* Posts by PatientOne

344 posts • joined 4 Nov 2010

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

PatientOne

Re: Not an AI

Okay, motorbikes (SMIDSY) are a different issue and has to do with how the brain cheats as much as how the eye works.

The brain works with a snapshot then looks for changes. Certain shapes are prioritised for identification, of which vertical lines (like bikes) are not included, but horizontal shapes (like cars) are. So the eye may spot the biker, but the brain doesn't 'see' them immediately. This can be 'fixed' by taking longer to look, or to look away, then back as the brain is likely to notice a different in position of the biker, which indicates movement, which is a priority for the brain to identify.

This is very much IT related, too, as it explained why AI development wasn't returning anticipated results, despite the servers being 'as powerful' as an organic brain: The simple fact was the human brain was cheating (taking short cuts) which the AI wasn't programmed to do. Oh, and this applies to other forms of processing, too: Organic brains really do cheat/take short cuts. It's why stereotypes are so important to us: The brain uses that to 'assume' information that isn't readily apparent based on a model or stereotype, and so doesn't wait for confirmation of said details, but proceeds and then reprocesses data as new information/corrections become apparent. Of cause, poorly developed stereotypes are detrimental, and can lead to bad conclusions and end in death. Or an expensive law suit. Or the purchase of that horrid jumper...

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

PatientOne

Re: Eh? What?

"The real crime is that Ford was bumped off in Episode VII. Gonna miss him!"

"The real crime is that Solo was bumped off in Episode VII." FTFY

Else this would be a murder case, not a H&S one.

And rumours of Solo's death may not be entirely accurate... but we'll have to wait and see.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

PatientOne

Re: The only thing any diploma can prove ...

"I dont know about "Computer Science" , but i did Engineering , and it was fucking difficult."

I went from Engineering (Civils) into Computer Science. Engineering wasn't too bad, and there was quite a bit that was shared between the two (mostly project management stuff, but research and the dread maths came into it, too. Plus having a logical, methodical approach helped). So I'd put them on a par. Also worked in both fields, and sometimes I miss working outdoors, and other times I'm real glad I'm sat in an office :p

But mad skills are a boon. Trouble shooting is what I really love, even if it drives me up the wall at times. Shame, as you say, there isn't as much recognition or financial reward in it...

Also not bitter. Honest.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

PatientOne

Re: "Saving" lives...

"That speed limit is an absolute maximum for perfect conditions"

The speed limit is the maximum safe speed under NORMAL conditions. There is absolutely no point in designing a road for perfect conditions as you'd be wasting time and effort (conditions may be near perfect on occasion, but never actually 'prefect'). The speed limit is also not an absolute maximum, but the legal maximum. Due to how roads are designed, they can handle faster moving traffic, such as police cars and other emergency vehicles, the drivers of which have undertaken specific training to allow for the higher speeds they will travel at, and the vehicles are (normally) modified to cope.

There: Fixed that bit for you :p

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

PatientOne

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

And the southern Irish are a little miffed at that, or so I hear.

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PatientOne

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

"who do you think taught it to us during the Norman occupation?"

The Norse Men*.

That's where Norman came from. They were Norse mercenaries who fought for the Franc King and were granted land in payment. That land became known as Normandy.

Sorry, you thought the Francish invaded? No, I think they're one of the few who failed. They only managed to take what we call France from the Gauls...

* for reference, Horrible Histories can be very informative :p

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

PatientOne

Re: Seriously...

Okay, normally we have exit polls - that's people collecting volunteered data at exit of the polling station. This then gives a national sample and reasonable results.

This time there were no exit polls (was looking for them and surprised they weren't there) so some groups went out onto the streets and did a poll there. This netted the figures people quote - that 62% of the 18-24's who voted, voted in (or 72% according to another poll), but the numbers sampled are low.

In the one case, 1,600(ish) people were polled and only those who were willing to answer were counted towards either vote. I can't remember if it was 1,900 or 19,000 for the other poll - the number was given, but it was (very) small print. Neither sets of figures seemed to add up, though, so I doubt they were really accurate or representative of how people did vote. For example, a straw poll here at work had more 'Out' votes from the younger workers and 'In' votes from the older, but that was an incredibly small sample size.

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PatientOne

Re: "thats democracy after all"

I think that was Cameron's whole plan: To feed the public FUD to scare us into voting into staying.

