* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Re: Render all surfaces

Yes, existing 2d (and 3d stereoscopic) systems already account for most of that. With VR a few new problems appear, and a few new solutions to deal with them.

Such as transparency only being accounted for for one camera, and now having two. With some textures "cheating" a fake depth, then the effect being obviously fake in 3d (The old trick of rendering a 3d like shadow/lighting effect onto a 2d billboard no longer works, as it's obviously 2d, and now needs to be fully rendered in 3d).

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Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

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Re: Trust????

Only online? You've never met an broadband sales person on the street/over the phone then...

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger?

A tool for the job. It is about using it where it is needed. Say having it control engines where it can manage fraction of a second changes... but allow it to both communicate and be overridden, so when it does something stupid (like fly into the sea because no one saw the pitch authority), it can be corrected.

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Re: Ask Them

Yep. It may be Apple is going the "smart radio" route instead, making their software/hardware available to manufactures, instead of an "Apple Car"?

As in offer the integration into the iphone, own the OS, but let others build the car.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: Can't tell their arse from their armpit :(

Count your sell fortunate. I can see a quick change of marketing to "BT infinity 2 now "includes" fibre" and they just got a get out of jail free card as your paperwork will never "promise" fibre, just allow you to use it when and if they upgrade you.

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Gotta give one to Zen and the likes (A&A, IDNET, ThinkBroadband etc) for getting BT/Openreach into gear.

Nothing is better than the stories they tell too... like the time a trainee at Openreach deleted an entire ISP of the systems (no idea if it was routing/radius/etc as I'm not THAT technical).

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Re: I don't see a problem with it...

Mine is the one with REAL "R0lex" watches in the pockets, real GOLD!!! too, only £500 a piece.

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IIRC this is an old sales technique. Show the bells and whistles available, then at the very last point, before you click "buy" tell the customer the actual service they are getting costs more (as legacy connections/services cost more to provide ;) ) and that it provides less, and that we "will wait for the engineer/exchange to let us know".

Is a real problem I've seen with bundled services as well, when no knowing if there is LLU available etc.

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Over 10 years of internet problems and helping neighbors/friends call BT, every time the call goes "We see no fault reported at the exchange, it must be your equipment."

Every time, the fault has been broken cables, cabinets and sockets at the exchange (I recently had to be plugged into a new exchange socket). With one exception (I was not involved ;) ) being a work college who had plugged in the routers wrong, but got let off the £120 charge as the engineer found another fault near by in the process.

Other companies are not even any better, as many over sell on capacity or blatantly lie about services and features.

I've gone with a smaller company who are as honest as they come. Sadly they do have to use BT backhual and last mile for most services.

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Robot != AI

I assume this is a crazed panic in response to automated cars. Where the companies do not wish to take on responsibility for their designs and decisions, and instead wish to palm it off onto "AI".

If I program a train to accelerate into a corner and derail, who is at fault? Can I say "it was the AI who did it me lord!"? Nope...

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Re: Fucking stupid.

The thing that all ways got me with Blade Runner was they were not robots, they were "clones/purchased slaves". From the outside they looked 100% human, and we only had outward comments that there biological construction did not include a human brain.

Watched from that perspective, it makes it even more a troublesome problem. Who are we defining as "robots", is it a scope creep where people end up being enslaved to their jobs as a lower class?

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: Am I the only one

Yes it's called an alternative OS...

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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We need a project...

Call it "Icarus", for obvious reasons, and just give the AI access to everything (within reason, give it a mouse and keyboard and it has to move them mechanically, so as to limit it's input/output reasonably)...

Teach it via imitation/reward etc. Our current systems must at least be able to give us an "interesting" result, though I assume it will go the way of every AI claim, and just turn out to be a learning algorithm...

