Re: AI can be an inventor
We can already have an Infinite Number of Monkeys registering copyright.
Perhaps what we need is AI Patent Examiners, although at the moment the "training set" seems to be "apply rubber stamp marked 'Pass'"
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> Just why the 5G edge needs AI wasn't explained to The Register.
Variety of use cases available in the real-time optimisation category that vendors are happy to say are "AI enabled" to make them sound more modern and cutting edge.
Plus the posibility of deploying a model to be trained/tested/validated on bits of the network without having to backhaul loads of data to a central server (farm).
a) radio parameter optimisation (handover thresholds, antenna tilt adjustments)
b) mobile geolocation
c) traffic analysis/prediction
And that's all in the existing traditional fields, which can further expand when you start playing with multi-user-MIMO.
Regular analytical techniques can require a lot of modelling expertise - AI can possibly simplify this, assuming deployed correctly (and no doubt mistakes will be made...)
Indeed, I'm shocked that this has been granted (although not shocked when considering other things granted in the past!).
I wouldn't expect this to survive a challenge, except perhaps on very specific narrow claims that are buried in the patent somewhere but don't leap out at all as obvious.
There are claims for:
a) eye-tracking (used in military pilot HUDs, IIRC)
b) facial expression tracking (an obvious extension?)
c) body tracking of whatever is in field of view of device (as per (b))
d) local environment sensors (duh, in a phone)
e) authentication methods (hat won't work for everyone, but phones do this so prior art should cover this)
f) Notifications (isn't that what a HUD is partly for?)
g) neural input sensors in the hat (probably lots of prior art for that)
h) bone conduction output for audio (exists already)
i) computing power in the hat structure to deal with all these sensors (duh)
j) flip-away display (obvious extension to existing stuff)
Can't be arsed to read further into the detail beyond the claims.
Prior art indeed.
That last link, to me, shoots this patent squarely in the face as prior art, although would need to examine filing date and date of this picture to determine who might have had the idea first... (EDIT: quick check has FB filing in 2019, "hacked-hat" in 2012, so he's in the clear!)
Not a bad payoff, but he seemed to have been doing quite well in his job before he was shoved out the door.
I am curious as to why it might matter whether he was actively and continuously looking for work after being sacked. Should the compensation for wrongful termination be influenced by that?
Step 0) ensure your contract contains a clause giving you the right to substitute anyone (from your Ltd Co?) without vetting by client
I wonder what the client might make of your actions if you don't have that? (IANAL, just curious. You might be on OK grounds as the contract is between client and your Ltd Co, and it is another employee of your Ltd Co doing the work)
>Any substitute would need to go through vetting checks and an interview and get up to speed on the project
So, outside IR35 status is now only reserved for unskilled labour? Most times a substitute would need to "get up to speed" - at the very least because they wouldn't know anyone in the contracting company, as well as not instantly knowing the status and work items remaining on any project being undertaken.
Drop a coder in on a half-completed project and, however skilled, they'll need to "get up to speed" just like an employee
> I find it interesting that it was the people short-sightedly trying to save money that caused the virus to become endemic and will have cost most of them far more in the long run
Turn that around and look at the UK govmt, for example - they seem to have been actively trying to make money (on the side)
> Most people are cheap1 and don't want to take on even the cognitive load of figuring out how difficult it would be to encrypt their communications,
Agreed, and the greedy/stupid crims leapt on the "here's a box that does what you need for minor numbers of currency per month" solution offered to them. It's just surprising that no-one's done it yet with the open-source solution - the BOM is probably ~£200, and they could probably contract an IT outfit to make it without raising eyebrows if they were really lazy.
Unless they're the ones that haven't been caught (yet).....
Presumably one of three possibilities:
a) remove mic, speaker and headphone jack, build custom ROM that doesn't have a dialler app, or "contacts" as we know it. Phone can still connect to a phone network for data purposes, and this is basically a WhatsApp-like device, with an app-specific contacts list. Relies on some form of IMS mobility via a server so that messages can be routed properly. Still needs a SIM - but PAYG is easy enough to manage for this.
b) remove entire SoC for network connectivity, can only use Wifi for data
c) build the device around a USB data dongle - a bit like (a), not sure which would be easier
In (a), the device is still trackable in the network - probably useful for the police to have this info to locate the devices, and therefore the criminals
In (b), tracking very difficult as WiFi SSID shouldn't make it into higher layer communication with network infrastructure.
Bonus points to make the device small enough to fit in a cosy orifice for smuggling into prisons
IANAPL, also, but that seems bent even if probably true. Probably akin to buying a DVD and selling it on to someone selling tickets to see the film in private screenings.
IIRC, FRAND rates sometimes came in "x% of finished product sale price". Might have been an interesting discussion at that time...
