123 posts • joined 2 Oct 2012
Value for money?
I can't believe they spaffed £200K to produce such a crappy website. Not only does it look cheap they have no idea when it comes to usability. Where are the directions, where is the message or goal. They should at least have splashed some of that cash on designing a decent logo or banner.
At 12 year old child could have come up with a better website than this.
USA USA USA!
Americans have always been an optimistic people. Plus software developers really are appreciated in a lot of big American multinationals (just look at the effort that is made to improve their work environment). Try doing this survey over here in the UK and see what answers you get to things like job satisfaction, pay levels and the prospects of becoming millionaires. Over here software developers are seen as an unnecessary evil to be paid as little as possible by threatening to outsource their jobs overseas.
Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches
It only needs to be 'man-rated' for the return journey as a rescue mission. The difficulty will be in docking with the ISS for the transfer, though it may even be possible to do an extra-vehicular jump from one to the other in space suits (a la Gravity).
Quick get the oxycetelyne torches
It looks like NASA may have to do a quick conversion job on its X-37B Space Planes then. Though I suspect the option of carrying stranded astronauts has long been in the pipeline.
If they do manage to get a mind controlled exoskeleton working then these guys could be called on to control robots that go into hazardous areas (like Fukishima) as the ultimate in telepresence. Could even be used in space for extravehicular work instead of risking going out in a spacesuit.
I claim my prize for April fools spotting. Everyone knows that anti-matter falls inwards not upwards.
New thinking or rehash?
I can't feeling that Hawkins is simply rehashing previous research in the hope that something will work if you build it big enough. Hierarchical learning ideas have been around a long time ( I did my degree paper on hierarchical learning in rule acquisition using a Pole and Cart simulator) and much of what he is proposing can be equated to the ART algorithms of the 1970s. I am also surprised that he considers the use of binary inputs into neural networks to be effective unless he is using his 'data streaming' approach to replace 'weightings'. Personally I think that AI should be looking at harmonic resonances in neural 'circuits' as an approach to recognition and temporal processing but sadly my mathematics is insufficient to the task of writing a paper on it.
Paris? well we are talking about an artificial intelligence here..
The big issue
It good to see NASA embracing the growing trend of obesity in the US by making their suits fit the big figure. I'm surprised they haven't fitted a cup holder to the waist band.
One Thing to Rule them all
I always knew we would be Schafted by Google one day. Didn't think it would look like this though.
Where on earth did they come up with the name Black Brook? Surely everyone is going to call it Black Book or is that the idea. Or is it an amalgam of big overblown brick.
Re: Code ripped from projects
If it represents your input and effort for a company and your reputation as a coder stands on that input then, yes its your code (that's why there are comments at the top saying who wrote it). You, as the coder, are responsible for it and your professional standing is judged by it. The fact that someone else can use that code does not give them the right to remove it from the company's stock of software, only to stop their personal use of it. If her code had already been peer reviewed and accepted by the company then there was no reason to remove it from the code base.
The long drawn out tea-time of the soul
Have they considered that instead of a multiverse, the 'missing' energy is simply the dimension of duration; such that the total energy of the system defines how long the universe will exist before it winks out of existence. With a bit of clever maths they might be able to predict how many billions of years we have left before it all collapses to a dot and the next Big Bang occurs.
If you consider that energy devolves into the triumvirate of observable dimensions of reality, space/time/matter, the universe is a whole singularity of energy split (or observed) through these three dimensions.
More shiny shiny!
In fact this could rank as the ultimate in shiny toys for the rich boys looking to splash the cash. Why go to all this expense and technical jiggery-pokery when compost heaps have been happily digesting waste, often creating enough heat to actually burn, quite naturally. It's a huge sledge hammer of an idea to crack a relatively simple nut. Humanity has been disposing of sh1t for centuries, with or without water, so why the need for this hi-tech monstrosity. Again all I can think of is this need for rich guys to have the biggest shiniest technology they can point to and say 'I did that'.
Education about treatment and dispersal of sewage and simple sanitation techniques would solve this problem much more easily and cheaply, but then there would be no big hi-tech toy to play with.
The price is right!
