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I remember those lovely tiny palm size Toshiba full windows OS laptops, they were 20 years ahead of thier time. They even took discs and CDs, so the actual board footprint was not much larger than today’s phones. microphones WebCam speakers and modem all built in including a touch clitoris thing and vga out. Leyte models had Bluetooth as well
After 15 years reading the reg this is one of the truly great pieces, perhaps the best.
I’m reading this from my smartphone in rural Kerala. When we came on summer holidays in the 90s, we had the only television for miles, so most of the 50 people in the village and nearby villages would come to our house to watch a TV show twice a week. It would get so crowded there was never enough space on the floor for everyone, so many had to watch from outside, craning necks between iron barred windows.
The nearest tarred road was a couple of miles away, only we had a car, even our house only got electricity in 1981. As a child I never understood why people told stories about when they were “so hungry they tied ropes around their waists”… it was only until med school decades later, the now obvious realization that compression of the stomach causes easier satiety and suppressed hunger hormones, the same principle as gastric banding/sleeving/balloons.
Today, the blink of an eye later, everyone has smart phones. One of my dad‘s helpers, a 52 year old gentleman who is barely literate was scrolling through Facebook on his smart phone watching clips videos in the local language. One kid got a job in Saudi Arabia entirely online from posting stuff on Instagram, thereby changing his life. Pretty much everyone has a smartphone. The younger generation communicate with Instagram and TikTok thier music is entirely digital. I just saw a 20-year-old rediscover Macarena.
(Quick detour: I was a bit of a pioneer I remember compressing an entire CD track down onto a floppy disk back in 94 and people were amazed. By 98 I had converted my entire CD collection to run off my laptop hard drive output via 3.5mm to a proper stereo and even audiophiles who’s scoffed at the thought could not tell the difference in a blind test.)
UK gov blocks the acquisition of Welsh graphene fiddler Perpetuus Group over national security concerns
Tesla shows off the AI supercomputer training what it hopes will one day be an actual self-driving car
With incoming iOS 15, update refuseniks will be given choice to stay where they are while still receiving security patches
There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself
If you're the 1% and have 10 mins to spare this July, bid for a place on first Blue Origin space tourism launch
Upon my recent visit to Thailand, I was perhaps under the mistaken apprehension that the “Grab” app there, invariably advertised by a Thai lady accoutered in such sparing vestments that only a few scraps of garment protected her virtue, leaving little to the imagination, was used to order more than just a taxi or a meal. Perhaps there exists a market for such an app in Thailand, and this would be appropriately titled “Just Eat Bitch”.
Upon my recent visit to Thailand, I was perhaps under the mistaken apprehension that the “Grab” app there, invariably advertised by a Thai lady accoutered in such sparing vestments that only a few scraps of garment protected her virtue, leaving little to the imagination, was used to order more than just a taxi or a meal. Perhaps there exists a market for such an app in Thailand, and this would be appropriately named “Just Eat Bitch”.
Was free. Now only on prime.
Free to paid = not good for the consumer
But even in india $13.50 a year is about Rs 1000 ie 1% of wages even for a driver or domestic servant that’s almost affordable. A lot of people pay £30 a month for TV here and earn less than £3k/month Ie over 1% here. Yes when you earn $2000 a year you have way less disposable, but a lot of domestic servants kid free food anyway. A friend of mine just moved to India from London to work for the Clinton foundation and earns a UK salary in India
Apple opens pre-orders of iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max models, the cheapest and most expensive in the lineup
Vivo pushes out X51 5G: Chipper whippersnapper, quite a battery-sapper, but at least the wrapper's dapper
Honestly I would expect better from the reg. What’s the point of an unqualified statement like “camera is good at videos and low-light images” on a review of an £800 phone? Seriously WTF is the point of that statement without actually testing DXO/lux rating (or at least referring to it), sample low light images, or comparing competitors pics eg Samsung/Huawei/iPhone. Doesn’t even mention the sensor or pixel size. I think a smart 14-year-old could do a better review, and there are many that do. Just go onto YouTube and look at low light camera comparisons between Samsung and iPhone. There are 14-year-olds who scientifically compare Low light images, video, resolution, and discuss sensor and pixel sizes, video stabilization etc. this literally reads like a PR stunt. Matthew Hughes? Come on dude you have a computer science degree! Use it! You code in python for fun! You’re the kind of guy I would have a beer with invite invite to my house. I know you can do better than this. On the plus side “ would be well-suited to producing the kind of career ending Instagram snaps made during a debauched night on the town.” was actually quite funny.
