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NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

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Re: BUT

About 15 hours

Based on a top speed of 50mm/s (yes, that is millimeters)

and a Top Gear track length of 1.75 miles

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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The advantage is quite simple.

In keeping the current system going they don't have to admit they were wrong in the first place

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

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Re: @Thorne (was: @ Paul J Turner (was: The sanity test will begin-))

The car will use infrared sensors to sense the deer before the deer even got to the road.

Car will marginally adjust speed to allow the deer to pass in front/behind the car

Deer and car do not collide

Passenger continues reading the paper/watching TV oblivious to what's happened

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Re: I, for one, will not purchase this tat.

It’ll be the cars with drivers which will carry on ploughing into other vehicles. Those with software controlling them will be safely coming to a stop out of harms way.

Most drivers have no idea about safe distances

And as for “Advanced training” you must be joking,. Most people get just below the legally required minimum and then scrape through the test after a number of attempts

Most people are capable of driving safely but the risk of death isn't great enough for them to bother with it

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Re: I, for one, will not purchase this tat.

Software can do a LOT more about it

1. The vehicle having a problem can instantly alert other vehicles to the emergency so they can start braking/taking evasive action

2. Vehicles can automatically monitor each other for potential problems

3. reaction time of a vehicle is much faster than a humans, again - alerts can propagate faster through the flow of traffic

4. Vehicles can be "taught" coping techniques for a wide variety of emergency situations

There is no reason why multi vehicle pileups cannot become a thing of the past once inefficient and inattentive humans are taken out of the equation

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Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

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Re: The Brand Name (vocalisation)

Their name does sound like they have serious identity issues "Who are we?"

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Photochemical vs Digital

If anyone is interested in finding out how the Digital filming compares to the old methods try watching side by side

Side by side on IMDB

It gives a fascinating insight into the pros and cons of both media

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Re: Future Digital

"Well, filming the next Star Wars at 1080 line resolution would make it obsolete in the UHDTV era of 3000 lines"

The current generation digital movie cameras shoot at over 5000 lines

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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This was the game

That convinced me to buy a SNES.

Many papers were delivered to achieve that goal!

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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

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Re: It is only getting worse

Don't blame capitalism. No large scale economy has ever looked after workers rights.

Even the trade unions will start to turn a blind eye once enough money gets involved.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

I see that the conformity police are out in force today

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Tell me, professor, what is big data?

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Re: Wrong? @ BlueGreen

What happens when you need to compare the current row with the next 10, 15, 1000 rows?

The point is, you are always going to have to make SQL do something which is slightly unnatural when you want to compare rows like this.

No one is saying it can't be done, as both of us have pointed out, it can be done and any SQL expert isn't going to run into any difficulties writing the SQL to do it.

BUT if all you are doing with the data is ploughing though the sets and analysing it in a sequential manner then SQL is a second best choice.

"SQL is wildly incompetent at comparing sequential rows"

I think the Prof was exercising his Journalist Licence when making that statement :)

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Re: Wrong?

"Ok, ordering: yes, it's a set but there's nothing in the relational model that prevents one from matching a row with the logically prior row "

Typically when you are comparing a row with "the next row" you have to define 2 sets, both containing the same data which you then join in such a way as to compare a row with its equivalent next row. With a self join method this would mean doing something like:

select Sale1.Price - Sale2.Price

from sales as Sale1

inner join sales as Sale2

where Sale1.ID = Sales2.ID+1

Sales1 and Sales2 might both contain data from the same table but they are defined as separate sets.

This is NOT the same as defining something as

Select current.Price - next.Price

from Sales

Which something like MDX would allow you to do as MDX works with ordered data sets

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Re: I tend to agree with Tom 7

How would you define the velocity, volume and variety of said slaps?

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

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What's better than competition? The illusion of competition

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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I missed out

Info shyts

and

Tech me-hindrance

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Headmaster

That should be: CRAPita

Also

accidenture

il-logica

un-thoughtworks

I don't know what the IBM equivalent is. Probabaly

Idiotic Business Mashers

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IBM will have taken full advantage of the fact that requirements weren't properly articulated. They would have known it at the point of tender and they would have known it during "the build". Their sales and account management teams would have been constantly looking for extra revenue streams and doing their best to make sure IBM took as much money as it could from the project.

This is how all the big consultancies behave. It does seem unfair to single out IBM for what is typically cuntish consultancy behaviour

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The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

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You might be OK

the site will be shut for all but those its operators like and/or opened their accounts before March 13th, 2013,

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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

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All my banknotes...

...Already have a woman on them.

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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FAIL

If you read the article you would see that it's Not an android dongle

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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

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For their next company name inspiration...

... some one should send them a Dam Busters DVD

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Google Reader replacement 'Old Reader' crashes

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Re: over a terabyte

"Hmmm. Seems a very small amount of data. Wonder if it was a type on the release."

How much data were you expecting?

I know the world and his dog keeps bleating on about "big data" but for the majority of companies a Terabyte of database data is actually quite a lot of data

Given that they only have 375k users that still equates to 2 -3 mb per user or approx 8000 rows of uncompressed data

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Re: same here

Too right, HDDs never fail

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Re: Data Management 101

Backup, Backup, Backup

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Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

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"No more powerful code can ever be devised and further research is pointless."

