* Posts by Dr Stephen Jones

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

Dr Stephen Jones

Biting The Hand That Feeds AI?

"Although DeepStack’s opponents aren’t the best poker players, the result is still impressive"

As other commentards have pointed out, poker is a lot less complicated than Chess, and a computer can beat a human at Chess. If you make the goalposts wide enough, you can't fail to score.

This is more PR masquerading as "news". Where do I need to go to find someone Biting The Hand That Feeds AI?

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Clickbait

So basically:

* IT wages will go up

* Manufacturing exports will increase

* We rebalance the economy away from The City - maybe

And yet all the author can do is whinge about the possibility that angel slices might get more expensive. Might being the operative word, as the competitive retail market has absorbed most of the wholesale price rises so far.

No tech angle here, just clickbait for Remoaners.

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Exports are imported stuff with value added.

With a lower exchange rate you get a bit of inflation and an export boom. Rival countries hate it, of course. They weren't called "Dirty Devaluations" for nothing!

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: To sum it all up

Expected more effort from Charlie. It's what you'd expect to hear from mates in the pub and he runs out of gags by April. Houllebecq's Soumission is as plausible and if possible even more scary.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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FAIL

Re: Do you own it, or not?

Just like you should be able to shout "Fire!" in a crowded cinema.

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Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

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Re: Must be a bad year for Apple

Maybe Apple just didn't do anything interesting?

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Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

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Re: "Planned Register of Muslims"

@Heironymous Coward

Which part of "there is no plan" did you not understand?

All of it apparently. So here's a dictionary definition:

plan

NOUN

a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something:

Trump mouthed off campaigning. There is not yet a plan. But since Trump is not yet President, this is not surprising. Whether there ever is a plan remains to be seen. Like you, I would expect it to be illegal.

The rest is you bloviating.

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"Planned Register of Muslims"

What plan? There is no plan. It was just another douchey thing Trump said on the campaign trail.

Journalist careless with language again - probably kicking back and thinking of Christmas.

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Re: Have HMG considered the reason-

Suicides are a personal tragedy. But obviously, it's always the Tories fault.

Any chance you could put your brain back in the jar and go somewhere nice for Christmas?

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: Profiteering

Devaluations are generally good for an economy, as they make exporters cheaper. That's why Labour devalued and why the economy grew so strongly after we left the ERM under Clarke. The pound was too high. There are several articles on here explaining why sterling was overvalued. When you have stopped crying you should try and read them.

"It's too early to call it profiteering."

Now you're apologising for IT customers being ripped off? Good work.

The Register has used the phrase "Brexploitation" several times, but now seems to have lost its bottle, and decided to go for a cheap shot against Farage instead.

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

"28% didn't vote at all"

They couldn't be bothered, so their views don't count.

Given a few more years of education, maybe you'll get the hang of it.

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

"No countries are sovereign"

Sovereign nations do trade: they trade as sovereign nations.

You would fail GSCE politics because you don't understand the modern definition of sovereignty, and from that misapprehension, you fail to understand what it is.

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

"Do you really believe that that (a) most of the Leave voters priced in anything - which in some cases may well prove to be their jobs - and (b) the result of a long term change will be short-term?"

Yes, because after six months of Remainers predicting catastrophe their beds, there is no buyer's remorse. We are leaving the EU. People are pleased to be taking back control, even it is less than they might ideally want.

And a General Election would wipe out the Remain parties: Labour and LibDem.

Remain supporters here really are beginning to sound like they need psychological help.

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@Voland's right hand

Let me explain it to you Voland:

We're leaving the EU.

You can cry into your beer all you like.

You can call people names - and "Mr FrogFace" is really imaginative.

You can whine about it until you are sick, then wipe your mouth and whine some more about lies.

But we're leaving the EU.

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

The British voter looked at Europe, saw it was a massive mess, saw that it was impossible to get a better deal for the UK, and voted for sovereignty.

This was a rational decision that prices in the uncertainty and short-term pain. The poll sponsored by Open Britain (a pro-EU campaign group) and cited in The Guardian (a pro-EU newspaper) was designed to produce the response it got. No surprise there.

Only an idiot thinks leaving a superstate pain free. Most benefits are long-term, prices will fall as the Common Tariff no longer applies to the UK.

Better a Brexit than a Le Pen or a Trump (thank God).

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Headmaster

Profiteering

Why are "higher prices here to stay"?

Some IT companies like Microsoft have imposed price rises of over 20 per cent - far higher than can be justified. Others have not. Customers can (and should) move to the companies that price transparently like AWS. Give Microsoft the boot.

And as far as I know Farage does not own any tech companies and cannot be blamed for the profiteering. I would be very surprised if he condoned it.

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Algorithm advance alleviates AI amnesia

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How much data do they want?

Oh, you want my health record, Google? And you're paying me how much, Google? Nothing?

OK, fine. Bye.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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Re: VAT

"VAT is also the cheapest tax to collect per pound collected."

