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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Smauler Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (494 comments)

Which is one thing they'd obviously lose, in terms of work.

The UK has had a long history of subsidising Scotland. I'm not that fussed if they stay or go, save for the fact that the border may be more difficult.

about two weeks ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Smauler Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Come on. It's simple. "You're"="You are". You can do it. I know you can figure it out.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Smauler Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

You can't definitively tell the difference between nine and ten. However, nine is generally a little longer and less abrupt. I'd guess that I could get over 90% accuracy lip reading people who are just saying nine and ten. General speech is a different matter.

about two weeks ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Smauler Re:NSA probably already has this technology (120 comments)

I can lip read a little (my hearing was awful as a child). I still always look at people's mouths when I'm talking with people to get extra information - my hearing's currently worse than average, but not too bad - I have trouble with background noise.

There have been some times watching quiz shows when I've read the contestant's lips (when they're conferring) to get the answer they're going to say before they've said it, and repeated it to the room. That being said, I agree it's far from an exact science.

I _hate_ (hate hate and hate again) audio and video being out of sync, because it completely throws me. I can't watch video with bad audio syncronisation, I just have to listen to it.

With regards to the Twilight bad lip reading example, I could tell that some words were off, but not too many. Like I said, it's not an exact science, and I agree that 1% false positive would be very optimistic.

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Smauler Re:What hapens to the BBC if Scotland votes yes? (363 comments)

I assume the total from Scotland is substantial

Scotland is about 10% of the UK, by population. As a reference, London has more people, as does Yorkshire.

about three weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Smauler Re:ORLY? (363 comments)

I assume you're also irked by Boston, Southampton, Clacton and even Downton?

-ton is a very common town suffix derived from old English, does not mean town, and is not pronounced town.

about three weeks ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Smauler Re:Nice timing (138 comments)

Indeed. Finland is one of those peacenik non-aligned countries that has never had to concern itself with Russian imperialism

I hope this is sarcastic. Finland has more than enough experience of Russian aggression.

about three weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Smauler Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

You don't have batteries at home?

Keeping a few charged aaa batteries in the house is useful not just for digital thermometers. They are also used for other things which you may need too.

about three weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Smauler Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

TVs are often awful for gaming, having very high input lag. Some can have over 50ms, equivalent to a decent internet connection. Yup, that's right - there's more lag between the computer and the screen than there is between the computer and a server hundreds of miles away.

Note I'm not talking about response time or refresh rate here.

about a month ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Smauler Re:Somewhat on topic. (237 comments)

Click the second link, and you might understand the problem.

about a month ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Smauler Re:Hijacking and theft (215 comments)

I used to deliver tyres. One particular drop we had often weren't there, and one time I was just told to unload all the tyres, and leave them in front of the garage. It was about £20,000 worth (about 200 high end tyres), and I did have to unload them all myself.

ps. unloading tyres is an example of a job that is about 5 times as fast with two people compared to one person.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Smauler Re:Parallel "Nothing Wrong" case in VA (463 comments)

Hello, Id like to report a home invasion. You got a dead body you need to come out here and clean up.

You seem remarkably calm for someone who's just shot their daughter.

about a month ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Smauler Re:No-Fly List, TSA, nudeo scanners. it's all thea (248 comments)

I wasn't going to go all grammar nazi.... but since it was repeated.

It's not "the single, most damaging, thing", it's "the single most damaging thing".

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Smauler Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

If you have enough turbines the wind is always blowing somewhere, and the overall output of the entire fleet never drops below some predictable level.

You can have enough more than enough electricity generated in the east for the east, and more than enough in the west for the west. The problem comes when we have to move electricity. It's not lossless.

Wholesale, we had _negative_ energy prices for about a month last year in the EU because of lots of wind and a warm autumn. It was cheaper to pay people to take electricity than to shut down the turbines providing it. If it were possible to move energy about easily, this obviously would not have happened.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

You really should publish the work you've done identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain

Really? Ok.... the first person has a brain, the second has no brain. Which do you think will have a higher IQ?

If you said the first person, you're identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain.

about 1 month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Race is a social term used to generalize the ancestry of a person. It's to vague to make a prediction about the genes, and their expression, in a particular person.

No it's not. If you are black, you're more likely to have sickle cell anemia than if you're white, by a large margin. If you smoke, you're more likely to get lung cancer, by a large margin. Both of these facts are useful for deciding upon health policy and treatment.

about 1 month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Smauler Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

I'm willing to bet that the light skin adaption was acquired from Neanderthals, not evolved by Homo Sapian.

You'd lose that bet. The map at the bottom of this page shows a good correlation between skin colour and distance from the equator, both amongst those groups with Neanderthal genes _and_ those without.

about 1 month ago
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

Smauler Re:Why? (124 comments)

Come on.... which arguments?

This man has claimed shit loads of things that have been pure crap. Do you really need references?

Of course privacy is important, everyone knows it's important, we don't need some washed up crapware peddler to tell us that.

about 2 months ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

Smauler Re:Reality not sufficient, (109 comments)

If laser eye surgery is out of the question for you, despite having a ton of reasons why glasses and contacts are bad, I'd have to ask why? It's not _that_ expensive.

Off topic : Bad eyesight seems to be the only disability that it's ok to make fun out of. At least they do some good adverts, though.

about 2 months ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about a year ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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