Short Break – Open Thread

I’m off to Torquay for a couple of days to see a pal and his family, so no blogging until Friday. Kindly don’t honk: you’ve had 66 posts this month, a record for me. Thanks for reading and, ahem, clicking on the adverts.


On the suggestion of Bardon, this is an open thread to discuss whatever you like.


56 thoughts on “Short Break – Open Thread

  1. @Bardon: That San Tropez address is probably related to his business acumen. There will always be a way to get around any sanctions on Russia but in the short term they are more likely to get harsher than the other way round.

    @Tim: We can’t rule that out. Judge Marson is a very experienced lawyer, called to the bar in 1975 and made a part-time judge (recorder) in 1991. It wasn’t his first contempt case for sure. But what if he simply acted like an angry old fool? Perhaps the thought of mistrial, and some of the rapist gang walking as a result, drove him crazy.

  2. Perhaps the thought of mistrial, and some of the rapist gang walking as a result, drove him crazy.

    Levant addresses this: the judge didn’t appear to have even watched the full video (he didn’t have time) and apparently all the information therein was in the papers anyway (and is still available online). It seems the biggest problem here was it was Tommy Robinson doing the reporting.

  3. TtC; ha-ha, definitely that time of night.

    Wasn’t attempting to talk about physical attributes, really. More the rule structure. Football doesn’t have rules that dictates phases of play; nothing to stop your striker passing backwards to the halfway line from inside the opposition six yard area. A better example; see how the dicking about with the offside rule has changed the game over the years; Sam Allardyce’s Bolton had an interesting solution for free kicks and corners. More starkly, look at the dominant Liverpool teams before the back pass rule came in.
    A similar effect – Guardiola went into City and changed the style of play, as did Klopp at Liverpool, and Hughes at Stoke after Pulis. The rules of the game don’t remove that option from coaches. Also Wenger following after Rioch/Graham. And initially, how much of the squad did those coaches really change? Very few players in the first couple of seasons.
    AI in the wild over the last 30-odd years has been expert systems, followed by fuzzy logic, then various attempts at GAs and neural nets. Each has had its successes and failures. The general trend has been from known, rule based processes, with known inputs and outputs, forward and backward chaining expert systems, then ‘dirty’ inputs, fuzzy logic, then known inputs and desired outputs, but unknown processes, genetic algorithms and neural nets.
    The problem here is that NNs are purely statistical; throw enough data at it and it’ll give you an output. But we don’t seem to be able to examine the networks and describe the process that’s apparently been discovered, much beyond the weights the net gives to the inputs. We’ve got nets that can identify photos of cats and dogs and giraffes; we can’t get them to generate a picture of anything that doesn’t look like Picasso illustrating Lovecraft while on benzedrine. We’ve got a net that is really good at Ms. Pacman. It’s a bit shit at Asteroids.

    The IT industry loves the promise of a magic bullet. They never really pan out. With some of the applications that being talked about, good old Joe Public is going to be gaming these things into irrelevance within weeks.

    (Those weird curvy patterns that those Deepmind nets generate in pictures? Turns out that’s an interesting attack vector to stop the image recognition working. Strange makeup like the members of Kiss? Buggers up facial recognition nicely.)

  4. @Alex – “sanctions on Russia but in the short term they are more likely to get harsher”

    I hope not.

    The equipment that we are buying is named on the list but there is further qualification that it is not prohibited, wouldn’t want that qualification removed.

    We are in the process of acquiring a German specialist engineering business. The Russian gear that we’re buying will be directly trucked to it for refurbishment, then off to Kuwait and Queensland. If it all goes well ie the purchase and the refurb then we will be buying a lot more of this type of gear and refurbishing it in Germany and there is plenty available in Moscow alone.

  5. @Bardon: There are several bills now before Congress proposing new sanctions against Russia. Most notably, S.3336 by senators Graham (R) and Menendez (D).

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