* Posts by annodomini2

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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Re: Quick....

I got more of an impression the associated turd polisher was wanking over the belief in their own bullshit.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Things move...

Exactly, human observation of the planetary motion has occurred over the last ~200years and more recently with any kind of accuracy.

Planetary motion is chaotic and little changes over long periods of time can have a big impact.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

"Were whaling on the moon..."

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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"Kill switch" or equivalent

"Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted" springs to mind.

If someone or group of someone's, with sufficient capability and will to develop an 'intelligent machine', resulting in a malicious entity either intentionally or unintentionally. That doesn't adhere to your 'rules', then at which point you are screwed.

How many very intelligent kids are there out there that are outcasts due to various definitions of how an individual should behave or be perceived in society, look at the number of observed hackers and compensate for those who don't get caught. I bet you would find many who would love to 'stick it to the man', or for some other political reason.

The benefit of the internet is it connects almost everything, it is also the problem.

Once it was loose the probability of stopping it becomes almost zero.

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Did you know? Today is International Asteroid Day! Wouldn't it be amazing if one were to...

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Re: El Reg ?

Oh I don't know, if they started a 'War on Asteroids' I'm sure someone would find the money down the back of the sofa.

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US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on self-driving cars

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Re: Sanity Checks on the promises being made...

They are well aware, Google, Tesla et al are all generally aligned with developing their code cheaply and beta testing on the unsuspecting public.

This is where the lobbying is coming from, it's to minimise their costs and has SFA to do with innovation.

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Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

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Father Ted special

Fecking Expensive

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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The problem is noise, you have a moving object attempting to scan another potentially moving object.

The potentially moving object may be flat or may be of complex shape with variant reflective and refractive indexes.

Then you need to send a sequence of pulses, over a time period that your detector can observe.

Many-many-many non malicious things could disrupt these signals. So where do you draw the line to accept or refuse a signal?

There are so many edge and corner cases it's unreal.

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Curiosity drills into the watery origins of Mars

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Re: If we don't find some life there soon

We need to smack something fairly big and at a fair speed to re-melt the core, otherwise adding water is for nothing as the thin atmosphere will cause it to evaporate and the solar wind will strip it away.

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Shoebox-sized satellites made by civs win trip on NASA's newest rocket

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Re: For the boffin's sake I hope they have a backup plan.

If they were building 2/3 different launches you could understand that, but they are not.

It's got everything to do with cash and jobs for a politico's area and nothing to do with efficiency or effectiveness.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: Money is the solution

"Well one good reason is that Jeremy Hunt has spent an awful lot of time lately meeting with US Healthcare Insurers. Coincidence?"

Please correct the spelling of his name. C-C-C

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Real world underfunding

In 2009-2010, the NHS budget was £111.7Bn

In 2016-2017, it is £122.6Bn.

Tory data manipulators state they are spending more money on the NHS.

Between 2010 and 2017 compound inflation is about 18%.

Therefore the 09-10 budget (relatively) was ~£131.8Bn.

Or more fundamentally, a 7% reduction in funding.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: This is all very well, but........

@Mad Mike,

While Minimum wage is a good thing in that it prevents people being underpaid for their work, at the same time I have a couple of issues with it:

1. If a job is paid at Minimum Wage all the boss of that job is saying is, I would pay you less, but I'm not legally allowed.

2. If an individual on Minimum Wage needs to work 60+hrs/week just to make ends meet, when the majority full time work IRO ~40hrs/week, then either Minimum Wage is too low or the system is attempting to work against Minimum Wage.

The second one is what I think we are seeing, the market forces are acting to minimise the impact of any raises.

As you stated previously, who determines what is an acceptable no. of hrs/week? There is no right or wrong answer, only what as a group we assess as fair.

I have no issue with those that wish to work longer hours, that is their choice, however I take issue when it is forced upon an individual, politically, financially or otherwise.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Please keep it simple

You can make a mechanical engine as efficient and refined as something ECU controlled.

It would be heavier and cost a lot more, but it is possible.

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CAN Reliability

Depends on the Bus, Low speed CAN, can operate as a LIN bus in the event the CAN HIGH or CAN LOW becomes open circuit.

High Speed CAN doesn't support this feature, neither does CAN FD.

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Not really heavy is it?

"I expect by 2025 heavy lift will be changed to refer only to rockets above your 50 tonne number."

Depends if Musk gets the funding to build the BFR.

Theoretically 500t to LEO.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Still curious

Send a rover there, normally they have a drill to cut into things, this has blasted a great big hole in the ground, revealing things, could make for some useful research.

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Facebook parlays bot bet into ParlAI dialog framework

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FAIR

...So, it's anything but...

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

@Colin Millar,

You assume that he is not doing his job, he is (hence why he has not been removed), his job is to run the NHS into the ground to justify privatisation.

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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

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Re: Interesting

Never put all your eggs in one basket

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: shame for Ledswinger

@Timmy B

It's worse than that, for the majority they have been building 4/5 bed 'Executive' homes as they are more profitable (per Sq ft).

