* Posts by graeme leggett

2116 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Ayyy-EYE! Google code 'predicts heart disease' by eyeballing retinas

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The system compared retina images with medical records.

Which makes me think the condition was already noted in the patient before the retina image was taken?

The trick is to identify the condition from the retina before the doctor notices it, not after. Which would require photographing a large number of volunteers, seeing which ones the system assessed as possibly having CV issues and then checking their BP etc and comparing.

Having looked at the paper, I see that predicted vs actual mmHg looks like quite a bad correlation (ie a fuzzy cloud not on the slope) That major adverse cardiac events is AUC of 0.70 which is "fair" not "good" match

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Windows 10 mobile may still be out there and in support, but where do I get an affordable Win 10 mobile from to replace my Lumia 640?

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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And if you wanted another one, you'd already know where to get it from.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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So Old Nosey was there 15 years early, Give the man some credit for forward thinking.

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The United Kingdom has been committed to defending Belgium since - well a long while.

Such as Wellington plonking his Euro Army between Napoleon and Brussels delaying the Frenchman long enough for Wellington's major European partner Blucher to turn up.

And of course UK is leaving (possibly) the EU but not NATO.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: classic!

Did you ever encounter the 3-inch floppy as used in Amstrad computers?

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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Re: Bletchley Park Trust busy spinning

I think I read that it's also partly the case that TNMOC are the better fit to look after and maintain the Bombe as a functioning item.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Franchise size

Original

4 Sequels

2 TV series

reboot

3 more films

but no mention of the cartoon episode with the musical ?

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The Book

" The story is actually told from the perspective of sentient apes but we don't know that until the story ends"

Now I'm sure I read the book when I was in my early teens but damned if I remember that. Perhaps I read Bridge on the River Kwai instead.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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See what you mean. Elon putting plenty of cultural references into the mix it seems.

(first bit of that film I've seen since as a teenager a triple bill I attended at my local cinema mid 80s - lineup was Heavy Metal, Led Zeppelins The Song Remains the Same, and Woodstock.)

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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Interesting but...

That the business trading name is made up of two descriptive words of their activities might be the cause.

If I call my cardboard box making company "Big Cardboard Box Ltd" and a prospective customer googles for me with 'big cardboard box' I shouldn't be surprised if other packing material providers appear in search results.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: Why does he need to be in the rocket?

The standard Flat Earth replies to pictures from amateur balloons and rockets is "fish eye lens"

Because to get a wide angle view on a lightweight camera they generally have a lens that introduces distortion.

And they stick to this line even if experts apply image correction to de-spherical the image, or show that the image is not distorted in the central part of the image.

If there was an answer easy enough to convince Flat Earthers it would have been deployed by now. Unfortunately they are that bone-headed.

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Re: AFAIK, the chap was not a flat-Earther --

Aligns with my thoughts on the matter. There are plenty of flerfers out there who probably think that funding this is 1) upping publicity for the Flat Earth cause 2) sticking it to The Man 3) makes a change from clicking on flat earth 'proofs' on YouTube.

He could ride this for a while. A quick look at aforementioned YouTube videos or twitter and he'll have all the tropes of flat earthers which he can repeat to keep them hooked. Any failure can, if required, be put down to intervention by government agents, illuminati, NASA, HAARP, chemtrails, Elders of Zion trying to stop THE TRUTH being shown to us 'sheeple' who've been indoctrinated by teachers combined with mind altering aluminium in vaccinations.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Size matters

In the Vulcan you'd be travelling backwards.

In the dark.

And your seat doesn't recline. (though it might rotate)

Bring your own cushion if you're not sitting on a parachute.

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Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies

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Re: Massive dwarf?

It's big for a dwarf galaxy (at about 1/10th number of stars in Milky Way compare to lower limit of 1/1000th the number)

And it doesn't seem fair to call something with 30 billion stars just "dwarf" ?

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Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

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I get 'coercive' message from Google about Chrome when I use the google search page in IE - "Switch to Chrome, a smarter browser"

And no matter how often I click "I don't want it" it's there the next time.

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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My generation was probably inspired by "Stingray"(repeats not original showing) and "Marine Boy".

Mine's the one with the packet of Oxygum in the pocket.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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Re: Just shows how special we all are...

I thought the Drake Equation was more about "how to" estimate likelihood of life rather than actually generating 'accurate' estimates of likelihood.

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Re: To be fair...

A too enthusiastic anthem sends the wrong message. Stately and determined is more fitting when defeated than gung-ho which is setting yourself up for hybris. (I think ancient Greeks paean sung on the march forming up the phalanx etc were fairly low key)

To look to similar with national anthems, God save the Queen (King) is a bit of dirge but doesn't set you thinking of immediately invading your neighbour or proclaiming sovereignty over all (a la "German, German overalls") unlike say Rule Britannia or Land of Hope and Glory. Which may be why the latter two are reserved for musical festivals and sports matches where no one should have sharp implements or projectile weapons and the blood is generally confined to the players.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: Dry Dock

In the Med in 1941 HMS Ark Royal remained afloat for 12 hours with a 130ft long hole in the hull.