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: A Starved Zombie Is A Dead Zombie

A little "get out of jail free" card for you. Considering the Zenomorphs biology, I'd assume they were carbon based. They (through necessity of what is shown in the films) would get their mass from an extremely efficient version of a plants growth. With hat and water vapor, they would get most their food, like a plant, from the air. Though this ignores the energy requirements.

Totally impossible, but I guess you'd call it a carbon nanotube type life form.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: QED

If it is working for the BBC or News Media in general... can it be called "intelligence" anymore?

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Re: Conclusive proof there is no AI uprising...

As your post has no downvotes, that means none of the AI has risen up to comment on here...

... unless it is clever enough to stay hidden, and was not baited to defend itself by comments on its stupidity.

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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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There are some that even do emergency water departure and while upside down.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Perhaps...

It is a kind of stealth or catch all patent? As in, no one in their right minds things they will every build this design. But they think some aspect of it is vital (say using blimps for cargo transport between warehouses) and want to patent the idea so no one else can use it....

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Re: Not their call

Here in the UK the off switch is on the wall. ;)

Though I've a great idea for modding this thing if I ever get one... oh and by that I don't mean just with a hammer! :D

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I'm only a messenger...

https://madeby.google.com/home/

He says hello, and He purchases neither from Amazon or Google, wifi signal not too great up there you see...

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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We agree in principles...

but not in kind.

It's not a copyright issue, though it is one of avoiding changes to the system (as others have posted for safety reasons in the same way a lot of car/object modifications are banned).

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Been there done that.

3 obvious errors printed on the log sheet from the ECU error report. Small sensor fault, then injector, then ECU. So either way for cause and effect, ECU or sensor failed... as the car runs, I'd assume the sensor. ;)

But the garage first suggested replacing the injectors then trying the ECU if that did not work. I "limped" the car home instead, pretending I'd "think about it", and spent £15 on a new sensor from up the road and fitted it in 15 mins (would have been 3 but my socket set was not the right angle/length to get to the bold nicely).

Car worked a treat until some more sensors started to fail all different reed sensors I guess, so I assume the magnets/housing wears out eventually, but those ones would cost too much to replace as no longer manufactured... so had to scrap it :(

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: They'd have been better off to declare Windows 10 as a service pack from day 1.

One word. Marketing. You could not market it as "new Windows" if they did that. It would have no marketing potential.

It's all down to that. If you make it a mandatory update, it becomes a service agreement, it becomes a maintenance requirement. It becomes a risk and a cost to the business.

There is a reason companies give away "Free*" offers with products, and don't just upgrade the base product. Or give huge "Discounts (I don't need an asterisk for that one)" on new products instead of upgrading the old one.

*Limited to terms and conditions, no guarantee provided for the free gift, subject to availability, limited stock, no cash value...

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Re: What a load of bull

I'd say they saw the Windows 10 uptake go from a few individual percentage points to double figures (10% or 20%?). They knew with that high an uptake the customers must have been "tricked" or "mistaken" and not have chosen themselves. Especially as they could compare to the changes via options like "you'll run out of time" which is usually the biggest cause of conversions.

So if this had the biggest spike in Windows 10 uptake, it was obviously a trick on being unclear on the facts ("you must upgrade" which is a lie, as it's "you may upgrade"), or plain false information ("Close down now" turns out to be a lie and it upgrades you now instead).

However, I doubt they checked peoples individual emails and forum posts (though they may aggregate general social tracking). Most companies just go by the big statistical data, and this is enough.

They don't need to track your individual forum posts... they know if you install (and which buttons you press), they know if you uninstall (and which buttons you press). That's all they need, the rest is window dressing.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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If Apple had any heart...

They would send them an old Clamshell...

(I have not as old iBook here I could donate, but it's lacking any software as I attempted to put Linux on it and never kept a OS backup)

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Re: a full re-index of the hard drive on the next boot

You both get upvotes because it may be a mix of both problems/solutions. Perhaps not a failed shut down, but it may have been doing something in the background as a maintenance task (though could easily just be a bugged java code as posted above).

