3549 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
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.
Re: “I almost felt guilty.”
Well, after all, "No good deed ever goes unpunished", according to one of Murphy's Laws, so why should a blunder not be rewarded.
Re: More evidence that the Gnome crowd have the Win10 problem:
When a new version of Ubuntu was rolled out at work, I spent some time checking out different desktop options, because KDE which I was used to (not a HUGE fan of, just used to it from long experience in SUSE) wasn't made available any more by our sysadmins. I fiddled around a while and ended up using XFCE, which does the things I need efficiently on a pretty ancient desktop machine. It is so "invisible" that I actually had to look up which one I had chosen just now. I like desktop environments you don't really notice are there. Being able to chose the tools that best fit into your way of working is a big plus in Linux. Most of my colleagues use GNOME, and seem happy with that. Each to his own.
"I can't do that because of data protection"
is a new entry in the BOFH excuse calendar, or soon will be
It is a good thing
the GDPR doesn't cover Vogons, Poghrils, Haggunenons, Dentrassis, etc, so no privacy rules are broken.
More seriously, very good work indeed, which I am proud to say our university was involved in (professor Amina Helmi of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, to be precise). I contributed absolutely nothing I should hasten to add. I will be having a go at algorithm development for analysis of these data.
Galactic rush hour pile-up?
Oy! Watch where you drive that galaxy!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I'll get me coat. The one with Arp's Catalogue of Peculiar Galaxies in the pocket, please
Re: "Id like to see their definition of AI"
If you think the current form of "AI" is bad, wait until the computers get the GPP feature!
Anyone for a quick game of ‘Halma’, or space battles? Wouldn't that be fun!?
Doffs hat (grey Tilley today) to the late, great Douglas Adams. I'll get me coat
Re: Sounds vaguely familiar...
I was thinking more along the lines of Reacher Gilt. He would have us all agree it was a success (and he would be right, for a given value of "success")
I'll get me coat. The one with "Going Postal" in the pocket, please
Sounds like a "the dog ate my homework" moment
What total incompetence on ICANN's side. What excuse do they have for apparently sitting on their hands for two years after approval of the law? If a student were to come to me, asking for an extension for the deadline for an assignment he'd known about months in advance, at the last minute there had better be a very good excuse (illness, accidents, death (one grandmother per year, max!), etc). This is just pathetic.
Just had a look at the paper
What stuck me as odd was that at first glance they seemed to be training a deep neural network (because most CNNs are employed in deep networks) on just 9000 images, which is usually way too little, but then looking at their architecture, it is just 5 layers, or so, which is hardly deep. Indeed the authors clearly state the shallow architecture was chosen because of the low number of example images. As the authors state, more data are needed, but I would suggest a comparison to other, feature-based approaches might be nice as well, just to see if CNNs really work better than other ML approaches in this case.
An attack on the Duchy of Grand Fenwick will be dangerous, as they apparently are in possession of the only Q-bomb (and have a standing army of a score of longbow archers in rusty chain mail). Better try the Kingdom of Lancre instead (and face Shawn Ogg (unless he is on butler duty))
I'll get me coat
I have seen quite some papers on deep learning methods that reach 99+ % scores, but in many cases all that means is that the network is much better at faithfully reproducing the errors made by the person or persons drawing up the "ground truth". Getting reliable ground truth data sets is very hard indeed, especially for the hundreds of thousands of examples needed by deep learning in particular. Note that this does not mean that deep learning is the wrong approach per se, it is just that it is much harder to get a reliable ground truth if you need many, many examples. Simulation can certainly help, but it can be hard to simulate all of the deficiencies of your imaging system.
The kind of feedback suggested could take the form of a curation process by which ground truths themselves can be amended when new data come out. We have sometimes found that methods for blood-vessel detection were penalised by finding faint vessels missed by the doctors drawing up the ground truth. What is needed is a process by which an expert reassesses the ground truth and after due process adds the missing features. I haven't seen any agreement on such a process for existing data sets, in the scientific community, but it is certainly needed. Part of this reticence may stem from the fact that changing the labelling of an existing ground truth would mean having to re-run old experiments, which should be possible, but is an unwelcome chore.
