So, I just got shocked by my iPhone 5S whilst it was charging. Not enough of a shock to cause injury, but enough that it hurt. After poking around at it for a while, I have determined what appears to be the cause. First of all, the phone was plugged into two wires: A genuine Apple lightning charger, and a 3.5mm jack connected to the LINE IN port on an external USB sound card. I’m specifying that it was a genuine charger as I know that non-genuine ones often have safety concerns that could have directly caused this issue. I’ve … Continue reading Bzzzzzzt…

Soft Gingerbread Recipe

This is my recipe for making very soft gingerbread. I was originally following another recipe, but decided to change it up a little, with excellent results.   Ingredients Makes about 40-50. 350g plain white flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 3 teaspoons ground ginger 115g salted butter, cubed 225g soft light brown sugar 5.5 tablespoons golden syrup 1 egg, beaten   Method Preheat the oven to 190C, or 170C on a fan oven. Lightly grease 3 or 4 baking trays. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and sugar into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until … Continue reading Soft Gingerbread Recipe

Incident Report – 17/01/2018

Incident report for 17/01/2018 Status: RESOLVED Severity: MAJOR Duration: 30 minutes (17/01/2018 12:30 to 17/01/2018 13:00) Incident Report: Outage has been reported on some services during the duration of this incident. This issue was caused by a hardware fault on the web host’s servers. The issue appears to have now been resolved, and we will continue monitoring services to ensure that there is minimal disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this incident. Continue reading Incident Report – 17/01/2018

Physics – Quantum Computing

Google has been coming up with a strategy to demonstrate quantum supremacy, using their experimental quantum computer that they have been working on for quite some time. What is Quantum Supremacy? Quantum supremacy is the claim that quantum computers can perform tasks that no current computers can handle. It is widely assumed that we will eventually reach quantum supremacy, but nobody has done it yet because the few experimental quantum computers that currently exist can only run a small number of specialised algorithms. What is Google’s Plan? Google’s plan is based on simulating coin flips. For an ordinary computer, this … Continue reading Physics – Quantum Computing