* Posts by Tom 7

4913 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

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Re: Hubble constant is apparently not a constant

It is if you put it into Einstein's equations, well the ones he didnt publish or something, Everything else he played with is accurate to many many decimal points but this one doesnt get to decimals...

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Re: You will never know the horrible truth about dark oil, err... dark matter!

I was trying to 'explain' parsecs and megaparsecs to my 12 year old and in the end just said astronomers like numbers with lots of numbers.

Beautiful night out tonite - already well below 270K so need to get the car battery out to the Dobsonian so it can cool the mirror in time for the rugby.

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Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

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Re: If people don't get paid enough money...

"At present the money feeds up to the 1% who avoid tax and hoard their cash generated by the poor."

And the middle classes who pay their way and tax actually pay their employees wages top up and their healthcare, education, roads, police etc etc that the 1% need to make their businesses run.

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Re: If people don't get paid enough money...

But there is the employees attitude to work. If you feel like you are being paid the minimum wage and have no real chance of improvement then you will walk down the street like a sullen teenager with your head down and not worry about improving things for yourself or your company. If you can motivate that employee with the possibility of some light at the end of the tunnel then they may sing a happy tune and spot opportunities to improve themselves and possibly your company.

I was in a certain sportsthingies for fat people store the other day looking for some trainers that might fit my size 12s wide fit and all the large sizes were at the bottom of the piles of boxes, as far away from the view of someone who might wear them as possible. I mentioned this to the minimum wage employee who I finally managed to attract to my aid and pretty much both of us lost the will to live half way down the stack.

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UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line

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Well this will be fun

So BT will have to make its poles available. So no-one will use BT anymore, Openretch will go bust, and all of a sudden no-one wants to pay for the poles. I walk the dog several miles a day and the planting date of a lot of the poles round here is mostly pre '70s and they are starting to go.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Can I use a RaspberryPi Zero on their site?

Or something slower perhaps...

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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Re: But there is still little use for laptops.

I spend a few hours a week waiting for my daughters at various sporting events and the most useful tool I have is a little HP mini 210 which runs for 5 or 6 hours on batteries and fits between my belly and the steering wheel comfortably so when I'm stuck in the car up to a couple of hours I can get some work done. Its got a keyboard so it fucks off a tablet by several orders of magnitude. It only cost me £20. At home I live in a beanbag with an i7 8 core 17"laptop jobbie that I occasionally set screaming with some AI, stellar simulation or massive compilation.

I have yet to find a use for a tablet other than browsing that doesnt have me reaching for a laptop because its a far better experience if you're not just in receiving mode.

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Shields? No!

It was only when I was dismantling my old laptop for some bits I found a couple of sockets I'd completely forgotten about. Only visible from the inside!

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

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Re: What really narks

Don't you think sites that ask you to not run ad-blockers are inherently dishonest? I'm definitely not going to buy any of that advertised shit so they would be falsely taking money pushing it at me.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: Ah that might explain it

Many years ago I used to suffer bouts of cramping foul smelling potentially projectile flatulence - to the point of clearing pubs of food eating guests. It took many (over 6) years to discover the cause. Buried deep in a dietary database I finally found a link - eating certain things in sufficient quantity over a 3 or 4 day period triggered it which was why it was such a bugger to track down.

I save it for when certain relatives visit.

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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

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Re: The OpenGL bits are odd

"MS has been trying to undermine and destroy OpenGL since they released the beast-sphagetti mess that is DirectX."

Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to incompetence.

MS dont do things out of malice - it really is a complete inability to code things properly any more.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: "By measuring the escape velocity, scientists have recalculated the galaxy’s mass and size."

TBH the 'escape' velocity of a galaxy is probably not that easy to calculate - given the velocity of stars in galaxies has required the invention of dark matter to try and get the rotational velocities into some sort of agreement with Newton let alone Einstein.

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Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

Even in galaxies things is mostly empty space. Take two galaxies and merger them and practically all the stars will miss each other. - our nearest neighbour is 4 light years away and the solar system up to Pluto is 0.0012 light years across. Things will get a lot brighter as gasses crash into each other and start new stars off. A few more comets and asteroids will be flung about but we are at far more risk from people who will start riots in the interstellar highways complaining about Andromeda's imperialistic intentions.