Where there is more of a need for Flats, 1 and 2 bed homes.

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Re: £10m a year for a drone?

NHS costs are also rising due privatisation.

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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Re: Possible motivation

Also being on orbit, harder to enforce, e.g. bypass the Great firewall as it could be satellite accessed.

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Google buys developers of VR goof-around Job Simulator

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Re: virtual jobs are most popular

EVE online being a case in point

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: Gasbags

Git you beat me to it!

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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More POWER!!!! (CPU, GPU, RAM etc)

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

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Re: "That's a huge pod. In a day when cellphones are a couple of ounces, why is that so big?"

How wings really work

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Re: practical consideration

Slashing Achilles, we have a history in the UK, look it up

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Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

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Re: the government's aim...

"...of delivering a service that is just (for the rich!), proportionate (victimises the plebs), accessible to all (with the cash) and works better for everyone (wealthy)."

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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Re: "unlike the Pu240, which is proving to be an expensive PITA to make."

Think there is an error with your numbers there, $240 for an RTG?

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Re: The download rate is basically set by the power supply

I do find it amusing all these articles "US needs to make more Plutonium for RTGs", there's probably tons of the stuff at Sellafield.

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Nvidia says Google's TPU benchmark compared wrong kit

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Re: Google still kicks NVIDA in terms of power...

My interpretation of the table is that the Tensorflow isn't for training, but run-time operations.

When you've created your trained environment that is developed to run on this architecture, you can cut your on-going operating costs by using these as the equivalent power consumption is much, much lower.

If the system can function adequately in fixed point 8bit, then why not run it in that scenario. What is the point of wasting all that power and subsequently money for a field operable system that is adequate for the job.

Google have the resource to develop something like this and if it either allows them to increase functionality or save money or both, then they would probably invest in it.

Yes they could buy GPUs off the shelf, but just because something is available to do it this way does not necessarily mean it's the best solution for the job.

FPGA's are great at being flexible, but they are usually not very power efficient.

I get the impression you are looking at this from an academic/development environment perspective rather than a production environment perspective, which is where Google are operating these devices (assumed).

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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Re: Article and 29 comments so far and not one mention of

But you would probably be signing a 12-18m contract with the new supplier, so how is this any different?

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Boeing 737 turns 50

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Re: Much as I'd like to be impressed

Boils down to 3 things:

1. Operating costs.

2. Customer Confidence.

3. Engineering cost for a radical concept.

A component of the Operating costs, is the cost of the Aircraft itself. If this was replaced with a new radical design, the engineering costs would be high and Customer confidence low. This will massively increase the cost of an Aircraft, increasing operating costs.

If the Aircraft were vastly more efficient e.g. 50%+, you may have some interest, but the operating costs have to show significant benefit before you will get custom.

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Re: The important word here is Hybrid

The other advantage of being a electrical generator instead of a gas generator is it can operate in the peak efficiency zone of the engine more of the time, which with many Gas turbines is usually quite narrow.

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Re: Catapult takeoff?

It's 3-4g on a Carrier as the runway is short.

If it could use the same launch profile as if there was no catapult (i.e. just get it to take off speed), there must be some savings there.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Re: More cattle prods...

Replace the circuitry with a motorbike ignition coil and a 9v battery.

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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The Falcon 9 Heavy isn't for Mars travel, it's for heavy geostationary satellites.

The SpaceX ITS is for Mars and hasn't been built yet.

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Re: Nice idea

Coilgun, rather than a railgun, magnetically hold it to the surface. Main issue is the air resistance on Earth.

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Boffins invent wacky quantum gizmo prototype for secure mobile payments

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So...

Decryption becomes much harder, but DOS becomes much easier?

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: jam

"incorrect" more likely.

"Your password is incorrect!"

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Is that a phone in your hand – or a gun? This neural network reckons it has it all figured out

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Na it just edits the video and claims they threw it away

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

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Re: the Lego test

2nd point, magnet on a robot arm.

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

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Re: Justice for the UK?

It's due to a difference in the law, the EU regulations the UK follows in this regard doesn't specifically state that a bypass device/software for the test is illegal, whereas the US regulations do.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

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Re: Was about to say the same thing

@Electron Shepard, your example is backwards, it is up to the police to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, you were exceeding the posted speed limit.

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CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure

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Re: Zero day vulns sound great for TLA's

Like anything regarding security: "If there is a way in, you can get in!"

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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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Re: And if you think about it for more than 10 minutes...

Currently space is not an issue because there isn't many of them, get 2 million of them up there each needing to be at least a mile apart from each other and things change.

Also Air traffic control is stressful with the current setup, imagine people having to organise that many flying vehicles. Yes I know they would intend to automate it, but that is not currently the case.

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Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

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More privatisation by the back door

How long before these commercial entities are sold off?

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In a loving tribute to its fiery washing machines and Note 7... Samsung management explodes

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Re: Samsung:

Maybe they took the notion of a Fire Sale too far.

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The most l33t phone of MWC: DarkMatter's Katim

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Snapdragon 821

Quad core not Octo core

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