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Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

BovineSpirit Re:It's a pointless question. (395 comments)

Corporation tax is substantially higher in the US than it is in the UK(http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/feb/21/corporation-tax-rates-world). On the other hand the Silicon Roundabout is a quick walk away from one of the biggest financial centers in the world, where there are billions of pounds waiting ot be invested...

Two of the lowest corporation tax rates are Ireland and Iceland, whose populations are making huge sacrifices in order to keep those rates low. I haven't noticed any global tech companies emerge from either country recently, but I'm sure you're right.

about 2 years ago

Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

BovineSpirit Only 100? (730 comments)

Everyone is different and has different circumstances and needs. The UK has seen 2 attempts to implement a simple catchall tax and both have resulted in violent protests and government U-turns. Taxation ends up being complicated because it has to be seen to be fair. Every new tax has to have exceptions and get-outs and that makes it complicated.
    There are 300 million separate cases in the US to take into account, not 100.

more than 3 years ago

Consumer Device With Open CPU Out of Beta Soon

BovineSpirit 3 pin DMX? (99 comments)

Professional DMX connectors have 5 pin connectors, not 3 pin.

more than 3 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

BovineSpirit Re:Henry V (295 comments)

Another great long take, and a nice (almost) recursive joke, is the opening to Robert Altman's The Player. The shot moves around a film lot in Hollywood occasionally focusing on two guys walking to work discussing great long takes in movie openings.

more than 4 years ago

Iceland's Data Center Push Finally Gets Traction

BovineSpirit Bandwidth is not the issue (117 comments)

The Wellcome Trust are a huge biomedical research charity. I would imagine that they are looking for processing power(think folding@home type projects) rather than the ability to serve up millions of webpages. If so bandwidth will be less of a concern than cheap reliable power and cooling. Iceland is looking to join the European Union so their Data Protection legislation is probably similar to rest of the EU's.

about 5 years ago

First Floating Wind Turbine Buoyed Off Norway

BovineSpirit Re:navigation maps (265 comments)

This may surprise you, but the problem of updating charts has been encountered before. And solved. In the early nineteenth century by Admiral Beaufort. The Hydrographic Office issues weekly 'Notices to Mariners' which list the changes to be made to charts. These include shifting sandbanks, new navigational bouys, new survey data and yes, new wind turbines. As far as navigation is concerned it's not a new island it's a new wind turbine. If the captain was unsure of his position the sight of one (and it would be visible at some distance) would give a clue as to his position.

more than 5 years ago

Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

BovineSpirit Re:/. - are you listening? (531 comments)

Most of the time the green background behind the comment titles is missing on Safari 3.2.3. And yes I do realise that using the OS bundled browser to read Slashdot is Not the Done Thing, I'm just very lazy.

more than 5 years ago

Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices

BovineSpirit Re:Speed limiters already on HGVs / trucks? (859 comments)

Yes they do. Travelling on motorways in the cab of an HGV at 56mph is a surreal experience. Everything happens very slowly. If an empty, powerful truck finds itself behind a weak, full truck going up hill it'll still overtake so 2 of the 3 motorway lanes become slow lanes. You do find them overtaking each other on the flat, usually because one limiter is set slightly higher than another.

more than 5 years ago

New Energy Efficiency Rules For TVs Sold In California

BovineSpirit HDCP (609 comments)

How banning pointless encryption of signals? Encrypting the signal in the Bluray player then decrypting in the TV is a complete waste of power, why not just ban the use of HDCP?

about 6 years ago

Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For Standard

BovineSpirit Re:Transformers are efficient (221 comments)

But in a transformer the coils are very close to each other, and are wrapped around the same lump of iron. With the devices the coils and cores are separate. Magnetic fields decay exponentially so even a small gap will reduce the transmitted power by a fair bit. There seems to be various proposed methods to get around this problem, but none of them seem to be significantly better than the others.

Interesting point about electronics reducing the idle currents, as this would be another issue.

more than 6 years ago

Oyster Card Hack To Be Released, In Good Time

BovineSpirit Re:let em release it (246 comments)


If you get on a bus and travel 200 yards with an Oyster Card it does cost 90p(about US$90). However you don't because for most people it's quicker to walk. For longer distance bus trips it costs... 90p. If you travel enough in one day on a Pay As You Go Oyster it maxes out at the cost of the cheapest travelcard for the journeys you have made. Thus you get the cheapest possible tickets without thinking about it. Compare this approach to that of mobile phone companies... The price is competitive with most other cities in the UK. Thus if you made lots of 200 yard journeys every day it wouldn't cost anywhere near 90p a ride.

    I've certainly not noticed the distance of bus routes getting any shorter. Generally long distance journeys(>1.5miles) are made by Tube, DLR or Train. The Mayor of London tax is included as part of the Council Tax. House prices around outer London are very high, as some of the areas are really nice compared with some of the grottier inner city areas, thus their Council Tax is higher. Public transport in London is far better than it is in most UK cities. To find better you need to go to a city that has had predominantly Labour councils for the last few decades. A lot of the recent improvements in London are funded by the Congestion Charge.

    For a free ride, get a bike...

more than 6 years ago

Oyster Card Hack To Be Released, In Good Time

BovineSpirit Anyone here involved in Oyster? (246 comments)

Does anyone know if the accidental wiping of 1000's of Oyster Cards a couple of weeks ago was linked to this? Just curious...

more than 6 years ago


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