* Posts by NP-HARD

47 posts • joined 7 Mar 2013

Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: Smith

Point taken. However, the site is clearly satirical and one would have expected thicker skin from an ex-councillor. There's sterner ribbing on other sites (B3TA) which haven't drawn criticism from more famous figures.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: What if you don't drink milk?

Whittingstall is an abject bag-botherer who should be physically restrained from doing further harm

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Re: Never.

Never. Never. Never. Again? Sounds like the voice of guilty experience.

Shameful you did it even once.

Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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Joke

Peeking Doc with secret source

I'm a bad man

Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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Stop

I'm happy to wait for VCR release for most movies...

A night out at the cinema costing upwards of £20 p/p, where's the incentive not to stream it and pop your own corn?

How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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FAIL

Re: Quanum leap... in PR magic?

"A D Wave system would consider all of the possible solutions at the same time..."

See headline of Scott Aaronson's "Shtetl-Optimized" blog for why this statement is unadulterated dreck.

"...It's more complicated than I'm making out, of course..."

No it's not, it's simply wrong. And the layman still wouldn't understand.

Home Office is cruising for a lawsuit over police use of face recog tech

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Devil

How to train your neural net

"... “hundreds of thousands” of facial images held in the PND belonged to “individuals who have never been charged with, let alone convicted of, an offence.”..."

Supply it with a huge training set. More data doesn't obsfuscate or encumber the plodbot, but makes it more reliable. If I were developer of such software, I would be demanding data - more and faster.

Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

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WTF?

A king's ransom

$85.

Aiming for the big league

Universal Credit: The IT project that will outlive us all

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WTF?

...the department does "not have a detailed point-in-time breakdown."

Not even a Gannt chart - is this some kind of mutant agile project then?

2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Meh

Re: Re Linux Desktop

Throw all the kids in at the deep end and see which of them float.

You are my hero.

David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Alien

The only fitting tribute...

Rename the planet.

Dave World.

Ziggy Sphere.

Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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Facepalm

Re: Re:Atheism is no more rational and theism.

Great that you learned a useful rule of thumb. Here's some others.

- Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

- Hitchen's razor

- Falsifiablility principle.

Consult these before equating religious belief with scientific theory.

Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Go

Prime real estate

Simple really.

The future on Planet Amazon is: everyone moving home to within 16Km of a depot.

UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

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Childcatcher

Signed

You should too.

Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Joke

Re: The problem is, usually Linus is right

The problem is, Torvalds quoted in lowercase.

El Reg ought to start putting him in CAPS as standard.

Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Frottage

... of flaws

US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Linux

Will never work.

Real terrorists use Puffin Party.

(Icon: nearly a puffin...)

Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

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Joke

Re: Meanwhile, in Brussels they do Good Things..

I have nothing to hide... I liked the music.

BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Stop

Hmm. Perhaps instead of the FAIL icon, I should've chosen joke. (Dictionary.com) ...

Delicious - adjective

1. highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell:

2. very pleasing; delightful:

Using definition 1: Bill is imbibing, so the reference which is imparted is to the sense of taste.

(Icon - pedantry).

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FAIL

"..a glass of delicious drinking water."

H2O: Odourless, colourless, tasteless.

So Bill's machine doesn't work and he enjoys the taste of a mouthful of skat.

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Coat

Re: Apparently the big meme so far

GOATSE rocks.

That is all.

Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: -1 Geek Point

That'll be the Scandinavian space smugger played by Harry von-Fjord.

Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Unhappy

Out for tender

"...a state-level team could comfortably engineer and deploy."

Why aren't these guys working on the Universal Credit programme?

The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause

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Alien

Yes, but is it slightly cheaper than Encyclopedia Galactica?

Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Devil

So.

It's giving nanny a big kiss that causes potty-mouth

Bouncy bouncy: Comet probot Philae landed twice

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WTF?

"Despite the unorthodox landing..."

I guess the orthodox one is smashing into the comet at huge speed.

The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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WTF?

Re: Do...

Was thinking much the same thing.

I'd be stuffed at work if I couldn't run up a target emulator/VM along with an IDE.

Greeks best in the world – at, er, breaking their mobile phones

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Coat

Okay, I'll bite...

Could Greece-y hands be a factor?

It's the one with the doner kebab stains on the collar...

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Facepalm

I'm looking forward to actors applying 'the method' in this one.

Imagine Liam Neeson getting 'inside the block'. Or Hayden Christensen 'being' the hard-to-fit, evil s-shaped block.

EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Paris Hilton

Re: Looking on the bright side...

Nail bars, tanning shops. These are harbingers of a town's doom.

Microsoft's new 'Adam' AI trounces Google ... and beats HUMANS

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Boffin

Re: Simulated Annealing

I think what's being described (asynchronous approach) in the article is more like a population-based hill-climbing metaheuristic, rather than simulated annealing. Vanilla SA implementations work with only one solution at a time, making them 'synchronous'.

Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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Trollface

Godwin's Law

Speaking of laws unbroken... Has anyone seen those Nazis mentioned yet?

IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Happy

Dropped a Clanger lander

...Jade Rabbit rescued by Soup Dragon.

Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

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Mushroom

Re: I wish ...

Valid point, poor example.

http://groceries.iceland.co.uk/frozen-greggs-products

[Nuke icon because radiation is only marginally worse for you than a Greggs diet]

Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Pint

Re: The Golden Thread

+1 for Rumpole ref.

Samsung Nexus S beats Galaxy S III – at detecting GAMMA RAYS

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Thumb Up

That's all well and good but...

which mic is best at detecting whale-song?

Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers

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Re: Password Scheme

According to https://howsecureismypassword.net/

"aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"

would take 345,000 years to crack. Add another 'a', 8,000,000 years.

Forgetability problem solved....

What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Functional programming and shift registers

On an (almost) daily basis I find that all the 'interesting' stuff you mentioned is crucial to the software I develop.

Domain knowledge is an important background to effective problem solving.

US soldiers preparing for civilian life taught coding skills by Microsoft

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Coat

They've got it the wrong way around.

Surely they should be training Microsofties to be soldiers?

Assuming they haven't shot themselves in the foot already...

Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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Trollface

Oooo. The anticipation.

Eagerly awaiting Apple to define me further.

In the meantime, another facial piercing, tribal tattoo and a more sandals...

The importance of complexity

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Vehicle Routing Problem, Biclustering, Travelling Salesman Problem

And a few others.

PhD work is focused upon Biclustering for gene-expression data, with side-orders of Vehicle Scheduling. My MSc project involved solving the hoary old TSP with a variety of algorithms.

The question of the importance of complexity is really the importance of finding decent metaheuristics which generate decent solutions to intractable problems. Currently, my results show that Quantum Annealing is a promising alternative to Simulated Annealing, and is also very competitive with other population-based approaches such as genetic algorithms.

Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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Headmaster

Re: RE: Ollila says there were several reasons for Nokia's spectacular decline

Greek soldiers. Like those classic Greek ones hiding inside a big wooden nag.

'Instant translation' glasses to come online for 2020 Olympics

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Re: Super abroad speak spectacles

my hilarity buttocks are out loud!

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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WTF?

Baiting...

How well would they react to a little queue-jumping?

Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Facepalm

Resurrection of the turd-filled pajamas?

I eagerly await J J to resurrect J J Binks.

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