* Posts by James Hughes 1

2445 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

James Hughes 1

Re: Resolution, resolution, resolution

I once went to a talk by Doug Trumbull (yes, the one mentioned in the article - Siggraph 94 IIRC), and he was asking for 16kx16k resolution for IMax (specifically, the Back to the Future ride at Universal, again IIRC). So resolution is important, it just needs to be applied in the right place.

1080p is not necessary on a smartphone.

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James Hughes 1

Re: almost

So, you favourite SciFi series in Firefly, and yet your name is from H2G2.

Hmmm. Irony.

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

James Hughes 1

Re: Complete Rethink

That's a ten year plan.....New CPU architecture don't grow on trees.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

James Hughes 1

Re: I'd happily use fingerprint authentication, but...

Google sold Boston Dynamics to Softbank (owners of ARM).

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James Hughes 1

Re: I'd happily own a phone

SS definitely used the front facing camera to detect a face and not go in sleep when it did so. It wasn't a light sensor - the actual camera. Running low frame rates though, to save power. I worked on it for a while in Sunny S. Korea.

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Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

James Hughes 1

Re: I agree with Musk

"Bag of resentment" - great phrase! Hope you don't mind if I use it.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Intelligence doesn't exist in a money dominated world let lone AI!

Almost certainly the AI would do a better job than a human in panic school leaving situations. Maybe not at current state of the art, but within a few years.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Overstretch

It's actually a lot easier nowadays to build you own silicon. Good tools, libraries and cheap FPGA's make the process cheaper. Still expensive making the actual silicon, even on a MPW.

I'm not surprised in this move TBH, getting a custom designed chip exactly targeted at what you want, rather than buying something not quite right from a third party for more money seems like a good move.

I don't think this is overstretching. Its not like Musk is sitting there doing the design himself, he has employed a lot of smart people to do that for him.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Overstretch

The Musk hate is strong in this one.

Perhaps waiting until all his companies fail, then gloating would be a more useful use of your time.

Of course, then you might be disappointed.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Nothing to worry then

Important to remember - Investors, in general, are not stupid people. If they think DONT think Tesla are a worthwhile investment, they don't need to put any money in. And yet, here they are, putting money in. Ergo, they think Tesla are a good investment. And I think they are right, certainly better than the money sinks that are the other car companies in the states.

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Re: Nothing to worry then

@dainB

If you are going to give examples of failure, at least give examples of failure. I think everything you mentioned is actually still in progress. Failures happen when they fail. And none of the examples you have given have failed, in fact, most of them are successes. And having read you post, were you being sarcastic? Because after I wrote the below I realised that everything you wrote was actually the exact opposite of whats actually happening.

Gigafactory - production ramping up.

Hyperloop - people starting to build prototypes.

Powerwell - installations going on around the world. Related - Pueta Rico and the Australian thing that just went online.

Solar Shingles - early days, but still going and a great idea.

Constellation/Global Broadband (same thing) - Two prototype satellites going up early next year.

Boring Company - currently building a test tunnel.

Model 3 production ramping as we speak.

SpaceX - undercutting its competitors by a considerable margin and now launches about half the worlds satellites. And is bringing back boosters for reuse. Whether they use them is up to SpaceX, some already used, the F9H is two reused cores. Block 5 about to come on line which is the final variant and should be good for 100 flights each.

Of course, any of the above might not pan out, but to claim any of them are failures at this point is clearly absolutely incorrect.

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

James Hughes 1

Re: Priorities

FFS.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

James Hughes 1

Re: inter-intelligence sex.

Which is classic bullying behaviour....

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

James Hughes 1

Re: 1.5G

Not astronauts, generally, but experimental stuff, like zero g grown crystals, which require low accelerations forces to survive to the ground.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

James Hughes 1

Re: Pi flavour?

Also, you can buy The Pi Zero and Zero W in quantity, but they will cost more than the single unit price. I'd go with the Pi3, so much faster.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Pi flavour?

Yes, the Ethernet and 4 port USB hub all go via a single USB port into the SoC. Yes, it is a bottleneck, no it hasn't really stopped a lot of sales, because in general people are not too worried about it. Those who really need the throughput get alternative devices and live with the less than useful support.

As for whether this is a toy, I'd suggest that if Los Alomos National Lab though it was a good idea to make one, then it's not really a toy. After all, it's not like the Pi is the new kid on the block with an unexpected design that will catch them unawares.

This is a project for testing code in an environment similar to the real HPC's, so you don't take up valuable compute time ironing out the kinks. It gives you 750 * 4 core A53 devices running at 1.2GHz, with slow interconnects and only 1GB RAM per node, buts costs less than $35k or so (my figures, not sure of final cost, assuming $35/Pi ex VAT plus costs for the Bitscope racks)

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James Hughes 1

Re: Obligatory...