The problem was: some were not taking any notice as they already had grounds to want out (some farmers, most fishermen, some businesses). Then you have those who were scared into NOT voting and you start to get a shift in the outcome. With everyone else struggling to understand what was going on, anarchy ruled over common sense and we get the chaos vote.

Had Cameron a) not sided with one or the other side (advisable as he'd offered the referendum - and by siding with 'In' he was effectively declaring he wouldn't support those wanting to leave the EU') and b) pushed for an informed referendum, the outcome could have been decidedly different. But before you think it would have resulted in an 'In' vote: That is what we don't know as the informed referendum never happened.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

PatientOne

Re: Charlie Stross

Thanks for the reminder: Need to go get the next couple of books and get reading.

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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

PatientOne

Speech to text exists (we're using it) but it needs configuring, training (to understand the person speaking) and context tuning to get it even vaguely right. It's not perfect meaning it requires a human being to review and verify what was translated to text matches what was said.

Translating between written languages isn't difficult if you have the entire text to translate as you have context but even then you can get some very humourous translations and you can't translate word by word between many languages due to the way they are constructed and the rules that are required, so you need a delay between speech and translation simply to assemble enough of what was said to make sense of it and produce a meaningful translation.

Reading it back is the easy bit.

Or, if you know someone who does speech translation, ask them how they do it and what the pitfalls are, and that's using a system that cheats constantly (the human brain).

So, in this instance, I'm inclined to say this is another of those wonderful ideas where they're expecting more of technology than is possible. Unless they accept there will be a noticable delay between speaking and translation, and probably a longer delay than if they had someone else do the translation for them (with less accuracy, too).

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

PatientOne

@ massivelySerial

Yes, gamers do indeed buy PCs and not just get the parts to build the PC themselves. They do, however, tend to go to specialist suppliers for said PC's, and not to the likes of DELL or HP who manufacture in bulk and don't use the top end components, nor allow pick-n-mix builds. These reports tend to ignore the smaller, specialist suppliers who are doing quite okay at the moment.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

PatientOne

Re: tailgate - oh the joys

Had something similar here: Chief Exec wouldn't wear his ID to see who would challenge him. He was pleasantly surprised by the number who did.

He didn't sack anyone for not challenging him, but he did write to their manager to express his concern over security...

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

PatientOne

Re: Anyone

Depends on what the 'win' conditions were.

There's a premis that all Batman has to do is stand up to Superman in order to win: To show the world that Superman isn't beyond reproach. It also helps Superman out as it makes him look less like a god and more like a person.

So what was the goal of the conflict? To see who would walk away from the conflict, or was the goal something subtler? Like reminding Superman that he's not a god?

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

PatientOne

Well, according to the BBC article on this, RBS have reported that 70% of fraud victims do NOT get their money back.

If this is true, it goes against what he's saying. Then you also have the delay in getting the refund inconveniencing the victim, the hassle of reporting it, and the fear and uncertainty they'd feel while going through the process.

Basically, people don't patch because they don't think they'll be victims. Once they are, they'll patch like crazy. AKA people are generally lazy.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

PatientOne

Nope - it's to do with applying sequential patches to bring you up to the latest version.

If you go to the manual update section, it explains how to find out which version you're on and that you may need to manually update in stages. I was lucky - only had to apply one patch.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

PatientOne

Re: No - it's binary

@AC

I see it more as the FBI demanding the car manufacturers provide a master key that opens all their cars. Then they can access the cars at will - not just when the owner looses the key.

Next we'll see the FBI going after lock makers. Insist they make locks with a bypass so the FBI/Police can enter a house without having to try smashing the door open, which isn't always that easy as if police can do it, so can criminals, so people are looking for harder/stronger/more secure doors...

And after that? How about back door access to online banks, high street banks, business data, computers... give them even one inch of rope...

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

PatientOne

Re: Migrated from Google to it's own

Some of the reports coincide with the move - not all.

I had a batch of 'failed to deliver. Reason: Email contained SPAM' alerts recently. All on the same day. This is well after the migration. These seem to be 'clean' but they do include attachments that proport to be the message I sent.