Why would someone do a difficult, mentally tiring job all day for the same wage as a person who can stare vacantly out of a shop window and pretend to know something about phones. The wage differentials these days are ridiculous; I have seen software jobs being offered at the same rate as admin staff or labourers. Maybe the job shortage is due to so many people leaving the technically arduous engineering world to become plasterers or plumbers, where they can earn much more and worry less.
There'll aways be Paris
I vote for our dear Paris Hilton to be the model for the sexy co-pilot/stewardess. Do they do a play-mobil figure of her (presumably it's a very expensive one).
Big and Shiny
Why do these rich biz kids always have to go for the big , shiny and hugely expensive solutions to solve 3rd world problems. Most of Africa doesn't need BB coverage, just the towns and villages in areas that has access to electricity. It would be simpler and cheaper to have small drones flying at say 200 ft with wifi connectivity such that they form a peer to peer network (think of it as a flying internet). Each little drone would provide coverage for say up to twenty connections (a bit like a mobile telephone mast does) and the density of the drones would match the density of the population. With redundancy and gap filling it should be easy to set up a tailored network much more cheaply than building huge, technically difficult, mega-stations pumping out unwanted radiation. Or isn't that solution shiny enough for Zuk's ego.
It's a bit like the power companies insisting that only huge and expensive centralised power stations can be used to supply power to homes and businesses, when what they really mean is that it allows them to control the price of the supply and ensure big profits.
Art for Art's sake
Artist's eh! don't you just love em? You can always rely on a sculptor to be so arrogantly fixated on their own idea of 'Art' that the subject matter gets completely ignored. I'm surprised he managed to remember to put Job's head on the top of it; which probably explains why it looks like it has been stuck on at the last minute just before the approval committee arrived.
I can sum it up with two words "bloody dreadful".
Re: The title is too long.
With all the electronics already inside the fus. burning the leccy it should be lovely and toasty warm in there anyway. No need to add extra heat.
Re: You have a head start.
Yes Reg, where is your embarrassing video with the cheesy music?
Making it difficult to opt out.
Instead of allowing you to fill out the form online, like so many other things can be done, they really are trying to put people off opting out. First you have to print out the form (or write your own version from scratch if you don't have a printer) then fill in the details remembering to tick both opt out boxes but worst of all is you have to get your doctor to action it. How many people believe their overworked GP is going to spend their precious time entering all these requests from patients. As others have said 'they haven't had any confirmation of it being done'. This is the escape clause for the government. By the time you have found out that your opt out request "hasn't been actioned", it will be too late to object. The information will have been uploaded and no amount of whinging (to who?) will get it removed again.
Surely is API can only be of interest to comic book collectors/readers, and only ones that know enough software to be able to query the database. Apart from allowing someone to be even more nerdy by giving them instant access to every detail (which most comic book fanbois already know), how would this information be used. To avoid legal litigation perhaps? To prevent plagiarism maybe?
Re: Ye Gods!
I think that's what the metal tube pointing out the front is for. (It makes more sense than a pitot tube).
The elephant in the room
There is one climate policy that no MP will openly discuss, that would actually work, as most of climate change is down to their being far too many people in the world. No one wants to propose that a cull on humantiy would solve so many problems we have. They are all just hoping for some natural disaster, like a global plague, to happen because big world wars are now too dangerous to contemplate. The alternative is a dystopian future where we fight each other for fewer and fewer resources until total anarchy reigns.
How the hell do you squeeze a vacuum? I sometimes think these physicists are just making things up to get more grant money.
Come on Reg, you can't do an article like this without some piccys of valves glowing away nicely.
So long and thanks for all the fish
I have noticed that the frequency of posting has slowed down considerably over the last few years. And most of the posts are just shares of other people's postings. There is little social interaction going on now. I guess Twitter has soaked up that form of commentary. So I can easily see FB sinking into the mud of internet history as it falls out of fashion.
With all those electronic gizmos installed the battery is going to have to be enormous. At this rate the rocket ship is going to nose dive straight into the ground after launch with all that weight in the front.
Where's the Paris Hilton angle?
Sorry but I can't figure out the reference to (wo)man in the article.Am I missing something here?
