This is the story of how the UK banking system could have collapsed in the early 1990s, but for the forbearance of a junior barrister who also happened to be an expert in computer law – and who discovered that at that time the computing department of one of the banks issuing ATM cards had “gone rogue”, cracking PINs and taking money from customers’ accounts with abandon.
The postcode database — which turns a postcode to a latitude/longitude and back — is not free in the UK. In fact, it’s very expensive. The Post Office owns it and sells it to various companies that make use of it for things like insurance or parcel tracking. There are however many people who’d like to use it for non-profit purposes. Say you want to lay out events like free concerts / gigs on a map and you only have the postcode… you have to buy the database.
Instead, wouldn’t it be nice if it was free like zipcodes are in the US? To do this, you have to have a number of people collaborating with GPS units who note positions and postcodes. Hence this site to collect that data.
The Porter stemming algorithm (or ‘Porter stemmer’) is a process for removing the commoner morphological and inflexional endings from words in English. Its main use is as part of a term normalisation process that is usually done when setting up Information Retrieval systems.
Picture a computer keyboard. Picture a computer screen. Now picture a keyboard where every key is a tiny little screen. Now go take a look: Art. Lebedev Studio: Optimus keyboard
One of the hardest things to deal with after taking some time off from work is getting yourself back on track.
Hopefully you’re refreshed, feeling creative and ready to rock! But it’s probably also true that you’re buried under a mountain of e-mail, have lots of calls to return and, if you’ve just spent a weekend in Vegas, you feel like you’ve been run over by a cement truck.
What’s worse is that any good habits you had before you left are in jeopardy of being broken if you can’t get back on track quickly.
Well, as a veteran of many a few days off, and luckily a few longer vacations as well, I do have a few tips that could help make your next transition back to reality an easier one.
I’m trying to store the session state in the address bar to allow bookmarking. What can be changed in the URL that won’t trigger a page reload? The hash portion. So what I need to do is add my AJAX application’s parameters after a #.
There is an additional benefit to this approach: When you click on page anchors, these points are added to the browser’s history object so that when you press the back button you’re taken back to these points within the same page. That’s important because items are being added to the history without leaving the current page.
Here are some of the websites of the political parties contesting seats across the UK in the general election on 5 May.
Moore’s Law, the guiding principle that has driven the computer chip industry, celebrates its 40th birthday this week.
The “law” was adopted after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore wrote in a 1965 article that the number of transistors on a chip would double every 24 months