* Posts by Matthew Taylor

82 posts • joined 30 Jan 2009

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

Matthew Taylor

Re: BT - the caring company.

Fibre broadband is something of a rarity in main English cities as well. I live in West London, no fibre for us,and no-one can tell me when it might get installed. A pox on BT+OpenReach. I yearn to see them split asunder.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

Matthew Taylor

Re: "was turned off at the time of the crash"

"And in the instants before? You have to reconstruct all the events leading to a crash. Was the autopilot a factor? Did the driver disabled it in an attempt to avoid the crash? If the autopilot was enabled before? Did it deceived somehow the pilot, causing him to choose the wrong response?"

Or did the Autopilot call the driver a bumface? Or... or... none of those things. You seem to be fishing.

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Re: Do we want to advance or not?

"A.I. is as allergic to the infinite complexities of the real world as those alien microbes in 'The Andromeda Strain' were to rain."

Balls. Neural networks (which all modern AI systems use), are the best paradigm we have for dealing with real world data.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

Matthew Taylor

Re: Female Privilege

As others have said, this was more a question of straight corruption. Female privilege, is what keeps Hillary Clinton inexplicably high in the polls, no matter what she's found to have done.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Matthew Taylor

Flirting with Linux Mint

So heinous are windows 10's upgrade shenanigans, that I actually went to Linux Mint's website, First thing I saw was that there are 3 different versions of it, and that was enough to repel me - I'd be bound to pick the wrong one. But if *I* (an utter lazy arse) was annoyed enough with windows to start looking around, the writing's surely on the wall.

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Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

Matthew Taylor

I don't know why everyone thinks Trump would be so awful as the US president. What do they think he's going to do? What makes George W Bush, Obama, and bloody Hillary Clinton so brilliant that only someone of their ilk can do the job? Trump seems anti war, he's not a religious nut, and he certainly is a brilliant, tough negotiator.

I think the real outcry originates from the political careerists, who know that if someone from the world of commerce comes in and does their top job well, they'll be done for.

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

Matthew Taylor

So the girls are beating the boys at science and engineering, eh? Good on them! I have a strong lazy streak, so how about we blokes sit back, and let the women drive things forward for a while. Let's see, I'd like strong AI, a human colony on Mars and errm if you could make fusion practical that would be ace! Cheers girls!

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

Matthew Taylor

MiHsC

MiHsC, developed by Mike McCulloch, offers an alternative model for inertia, which works well in large, low acceleration situations. It predicts galaxy rotation accurately, without any need of additional dark matter. I wonder if it might apply in this situation.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

Matthew Taylor

Re: Here's the Windows 10 future I see ... it will be used to download Android desktop

I'm guessing Remix OS uses java as its primary development language. The day google decided that android would use a JVM is a day that will live in infamy.

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Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

Matthew Taylor

All I know is, Bulgaria was robbed - ROBBED I tell you.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

Matthew Taylor

MiHsC - an interesting new theory

Mike Mcculloch's MiHsC theory, which he uses as a basis for his explanation of the EMDrive, also predicts galactic rotation far more accurately the General Relativity. Using MiHsC, the need for dark matter to be added in different places to make the equations work is removed, as the theory fits the observed galactic rotations without any tweaking. Mike has a list of over a dozen anomalies that his theory correctly predicts.

My point being, even if you consider the EMDrive to be a bit sketchy, MiHsC is still well worth a look.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Bunch of tosspots

"Why do certain beliefs get accepted? Why is the FSM any more or less disprovable from anything else?"

The church's (increasingly historical) significance in society is not because it's religious claims are inherently believable - rather, it is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity.

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Magnanimity in Voctory

The fact that these people can clown around like pirates with colanders on their head, during what is apparently a ceremony signifying their lifelong commitment to each other, demonstrates that religion is no longer calling the shots in New Zealand. It's a spent force, and this dancing on its grave is unseemly in my view.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

Matthew Taylor

Sometimes it's nice to go out to the cinema, even if TV sets are catching up with cinema facilities. It makes an evening a bit more of an occasion than just flopping down in front of the telly. Especially if you're lucky enough to be able to visit an old independent cinema, some of the old ones really are beautiful.

