* Posts by James Hughes 1

2114 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Doom scared the willies out of me playing late at night in a dark room.

An Oculus rift version? Heart attack territory.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: One question

Can YOU tell the difference? Is so, then a computer won't be far behind.

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Re: Honestly? Really?

Very few examples of bad driving end in accidents. I see bad driving every day, I sure I've been responsible for some of it. Almost everyone has driven badly at some point. You don't have to drive badly all the time. Whereas a automomous car? When will that drive 'badly'?

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Re: Honestly? Really?

Glad you used the troll icon.

Planes are incredible safe, even when entirely controlled by computers. Not a valid argument.

Google beta point. WTF? You really really think that legislation will let 'bad/untested/beta' driverless cars on the road? These things are going to be tested to the nth.

Humans are terrible drivers on the whole. Driving when tired, when distracted by children, when really bad drivers who should never even be allowed in a car. May not be there yet, but computers are guaranteed to eventually be better than human drivers. And I suspect that time is not that far off.

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Privacy and data storage

These cars have a lot of high resolution camera. The data storage for just single 1hr trip will be really quite large (let's say 4x1080p30 cameras, that's multiple GB per hour). Now multiply that by every car, and the numbers of hours driven.

Not enough storage in the world for that lot.

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

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Re: so...

Er, no.

£5 for a good power supply, £1 for USB and HDMI cables in bulk, fully working wireless dongle <£8, SD cards in bulk <£5. So please get your BOM correct as well.

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Alternatively....

£75 http://shop.pimoroni.com/products/raspberry-pi-2-starter-kit

£50 http://thepihut.com/collections/raspberry-pi-kits-and-bundles/products/raspberry-pi-2-starter-kit

£69 http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/raspberry-pi-board-and-starter-kit-r45pi

£43.99 http://www.modmypi.com/raspberry-pi/set-up-kits/rpi2-model-b-kits/starter-kit-including-new-raspberry-pi-2-model-b

Does make you wonder where all the extra money is going, especially since the Foundation does all the Raspbian dev work, spends a lot of money on education, and supports things like SonicPi, Scratch, Minecraft Pi and Mathmatica, and won't see a penny of this £15M (except the usual cut of the Pi2 sales)

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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Samsung do actually have very very strict quality control and testing for their cameras (I know, I've been on the receiving end of it), down to nitpicking about individual pixel differences between two cameras or ISP's

So its surprising that there is any real noticeable different between these sensors. I wonder if they are relaxing the rules a bit.

They also dual or more source components, and are on a constant search for cost reduction.

Which all in all makes them a PITA to work for.

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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Four.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: A cunning plan?

Pi2 has 4 instead on one CPU, and twice the memory of the Pi1.

Overall PERFORMANCE is about 6x in raw CPU as the cores are A7 instead of Arm11, 30x when using NEON in certain applications.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: Good times, those

@Neil Barnes

People like that do exist, I'm one, but we are all getting on a bit now. But I do occasionally come across someone younger who really knows their stuff. But they tend to gravitate to the high paying, interesting jobs, and although software for deep drilling sounds quite interesting to me, does it compare with high frequency trading, advanced camera work and image analysis, video processing etc?

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Satelite dishes banned

IIRC, Turmenistan has just banned satellite dishes, to prevent people watching news from outside the country.

Somewhat ironic.

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Re: There is NO greenhouse gas....NO back radiation 'warming'....

I suspect you may be the victim of a barrage of downvotes any moment now.

Deservedly too.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: "Just read the instructions"

Er, Yes. A well known fan of Banks is one Elon Musk.

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Re: A very well done

Did I say it was impossible? No, didn't, I said it was difficult. Not perhaps technically difficult, but overall, difficult.

Now go and install everything required for a HD capable satellite link on an unmanned barge. For the cost of simply bringing the SD cards back as the barge is towed in. Also, make the system literally bomb proof, because there is a big flamy thing going to be landing on or near it.

Rolls eyes.

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Re: Just a thought:

The sea state was 3ft waves, I seriously doubt a barge this big was moving up and down at all. It weighs over 4500 tons IIRC.