No idea about <INV> tags - but frantic googling around found similar issues with having an AVG plugin installed (I didn't) and disabling graphics accelleration both producing similar effects (at least from text descriptions).
As to this instance actuallly being about INV tags, unless their initial patch inserted it into every single email both in POP3 emails in local PST files and in IMAP emails still on a Google server (which didn't present and unsupported tags when viewed in a web interface), and then their backout stripped them all out again. If such things were inserted, it was by the client software, not the mail server
Much as I appreciate the value you ascribe to me, if Cell Broadcast doesn't get received by every phone that's switched on inside coverage, then there's a fundamental flaw in either the network configuration, or the s/w implementation of the feature, or some numpty hasn't turned it on properly on the infrastructure.
Or, they weren't testing it in the area I was - it's tied to individual bits of the network and the hierarchy underneath. So perhaps they just prodded a single 4G MME (or even 3G RNC) to initiate this?
> And please - the medical research line is just that - a line. No truth in it.
Indeed, Ben Goldacre heads up a team in Oxford that mines hospital records with an anonymous trawler engine which (allegedly):
a) doesn't transfer any information outside of where it's held
b) doesn't produce patient-identifiable information
c) does valuable research
Happened for SWMBO's laptop yesterday evening. Fixed overnight and ok this morning. Had contacted the MS Helldesk and they said hundreds had been contacting them regarding this. Was also picked up by my corporate IT dept, but I didn't see any impact on that machine.
At lesat the email text was still viewable - select email reading pane, CTRL+A, then copy/paste into editor of choice to view. Not easy, but at least made it more manageable.
The Helldesk suggestion was to use Outlook OWA, which was no use as it doesn't read local PST files
Interesting project, I was almost optimistic for my handset. Go to the web page, drop down the Samsung list for supported devices... no S7 :(
As my S7 is getting rather long in the tooth (3rd battery now slowly dying, case well and truly cracked) am wondering what phone to get next. I think I'll probably give Samsung a miss.
Equally, what should they do with the balloon during high winds (even if at 1% density)? Do you need to be able to reliably and repeatably deflate & reinflate it? Will it accumulate dust blown onto it (adding weight)?
> it's insufficiently hot for tea.
Quooker, at least, state it's 100C, and from experience I can confirm it's boiling as it comes out at least once the (short) pipe from the boiler tank to the tap has heater up (perhaps the first few dozen ml are not at 100C due to the pipe cooling it a bit)
For sure you'd need a water supply, unless this has a water tank that you fill up every so often.
As for maintenance, a Quooker tap needs a descale once a year but other than that nothing needed. It's a fairly simple job to disassemble the water tank/heater it comes with to do this, too.
They are a luxury, yes, but it's rather nice to just be able to instantly get boiling water for a cuppa or while cooking, even if it's possibly a bit wasteful on electricity.
True, you can get by with a kettle and a bit of patience, but I'm guessing you don't cook over an open fire in a pit at the mouth of your cave?
They want £8k.
Low capacity Quooker tap: £720 - assumes plumbing is readily available, both source and waste, plus electrics in place. Perhaps this desk has bodged a "refill with water every day" tank for it to add a little more.
Built-in speakers (presumably with a USB/Aux connector to hook up your rig to) - if BRAND == BOSE, price = £1000, else price=£200 (generous to allow for "built in").
Fridge - small under-desk unit, £100-200
Slabs of material to assemble, Ikea style - looks to be aluminium, but could be a silvered wood, or even just laminate. Perhaps £1000 including all the fittings like the crap monitor stand and keyboard/mouse floating storage shelf.
Sun lamp: £30-100 retail
Foot rest with warmer: £50?
Table tennis bit (looks a bit shit and narrow, imho): £50
"Built in" tablet for note taking: £200
Alarm clock: £10
I may be slightly out, but struggling to get to a £3k BOM, so the rest is pure profit.
Also, very amusing to mount the tap in the corner with seemingly no drainage to take spillages away from the built in tablet just in front of it.
As others have mentioned, a portable commode is all you need to complete this. Available for around £30 online (may not be that luxurious!)
> You and your insurer agree a set number of practices that you are required to follow to ensure that you are secure, and to mitigate any attack that might get through
At the moment this is called the Security & Fraud Awareness mandatory eLearning courses that I've been doing every year for the last many years.
Not much has changed over the years - if you get something unsolicited, leave it alone. If you must be curious, hover the links to find out where they actually go. But still not all users have a clue. I remember a boss coming to me saying he thinks summat was wrong with his laptop. Turned out he had been "randomly selected to win an iPod" and had to open a Word doc to fill in a claim form. The filename was "EntryForm.doc .exe".
Needless to say I popped the LAN cable while switching it off and told him to call in IT, but he was a relatively clued up guy in tech, so would have thought he'd be a bit more careful.
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