The latest Pi version is a quad core arm A53 running at 1.2gig so considerably faster than the original Pi model. They also support neon in the latest models so that if you can take advantage of it give you a massive speed improvement.

There's a thread on the Raspberry Pi forums that has a lot of linpack style testing done on it which might be worth a look if you're interested.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Pi flavour?

Raspberry Pi make what is it about 500k a month or something ridiculous so buying in quantities is not a problem.

As for using something like a banana pie or an orange Pi yes they do have faster ethernet but the os support is absolutely rubbish. Since this is a educational project rather than a serious high-performance computing project it seems that the Ethernet is probably not that important anyway.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

James Hughes 1

Re: Jeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I'd go for whining twat, but that's just me, a happy desktop/embedded Linux user/developer, who occasionally uses Windows as well.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Virtualised WIndows

There is a single consistent GUI/desktop. The one you chose to use. Just ignore any others.

As for compiling applications, just chose one where the distro has already done it for you. I haven't had to compile an app for years, I just use whatever Canonical has in their repo.

And using one distro does not means a monopoly, since the kernel development is done out of distro land.

Note: I have Windows10 on the laptop, but only for web and some Windows only apps (not many at all). We handle a huge amount of stuff on the cloud (email, source control, bug tracking, office management, task management, which can actually be done under Linux as well). All of my software work in done on a Linux VM, or VNC to a Linux server, apart from a particular debugger which runs under Windows, but access the source tree on a Linux server.

Generally, the Windows fails exceed the Linux fails by quite some margin.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

James Hughes 1

Re: re: I'm just curious as to why

I've got a couple of Dysons and a Henry.

The Henry is shit at actually sucking stuff up compared with the Dysons. The Dysons (one handheld, one upright) are fairly robust. The upright has a broken bit of plastic, but is over 5yrs old and still works fine. One day I'll get round to fixing it. The handheld is great, cost about £80 IIRC, so maybe twice the cost of a really cheap nasty, but well made and very effective.

I have no issues with Dyson's.

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James Hughes 1

Re: "why he is being given public money..."

He owns lots of farmland which is rented out to tenant farmers. It's not as it the land is sitting there idle.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Solve this at the source

@itzman No you don't need to own a car that can do 200miles. You get an electric car, then hire something else for the long journeys.

Or just get a Tesla with >200mile range.

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James Hughes 1

Re: You miserablists

Dyson is an engineer - certainly more so that Sinclair. The development of the original Dyson vac was done by him IIRC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dyson

And you can keep your Henry, I'll stick with my Dyson that been running for years and actually sucks stuff up.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Pollution impact

@Gordon JC Pearce

Not going to work. Tesla cars work so well because they are designed from the ground up to be electric. The battery is low down, the car built around it.

Not only that, but with electric you can get rid of much of the transmission which is power hungry, a drop in replacement would still require some sort of transmission I suspect. And where would you put the battery?

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James Hughes 1

Re: The date seems very optimistic

Yes, you can buy it. Ricardo in Cambridge specialise in selling their services in this area. There may be skills shortage right now, but that will ease.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

James Hughes 1

Re: @tiggity re. all those JS coders

Hmm, I've been coding for over 35 years, still enjoy it, now earn in the top 10% (countrywide) working for the third biggest computer company (by sales) worldwide on really interesting stuff.

So being a dev isn't all bad. You just need to be good at it and find a decent job!

We have interns in who are VERY bright, even at age 18 they are well worth paying well. They could walk in to a job here no problem - and have. Helps being in Cambridge I suppose, with a good catchment.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Peak Code Monkey

"Anyone can code"

No, not really.

"Not so much, as anyone with those other degrees can, if they don't already know, learn to code very well in a matter of weeks."

Even more, not really.

I'm not too bad as a coder (been employed doing it for the last 30 years with no gaps), and I learn something new almost every day. Although I do have a CS degree, it's hasn't been used to a huge extent, but has come in useful. But compared to how I started out I am SO much better now. And that only comes with doing to job for years. So, no, you cannot learn to code well "in a matter of weeks", unless your bar for decent code is really quite low.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

James Hughes 1

What's quite annoying is that the picture is better than almost every one of the 12k pictures I have taken over the last 20 years.

Oh, that and the fact the PETA get even more press.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

James Hughes 1

For a presumably intelligent person, Madsen seems to be exceptionally dumb. Headless/armless torso? Why? DNA will ID the body. Changing his story? Why? Changing a story implies guilt. Burial at sea? Weakest excuse in the history of the world - no one does that - they take the body back to shore.