HMS Uganda, a light cruiser, took on 1300 tons after being hit by German Fritz X guided bomb off Salerno in 1943. It survived and crossed the Atlantic on one propeller to reach a suitable dock for repairs. Thereafter transferred to Canadian navy it served until mid 50s.

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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study highlights major issue

Basically that it all hangs on decent measurement of the exposure. A large part of the discussion is about the limitations of previous measurement. That said they would have had a better measure of true exposure by a week's measurement to rule out possibility of large exposures on atypical days. ( hypothetical example - subject wears meter for one workday commute of two Stops on subway but every weekend rides 50 miles on subways to visit various relatives)

Suspect that it comes down to having insufficient meters available to measure all participants for more than 24 hours.

Another element lacking is a consideration of the statistical power of the experiment. Which would show how likely the study was to detect a real effect.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Great Egg Race

BBC archive has a dozen episodes from 1979 (Brian Cant presenting) to 1984 available to view.

One could argue that the programme is at the start of the evolution that gave us Scrapheap Challenge, Robot Wars and the like.

Interesting that in first series BBC Radio stations were competing in the Egg carrying part. I'm guessing they were engineers and the like.

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Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

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Re: Summary

The landing itself would also make the undercarriage go a bit skew-whiff.

Have a look at a Buccaneer's undercart to see what strength is required

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Re: Shipbuilding?

It's a form of pragmatism. If the UK didn't sell them some planes, then US almost certainly would, or that other bastion of capitalism Russia.

There might be some expectation that having a economic relationship with the country means that in times of trouble, if HM Ambassador pops round to see the head guy that he will be let in the door long enough to deliver his (or her) "we don't think you ought to do that" speech. Possibly with the hint that those spare parts and extra munitions they will be needing to keep planes viable will either appear promptly, or very much slower than desired dependent on HM the Q's FO hearing the right noises on state radio that afternoon.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Excuses

Initially recorded as "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" to go for that olde worlde look.

Or perhaps he had written it after a couple of drops ("it's strictly medicinal") and a pint or two down the local hostelry.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Stating the obvious, much?

My thought exactly. A computer simulation of a windscreen strike only covers the physics of the structure not the psychological effect.

I'm not saying it'll be as disruptive as Solo shooting one of Vader's wingmen in the death star trench but I would be happier if pilots were not distracted when deeply involved in flying aircraft during take off and landing.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: "THE PARLIAMENT IS SOVEREIGN AND SHALL NOT BE BOUND."

Monarchs as gods appointed and the limits of personal rule was decided when they took Charles I head off in 1649 and confirmed with restoration at end of Commonwealth in 1660 when parliament decided to have a king again.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Re: @GBE They're going to move it.

"What on earth was he doing at the time that required someone to hold his kilt for him"

For the record. He had hired it for my wedding and I took it down off hook it was hanging on to pass it to him. Holding it out at arms length was like that battery trial in the early Worlds Strongest Man competitions.

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Re: @GBE They're going to move it.

Having held a kilt for my friend one time, I should think it's the effort of lugging it around that keeps you warm.

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

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Re: Application

It broke free of mooring and automatically deflated - as designed - to stop it being carried away on the wind.

Which is better than coming down on the M1 or entering the flight path of Stansted.

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You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

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Re: We're in for a bit of a shake up anyway

Thumbs up for CoolHardLogic.

But look at the output for the guy he is (rightfully) taking the piss out of - "Jeranism". The flat earthers are prolific at their low quality "proofs of flat earth" and gather youtube views and comments aplenty. And there was a flat earth conference done in all honesty this year. Now youtubers might be cynically using suckers for easy clicks and some of them on twitter may be trolls, or adolescents doing it for the lols, but many seem all too genuine in their mistaken beliefs.

Elements feeding their belief include: distrust of government, in the guise of NASA ("the great deceiver"), MSM and so forth, God-botherers believing it's part of Satan's plan to hide evidence of god, bible literalism.

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Re: We're in for a bit of a shake up anyway

Perhaps the enormity of it is what scares people into being flat earthers of young earth creationists.

Easier to deal with ideas with more readily conceivable distances and time periods.

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: "powered by batteries and an onboard generator using jet fuel"

Perhaps, and these are off-the-top-of-my-head,

1) optimum engine-generator design for generating electricity plus electric motor has some advantages over optimum turbofan engine layout

2) redistributing weight from engine pods to fuselage is good for "reasons"

3) easier to put electrical fans in more advantageous locations on aircraft design

4) it looked like a fun thing to try

5) you can use additional sources other than volatile fuel for the electricity - coal, nuclear, solar

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Re: And for those lost episodes.

