* Posts by Tom 7

4649 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Wanna get started with practical AI? Check out this chap's Rubik's Cube solving neural-net code

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Re: Plateaue

It MAY not take a bigger more complex net. One of the entertaining things about neural nets is, once they get a bit complex, what they are 'up to' is hard to guess. We humans are lucky - we get a lot of our neural nets pre-sized and pre-weighted and it only takes us forever to do things. Having one too many, or too few nodes on an internal layer can make things nearly work really well after a couple of million training epochs but will never hit the sweet spot required to go the full 10 moves which could require billions of training epochs to get right.

Still waiting for it to work out how to peel the labels off.

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Chairman Zuck ends would-be president Zuck's political career

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Re: 'Facebook's business has performed well'

Just make sure everyone on it uses adblock of some form. Mind you its unusable without it.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: The giants can afford to stay within the law

more that they can arrange for the law to be written in such a way as they can easily work within it.

You work for the tax office and you know what's going on you end up working for one of the giants.

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RE A kebab shop only making £9k a year,

If I owned it I doubt it would make that - especially if it was next door to my £5k a year pub.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: @AC

Those the ones trying to take BCKSPC-CTRL?

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: Weird timing

http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/ might help you find someone who will let you have a go.

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Re: I built one at uni

Its not lack of thrust that stops them going up-hill (or down) its the fact the skirt collapses and takes away the lift so they just stick in the ground - More thrust will just make more noise (good) and stick them deeper into the ground (bad). You can alleviate this somewhat with multiple skirt pockets but that makes it harder to move on the flat!

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Re: Stupid flying machines

Peroxide and a catalyst - it either works or works too well, I'd bet he was pretty confident.

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Re: Minor nitpick

Do they do that just to increase the noise levels?

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Re: ...get into the drone when it arrives,...

I wonder if you can adopt the 5th Element approach? Could be cool stepping out of 95th floor windows wearing nothing but masking tape.

Not that that would bring me down to 120kg...

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Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

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So a slim chance I might get useable bandwidth this century?

100 of these and I'd double my current adsl.

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: Water from comets or asteroids?

@Big John - that all assumes the sun started to shine long before the earth was formed (along with its water). The maths is easier if we assume the accretion disc was a uniform disc but given its quite possible that it was not a uniform disk or gravitational collapse was locally accelerated due to shock waves from a nearby supernova it's all a bit 'best guess' and not, IMHO, best science.

The 'most popular theory' is a good solution to the problem - but there are many more.

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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Every time someone re-invents the wheel

we go through the whole gamut of rotation based fuckups again.

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Almost there

Theres shit loads of them - Sciaenidae

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On a train

they are called carriages not trailers.

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Weird white dwarf pulsar baffles boffins as its pulsating pattern changes over decades

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AR Sco

Snigger. That is all.

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Re: Last time I tried to work in a bathrobe...

Do what I do - dont drink coffee - its a drug so it wakes your up a bit and then takes you down. You're much better off without it, it takes a while but apart from saving £30 or £40 a day that some of my friends seem to spend when out and about you actually get a lot more done in the long run.

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Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

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Inferred?

It seems the 3D data is inferred from other data. My worry is the inference will be influenced by theory and suffer from a touch of confirmation bias.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Re: Sony Vaio P

I found the 5 did indeed fit in my pocket - and fall out when I bent over so a shoulder holster that clips shut is a good idea if you like to go armed. I've been playing with an HP mini 2.10 with Xubuntu on it of late to the point where my hippy leather friend is going to make me a holster for it. I may try the new psion tho.

I should add I'm quite large so the HP makes sense for me.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: No thanks to any dynamic language

The thing about Python is it borrows most of its libraries for 'big things' are from C++ or Fortran so type checking is done before it gets round to doing the grunt work.

But if your types need checking then you can do that in python or most (any?) dynamic languages. Its all swings and roundabouts - the 1 second you save not having to declare a variable type in a dynamic language will be lost with hospitalisation due to the multiple injuries sustained from being hurled off the roundabout if you dont program safely.

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Computing languages are easy.

Its computing that's a bit of a bugger.

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: you need only watch the first 45 seconds

The French approach to music is quite unique in the world. I remember being trapped in a Paris disco in 1975 or something - trapped by a large group of young female US exchange students otherwise I would have killed someone to get out - and the music was just fucking* awful. What made it really bad was there would be a roaring guitar intro that would drop into a plinky plonky song with vogon poetry for lyrics. I didnt have enough money to drink myself deaf - I did try even at around £3 for a demi of shit french lager.

*no fucking fucking fucking awful.

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Defrag

the only Windows program I miss.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Well, i hope it happens ...

@jake - I think its La Palma in the Canaries that is 'set' to crack in two and send a tsunami to the east coast of the US - not NY or Washington as they will probably already be underwater by then.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Re: Sales is hard

Sales can be hard - it can also be incredibly easy - one famous salesman of the year was dossing in the office when someone phoned in wanting a few very expensive items.

I've worked in companies where the sales team has fought against on-line sales because they knew they were going to loose huge amounts of commission - largely 'earned' by simple getting in between the buyer and the seller. Higher level management getting a cut of their staffs sales really doesnt help either when 95% of business is repeat sales.I personally find it exasperating when I go on a website and have to request a quote for essentially an off the shelf item.

Not that I am ever going to get involved with Oracle - unless I get a job with a receiver.