No it isn't, property taxes are the cheapest to collect. Avoidance is very low: houses don't generally move around you know who owns them. Google "unpaid VAT HMRC" and you'll see how much VAT is owed.

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Tax what?

I don't necessarily disagree, but what are you taxing exactly?

Are you taxing a corporation just for being a corporation? Or profits earned in the USA? Uncle Sam is very keen to repatriate foreign earnings, I would expect Trump to go after Apple and Microsoft .

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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Joke

"the deeply held beliefs of Californians"

From my experience, I have concluded that Californians struggle to hold anything "deeply", let alone a belief.

But it's nice to learn something new.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: Don't get me started

Why?

You have fallen into the trap of thinking that Shiny New Thing is always better than Older Thing, and always obliterates Older Thing.

The Thing here is complex: it is knowledge, but not just knowledge, it's also a desire to acquire knowledge. Which means rewards and social skills like group work.

A classroom of kids clicking in silence through a "gamification experience" while the teacher does a crossword is not progress. It's actually what North Korea looks like. But without the technology.

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The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

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Facepalm

What is Radbot's true purpose?

I have a theory is that this series of self indulgent, content-free advertorials is a new kind of torture weapon devised by the CIA, as a retaliation against Vladimir Putin's bot army. All I can say is "Go CIA!", but please stop inflicting it on us guinea pigs here.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Hillary innocent of everything

Phew. Just in time, too.

/sarcasm

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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"not a legally binding referendum."

But it is a morally binding promise: sovereignty was handed to the people for this decision (and this decision only).

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Boo hoo

Before Brexit:

"The City is too powerful. We need to rebalance the economy away from the City. Goldman Sachs is evil"

- The Guardian, BBC, academics etc for as long as I can remember.

After Brexit:

"The City is wonderful. We must do everything we can to keep the City happy. Especially Goldman Sachs. This is a disaster".

- The Guardian, BBC, academics now.

So either they didn't know what they were talking about, or they're just hyping every bit of bad news they can find.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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"With computers getting smarter and more inventive"

What?

Evidence please.

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Dr Stephen Jones

" the law was changed just over 20 years ago to allow *any* *old* *shit* to be filed as a patent..."

The law didn't change. Patent Offices employ monkeys.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Dumbest idea ever?

"As if the patent system isn't already full of rubbish and inhibiting the progress of humanity"

[citation needed]

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18 seconds that blacked out South Australia

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Facepalm

Re: Thanks

Of course it is biased - the author is a renewable energy fanboy.

He has omitted any evidence that might put the wind operators at fault for the blackout. (Eg, they failed to turn off the turbines.) Fortunately we can read all this in the comments.

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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@Tom Paine

"Using the expression "SJW" pretty much signals "I'm a dick" IME."

SJW is a derisory term for the self-righteous, smug and intolerant personalities who attach themselves to some Left Wing political causes. Tom Lehrer wrote a song about them. Look it up.

I suspect you hate the phrase SJW because it's a truthful and accurate description of your personality, too.

This is just a wild guess based purely on intuition... and on your posting history.

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@45RPM

So demonstrating your lack of gender bigotry by demonstrating religious bigotry.

Well done.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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Wuh?

It is hard to tell what the author objects to, since not one example is cited.

Perhaps the next one will enlighten us all.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Let's hope

Diddums. You lost, you're in the minority. Get over it. (Etc)

Davis & Co won't get everything they want. But a brake on unskilled immigration and easier skilled migration is pretty feasible.

And that's good enough for most people, except sub-minimum-wage paying bastards. Slave labour is not a good thing

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Also, the reverse would apply

"Norway has said it will veto us joining the EFTA"

More desperate Project Fear FUD. Norway has the potential to block the UK's application, but it also has lots of reasons not to do so:

http://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/norway-has-little-to-lose-from-having-the-uk-in-efta/

EFTA was originally a club for the non-EEC states - the UK helped found EFTA and was a leading member along with all the Nordics.

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Re: The big picture

Yes, I would say the outlook has tons of potential and upside. It's really up to the UK's exporters trade negotiators to make the most of it. For once it's up to us to make the most of the UK's advantages in contract law and the English language, rather than whinging about Brussels or whatever.

Our trade with the Rest of the World was rising anyway - that's where the new markets and strong demand is coming from. The EU is falling because a) it's in a slump and b) Germany has it sewn up. As I wrote, our emphasis has been and should be on the RoW regardless of Brexit.

"And you really wanted to say the outlook looks good? OK then..."

The needle seems to be stuck on Project Fear. Are you doing this so I can say "I told you so". It sounds very childish.

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The big picture

So...

Our trade balance with the Rest of the World is positive and rising.

Our trade balance with the EU is negative and falling.

Therefore, regardless of Brexit, we the UK should have been focussing on global not EU trade any way. On balance, we got out in time. Trade is the biggest Brexit bonus. A recent David Davis article has lots more useful stuff in it.

http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2016/02/david-davis-britain-would-be-better-off-out-of-the-eu-and-heres-why.html

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Re: TTIP to the rescue?

