Well, that part’s true.

]]>Indeed. Plus, as we’ve seen, his statement was perfectly correct in and of itself too. So in conclusion, the BBC is ace and John is a big idiot who is worse than Hitler.

]]>This is the best discussion on any blog ever.

]]>The purpose of this story isn’t to tell us the definition of Pi, but to tell us that Pi has been calculated to 2.7 trillion digits on a computer.

Now, hearing this might prompt an inquisitive member of the general public to think “cor blimey, that sounds a lot. I wonder how close they are to calculating *all* the digits of Pi then?”.

Now, this is where the description that “Pi is an irrational number, meaning its digits goes on forever” helpfully answers that question directly and simply, and is also true – Pi’s digits do go on forever.

Telling that person that “Pi is an irrational number, meaning it can’t be expressed as a fraction”, while also correct, does not necessarily help him to answer his question, or even if it does, it means he has to process in his head the fact that as it can’t be expressed as a fraction, it must mean that its digits go on forever.

So the journalist is surely keeping things simple and to the point, and for a website whose target audience is presumably “the general public”, that seems fair enough to me.

]]>Quercus – “population cap” is very poor code for “get the immigrants out”. It would seem to me that we have enormous amounts of space in this country. This “70 million” number is waved around as if it’s some absolute limit the isle can hold before it sinks in the sea. It’s completely arbitrary. The people forming this group have offered no evidence to suggest 70m would cause any significant problems.

While it is true that data indicates we will reach 70m in half the time it took to get from 50 to 60m (which was 50 years), the current population of the UK is estimated to be 61.4 million (in 2008 – last recorded data). 70m is by no means “soon”. If the trend continues, it will take approximately 25 years (twice as fast), so we should be at 70m by 2035. This doesn’t seem so sudden. Especially when you take into account that this increase is hardly off the charts. See this graph: http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:GBR&q=population+of+uk. (Also, the population of the UK increased in the first half of the last century from 40m to 50m in 30 years.)

The UK is the 51st most populated country in the world, with a population growth that comes in 181st in the world. Approximately 600,000 immigrate to the UK each year, while just over 400,000 emigrate.

There isn’t an “immigration issue” to discuss. All major parties frequently discuss the subject, but it’s a bit awkward for them since the so-called problems exist in the imaginations of xenophobes and racists. People sympathise with the BNP policy because they’re racists and xenophobes whore are upset when the major parties refuse to perpetuate racist lies.

Data:

http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:GBR&q=population+of+uk

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_net_migration.png

This is based upon the figures that the population is soon expected to reach 70 million and that the increase from 60 to 70 million was twice as fast as the increase from 50 million to 60 million.

I also don’t think it is madness to say that while the main parties seem unwilling to discuss the immigration issue, some people may well end up sympathising with that particular aspect of BNP policy.

Of course it is equally possible that Carey has only jumped on this current bandwagon because he is secretly pushing some other, less palatable agenda (such as seeking this to restrict the increase of non-christian cultures or something). It would be ironic if he was, because that is after all how the BNP works.

]]>“Pi is an irrational number, meaning its digits go on forever.”

Here’s what John THINKS he said:

“Pi is an irrational number, because its digits go on forever.”

]]>All irrational numbers have digits that last forever. All numbers with infinite digits are not, however, irrational numbers. But – and here’s why you’re a big oaf – he does NOT at any point claim that they are. He just says that Pi is one, and that that means its digits go on forever, which is a perfectly correct statement. Your inaccurate extrapolation of it is your own problem, not the BBC’s.

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