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Re: Video

Even at lowest thrust the single running Merlin engine has a T/W ratio > 1 over the empty stage, so it needs to 'hoverslam', i.e. high G deceleration at last second reaching 0m/s at deck height.

Ther ewas a sticky valve somewhere that cause delays in the control system, which they think causes the wiggling.

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

Christ on a bike, there are some dumb AC's out there.

Do you honestly believe that SpaceX would be spending the amount of money they are on getting this to work if they didn't have some really good reasons for doing so? Like actually working out what it was going to save?

Musk is not stupid man. You clearly are. Or woman.

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Re: A very well done

The barge is 300 miles away in the Atlantic - it's not that easy to get footage....especially live HD footage.

People nowadays just have no patience.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Are you Jeremy Clarkson? Is this your new job?

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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If I want something delivered, I want it delivered to my door, not somewhere I need to get in the car and fetch it from.

I can see this working quite well in busy cities, not so good in the countryside. Certainly cheaper, faster and less polluting than a delivery truck. Maybe not so good when it's like today - a bit windy.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Re: Actually what hasn't been said is

Took them a few hours when I had real trouble getting some stuff, but seems OK now.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Clarification needed (for me!)

Does this mean all cars must have a 'phone' built in, or will it rely on an occupants phone being bluetoothed to the car?

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Ban them.

Wow, you must be a really fun guy!

Enjoy your jigsaws!

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Am I the only one...

Hasn't the Google car driven more miles without an accident than the average driver already?

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Given the number of people driving around today in the fog with either just sidelights or no lights at all, I tend to agree. And that for the honk I got from some a guy driving at about 80 on a 60 road, in the fog. Note to you, if I cannot see you in the fog, and you are driving that fast, what do you expect will happen when I need to overtake a cyclist?

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Great idea and all that...

@truth4u, it's a world view that needs changing - shame m0rt hasn't managed to do it with his pretty accurate post above. I guess you will have to come out of the basement and take a look at the real world.

I'm a school governor who took the post specifically to see how this stuff is working out and to help it on it's way. I'm also involved in all the other areas of curriculum as well, and have great interaction with the teachers. They do a great job given the constant changing of curriculum by the government.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Interviewed at Tag Mclaren some years ago

Pay was average, hours were completely mental.

Even as a race car person, it was a bit much. Not for the faint of heart, or people with families, or people with hobbies, or people who basically want a life outside of work.

I know a couple of people who work in F1, one enjoys it, the other not so much...

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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I think..

That the BBC would not be allowed to simple sell on Pi's because they are supposed to be impartial. This is branded BBC, so can be sold/given away without breaking their charter.

No reason they cannot have programmes featuring Raspi's though.

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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*Just* Read The Instructions.

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W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

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Re: When do you break even?

Next Sunday then...

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Even the Raspberry Pi downloads page

Got flagged up as infringing.

It clearly isn't of course. As 2 seconds work would have shown.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Re: Probably going to get downvoted, but here goes..

"Linus shows a lack of maturity"

Well, almost every developer I've ever met (including me) shows a lack of maturity in one way or another.

"Linux on desktop"

Is that really what he wants to see, or does he just not care a jot, given the OS is used on the top 10 supercomputers, in every android phone, in huge numbers of household devices?

"Project manager"

I'd have to say that as a project manager he has done quite well. Most project managers I have worked with would not have got Linux to the place it is now. Since there is no other open OS project that has got anywhere near close to Linux, it would appear that is quite the success.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Not Really Relevant @Jason B

You could indeed argue that not enough market research was done, or that the initial batch wasn't large enough.

But you could also argue that a few people running a charity simply don't have the time or funds to run market research, or indeed, have a big enough house to remortgage to pay for the initial 10k batch....

Whilst hindsight is 50:50, you also have to take in to account constraints encountered at the time.

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Re: British manufacturer, or British-manufactured?

Also worth noting that the ARM cores on the SoC are UK designed, as is the Videocore4 GPU. Made in the Far East, but so are most chips nowadays.

