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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

xaxa Re: About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Rum comes in all qualities. This one: http://m.tesco.com/h5/grocerie... is mass produced, though that didn't stop an American I met last summer buying everyone at the bar a drink of something "illegal".

3 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

xaxa Re: I suppose this is a good thing... (87 comments)

If you're only used in big cities you're better off just going pure electric. The efficiency is much greater, the vehicle cost is lower and it's far more convenient to charge up at night than to have to wait in line at a hydrogen filling station.

The bus depot will have it's own diesel (or hydrogen) pump, so it's probably only a small saving. In a major city with a significant electric night bus service they'd probably need rapid charging points instead.

London has six electric buses on various trials. I saw a video clip about them -- there were so many batteries they'd taken up the whole back of the bus, and obscured the read windscreen. That might not be the newest ones though.

Trolley buses are a cheap solution, still used widely in the ex-Soviet Union, China, Pyongyang etc. The buses are light as well, so there's much less damage to the road surface. A small battery could add the flexibility to make minor route changes away from the wires.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

xaxa Re: this is something Google does a bit better (594 comments)

Platform edge doors require all your trains to be very similar in design, and have to integrate with a more expensive signaling system.

They're not very common in Europe, except on newer lines.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

xaxa Re: Move to a gated community (594 comments)

In European cities is not unusual for a road like that to be blocked for through traffic, but with a gap for bicycles.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

xaxa Re: currency (138 comments)

"A fening is 1â100 of a Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark"

That's cognate with penny.

5 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

xaxa Re: I suppose this is a good thing... (87 comments)

It probably makes some sense for vehicles that are only used in big cities, since it moves the pollution.

London has had a few hydrogen buses for a few years now, but I don't think there are plans to develop them beyond a trial fleet.

An electric bus (all batteries) Also exists, but isn't yet practical.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

xaxa Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

And the price needs reduced? Wha?

Using your example:
1. "Aerosmith, standing ticket, $400"

2. "Aerosmith, with backstage pass*, $xxx" (*backstage only for first 10 people to arrive)

3. "Aerosmith, with backstage pass, $600"

The second ticket could be considered misleading, even with the small print, and especially if the price is close to $600 rather than $400.

(IANAL, this is vaguely remembered from a basic law course at university several years ago.)

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

xaxa Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

Why not? Why should the creator not be able to impose any restrictions they damn please? As long as they aren't in a position to prevent you from rejecting their entire creation, they ought to be able to attach whatever strings they want.

Many countries have laws preventing unreasonable contracts, and judges that will often side with the consumer when a contract is intentionally misleading etc. These terms would need to be made very clear, and the price reduced too.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

xaxa Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

High pressure air then

FT2ndArticle: "We have a fleet of rail-head treatment trains which clean the rails using water jets and then apply a sand-based gel to help trains gain adhesion."

Another page says there are 55 treatment trains. There are something like 4000 "trains", so maybe the point of this system is it can be attached to normal trains, rather than requiring a special train.

about two weeks ago
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UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

xaxa Re:Better than the USA (70 comments)

While you can argue that out in the boondocks high speed internet is harder to do, what is happening in markets like NYC makes the US look like a joke in comparison with other countries with cities of a similar density.

The population density of the Outer Hebrides is 9/km^2, about the same as the Scottish Highlands. The Inner Hebrides have 4-5/km^2. I'm pretty sure that will be the least densely populated place in the whole UK.

(However, I live in an out-of-the-way bit of London, and get about 2Mbit/s. That's very unusual though, so unusual that I didn't think to check before renting there.)

about two weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

xaxa Re:With lots of dark meat? (189 comments)

Last time I bought chicken, I specifically bought whole legs, no breast meat.

That phrasing sounds like you rarely buy chicken. Is that normal in the US? I'm surprised the sibling post says you'd need an "odd market in a poorer part of town".

In the UK, 800 million chickens are slaughtered each year, about 14 each, but lots are also imported. British people eat more chicken than anything else.

