Isn't the real test of an AI poker player...
How long will it take or how many games must it play to cover the cost of its hardware?
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How long will it take or how many games must it play to cover the cost of its hardware?
Beat me to it. Have an up-vote.
Problem is, who writes the programs?
That's quite obvious: trainees doing homework assignments.
Leap seconds are not a big issue and should not be a problem for any system designer or developer who is paying attention to what they are doing.
The C tm struct, used when converting between UNIX time (seconds since 1/1/1970) and human readable time has defined the seconds field as containing a value in the range 0-61, this allowing for leap seconds, since at least 1996 so nobody can complain that this is a new issue that they don't or won't unserstand. Similarly NTP, the Internet Time Protocol, has always handled leap seconds.
Any OS worth the name will have its own implementation of UNIX's ntpd (the client interface for NTP) and should also provide time manipulation functions equivalent to the POSIX set as part of the supported language's standard libraries.
All this means that there should be no need for applications code to handle leap seconds. Ever.
I think you've got that about right.
Something else to think about: during IFR, and an aircraft in controlled airspace is always flying IFR regardless of the weather or time of day, the pilots eyes are, or should be, fully occupied with scanning the panel. In these circumstances surely its better to use voice communications: since that's hands-free (the Tx button is normally on the yoke almost under the pilot's thumb) and doesn't need the pilot to take his eyes off the panel.
Yes, I know that airliners have at least two pilots in the cockpit and that one flies while to other handles commmunications etc, but controlled airspace is also used by bizjets and other, smaller aircraft with a single pilot and they will need to be linked into this system as well. Given that, it would be nice to know how this proposed screen is going to be fitted into an already packed instrument panel, the size and weight of the new gear with its satellite antennae and what its going to cost to purchase, maintain and operate it.
The fix, as mentioned in the article, is to fit an airbrake so that instead of needing to command a node-down to regain the glideslope the airspeed can be reduced, which will bring it back on to the glideslope, without increasing the vertical descent rate or exceeding VA.
Thats a good description of how speedbrakes, as fitted to fast jets, work but isn't applicable to airbrakes as fitted to lower speed aircraft such as gliders. In this case 'airbrakes' is really a misnomer and the American term 'spoilers' is more accurate. Well-designed airbrakes have very little effect of the airspeed. Their main effect, when opened, is to reduce the wing's lift, thus increasing the sink speed. The airspeed may increase, stay the same or decrease as the brakes are opened dependent on the design of the aircraft.
Examples: opening the brakes on a ASK-21 increases sink rate while leaving the airspeed almost unchanged. Doing the same on a Grob G103 increases sink rate AND airspeed, while opening the enormous brakes on a Puchacz raises the sink rate while causing an immediate drop in airspeed. You quickly learn to ease the stick back while opening the brakes in a G103 and to push the nose down if you're flying a Puchacz. These are all well-respected two seat training gliders. I flew all three types while pre-solo and have flown them all solo since then. Single seaters tend to be better behaved in this respect: none of the types I've flown have showed much speed effect from using the airbrakes.
Bottom line: if Aquila had well designed, effective airbrakes, merely opening them further would have put it back on the glide path without affecting its airspeed or requiring an an attitude change.
If the Farcebook Drone's Vne is that low then, redesign or not, there will be very few parts of the world that it can be reliably operated from if they expect it to follow any sort of servicing schedule.
 Vne is the never-exceed speed limit for any aircraft. Exceed that by more than 5% or so and structural damage is likely. 5% may not sound like a lot of leeway, but remember that aerodynamic forces obey a square law, i.e. double the flying speed and aerodynamic forces on the airframe are four times higher.
e.g. early digital Cameras - all they had to do was put standard USB mass storage device driver in it, so photos could be retrieved by a drive letter . but no . They made it difficult beyond belief by knocking up the shittest software ever that had all fancy ideas about tags and libries, but ultimately made the most basic and essential task impossible - transfering a JPG from A to B.
