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Comment Re:380V DC makes sense (Score 1) 462

Fully rectified 240V AC RMS is already very close to 380V DC

Uh, no. No it isn't. Not even vaguely, in fact. 240V effectively *is* the DC equivalent (ignoring rectification losses), the PMPO (ie. peak voltages your 50 or 60hz sine wave actually hits) will probably be around 380v though. If you want 380VDC, then you need the same or more AC.

Comment Overblown reporting, as usual. (Score 5, Informative) 337

Before anything else - this is my favourite local Indian Restaurant. Been eating there for a few years now and will continue to do so.

Secondly, 'several ambulances'? People 'writhing on the floor, fainting and vomiting'? Here's what actually happened:

Restaurant holds a curry-eating competition. Top of the list in the later rounds is the 'Kismot Killer', a curry that recently replaced a naga-based one, as too many people were finishing it easily. Anyway, if you order a killer, the restaurant staff will do everything in their power to put you off - there's warnings all over the place and you have to sign a disclaimer before eating it. If you *really* insist on eating the damn thing, you can't say you weren't warned. But anyway. So two people get to the later stages (one American, FWIW) and one of them has the bright idea of vomiting immediately after eating so as to avoid the after-effects. The other continues eating *despite being in pain and feeling faint*. I mean, seriously? So despite having the red cross present (it was a charity event), they got an ambulance to take these two to hospital for safety. The hospital gave them strong anti-indigestion medication and kicked them out.

Short version - idiots did idiotic things, complained that they shouldn't have to have any personal responsibility when the inevitable happened.

Comment Learn one, learn 'em all... (Score 2) 772

If you could program one language, you can program in any language. It's inherent on the Turing-completeness of programming languages. It's all just a matter of syntax. Sure, mastering a language takes time, but you've probably see already much things and that means you can easily apply what you know to the knew languages.

See, I agree with you 100%, more if I could. In my years developing, most of the languages I now use to program are not the ones I was employed to do, but ones where I've been dropped into a project, had to hit the ground running and learn on the fly. It's not difficult, once you know the concepts of *how* to program.

But. Try going in to a job interview and saying "No, I don't have 5 years of this language, but give me a week, some small changes to work on and access to google and I'll be able to program it as well as most of your other developers". It may be true, but it doesn't wash with HR people or project managers. They have a ticksheet of skills and levels and they don't care a damn how easily transferrable any of them are - if you don't have it exact, tough.

Comment Re:Self-deprecating version numbers are the suck (Score 5, Interesting) 184

I believe there are other reasons for not going to version 1.

Hopefully the esteemed Mr Tatham won't mind if I quote him directly, but in 2007 he wrote this about why puTTY wasn't version 1 yet:

But that's not primarily what's holding back a 1.0 release. The real thing I want to do first is to sort out the data storage: there are quite a few features on the wish list which would require a revamp of that, such as

- ability to store some settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER and others in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, so that a sysadmin could set up some default saved sessions and a default host key cache which would then be the starting point for each user's personal configuration

- inheritable saved sessions (so that when I change, say, my font preference in Default Settings it automatically propagates to all my other sessions _except_ those in which I've specifically asked for a non-default font)

- storing configuration in a disk file as an alternative to the registry (so that people can carry around PuTTY plus their config file on a USB stick)

- ability to configure all PuTTY's options from the command line (rather than having to do a lot of them by the cumbersome method of creating a saved session and using -load).

Now I'm not saying I want to have _implemented_ all those features before 1.0, but I want to have made a commitment to a data storage format which is capable of supporting them. Currently PuTTY's data storage only tries to be upward- compatible, meaning that you can upgrade PuTTY and it'll still work with your old settings. Use an older PuTTY with newer settings, and you're on your own. My goal is that within the 1.0 series, the data storage should be compatible in _both_ directions. (Not because I anticipate people deliberately downgrading PuTTY, although it's been known occasionally, but because I can easily imagine people using different versions on two machines which happen to be sharing a network-stored configuration.)

Comment Re:Why does everyone assume Tesla's claims are tru (Score 1) 547

Er, try again.

London - Edinburgh is 400 miles.

Dover - Wick (ie. going straight up the country) is 750 miles.

If you want to go 'end to end' (which maybe doesn't qualify for how long the country is, but is still a single road journey) it's 840 miles. Whichever way you look at it, the whole island of Britain is somewhat more than 'only ~500 miles long'.

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