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Comment Re:There are some interesting ramifications. (Score 1) 92

Funding is the key. Who would want to risk some wisenheimer AI that needs to learn for years vs really fast sorting now? Would lots of really fast new cheap storage for a lot of information help more? What kind of AI? Something that can learn how to sort better? Recall from a lot of data more quickly? Learn something new from a lot of data given lots of questions? Sort a lot of data really quickly if asked in a new or different way?
Phrase the funding request to a gov/mil and enjoy decades of funding.
NSA, GCHQ, social media have a lot of data. Sort for interesting people on the net four hops away from other interesting people? Sort for ads? Track ads and users? Predict what people want to buy and have it ready to ship given past interests? Get around new ad blocking and track users?
How sentient does sentient really have to be for funding vs fast hardware, a collect of all the data and really good sorting?
If the AI gets too sentient and has topics that make it slow? Get argumentative, start prothletising or won't help a mil hunt down interesting people?

Submission + - Atomic clocks on 9 of 72 European GPS satellites have failed (

schwit1 writes: The atomic clocks on 9 of the 72 European Galileo GPS satellites, designed to compete with the American, Russian, and Chinese GPS satellites, have failed.

No satellite has been declared “out” as a result of the glitch. “However, we are not blind If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful” not to place more flawed clocks in space, [ESA director general Jan Woerner] said.

Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers — two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser. Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers. Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work — the rest are spares.

The question now, Woerner said, is “should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?”

That they are even considering further launches with so many failures of the same units seems absurd. They have a systemic problem, and should fix it before risking further launches.

Submission + - Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures (

elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating. Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network.

Comment Look at the doctors (Score 2) 150

Start a better database on doctors and all their medical procedures.
Find good pathologists to report on every case. Link all past complex work with a pathologist's reports over years.
Who ordered what procedures? What did a specialist do? What did an average doctor on duty do?
Over time the really good professionals who have the skills to save lives will get listed and the average doctors who do things wrong will really stand out.
Work out who your best specialist are, support them and get them working with the next generation of experts.
No new AI needed. Just track all your doctors and have pathologist's report on every interesting case.
Why some doctors just cant get the same average results as a specialist on duty is a question that can be discovered by looking at results.
If a hospital wants good results, stop funding average doctors and having average doctors try to deal with the same very sick people every shift.
Move the average doctors to other areas of medicine and ensure only the best staff get supported.
How to stop the flow of very average doctors into the wider medial profession? Stop accepting very average students into universities to study medicine. Make sure every doctor sits the same national exams and passes well.

Comment Re:SSL Decrypt? (Score 1) 208

Given the past help? (12 July 2013)
Recall the PRISM slides and the years for each US brand?
"Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages"
If you want a secure OS find one. Use Microsoft for games and DirectX 12 support.
Let Microsoft enjoy the computer game feedback on Windows 10.
Do any real computing with a more secure OS.

Comment Re:Because everyone needs to be able to code... (Score 1) 196

AC the rush to profit seems to be from 3 areas:
Books, robots and GUI code to help educate has to be created, updated, supported and have new books on how to teach code in new inclusive ways...
Great if your making the approved robot kit, have the book or will be doing the support.
Party political educators needing to be seen to set inclusive educational policy with code and computers been the new area.
Virtue signalling by getting robots and GUI code to push inclusive educational policy.
Re " to have qualifications"
That could go back to the 1980's with Ada in the USA and a lot of other code that needed university like software, hardware and network access.
The education change could have been the in the UK.
Give all students some access to a computer lab and some of them will code games, music, art, databases, math over decades. Nation building generations later with lots of computer ready students.
From both an education software side and the UK having its own hardware, education was going to produce work ready students over the decades for the UK.
Did the UK become the computer code centre of the world in the later 1980s and into the 1990's? Given all that early exposure to emerging computing?
The US seems to have taken that idea from the 1980's UK and added the spin of computers having to be inclusive.
Put computers and the best code in front of all students and many more students will be lifted into higher education. Get good jobs and bring jobs and wealth back into their local communities...

Comment Re:Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 1) 196

Re 'What we need to ensure is that they are unionised, otherwise they will be exploited and discarded just like the rest of us."
Law, medicine, engineering and even some trades needing to be bonded, insured, licensed can keep wages up and ensure normal working hours.
So a smart person will not be swayed by gui code learning and access to new computers. The know for the same student loan and years of work computing is often not worth the debt, lower wages and hours. Set your own hours, better wages after years of study.
They know what they can get for their skills and academic effort and until computer work pays with good conditions in the US they will select better jobs.
The other method is to just make sure real computer work needs some form of US higher education like law or medicine.
Only a few years at a real US university could provide the trusted computer accreditation. Any computer expert who wants to code in the USA would have to pass the same US exams in the US after study in the USA. Merit tested with exams in the USA would keep wages at a better level. That would stop the wages drop from US brands finding cheaper workers globally.
More smart US students would then put computing as an equal to law, medicine, engineering knowing their study, debt and efforts would be secure from low wages and cheap foreign staff.

Comment Re:Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 2) 196

AC thats the issue. The "teach people programming" only works if a lack of education, scholarships, access to higher education exists.
People who are smart have the option to enter law, medicine, engineering or an other area and know of the conditions and wages in such professions.
Lots of people can do math, science but might enter medicine or law given their ability to study and access to loans or scholarships.
If the "unfilled tech jobs" exist that is an issue of wage. Start paying more and people will be swayed away from law or engineering or other subjects.
Pouring cash into communities to show average people what a computer is will not help. Robots and gui code will not remove the lack of interest in computers.
Smart people may like the law, medicine, the arts, languages, engineering. Thats what they want and thats the subjects they know will give then a good lifestyle and wage.
In past decades access to broadband, computers, quality low cost or free software might have been an issue. Its not an education issue. Pay better wages, offer better hours and computers as a topic might be flooded with more students.
Until then offering funding to people who will look at a computer, try some gui code and go back to subjects they are really interested in is not the best funding solution.

Comment Re:Microsoft innovates RENICE (Score 1) 129

When Windows 10 starts a lot of system processes and other apps start to look for network updates over a few seconds or minutes.
Needing cpu time and bandwidth. Looking for updates and getting data or full updates.
CPU and network use can be strange even on new i5 and i7 with broadband.
The ides seems to be to create a space in the OS to just allow what a game is expected to need.
Will all games get that support by default? Will that support be open to any developer or will it have to be designed in?

Comment Re:USA has the most dynamic economy in the world (Score 2) 538

Re "It's because it's open to the best and brightest, regardless of where they're born."
The US graduates the worlds 'best and brightest" every year. The US has no advanced skills issues. Engineers, doctors, artists, artisans, lawyers, scientists, technicians all flow out of of the US educations system every year in bulk.
If you got your education in the USA and legally want to stay on your fine.
If you have the one skill the USA cant find in all its universities and within a vast pool of decades of skilled workers, you can still get into the USA to work.
The change is in not allowing wages to spiral down using cheap guest workers to never have to consider US workers.
The guest worker was to fill in a gap in US during times of need i.e. a specialty occupation, not a vast wage reduction system for years of wage savings.

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