Having committed that to print the Law of Sod dictates that you will be proved wrong

Possibly by the quantum computational devices currently being devised.

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T-Rex tooth find shows dino may have been a pussy

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FAIL

Spine?

It was lodged in the tail not the spine, even the daily fail got that right

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The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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Joke

As the old joke goes:

What does DBA stand for?

Don't Bother Asking!

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China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report

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Let the Forks vs Chop Sticks flame wars begin!

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No Choice but Windows 8?

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Re: No Choice but Windows 8?

I've been running a windows 8 Dell laptop for 4 months now - a Dell XPS15-l521x.

I have had multiple VMs running at the same time (Windows server and Linux) and I've been running SQL Server natively both database and analysis services usung a 1TB database on an external drive. I regularly eat up all 8GB Ram, and will be upgrading that to 16GB although the immediate need has gone since I changed to a new contract.

Anyway, my point is that once you get a start button replacement running and change the default applications to NOT use the win8 apps then you'll be fine.

Apart from the tiles thing windows 8 is actually pretty nice

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Re: Very true

One person and one game does not prove a point about indies in general

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Re: Very true

Indies do not know how to make better games, Indies however are able to slip under the radar until they produce a game good enough to get them noticed.

The larger companies, like EA, are measured on all their output, good or bad especially when the game is part of an existing franchise (SimCity anyone?)

Have a look at the games on your app store, ignore the first few pages and have a proper look at the amount of utter dredge being pumped out, more often than not by indie games companies

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Crowdsourced flaw-finding cheaper than in-house bug hunters

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"a special bonus $1337 reward for critical or clever flaw discoveries"

With a reward like that, how can Google ever be considered evil?

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Industry doubts schools’ ability to teach Digital Tech curriculum

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Re: I remember now .....

Nucleus, Axon, Myelin sheath...There's nothing that difficult to understand how the brain works

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Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

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Re: A new keyboard...

"Yes, why not have some tutorials for an interface nobody understands instead of fixing the interface."

If Microsoft tried anything this shoddy I'm sure there would be at least 3 other people complaining

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Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

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Cash is king

Who knows what the payment intermediaries will one day decide is verboten

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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Frank Herbert

If anyone should be getting a settlement it should be Frank Herbert. Avatar has more than a passing resemblance to the Pandora Sequence:

Main Planet called Pandora

World covered in an Intelligent and "networked" plant

Humans can see,feel,control other organisms/humans

mad man wants to control the native plant to gain access to resources

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Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

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Re: This tiny vessel

You have to remember that the planets were literally aligned in voyagers favour back then.

Still another 150 years before such conditions will occur again

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Galaxy S4 phondleslab selling like lukewarm cakes, analysts reckon

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Re: Quality

Can't say I've had an issue with Samsung products, we've got :

S3

Note II

Plasma TV (now 6 years old)

Nexus 10 (made by samsung)

All of which have performed flawlessly so far.

Having said that, I do believe that most peoples bad "quality" experiences no matter who the manufacturer is can usually be put down to either bad luck or massively over the top expectations

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Agreed 2 years contracts and a LOT of people have the S3 already

Add to that the fact that the S3 is a very capable device and can run pretty much anything thrown at it means that most people have no reason to upgrade.

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Huawei's new 7-inch MediaPad Vogue feeds Wi-Fi+3G phablet frenzy

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Re: Presumably...

"Dunno - I don't have a smartphone, I've never used a smartphone, and I have no intention of ever purchasing a smartphone."

And yet here you are literally putting the tard into commentard

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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"Take a screen shot on your 1080 HD phone and email it to your computer, it's a perfect illustration of how crappy computers are now."

That's because you bought a top end phone and a low end laptop

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Google gobbles HALF of world's mobile ad cash

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Re: Online advertising?

Think about it

Of all the advertising methods, online advertising is the easiest to prove the effectiveness of. The advert is the door into the website and if you can track how the customer entered then you can track which adverts are performing.

If online advertising didn't work then most companies would stop spending on it.

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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

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Re: @deshepherd

The difference was the sense of danger

If you know a track and car already then the video game will boost your understanding of the track and reinforce prior learning

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Re: @jake

Track time is not just expensive it is also physically exhausting. F1 cars especially have to be driven at speed to remain safe. Of course there is nothing to stop the drivers learning the circuit in a different car but it will still be expensive, exhausting, disruptive and less safe than a simulation.

Racing circuits in video game are very accurate compared to real life and the drivers can use the games for the monotonous lap churning required to imprint a track on their brain.

Also, some of the circuits are only open during race week (Monaco, Singapore, Australia) and so the only way to really learn the track.

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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"More bad editorializing"

says the man who uses the word 'editorializing' without seeming to know what it means

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Mushroom

You ain't seen nothing yet

Have a look at the comments on the windows 8 articles!

Nuclear bomb as a flame seemed too under stated

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

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Re: What video?

try this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8gz4bE3Aqg

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Re: Own goal ?

I'd bet that at least half the crusties dancing in that store have an iphone and would be in tears if forced to part with it

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Stop

Please stop...

perpetuating the myth that Mark Thomas is "Funny" or a "Comedian"

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