Have you tried using a USB connection and your computer's file manager to grab photos off your camera? I have three digital cameras: Pentax K100, Pentax Optio WG1 and a Panasonic TZ 70. All connect to my computers via a USB cable and let me use the file manager to drag and drop photos from the camera to my hard drive. No stupid apps needed, not even to empty the SD cards in the Pentaxes (the TZ70 insists on emptying its own image store). Come to think of it, this has worked with every camera I've ever tried it on.
Alternatively, I just take the SD card out of the camera, put it in a card reader and use the file manager to move photos on and off it. I'm running Fedora Linux, but this should work with every OS whose file manager access a flash card in a reader.
BTW, I agree with your comments about GPS apps, but why not write your own app? I bet one that didn't broadcast your whereabouts while draining the battery would be an instant hit.
Len, you've got that wrong, I'm afraid.
If there are no benefits to the user of a new product but installing and using it will result in a financial loss, then keeping quiet about this isn't being honest.
The correct terms are "being economical with the truth" or "hiding the facts".
Which one you choose depends on whether you want to be polite to the product's sponsor or to say what's really going on.
Currently India is well on the way to repeating the Chinese experience. I was in northern India recently: the air quality was not good and visibility was frequently poor throughout Rajasthan and across into Utttar Pradesh. The Indians blame diesel vehicles for the pollution, but I'm certain there's a little more helping things along. Certainly the generally calm conditions you get across the Thar Desert and the Gangetic Plain don't help.
I remember that story from the early 70s amidst rumours of fully automated airliners soon to fly without pilots.
However, autopilots were around and in regular use in aircraft before WW2. Many WW2 bombers had them: every bomber carrying a Norden bombsight had an autopilot that was linked to the bombsight during the run into the target: during the run in the bombsight managed the autopilot's inputs to fly the bomber to the precise bomb release point.
By 1945, even DC-3 (C-47) troop transports were all fitted with autopilots.
The problem with the Apollo 11 LM's onboard computer looks like a better match.
There, leaving a docking radar on overloaded the computer's interrupt handler when they got near the lunar surface, but fortunately there was an astronaut on board who was able to manually fly the landing.
Here, violent gyrations as the parachute opened seem to have overloaded the IMU and caused it to output garbage which upset the computer that managed the landing.
A faster IMU and improved garbage detection and rejection would both seem like a good idea.
I think you'll find the remaining 14 states, along with DC and assorted offshore US possessions, have banned the use of hand-held phones by drivers.
Of course you can take your email and website addresses with you. Just buy a domain name and use a domain hosting service to support it, configuring its e-mail and http redirection services to point to whatever ISP provides your e-mail and webhosting services. Job done, and for not much money: domain name hosting and redirection services cost me under a tenner a year.
Want to switch ISP? Easy. Just reconfigure the domain host's redirection services to point to your new ISP, which takes 10 minutes or so. I've been using this set-up for nearly 15 years now and am currently on my third email and webhosting ISP, but still using the same domain host. My e-mail and web addresses haven't changed either.
Noted. Thanks - didn't realise there are two Eric S Raymonds.
Apart from writing "The Cathedral and The Bazaar", he has two claims to fame that I'm aware of:
- he wrote fetchmail, which lets you retrieve mail from an external server. This is a useful tool if you run a local mailserver but don't want to punch holes in your firewall to let it receive mail. Unfortunately, fetchmail has long-standing, wont-fix bugs. As a result many/most of its users, including myself, have switched to getmail, which does the same job but without the bugs.
- he designed, built and flies the Sunseeker series of solar-powered, self-launching aircraft.
That will be a 250% speed increase I'm due, then, and it would be really nice if latency (actual as opposed to the Sam Knows fiction) didn't go sky-high most evenings.
Even so I'm thoroughly pissed off with their repeated attempts to inveigle me into Amazon Prime.
They're far too bloody sneaky about trying that on: have an up-vote for that.
I really wish there was a BBC radio license, along the same lines as the NPR subscription on the US of A.
Because it would give us listeners a financial handle on the way radio programs are commissioned and produced and it would give BBC Radio some leverage against the TV juggernaut. It might even get the quality of Radio 4 drama and Radio 3 music production somewhat nearer the standard it reached in the '80s.
Kids would be much better off interacting with each other, doing stuff outdoors and developing dexterity by making stuff[*] than sitting in front of a BoobTube,web browser or smartphone.
