Richard H

Richard H

  • Commented on Dead plots
    "YOU may be happy to accept the pap the gummint gives you at face value" Maybe you're confusing me with somebody else. I don't believe I've written anything here that would give that impression. In fact I've made a point...
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    "It is unclear whether those are the same - as I said, if they are, then the data are a fraction of what was published previously" While we're on the subject, what exactly was published previously? It would be helpful...
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    "There's an HTML expression for putting in extra spaces I will write it out with spaces between the characters & then demonstrate ... The code is: - & n b s p ;" Thanks. Actually the best way ought to...
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    Ah. I should have realised this comment stream would mangle the indentation. You'll have to re-create that for yourself. I think the only important change is that the last line should be indented....
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    "As I'm a) a Python newbie not up to Web scraping yet and b) collecting stats of COVID and other things, I'd be very grateful if you'd post those 20 lines and grant permission to use them." You (and anyone...
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    Oh, for heaven's sake! [sic] I think you're grossly overstating the technical difficulties. Using the information in the developer's guide I have just thrown together 20 lines of Python which will download assorted CSV (or JSON, or XML) files from...
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    "I could spend ages trying to decode that ghastly description, download the API, probably have to debug it, [..] API-only interfaces are most commonly used when you want to ensure that the user can access only some of the...
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    "how can I get the raw data out of that" In the left-hand column there's a link to the developers' guide for the API, so you can at least get the numbers that were used to make the graphs. It...
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    "But how do they determine "Time of Use" without [a smart meter]?" A meter with two sets of dials, and a 198 kHz (formerly 200) radio receiver....
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    "How do they read the meter when it's not a smart meter if you've got it locked up where they can't get to it?" By appointment, at reasonable hours. Otherwise I read the meters myself at ~monthly intervals and report...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    ""Poles, Romanians... eagerly applying for German/EU citizenship"? They already have EU citizenship, there is nothing to apply for. If you're already an EU citizen the usefulness of German citizenship is small."" Until Poland, Romania or wherever, decides to leave the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "They post videos because they can't be arsed to write about something and think doing a video is easier. " I have a simple test: if the first word they utter is "so", it's also the last as far as...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "indigo (in the rainbow) is dark blue, and rainbow blue is light blue;" doesn't quite work. The rainbow (or prism or diffraction grating) separates colours by hue (wavelength or frequency) independent of their saturation or intensity, but "dark" and "light"...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The NPL would know the answers, if anybody bothered to ask them. There have certainly been studies by capable people of how the UK infrastructure would cope in the event of GPS denial, both large scale (the satellites are switched...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "To me that would make driving on the right side better. You would be sitting on the left and could operate all those extra controls easier without looking." Spare a thought for the pilot trying to land the average fixed-wing...
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