3578 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: The song the headline refers to...
Tom Lehrer is brilliant. I occasionally confuse the hell out of people when I sing "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" on my way to work (that or "I hold Your Hand in Mine", or "the Masochism Tango")
Could be worse
I read somewhere about an entire planet that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic bar billiards. It got potted straight into a black hole. It only scored thirty points.
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Doffs hat (grey Tilley once more) to the late great Douglas Adams
Re: Bad idea
That is a real risk. As has been said before: Scientific discoveries usually start with "hey, that's odd" rather than "eureka!"
More importantly, will we be able to stand the intolerable air of smugness these AI lab assistants generate whenever they have performed an experiment well?
(Doffs hat to the late, great Douglas Adams)
Noble idea, won't stop the odd evil genius in his volcano lair, or any government bent on causing trouble, or just some run-of-the-mill idiot who wondered what would happen if you pressed this button (and not the one that causes a little sign saying "please do not press this button again" to light up).
The phrase "leap of faith" somehow springs to mind, whenever I read any article on Magic Leap. I wonder why?
Re: I've already got mine
Aren't you a bit late? I gather IKEA does a FlåtCåt, although some parts might be missing, and the instructions aren't always clear
Sorry, I'll get me coat
The authors don't use the term AI
which is reassuring. It might well be useful. I have given the paper a very quick read, and the idea of using statistical reasoning seems and learning seems reasonable. I would like to see how it performs on seriously big astronomical images compared to other advanced denoising methods (and goodness knows there are many of them). If it does the job efficiently, I will be happy, if others outperform it, so be it.
"Clearly this new effort is worthy of even greater praise."
You were thinking of an Ig Nobel prize?
Possible, but perhaps not quite weird enough (like the Ig Nobel Peace Prize awarded for a car security system, in which the anti-theft device involved a flame thrower)
I foresee a new entry on the excuse calendar
"The dog ate the neural network"
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Re: But was it
Tell you what, I'll throw in some extra globular clusters for free, and that's cuttin' me own throat!
There are some interesting machines coming out these days, which would allow me to have a mobile workstation that can do some serious heavy lifting image-processing-wise (gigapixel images and 100s of GB of video and the like), without me needing to do some serious heavy lifting. I could do this stuff remotely, but that would generally require a seriously quick internet connection. I routinely gather 250-300 GB of uncompressed 6Mpixel resolution video data, which I then reduce to a single 100+ Mpixel lunar image. It is doable on my current laptop, but it does take all night. Sending the data to another machine is not really an option, so having a much faster machine chew up the data would be great.
Reminiscent of the problems caused by the Babel fish
"Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation."
Doffs hat to the late, great Douglas Adams
Re: The President is missing?
That or behind the sofa
My first smartphone was an HTC Desire, and my HTC One M8 was my first higher end phone. Really nice phone, loved it, in particular its sound. After that, they seemed to lose the plot, and I turned elsewhere.
The Farce is very strong in this one
He should have used a bigger battery and he might have been eligible for a Darwin Award
Couldn't they have charged him with wasting police time? Then again, they may have chosen not to, given the entertainment value of said sad case.
Re: Made it here first!
"Whatever did happen to Mary Jane?"
Brilliant!! Would like to raise a glass of Mary Jane to that, but the pubs here don't have it. I'll make do with a Westmalle Tripel (or two, it's been that kind of week)
Re: Missing a few...
Microsoft Git Millennium Edition?
Please accept my heartfelt apologies for bringing back repressed memories still lurking in the depths of many of us commentards
That is genius! I'll raise a glass to that once I have cleared all the tea from my keyboard
Re: Time to do things the easier way
Well, as the saying goes: The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet
I'll get me coat. Doff's hat (grey Tilley once more) to the late, great Douglas Adams
Enough of these numerical gimmicks, I am off to lecture in Room 3B
Doffs hat to the late, great Sir Terry Pratchet
"Please do not let me detain you"
The problem with the word "transparency" is that it immediately reminds me Lord Vetinari, who often claims his motives are completely transparent, which in his case most likely means you cannot see them at all.
I'll get me coat. The one with "Going Postal" in the pocket
Much depends on the exact workload. If multiple threads work on the same data, so they can share the cache more effectively, it works a lot better than (as in my mous common use case) each thread works on different chunks of some (very large) image (several Gpixel). I haven't found hyperthreading to contribute anything in the latter case. On some other code, where we can process data from a single image row in multiple threads, you can get reasonable gains (30-40% as I recall).
Re: Technical, English and Idiot.
"I know only 3 languages, Technical, Plain English and Idiot."
Neat, very neat phrase indeed. Must use this one on more annoying students and/or management (annoying is the default mode for management).
Might have to extend that as I also can do "Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands" (==Plain Dutch) and "Idioot" (take a wild guess)
I find PDF highly useful
PDF generated using pdflatex works a treat for me. I can send my pdf slides, or poster design, or article anywhere and they look (and print) just fine. Try running a powerpoint presentation with equations in it on some PC at a conference. All too often some font is missing and the equations are completely messed up. Presenting a pdf file instead using any PDF reader works fine every time. I can add basic animations using the pdfanim package in slide if I want to. LaTeX may not be the tool of choice for many, but for me it is ideal, and allowing export to PDF rather than DVI files means I can share my work with others easily.
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
Remember professional trolls count "one, two, many, lots!"
