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Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 45

You wouldn't typically use a single neural network from input (LIDAR, video, gyros, accelerometers, etc) to output (steering and pedals)

More typically you'd use different neural networks to tackle steps in the chain. One might identify the borders of the road and the median. Another might pick out cars. Another might project the position of the cars in the future. Each would be easier to test individually. You might also have a "supervisor" that looked for disagreement or inconsistencies between the systems and notify the driver to take over.

Comment First look at unborn baby's adult face (Score 4, Interesting) 59

Criminal investigations is a niche use. The broad use and real revenue would be an adult picture of your unborn child or new baby. Future parents already pay $300-400 for 3d sonograms of their fetus. Imagine seeing your new baby's face each year from two to twenty years old.

You could even sequence a couple individually and show the full range of boy and girl facial outcomes with probabilities. Right now they can use some morphing techniques as a kludge but genetics could be MUCH more predictive.

Creepy, creepy, creepy...

Comment Re:Tablets and technology march on (Score 1) 123

It gets good reviews on the Kodi forums. It's Kodi, Netlfix and Amazon video in one small box. The CPU is powerful so theoretically a decent gaming platform though I can't speak to that. I went rpi-2 for Kodi so no Netflix but fortunately my TV and/or tablets do.

Comment Tablets and technology march on (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Ouya has loads of competition now from ARM "sticks" and media adapters like the Fire, Roku or Cu Box. And each year brings more capable hardware while Ouja stays the same. The new raspberry pi 2 or Amazon Fire are arguably superior in all ways. Certainly both those alternatives make excellent XBMC/Kodi boxes.

And competition has also come from tablets in terms of casual gaming. Tablets benefit from huge economies of scale and large online market ecosystems. Ouja was always going to be a niche market appealing to techies and gamers.

Comment Re:ummm (Score 2) 174

Can run x86 binaries and uses Intel HD graphics, so no gfx driver issues. Roku or other ARM sticks can't run x86 binaries and you have to deal with their binary blob gfx drivers that generally don't play well with new kernels. ARM binaries are vary by core vintage and soft vs hard float. Then there is the variety of gpu cores: MALI, Vivante, PowerVR, Broadcom. By contrast Intel has open source options and Intel supplied binaries that get updated, especially because the desktop chips use the same gpu.

I tried upgrading my headless and slow single core ARM server to an IMX6 quad core. In theory it would have been great - in reality it never worked right and the gfx issues were a nightmare to sort out. I ended up with a J1900 board for not much more and it works like a dream.

Comment More common that humans are turned into robots (Score 3, Interesting) 289

Companies have gotten really good a simplifying human jobs so that new hires with few skills can be quickly trained up to replace underperforming or otherwise problematic workers. There are high paying management jobs (a few of them) for producing and optimizing employment manuals, procedures, performance targets and input kiosks so that the absolute lowest common denominator hire can quickly fill a void.

As an example McDonalds "upgraded" their order taking turrets from using words for each food item to pictures for each food item. That meant they could employ people who couldn't read, because I guess literacy was a limiting requirement in their hiring process. McDonalds employs over 400,000 people. Just a small "savings" across that employment base is worth millions. That millions of savings get's split between shareholders and the top tier of management who designs and implements these "process enhancements".

And the new thing is to order online from your smartphone and pick it up at the counter. That gets rid of the order taker entirely and you can staff with mostly "behind the scenes" worker bees that don't even have to speak English. That is until you can get a robot to make the food too.

Call centers have been doing this for years with average call time metrics, flow charts for addressing caller needs, etc... It's happening in lots and lots of industries now.

Comment Re:QNAP TS-something-something with Linux (Score 1) 253

Some of the new NAS boxes are using Baytrail laptop chips that are much faster than the old single core Atoms. I don't know about real-time HD transcoding but they rip through par2 and unrar calculations. I think the GPU is still enabled, even on a NAS, in case GPU transcoding is an option.

Baytrail MBs are a great option if you want to "roll your own" server. ~10 watts of power before hard drives.

Comment Bay Trail NUCs are lousy: Buyer beware (Score 3, Insightful) 51

My first D54250WYKH couldn't even get through the OS install. It had IO errors that were unrecoverable every time. The second NUC would consistently take a Kubuntu install but has intermittent kernel panics and reboots for seemingly no reason. And it near bricks using any kind of suspend mode in Linux - everyone is having that problem. You have to disassemble the whole NUC and pull the CMOS battery to get it to boot after any sort of suspend. Suspend is pretty important because these small cases use small, loud fans. Just a modern desktop, an idling modern desktop, is enough load on the GPU to throttle up the fan to full RPM.

I posted about my troubles on the NUC forums, along with many others. Intel says they don't officially support Linux so it's on you to fix. That's interesting because they sell the NUC with no OS. If it's intended to be windows only they should sell it with windows. Also in the firmware notes they talk about fixing a bug that was effecting Openelec, so obviously Linux is part of their testing.

Comment Re:I like Turbine, and I expected a new MMORPG (Score 1) 50

Asheron's Call (the first one) was great. I really wish they hadn't wasted so much the time and so many resources on a sequel. AC had a good loot system, crafting, genuinely novel lore, real PKing, a full open world, in game guilds, in world housing, a functioning economy (ok sometimes money was worthless). I moved onto to WoW and it was much more polished but didn't have that wide-open, it's your world feel of AC. WoW felt like running around Disneyland. You could get lost in AC.

You haven't lived until you've done a Chakron's quest (including the run through the Direlands) or the Aerfalle quest to get your recall scroll. Morningthaw server here. Crowning achievement? Trading for one of the rare sets of PPGSA. That and getting a villa... good times

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