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Comment Anything to get to that sweet final release (Score 1) 202

"Men get fatter to die earlier and escape" would be a better title.

Single men go to the gym. Married men get fat.

The evidence is clear. Sweet death is the ultimate desire for many many men, and they will do all they can to achieve this in the most enjoyable manner possible - namely overeating. They can then escape the mental torture of their relationship.

Comment Re:Useful lifetime? (Score 1) 109

I thought it was commonly understood that solar panels were likely to be useful for way longer than 25 years. All this does is increase that useful lifetime - and given that it's 25 years (now apparently 35 years) for 80% of the power generation, I think it's likely that houses may not need to replace their panels for many decades after installation. Especially if the power used by a household drops due to efficiency gains in that same period.

I doubt the panels are that different really in terms of lifespan, it's just the other manufacturers were being conservative.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I'm guessing that's 20% every year, i.e., most people get a car on credit and have to repay it monthly.

You're saving for the next car for presumably several years, and then you buy it without any form of credit. In effect you've done the same - put money aside each month - but you've earned interest on it instead of paying interest on it.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622


The only reason to buy a new car, in my opinion, is if you drive in it every day for over a couple of hours, whereupon having mod cons actually improves your quality of life. Although IMO you might be better off buying an older, but better car second hand still, for less :-)

Of course most people will do it to keep up appearances with the neighbours. I.e., vanity.

My car is the 15 year old dented Honda Civic, and I earn in the top 10 percentile (or better, I just checked the government stats). But that's London, I drive it maybe 15 minutes a day on average, I have to park on the street (hence the dents, other drivers suck), it cost me about £2300 five years ago (cash) and I guess I pay £1200 a year to run it (insurance, tax, MOT, petrol). Even if I give it away, that's under £1700 a year for freedom and time saving ability (if I didn't have a child to drop off at nursery, etc, I could drop the car and just hire a vehicle for when I really need it).

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

This is the reality everywhere.

It's how the car market works - the top 10-20% earn enough to buy or finance a new car, maybe on a rolling replacement schedule every so often.

Everyone else buys second/third/fourth hand according to what they can afford. The cars simply make their way down a list of owners as they get older, maybe changing hands every 3 to 5 years depending on the owner's whims.

Some people stretch themselves further to get a better car than they can really afford, and others scrimp on the car (often because they're in a city with decent public transport, often because housing in their city is very expensive). Many households don't own cars, although I guess that's more common outside of the US.

In your example, 20% of $50K is $10K, so on a 5 year finance cycle you could probably stretch to a new car. But in my opinion that's a large percentage to pay for a car, then again I don't need to drive every day, I get the train to work (UK).

Comment Re: Java Script? (Score 1) 70

CPU is cheap. Memory is cheap.

Developer Resource (especially that which knows how to write efficient decent C++ code) is expensive.

This is why most code is really a shim over a massive framework (e.g., in Java that framework would be Spring), even developing a better (i.e., better suited for the task at hand) framework would take too much time.

And Java bytecode is just an IL, a mature IL with legacy, usually running a legacy runtime and frameworks on top. So what if the final step of compilation occurs on the client machine - CPU is cheap after all. And then you can optimise that compilation to the code that actually needs it because you have runtime statistics, and you can optimise it for the client hardware rather than a generic compatible baseline. Apple have taken that on-board with C and LLVM - iOS apps' final compilation step is in the App Store now, developers just upload IL - and Apple can compile device specific optimised versions (and in most cases they could silently switch architectures if they decided and it would be fine - this is likely how Macs will transition to ARM in the next few years).

Yes, properly written C++, Asm, etc, will be better than compiled code in most cases. But most people can't write properly written C++ or Asm!

Comment Re:pointless brute force super computing (Score 5, Informative) 247

Yeah, the Chinese Supercomputer is using 1.45 GHz 260-core custom-ISA 64-bit RISC chips.

Yup, 260 cores. Each with a 256-bit FMAC SIMD unit. It's not a traditional CPU architecture, it clearly uses some aspects of Intel's Larrabee/Knights Landing platform, and GPU architectures (in particular the cache arrangement).

Each chip can process 3 TFLOPS of double precision floating point.

Comment Re:Okay but what executes js externally to mail? (Score 1) 96

And so we get to the cause of the problem.

Windows and Microsoft.

Why isn't the downloaded file tagged as "downloaded from the internet". This seems to be a capability that Windows has.

Why doesn't wscript.exe look for that and refuse to run the script or run the script in a locked down sandbox. Although I guess Windows would just pop up a "Run this malware as administrator? Yes / Yes" UAC box anyway.

The sooner that operating systems containerise every application the better. Limit the damage - I'd rather erase a malware-encrypted container of an app and its data than my entire system.

Comment Re:Did you see the example picture?? (Score 1) 96

I thought the image quality and feel was very close to that of 1970s magazine print.

i.e., Warm, slightly golden, slightly odd contrast and range.

If they could sell these 20" displays with a DisplayLink driver and USB port for a reasonable price there could be a reasonable amount of interest. I wouldn't mind throwing a PDF onto one of these (and being able to carry it around), using it as a textbook, etc. But for me the price would have to be very attractive to buy on a whim.

Comment Re:Is there a better way to clean then? (Score 1) 142

Even using in-wash anti-bacterial liquid as an additive doesn't work well if you then forget to take the washing out for a few hours. You can mask it a little with fabric conditioners, but now we're up to three things you need to add to the wash.

Basically, we'd best go back to 90 degree boil washes and starch :/

Comment Re:A sad pattern (Score 5, Insightful) 102

Britain has a problem with the building trade, in particular the self-employed small business building trade. It's why there are TV shows like Cowboy Builders, and bad building work is commonly on other programmes like Watchdog and so on.

The biggest surprise is that this company hasn't made itself bust and reopened under a new name - a very common solution in the UK. I suspect maybe the law has been tweaked to make this less of a solution?

Build Team have not worked for this client, and having undertaken a Google search we cannot trace the individual.

So how do they know that they haven't worked for this client?!

With building companies, word of mouth reputation from people you know seems to be the best solution in the UK. And always pay attention to the bad reviews first and foremost. Sadly, with marketing, people don't do due diligence on things they are about to spend tens of thousands on. Sure, you can't always avoid bad businesses this way, but clearly a line of poor reviews that have been hidden should set of alarm bells.

Comment Stupid, backward, insular laws... (Score 2) 172

Quite clearly he should have sold the information, even though it's merely Slovenian police and security services, I'm sure a few grand would have been preferable to a (suspended) prison sentence.

Modern Commercial Security: HACK US AND WIN PRIZES.

Modern Government Security: If you just look at us and try to help, we'll put you down. We'd rather have holes being actively exploited by enemies of the state than have the shock horror of a public servant being made to look slightly inept, even if the hole isn't their fault and is a pure accident.

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