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By new puritan
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Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass.

In other experiments, they extracted useful audio signals from videos of aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and even the leaves of a potted plant. The researchers will present their findings in a paper at this year’s Siggraph, the premier computer graphics conference.

“When sound hits an object, it causes the object to vibrate,” says Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and first author on the new paper. “The motion of this vibration creates a very subtle visual signal that’s usually invisible to the naked eye. People didn’t realize that this information was there.”
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/algorith ... tions-0804" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A spook's wet dream.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Time for some "Thread necromancy".

I ran into a couple of stories today that illustrated where Thatcher's privatisations have led us.


First for the railway enthusiasts, who can probably add some relevant detail.

Guy Flies From Newcastle To London Via Menorca Because It’s Cheaper Than The Train
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/g ... 4df30623e?

Then the Guardian's look at inflation of the services form privatised industries.

Forget austerity, here’s who is to blame for your empty pockets
https://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/ ... -companies


I know there's a certain amount of infrastructure renewal involved (The sort of thing we're told the public sector cannot afford).
The Patrick Collinson's Guardian article suggests there's also a bug chunk of executive pay and shareholder dividends.

I'm old enough to remember anybody who suggested this might happen was denounced as a fanatical extremist.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Tubby Isaacs wrote:The train fare there was £78.50. Which isn't cheap, but that's because we don't subsidize fares. It's not really neoliberalism going mad or anything, it's a cross party policy decision to prioritize investment over cheaper fares.
Not necessarily neoliberalism alone, but you can get a lot of non-train items for the cost of a half-day train journey.
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WTF? wrote:21st century Pharaohs?...

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... capitalism" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This only has to be half way accurate to be absolutely terrifying. It would go some way to explaining Trump's closeness to Putin. It seems a bit far fetched, but...
Very interesting article. It explains a lot, neo liberalism if taken to the limit, as this lunatic wanted to will destroy itself as it just devours everything in its path until there is nothing left. Its basically leaving a lot of kids in a sweet shop on a massive scale.
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