* Posts by David 164

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Re: A word on what science is

Nasa is releasing it December.

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This been the most suggested theory to date, I presume people already checked it out.

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Re: More bad physics (or bad writing)

Solar sails wouldn't work very well outside the solar system, not without building a huge arse laser to continue to push it, this if it does work would would independently of solar radiation and thus can continue to accelerate all the way to the star or if you want to stop at the star, to midpoint before you start slow down. .

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David 164

Re: If the EM drive works it's neither physics or maths that is broken

Some egos might be damaged beyond repair through.

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David 164

Re: Physical possibilities

An should all be easily detectable and I'm sure NASA or the many other teams working on this have looked for them all.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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Re: Market Dominance

An it doesn't force them to install any of their apps either. As proven by Amazon, hardware makers have the right to fault android and avoid installing any of Google apps.

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Google does allow companies to replace stock apps but it a all or nothing deal.

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Is that you, HAL? AI can now see secrets through lipreading – kinda

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Re: Lipstick

I suspect that it would take so much lipstick that the people who will try this will stick out like a sore thumb anyway.

But it would be hilarious seeing drug dealers going around town wearing make up for fear that a camera just might be lip reading them.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: Inside a smoky room...

Why don't they just mandate all phones have software that keep their microphones on 100% of the time and allow the illumina, i mean the NSA to monitor all their communications, most people never let phones leave their eyesight anyway.

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David 164

Re: Trickery

It depends on the phone. Some phones do come with a dedicated processor for voice activation. Snapdragon 800 series I believe.

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I may have missed heard but I think Google did say at one point that you choose a keyword,

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

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Re: BBC Quote

Because substantial number of Americans use the site and their ad supported version must be making some money.

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David 164

Re: Not the first though..

Subsidise by the EU.

Virgin still do it, you just get pressurise by there sale team to get add tv and phone line, which comes with line rental.

Only after you get through all the sales crap can you finally get to just give you plane and simple BB.

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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

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Re: About bloody time!

probably hardware requirements, a lot of things thought of in the 60/70/80 only became possible when memory became so cheap.

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David 164

Re: Patching speed is probably the issue

Really, why can't the core OS and libraries be auto-patched for security as most Linux distros do?

I'm going to take a guess and presume the mobile phone operators being the control freaks they are want to test each an every patched first, also they probably worry about being blame for customers going on their data limits unknowingly, through this could be solve by making it only wifi only feature, auto patched over wifi. Another issue is Motorola and others laying their own software on top of android, there some potential for new security patches to break these software.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

David 164

Re: Just a thought

considering you have to build engines to handle regular bird strikes just to get into the air, I suspect it will do just fine.

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David 164

Re: Of those 12..

It was the F-22 and not the F-35 that had the suffocating pilot problem, which have since been resolved.

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BAE probably borrowed the code of the Americans and gave it to MI6 for safe keeping, after all if rumours are to be believe BAE been taking classified US technology and sharing it with the British MOD for decades.

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Actually as I understand it BAE is building or assembling components for all F-35s in the world, not just the UKs.

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Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

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Re: Why does this need to be so gad damn difficult

Not always, don't know about the government, the banks won't touch their backend because they afraid of breaking them and hardly anyone fully understand how it all works. I wouldn't be surprise if the government was in the same position.

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May be instead they should just concentrate on making services easier, better to use rather than it primarily being about saving money.

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Blighty's EU science funding will remain unchanged until new PM triggers Article 50

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Re: Leave already will you

or alternative Britain leaving may speed up reforms throughout the whole the EU. Especially see them doing big things like ending the nonsense of EU parliament moving between Strasbourg and Brussels.

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Re: Hurrying slowly

Yeah but which politician is insane to activate Article 50 single handedly, it always good to spread the blame and get parliament to do the dirty work for you.

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I suspect it will soon change to, it won't be activated until a new government is elected in a general election and the public is allowed to choose which party they want leading them out of the EU.

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David 164

Re: Not good for UK science

Didn't you get the memo, the leave campaign promised all of that money to the NHS.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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As leave camp promised all of the EU savings to be devoted to the NHS, how does he (Gove )intend to replace the funding that UK scientists will lose once we leave the EU?

Considering their will be calls from farmers for the replacement of CAP, an I'm sure numerous other parties who are going to lose money from us leaving the EU, how does Gove intend to make sure UK scientists voices won't get lost amongst even more powerful lobbying groups such as Landowners and farmers in calls for replacement funding?

It already good calling for a UK version of DARPA but does he also intend to adopt it management style as well? Allowing it to be led by scientists and engineers and not by politicans.

How would the UK research councils and UKSA interact with this UK version of DARPA?

What kind of budget do you envision UK Darpa receiving on a per year basis?

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Re: "...Theresa May, who is considered more moderate..."