So... thinking outside the box for a moment, what's the chance this is a scam? That the 'failed to deliver' notifications are fakes (they were bounced from the same e-mail server, and not one I recognise), or they used my e-mail address for the return address but sent the e-mail from one they control. Then I get the notifications and want to investigate, open the attached copy of the message (get hit by a virus perhaps, or just get to see the spam they're sending out - job done), and waste time trying to figure out how my account got hacked (it wasn't).

This could have been timed to coincide with VM's move from GMail initially as people would assume VM slipped up and got hacked during the move - a bit of distraction to shift attention from what was really going on.

Sometimes a duck is a duck, sometimes it's a decoy.

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Dumping chapter and verse on someone's private life online may be outlawed in Utah

PatientOne

Re: Whats the bet

Only need to post the Dox once to do the damage, so it has to apply on first offence.

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

PatientOne

"It's a heating coil and a fan in a plastic case designed to dry hair, what exactly can you invent or is the ping pong balls some kind of Dyson reference, look I put a ping pong ball in the end and the air moves differently causing it to dry faster. Can I get a job at IBM?"

Here are some wires through which a current is passing (A heating element?). Here is a fan to move the hot air produced along a particular path (Oh, a hair dryer?).

Now go think of a way to keep electronic circuitry from over heating.

Would that be by using a fan to move the heated air along a particular path?

It might seem stupid, but try thinking outside of the box for a moment: What can you learn from a hair dryer and how can you apply such a simple mechanism to something else, like cooling a server. Or, perhaps, take what you know of cooling servers and design a better hair dryer...

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

PatientOne

Re: Needs just a tweak.

You didn't... no, you did... oh, boy...

*puts on Civil Engineer's hat* (this is a very simple overview, btw).

You start with a specification. You build to that specification. End of project.

*puts IT developer's hat on* (yes, I really do have both)

You start with a specification. You develop the core components and impliment them. Now start the cycle of refinement.

You can develop with agile methodology - do the core, plus as many extras as you can fit in, but you can always add more later, as and when you're ready, with little to no disruption or performance hits. You get the benefits from the initial development and expand on this as required. This is the normal approach to software development.

You can build in a modular approach, but doing so needs advanced planning and expanding will involve distruption and will probably affect business performance. You may not see any real benefit until all the work is done, either. It is also not always possible to work this way, or desirable, hence why most Civils projects involve getting as much done during the initial build as possible - minimise latter disruption and keep costs down in the process.

So yes, there are similarities, but due to the technical aspects, the methodologies have to vary hence they're not really the same. Interesting comparing them, though - I never thought I'd get to use both my qualifications in one post... thanks :)

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

PatientOne

So... you go to a website that has linked images (Like this one or the BBC).

Your browser connects to the websites where the images are stored in order to retrieve/display them.

This is recorded so the police/GCHQ/random hacker can look at what sites you've been visiting.

Am I the only person who can see a problem here?

(No, I really don't think they'll put in any form of failsafe to filter out such connections).

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Anonymous hack group plans to out anonymous hate group

PatientOne

Re: Not necessarily

@Fraggle850

Not quite: Even showing the list came from a KKK source doesn't mean that it's a) accurate or b) hasn't been tampered with and names added to cause mischief.

After all, the KKK could have added names just to discredit the list if it was acquired by the police or a third party, just as those who 'acquired' the list could have added names. It's not like the KKK are going to say 'well, 90% of the names are correct, but those 10% are wrong', are they?

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PatientOne

Re: Free Speech?

"Who gets to decide where the division between free speech and forbidden speech lies..."

That's what the courts are for: They decide.

"Where do you draw the line ?"

Actually, it's not that difficult, either.

If I say that Martians were responsible for atrocities in the wars of 1810, resulting in the deaths of millions of ants: That is free speech. I can say it. It might offend people, but it's a statement they can show as being utterly rubbish (not too hard).

If I then went on to say that we should do something about it... that isn't free speech and what I suggest or even hint at being done could be judged as incitement.

The only grey area (pun intended) is where action is not called for but might be implied. Something like 'It is intollerable that Martians should kill innocent ants by their millions' certainly implies that something should be done, but it's not actually being called for.

This is how the likes of the Western Baptist Church and the current KKK persist. As long as they moderate their tone to express their beliefs then they are exercising freedom of speech. The moment they even hint that people should take any action at all... they're no longer protected.