Re: In loving memory
He would have loved both building the bot and using it in practice, no doubt. Very fitting tribute! Let's all raise one to Lester's memory today
Although I wouldn't have opted for a mere chicken dinner. Something more upmarket (lobster anyone?) should have been on the cards for such an epic arse-saving effort
And the real winners are:
No surprises there then. They tend to come out of everything smelling of roses (or formaldehyde, in the case of Mr Slant)
Re: What we need to do to counter this threat is .......
Brilliant! Have one on me.
Now where is my one time pad?
Go away or I will taunt you again!!
Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!!!
Sorry, I'll get me coat. The one with the Holy Grail in the pocket please
On a serious note, I feel "meaningless" means less work, and "meaningful" means more work for those updating to the latest kernel. I am all for meaningless!
Re: Not too sure
I told'em, I told'em, I told'em, millennium hand and shrimp! Buggrit, buggrem, I told'em, they'd only run out, doorsteps, millennium hand and shrimp
Absolutely! Those idiots look they are going to take a bite out of their phone as if it is a sandwich
I once asked a young lady who was holding her phone horizontally in front of her mouth during a conversation (on speaker mode of course), why she held it that way (after she had finished). The answer was that in that way the radiation from the antenna wasn't as close to her brain.
I didn't suggest the radiation from the antenna:
a) might have hard time finding her brain, and
b) could probably do no worse damage than had apparently already been done.
I was sorely tempted, I will admit
Great work tightening down the margins of error on the distance measurement (always hard in astronomy). NGC 6397 is actually a very nice object even in binoculars. I spotted it from down-under when I was a guest at the CSIRO in Sydney, back in May 2011. Would have loved to have brought the telescope, but even with binoculars, the southern skies are just fabulous
Re: Mathematical modelling of sterotypes?
How dare you suggest I discriminate! I hate everyone equally!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
More seriously: this is an interesting way to use machine learning to study changes in usage of language, and stereotypes. It does however remind me of one very early attempt at using computers to study literature. They basically counted the occurrence of words in the works of Shakespeare, and concluded that, given the frequent occurrence of the word, Shakespeare was incredibly fond of art. This might have been the case, but they failed to notice the fact that "art" in works of Shakespeare was more often that not a verb, not a noun.
What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA
Re: Yes after 6 decades they've come up with something slower than Concorde. But......
I'll get met coat
Looking for a new workhorse laptop, also to demo stuff at conferences. The T480 ticks a lot of boxes, but I would like an option with a beefier nVidia GPU (1050, or 1050 TI) to run CUDA stuff at serious speeds (not for gaming, honest!). A good keyboard is of course also very important. Choices, choices.
Re: And so fairwell blackfin, cris, frv, m32r, metag, mn10300, score, and tile.
Tile64 and its kin were from Tilera, since acquired by some other company. Interesting 64-core design, with each core a MIPS-like processor, but I never spotted one in the wild.
How do you have a Dutch passport I thought you can't be a dutch citizen with more than one nationality?
It can happen, as I found out myself. When I was born (in Leyden, the Netherlands), I automatically got my father's British nationality, not my mother's (Dutch). Last year, what with Brexit looming, I decided I would explore the options of becoming Dutch, what with having lived here all my life (although at home I always spoke English, except when Dutch friends were around), and having a Dutch wife. It turned out, that for my case I could simply become Dutch, essentially making use of my birthright as a son of a Dutch mother. I asked whether I would have to get rid of my British passport, to which they answered "no", much to my surprise. I now have both nationalities (but only a British passport, and a Dutch ID card.
For my kids too, I had to choose a nationality when registring their birth. I chose Dutch, for practical reasons, but when we got the paperwork back from the town hall, it listed both British and Dutch citizenship. I didn't complain.
Pity those acoustic tractor beams don't work in space, unless we finally manage to develop the sound-in-vacuum technology seen in SciFi movies.
Sorry, couldn't resist. I'll get me coat. The one with the copy of "Annals of Improbable Research" in the pocket, please
Re: Round we go again
In cryptography you tend to assume that the adversary knows exactly what your encryption algorithm is. It should be (relatively) safe even then. Security through obscurity doesn't work for long