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Comment US view of diesels (Score 1) 687

The US view of diesel cars is somewhat different to the European one!

These days the (possibly daft) 0-60 mph time of a diesel versus a petol engine is comparable (we're talking "normal" cars) Then look at things like the 50-70 mph time (more meaningful - you want to drag past that truck on the autoroute ASAP...) and see why diesel cars are so often preferred!

Oh, and since no one else has mentioned it yet: 2006 a diesel won the Le Man 24-hour race.

Comment Re:It comes as no suprise. (Score 4, Insightful) 101

I have no mod points today, so I say "Well said!"

Spot on. I'm about as far from being a gay-rights activist as it's possible to be, but the way Alan Turing was treated and, in effect, hounded to his suicide, is something of which we should be deeply ashamed.

The man was brilliant, patriotic and saved countless lives. Yet because he fancied men he ended up dead. Apart from the personal tragedy for him and his loved ones, the world lost a man who still had years of potentially great work head of him. One can only be thankful that, in many countries today, this would not be repeated.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 182

Unix passwords are, generally, not encrypyted. They are hashed. The distinction is often lost, as here. By definition you cannot "decrypt" a hash. You can merely check that it matches or does not match some other value.

Comment Re:Yeah, like kool kids (Score 1) 252

I suppose it all depends on what one understands by "taught". I suppose what *I* mean is "taught, such that the results are actually observable". As you rightly say, teaching depends on many things.

From first-hand experience of the UK education system (rather a lot...) and considerable exposure to the output, I maintain that the items I mention are not taught, at least in so far as the results are not there. Whether that is due to the teachers, parents, or, no doubt, some complex mix of those and other factors, is an interesting and important debate. But I maintain that, at the end of it all, the UK turns out a large number of people with a striking lack of education.

Comment Re:Try changing habits instead (Score 1) 281

Indeed take it a step further. Whenever I write a slightly "contentious" email, I park it in Drafts. However damn brilliant I think it is, I force a pause while I go have a coffee/walk/piss/whatever.

Then I come back, read it again, probably tweak it, and *then* send.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.