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Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

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Ah Skewjack

learning to surf in 1' seas.

About 1/10th the apparent movement of the bar later.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Right that does it

Anyone know how to put a TItan on a raspberrypi?

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

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Any news on whether the BBC pays their side of the bargain?

Presumably the BBC should have paid NI and pension stuff too - I hope they make them* cough up for that as its largely their desperate cost saving attempts that have screwed this poor person over.

* and every other company that tries this too - along with a hefty fine.

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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

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Re: *Shrug*

The thing about FTTP is that once the fibre is in it should be cheaper than copper to maintain and unless we have seriously gone backwards in the last 28 years that fibre should easily be capable of multiple gigabit service if the infrastructure can take it. When I worked at BTRL we could have fitted 2.4Gbit connection for a hardware cost of less than £100 back in 1990. We didnt know quite what to do with it then - and the government wouldnt let us - but what the fuck is going on now?

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Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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Intriguing

Caught like a moth in a flame I've been reading up as much as possible about deep learning etc and this is the first non-beehive approach I've seen. Most stuff seems to be like a beehive - honeycomb layers connected together one after the other. If people find connecting things in different ways they may well breakdown seemingly difficult barriers with ease!

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Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle

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Re: No no no no, this is just soooo much bigger than that

Oooh I hope they do and lose.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: some people may find this appealing

@myhandler - monospace is fine for tabulating. In fact its a lot better than shit HTML, and far better than shit HTML with shit CSS,

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"we immediately saw higher user engagement on our AMP pages"

Yup - everyone desperately trying to find out how to turn that shit off.

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Wanna gobble Google's custom chips? Now you can – its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour

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Being cheeky

Does anyone know of a motherboard that is basically a GPU host - just needs a low power atom to load up the GPU and run a bit of linux for a human io?

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Re: Shame Parrallella didnt get their 1024 core chip into production

@Charlie Clark - have a look at the Parrallella design - its all open source. I'd imagine its pretty good for NN training. Havent quite found out how the TPUs are configured yet.

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Shame Parrallella didnt get their 1024 core chip into production

According to my cigarette packet that would have been a couple of orders of magnitude cheaper oer buck,

And having it in your 'hand' not in googles is worth another couple of orders of magnitude too.

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Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

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Re: Wow...

Better still is working for an MBA who is paid three times as much as you and has to ask you how to open a zip file.

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Re Quite the opposite

And given the GPU acceleration that seems to be available for easy to use from python libraries is another enormous boon.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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I guess he's doiing his best not to be

a stool pigeon.

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Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff

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@Dave800 prolog still lives

I've just finished Bratko's 'Logic Programming for AI' and its alive and kicking. Its way way beyond family relationships. Get a copy from your local library. I'm self unemployed at the moment and ploughing through as much AI as possible and, compared with what I saw in the 80s its come a very long way down an extremely long road. In the right hands I think its capable of some remarkable things - but then software itself does too in the right hands with the right people managing it. I think we may be coming up to what will be called a winter when it is really a plateau - a bit like when you realise you need to completely re-factor something to make it go that bit further. Libraries will be consolidated and people who know what they are doing will help other people who know what they want to do in a AI ish way and, unlike the massive amount of effort spent managing paper shaped documents on computers that has seriously wasted the vast effort of some of the most intelligent outputs from out universities for the last 30 years, we will see some serious jumps forward.

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Like much technology its still in the wrong hands.

I'm not saying I'm the right hands but I have a Pi3/Camera combination that currently recognises the difference between a chicken, a duck, a rat and a Magpie with over 90% accuracy. This is quite useful when it comes to stopping the latter two nicking the food and eggs. If I can get it to 99.9% on the rat I might just automate a trap and for the magpie a loud alarm (which would put the hens off lay). Its not much but it would pat for itself quite quickly.