[*] and I DON'T mean assembling the pathetic snap-together so-called 'kitsets' sold by Toys R Us and similar purveyors of dumbed-down junk. They should be using real, sharp tools to shape parts and nails, screws and glues to assemble them. Or riding bikes/building trolleys and learning not to fall off them. After all, if you're older than 40 that's what you used to do, so why on earth would you want to deprive present day kids of the fun of gaining those hands-on skills? Don't give them a kite: show them how to make their own so they can feel the thrill of having something they made fly and fly well.
I'm a coder, and working off site
Why are you using e-mail to transfer "code snippets, scripts and patches" in this day and age? Doing that via e-mail is so last-century.
Your project(s) should be using version control (git or even CVS) and a central code repository to hold patches and enhancements to permanent source code and ftp or sftp to make temporary stuff such as 'code snippets' and throw-away scripts available to the rest of the project via a common disk storage area.
It's dead easy to upgrade/reinstall if you put / and /home on separate partitions to start with.
Indeed. Did that a long time ago. One of the machines I did that on is - TA DAH - a 10 year old Lenovo R61i laptop, currently running Fedora 23 with an XFCE desktop because I prefer it to Gnome. The only enhancement was to add a 2GB RAM card (so 3GB total) which made it noticeably quicker, so its a reasonable development box for C and Java.
Its still using the original disk drive, though its screen, fan and keyboard have been replaced.
Now RedHat have introduced in-situ version upgrades for Fedora, moving from F22 to F23 was no harder than moving my RPi from Raspbian wheezy to jessie, i.e. start the process, wait until its done, then reboot.
...the jamming system uses only the frequency used by commercial drones for communication.
This is the widely used 2.6 GHz wifi band. Drones, like all other wifi users, scan for an unused channel in that band when they establish the link, so its difficult to know how any such 'drone jammer' can positively and uniquely identify which channel a specific drone is using. Thing is, potential collateral damage can not be ruled out each time this, or any other, 'drone jammer' terminates a drone flight unless it can reliably identify the channel the targeted drone is using. If its relying on activating the drone's 'return home on loss of signal' capability then the jammer could be on for quite a while to stop the link from re-establishing itself.
We can test for the existence of God using exactly the same tests that they used, and get exactly the same results....
Not exactly the same, no.
First we need a falsifiable God theory that makes testable predictions and I don't think we currently have one of those. Once we have that, and only then, we can run God tests.
Much as it pains me to say so (as a non-IBMer I strongly dislike the company and its ethos), its QA and hardware build quality used to be second to none.
I've used S/88, S/38 and AS/400 systems and, despite myself, been impressed by the reliability of their hardware and software. OK, stuff like RPG stinks from almost any elegance and usability criteria, but it did what it said on the tin and 'just worked'. Judged from the viewpoints of usability and consistency the OS/400 operating system is one of the greats, up there with UNIX, VMS and VME/B despite its too short file/command names (9 characters fer Chrissakes) and flat, non-hiearchic filing system.
I was a developer/sysadmin on an AS/400, running under OS/400, for 18 months and don't remember a single hardware fail or system software bug. There's no other system I've used that I can say that about.
@Mongo: Points 5 and 6 are prior art anyway: the claimants in this case should never have been given a patent.
In 1783 Jacques Charles made flights in a hydrogen balloon during which he valved off gas to descend (claim 5) and dropped sand to increase his height (claim 6).
I'm truly amazed how often the US Patent Office screws up by not checking prior art. Does anybody there have even two brain cells to rub together?
Who says "overweight" should be re-classed as normal? Not the Cola/MacDarnolds/CandyFloss consortium by any chance?
The problem is they are not telling us the real reason.
Easy: the reason is that system was written by newly minted, hence cheap, code-monkeys led by the PHB who designed it. And his boss was an MBA who decided that system testing was an expensive way to reduce productivity. Since this would look bad on his CV he declared it unnecessary.
So this was basically a failure of the operations team from start to finish.
...sounds like the result of having a team managed by a bunch of MBAs.