And mentioning the Western Baptist Church isn't by accident - I've wondered for a time if all they are doing is demonstrating how far freedom of speech can be taken, and that was their whole plan from the outset.

Anyway, people only give offence if that was their intent. In all other cases, offence is being taken, and under no circumstance should taking offence be protected.

(edited as I noticed I'd used speach not speech... doh!)

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

PatientOne

@SuccessCase

you're mixing horizontal and vertical.

The drone was claimed to be 200' + vertically (in the air). I didn't see anything about the horizontal distance from the shooter, but that would just increase the range.

Clay pigeon shoot: How high are the disks launched? I've seen a few shoots (not participated, just spectated) and they may be 100' horizontal distance, but they're at most 30' vertical.

Plus don't confuse how far a shot can travel horizontally with how far it can go vertically - again, they're not the same thing. If you're really interested in this, there are ample explinations available online, so happy reading.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

PatientOne

@Doctor Syntax

Think you missed some bits:

a) They asked me to work for free - they were not prepared to pay me to do the work.

b) the short answer was 'no' - that wasn't how I phrased it, of cause, but that's what I said in essence, in part because of a) and because of the time I estimated it would take.

Basically, if they'd had the documentation and code there, I could have fixed it for them in under an hour (including travel), but was also prepared to talk them through it over the phone as what they wanted was essentially there - they just needed to follow the instructions I'd left them (basically a bit of cut and pasting was needed to update the code). Destorying that documentation meant it would have taken me quite a bit longer as I'd have to write the 'fix' from scratch and that ment relying on memory as to which bits needed changing meaning more testing and debugging meaning more time required.

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PatientOne

Some (long) years back my contract as a developer was not renewed - not a surprise as new manager had decided not to renew any contracts.

I left documentation of everything I'd done. All code was in the code repository. Everything was there for whoever wanted to look at the projects to see what had been done, how and why. And I made sure to do a proper handover of all this before I left.

I got a call a few months later asking for me to go in and fix a problem. For free. I told them that everything they needed was in the documentation as I had already provided a 'fix' for the problem having surmised it would occur. They then told me they'd deleted the documentation and the code repository when I'd left. Oh, and they'd 'lost' the CD backups I'd done for them, too.

Needless to say my answer, in short, was 'no'.

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PatientOne

Re: Severance - I sense a ploy

Would be contract law: Pretty sure you can't impose conditions when *you* terminate a contract. It's your decision to do so, and it is the other party who can invoke conditions that were in place at the time they signed the contract (or were agreed to as an amendment). Conditions for terminating a contract outside of an agreed process might be levied but that's about it as far as I can recall - but I'm not a lawyer etc.

Telling someone they either agree to new terms or they are resigning is very much constructive dismissal (I know companies that have done this and it was declared illegal at tribunal and appeals court - the company had to pay redundancy rates as per contracts as a result. Once company never did pay, though - Finance director did a runner with the money, leaving a lot of very unhappy former staff).

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

PatientOne

Marty felt that Doc had let his amazing time machine go to his head when he insisted Marty now test these sonic glasses...

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

PatientOne

Hmmm...

Practicable (that which can be done)

Fibrillation (uncontrolled twitching of muscles - confuses people who think this (just) means a heart attack)

Mendacity (basically, lying)

Mellifuous (soothing sound)

There's more, but I really need to get back into checking 'word of the day' for those. The above are ones I had to explain recently in conversation.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

PatientOne

Re: "...he says can turn a phone on or off"

"I call bullshit, it's easily provable that when off a phone isn't transmitting."

Not transmitting: Listening.

there're security apps available that claim to be able to remotely activate/deactivate and track your phone so you can locate it and recover it, even if it had been switched off (but not if the battery had been pulled). If they can do this, then there is a mechanism built in to the phone and into the network to allow it. It is, therefor, entirely possible that the Spooks knew about it and have an app, possibly hidden in the OS, to allow them to do exactly as claimed.

This is supposition, of cause, and dependant on those security apps being correct - would have to try one out to see - but perhaps someone else has already done so and is willing to share their experiences?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

PatientOne

A confused Bulgarian works on improved airbags.

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

PatientOne

Re: Political Correctness Lunacy

"Snow Counter-Racist-Approved-Pigmentation and her Seven Friends"

How about: "A person and some people."

That should fix all potential issues, yes?

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

PatientOne

Re: Tracing?

