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one of our local Herons was on a branch I could get a bit closer to (before it noticed me)
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Reverse engineering a 6502 playing 8bit games using neuroscience techniques.

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There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, enabled by data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. Microprocessors are among those artificial information processing systems that are both complex and that we understand at all levels, from the overall logical flow, via logical gates, to the dynamics...
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I wonder what would cause a ~10% (~3GW) drop in UK power demand over a 30min period?  I was looking at http://gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ and noticed that there's a notch in the dutch/french import where we suddenly stopped taking any power for a while; that's noticeable because they drop from 2GW to nothing; there's a slight wibble in the graph for load but it was hard to be sure so I checked the raw csv at bmreports and indeed at 15:25 we were cooking on 31GW but by 15:30 we were on 28GW - this reversed at about 15:10 - it doesn't seem to be just a graphing glitch since it seems to be consistent across supply/demand.  Anyone unplug their 3GW kettle?
Wind: This is the total contributed by metered wind farms. Wind power contributes about another 30% from embedded (or unmetered) wind turbines that shows only as a drop in demand. Wind like nuclear, will sell into any market price because turbines are expensive, wind is not and subsidies are ...
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I rebooted my raspberry pi around then.
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I think this is an Egyptian Goose; I took this in Brussels earlier in the week - the geese we get in the UK tend to be much more white/grey/black things. Apparently the Belgians classify them as an invasive species; this one was one of a pair hanging out near the EC buildings.
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This is a neat demo of a Disney telepresence robot; very neat (via +Mark Bruce 's SciTech digest)
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Old walls; The Zanussi is from Brussels, the Stout is from Sheffield.
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I got mad at GTK3 big blobby buttons; I don't think I've got them all, but this is starting to be tolerable if a bit confusing;
I created ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css with:

*{
  padding: 0px;
  min-height: 6px;
  min-width: 6px;
}

I'm sure that's going to break other things; but there again I can't find any sane docs on gtk themes other than 'look what Adwaita does'.
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I was trying to find the source of the comments that the ex-mcdonalds head said about the cost of robots vs humans with minimum wage; there was reference to the national restaurant show, and  I found this picture via twitter; this is a Rethink robotics robot (Sawyer?) apparently in cooperation with Middleby corp; and I found the following quote in Finance-monthly from Middleby's CEO:
   'We also envision a new kind of collaboration, the introduction of
   “cobots”, robots working alongside humans in commercial and
   catering kitchens. Due the extended hours of operations, unrewarding
   pay and general dissatisfaction, restaurants will continue to have
   challenges with employee turnover. In partnership with Northwestern
   University and Rethink Robotics, Middleby has introduced a $40,000
   robot for the commercial kitchen. These robots perform mundane
   tasks such as loading and unloading dishwashers, flipping burgers
   and frying potatoes.Middleby will be the first company to introduce an
   affordable robot with a pay-back of less than one year'

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I agree completely with Olov Renberg's statement beginning “If banks want to reduce fraud for their customers, they need to avoid making consumers the gatekeepers of their own security.”
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The moon on a stick?
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If, hypothetically, you wanted to get ffmpeg working with firefox for video, then:
 1) configure ffmpeg with --enable-shared
 2) Ensure the libavcodec.so.* so's appear somewhere in firefox's LD_LIBRARY_PATH
 3) I think you also need to make sure media.ffmpeg.enabled is on in about:config
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I'm not really sure how to explain the use of 'fantastically' as emphasis of a bad thing , but it works; so next time you are trying to categorise corruption and it's worse than a minor, small, or nasty corruption, may be it's a fantastical corruption. (And I wonder what the story is behind the Queen's comments on the Chinese visit later in this piece)
Nigeria says it is "shocked" after David Cameron describes the country and Afghanistan as "fantastically corrupt" in a conversation with the Queen.
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+Mark Bruce​ yup, that sounds like Camoron.
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