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2016 just got a tiny bit longer. Gee, thanks, time lords

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Good for you...

My current place of work said "we pay you hourly, but don't account for the hour change from winter/summer time... but that's ok, it will all work out in the long run".

Well, no, not if you work one and not the other. I've kept honest and avoided both... but I could make a small profit booking holidays at the right time. :P

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: Faster than light

You cannot rotate the torch faster than the speed of light. The emission of light is at the speed of light.

So you effectively have a spiral of photons/waves travelling away from you at the speed of light in a spiral (if you span 360 and not just across the wall).

The question is, do any of those photons/waves appear to be travelling faster than light from any perspective/trajectory? Einstein would say no and I assume it holds. I'm just not smart enough to do the maths just now though.

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Re: c is calculable

I can think of at least one way the speed of light could have exceeded the expected speed within the early universe... if it was re-emitted but due to time length/iteration/quantum uncertainty limits did not interact as often with particles. It could have "skipped" particles, due to them being so close together? Then it would not be limited by re-emission as it is now in water/glass etc... due to the early universe being so dense.

Though it may just be me who is dense.

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Re: "wouldn't the charges involved modify the trajectory"

There is a theoretical problem/puzzle on how much light you would need to optically lens light via it's own gravitational pull (from it's own energy).

I'd have to look it up again, I cannot remember if it was considered impossible, impractical or if it would happen. Does the early universe have that high a concentration of light/energy? I'd assume no due to expansion and it not becoming a singularity.

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Re: peer-reviewable and repeatable experiment proposal

Good idea, but best to drop your bug testing loop into the time travelling loop.

For example, 1) Design and build a Time Machine.

2) Send time machine to the past at a chosen time, if it arrives with bugs, fix as many as you can and send it back further.

3) Once there are no bugs, send it back to the present (1 second in the future from the time machines new perspective).

4) Do your experiments.

This means you get a bug free time machine rather quickly. Now if teaching past yourselves how to bug fix the machines is an exponentially increasing problem (perhaps the laws of physics trying to keep hold of your device!) then just send it to the future for them to bug fix instead...

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: MS Watch

The Play station "3" was out, thus "Xbox 2" would not have been a working marketing campaign. Nintendo dropped out (long ago?) from such a race, but we can assume keeping 3 and or higher in the name was to try and show consumers the level of the product.

"One" was to try and show how it was a reboot I guess, as trying to pull a 360 again and emulate the "Playstation 4" name would be too obvious a trick.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Re: More than a security problem

If it you downloaded that web helper tool, you deserved it for that...

(If they hijacked the router themselves when you never signed up to it, then you deserve it fro going with BT... unless they were the only choice. ;) )

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: This is probably...

I kind of agree this is like building a car that also doubles as a bicycle...

... and a boat, and a plane and a pair of crocks.

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Re: CrazyOldCatMan

Yep, the look on the cats face says it all... the sofa pushed the cat off!

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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Re: "Promoting the poorer ones"

Ah... appears that quote may be fake. Oh well, I still assume it's what goes through peoples heads.

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Re: "Promoting the poorer ones"

Interestingly a recent movie blog posted a probably true quote from top movie execs and the reason why most of the new content is "poor".

"‘We don’t care. We don’t really care. The amount of money we’re going to make globally, I mean 70 percent of our audience is not going to be seeing this in English. And it doesn’t really matter, these things that you’re bringing up about the flaws of the script."

That was about the latest Batman movie too! So budget and time is not a limiting factor, just the desire to make anything of quality, when it encroaches on the profit margins.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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Re: Eye-tracking is the breakthrough we need

NVidia are working on a VR lightfield display. It seems really good. But requires the types of manufacturing and technology that are eye watering.

(Beer, because those kind of goggles are cheaper...)

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Re: Still "ten years away"?

