* Posts by TonyWilk

15 posts • joined 4 Nov 2008

PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

TonyWilk

Oh oh...

That's no moon dwarf planet !!!

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

TonyWilk

I , for one...

拿我来说,欢迎我们的新“ AI ”霸主

(best I can do with Google Translate :)

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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

TonyWilk

Re: Ouch!

Autotune turned up to 11 and (while I'm moaning) using Beats headphones to listen to it on are not the sort of technologies that deserve any celebration IMHO.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

TonyWilk

Re: More Moore

Interesting to imagine if the hardware rate of change had been much less... would we have better software tools to cram functionality into less memory and/or cpu speed ?

Is there an equivalent 'Bloat Law' for software which has kept pace with Moore's?

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Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

TonyWilk

One to avoid I think...

With AngularJS 2.0 having changed to TypeScript, the future doesn't look too rosy for Dart.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

TonyWilk

Fundraising

I would like to think that raising a few $billion for space exploration shouldn't be too hard if you can scam up $5m+ for some bits of cardboard with cartoons of exploding kittens on 'em.

Sadly, I think I do live in a dreamworld.

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

TonyWilk

A Turing Test for the 21st century

Behind all this lies the technical question of whether some AI could read a thread and decide, at least as well as some level-headed human, that a 'terrorist discussion' is taking place.

If that were possible, reliable and well-controlled, I reckon there would be a good argument for snooping on lots of communications.

Practically, that is simply not the case.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

TonyWilk

Security questions...

I definitely don't trust any organisation like Experian which asks that highly-secure, only-that-individual-could-know question: "Mother's maiden name?"

(I did have a bank once ring me to complain that my answer to security question: "Place of Birth" being "Jupiter" must be a mistake on my part)

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

TonyWilk

RAID would be nice

Having had a uSD fail on me, I'd be *really* interested in a 64GB mirrored SD card (oh, and the phone OS support for that too)

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

TonyWilk

The basics

The problem seems to be that the non-coders making the decisions want fast'n'fancy results, which will end up with some framework being used so Johnny can just type in "My Website" and choose a colour... Hey look - this 9yo just built a website! Film at 11 !

What is really needed is to get across some of the real basics (no, not BASIC), for example - codepad.org have an interactive C editor/interpreter. At the same time, you do also need to give 'em some flashy stuff to keep them interested and to demonstrate the breadth of 'coding'.

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

TonyWilk
Facepalm

" ... the alphabet sues everyone?"

- entirely possible: http://www.alphabet.com/

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WTF

TonyWilk

Not famous enough or simply too long ago?

You may or may not have heard of Paul Lutus; he wrote "Apple Writer" way back at the dawn of time.

I happened across his arachnoid.com website, looking for HAM radio stuff as it 'appens, then did the Wiki on him to find he's just been deleted ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Lutus ).

WTF ?

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Google faces WHOPPING FTC fine for Safari privacy gaffe

TonyWilk

Re: Remind me: What is/was Google's motto?

I think it was: "Do no evil that people can find out about."

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Ten exabytes wedged into a rather large box by Cleversafe

TonyWilk

Take a while to fill that...

I reckon if you had a 100Gbps line to your shiny new 10EB-worth of disks, it'd take over 3 years to fill it.

With my current ISP's speed (4Mbps) it'd take c. 75,000 years.

Anyhow, 3 years down the line we'll have bigger pendrives.

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Forcefields will guard Mars ships from solar ion storms

TonyWilk
Paris Hilton

Self-powered forcefield generator

For a Mars trip, you're mainly worried about just one source of radiation - you only need to protect against particles from the sun... so just tow a large Halbach cylinder of magnets. Nasty charged things headed for you will veer off as they traverse the field.

Not quite so useful against killer krenon-ray wielding aliens tho'

Paris? attractive and highly charged.

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