A similarly trained device for insect recognition (with a laser!!!) could roam crops and do away with need for pesticides, and indeed weed recognition could also reduce the need for herbicides. Both solutions in mass production could work out cheaper than the chemicals without the likelyhood of resistant mutations cropping up (OK you do get mirrored beetles and silvered plants).

Useful solutions will continue to develop - its twats trying to sell you shit you dont want that are going to have a winter not AI.

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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Re: Really...

But a RaspiZero in a 'fancy' case can run emulators for pretty much any 8 bit machine - and a thousand other things as well. The hard bit is stopping that.

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This is what you get when you let advertising precede engineering.

Or just use indigogo I suppose.

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Re: Great!

I keep location switched off because I know where I am. I have yet to find an app that tells me something useful about my location that is anything other than fucking irritating.

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Re: Bad idea

Like its hard to tell where the loud-mouthed orange self publicist is at any moment in time.

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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The way to make money mining bitcoin

is to get a book on Ai and use your mining rigs to learn how to work out which coin is going to be next to overvalue by a few orders of magnitude.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Will they never learn? Sumerians

But didnt it take burning down the records office to actually preserve the clay tablets?

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Re: Flat Earth Heretic

They'd just say you'd given them the contact lens version of the plane windows that make the earth look curved.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Satans sauceboat.

I'd happily eat this shit if I've made it at home myself - a nicely and most importantly freshly cooked yorkshire filled with a variety of savoury or sweet fillings is food of the gods. Reheated after a trip from morrisons NEVER!

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Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

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Re: It is the video hardware driver's fault

Hardware has licenses too: https://www.ohwr.org/documents/294

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

They didnt help then, why would they now?

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Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

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Re: MS killed off Skype for 32-bit Linux and Windows

I think they killed off 64bit for linux too. My installations all stopped working - I couldn't log in with the same credentials any more. Apparently I would have to pay to get it working again.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: 24Mbps

BT upgraded our exchange with large council monies. Most people on the exchange in the village were on 17Mb as they were quite close and only a couple of people have upgraded to higher speeds. The rest of us had our cabinets moved back to the exchange so no change for us. Money and brownie points for BT, Nothing for the customer.

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Re: Come the Revolution

Well privatisation did kill off BTs fibre optic development. We did submarine cables and all sorts of stuff. In 1990 we could have made a 2.4Gbit FTTP over 10Km of fibre for less than £100 in terms of component cost. But hey, they didnt do that sort of thing any more apparently.

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Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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Benoullis principle

Not a law - and not even correct when applied to wings!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Reminds me of a story

@boltar

Careful there. I had an interesting experience with my next door neighbour. A lady with an IQ of 172 at one time. Programmer for most of her life - indeed I think she started before men decided it was a cool thing to stop women doing it. She was so bright that when the altzheimers got to the point she was shitting on her own back doorstep because she couldn't remember where her loo was she could still hold what seemed like a coherent conversation to most. She defied diagnosis until she was really bad.

And even if its not something as serious as that peoples eyesight can fail to the point you cant read the buttons on a remote (assuming the bloody lettering hasn't worn off) and the spacial memory for that sort of thing is not part of most peoples early conditioning.

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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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@wyatt

not a George Michael follower then?

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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Re: one experience ...

All that effort? Takes about a minute on my Pi Zero to install a git server and get it working - but them my internet is shit.

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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Re: Reliance on computers

I think they didnt buy their computer - they builded it themselves. I think every IT person should be made to read 'A computer called Leo' so when they are wrestling with the formatting of some arseholes code in a spreadsheet they can ask themselves how the boys at the tea rooms had offices more automated than the 6000 PCs they are trying to manage, and did it on 6000 valves that wouldnt power the keyboard on the PC they're swearing at.

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STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

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I remember VMware

or rather I didnt. Had to read the manuals when it went wrong. MS networking I could recite the manual after 14 pints.

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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Re: "So you will legally be able to buy a UK Sky subscription from any EU country"

And everything will be advert ridden pay per view once NowTV is geoblocked by some magic hand.

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Re: I think the cyclist is at fault#2

Actually "objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear" is a pretty valid warning, it isn't so obvious - NO! I couldn't see the object because of the fucking warning!

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