Looks like Atari has LOTS of egg on its face
Sorry, Dave. I cannot do that for you
and my name isn't even "Dave"
So have they ported Edge to this EDGE architecture?
Sorry, just couldn't resist
I'll get me coat. The one with "Get thee to a punnery" in the pocket please
More seriously, this might well be an interesting development in CPU design. I will wait and see.
Re: Oh woe is me!
Could be some newbies
A phrase springs to mind
"Don't be sorry, be careful!"
Do they have a sysadmin named Simon?
Remember Pratchett's Law for Mobs: "The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters." Extending this well-known fact to the swarm of IoT widgets with limited intelligence to begin with does not bode well. They could make Sirius Cybernetics' GPP feature look like a pretty neat idea (like digital watches).
I'll get me coat.
Doffs hat (grey Tilley once more) to the late great Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.
Re: This is not making physics any easier
Quantum physics has always been batshit crazy. Even general relativity is seriously weird, for that matter (both still make more sense than current politics, or most of what goes on on FaceBook and Twitter, and the like). Doesn't mean quantum physics and relativity are wrong, however. We just happen to live in a batshit crazy and seriously weird universe. Once you realize that, it makes life a lot easier
Two more childhood heroes gone
I followed all the Apollo flights, and the first Space Shuttle launches as well. Exciting times. Almost all my classmates in primary school wanted to become astronauts back then. Fingers crossed new heroes step up to get kids looking up from their smartphones and out into space again.
I'll raise a glass in their memory, thanking them for all the good memories they gave me, and all they did for mankind
Re: Deuterium-free Parafresh or Orthofresh
Whichever is preferred by brewer's yeast.
I'll drink to that
Sounds like a useful declaration
just like that one from Munich, way back when
Re: And that....
You don't need to have friends called Alexa. You might just like the Billy Joel song "The Downeaster Alexa" (one of hist best, in my personal opinion). I don't have any such device, but I am very curious to see what would happen if you repeatedly played that song to 'Alexa'. They should have chosen a rarer name, like Hig Hurtenflurst, or a nice word like "ekki-ekki-ekki-ekki-ptang-zoom-boing-mrow"
Sorry, I'll get me coat
Methinks the EU may well cry foul over this one. I'll stick with LibreOffice and LaTeX, thanks all the same
Only spheroid moon?
Apart from Iapetus, the moons Titan, Mimas ("Death Star"), Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, and Rhea are close to spherical. All are further away, and out of reach of (too) severe tidal disruption (i.e. outside the Roche limit).
He's NOT the messiah!
Sorry, couldn't resist. However, his message is not a universal truth. We still need to throw stuff away, even without GDPR. Many instruments generate such a massive load of data you cannot possibly store all of it, even with cheap storage. I work both on data from astronomical instruments and nuclear accelerators, and the data rates of the new generation of instruments, like SKA (but even for existing LOFAR) means we must reduce the data at the source, and throw most of the raw data away. This is on the one hand anathema to scientists, but it has to be done. Most collisions in accelerators yield nothing of interest, and can be discarded. It is just the rare events that need to be stored. So he is right that we want more data, but we don't want to store indiscriminately, or we will drown in a see of uninteresting stuff.
He is of course right that we need more processing grunt (and storage), but that is pointing out the bleeding obvious
Re: Collision waver
And a BOFH-modded cattle prod should be in there somewhere (along with a recording of a metallic voice screaming "EXTERMINATE")
Or even Talisker Skye thinking.
I'll raise a glass of Talisker (Port Ruighe, in fact) to Lester's memory, and the success of LESTER once the latter has served its first beer
The jokes may be old, but many are immortal
just like the Black Knight really (OK, let's call it a draw)
Re: Don't forget the other two holy words
Eki eki eki patang zoo poing zzraazrroohhhh...
Nice word isn't it?
I'll get me coat (and the helmet with the stag antlers on, please)
Re: "We also asked a brick wall"
If the Reg had listened carefully, they may have heard a slight echo from the brick wall. Not very helpful, but better than nothing
if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders
Re: If dev == woman then...
Why use a conditional statement in this case anyway? Just call the appropriate dontbe(asshole) method directly.
Having worked as a developer for many years before going into academia, I know that a combative way of debating pervades the entire field (IT devs and CS academics alike). As a group, we are not very tolerant of our own errors, knowing what problems a few misplaced characters can cause, and maybe therefore react harshly to mistakes of others. There is also the issue of "tact-filter theory". The idea is that every person is born with just one. For most people, the tact filter is on the output, filtering out inappropriate or socially unacceptable language, and transforming it into something more tactful. Nerds develop a different strategy (due to receiving much abuse from non-nerds), and have their tact filters on the input, filtering out any abusive content their ears may receive. This does however mean that they blurt out anything, without much thought about how it will be received. A non-nerd will find many nerds breathtakingly rude, whereas a nerd listening to a non-nerd will probably wonder why the other doesn't come to the bloody point.
Now this theory is of course a bit of a caricature, but there is an element of truth in it, and it does pay to check whether you are not being too harsh. It is better to help people towards a solution than only to point out where they went wrong, and even the latter can be done politely (although some people can't stand even the politest criticism). Whenever giving feedback to students who clearly have made an effort, I will moderate my tone considerably (although sometimes hoots of laughter do escape me at funnier mistakes). Of course, those who haven't even tried, or have just cut and paste stuff from Stack Overflow (and they are always stunned we have found them out), might get treated more bluntly.