehicle lights, and there has been an indication that over bright after market car lights are going to be prosecuted, but unfortunately the number of police these days is so small, that even if there are rules, no-one's going to enforce them. Part of the trouble is that cyclists have spent so many years with crap little lights which had to shine straight at drivers to be seen, they haven't got used to dipping these new ones.
Yes, they are responsible if they cause an accident or run down a pedestrian as the recent court case has shown, but the risk to other road users and pedestrians is minimal, as the statistics show. Pedestrians are the cause of more accidents, so are you going to have to have a licence to walk ?
This is going to be the whole thing with driverless cars: Can't make the technology safe for normal road use, so adapt the roads and the users to fit the driverless cars. As soon as drivers, and their cars are assuming cyclists have beacons, there will be a lot more cyclists without beacons getting run down, not to mention the pedestrians. This may be ok in the U.S. where it's already illegal to walk across the road, but will mean huge changes in the U.K.
In the garages on the recent Wainhomes estates round here, there's dropped floor level relative to the room or passage it has a door into, and a raised brick skirt round the walls which is just the right level to put floor joists on to lay a floor at room/corridor level. I don't know how the rules or finances work, but I can only assume there's some advantage to the builder selling a 2 bed house with garage and the buyer converting it to a 3 bed without, although having the easy conversion may just make them easier to sell
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