Back in the mid '70s I was working in NYC with an bright American guy with a relatively recent BSc in Computer Science. It turned out that they'd taught him COBOL and, err, not a lot else apart from some elementary system design.
Stop the bandits making off with my private information, using their "innovative business models".
Exactly so. Try this on for size:
I think that about covers it. I don't think that this set of rules can harm any legitimate business since it is really just a description of best privacy practise. Admittedly it would be bad news to the Googles and FBs of this world, but who cares: you can make a good case that the way they (mis)use personal data is indistinguishable from data theft.
If they want to stay in business they can always move to a subscription model: I'd be willing to pay for use of Google Earth and possibly for their search engine (since its behind IXquick) and YouTube but nothing else they, FB and friends do has the slightest value to me.
Google could most usefully show leadership by making sure that all the videos on Youtube are available as HTML5, and should preferably remove the Flash version each time they convert a video to HTML5. A quick check of four or five old favourites showed that all of them are still Flash, so YouTube have got work to do.
On the web browser front, Firefox is in the lead: it canned Flash many releases ago, yet strangely El Reg didn't mention that.
I agree with your list of restrictions, but it also needs this addition:
4. Scan all adverts you publish for malware as they leave the serve or limit yourself to publishing pure HTML ads of < 1Kb with no external CSS scripts or images.
Depends how the printed reports were handled.
If "SWIFT printed reports" are sent to the bank over the SWIFT network and then printed locally, its quite possible that a piece of malware on the bank's computers intercepted and altered the report before it was printed. If that is what happened then the falsified report is nothing to do with SWIFT.
I take your point about variation with time, but can't most of the sources of variable magnitude you mention be eliminated by choosing at least one other star of similar magnitude that appears on most of the plates and measuring that too? If all measured stars show similar variation, then the variability is due to the equipment and observation techniques.
I'd assume that this or a similar technique was SOP when comparing archived plates or film and, if not, would like to know why not.
Anyone recommend a good music sync app for macos?
Forget all that sync app wank.
Try using a local NAS box containing at least two RAIDed disks. Use rsync (because its fast) to make regular backups to it. If you're properly paranoid, add at least two USB drives as an offline backup cycle. Each disk must be capable of holding a complete mirror of what's on the NAS box. Use rsync to back up the NAS box to the least recently written USB drive and keep all of the USB drives offline except when making a backup (or recovering lost files).
 The USB drives should be kept either offsite, in a firesafe or offsite in a fire safe. This way, at least one copy of your stuff is proof against both hacking and destruction from power spikes and from destruction of the building where your computers live. Protect your data this way and who gives a flying fart about the evil empires of Apple, Google, et al.
We use it to sign in to just about everything, often including systems where we have privileged access.
If your employer's passwords are regarded as so corplife-threatening as to need such an elaborate vetting process, why not ditch them altogether and switch to a 2FA system? Much more secure.
Its not as if the 2FA tokens are all that expensive (if they were, the banks wouldn't hand them out like candy) or even that new: the GMP were using 2FA logins back in the late '80s, so if plod can handle 2FA then any PHB should be able to get his head round it too.
@David 164: Where've you been sleeping so soundly for the last several years that you missed Care.data's attempt to sell everybody else's data?
There a form you and everyone else would have signed somewhere
Yes, except that its was an OPT-OUT that about a million of us signed. Twice, because the Care.data crew 'lost' the first set of opt-outs. It wasn't as simple as giving the opt-out to your GP either. As well as that copy, you also had to submit one to any hospital you'd ever been treated at, very evidently to make opting out as hard as possible.
IIRC the SWIFT terminal (supplied by SWIFT and acting as the endpoint of the SWIFT network) is pretty much a locked box, but a SWIFT member organisation is responsible for writing and implementing the code (local terminal) on their system that exchanges messages with the SWIFT terminal.
SWIFT supply a test suite that verifies that the member's software has correctly implemented their side of the link to the SWIFT terminal. The member won't be allowed to connect to the SWIFT terminal until it gets a pass from the test suite.
Apart from that, the security of the member's local terminal is, like the rest of their financial system, 100% their responsibility.
...to a much fuller analysis that I read last night:
The link was on Jerry Pournelle's 'Chaos Manor' blog and is well worth a read.