A 1.6kg chicken is £5 ($8), which is really cheap compared to buying cut-up chicken. It's not too difficult to cut off the majority of the meat to cook as you wish. Make a soup from the carcass by dumping it in a large pan with water, some roughly chopped veg (onion, garlic, carrot, potato) and seasoning, then leaving it to simmer for an hour. Most of the meat falls off the bones.

Alternatively, roast the whole bird, eat what you like, save any big bits for sandwiches/etc, then make soup from the leftovers the next day.

about three weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

xaxa Re:More than cash and cc (375 comments)

Let's see.. things that won't be digitized anytime soon:

- gym card

Thumbprint, perhaps?

- subway / bus card

Since September you can pay for transport in London with a contactless credit or debit card. (There's no need to pre-register or anything, but foreigners should check their bank won't charge an unreasonable fee on a £1.45 transaction). They claimed to be first to set this up, including some new special kinds of keep-people-moving-and-deal-with-the-fraud-later transaction, so I expect it will catch on elsewhere in the next year or two.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

xaxa Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

The E-numbered roads aren't motorways for their whole length, especially at the edges (i.e. Scotland, Ireland, northern Sweden etc.)

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

xaxa Re:Could be a good idea.. (110 comments)

"Favorite"?

Data structures are tools. I don't really have affection for any particular one. It depends on what I need them for.

And does the job require implementing one (assuming you are using that word the way I think that you are)? Or does it involve using them, in service of business goals?

It's an interview, so I'd take "favourite" to mean "interesting".

And if someone can tell me how to implement a linked list that's a good start. Even better if they can use that to tell me when using a linked list is worse than using an array list, and vice-versa.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

xaxa Re:Super-capitalism (516 comments)

In Britain, if your house is connected by an above-ground electricity cable I'd estimate less than 20 families live in the settlement.

(No evidence for that, but it's only tiny places that have above ground electricity. Above-ground telephone is more common, that could be small or old.)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

xaxa Re:Super-capitalism (516 comments)

Comparing the U.S. the little toy countries in Europe is silly. They are about the size of one of our states. It is much easier given their pop. density to keep their little toy grids up and running.

The European countries have connections between them -- mine (UK) imports/exports power from Ireland, France and the Netherlands. There are plans to connect to Norway and Iceland (not in the EU).

http://rrc-energy.com/electric... shows most other countries have many more connections (since they're not going across water).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

xaxa Re:8X cost increase up front (516 comments)

Something like a railway cable trough, typically concrete, is common in Britain at the side of most railway track.

But it's a criminal offence to trespass on the railway.

Better example: buried cables along canals in London. Only pedestrians and cyclists (and horses) can use that path, could it stand up to cars and lorries?

(I'm pretty sure the electricity company will use boats and barges to maintain the cables, which is probably a lot easier than having to divert road traffic etc, and earns them eco-points.)

about three weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

xaxa Re:Rails never had 'steam'. (291 comments)

Rails never had 'steam'. (I supose you mean something else than that digi-distro-channel by Valve)

A steam locomotive. When it runs out of steam, it stops. (Wording chosen for the pun with Rails.)

about three weeks ago

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New UK government to reverse erosion of liberties

xaxa xaxa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xaxa writes "In the UK, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have formed a coalition government. They have released an agreement document outlining their joint policies. In section 10 (Civil Liberties) the parties "agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour Government and roll back state intrusion", including "A Freedom or Great Repeal Bill.", "The scrapping of ID card scheme, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database." "Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission", "Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.", "The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.", "Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation", "Further regulation of CCTV.", "Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason. (and others)."
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Rural areas overtake towns for broadband in the UK

xaxa xaxa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xaxa (988988) writes "According to a report from OFCOM, the UK's independent communications regulator, for the first time rural households are now more likely to have a broadband connection than residents of towns. This could be the result of a drive to bring broadband to sparsely populated areas, enabling people to work from home. Overall, 57% of households have broadband Internet access. OFCOM also report that 20% of households now rely solely on mobile phones, 85% have digital television, 30% of adults have watched TV online, 20% have accessed the internet on a mobile phone.
Of the people without these services, most didn't want them or thought they were too expensive. Just 1% of consumers wanted them but found they were not available in their location.
The full report is available."

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