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Comment: This has damaged my faith in Open Source (Score 1) 444

by TheMathemagician (#46723105) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake
Most of the Open Source code I've seen has been high quality and I assumed such a high-profile project as OpenSSL would be the same. Having dug out the code myself when this blew up I was shocked at how ropey it is. Magic numbers everywhere, memory handled in a cavalier way, no clear structure. Now I feel bad defending Open Source against FUD shills because I know they can whip out this example.

Comment: Re:The really amazing thing... (Score 1) 193

"Tax paid by the UK financial services industry rose from £63bn to £65bn last year, equivalent to 11.7 per cent of total tax receipts to the Exchequer" --- Financial Times, December 2013. Also the top 1% of earners paid 30% of all income tax. Banking is a regulated industry. The sort of dodges which sports stars and actors use to avoid paying millions in tax just aren't allowed. So the Square Mile isn't in fact the problem at all.

Comment: Re:In the UK I think we would be better (Score 1) 310

by TheMathemagician (#46453091) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...
Your right that my comment was slightly confusing since the "CET option" is actually "Single/Double Summer Time" but you're wrong if you think it wont mean 10 am sunrises. You're using London latitudes. From the Lighter Later site: "At Christmas in Edinburgh, for example, the sun is only in the sky between 8.44am and 3.42pm." So if we add an hour to 8.44 we get ... 9.44. And go further north? Then we get to 10. From Wikipedia: " it would mean that, in northern Britain and Northern Ireland, the winter sunrise would not occur until 10:00 or even later".

Comment: Confusion (Score 1) 462

by TheMathemagician (#45355593) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
It's hard to imagine a subject on which there are more ill-informed opinions amongst supposedly intelligent people than Daylight Savings Time. Just read the arguments for and against here for confirmation. In the summer months sunrise is earlier and sunset is later so there is more light at both ends of the day. Daylight Savings [in its "Spring Forward/Fall Back" form] artificially shifts an hour of light from the morning to the evening. Whether this is a good idea or not is pretty much down to lifestyle choices. There's no underlying logic to it. Most people (including myself) wake up earlier in the summer. DST essentially removes the option for us to use those extra hours of daylight constructively by pretending it's an hour later than it is so we have to go to work instead.

Comment: Re:Kids going to school in the dark (Score 1) 462

by TheMathemagician (#45355381) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
Have you been on the Bucky? BST means there's an hour less daylight in the mornings and an hour more in the evenings for the summer months. You have the benefits completely back to front. Perhaps you're thinking BST is the norm and putting the clocks back is the benefit. If you want more light in the mornings then you should be shifting to GMT-1 in the winter and shifting to GMT+1 in the summer. Although this would make sense the two hour shift would not be popular.

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