William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on On hold
    My limited experience with Czech taxi drivers is somewhat hair-raising, with one particularly memorable trip from the airport into Prague where the driver was taking calls on her mobile while weaving across lanes at high speed overtaking either side....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I am a native speaker of English and I've always used singular they for a person of unspecified gender. And was always marked wrong by teachers and ignored them. Foreign languages with gendered tables and chairs were clearly too stupid...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Like these I photographed on the bank of the Vitava in Prague. Haven't seen them in use much elsewhere....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Closer to home, Scotland is planning to invest more in community sentence programmes and drastically reduce the use of custody. Justice secretary Michael Matheson plans to phase out most prison terms of less than 12 months, which he says does...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I use iTerm2 daily on macOS in preference to Terminal. But I haven't compared them recently....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Fortunately, I don't have an accent but I've certainly noticed that they speak funny in other parts of the country. The Scots they speak in London is an unintelligible patois and one must speak slowly and loudly with hand gestures...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Tesla already had a battery-swap capability which nobody used....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I quickly Googled that about 5.3 Kg of carbonate is equivalent to 1 Kg of Lithium and that a Tesla S (85 kWh) battery pack uses between 11Kg and 14Kg of Lithium in its construction. So that's no more than...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I live on a short block with three homes on my side of the street and a florist on the other and there were only two cars parked on the block on either side when I just went out with...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    When I'm out walking the dog in my area I've seen a couple of Teslas, about the same frequency as Maseratis and Lamborghinis, much less common than Porsches or Jaguars. Seems about every second car is an Audi though....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Unicode bugs often happen because the individual characters in the string you see on the screen are actually single extended grapheme clusters, sequences of one or more Unicode scalars that (when combined) produce a single human-readable character. A single visible...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    😾 I think you are missing the x in 😾...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The vast majority of British and American "Chinese" speakers from historical immigration speak Cantonese, the language of Hong Kong, whereas the official language of China is a version of Mandarin spoken to some degree by about 70% of the population...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Apart from the natural issue of becoming jaded through exposure, SF is a genre in a conversation with itself, working variations on the good ideas and discarding the bad ones. The first time a reader encounters a particular sf notion...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    It was only being kept alive to support Xcode server for continuous integration (which is why it was free for developers instead of the £19.99 otherwise charged). It will either continue to be kept alive for that purpose or that...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I'm running macOS Server version 5.5 Released 23 January 2018. It's free if you are in the developer prgramme, a control panel for the stuff that's installed anyway (Apache etc etc). The caching service isn't in Server anymore since High...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    What seems clear to me is the downright arrogance & bitchiness of the SNP in taking this freely-offered subvention & then turning round & spitting in our "southern" faces, but that is also an other separate issue. Damn those uppity...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The Liberal Democrats' somewhat mealy-mouthed position is that they acknowledge the result of the 2016 referendum, which gave the Government a mandate to start negotiations to leave but that they would prefer a soft Brexit to a hard Brexit and...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    7 December 2017 Fewer patients in Scotland are waiting longer than four hours in A&E than they did in 2012/3 in contrast to England where the number has more than doubled, according to new research by the BBC.It found England...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Unionist Remainer is a position held by no UK political party. Is it logical to hold a political position you can't even vote in support of? Practically you have to decide on the lesser evil....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    From the BBC When we talk about crime rates we usually look at two things: police records and the number of incidents reported in the annual 38,000-person Crime Survey for England and Wales. Neither is wrong but the more difficult...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    And yet despite all the relentless SNPbad propaganda churned out by the (almost entirely) Unionist media they remain the first choice of the people who actually live in Scotland and can see firsthand what is actually going on. Scottish voting...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    That seems is the point. You could have unconsciously decided to test the idea by counting down before becoming consciously aware of the already-made decision. And then when the countdown is complete the decision whether to go through with it...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    There's a family of related theories that differ on some rather important details. One such is whether consciousness is a spandrel or epiphenomenon or actually has a function. I favour the idea that it has a function because otherwise the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    There's a fair amount of modern theory about the mind (experiment based) that the conscious mind doesn't have the degree of agency it feels like it does. Our awareness of deciding to do something (move our arm say) post-dates the...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Still reading so I skipped to the end to avoid spoilers, but so far in the UK Kindle edition I have noticed...Bolshaya Neva, living in straightened circumstances.... Should be straitened of course.The sentence beginning She had few friends at her...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Reading on my Kindle now - finding typos as usual in modern books. Was it Harlan Ellison who had a rant about declining standards in copy editing?...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Due to a retina display having gone from nice to necessary in the last five years I'm looking to upgrade to a new iMac this year from my late 2012 21.5 inch standard display 3.1GHz Intel Core i7 with 16GB...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    No, this was a proof that the attack could be made from a web page by running javascript in the browser of the target without needing to actually install the malware on the target machine. It only works if the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Here is a good summary of the technical issues and what is being done about it. Basically Apple, Google, Linux and Microsoft all had software fixes for Meltdown ready before the news broke having been informed several months ago. In...
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