If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?
Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report
As a doctor myself I don’t think you understand doctors pay in the UK. Even after 20 years working as a specialist registrar in the UK, a great Ormond Street hospital my cousin who’s in his 40s still earns about £45k. He’s still considered a junior doctor. He lives in London sharing a flat with four nurses and barely survives. He’ll be a consultant next year so he’ll be on 75k. But his son took his first year post law school job and earns more than 75K, and my nephew made 200k inc bonuses at blackrock in his first year after university. You may say it’s not a fair comparison but it is, doctors are 1 in 400. Unless you go into GP a typical junior doctor takes at LEAST 10 years AFTER medical school to become a consultant. On average it’s about 15, and you also need a promotion (called ACRP) every year - One missing piece of paper and you can lose a year. If one person says anything slightly negative about you you can loose a year, or worse get kicked off the training program and then you lose 10 years. That’s a of on calls nights and weekends. There’s a carrot at the end of the stick, but the average consultant makes about 100 K You start on 75. It goes up quite gradually, so by the end of your career you might be on 120. There are some that make more doing private services but that’s very rare and you have to be famous. Compare our salaries to the states or Oz and actually lifetime earnings there are about four or five times as much. Personally I now have five years experience after finishing medicine (2nd career after IT), and I earn in 30s, less than I did 10 years ago in IT. To do my chosen route dermatology, I would have to apply for IMT1, next year, do three years of core medical training, then apply again for dermatology and do three or four years more of that. So it’s eight years of nights and weekends Earning 30-40k ie Close to minimum-wage when you count tax to get 75k at the end of this. We don’t do this for the money.
As a Brit who’s never actually touched a real gun I was wondering how this worked - and then I remembered that in Australia & USA your local pissheads have access to an arsenal that could outgun the average British police station.
There was a case in 2006 about a white Kenyan aristocrat who shot and killed A poacher on his land. At first I took his side, because I believe in the right to self-defense - but the more I researched it The weirder it got. His parents were Lord and Lady Delamere. He was educated at Eton. I found out about his land holdings And he has 600,000 acres of fertile land. It’s enough that you can actually see it from space - even on Google earth it’s a sizable chunk. The Africans on the edge of the land live in abject poverty 10 people to a room and The ones lucky enough to be employed by him to toil the land are barely given enough to survive. But looking back the land was drawn up with arbitrary borders, straight lines Just a few generations ago. People that drew those borders had guns, but basically that’s what pissed people with guns can do.
Lord and Lady Delamere
Pussy. Breaking a leg on a motorbike is expected. Google do no evil. This guy is a pussy just for breaking pretty leg. We have to tag Google for searching our every thought ... if Google was truly implemented, we would have no broken bones, would rather he would perceive the fault in the road ahead. It’s his fault for not using enough Google AI to see the fault in the road ahead.
There really is no Apple tax
I bought my iphone 7 secondhand for $400 ( about 250 pounds) with AppleCare but I can sell it for that much now, one year later. That’s why some Mercs/BMWs/Audi’s are a cheaper lease than other cars that cost half as much - they depreciate. Even on a brand new phone you lose less than any other similarly priced droid. I sold a 5 year old iPad for £150 on eBay - my droid tab from the same year that cost a little less new sold for £20. I went snorkeling with my iPhone it in Thailand - The underwater photography is great by the way. I got a free same day apple care replacement 2 months ago as speakerphone Mic was not working.
Cracked my screen today and again same day free replacement today - if it was a UK phone I would have to pay £ 25 excess but as it’s foreign it’s free. The specs are lower but actually look at side-by-side comparisons and benchmarks of usage, The iPhone comes out better than higher Specced droids. Faster smoother etc. i’ve been coding for 25 years and thought I knew computers. 8 years ago Had an HTC desire that was specced better than an iPhone that cost 3 times as much butwas shocked when I saw someone use an iPhone - it was twice as fast though the specs were lower. Android has caught up and the latest Samsung / pixel flagship cameras are better - but the iPhone still smoother less crashes. And with AppleCare the screens and damage are basically free And you get an international same day replacement warranty
I almost preferred the author's name to the article. If Katayana Quach is a real name then I've got an average sized wonga. Read my other comments for drunken rants that even I dont recall. Is Quach pronounced "quack, quash kwosh kw-aysh, Quake, or queef?" Regardless this was one of those google images days. She buff though admittedly Ive been suffering from the yellow fever for over two decades, from the very first days of BBS alt-images etc.
