William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I got hired as a programmer at a grade that entitled me to overtime. After a couple of months of claiming the actual hours worked (at least 50% more than the job description) I was 'promoted' to a salary and...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I upgraded to FTTP in January, no data cap, 20 ms ping and 217Mbps down and 192Mbps up according to an actual speed check. (I could get faster tiers up to 900/900 for more money but I thought 200 was...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    control-command-space pops up the Character Viewer on macOS. Ðð...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I was FaceTimeing with a person I have to keep in touch with for reasons the other day. This person voted for Brexit, is antiVax, a global warming denier, racist, supports JK Rowling on the trans issue, pays money to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Politics is religion-like when it puts ideology above reality, trying things that fail every time but trying them again anyway. Like Republicans and Laffer-curve tax cuts. Or the UK Conservative approach to crime and sentencing which results in higher incarceration...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Because in math uncountable is a term of art for an infinity with a cardinality greater than aleph-null so the idea that the number of guns in the USA is uncountable is side-splittingly funny....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The problem with religion isn't the behaviour of individual religionites, which on average is probably only a little worse than that of the non-religious, it's that all religions, necessarily in order to survive, must suppress evidence-led rational thinking and questioning...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Stalin probably learned his methods from his years studying at Tiflis seminary....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    And the Mormons can call themselves Christians!...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Clearly there is a human tendency towards religion and so new religions tend to accrete around things that weren't initially a religion. In that respect you may be right about the 'religionising' of Dawkins and indeed the ironic quasi-religion around...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The reason that Stalinism and Nazism are religions is that they share enough of the identifying features of a religion to qualify. There is a checklist of features that are characteristic of religion but none of which are essential. For...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The definition of religion doesn't require a supernatural element. Confucianism is usually included in lists of major world religions and has no supernatural elements. There are many religions that don't require a belief in gods (Buddhism, Jains). I have noticed...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Marxism is a religion. Like scientology it doesn't have supernatural gods but opts for a more 'modern' brand of nuttery....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Punching down on the idiotic superstitious evil mendacious nonsense of religions is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. So it attracts trolls who like easy targets. It's an ad hominem to pretend that invalidates the actual arguments. Yes, there...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I got gigabit fibre installed on 5th January (although I'm only paying for the 200Mbit/s tier and actually getting about 217, other options are 100, 500 and 900 at different prices but over the same connection) - installation involved: drilling...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Got my first shot of Oxford AstraZeneca this morning at the new P&J Live indoor arena. All running very smoothly. Arm is already a bit sorer than it was from the flu vaccine we'll see what follows....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I'm in Scotland, 60 years old and type II diabetic and my first vaccine shot appointment is Wednesday 3rd March....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I have a couple of those touch activated dimmer bedside lamps and they work fine with the Philips Luster dimmable LED bulbs. But I don't use them anymore because I have a zigbee motion detector to turn on the main...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I have a box of B22 bayonet 0.5W 20 lumen 6000K LED bulbs I got for my home theatre as the Philips Hue dimmable was still too bright at its lowest setting. I find the Philips to be the most...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    On macOS control-command-space brings up the character viewer with categories Frequently used Favourites Emoji Arrows Bullets/Stars Currency Symbols Latin Letterlike symbols Maths symbols Parentheses Pictographs Punctuation and a search by Unicode name so "root" finds 🦷 √ ∛ ∜ ؆...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    iTunes has been gone since macOS Catalina, and we are now on Big Sur. It was replaced by Apple Music app, Apple TV app and Apple podcasts. This is the same whether it’s an x86 or an Apple Silicon Mac....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The new Apple M1 SoC is an example of Apple's vertical stack - they are replacing x86 with their own ARM-based processor and the initial testing results as the machines reach reviewers are clearly very very good. Hands-on with the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    The UK doesn't have a single NHS. Each of the four nations has its own. Quoting from https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/devolution-nhs In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) is the umbrella term for the four health systems of England, Scotland, Wales and...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    It's always strange watching US TV drama where some character is in the hospital and their relatives/friends are discussing how to cope with the bills. Even weirder when the show (as many are) is actually made in Canada which has...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    My GP has switched almost entirely to phone consultations. I have one booked for next month to review my type 2 diabetes. But since I need a phlebotomy appointment before that for the blood samples I was given precise instructions...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Most of the arguments against the possibility of strong AI fall in two camps. One argues that humans have free will which cannot be implemented on a deterministic machine, and that human intuition is not limited by Goedel incompleteness and...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The various limits of Goedel's theorem, the halting problem and related mathematical issues are bounds on provability. Neural networks are heuristics which don't prove anything. They also aren't necessarily right....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    It wasn't a technical issue. I got an Atari ST in 1989 and the Mark Williams C compiler for that had a full suite of utilities including make for $100 or so. No, it was some kind of licensing restriction....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Yeah I wrote the state machine part of a 'make' utility in DCL in '93 or so at the VMS shop I was working at then. The reason I recall was that the license for a real DEC make was...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And there is the question of indigo....
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