It's to do with call routing: BT charge the previous sender for handling the call (pass it on to another network or connecting it to your phone line). The previous sender charge whoever was before them and so on until you get to the source carrier/provider who bill their customer.

Even though modern switches can pass on the CLI, not all sources have modern switches, and not all providers from outside the UK will pass on CLI data, so you'll see more 'international call' notices than actual foreign CLI data.

Now, what BT an other carriers *could* do is give you the option to block ALL 'international' and/or withheld numbers. They *can* do this - their equipment has that capability, but they *don't* because doing so costs them money (they don't connect the call so they can't charge for handling the call), unless you can provide evidence you are a 'vulnerable' person (court order or get the police to hassle BT for this) or... you know someone working for BT and so know who to talk to about it. If you do push them then they generally reply by saying that blocking all such calls may block a call you *may* want.

Oh, and it's coincidental that BT also produce phones with 'Call guardian' that can 'block' withheld and international calls. Well, not block, but hide - the line is still in use, you just don't hear the phone ring.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

PatientOne

Re: It would make more sense

It would, except the police (and prosecution and courts) would love more 'victims' to come forwards with their own claims as this helps build a stronger case.

This is why certain Celebrities were named for historic allegations: Get all the alleged victims in to give statements then filter out those that are clearly false, then go to trial with the best of them.

Flip side, of cause, is this increases the chance of fraudulent and malicious accusations, as witnessed in the aformentioned celebrity cases.

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PatientOne

Re: Willing consent

Won't work: The woman has the right to withdraw consent at any point, up to and including the finale.

The man can also withdraw consent, but it's easier to enforce unless he's tied down and being ridden like Seabiscuit (a race horse, if you're wondering).

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PatientOne

Re: Presumably

"if the accused is cleared and proved innocent"

In England and Wales you are not proven 'innocent', you are found 'not guilty', which just means there was sufficient doubt that the jury could not convict. You'd need to go to Scotland to get an 'innocent' finding.

"then the accusations are either false, erroneous, wrong or malicious."

Or the evidence was simply not enough to secure a conviction. Many rapes are not reported until well after the event and that means there is little evidence to support the accusation.

"Whilst rape is seen as a particularly heinous crime, it seems false accusations are not seen in such a light. It's about time they were."

It's not quite as simple as that, and for quite a few reasons. Perhas the better fix would be to have an 'innocent' finding in English/Welsh courts, so at least the accused can have their name cleared rather than being left with the question of if he got away with it.

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

PatientOne

"Signing up to the site is what causes damage."

Surely that should read 'Being signed up'? Without validating the e-mail address it's hard to prove the person on the list was the one who signed up. Well, unless you bother to verify the rest of the details - but as people are notoriously lazy, how many spouses would bother (blackmaillers and scammers won't bother either).

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

PatientOne

Re: It's simple

Actually, reforrestation would help, too.

I've been wondering about just how much impact the changing topography has been having on the changing climate: The expanses of concrete, tarmac, houses, short crops (fields) loss of taller plans (including trees) - all this will have an impact but does anyone know of a study into the extent? Also, as I understand it, the whole global warming argument was started over satelite measurements of IR frequencies escaping the atmosphere - but has there been corrisponding studies over the production at ground level? Have these been tallied? Did try to google it but my google-fu was weak or there was nothing available online.

I'm keeping in mind the principle of chaos theory, of cause: One butterfly flapping its wings diverts a hurricane, but what effect does a hundred butterflies in different countries have?

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

PatientOne

" Any source that cannot produce electricity on demand and reliably needs another source of generation to back it up"

I'm going to disagree. you can't keep turning to other sources to prop up an unreliable one. Rather, you need to store the power from unreliable sources and use that to support reliable sources. It's not as efficient, but it turns unreliable power geneation into one that is more reliable and available on demand.

By this I do mean use wind and solar to pump water into reservoirs, then release that water to drive turbines when you need extra power. This way you have a quick source for power (don't need to fire up a boiler, which takes time) and if the power demand remains high, it gives you time to bring online a more reliable source to cope with that demand.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's not the men's fault

PatientOne

"...it happens a lot earier than college"

It starts at home with the parents and how they encourage a child. Girls tend to be told they are smart and clever when they do something, where as boys are told they tried hard. This leads to girls giving up when things get difficult and boys keeping at it in order to succeed.

This is then reinforced at school - teachers offering different praise to girls than boys, and so the problem persists. Ultimately it results in girls not trying as they don't like failing where as boys keep pushing until they get it right.

Fixing it early means we won't see any change for years, and there is no real fix for those who are making the choices now.

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PatientOne

Re: How about construction then?

"truck drivers, yet not many females in those occupations either."

Originally this had something to do with the lack of power assistance on the steering making it very difficult for a woman to control a HGV. These days, with modern trucks, it's much easier and we do see more women driving trucks. It's still seen as a 'male dominated' job, of cause, but nothing like it once was.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

PatientOne

Re: 50 days in a year?

Try 25: 2 a day, for 2 years...

They can't even excuse it as a type for 2 a week...

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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

PatientOne

Re: Bwahahahaha

"The last mile will still need lots of people to maintain it. Lots of it goes overhead. Things happen to Overhead wires. For example the pole just up the road was taken out by a lost Polish HGV when he tried to do a U-turn where there was clearly no space to do it.

All the houses needed to be re-cabled, a new pole put up and reconnected to the new cables laid from the neared BY cabinet."

As I recall, BT were supposed to be burrying all cables, and no new poles were to be erected. This dates back to the late 90's when I worked with Cable, and it was why all the cable companies were burring duct for their network. BT were supposed to have replaced all suspended cables by 2000, then 2005, then 2010... maybe they'll actually get to do this now.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

PatientOne

Re: "This is fantastic news ... FOR SCIENCE!!!"

"Have you considered just how unlikely that is?"

As long as it's not 1:1 000 000 we'll be okay.

if it is... best head for cover!

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

PatientOne

"On the other hand, thousands of women working for local government have fought for and waited years for compensation and back pay because they were paid less than males in equivalent jobs. "

Nope, what happened was the jobs were incorrectly graded and the workers (men as well as women) were underpaid. The media made out it was gender based in their reports because most council cleaners are women.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

PatientOne
Devil

Re: Not worth going then

Containers would be the building.

Actually, I'd say that we are objects. Each object has a series of properties and identity to distinguish it from other objects. It just happens that one such property is 'person'. Or perhaps 'human' but I'm not always sure about that...

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

PatientOne

Re: Not a problem solved

" the right inputs processed at the right time, matched against a statistically driven decision tree "

And you can't see the problem with this?

Get one bit wrong and what happens?

The reason why computers aren't as adaptable as human brains is the human brain cheats. It doesn't process every bit of information, it does not evaluate every possibility, it takes short cuts and uses steriotypes to get to a conclusion quickly. This is why AI development was struggling for so long: We were trying to get computers to process everything, thinking that's what a human brain did.

Now what this means is: Under normal conditions, the AI (or expert system, to be accurate) will give repetative, reliable results. Under exceptional circumstances, it will not. So you want a computer for regular travel but a human there, ready to take over if something unexpected happens. That's why you still have pilots on aircraft, after all.

So the best we can manage for now is the equivalent of an auto pilot that will handle regular travel and alert the driver to exceptional situations, and possibly offer help.

But to have an autonomous car? No: That's not only stupid at present, it's a disaster waiting to happen.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

PatientOne

Re: A s*#t storm compared to the s*#t typhoon coming with Star Citizen

I take it you're referring to this:

"Squadron 42 is a single player campaign that takes place within the Star Citizen universe. It can be played off-line."

I've not seen anything regarding this having changed, but go ask on their forums: They have an 'Ask a Dev' area and Cloud Imperium seem quite good at answering such concerns. Or go subscribe and post the question for Chris Roberts himself.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

PatientOne

Re: Do any of you realize...

"3) That's a bit bizarre that his blood would be found in the car considering his only injuries were from gunshots and the autopsy showed they were done at range, not point blank as would be if he were trying to enter the vehicle."

Not at all: If someone got blood on them, they could carry traces with them and depost said traces to other locations, such as the car. I think it's called secondary transferrance. This would normally be small amounts and would not have a particular pattern to it, hence it should be easily identified as being transferred rather than being from source.

CSI: Not always accurate but it's not always fiction :p

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

PatientOne

Re: Was it just me?

I thought they'd set things up with the Doctor's Daughter for a female timelord to be around. Or for a spin off series.

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