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FOUR Avatar sequels

Matthew Taylor

Re: "so you go to the multiplex"

'A field in England' was a superb film. “If you do not cease, we may be blasted by an ill planet!”

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Matthew Taylor

Epic visions

In my experience, as soon as someone starts proclaiming that their "epic vision can't be contained in a mere..." it's time to head for the exit.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Matthew Taylor

Re: Independent cinemas

That's very true - independent cinemas are usually a joy in comparison to the big chains. They often show a more interesting, varied programme of films too.

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Matthew Taylor

Re: The triumph of the free market

Pillock yourself. That's a nice abstract model you're using, but that's not what necessarily happens at all, as this very article shows. Cinema's aren't happy to go bust, so they will do their best to attract customers, for example by allowing them to do what the hell they want (use mobile phones during the film). This relaxation of standards allows the Cinema to struggle along, and sooner or later using your mobile phone throughout a film becomes the new normal.

Societal norms change, (for example, your first word in reply to a perfectly civil comment was an insult, which would not me normal pre-internet). However the only force of change that the free market is able to bring to bear on a problem is pleasing the customer. Even when the customer is a slob.

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Matthew Taylor

The triumph of the free market

This is one of the most insidious problems of the free market. Its only solution to a problem is to try to try to work out how to make the malcontents happy. Clearly there are times when this works well, but there are other times when a swift boot in the behind is indicated. The free market can never provide this boot, because it is not a figure of authority, it is a simpering beggar, willing to do anything for your cash.

Net result is a gradual lowering of the general standards, as all outrageous behaviour is merely "the reality we live in" and can never be fought against. There is a form of capital that can't quite be measured on a balance sheet. It consists of good manners, and consideration in society at large. That capital is being used up for free by people like this Cinema owner.

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NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Matthew Taylor

Cue M.A.R.S.

Pump up the podule,

Pump up the podule,

Pump up the podule,

Dance! Dance!

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Matthew Taylor

Re: Post euphoric bliss

The benefit and knowledge will go where, and how, Elon Musk decides it should go. It is his. He's the one who decided to do this incredibly significant thing with his billions, so the fruits of his labours are his. And that is morally right, he has proved himself deserving of this, by achieving it.

I dislike left-wingers' insistence that politicians are the sort of people to whom we ought to give such decision making powers.In my view, such career politicians are a bunch of second hand car salesmen, the slimiest and most ruthless of which gets to the top. I can't think of a worse system to be honest. I can't wait for the day when the entire professional political class is disintermediated. Personally I'd much rather a good hearted, driven "doer" like Elon Musk was in charge of such things, than a load of "elected" politicians in thrall to donors, and their own political careers.

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Matthew Taylor

Re: BEAM - lack of ports

Presumably they could have more than one, as long as they only used one at a time. Not that another robot arm is a realistic prospect of course, but power wouldn't seem to be the problem.

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Matthew Taylor

Re: Congratulations etc.

They just landed a rocket on a barge, for god's sake - they can chant whatever they want!

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

Matthew Taylor

Re: Deep Learning?

"I balk at giving these and other concepts names that attempt to anthropomorphize what the process is doing."

Given you don't have any knowledge of the subject at all, it's not clear what business you have "balking" at what people in that subject area choose to name things. The anthropomorphic terms have come from the inspiration NN researchers have taken from the brain over the years. Not the other way round, and there's nothing particularly high-falutin' about them once you get to grips with it.

If you refer to a "block of code", might I say "A block is what you build a tower with, stop anthropomorphizing"?. We use words metaphorically all the time. You just happen not to know these particular machine learning terms, and for some reason have taken exception to them.

You also mis-characterize the "academic set". Their mindset is that of highly motivated programmers, armed with the specialist knowledge that anyone would have having studied something for a long time. To be honest, it just sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder.

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Matthew Taylor

Re: Deep Learning?