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

but I swear solar activity makes it cloudy here.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: XUbuntu

I'm running Xubuntu 17.04 on an old HP Mini 2.10 so I can have something to do in the car while waiting for the daughters to finish surfing club/netball club etc when its not worth driving home and back again and I must say so far I'm impressed with it. Its only got a gig of ram but there's more than enough free to do some serious coding!

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder

In a built up area - and I'm guessing the people who want to use this service will be pissed up execs on a friday afternoon - a tail fin would be a serious pain in the arse what with all the winds bouncing around off cacky architecture.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: question for you Brits

Its not just Brits - there number of sites everywhere where people think its sensible to use a mix of greyey blue contrasting not with bluey grey (or similar practically monotonic themes) which are deemed by 'designers' to look cool or stylish and yet breach every simple accessibility rule.

One of the joys of the internet is you can normally force your own css onto a page so you can see what the fuck is going on. You need an old colour monitor with access to all the colour contrils to make some UIs U.

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You can see the effect clearly in this example.

er no you cant. If there are any visual differences on the page they have been swamped by someone knocking a tequila sunrise over.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Re: .Sarcasm, I take it?

Defend the Falklands? We're handing them to Argentina to get entry in to the WTO

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: "drone was attacked by the hornets while being used [..] to locate the creatures' nest"

Not sure what they're like at night - my dad used to go out with a torch and cut out wasp nests from bushes and pop them into a plastic bag and then in the freezer and he said they dont come out just buzz warnings.

Bloody works of art those nests!

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Re: Eek!

Too right. I'm allergic to uk wasps ( I have several land speed records to prove it) and it seems these bastards are even more aggressive. We have some European Hornets nesting around here somewhere but they're a bit like big dogs - no need to be aggressive - and seem quite chilled most of the time - assuming I'm not making Bolt look like he's standing still.

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Re: But sadly...

@ not.known@this.address

I read that as Episode 9 factorial. God that was depressing.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: I want a smart water meter

my advice is to get a micro-hydro-power plant and connect it to your coldwater supply and out down the loo.

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Re: Benefits

@ledswinger. This government is not interested in climate change - the important thing is to get shit smart meters into every home quickly so they can avoid putting in smart meters that are useful to the customer. If the customer had a smart meter that actually told them the price as it changed then that would be very useful to the customer but as it they are they are double extra shit.

When I'm in the house and its sunny I can have free hot water because I know I can turn my immersion heater on and it will be powered by my PV. If I'm in the office I cant tell how much the electricity company is charging me unless I get someone to pop round and have a look in the cupboard. Ditto 2am. I dont know of any electricity companies that will fit a smart meter that can do this but if you know of one I'd be happy to move. Except I'm in the country and they cant actually run one at my house yet.

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

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If we really want to get people interested in space travel

they need to find Timothy Taylors Landlord in the atmosphere of a planet.

I'd even consider pedalling.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Lightbulb moment? Blue = Intelligence!

"It's the colour associated with the Universities." well their sports teams anyway.

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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Re: not just Hoomans

I thought that of Picasso until one day someone juxtaposed a photo of his wife with one of his pictures of his wife.

Quite extraordinary!

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Boffins want machine learning to predict earthquakes

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Best of luck to em

but this is going to be no great shakes.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Credit for something I didn't do?

Not quite hardware but we had an accountant who demanded a report be on his desk every morning at 9am. One day I delivered it and hung around the corridor for 10 minutes or so and popped back in to ask a question about a package we were working on for him and noticed the report in the bin. 400 pages of 132 char wide fanfold in ten minutes? A chat with the cleaner and the same report was delivered daily until it looked a bit dog-eared and then we'd print another daily report, or glue the first couple of pages on to the old one.

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Re: Why only one thermostat?

Steve Wright (the one from when the US had comedians) liked to put his humidifier and de-humidfier in the same room and let them fight it out.

I'm trying to get a reliable sliding door opener so the heat from the conservatory can be let into the house to warm it up - but not now - it was 140f in there when I got my fat arse out of bed.

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Re: integrating the thermostat to home security

Nothing worse than coming home and finding a burglar naked and frozen stiff to the wife's lingerie drawer/

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: In two minds...

If the troll gets major backing then the defendant will get that too - after all they stand a very high chance of getting their money back* after the patent is invalidated.

* ok the trolls could go bust and not cough up but that would be worth a couple of quid.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: > If anyone wants to do an academic study of his work

When at school sciences chose me but I loved reading almost anything I could get my hands on and read the works the English A'level students had to study and I loved them while they largely hated them. At uni a friend of mine was doing a PhD in english and she'd never read any Sci-Fi and took a book of my collection of browning tattered paperbacks and read around 200 works without breathing - seems she'd never read for pleasure before!

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

As an anal retentive I'd recommend reading them in chronological order. You will be heading back to read the first two anyway so why not enjoy them without the expectations the later works will give you.

The Colour Of Magic is a great book anyway and the Light Fantastic a bit better but these are just the blue touchpaper but it you know there's a firework display coming up then fizzing blue touchpaper is rather captivating.

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FTC ready to give back tech support scamming money to the bilked

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Re: The banks can help

Presumably that was a credit card payment so the bank was helping itself really.

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Well, debugger me. Microsoft's BSOD fixer is getting a makeover

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Re If windbg wasn't supposed

nothing wrong with beginners learning to become pros - just make sure they take 10 or 15 MS training courses.

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Re: Know your market

Apparently she's passionate about the user experience. So was Miss Whiplash.

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Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

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Can you do this with H2 I wonder

You could light your burps with special fizzy cola. Or drive fuel cells etc.

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