Isn't that a bit short-sighted?
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"All I get is the option to remove it - that's not making it better, is it?"
Don't you have an Edit button alongside the reply?
ElReg comment interface can do strange things, however. I can reply to a post, retaining the title and get it rejected because the title's too long. And no, that isn't because a "Re:" has been added.
"Bees are very short-sighted. So they would be typically very near the flower when using their eyes to recognize it."
They have two distinct requirements, one to see the flower from some distance in order to fly to it and the other to navigate the actual structure of the flower.
The plant world, having co-evolved with bees, tends to help with this. Insect pollinated flowers, for instance, are bright coloured whilst wind-pollinated flowers are usually just green. Massing many small flowers to produce a large target is another
Compositae and Umbelliferae Asteraceae and Apiaceae being examples. This means it doesn't matter if the bee can't focus well.
Larger flowers can also have distinct* markings to help the bees navigate the flowers' structure.
*Distinct to bees, they might only be visible in the UV.
"A lot of cameras also do automatic white balancing otherwise we'd notice much greater shifts between natural and artificial lighting as you used to when working with real film."
When working with real film printers used to do automatic white balancing based on their assumptions as to what balance the picture should have. Different printers could make complete but different pigs ears out of unexpected subjects such as soil profiles.
"When a car pulls out from a turning on your side of the road, for example, many people will instinctively swerve to avoid it, ignoring oncoming traffic with double the impact speed. "
Depending on the road the oncoming car has the possibility of swerving out the way.
What's quite possible, of course, is that the car pulling out will accelerate and catch them both. I've seen something like that except that it was the car that was pulling away from the lights accelerated towards a car that had, through no fault of the driver's, been stranded in the middle of a cross-roads.
If a new drug or anything else to do with medical treatment is introduced it has to go through limited trials so that it's results can be compared with controls.
The results of this data mining are being fed back to recommend treatments but so far I haven't seen the phrase "clinical trials" being used in any articles I've read about this. isn't there a formal protocol to make a statistical comparison between the outcomes of Google's diagnosis and those of existing diagnostic methods?
If there were then surely such protocols would include issues such as informed consent.
One thing these articles seems to lack is exactly what all this unicorn dust is going to do for businesses that can't be done better and cheaper by other approaches.
I have this vision that, after spending multimillion currency units on analysing multi-petabytes of data, some data scientist rushes into marketing to announce "We can sell more ice-cream in hot weather.".
"If you grew up with Imperial Units like Terry6 then you're going to think Imperial is better, if you grew up with SI Units like i did, then your going to think SI makes a hell of a lot more sense."
I'm largely neutral. I grew up with Imperial (Dad was a joiner by trade), used cgs at school and SI later. It doesn't really matter although I note that some aspects of Imperial are actually binary - lbs & ounces and the common divisions of an inch (until you get to thous).
I did some evening classes in furniture restoration. It got my pragmatic back up when a tutor would want to measure in metric an item whose maker had worked in Imperial.
"Many other key cosmological values are know only approximately - Hubble's 'constant' to just two significant figures, for example."
I think the significance of this is in moving towards a definition of the unit of mass which is independent of a specific physical object. This has already been done for length and time.
"Even decimalisation was hampered by this until inflation took control. £1 was too big for many small transactions and the 1p too small."
1p was actually too big compared with 1d. For small value items rounding up to the nearest d (and when did prices ever get rounded down?) represented quite an inflationary step. Put that together with the dislocation in people's thinking - e.g. how does 16p really compare with 2 / 10d? enabled prices to be put up still further.
It wasn't decimalisation being hampered without inflation, it was decimalisation enabling inflation
From the Beeb report linked in the article:
AA president Edmund King said it first learned about the problem with data used for its online shop on 22 April. Soon after discovery, the firm that runs the shop on the AA's behalf was told about the problem.
"They identified the vulnerability and the issue was resolved on 25 April," he said.
The AA said it investigated, sampled the data and, because it was not sensitive and only accessed a few times, ended the investigation.
"We take any data issues incredibly seriously and would like to reassure our AA Shop customers that their payment details have not been compromised," said Mr King.
So it took 3 days to rectify after discovery (how long was it exposed before then?) and because it only contained names, email addresses and incomplete credit card information they closed the investigation. I wonder just how casual they might have been if they didn't take data issues incredibly seriously.
"When the authors contacted the other paper's authors, as well as the group behind funding the paper to put their claims to them for a response, they were understandably upset."
I'm sure Kieran knows what he means by "the authors", the other paper's authors" and "the paper" (as in the group behind fund it) but I gave up at this point. What's wrong with the normal academic approach of referring to authors explicitly by name?
"not saying that this is not possible in Windows but it is much more difficult for a perpetrator as they would to get the right person a job in the "windows team" before they can inject the code they need"
As you don't seem to have been reading the news recently I suggest you catch up. Google Wannacry or Shadow Brokers to get you started.
"Remember that the average NHS employee is not going to be very computer literate"
Neither are my even more elderly cousins who nevertheless have made the transition from Windows to Linux. That includes the one who got hit with ransomware on Windows. Her data was recovered with the aid of a Linux live CD and copied back to a new Linux partition on her PC and which she now uses exclusively. Are you saying NHS staff are less computer literate than an 80+ retired hairdresser?
"It would be great to make the code available to the worldwide medical community so we could improve heathcare globally."
Let's see. Where might we find it? Let's make a guess at www.nhsbuntu.org
Oh, yes. That looks right.
Now what happens if we click the Download now button...
Bradley said the traditional core of DCMS remains "as important as ever" covering Arts, Culture, the Creative Industries, Sport, Tourism, Heritage, Gambling, boosted by responsibility for civil society, charities, volunteering "and innovative financing to create an inclusive economy".
So she's not so much Minister of Fun as Lord High Everything Else.
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