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Todays bright idea #10 – smartphone video feature

November 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Technology

Tonight I was being a grumpy old man at a concert in London, where I could hardly see Toyah onstage because of all the smartphones being held up by people filming it. I think we have reached the point where this is now considered normal and it is too late to stop it but perhaps […]

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The Turing Test

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Technology

The concept of the Turing test has been cropping up a lot on the news lately, due to the current film about Turing and a competition hosted at Bletchley Park. For some reason it sparked off a whole bunch of thoughts.

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Computers do it faster…

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

…but people do it better! I was quite amused to see the BBC news at lunchtime. At work we have it on screens in the lobby, with the sub-titles on. The sub-titles are, I am pretty sure generated by some computer speech recognition software, and it was having some trouble with David Cameron at PMQs. […]

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How not to do a Turing test

June 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

There was a lot in the news last week about a program that supposedly passed the Turing test. I’m not so sure about that, for several reasons. First of all, I don’t think that Turing ever proposed a test as such, but rather made a statement about it being forseeable that one day a machine […]

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I would like to tweet about this ‘ere dead parrot

May 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life, Technology

An interesting article on the BBC News site today about using Twitter to complain about things. Amongst other things it says: According to a poll of 2,000 people by the communications agency Fishburn Hedges and Echo Research in April 2012, 36% of people had used a social media platform to contact a big company and […]

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Today’s bright idea #9

May 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

I was watching Mrs. Skuds playing one of those Facebook games the other day. It may be called ‘Tribez’. It looked like a generic Swords & Sorcery meets Sim City sort of game. It made me think that the way technology is going we can’t be too far away from being able to play Sim […]

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Planespotting

April 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

We had our grandson, Alfie, visiting over the weekend so I thought I would take him along to the Gatwick Aviation Museum to look at the planes there. In all the time I have lived here I have never got round to visiting before so I figured it was about time. I also decided to […]

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Embedding Spotify

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music, Technology

A friend has suggested that, if I mention a track or album on Spotify I should embed it in the post. Previously I have sometimes put a hyperlink in though often I haven’t bothered. I thought I would try installing a plugin and see what it does. This is just a test of that plugin […]

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Delicate sound of thunder

February 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music, Technology

This evening I watched the first half of Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder concert film that was broadcast on BBC Four over the weekend, which gave me a chance to indulge in at least a triple dose of nostalgia. The concert footage was from their 1987-89 tour, filmed during August during the US leg […]

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Near Field Communication: an idiot’s guide

February 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

By which I mean a guide written by an idiot of course.

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