"Neoliberals" ... "Shock doctrine" ...blah.

I'd rather assess TTIP independently for myself, rather than take the world of a ranting soap-dodger.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: It's the law, isn't it

@AC

See http://scientistsforbritain.uk/wordpress/?p=232

The two countries with the highest per-capita EU science funding go to... two countries not in the EU.

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Re: It's the law, isn't it

"if I were the EU dishing out grants, or a group of Italian scientists looking for some partners, I wouldn't be waiting around for the us Brits to invoke Article 50, let alone the actual leaving date: I would start making arrangements to do less and less work with British scientists starting right now."

You don't seem to have a clue.

Israel and Switzerland participate in EU science projects, receiving funding. Neither is in the EU.

http://scientistsforbritain.uk/wordpress/?p=232

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: Big content: 3

"The real cause of the industry decline is people spending all their time on facebook."

Rrrrright.

Nothing to do with not paying for content. That disposable income still gets spent though. It gets spent on other leisure goods and services. If you were right the economics would be reflected in higher savings. The evidence for that isn't there.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: I'm lost.. . .

It's probably you. I think we can all guess who he means: Guardian readers.

Are you seriously saying that there isn't a metropolitan Left? Is that your point? Then you seem to be demonstrating Kotkin's argument at that people who are signed up to the club are incapable of self-awareness.

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Speaking in Tech: Techcast on Brexit 'You can't argue with people'

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Re: "Speaking in Tech" does not normally do politics. Wise. Keep it that way.

I agree, it came over as four completely clueless Americans who had skim read the headlines.

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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Burying the news

SAP is a German company. The sterling to Euro exchange rate was around 1 : 1.25 for most of 2014 and spring this year. It's now just under 1 : 1.20. There has not been much of a sterling to Euro fluctuation.

http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=GBP&to=EUR&view=2Y

There is no justification for a 20% price hike.

So the headline should really be: Giant multinationals uses Brexit as an excuse to gouge their customers. I am guessing this news upset the new corporate El Reg and its multinational-friendly ethos. Does anyone still bite the hand that feeds IT?

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Re: Leave...

"N.B. I am not a fan of globalisation, but it is currently inescapable"

No, you're just making excuses.

A sensible immigration policy lets employers hire skilled workers from abroad without lots of red tape. We consciously took the decision to replace low skilled workers with cheaper imported substitutes. Then we ran the education system down so our own can't read or write. Which means we need more cheaper imported workers...

Stop blaming globalisation and take some responsibility.

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UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

Dr Stephen Jones

World to UN:

"You and whose army?"

Putin's going to be quaking in his boots now.

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EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

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Brexit bonus

However you voted, managing the costs of building our infrastructure ourselves is one of the bonuses. The 34 billion is less than 3 years net contribution by the UK, and about 20 months gross.

Try Googling "European Investment Bank" and "corruption" to get an idea of how much fraud and waste goes on. By contrast we sort of managed to do the Olympics on budget and on time.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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"We didn't. Call-me-Dave found he was in a spot because of a stupid manifesto promise he decided he'd have to keep"

You're blowing smoke. Call-me-Dave tried to gain more influence and failed miserably. He pulled out all the stops and all he got was a worthless piece of paper. This is what "pushing for reform" means in practice - a kick in the nuts.

You are starting to sound a bit deluded: QMV replaced the veto for most things after Lisbon, so we can't really veto anything. I suppose you already know the EU doesn't actually have a free trade agreement with either the US or China? Switzerland does.

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"Full disclosure: my startup OpenTRV has received funding from EU sources"

That's all you need to know right there in the Title. The Gravy Train rolls on.

Can we hear from someone who doesn't have a vested interest? That disqualifies you, @Charlie Clark.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I agree Potemkine, but your insistence on conformity and rules reminds me why people do not like the EU. The financial rules imposed on Italy, Spain and Greece has condemned a generation.

Like Andrew, I'm not against an EU, I'm against THIS particular EU and the only way it will ever change is by member states voting to Leave. If the UK does many more will follow.

There are many models of co-operation this one looks like it's had its day.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Not capitalism as we know it, Jim

@cambsukguy:

"Simple one-word answer: Capitalism."

Russell Brand has entered the room.

I think you will find that roaming charges are basically socialist.

The charges fall on the wealthiest, who expense them to their employer (amortising the cost over a business), and generally fall on people who can afford to travel. The profits from roaming charges keep prepay PAYG prices down, keeping costs down for people who tend to be the poorest. Your definition of capitalism is therefore "the rich subsidising the poor" - which will be news to most people.

Of course understanding this requires you to think a bit, rather than give moronic one word answers.

When roaming charges were introduced the tariffs for the poor went up. Another EU triumph, but one that leaves bureaucrats (who roam a lot) very happy. Trebles all round.

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