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Comment Re:Geotagging? (Score 1) 167

Only it doesn't just work in big town with famous landmarks - again an example from my own photos, it recognized this small French town of about 2000 inhabitants and although there are a couple taken in the centre of the village, many are out in little backwaters like the graveyard. Is this an example of AI?

Comment Re:Smartphone (Score 1) 167

I'm not sure which I find creepiest - the thought that Google is looking at my photos and working out where I've been through matching the views I too to it's own Streetview photos, or the thought that Google is memorizing where I've been from my smartphone location and then matching the timestamp on my photos up with that. Hello my friend Big Brother!

Comment forum (Score 4, Informative) 122

I would suggest you look here

I'm planning to do much the same thing as you myself, but I've still not decided how to do it and other things have been occupying my attention recently, so I've not kept up with developments for a year or so.

There are plenty of ideas there and suggestions for software and workflows that will do what you want .

Comment Ah good - can I get at my backups now? (Score 3, Insightful) 74

I used an external WD hard drive for my backups, but it decided to not speak to the computer anymore last week. I assume it's the USB interface has died as it's no longer recognized by the computer.

So I pulled the drive out of it and plugged it in as in internal drive to the desktop computer. It could see the drive so it was still working, but it could not recognize the format of it.

Research showed me that western digital use a hardware encryption chip on the driver board to protect user data.

So if someone steals the hard drive out of my external drive they won't be able to read my data. If, on the other hand they steal the whole external hard drive, they will have the encryption chip too and can just plug it into their usb and read everything of mine.

This seems a spectacularly useless feature which just makes life hard for me - but maybe I can fix it now !

Comment Don't be too ambitious ! (Score 2) 149

My main comment is to to do anything too big or to complicated - if you start something too big, you will probably never finish it and maintenance will occupy a disheartening number of hours.

If you like scenery, look for a copy of Model Railroading with John Allen so see what one modeler built in a suburban basement half a century ago. If your a lone wolf this is probably about as big you can sensibly make a line on your own. There is also a set of DVD's of pictures of the line," John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid Railroad", unobtainable now, but there is a torrent of them on Kat at the moment.

Comment Printing useful things too (Score 1) 62

I have to disagree, there are certain areas where 3D printed items are usefully filling gaps in the market.

One group is model railway people who now have many previously unobtainable items made this way. Interesting the first hackers were model railroaders too ! See

I'm one of the small scale manufacturers who makes his living by selling 3-d printed model trains, both direct to public through Shapeways ( ) and reselling things I get printed through eBay and other outlets.

Because there is so little up-front costs involved it's possible to cater for market segments where it would not have been economically viable before and make items profitably that may sell in tens rather than thousands - this is the beauty of 3-d printing.

It's just finding those niches - spare parts for household items is probably another one, it just needs someone to start designing them and then workout some sort of online database so the rest of the world knows how to find them.



Tiny Pacemaker Can Be Installed Via Catheter 57

the_newsbeagle writes "About four million people around the world have pacemakers implanted in their bodies, and those devices all got there the same way: surgeons sliced open their patients' shoulders and inserted the pulse-generating devices in the flesh near the heart, then attached tiny wires to the heart muscle. ... A device that just received approval in the EU seems to solve those problems. This tiny pacemaker is the first that doesn't require wires to bring the electrical signal to the heart muscle, because it's implanted inside the heart itself, and is hooked onto the inner wall of one of the heart's chambers. This is possible because the cylindrical device can be inserted and attached using a steerable catheter that's snaked up through the femoral artery."

Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months 382

An anonymous reader writes "It looks like nobody is quite sure how long it will take to fix the health insurance marketplace website. '"One person familiar with the system's development said that the project was now roughly 70 percent of the way toward operating properly, but that predictions varied on when the remaining 30 percent would be done," the Times reported yesterday. "'I've heard as little as two weeks or as much as a couple of months,' that person said. Others warned that the fixes themselves were creating new problems, and said that the full extent of the problems might not be known because so many consumers had been stymied at the first step in the application process."'"

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