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Comment: Re:NSA probably already has this technology (Score 1) 119

by Smauler (#47901263) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

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.

Comment: Re:in the meantime : (Score 1) 204

by Smauler (#47840299) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display

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.

Comment: Re:Hijacking and theft (Score 1) 215

by Smauler (#47812671) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

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.

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 2) 442

by Smauler (#47691203) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

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.

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