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Comment Re:Not much practical use, yet. (Score 4, Interesting) 74

Knots may be far more interesting and useful than just their use with ropes. There was an unexpected connection discovered between knot theory and Burnside groups:

By having a deeper understanding of knot, we may get a better handle on aspects of group theory which has very close connections to quantum mechanics and string theories. So, whilst you may argue about whether that can be considered "practical", it may lead to a deeper understanding of the matter that we're made of.

Comment Re: Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

Are you sure about that? I just googled for the law and all I could find was a proposed bill by Michael Baumgartner. There looks to be a law for obeying minimum speeds where there are minimum speed limit signs erected, but even then there's an exception for safety reasons, so I expect a cyclist could claim that it would be unsafe for them to pedal at e.g. 50mph.

It sounds odd to me that such a law would be deemed necessary.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

Your example misses out the instance when several vehicles arrive at the same time and the roundabout is small enough (e.g. a mini-roundabout - equivalent to a standard T-junction or 4-way junction) that only one car can safely traverse the roundabout at a time.

I just don't understand how you can state that I'm incorrect and then basically repeat the "give way to the right" rule in different language.

Do not bother replying to this as you are just a fool.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

Sounds like you're back-pedalling there. You stated "I doubt that's correct" and I've provided a link to the Section 185 of the Highway Code that includes "Always give priority to the traffic coming from the right, unless you have been directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights".

If you think it's just a convenient mnemonic device, maybe you should get the Highway Code re-written to accommodate your views.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 246

Yep, they'd need to make it cheap/free and easy to get software included, but that's probably not what the Microsoft shareholders want.

If they did make it easy for software to be included and updated in their app store then you'd have the more reputable software available from the store (with automatic updates etc) and users would end up preferring to get software via that route.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 246

To change it, they could introduce a full featured package manager (e.g. like Linux uses) which would make it easier for people to install from official repositories than to go elsewhere. It's a shame that they're only starting to do this now that they've seen how much money Apple makes from running their App Store.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 246

I'm not sure that the Windows "Uninstall programs" thing really counts as a proper package manager. I don't think you can use it to install software (except for a few Microsoft examples) and I don't think you can use it to update/upgrade software. I doubt it handles dependencies between software either.

Unfortunately, Windows has trained users to expect to install software from all manner of different internet locations. I think that's the biggest flaw of Windows.

Comment Re: jullian really should have thought harder (Score 1) 275

Technically, charges weren't dropped as there haven't been any charges (Swiss law works somewhat differently with regards to charging), but the original arrest warrant (for two allegations - rape and molestation) was withdrawn on 21st August 2010.

However, on 20th November 2010 an international arrest warrant was issued and was upheld by the Swedish appeals court on 20th November 2014. The prosecutors were criticised for not moving the investigation forward and then on 13th August 2015 they dropped the investigations into molestation and coercion as the time limit for those were due to expire (18th August). The rape investigation has until 2020 due to it being a more serious crime, so this story can carry on for a while yet.

Here's where I pulled this info from:

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin