Artificial Intelligence is Difficult
Artificial Intelligence is difficult ... but Artificial Bloody Mindedness has been perfected and is in action every day.
52 posts • joined 23 Aug 2012
Artificial Intelligence is difficult ... but Artificial Bloody Mindedness has been perfected and is in action every day.
Magnetic media seems to last quite well, even under less than ideal storage conditions.
Eg the games that went with the Spectrum I sold a year or two ago, including the home recorded "backups", loaded quite happily (mid 1980s)
Similarly the QL microdrive cartridges, the Atari 3.5" disks and the IBM PC XT 5 1/4" disks, as well as the 10 meg hard drive (late 80's).
Just stored in cardboard boxes in the (distinctly non temperature controlled) loft.
... to find out how high a frozen dead cat bounce is from that height given the starting temperature ?
Not for nothing has Lucas been referred to before now as the Prince of Darkness (of the dashboard) in the classic car world ...
Why not - it's been done before (7h23mins up, less than 2hrs down) :
1928 - http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/angus-the-mearns/memento-of-famous-ben-nevis-exploit-to-be-auctioned-in-angus-1.70708
Note that he was inspired by a Pathe film of someone who'd done it twice in "an American Ford" - so I'm guessing a Model T ....
EDIT - found another link - it was a 1911 Model T : http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/may-1996/74/top-ben-nevis
... has the correct solution. Put the lamp post back !
Still got the Mamod engine in the loft - decidedly used, but still in (most of) it's box. An early enough one to have the meths trough and not the solid fuel blocks.
For some reason my grandad decided that it was an ideal present for a 3 year old boy ...
First thing that sprang to mind when I saw your comment was that they could use the same solution as Mary Mungo and Midge
We had a clear desk policy after a little incident at the office block where I worked.
We were based on the 6th Floor (the fun started on the 7th). What was very noticeable was that the stuff that was in cupboards and desk drawers etc survived. Stuff that was on desks was water damaged and, in many cases, had sprouted quite a lot of green hair and possibly some new antibiotics - as it was a few days before anyone could get safe access to recover it, and there was a lot of moisture in what was for some reason quite a warm building ...
Saw the headline, and the first thing that sprang to mind was "Hello Tosh, got a Toshiba" !
It's over thirty years since that ad ... feeling old :O(
The answer would appear to be a resounding NO.
The word you are looking for is ambisinister - incompetent with either hand :o)
Hmm - three "non human" characters.
None of whom has identifiable gender - Bungle, a six foot bear with a suspiciously high voice for such a creature, a pink hippo (George - short for Georgia, Georgina ?) and Zippy - and I still don't know what Zippy was, let alone gender.
So, forget the homosexuality. If you're gonna bitch about something, bitch about the interspecies sex !
George and Zippy don't have anything below the waist to walk with, let alone misbehave with ...
If so, the damn thing has tried to update several times so far, only to complain it "couldn't complete the update" and then "restoring to previous setting", or something like that anyhow. Phaffed around for a couple of hours last night trying to either stop it attempting to install or successfully install it and gave up. Got a PC with a boot time of about 10 minutes as a result at present.
If I could get the missus's "Work from Home" to work on the playing-around-with-Linux box upstairs, then this (the main PC) would go the same way ... my Work from Home works on it and the bits of Office 2010 we use too, so I don't think I'd miss much.
I reckon Sunny Hunny is the reason why I work with computers. Went to the school you see as you go up the hill into the town. When a northeasterly was whipping the sleet in off the winter North Sea, any sane individual would go and find the Commodore Pet's in the comuter room rather than play football.
There's a tendency with results like "kids like lego" to dismiss them as obvious - especially in Headlines, but generally such results are actually just some hacks over simplistic summary. Similar to "Sugar makes you fat" - well, Duh, yes, but the interesting part is "how much sugar makes you gain weight at what rate, from what starting conditions, under what other dietary conditions, environment and exercise levels"
Eg in this case, I'm sure that there was a relative popularity of lego compared to the next whatever-kids-are-interested-in. Ie some quantitative analysis / results.
And I found it interesting (got to go Christmas shopping for the nephew's prezzie yet) that the popular lego(s?) were those that were more generic over the themed ones - an example of the less obvious result hiding in the Duh-Generic.
Also, back to the point of the article, great to know that large scale analytics can be made available easily to the general population, instead of just applying those in academic ivory towers and the great unwashed of the marketing "profession" trying to flog us stuff.
Funny how we still use CarbonCopy and BlindCarbonCopy ... surely it should be EC (Email/Electronic - take your pick) Copy ?
I've always found it amusing how, when discussing British History (and in particular, invasion of the mainland) that the last time a large army - 11,000 foot and 4,000 mounted troops - landed and deposed the rightful-by-the-rules-of-succession, albeit unpopular, king ...
1688 and all that.
Mark85 "I just can't imagine storing what appears to be explosives/chemicals going off in the middle of a city."
Anything they can do we can do first - including stupidly purifying explosives in a major built up area.
Not just the smelly feet, nobody else walking barefoot wants to share your verruca.
Maybe we can get one of those little footpools they have in swimming pools installed ?
Sorry, you were driving it wrong ! Its a Fiat, so you have to thrash the nuts off it, then thrash it again as a rental. Our little sojourn in Sardinia was a few weeks ago with a 1.2 Panda. Absolute hoot. First gear is a driving gear, not a getting started gear, and that rev counter red lines a 6,300. Especially up that funny little roundabout in Abbiadori. We christened it Timmi after the well behaved but hyperactive kid staying at our hotel.
For all the back-ups etc, the Barrier was not a barrier for several days in October 1992 (just in time for the high autumn tides and bad weather, note) courtesy of the MV Sand Kite.
From Wiki : "On 27 October 1997, the barrier was damaged when the dredger MV Sand Kite, operating in thick fog, collided with one of the Thames Barrier's piers. As the ship started to sink she dumped her 3,300 tonne load of aggregate, finally sinking by the bow on top of one of the barrier's gates where she lay for several days. Initially the gate could not be closed as it was covered in a thick layer of gravel. A longer term problem was the premature loss of paint on the flat side of the gate caused by abrasion. One estimate of the cost of flooding damage, had it occurred, was around £13 billion. The vessel was refloated in mid-November 1997."
First George MacDonald Fraser* and now Terry Pratchett*. Their two series account for about 50% of the fiction on paper in my house.
No more Sir Harry and now no more Rincewind :o(
* I wonder if it's just because I like long footnotes ? They just don't work so well in ebooks !
You might like this one too - the guy built it to take a number of British Speed records that were set in the 1930's - before most world speed efforts went to the states etc - and, more importantly, do it in the spirit of the way the records were set, not in some modern vehicle that could do it relatively easily.
So he built this : http://www.vintagebentleys.com/Thunderbolt%20Gallery.html
Saw it at a local show some decade ago - standing within 6ft of the exhausts when it was started was some experience!
Link to Telegraph Article on this car - some details here about their plans for the fuel stations and their in car storage of the hydrogen etc. May answer a few of the questions being raised here :
And yes - for another $3000 (US) you can have a 9kW power takeoff to run your house too ... a tankful supplying a week's power apparently.
The Sailor weebil was the only one that could be stood on its head ...
Looked it up, nice. Taking the Junkers into three dimensions in a, well ... um, delta shape :o)
Might be a bit heavy as an aero engine tho ...
As we seem to have strayed into the odd engines thread - can I also volunteer that wonder of the road, the Commer TS3 - three cylinder, 6 horizontally opposed pistons but only 1 crankshaft. Compact, flat and designed to be maintained !
The article does indeed say orbital engine, but reading your wiki ref suggests very much that this is not the case ...
I suspect that the power plant is a horizonal stack of radial engines - though the even number of cylinders would be unusual (radials and rotaries normally have an odd number) - looks like 16 cyclinders per layer, and four blocks of four layers each.
"Back in the day, people tried all sorts of weird stuff" - my personal favourite (which I saw first in a 1930's set of books called "Modern High Speed Diesel Engines") is the Junkers 12 piston 6 cyclinder diesel Aero engine.
Those of us who like wierd old kit will really appreciate this ...
... I can see why.
Pistonless Rotary engines like the Wankel engine have no pistons. But ordinary rotary engines do have pisons - though they look very similar to radial engines. The difference is that in the former the crankshaft is fixed and the cylinders rotate, the latter is the more conventional fixed cyclinders and rotating shaft.
Wiki is your friend here :
Parody or Bastardisation ?
B******disation - practically any ad that takes a classic track, cuts and pastes in the company name where it sounds similar to the original lyrics and pens some trite crap to string it all together with the original tune (Evergreen lawn treatment is particularly and painfully guilty of this)
Parody - the Barron Knights spring immediately to mind.
All together now - "There's a dentist in Birmingham ... "
Given the nature of the systems that they were talking about - and the likelihood that they would be some kind of warning system, turning off the Bing on the Box That Goes Bing just might not be the greatest idea ...
Religion works less well than most things re lightning. As many German pastors found out prior to the invention of the lightening conductor.
Mind you, the habit of going into the tallest building in the village and ringing the bells to scare aware the demons was probably not an inconsiderable factor in the death toll ...
... is the 20 hours.
Meaning that, should something similar happen closer, the whole of the earth's surface will be irradiated, not just a significant percentage.*
*OK, that assumes the event being approximately in the plane of the earths rotation ...
Many many moons ago when I was a spotty trainee at Philips had the joys of bashing around in VMS. When you typed HELP, it gave a list of commands.
The last one on the list was WOMBAT.
Typing HELP WOMBAT gave the following response - "A Wombat is a small Australian marsupial "
Used to have an early - 1950's/1960's (I'm not THAT old, but did like picking up old tech) teasmade on the bedside table. One of these if I'm not mistaken :
Had a very slooooooow boiling kettle - would start hissing and gurgling about 15mins before achieving boiling point. If you woke up during this phase it was "nice". Then it would eject the boiling water - hopefully into the pot you'd placed adjacent to the machine, and the whole thing would counterbalance forward with a hefty clonk, the light would come one and it would buzz like a demented vibrator. Waking up at this point was "not nice" !
Never satisfactarily solved the problem of keeping the milk cold in the teacup overnight though (old enough to pre-date cheap mini fridges) ...
Not quite handbrake on the roof, but about 10 years ago I used to run around in a 1960 Humber Super Snipe. Column change auto (nice) and handbrake between the (bench) seat and the drivers door.
Due to it's unreliability and thirst for fuel (20 mpg on a run, 14 round town) I used to fairly regularly hire cars - and barked knuckles from the door pocket that the handbrake had inexplicably changed in to were a common injury as a result
Also explored in one of only two good cartoons (the other being The Cat Came Back" -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bETCusT5kNM )from the National Film Board of Canada
"To Be" by John Weldon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdxucpPq6Lc
Didn't stop the guy who owned the luxury flats we could see from the Docklands Light Railway on the approach to Bank (just before the descent into the tunnel) when I used to work near Canary Wharf. He'd installed his shed on his balcony ...
... also didn't stop a work colleague (a lady of a "certain age" who spoke with an accent that would cut glass and a vocabulary that would etch it), on having it's existence pointed out to her, proclaiming it "what a marvellous erection" at full volume on a crowded DLR train ...
... lodged in Cambridge. For some reason the guy that owned the house had a plasic bottle of mercury in the cupboard on the stairs - must have been a couple of kilograms in weight.
Mind you, he also had a couple of gallons of neat caustic soda in there too - he tried to clean the bath with it and took the enamel off back to the metal ...
Not quite having to plug in an analog phone, but recently had to dig around in the loft for a test phone to shove in after a thunderstorm had fritzed the housephones. The one I found at least had push buttons but also a sad and blue Mercury button ....
For some reason, read that and the number
01 811 8055
popped into my head.
It will ring bells if you are uk based, old enough, and have an autistic streak when it comes to numbers (oh, and if your mum wouldn't let you watch that TisWas on ITV)
The process sounds remarkably like that of Mr Heinlein's 1939 creation ...
Wiki : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-Line
Ahh - either very young - or not in the UK ...
This might be enlightening : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y
Wiki : "Why Don't You? or Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead? was a BBC children's television series broadcast in 42 series between 20 August 1973 and 21 April 1995."
"If a company that’s been around for years suddenly argues that it needs Big Data techniques to run its business, it must mean that either [...] or it's been hobbling along forever with systems that don’t quite work. Either of those claims would be hard to believe."
The second is all too believeable, and is keeping me in a job right now ...
As a Scots friend of mine preferred her tea ...
Take 1 mug.
Fill 2/3 with boiling water.
Add 1/3 cup milk.
Add 3 sugars
Take teabag and dunk in watery milk ONCE. DO NOT STIR. DO NOT SQUEEZE TEABAG. JUST DUNK.
Attempt to claim resulting sickly sweet, slightly beige, transulcent mixture is a Cup of Tea
As a native of King's Lynn, I'll reply in song ...
"In praise of our county we're going to sing
Against this fine place we will not hear a thing.
If you speak ill about it, you speak a falsehood
For our native county is Norfolk and good.
Norfolk and good, Norfolk and good
We are the boys who are Norfolk and good."
(Lyrics by The Kipper Family)
Sorry - thought the damn thing hadn't posted earlier ...
Artificial Intelligence is proving a little difficult, but Artificial Bloodymindedness has been with us for a while
Artificial Intelligence may still be an aspiration, but Artificial Bloodymindedness is a well established phenomenon.
Most of the spitzensparken kit in the loft ebayed last year - including two Speccys (and associated Alphacom and Zx printers, Interface 1 and 2, Microdrive, DKtronics keyboard), 1 QL with working microdrives, 1 Psion Series 3, and IBM PC XT, a portable valve radio and a portable imperial typewriter (ok pushing the defn with that last one)
The Atari ST didn't sell, happily.
Two working valve radios remain (including one with the Radio Rentals logo from when they used to rent out their own brand radios) and so does, joy of joys, a fully working ...
... Rolf Harris Stylophone :O)