* Posts by md56

9 posts • joined 30 May 2013

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite


Re: a planetary-scale "ignorance amplifier"

Yes, indeed. I've spent a happy life discovering how much I don't know (and that doesn't include what QE2 thinks about Meghan -- I'll leave that unknown for ever). The more basic research I do, the less I know I know -- and that's how it should be..

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?


How many ipeople in the world have christened their ichildren Siri? Data?

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you


Re: Consumer hardware

Punched tape?? NONONO. Bloody silverfish used to punch their own data onto the stuff... Could have been useful if I was experimenting on silverfish, but I was working with pigeons, and they don't eat silverfish.

We trained an AI to predict how bad a forest fire will be. It's just as good as a coin flip!


That's highly significant

Reminds me of a model (not AI, pure math) I built many years ago to predict binary choice in pigeons...by random walking parameter values around (what would now be called a sort of evolutionary fit) to find the best fit. N around 100,000. After about a month of trundling around (and a power outage...) it delivered an amazing answer -- on then-common frequentist statistics, the F values were >>1E6, wow, incredibly significant. But then I looked at the proportion of correct predictions -- around 50.2%... My current answer: Don't use frequentist statistics!

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing


My mother recounted a true story (maybe her only true story) of helping out on a relative's farm one Autumn. They got around to making the scrumpy, shovelling up the fallen and rotting apples into some kind of large nonhuman digester. At some point, my mother shouted "Stop! You just shovelled in a dead rat!" Arrgh, the farmer said (this said in vernacular, please), tharrts fine, it gives the scrumpy body...

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi


Nothing new here.

*I* fondly remember the time when my second slide jammed in the projector, and the idiot running it tried to retrieve it, incidentally dropping all 30 slides on the floor, which he then reinserted in random order and orientation. My talk then became interestingly disjointed. And the time when I was chipping my talk on a soft rock, and the bloody thing shattered into pieces. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit


Pot, kettle, black

More to the point, can we first fix The Register 8.1 App, which STILL crashes when you try to look at comments on posts? Same happens on Win 10, but that's probably less critical for most of us.

Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins


You'll all stop for me!

As a part-time pedestrian, if the AVs are properly programmed, I'll be able to cross the road or motorway whenever I want! Yay!

As a part-time motorist, I'll hate this...

Kaspersky plans source code reveal to avoid Huawei's fate



How was he allowed to wear a 3-kiwi tshirt in Sinny?


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