Simon Farnsworth

Simon Farnsworth

  • 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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    It sounds like you've been given some TV installer rules of thumb, and not a proper introduction to RF. dB is a relative unit - a Bel (the base unit) is defined as log10(a/b), where a and b are in...
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    Gain and signal are separate. Signal strength is usually measured as a voltage at the receiver input (equivalent to power, since the receiver input has a known impedance). Gain is a ratio between two power levels, and is used to...
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    Thankfully not. I've been in a similar meeting, but it's ended with convincing marketing that we can tell the customer that we use MM:SS.s instead of MM:SS.sss because unlike $competitor, we spent the engineering budget on something useful, instead of...
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    It would be nice to believe that such a failure couldn't happen, because the transmit specification for MSF60 only promises accuracy to ± 1 millisecond anyway, and it takes hundreds of milliseconds between ticks to allow you to resynchronise with...
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    Exactly that. My local TV transmission site went from 500 kW for BBC, 250 kW for ITV + C4 to 100 kW for BBC, and 50 kW for others. That *should* result in slightly better coverage (9dB coding gain from...
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    The big benefits of digital broadcasting accrue to the transmitter operators, not the receivers. The cherry for you is more channels - but you've already said that's not a bonus - and consistent quality (at whatever the broadcaster has decided...
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    The gold standard is just a promise made by the ledger holder that's supposed to inspire trust in them. It's not a necessary step, it's just how we happened to establish trust in banks as ledger holders in the West...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It's been an open secret for many, many decades (my grandfather told me about it, and it's something he knew about from his time in the Civil Service during WW2). That journalists are only reporting on it now is because...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    At every school I attended (I was a London-based child), PE *was* team sports. So was "Games". There were extracurricular sports teams, too, which played against other schools, but the curriculum for PE at the time had a heavy emphasis...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    If you search for "Multi-Skills Development in Sport", you should find resources that help you show it to colleagues. There are several UK bodies that issue "level 2 certificates" in multi-skills coaching, and some of them should have syllabuses for...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    My children are not yet 11, so are in primary school, but at primary level the current UK thinking is so-called "multi-skills training", not team sports. They still get "tasters" of team sports, but there are no established teams. In...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    There's a couple of tricks that developers can pull off if the local system of governance is corrupt enough, which mean that insurance premiums stay low until the developer has made their cash and legged it. The first and most...
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    Again, following the research, even the psychologically disturbed are rational in their decision to commit a crime or not. Where they differ from the general population is in their perception of costs, benefits and probabilities, which moves it even further...
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    My reading of the research is that punishment does deter, but that the deterrent effect caps out as soon as the punishment on offer is at least as costly as the gain from the crime. If my understanding is correct,...
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    The "Conjoiners" in Alastair Reynolds' "Redemption Space" universe also have cranial crests, because they'd overheat their brains otherwise....
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    Our libel laws have a lot to do with it, too. It's relatively expensive to pursue an action for libel, and damages have always been relatively limited unless the libel is really bad (for public figures, the "actual malice" test...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I work with people who do this stuff for a living, and see two systematic errors made in the "tanks" story. First, the NN is being allowed to train itself against the whole image; normally, you'd do some sort of...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The Conservatives see themselves as the natural party of competent governance - they believe that they are competent. And, TBF, they always have applied Singaporean style policies - mistreatment of low income workers to generate funds for the elite, focusing...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Singapore is not actually a meritocracy; it's a Westminster-style democracy with a single house and a dominant party (who effectively form a benign dictatorship, since they never lose power). Assuming this is replicated in the UK, with the Conservatives as...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The thing is that the bias educated into me says that "he" can be used both for "male" and for "ungendered"; I personally use singular "they" for "ungendered", but I have been trained to read "he" both ways. Someone a...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I wasn't thinking that far ahead - I was more thinking that a trans person might be "out" to some people and not others, and thus the mix of pronouns used might change depending on who was around!...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Because SFReader and similar entities are nice people, and don't want to upset another human without due cause. Simon Farnsworth believes that SFReader would not desire to reduce a person to tears from pure curmudgeonliness but that SFReader would make...
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    Would you mind expanding on why this is transphobic? EC's statement as I read it is "assuming you are not transphobic, one component of the complexity of tracking pronouns is that it is completely reasonable for the same person to...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    One of the things that's noticeable from outside the USA is that much more police were present when BLM marched (peacefully) on the Capitol than were present when the pro-Trump mob marched on the Capitol. This, in turn, implies that...
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    So, for context, my experience that means that I don't read "he" as male automatically is based on being educated in England in the 1990s, in a school that focused on trying to get us to use the "correct" ways...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I was thinking in terms of jobs occupied by women, rather than things that "ought" to be women's jobs (as there is no such thing as a job that ought to be done by a woman, merely jobs that certain...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I have it as an ebook - the fun thing is that if you replace she/her pronouns with he/his pronouns, it stops feeling odd, because use of masculine pronouns in English is so established, even for women's occupations....
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    It is Austen who uses it, though - Mrs Norris is a character Austen created (not a person who existed and whose language use is being faithfully recorded by Austen), and her use of language for Mrs Norris is chosen...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    That not looking "right" is part of the shift in education, though - what "looks right" is defined by what you learnt when you were young enough that you don't remember learning it, and the shift in question is from...
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