They already blame the European courts of human rights as much as it is possible to blame them.

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David 164

Re: Terrifying

When was the last time Britain hared off on its own?

Sierra Leone. Which was entirely a British military operation. 2000

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so he will be sending out science and technology books to every kid in the country instead of bibles?

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: Is there an opt out?

Which you can thank this tory government for as they are the ones which cancel the centralisation of medical records which would have allowed cross the board opt out much easier in the first place.

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David 164

Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Actually it not about coming to better conclusions, it about using these medical records to train up a Deepmind Neural net so that it can spot a patient with kidney trouble or sepsis or any number of other conditions before they become life threatening and presumably before a human doctor could.

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Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Except that dealing with experiments on the patients directly with new drugs or surgical techniques, which at the moment Google isn't doing. What Google is doing with this set of data is training it neural network to recognise when a patient has kidney problems from their medical records. CQC, NICE and other organisation already does this on a regular base, NICE use patient records to confirm whether drugs are as good as they claim and whether they are worth the price we are paying for them. CQC use them to spot where parts of the NHS are failing.

Helsinki Declaration will only come into effect once Google start to test its technology in a live clinical environment and are monitoring real patients, presumably in real time because that the moment when they are actually experimenting and using patients as guinea pigs.

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David 164

Re: This has health privacy implications far beyond just the affected patients...

Deepmind are British researchers.

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David 164

Re: revenge porn

You have almost certainly gave you consent, which the NHS almost certainly stored at one of its storage sites or servers.

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David 164

Re: But....

They actually state they don't sale ads in the UK, given that where nearly all of it profits are made, there very little generation of revenue and thus profits being made in this country. I don't like this anymore than you do but the politicians could change the law tomorrow if they wanted, they won't because they themselves would be hit by such changes to the law.

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David 164

Re: Is there an opt out?

NHS patient records are already analyse by dozens of organisations.

There a form you and everyone else would have signed somewhere in your life where you gave permission for information to be analyse and possessed by third parties, such as department of health, NICE, CQC. Signing up to the GP for example.

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Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Ambulance driver missed signs of sepsis,

Nurse missed signs of sepsis,

Doctor missed signs of sepsis,

consultant missed signs of sepsis,

Google software didn't, another life save.

Bet that headline doesn't meet your narrow view of the world does it?

Every data protection form I have ever signed have included giving permission for my data to be analyse and process by third parties, this is no different. If people don't want to read them that their fault.

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A million patients out of 70 million people, only a tiny bit over 1% opted out.

It going to be interesting to see what Deepmind can do with this data over the next year, Sepsis is another condition they are going to investigate.

It a shame Deepmind didn't stay a British company through.

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

David 164

I very much doubt Google will want to risk any moves which could turn the courts against them. They can make their money from sales of books and using this massive data sets indirectly to enhance their other services.

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David 164

Re: Why not let Google be your publisher

Which would mean it couldn't be index by a library or by any other organisation like bookshops and Amazon, which would mean no one would ever be able to find your book, great for secret manuscripts about your secret cult, not so great if you actually want people to find and buy your book. I thought this site was meant to be filled with intelligent people.

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Go to Google books and you will find there are no ads on the site.

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David 164

Re: Now Google has won

Why would they shut something down which they can use to enhance some of there most important research such as AI and translations software?

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David 164

Re: "Out of print" is a mortal sin

For the publishers, who have spent decades making sure they lost track of the owners of copyrights so they didn't have to pay out to the authors or their inheritors any money they were rightly owed.

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Now Google has won

Now google has won the court case, the project it will probably get renew it investment and interest from Google, I wouldn't be surprise if in the next couple of years we the catalogue greatly enhance. Before now any money google spent could have been pouring money down the drain.

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European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google

David 164

Re: Keep up the good work!

Rupert Murdoch- but we want our cake and eat it as well.

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Nokia never caught up with Apple, they got to distracted making phones look like lipstick.

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

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Anyone else was expecting a much more detail article?

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

David 164

Re: why wings rather than balloons for lift

They don't need to be planes.

The MOD will be testing out the Airlander 10 for surveillance purposes this year.

http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/news-and-media/selex-es-and-hav-to-team-up-for-mod-airship-testing

They are already working on turning it into a electric aircraft, I'm guessing they will pursue smaller versions for surveillance operations as it offers better chance of a profit before going for larger versions.

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Does it matter why do you risk upsetting an existing business model, all that matters is Google is doing it by charging 9:99 to get rid of ads on Youtube, why providing a bunch of other services as well in the same package.

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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

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I chuck in a fiver on Indiegogo, what the worst that could happen, they take their prototype laser razor that can cut a few hairs over a couple minutes to a final product that can shave my face in a few minutes and put it on general sale and I spend 300 quid on a Laser razor. I spent 300 quid on worse things.

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