As a side note, have you noticed how the responses from IBMers are extremely long and probably took ages to write. Methinks they have too much time on their hands these days, hmm. Or maybe they are just so used to writing bull that they don't notice.
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I don't believe this study. I regularly walk and text at the same ti
If your want a game that will be played on the toilet, shouldn't it be called Gummy Bears Saga. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/20/haribo_gummy_bears_implicated_in_gastric_exorcism/)
This could be a CATastrophe. I have a sinking feline about this.
Could this be a new version of the Commodore Pet?
Glass half full
I assume this will provide single handed operation. There will definitely be a need for image stabilization. Could lead to a whole new social media platform - F**kbook or twatter.
I foresee a rapid spurt of development around this app. Perhaps leading to the adoption of a new programming language C-men.
I have read all of these entries and I demand a recount.
Re: Not a happy bunny
OK, sort of happy again. Did an erase and deregister (A kind of cold boot) and it all works again. Still it took ages to go through all that rigmarole so I hope it does not happen again. I will have to remember to keep my ebook files backed up on the PC.
Not a happy bunny
Well, as my Nook Glowlight has gone titsup on me after only 6 months ownership I am not at all surprised that B&N are going down the pan on this one. The damn thing has started flashing (inverting) at me every second and lost all my books. I will take it back for a replacement but I have heard bad things about their service department and with this news I suspect they will be even less inclined to provide a replacement.
I would imagine that for most of the male readership that sit staring at computer screens all day, wearing this device on the wrist is going to lead to an exceptionally high activity reading, particulary late in the evening (The clue is in the icon).
About time a woman got paid the same as a man for a job well done.
Paris, as she is another woman worth 1.5 million a year.
The future is now(ish)
Robots are the future, that's for sure but its when Google change their name to Sirius Cybernetics that we have to worry! Let's hope their first prototype isn't called Marvin.
They missed a trick with designing the 'soft covering' by making it only cover the limbs rather than the joints. If they also wrapped the cloth around the exposed joints they would protect them from ingress of dust, water etc. when moving through the hazardous environment. It would be ironic if after smashing through a brick wall to rescue some object, the robot seized up from all the brick dust clogging up its gears. Perhaps they could send a guy in to retrieve the robot.
Yes you are probably right. Oh well.
Gis' a job
Ok, so how do you get to write articles for the Reg?
Honda marks get set go
If this sounds far-fetched why are Honda and various other Japanese companies investing millions into creating autonomous robots (Asimo anyone). The sad fact is, now that we all have smart phones there is no new 'big thing' on the horizon other than robots, or should I say Androids. We all want our own personal butler (perhaps a female one with a 'Siri' voice), preferably one that can do all the mundane things in life, like work.
Where they are going to have to make the paradigm shift is in making cheap plastic cybernetic beings rather than expensive clanking metal robots.
Paris as she is the plastic pal that's fun to be with.
Re: Two stage autopilot
Either intertial acceleration or electrically, when the heater disconnects from the battery.
The sky's the limit
Wow there is some seriously sophisticated engineering going on here. Not so sure that 'Garden Shed' boffinry still fits the description of this project anymore.
Paris, as in we'll always have Paris (to remember good old fashioned string and paper bodgery).
It's possible he was transgendered. He has all the signs and some say that his picture of the Mona Lisa is really a self -portrait in drag.
Judging by the spelling and grammar in your posting, I would say you find it difficult to multi-task thinking and typing at the same time. Here's a tip; write first then read it over and correct your mistakes after.
An opportunity for the Reg.
Once the Reg SPB have ironed out the Ballocketing project they could offer to loft and launch the solar panels for them. At last a real-world commercial reason for all the garden shed boffinary.
I am guessing that you could use the USB ports at the back to attach a keyboard and mouse, so it could be a desktop replacement too.
No shortcuts with AI
Although this is an interesting experiment, the fact that it's learning needs 'supervision' shows that this has severe limitiations. Not only do AI machines have to learn to associate they also have learn to dis-associate (as in the Pink example given). This requires an extensive internal 'world model' that, to my mind, can only be achieved through years of cognitive development similar to that of an infant. You can't take shortcuts by simply showing pictures of tanks (sorry, planes) and making associations. It's been tried before and failed.
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