In the US, Apples 22M pounds of scrap steel would fetch about $1M.
The more interesting questions have been left unanswered:
Both questions need answers before even starting to consider whether Apple's recycling is either useful or sensible.
The average US tax rate of 31.5% sounds a bit low judging from what my US friends have told me over the years. So, is that just the federal rate, i.e. it doesn't include state and city taxes?
I'm just waiting until nowtv dies before buying a roku to use plex with
Personally I wouldn't touch any Roku product with a barge pole after experiencing their *cough* wonderful long-term support *cough* for the Soundbridge, the internet radio tuner they used to sell.
The answer's obvious.....
...... BOFH, the movie.
Coanda effect applies only if water sticks to the rod.
Nope. Coanda applies wherever there's a shear in a moving, compressible fluid. The water column is dragging air, whose other side is sticking to the rod, past it. The shear occurring in that air layer as its dragged past the rod is what deflects the water. Air is a compressible fluid, so the combination of viscosity and shear reduces the pressure in the air mass as it passes the rod and, as a result, the water is deflected toward the low pressure region. If the water stream touches the rod then all the shear is in the water stream. Since water is more viscous than air, of course the deflection is much greater.
The Bernoulli Effect has nothing to do with electrical charges. It is the principle that an object traveling though air or water (or a similar fluid medium) creates lift (Vacuum or a decrease in pressure) when one path of the fluid (the top of the wing) is longer than the other path (bottom of the wing).
(1) the air is always separated. There are many wind tunnel pictures using smoke puffs to show that the air flowing over the wing DOES NOT meet up with the air passing under the wing and, doubly unfortunately for the numpties drawing diagrams showing it rejoining and for those who believe them, the air passing over the wing goes much faster than the air on the underside, so the top-side smoke puff is long gone by the time the bottom-side smoke puff gets to the trailing edge.
(2) If a wing really works because air passing along the longer side sucks while air passing the shorter side doesn't, then by your logic:
- no aircraft can fly inverted, yet aerobatic planes do it all the time
- a flat plate wing can't fly at all, yet any sheet balsa toy glider shows this is untrue
...except that Bernoulli has nothing to do with it. The Bernoulli equations are only applicable to flows of an incompressible fluid, i.e. water, and are not applicable compressible fluids such as air or other gasses. In other words they are a good description of the behaviour or water flowing through a pipe, a venturi, or out through a hole in a tank, but not to an air-stream.
The Coanda Effect, which describes the way a fluid flowing past a convex solid surface will tend to stick to it, is applicable here because it applies to any fluid, compressible or incompressible, flowing past a convex solid surface. Similarly, its Coanda that describes airflow over the convex top of a wing, not Bernoulli.
Check the definitions for yourself: even Wikipedia has got this right.
In gliding, the units used are metric. (Probably something to do with the fact that gliding was developed as a sport mainly in Germany).
Not true everywhere: the units used in gliding depend on where you are and its quite messy.
European gliding uses metric units.
In the USA they use feet, knots, nautical miles and pounds weight. Their airspeed indicators are upside down: zero at the top, cruising speeds at the bottom and some older aircraft still use mph rather than knots. I have no idea why they do this when speedometers in road vehicles are the right way up. Everywhere else I've flown the ASI has zero at the bottom and normal climbing and cruising speeds at the top.
In the UK its quite a mixture. Gliders airframes are metric for length, weight and wing area, instruments are ICAO (knots for speed and rate of climb, altitudes in feet), but distance is a mess. We use statute miles when talking to ATC but, because the badge scheme and racing tasks are metric, we think in kilometers for all cross-country flights and related distances.
BTW, until shortly after WW2, all European aircraft had metric instruments, but some time, in the 50s IIRC, all powered civil aircraft throughout the Western world adopted ICAO navigational units (knots, feet, statute miles) along along with their air traffic control systems.
Sharing medical data for medical research should be compulsory but the data should never be sold to anyone else.
I hope you meant that: "Sharing medical data for medical research should be compulsory but possession of the the data by anybody outside the NHS will attract a mandatory custodial sentence."
Its a bit too shallow for them to be really happy sniffing about for cables.