Friday, November 28, 2014

Dalek security guards

Micro-soft-in-the-head are trying out robot Dalek like security guards. The robots are armed with camera, sensors, sirens and microphones, but no weapons... yet.
They never sleep, say the company Knightscope, well only for about 20 minutes every 24 hours while they recharge.
Now this may seem like a good idea, especially when you cost it at about half the hourly rate of a human security guard.  There are some point to be aware of though.  first the robot can't actually detain anybody, only summon help, secondly it could be fairly easily tipped over, it is heavy but I suspect someone jumping at the top would tip it over, and it can't self-right, but by far the biggest issues is one the early Daleks suffered from, it can't climb kerbs or stairs.
Of course serious criminals also might have no fear of shooting or ramming a robot, but they just might hold back from a murder charge, and a real security guard can dive for cover and return fire.
Also bare in mind if works from wi-fi, so the hackers will have a ton of fun.
Come on guys, you can't solve everything with technology, most of the clever stuff never works properly anyway, how long before your Dalek gets a virus and starts knocking old ladies over for the fun of it!

Caring parent

Well done to the caring parent I saw in Port Talbot today, walking through town with your son on your shoulders, texting!  Next time don't walk through a low doorway moron!  Hope the child is ok.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Apprentice... Who is going to win???

I watched episode 8 of the apprentice last night, and you know something.. I don't really like any of the candidates much.
Personally I liked Mark Wright at first, but he's too pushy and too selfish for my taste, Then theres Katie Bulmer-Cooke, she seems pretty sensible, but I don't know if she has what it takes.  Sanja Sood-Smith seems to take too much of a back seat role, he'd make a great employee I'm sure, but the boss, no I don't think so.
Roisin Hogan, could be a possible, she's bright and seems fairly tough, but theres a long way to go yet.
Solomn Akhtar, again another who keeps his head down, a follower maybe rather than a leader?
Felipe Alvir-Baquero, he seems like a really nice guy, he's calm, fairly efficent, but I question if he's tough enough, although he is a lawyer so he should be prepared to go in for the kill.
Time will tell.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

And in todays news

Be afraid, be very afraid... To go swimming.  Biologist Dr Mardik Leopold,  of the Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies at Wageningen in Holland Claims people are at risk of seal attack.
No seriously I'm not making this up.  It seems that the seals have been attacking porpoises around Holland and the north sea.  Dr Leopold believes they may start attacking people next.
Now apparently we have around 180.000 grey seals so that could be trouble.... and you were afraid of that harmless great white!
Personally I'm not too bothered, I hardly ever swim in the sea, and for the next six months or so it'll be bloody freezing here, so bring it on seals!  All we need now are some Canadians with those bat things.....

Mariella Frostrup is very angry, it seems her £400 a month medical insurance wont cough up for the combination of drugs she needs to get through menopause, and apparently the NHS doesn't offer her the help she wants. Well I hate to say this but stop paying £400 a month then and manage like the rest of the less privileged people, they get through menopause without elaborate cocktails of drugs.

In Shanghai China two fifteen story tower blocks built to house people moved to make way for a Disney theme park have leaned so much the tops are now touching, the building are only two years old.
Chen Tong, head of the engineering department at the Xintuan Real Estate company that maintains the properties and is responsible for them, denied there was a problem.
He added: 'Only some decorative parts on the eaves were broken and residents can live in the blocks without any worries at all.
Well you won't catch me living in one matey!

Expectation fail ?

I watched one of those fly on the wall police programs today, and there was a policeman saying "I don't get paid to get shouted and spat at and abused by the public"   Errr... yes you do actually.   What did you think a policeman's job was?  Dealing with drunks, yobs, nutters and villains, or arranging fluffy cushions in DFS?
It's like a doctor saying " I don't get paid to deal with sick people"  Frankly if you can't handly some yobs shouting at you without getting annoyed your in the wrong job...  Ok I know it's not nice but really what did you expect...  ?   
On the plus side the RSPCA are looking for people to handle kittens.....  Maybe thats more your line of work.... Maybe not, some of those kittens can be nasty!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Camera Snobbery

Theres always been some camera snobbery about but it seems to be getting worse. I keep hearing people say you need this body and that lens or your pictures will be rubbish.  Total crap!
You see at the sizes most people work theres bugger all to choose between cameras, ok if your doing a hording then a full frame camera will probably be better... but how many hording have you done this week?  Thought so, same as me then!
Somewhere theres an A3 wedding album doing the rounds, about half the pictures were taken on a top of the range Nikon camera with a £!k lens, the other half were taken on the bottom of the range Canon beginners camera with the kit lens (total cost at the time about £300)  And you know what, I knew which pics were which, and yet I couldn't tell the difference looking at full size A3 pics in the album.
It's the photographer and the processing that really counts, yes a better camera always helps but just because you have a cheap camera doesn't mean you can't take a good pic.
Some of the worst photos I've ever seen were taken on a state of the art, top of the range camera,and the truly worst ones I've ever seen were by a photographer with a degree in photography from Eton college.  I had students with less that a months teaching taking better shots honestly!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Child of God 2013 (film review)

IMDb "A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation."

Well to be honest I don't know where to start with this film.
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee it shows Lester Balllard (Scott Haze) breaking down and ending up pretty much a caveman.
The filming and locations are good, but thats about the best I can say for the film, personally I found it dire, it does have a few black comedy moments but not enough to save it.

Waynes rating  0/10  honestly save your money and stay home.