A bizarre story, made more bizarre by completely irrational behaviour.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

James Hughes 1

Re: A bit too SJW

I *think* you just read something by a misogynistic fucktrumpet. Or he could be a lobotomised shitlark, or perhaps a wankpuffin.

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James Hughes 1

Re: If you're all in favour of strong female roles...

@phil.

Since the other Time Lords in the series HAVE actually changed gender, and there have been female timelords in shows, its seems anachronistic that the Dr hasn't been female yet. Assuming that the probability of changing gender is 50:50 (I suspect it isn't, it seems likely there is less chance of a change than remaining the same)), the chance of 12 in a row being male is only 2^12, so 4096:1.

About time.

Or something.

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James Hughes 1

Re: @King Jack:

Having to add "It's a joke" to a comment or statement, reminds me of people who have to add "I'm not a racist but" to the start of whatever they are going to say.

It generally means exactly the opposite.

Or at least, if you have to explain that something is a joke, it's really not that funny.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

James Hughes 1

Re: Mass market?

You could indeed get a 5lt V8 Mustang, but wtf would you? it would cost a bloody fortune to run, and the handling is agricultural. So basically a bit shit as commuter car.

Looking forward to the model 3, waiting for early teething troubles to be fixed, and the queue to die down a bit! And need to save up some cash.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

James Hughes 1

Re: If only....

I think the choice here is:

1) Do I want to live my entire life emotionally and sexually unfulfilled

2) Or not.

I'd suggest that sometimes, that even if you have a choice, there may only be one sane option.

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James Hughes 1

Re: As an Athiest

Ditto.

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James Hughes 1

It's there for Gay pride! Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July 2017. So, yes, it's a supportive message, and one that is appreciated by educators I have been reliably informed.

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James Hughes 1

Re: The Bible

The artist is sitting a few tables down, I'll let him know you rang. BTW, I seriously doubt your daughter could do any better than a professional illustrator, but feel free to send some of her artwork in so we can do the comparison.

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James Hughes 1

Because its funny and IT related?

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James Hughes 1

Is it two women? I thought one of them was Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

But apparently not...

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Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

James Hughes 1

Re: "Brilliant, simply brilliant."

Same here, been a customer for years, used online since it started. Used it this morning.

Never had any trouble, including this morning, although I did get the warning message.

And as for not telling El Reg about the detail's, why should they? It's always been their policy not to say anything, and it could well be a commercial secret.

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

James Hughes 1

Re: Bait...

Trolling much?

I use Linux for everything.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Thanks!

What John said. Learn how it works before commenting.

After all, Linux is the worlds most common kernel (as the underpining kernel for android) , I guess they must have got something right.

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James Hughes 1

Re: Thanks!

Cheers!

Had my first kernel driver bug fix accepted for, I think, this release!

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

James Hughes 1

Re: Fuel on Mars

Surprised that no-one has commented that this is simply a publication of the talk he did a year ago, so nothing new in it.

As for other points...

The Moon requires more Dv than going to Mars, so is actually harder to get to (and by get to I mean land on) and get back from.

This isn't fraud as some conspiracy theorist said above - Musk is currently revolutionising the Space launch business, and his company is almost certainly going to have something on Mars within 10 years. Might even be ITS, but will certainly be a Red Dragon.

Everything complained about above has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere already. And in fact Musk is planning a new talk within a few months to go over version 2 of the plan.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

James Hughes 1

Re: The REAL benifit

As someone who digs around in the Linux kernel to try and fix stuff, access to the source code is of benefit to very few people, despite the proclamations by many. The code is so complex you cannot really do much with it unless you spend a lot of time on it. And few people have that time.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

James Hughes 1

Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

Maybe wind and solar ARE net polluters (I still remain to be convinced), but they are still better than the alternatives.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

James Hughes 1

Re: And still shovelling Android

Moronic comment from someone with more money than sense. For $5k a month I'd use Android, naked (Certain limitations apply, like walking outside primary schools)

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

James Hughes 1

Re: Ah

Hadn't heard the Apple rumour - I spend some lunchtimes watching the construction from the building next door! From another fruit based company.

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James Hughes 1

Odd, all they are doing is MOVING offices from the already existing offices in Castle Park. They will be getting a few more staff I suspect, a few people are leaving... Raspberry Pi is in the same area, as are Microsoft. Parking/driving is impossible/crap, so I come in by train which actually turns out cheaper anyway. Impossible to actually buy any decent property in Cambridge unless you earn £150k, and even Amazon salaries don't hit those giddy heights for most softies.

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