"Deep" refers to the new algorithms' abilities to learn deep architectures - that is, neural networks with serveral (3 or 4) hidden layers. The multiple hidden layers are what give the NN it's power, but historically, machine learning algorithms have performed poorly on such neural networks.

The difference in the first deep learning methods was to train the neural networks layer by layer, in an unsupervised manner. This did a lot to "sort out" the data, and made the later back propagation phase more tractable.

Since then, a variety of different architectures and methods have been discovered, and the phrase "Deep Learning" has broadened somewhat to represent the new resurgence in neural network methods.

Deep learning is absolutely not B.S. - though calling it A.I. is a little misleading. What it is is a much more powerful data modelling / prediction paradigm, which allows a new class of applications (speech recognition / language translation etc).

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

Matthew Taylor

The only art form left...

So, the only art form left standing will be advertising. We are a moribund, shriveled humanity. A million emperors of nothing.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

Matthew Taylor

Re: It's not "Rocket Science"

It doesn't seem clear to me (from this article) that it was the Russian launcher that was at fault.

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Apple iPhone GPU designers Imagination axes 20 per cent of staff

Matthew Taylor

We make webGL visualization apps / sites etc. When we're testing something new, it's always the iPhone which runs up against some limitation or other. Their render performance is pretty good, but whether it's Z-buffer resolution, off screen render buffer size limits... there always seems to be something it can't quite do. That's not to say it's necessarily the GPU of course, could be something in Safari, or elsewhere in IOS.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

Matthew Taylor

Re: What users want ...

"If you have a problem with LibreOffice, then fix it - you have the source code and a license to use it."

The year of "Linux on the desktop" is clearly imminent. Any day now, I tell you...

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You're fired! No – you're acquired! Reality TV hits Silicon Valley startups

Matthew Taylor

Pass

He looks like a copper bottomed, IEEE certified bell-end. I'd rather go and live off the land than dance for that guy.

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Ofcom must tackle 'monopolistic' provider BT, says shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah

Matthew Taylor

I'm not sure of this Woman's credentials, but anyone who holds BT Openreach's feet to the fire regarding fibre broadband is ok in my book. I live in West Kensington, London, and our Fibre rollout is barely in the planning stages.

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Get out of mi casa, Picasa: Google photo site to join Wave, Code, Reader in silicon hell

Matthew Taylor

Re: Local app

Ah, thanks. That's some good news. I was possibly frothing at the mouth just a little in the last post :-)

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Matthew Taylor

Local app

So the Picasa app will stop working for local image files too? I use it, but have never (knowingly) uploaded anything to Google's servers. Doubtless it will communicate with Google without asking, receive it's death letter, and henceforth cease to work. In its place there will be a video of a geeky 20 something against a white background, explaining with lots of Tony Blair hand gestures how my image editing experience just. got. better. A pox on the lot of them.

I'm getting old...

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

Matthew Taylor

Re: Success myopia - like it!

You're right of course, there are some interesting ideas presented at TED, But there's also a certain smugness in the air which I find unappealing. The underlying message always seems to be one of self congratulation, which makes me suspicious that the audience are there to feel good about themselves, rather than learn anything. Not that there's anything wrong with feeling good about oneself, but TED claims to be about ideas, whereas it seems to me to be primarily about mutual pats on the back.

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Matthew Taylor

Re: What a moron

He's a VC - he was never going to want anything else. I agree with you entirely though. The trouble is, we've become very good at measuring things, and analysing the resulting data. Whilst this is surely beneficial in many ways, it brings its own disease, which is to assume that if you can't measure something, it doesn't matter.

The result is that young people are taught to see the world through the lens of an excel spreadsheet.Such a tremendous narrowing of acceptable aims and goals for people ought to be lamented as a tragedy, but no-one notices, because their noticing apparatus is similarly curtailed.

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Re: Shakespeare? who is he anyway?

It's not really the same thing, though, is it? The name of a horse's shoulder bone - you either know it or you don't. It could be called anything, really.