What pays for the animations is the expected number of DVD sales and downloads.

Which isn't much. Hence most of the investment in animation is to fill in between existing and recently recovered material that hasn't had a previous outing on DVD. Eg Invasion, Ice Warriors, Tenth Planet.

And those were stories which were expected to be popular. By comparison Underwater Menace was audio and stills standing in for missing episodes.

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The nth time the unfinished Shada has been completed

Once you include VHS stitch together of existing footage with Baker narration in the 90s, web audio drama with Paul McGann's 8th Doctor in 2003, Ian Levine 2013 fan version animation etc

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UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

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Re: General Warrants

Taking a hands-off approach to the colonies and then turning to a very much hands-on approach is what caused the loss. Throw in lots of mis-reading of the situation by the powers that be and long communication delays.

A little military mishandling as well and ta-dah a new nation is born.

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Re: What an absurd situation

ECJ is invoked in cases relating to EU law.

Wouldn't ECHR be the right court of appeal? assuming invoking Human Rights Act 1998 etc

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

World service is also getting £290 million from central gov across the years til 2020

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'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

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The victim ignored standard procedures.

In the aviation world, this would be followed by "Why didn't they follow procedures?", "what would have happened if they had followed the procedures? " are the standard procedures right?" and "how do we get them to follow standard procedures?"

And in the InfoSec world, it's just point and laugh? Not the way to progress.

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: Are we surprised?

That's cars not people. The rules, even if you don't like them, are clear. Unlike Google's.

https://www.police.uk/information-and-advice/automatic-number-plate-recognition/

And also unlike Google, there is a possible risk-benefit balance to society.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: SS ranks

Shouldn't it be in italics as well ?

Bitte schon

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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

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Re: The price of freedom...

dividing by Chinese population (~1.3 Bn) roughly $10 per head.

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SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

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Re: "it's the way a cloud company deals with them that sets the grownups apart."

Act! CRM is by Swiftpage these days.

Sage have their own CRM to sell you

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Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

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Replacement for blue tick

I've noticed that some who've lost the blue tick have taken to putting a blue circle/diamond character in their display name.

Now obviously this is just making full use of the wide character and formatting options available and not an attempt at making it look like they have the tick.

And in no way should it be assumed the people (such as Julian Assange no names no pack drill) doing this are trying it on.

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Re: Logic?

But if you're a goods vehicle operator you need an operators licence.

If driving people around you may need Private Hire or PSV licences.

You may also need to keep up to date with driving skills, and if over 45 renew driving licence at 5 year intervals, over 65 every year

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Re: I am old enough to remember...

As a famous(ish) after dinner speaker once said. Though I've probably mangled it.

"if you've got a TV you need a licence. It doesn't improve reception but you're supposed to have one. Now there are only two vans with spinning roof racks in the West Midlands....

Same for airports, you need an operators licence. There's not a lot you can do about it. Try putting billboards around but people are going to notice the odd 747 taking off and going in. "

And then he goes onto about CAA putting a massive increase in licence in response to losing money. Though he did qualify it by mentioning that British Steel could lose that much in a week.

Just looked him up. David Gunson is the man. CD available on Amazon etc. Some jokes a bit dated.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: Coffinships

Prince of Wales was more or less brand new, having been commissioned the same year.

She sank because a torpedo hit one of the propeller shafts. As it was turning at full revolutions, the damage opened up all the bulkheads the shaft passed through and therefore water in. Which reached the dynamos and killed a lot of electrical power. Once the pumps failed she could not counter the flooding and rolled over about hour and a half later.

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I forget to mention that the Cuxhaven Raid of Christmas Day 1914 was a sea launched aerial attack on the German Zeppelin base. A few seaplanes carrying a very modest by today's standards bombload were put in the water in the North Sea and shook up the Germans a bit, though not actually damaged significantly

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"HMS Queen Elizabeth is supposedly named after Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth I, who saw off the invading Spanish Armada of 1588"

And following on from the WWI-era battleship that served on to 1940s. Naming ships after reigning monarchs isn't exactly verboten - witness the 1911 dreadnought battleship "HMS King George V" and he'd only been in the job a year or so. But then Britain did at the time dominate the waves.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Re: You're being too picky

I'll add to that.

I'm presuming that the idea behind Atlas is to learn how to do things - such as bipedal locomotion - not necessarily that Atlas is the final product.

And if Atlas is an evolutionary step to an endpoint that is Atlas-shaped- that the end is something that can fit in a human environment and achieve a multiplicity of tasks as a replacement (temporary or not) for a human- not just specifically moving a box.

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