Artificial intelligence... or advanced imitation? How DeepMind used YouTube vids to train game-beating Atari bot
My first degree was computer Sci & math and I focused on machine learning. All the comments above say this is overhyped, but missing one critical thing. The algorithm can play multiple games, and train itself from YouTube, or by playing with trial and error, like a human. My third degree was medicine and I work as a doctor at a London hospital now (for those complaining about IT salaries, after years of Med school, I now earn less per hour than both the cleaner or Ward admin who both don't have a degree - in fact my salary after taxes Ni Pensions etc doesn't cover my rent and I would be much better off on benefits but I like the job).
Ahem regardless if you look at what deep mind are doing in my hospital with the Moorfields eye clinic they are beating the consultants with 30 years of experience At interpreting retinal scans. These are perhaps some of the most complicated images to interpret - and yes the training started with imitation but now goes far beyond that. It actually has an understanding of how The images are interpreted, just like a human, but faster and better.
This story should be a lot bigger than the press it's getting
Look up the guy. I spent about an hour researching him. He has a bunch of foi I requests One article And some more stuff online. The fact that he went to court spent two years in his own money for this is more than a lot of our politicians would do. I really think we need to change the way we vote for our leaders
This is not exciting - The technology has been around for years and I've used for as a joke to play pranks on friends. The scary bit is that you can get the voice data from people that upload videos to YouTube. I've used Siri and voice recognition for the last 10 years to dictate everything, from my PhD dissertation to this very text. The accuracy is probably 100% and faster than I can type but effortless. It's pretty secure, no one can access my voice data. However I do have a few old videos on YouTube/Facebook which scares the shit out of me. After reading this article I've made them private.
Sorry but I will not buy this as
1.it doesn't have FaceTime and isn't made by Apple. How do you get AppleCare on this if it's not made by Apple.
2. I can't see an apple logo, so I can't use iMessage
3. How do you connect to the App Store without Apple?
4. I won't be able to use all the amazing Apple technology like airplay, CarPlay, airdrop etc. Honestly I'd rather spend the $400 on Apple AirPods so I don't need a cable. Yes you can get better rated Bluetooth headphones for a fiver but what's the point if it's not Apple
I was converted after seeing my top spec android left dead by an iPhone in 2011 - The iPhone had half the ram, half the processor speed - but loaded a website while my android was still showing a white screen. Btw I haven't used iTunes since 2012 - but have only used iPhones since. There is a reason that 2013 iPhone 5s costs more than last years Samsung galaxy.
Okay so theoretically I should be able to comment. I'm a medical doctor with an undergraduate in computer science ( graduated 16 years ago) , A Masters in biomedical engineering, an Oxford engineering graduate - with published research in biomedical engineering. Look at my previous drunken posts for some rants. Yes I really have no idea how the frig this works. I almost want to call a fake, but I can't until I look into it to see if it's something I'm missing... we can't really change cells, if we could we could cure cancer. Our best hopes of regeneration of a limb et cetera are vascular surgery - which might give a few months more to ischaemic limb - or we chop it off -we can't heal shit - I work at one of the top London hospitals, and we literally don't know our arse from our head... you think doctors are smart, the truth is we know a lot, basics about mechanics in the human body, but thick as pig shit. Randomly our nervous system, from brain to extremities, looks a lot like the internet and electrical wiring, when it goes wrong, we actually use electrical impulses to check neurological deficit. We follow the path and find the break, it seems complex but it's not - we have abt 5 words for each thing from Latin Greek et cetera And hundreds of thousands permutations and you eventually work shit out - example polycythaemia rubra Vera - sounds messed but it's lots of true red cells in Latin. Literally everything is named after something like a Cresant a river a loop in Latin and you can put the shit together but it's not rocket science.
Re: "negative words are politically incorrect in some culture I know nothing of"
In Japanese the word for yes is "Hai." I've never heard the word for no, because it's almost never used.
Is that why they have such messed up porn? "Mitsu, not sure if it's a big ask as it's our first date, but can I put 4 live eels up your arse before I double punch fist it to the point of prolapse while 50 of my mates jizz relentlessly into your nostrils and eyeballs?"