18 posts • joined Thursday 11th October 2012 11:55 GMT
Re: Something Missing
You are forgetting that I can easily have dozens of people verify whatever I want. Simply upload the job to Mechanical Turk, feed in what you think the answer is. Adjust your input. Repeat until you have a high enough confidence in your truth.
You could argue if the humans doing Mechanical Turk are truly intelligent, in the way they are when just acting as individual human beings. But you can also use those same arguements on any company or employed person - do they have self determination?
Re: Miserable Git
The problem with a boycott is that they just don't work anymore. Not against the rich.
Even if you organised a really good one, he could have a courier or the postal service bring in food, even if you somehow got the national supermarkets offering home delivery to stop feeding him. Beyond that, he could simply hire a goon to do it.
Being mega rich insulates from the requirement of needing people. Indeed, that's half the point. But even kids have all they need these days, the Internet ensures that no-one lacks for 'human' contact and you can have all the pizza delivered to your basement you want...
Re: Three Note 3 Fails
What an odd claim! Detach stylus, write note. Or at least that's how mine is how set up. I don't even need to unlock it.
Also, it warns you if you've left the pen undocked then the phone starts moving, making it far harder to leave on the table.
It even copes 95% with my nearly illegible cursive scrawl!
Best phone ever.
Bit like last week's Apple snafu?
From the description, it sounds like the same sort of flaw as the Unicode handler last week on Apple, where any SMS or even webpage knocked it over.
Take an array and point to it via a one-step-away function call which fails to check it is in-bounds.
Wonder if it's the same backdoor writer who did both?
The other guy is right - like the metal bullet case is an issue for anyone you know?
You need only be paranoid about plastic guns if you have a huge security theatre you want to increase. Because shit like that makes people want to shoot you.*
*Correlation is not causation.
Re: whats the point?
No, the root cause, if you care to look hard enough, isn't the gun(s) it is the people who want to kill. And they will use everything and anything to do that. Guns are just one of the better tools, right up there with medical degrees and whatever Fred West used...
Re: We stand to have access restricted to 3D by spooked bureaucrats.
No-one's safe at the moment. Plus, the implication of it all being plastic is that it can't be found by metal detectors. I don't have a couple of guards and an arch at my front door, so whatever it was made of, I'd not be 'safe'. No, you are talking about the mega rich and powerful.
Perhaps they'll be safer if they start being a bit more human and a bit less mega-wealthy.
Besides which, you don't need a 3D printed gun or anything else so useless. For the price of that printer you could assemble a remote controlled drone, and simply fly it into your target's head. No explosives, no prints, no ballistics, no warning, no need to be anywhere closeby, and you can get reasonable doubt by claiming it was all a terrible accident...
Or just run them over with a car, because they kill a lot more people than guns or anything else!
What university are you saying? Edin-who? HERIOT WATT!
Er, when I was being taught by Gerald Buller, I wasn't at Edinburgh University, I was at Heriot-Watt University, and so was he!
(And he still is, according to http://www.eps.hw.ac.uk/institutes/photonics-quantum-sciences/gerald-buller.htm )
This system has been in development for decades. When I graduated in, er, 1998 they had a sub-millimetre accuracy demonstrator that was mind blowing as it took detailed pictures across the room, accurate in 3 dimensions.
That's true of nearly everywhere though, not just in IT.
When I was in aerospace, the graduate track got me a £500 increase every 6 months. Once off that track, it was, well, 0.5% if you were lucky. The obvious result was that people who could build a plane or program a radar or do actual real stuff that was essential to the company were rapidly finding they were paid less than the inexperienced graduates, who were also rapidly out-stripping the slightly experienced graduates - who were surely worth more since they now had experience?
I left after 6 years, by which time 90%+ of the grads who joined with me were already gone. Yet that company still says it can't get enough "quality" engineering graduates...
Re: Solar monitor
Surely the easy way to do that is to simply run a wire from the panel inverter output to the input terminals of your water tank's immersion heater, then add a relay so that when it switches the solar in the mains disconnects? And vice versa.
A zero-crossing electronic relay will last far longer under a 3kW load, and be nicer to your electronics on the other end.
Obviously you'll need to run some temperature feedback too, so you don't run the risk of too high a tank temperature if the UK sun ever stays out for more than 35 minutes if the heater itself doesn't manage that. Otherwise, see icon.
Because a feed to Google would be more secure?
So your theory is that the card footage would be more secure if it was fed live to the Big G servers so they could scan for, track, then obscure the cards? I can see a flaw or two here.
Further, since most cheating is by the person holding the cards, leaving the "trusted" security officer unable to see that the 4 cards in someone's hand just changed from a low pair to a high pair, or indeed into both, would be a big step backwards.
Would you like to play "Find the Queen" while we wait? You can trust me. Just look at my icon, it has a halo.
Re: So take a high-pass 200Hz filter and ...
@This Side Up
Hardly! Many bits of recording equipment have this built in because it is easy and cheap, and gets rid of annoying mains hum without issue. Anything with a mains filter automatically takes that step. Also, anything digital voice recorder-wise is probably only recording between 62Hz and 2kHz to save bandwidth and improve sound quality.
Re: @2nd AC :-) re "same frequency"
While you are right in the main, you are wrong for this, I fear.
The electronics that do the frequency matching of the (say) PV panels to the mains will be fairly accurate, but it is very unlikely they will be so accurate that the micro-variations in frequency the plod are claiming they can measure accurately (and 100% ID a recording from) won't turn out to be substantially different.
I just can't see some Chinese engineer sitting there and saying "Yes, but we need it to be a perfect true sine wave running off this crystal oscillator" when honestly, a crude approximation of a sine wave will do - just look at nearly all the cheap inverters used in cars and vans.
Hurrah! I practically run my business, Twitter accounts, etc. from my Blackberry. Although knocking them seems to be the in thing, the machines are solid, the keyboard excellent, and the slide-y one I use is robust & reliable.
Plus now I won't have to buy an iPhone, assuming this gets a bit of traction.
I hope they've built in some backward compatability for Apps though. Google/Android got that incredibly right, and developing for Android 2.2 still makes sense as everything newer still runs it, unlike many others where the slightest update means the OS refuses to even try to run it.
So getting the pork barrel politicians in will help? I suspect it will just make the rates go up dramatically, and drive the market to become more developed.
Whether that is good or bad, who can tell?
Re: Big society
How can you blame the last 2 years of tory for 15 years of labour?
The Conservatives have recently passed some useful changes to reduce how often CRBs are demanded for things like giving lifts, but (probably because they are stupid) didn't really advertise it, probably for fear of being shouted down as 'soft on crime'. Hmmm, perhaps not so stupid...
My dad just got out of jury duty. You can too. When you get the paperwork, phone them up and say 'Brilliant! I've been reading up on jury nullification and my other responsibilities as a juror.'
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