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Episode 388 – Drone Dunk Fail – 2/23/17

Kishore cannot contain his excitement over Marvel’s upcoming Infinity War, we discuss diminishing returns for smartphone upgrades, get duped by a YouTube comedy video, and roll our eyes over drone gimmicks. Plus, NASA’s breaking news story and the VR minute!

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8 thoughts on “Episode 388 – Drone Dunk Fail – 2/23/17

  1. i so sympathise with jeremy’s face through most of norm’s and kishore’s enthusing about marvel films. ‘it me’, as the kids say these days. 😉

    re neural networks: it can be scary what a well-trained neural network can infer from what intuitively must be too little input data. in many cases, the problem is getting good training data, because that’s how it works: you have a huge set of data that is matched input and output. then you run the network with the input and compare its output with the expected output. tweak the network, and repeat the cycle until the actual output matches the expected output well enough. since you can make any photo into how it would look like, had it been shot with the game boy camera, you can produce really good training data at will, from practically every image.

    given some of the things i’ve seen neural networks do, i’m not surprised they can do a pretty good job reconstructing a particular kind of image from a sparse input.

    oh, small pronunciation pointer: porsche isn’t pronounced ‘porsh’, but rather ‘porsh-eh’ – german doesn’t swallow those terminal vowels.

  2. So I install security cameras for a living and I’m genuinely curious why people are so interested in wireless cameras in their homes and businesses. Wireless cameras still require power (110vAC or batteries) which is a huge headache to get to the camera and hide(protect) the cables from tampering, or charging of batteries. Wired IP cameras and analog cameras both can be powered from essentially one cable. Both IP and analog can be ran on Cat6 cable which can be run inside walls, stapled under eves, or ran through conduit easily. Once connected, they rarely disconnect or require messing with. Wired DVR/NVR solutions generally have much better user interfaces and don’t require any kind of monthly fees to use. The installation in the case of IP and analog camera systems is pretty much plug and play now. They can be purchased normally much cheaper than these niche wireless solutions as well.

    Every time I bring up these points to a customer they agree but I’ve never got a straight answer from people I’ve asked why they are initially turned off wired camera options. Am I missing something that other people are seeing or is it just general lack of understanding/marketing hype that has people so hooked on the idea of these wireless camera options. I cringe when I walk into someone’s office or home and see a “wireless” camera mounted on a wall with a little DC power cable stapled down the wall to an electrical outlet right at the level someone can easily unplug. They don’t even use transformers that can be screwed to the outlet like commercial alarm systems use to provide a first layer of defense from being unplugged. At least that would be something, although the cable could be pulled out/off easily still.

  3. I don’t know if it was the sudafed talking, but if you use your phone more than your PC, that’s kinda sad, Jeremy.

  4. I checked pastebin.com and couldn’t find the show notes… Are they still being uploaded there or is it something on my end?

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