Yes (I assume). Dreams can be very much visually led from recent visual memory (the film you watched, sitting at the desk all day, driving etc).

Lucid dreaming though might have more to do with how deep you are sleeping. So while VR might effect what type of dreams you have, if you wish to induce a "it's so real I'm there" via lucid dreaming... I'd not want to take the drugs that cause it.

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Solution Q

Sounds like Vapourware, or for a better description, too good to be true.

If released it will probably be on par with mobile phone VR, not PC VR.

The refresh rate, FPS, image quality, head tracking etc are vastly higher quality on PC than a phone.

As an example, the PS4 head tracking VR, is currently inbetween the two techs, and uses a camera for tracking. Many report motion sickness from it, as the hardware is just not quite quick or powerful enough for it just yet.

The PC setups mainly need very highly powered systems, to do all the work quickly enough. Smaller devices start to lack this, and start to look like a bizarre slide show.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Santander must also not be hashing passwords

Why not just hash each character...

But more seriously, I assume the "first third and fifth" version of pin checking if for *view* only options to statements and already assured bills and payments. When ever I need to add a new bill or account to pay into, or set a new DD, I need a new pin pad check (which is hashed etc AFAIK).

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Bungling ATM thieves blow up bank statement machine

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Re: Might be Dutch

A better idea if for the Bank manager just to funnel it into their Jag/Merc... why let the crims have the fun of an explosion, when we can have the fun of at least getting all that petrol off them!

Troll icon, because it is probably the right time to do it when done to the criminals.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: I just found...

They saw a market no one else did. I'll give you that. Those types of GUI existed before, but not on touch.

There seems to have been an idea that touch screen was for business was for spreadsheets. Then apple made the touch device for consumers, and bam... the rest is history.

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Re: It's not JUST the toolbar

How? I don't think that Apple do change connectors that often. It's just changing it so early and so completely with no intermediate device. If last years had 1 TB3/USB C and then they did this, people would understand. It's the "cut of your leg or nothing" attitude, the same as with the headphone connector, that is so jarring to consumers.

It worked for the Macbook Air (curring CD), because it's an Apple ecosystem, and people were practically onto streaming content for audio anyhow, and it was not selling its self as a dvd player. :P

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Re: Oh dear Apple

Will it not take 2 or 3 years to get the designs and hardware and manufacturing for a fingerprint scanner under the screen?

(Goes off to Google "under display finger print scanner" to see if Apple are designing it from scratch or just copying it from a competitor...)

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Re: It's not JUST the toolbar

I was going to downvote you, because it's obvious in 3 years time when the TB3/USB type C devices are everywhere, this will be a nice laptop.

Then I remembered, it's still 3 years before that will be so. And will this hardware last that long? I probably will, but why spend the extra now, when you can wait it out, and get an even better one in 3 years time?

Such a intermediate cycle, needed an intermediate device, with both types of connector, then next years/or after going 100% Thunderbolt (with what, half an hours design work? ;) ), so have an upvote!

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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Re: All I want is a smartphone with long battery life that doesn't blow up. Is that too much to ask?

Sorry, your logic fails to meet an unpassable syntax. The only assumption or confirmation of anything I can make is that I exist. I am, and my sensory inputs give an indication that something else other than me may also exist. I can parse probabilities mathmatically and logically just fine. No contradictions there.

However, if you ask me how I know "anything", that is a longer answer.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Re: Tesco bank accounts...

You wouldn't find being a customer funny?

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Re: Open source to blame?

Yes, because the design of roads being publicly open and free to everyone, means all the roads get used by criminals...

... now if only we had kept the design for roads and cars proprietary we would have stopped all bank and store robberies...

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

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Re: Next question...

Your not asking the right questions (but no downvotes for the jokes, that's ok...).

They just confirmed that by the looks of it, so far, it has the same mass as expected.

So before you ask "which way does it fall?", first think "what is it's mass?", then come back and decide what question is best to ask. :)

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