So all round a very British effort.

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Re: British manufacturer, or British-manufactured?

In fact, some of the new Pi2's are made in China - but those are destined for the Far East plus Americas, not Europe.

They will continue to be made there whilst demand outstrips supply. Sony are making 20k a day In Wales, and it's not enough.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Pretty much narrowed down

It's a wafer scale package in the power circuitry. Wafer scale means no package, just the silicon die rwith a BGA underneath, soldered direct to the PCB.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafer-level_packaging

Not yet sure what the permanent fix will be. But blutac is clearly the current option for people who encounter the issue.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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Re: Commoditisation

Prior performance is not an indicator of future results.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

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Re: Doesn't affect me…g

So, no children then?

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Are they still using Silverlight on their webpage?

Because last time I tried it was rubbish on Linux machines.

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Fuck me

Usual bunch of townie bastards who have enough money to actually live in towns, complaining that the people who grow them their food are sponging of their taxes.

I suggest that instead of living in your nice city you actually visit the countryside, not as a tourist, that's pointless, but to actually see what it's like, before commenting.

I wonder how many would be interested to know the following fact.

Much of farmable countryside is being bought up by pension companies, for above usual selling prices, forcing owners/farmers out or pricing land too high for them to buy enough land to survive. Then they get the land farmed by cheap immigrant labour, putting a lot of locals on the dole.

For YOUR pension. So a lot of people in the Countryside are directly contributing to YOUR fucking pension.

We want some of that money back please. Broadband would be good, as would roads that are not so bad they break car springs (same roads that bring your food to the city)

Bugger, and I'm not even a farmer...

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: @Salts - Hmmm...

It's a choice on the Pi. You either have it on an SD card, or you....don't....and use Linux/RISCOS/Plan9/BSD instead.

There will be no 'lock' in - it's simply not possible on a Pi since it doesn't have the required bootloader.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation have received no money from MS, it's entirely MS's doing to port their OS to the Pi.

They have had a bit of tech support from the PF, but nothing extensive, and nothing paid for.

I'm not qualified to talk about the security side of things.

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Re: Not a problem

Indeed. There isn't any way of embedding a boot loader on Pi, it just doesn't work like that.

Pi's come with NOTHING installed. You then install what OS you want on an SD card. There is no possibility of MS lock in here.

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Re: You're a real PC if you run Windows.

AIUI, this Win10 is the IoT version, so command line kernel stuff only, no desktop.

But I'll find out more this evening...!!

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Re: Excellent

As someone who has actually spoken to Eben Upton about this, let me say again - this upgrade was NOT done at the behest of MS, nor was it done for MS.

It was done because there is now serious multicore competition in SBC space, and because the new chip became available. Note that there has been no increase in price. If this upgrade could only be done by a price increase, it would not yet have happened, MS or no MS.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Android

I'm not convinced they were. Everything you need is pretty much available as ARM side libraries (Framebuffers, 2D bitmap acceleration, 3D acceleration via OpenGLES etc).

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Re: Now this explains it

Stuff I use Raspi's for that will be better with the new one....

1. Media player (Yes, Kodi works really well, at home, and in the motorhome)

2. Camera work. Quad cores and NEON means much more image processing capability

3. H264 testing (day job). New device is up to 30 times faster at software H264 encode.

4. Scratch for the children. Works much faster

Stuff I can now use it for that was too slow before.

1. Browsing

2, H264! See above

3. Compiles (a hell of a lot faster means I don't need to cross compile as much)

4. Decent GUI desktop - this is much faster. Now can have multiple open windows with no slow down.

I'm sure there is loads of other stuff that others do that I don't.

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Re: Does the Raspberry Pi 2 still power up through any port?

Hasn't done that since the B+ was launched...

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Some performance figures @Tom 7

Tried it with headphones, did appear to play back stuff. I suspect will be much better quality over HDMI or USB sound card, was a bit hissy with the headphones.

Cpu usage was about 18% during the playback. Not tried an A7/Neon build.

At $35 worth a punt I think!

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