Simon Farnsworth

Simon Farnsworth

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There's a streetlamp charger trial I'm following near me: the street lamps have a pair of type 2 sockets on, and you supply a type 2 cable to run from the street lamp to your car. The controller is surprisingly...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The Supercharger network is a part of the fourth prong; effectively, Musk is using the telemetry from vehicles on the road already to work out where fast charging is needed, and have a first mover advantage in charging networks. Battery...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    See, I have a horrible suspicion that he is going to last another 2 years or so. Getting steadily worse, of course, but being replaced with 6 months to go before Parliament is dissolved for the general election so that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    ABdPJ may well survive as PM for a lot longer than any of us would like. The Tories were pleasantly surprised by how well they did in the last election by drawing a line between "us" and "Theresa May's government",...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I also perceive a long term decline in FE and apprenticeships, and a tendency to insist that you complete your education at the beginning of your working life, as two negatives for long term improvement in adult education. The first...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I have to wonder if, for the price of https://www.mythic-beasts.com/order/rpi/ or an x86-64 VPS, whether it's worth the hassle of hosting at home. At £210/year (inc VAT - £175 + VAT per year) for a RPi 4 hosted for you,...
  • Commented on Outage report
    To make it more fun, not all i3 models support ECC. The only products Intel validates for ECC support are those that either the Datacenter Group (DCG) or the Internet of Things Group (formerly the Embedded Group) (IoTG) ask for....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    My local gastropub did the splitting thing - you brought your own containers or bought containers from them, they filled it from their bulk supply deliveries. The downside was that they charged more than the supermarkets would, to cover their...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    That's another hard one to sustain (as are my suggestions - fundamentally, winning a war against an opponent with greater resources than you, and in the face of a civilian population who is at best indifferent to your cause is...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    To do it well, causing the right response, you'd need to be clever enough to make it a false-flag operation; you want the media to name the wrong people as the threat. IIUC, this is the wrong time to do...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Which is a big component of why I'm not hugely worried (as a UK resident) by the risk of home-grown terror taking out cities. The realistically possible thing relies on a bigger supply of suicide bombers than is plausible -...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Realistically, I think the biggest damage that could be done is by suicide bombers. Get a selection of "normal" vehicles (cars, taxis, vans, maybe lorries if you have people with the right licences), and wire them to go "bang" as...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    If you wanted to cause fun, you could do a lot more London-centric damage by using a bomb on the Edgware Road to collapse the A40 Westway onto it at the Marylebone Flyover. That stretch is usually congested at peak...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Guantanamo Bay is for non-US citizens ("aliens" in the quaint language US immigration uses) seized outside the USA. It's not for US citizens seized on US soil, and if it was ever used for white Americans, the outcry would be...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    The example crime that was supplied (at least here in the UK) was that men would dress as Islamic women, enter women's toilets, and rape the occupants. They would then leave, and it would be impossible to identify them because...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Most likely, given past form for ABdPJ, is that it'll be proposed. The laundry list of issues with the order will be made clear, and the public reaction will be gauged. If the public think it's a bloody stupid idea...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    FWIW, that argument about "men will dress up to get away with being in female spaces" has been around for at least 2 decades; I first encountered it as part of an argument that anyone choosing to wear Islamic dress...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    One additional point; plenty of the Grifters see the Tories as the "natural party of government", and under that viewpoint, Scotland is broken (it's electing SNP majorities, not Tory), and 1997 to 2010 were an anomaly where the natural order...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The places where we should be producing meat are places like the hill farms of the Yorkshire Dales - land where the only thing that grows well is grass, moss, and other things that humans don't eat. And that does...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    In the UK, the difference is between "setting", "streaming" and "special school". Special school is usually the worst option absent exceptional circumstances - you take children with additional educational needs and put them in their own school. This is the...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Also worth noting that tests, including the MENSA intelligence test, measure not just what is easy to measure, but also what the test creators thought was important to measure. And they suffer from the usual problem with metrics - once...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    It dovetails with the human tendency to not think more than a step or two ahead; if we can fix the COVID-19 issue for me, then that's good for me. Lots of people will stop thinking about COVID-19 here -...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    At least in theory, you could run "basic banking" on the model of the UK's NS&I; it's a government owned bank that is not permitted to issue loans, only to accept deposits. Deposits it does accept are treated as loans...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Bitcoin is a global ledger, where consensus is based on the hashes of the blocks in the ledger; a miner "claims" a block by finding the magic numbers needed to make the hash begin with enough zeros to have it...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    One thing to note is that something like Facebook's Cold Storage system is designed to be cheap to run for huge amounts of slow storage (access latencies measured in 10s of seconds). In the future, all of the Boomer and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Given the tradeoffs involved, perhaps a system of liability similar to that of stolen bank cards? You are responsible up until the point you report the cobra missing, after which you've dealt with your liability. That means that a responsible...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    So how do you extend that analogy to cover Texas, too, which has had extreme cold recently? Isn't this just a one-off weird event, like Texas getting snowstorms? And in any case, the world is only getting warmer by a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That, and it's easy to report on sportsball as opposed to science. A sportsball report is a good summary of the highlights of the game, plus a final score; not trivial to do, but not that hard (indeed, there exists...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Unfortunately, sportsball in all its forms is often seen as "more important" than other news, and especially when it's international men's contests (as opposed to women's contests, which are often seen as second-rate, and have a nasty undertone of "look...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That depends on how they're used. My local NHS trust does not use QALYs as a raw score. Instead, they look at QALYs gained from a given treatment as a proportion of QALYs you would have had if you had...
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