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On 20/01/2020 at 12:49, leicsmac said:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51171491

 

....does anyone else see a damn problem with Western countries sending their plastic waste to Asia on the sly and expecting them to dump it there?

 

17 hours ago, leicsmac said:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51171491

 

This could have some real effect if it goes ahead as envisioned.

 

Worth posting twice! 

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Increasing PV cell efficiency by as much as 50% would be a game changer. Stick them everywhere. On cars, houses, even clothes! 

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On 22/01/2020 at 01:11, leicsmac said:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51185836

 

Somewhat concerning as there are now cases in quite a few other places too, but it's good to see that the Chinese government have learned from their mistake on SARS and are aiming for full transparency here.

Trade repercussions. 

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oh I hope my new Chinese phone is ok.....Im getting visions of the Simpsons Osaka Flu

 

Image result for simpsons osaka flu box

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Off topic slightly.... but smart watches = potential life savers. The father in law who is a generally healthy chap, has been wearing his smart watch for a few years, and recently noticed his heart rate going through the roof, from about 60bpm resting to nearly 180bpm resting.... at first he thought it maybe the watch however I wore it for a days and it was fine. Got himself to the doctors and it appeared he developed a heart defect, it just began beating irregularly. 
 

Cut a long story short he had zero symptoms and was planning on going to Australia and was told had he done so there was 90% chance he would have had a stroke mid air. 
 

Amazing really when you think about it, his watch has potentially saved his life. 
 

Just thought I’d share as it’s useful to know they have this ability, I’ve got one for my dad now because he’s a fatso who doesn’t exercise!  

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You can do it with photos as well. There's some software called "Topaz Denoise" that I have that will "upscale" them and smooth them out. It's pretty damn good. You have to pay after the trial period though. 

 

Apparently you can use it with video pretty similar to what you posted, but you need something that will strip every frame of the video as a separate photo and then recompile them all after being upscaled. No idea if that's what's being done in your link but there's a website that will do it for you on any video clip for a fee.

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1 hour ago, The Bear said:

You can do it with photos as well. There's some software called "Topaz Denoise" that I have that will "upscale" them and smooth them out. It's pretty damn good. You have to pay after the trial period though. 

 

Apparently you can use it with video pretty similar to what you posted, but you need something that will strip every frame of the video as a separate photo and then recompile them all after being upscaled. No idea if that's what's being done in your link but there's a website that will do it for you on any video clip for a fee.

From what I can tell that is what is happening here, only they're using a neural network to do the stripping and processing, which seems to be both faster and with better clarity of result than a human doing it step by step.

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6 hours ago, leicsmac said:

If you want to see what can be done, watch “They Shall Not Grow Old”. They restored film from the First World War. Quite incredible. Not sure if it uses neural networks or not.

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So 'Mad' Mike Hughes has finally departed his 'flat earth' for good.

 

His previous ascent in a steam powered rocket ended with a back injury, yesterday's ended his life. 

 

 

He aimed to prove to himself and the world that the earth was a flat disc by ultimately launching himself above the Kármán line in his homemade steam powered rocket, however since this is approximately 327,360 in altitude and his previous attempt saw him ascend to 1,875 feet it's not clear how long this would have taken to achieve. I believe I'm right in saying that he intended to launch from a balloon at around 100,000 feet - where the remaining 200,000 odd feet would have come from is anyone's guess. 

 

He didn't prove the earth was flat, but definitely confirmed it's solid. It turns out, his theory on gravity was just as shitty as his parachute deployment mechanism. Physics - 1 Tin foil - 0. He certainly understood it in the end.

 

Seriously, RIP Mike Hughes. It may look like an episode of a Wyle E Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon, but you can't dispute the bravery and resolve of the man. Yes flat Earth is ludicrous, but no one wants to see someone killed trying to prove it. 

 

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1 hour ago, Line-X said:

So 'Mad' Mike Hughes has finally departed his 'flat earth' for good.

 

His previous ascent in a steam powered rocket ended with a back injury, yesterday's ended his life. 

 

 

He aimed to prove to himself and the world that the earth was a flat disc by ultimately launching himself above the Kármán line in his homemade steam powered rocket, however since this is approximately 327,360 in altitude and his previous attempt saw him ascend to 1,875 feet it's not clear how long this would have taken to achieve. I believe I'm right in saying that he intended to launch from a balloon at around 100,000 feet - where the remaining 200,000 odd feet would have come from is anyone's guess. 

 

He didn't prove the earth was flat, but definitely confirmed it's solid. It turns out, his theory on gravity was just as shitty as his parachute deployment mechanism. Physics - 1 Tin foil - 0. He certainly understood it in the end.

 

Seriously, RIP Mike Hughes. It may look like an episode of a Wyle E Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon, but you can't dispute the bravery and resolve of the man. Yes flat Earth is ludicrous, but no one wants to see someone killed trying to prove it. 

 

It's a shame, really, would have preferred him to make it up so far that it was clear he was totally wrong about what he believed.

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18 minutes ago, leicsmac said:

It's a shame, really, would have preferred him to make it up so far that it was clear he was totally wrong about what he believed.

In a homemade steam powered rocket Mac? With a wide field of vision he could have detected it from hiring a Lear jet at no risk to himself or anyone else, but these people are completely in denial of reality and utterly incapable of challenging their preconceptions. Hypothetically, even if he'd been subsidised/funded to be sent into orbit by a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS he'd allege some trickery. 

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1 minute ago, Line-X said:

In a homemade steam powered rocket Mac? With a wide field of vision he could have detected it from hiring a Lear jet at no risk to himself or anyone else, but these people are completely in denial of reality and utterly incapable of challenging their preconceptions. Hypothetically, even if he'd been subsidised/funded to be sent into orbit by a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS he'd allege some trickery. 

Oh yeah, I know it's wishful thinking, but as you said, no one wanted to see him dead for the sake of his ignorance.

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