Richard H

Richard H

  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Presumably when you say "uniform" you mean not merely homogeneous but also isotropic? :-)...
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    it'd be useless for romance. Romance story arcs have to build emotional engagement between the lead characters over the course of the entire narrative Or narratives. Some romance authors (well, at least one) produce series of books with overlapping timeframes...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    HowardNYC@1219: you are at the dentist and there's nothing to read but golf magazines from the Reagan Administration(if US dentist) or knitting magazines printed when Margret Thatcher roamed the UK (if NHS dentist)... You're behind the times, or your dentist...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "I'm not sure where you're getting 50 degrees from..." The southern extremity of England? All of mainland Britain with the exception of < 10 square miles of the Lizard peninsula is north of latitude 50....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    It's at 590: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_for_Humanity"...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    @485: I know. The SMOP joke is hardly a new concept. @487: No. Not the adapter, nor the drivers. This is a PEBCAK joke. To spell it out: PS/2 mice spoke PS/2 protocol to the generic PS/2 drivers. USB mice...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "You just have to write the drivers and it should all work." Sometimes it needs intelligence at both ends of the link (and maybe in the middle, too :-). Like some mice which came with a USB-to-PS/2 adapter (maybe also...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    GT@35: "I think I'll just go back to listening the Radio Three ..." I believe there's an app for that......
  • Commented on WTF
    "BBC News isn't Conservative, so much as toeing the government line" One of the tells (I don't recall when it started) is the weasel phrase "Ministers said...". Ministers who say things should be named (and if necessary shamed :) and...
  • Commented on WTF
    " (ringing current being kept separate from the audio by the audio being between the lines while the ringing current is between one line and ground), " Except that there is no ground. In the normal UK POTS setup, there...
  • Commented on WTF
    Hadn't heard of Busby before, so I looked him up... So what level of deadly gamma rays coursing unstoppably through bones and soft tissues wreaking havoc on cells and DNA would we expect to see from power-station radionuclides (particularly those...
  • Commented on WTF
    Nojay @ 350: "If ionising radiation and particles from a nuclear power plant can cause leukemia in kids living fifty miles away (cf Chris Busby) then ionising radiation from ingested K40 is similarly life-threatening." For some value of "similarly". The...
  • Commented on WTF
    Hosted by GoDaddy FWIW....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    1655: "they used double to get the needed range." Assuming it's 64-bit IEEE 754 floating-point and the "needed range" is less than 2^53, exact integer arithmetic works fine so long as you take care not to do any divisions that...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    You can still buy incandescent bulbs? They're almost extinct on this side of the Atlantic....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    CharlesH @ 509: "Helium is lighter than Hydrogen molecules". Nope. It's still twice as heavy because each helium atom has two neutrons as well as two protons while a hydrogen molecule only has two protons (discounting the presence of rarer...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "For a long time now Apple iOS has required you to give permission for one app to see or even ask for data from another." That's fundamental to the Android architecture, too. Each app runs under a separate (random) userid...
  • Commented on I can't even
    JohnS@1034: "I don't think Ordinance Survey has maps of the U.S." Well, actually ... I was surprised to find that the OS Maps website and Android app (presumably the Apple one too) have world-wide mapping. I assume the rest-of-the-world data...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Better to invert it to furlongs^2, with dimension of area. That is then the required cross-sectional area of the scoop you'd use for continuous refuelling from a roadside fuel trough....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Um. "Cat V" vs CATV. One of these things are not both the same. "Category 5 fibre" would be the special kind of fibre that uses twisted pairs of copper wires instead of silica, in which the photons travel in...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "it seemed to be standard practice that UL, College library and supervisor got a printed copy". I'm not sure about that. I think I had to provide 3 copies of mine, but I think they went to the department/faculty library...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "it seemed to be standard practice that UL, College library and supervisor got a printed copy". I'm not sure about that. I think I had to provide 3 copies of mine, but I think they went to the department/faculty library...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    ""it's still an offense to say anything rude about royalty in the UK" I thought that was Thailand? Because their king's name is something like Bummiboil and they can coin it in fining all the sniggering English tourists." No. It's...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "William will be taking up the Green Mantle" William is Sandy Arbuthnot? What next, King of Albania?...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Iridescent things like insect wings are likely to be particularly troublesome to photograph, because they act like a diffraction grating, producing a narrow peaked spectrum rather than the broad spread of frequencies you get from absorbent pigments....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Also in the most expensive hotel in Tashkent. But not the rest of the country, or even the city....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Is this one likely to be any good? ..." It's likely to be exactly as good as all the others shown here Note the close visual similarity of most of them. They also look remarkably similar to EC's Energenie if...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    If you go to the amazon.co.uk version of that page, the "Products related to this item" box shows a number of similar-looking devices with UK plugs....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Just to put this "hot shower" thing in perspective: 6 minutes under a 10kW electric shower consumes 1 kilowatt-hour. (numbers chosen for roundness, but not atypical) Currently I pay just under 28 pence (YMMV; about 33 US cents) for that...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Do we actually have a PM or a government at this moment? The Privy Council meeting where they were supposed to be sworn in was cancelled yesterday, so there's a question there for anyone with more constitutional knowledge than I...
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