In contrast - "The quality of mercy is not strained". Assuming you can parse the sentence, then applying some thought might lead you to the answer (that true mercy is given in a spirit of selfless generosity, not with conditions, or begrudgingly).

One of the main reasons Shakespeare is considered such an extraordinary writer, is because of his unusual, poetic way of putting things - whilst still conveying his message precisely.

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Matthew Taylor

Success myopia - like it!

That was a great piece of writing. It's high time rich Silicon Valley TED talk bores had their balloons popped.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Matthew Taylor
Trollface

Spelling mistake?

Pindex? Surely "Pinder" - like Tinder, but for... oh never mind.

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

Matthew Taylor

Aircraft as work of art

As a young child, I adored the shape of the 747. I would try to draw its curves, and collect pictures of it. I remember being annoyed that an aeroplane book I had only contained a picture of the 747-SP , which was too short and stumpy. I didn't like the newer "stretched" models either, they spoiled its lines. :-)

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Matthew Taylor
Happy

Re: Bad code? What ryhmes with 'Banker'

"You can search for a journey specifying the train company you want to sue"

UK rail operators aren't great, it's true - but you probably ought to at least get to the station before resorting to legal action.

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

Matthew Taylor

Tried and tested

SpaceX's only recent failure was on a rocket's maiden flight, and was due to a faulty component (a strut, I think) that failed way below spec.

Given this, is it possible that flying on a rocket that has flown once already could actually be a safer bet than a new one. At least it's proven that it can go up there once already, and that the components are sound. I suppose it depends on whether failures are more likely to come from flight fatigue, or from consistency of manufacture.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

Matthew Taylor

Lazarium

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

Matthew Taylor

Hahaha these mega powerful people are such idiots! They don't understand ANYTHING! hahaHA!. Brain diarrhoea, you can't shut down the internet, it routes around censorship etc.

Really? You don't think President Trump, or someone like him could deny internet access to some undesirable country? President Trump wouldn't have to know how some international routing protocol works. He would just get the people who DO know, and the owners / controllers of these gateways together in a room, and explain what's going to happen. Granted there will be plenty of things out of their control, but this is the US, there's a LOT of stuff they can do.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake thunders aloft

Matthew Taylor
Pint

International Cooperation

Great to see UK & Russia can work together on something worthwhile, despite whatever's going on at the moment. Best of luck to all the crew.

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

Matthew Taylor

Re: Matchless 500 single?

"the amount of fuel they need to land is less than the mass of the parachutes they'd need."

That, and the fact that the Thunderbirds didn't use any "send a rescue boat to get me" parachutes. They landed, back on the pad - like a proper spaceship should.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

Matthew Taylor

The Fiorina's head

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

Matthew Taylor

Regrettably, they seem to have launched it upside down.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

Matthew Taylor

Re: Annealing???

Simulated annealing is a technique for optimisation technique for computers, so named because it was inspired by exactly what you mentioned, annealing of metal to soften it.

SA is hill climbing, but with the addition of probabilistic moves in directions that lead to worse results. This allows SA to escape local minima - in a sense it is "softening" the function being optimised, smoothing and blurring it to allow the global optimum to be found.

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Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

Matthew Taylor

Sounds like some cricket fans have come up with a good excuse to have the match on in their lab.

Coincidentally, I have a couple of papers soon to be published...

"Heightened Human Gait Analysis by online deep learning of Victoria's Secret catwalk shows"

"Real World Accurate Detection of Impurities in Ethanol / Water solutions in a London Pub"

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

Matthew Taylor

Re: Value

"Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it"

That is technically true, but the trouble is that those who can pay the most for something tend not to appreciate that thing in anything other than financial terms, and that can lead to poor outcomes. For example, say a big hedge fund offered the C of E a billion pounds for St Pauls Cathedral. At that point, you might say that if we don't want St Pauls cathedral converted into luxury flats, we ought to come up with the money ourselves to out bid the hedge fund, otherwise we obviously don't want it as much. Things have a value to society beyond what some shark can make from them.

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