Police Robots in US

Bomb disposal robot in NY appears unharmed after accidentally causing an explosion while disarming a hoard of bombs discovered in a bag.

Watch As This Police Robot Accidentally Blows Up NYC Bomber’s Explosive [VIDEO]

Micah Johnson was killed by a bomb disposal robot after 5 police were shot.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/should-the-police-have-robot-suicidebombers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/08/dallas-shooting-who-is-micah-johnson/
http://www.popsci.com/police-used-bomb-disposal-robot-to-kill-dallas-shooting-suspect

And finally one plucky robot used a pizza to resolve a situation with an apparently suicide man armed with a knife.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/robotics/military-robots/robocop-delivers-pizza-prevents-suicide

Corbyn Takes Biscuit Question

Jeremy Corbyn is said to have contradicted himself this week, saying he is anti-sugar answering ‘mumsnet’s biscuit question’, despite listing jam-making among his hobbies. This human-like contradiction has thrown media types into a spin. It is part of a bold media-strategy to seem honest and genuine? Doesn’t he have people to prevent such straight forward answers? Gordon Brown famously took 24 hours to answer the same question when asked by mumsnet, but forewarned can be forearmed… we can therefore speculate on the layers of hidden meaning in Jeremy’s answer.

Mathew Norman at the Independent same up with some plausibly explanations

Michael Deacon at the telegraph thought readers wouldn’t be impressed with the answer

Russia today reported ‘internet loses it’

Melanie McDonagh in the spectator said that his biscuit answer made her like him

The Times reported that “Corbyn crumbles in face of Mumsnet cookie quiz”, and the Sun’s headline was “THAT TAKES THE BISCUIT Jeremy Corbyn slated by Mumsnet users after saying he was ‘anti-sugar’ when asked what his favourite biscuit was”.

Crackers.

 

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His answer was Shortbread biscuits, for US readers, in the UK a biscuit is like a cookie, not a scone. Was this simply an appeal to Scottish voters?

Presidential Campaign Slogans Featuring Opponent

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president features the side glancing blow at her opponent Donald Trimp, with the campaign slogan “Love trumps hate” sometimes capitalized “LOVE TRUMPS HATE”, but surely reminding the voting public of the existence of your opponent is a bad move? How has this tactic been used in the past, and what was the result?

Love Trumps Hate, a slogan of the Hillary campaign.

Love Trumps Hate, a slogan of the Hillary campaign.

Previous use of the opponents name in campaign slogans has usually had less potential for puns… In 1844 Henry Clay ran with the slogan “Who is James K. Polk”, the campaign resulted in election of James Polk, who was a dark horse candidate appointed as a result of a split democratic convention. This slogan elevated the relatively unknown Polk who won the election!

In 1884 both Presidential campaigns made reference to the other. Grover Cleveland ran with “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, The Continental Liar from the State of Maine”, while James Blaine accused that Grover had an illegitimate child in Buffalo NY with the slogan “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa?”. The race resulted in a close result for Grover Cleveland.

Vote Cox and Cocktails -- presidential campaign slogan used by Warren G. Harding in 1920.

Vote Cox and Cocktails — presidential campaign slogan used by Warren G. Harding in 1920.

In 1920 Warren G. Harding made reference to his anti-Prohibition candidate “Cox and Cocktails” and still managed to win the campaign, presumably his over slogan “A return to normalcy” was a lot more appealing at the time. Warren G. Harding won the campaign but died in office (reputably his drinking was a factor) and Calvin Cooleridge become president.

According to this list I found on the internet all three of these slogans are among the top ten worst campaign slogans of all time. It seems it is still possible to win if you mention your opponent, as shown by Harding. However the result from the Clay/ Polk election shows the danger this tactic presents, if you are better known it would be a mistake to make a campaign about your opponent if you fail to make a positive case for yourself.

XP needed to level in Pokemon go

It’s hard to reach level 40.

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What does Brexit mean?

The first thing that Teresa May wanted to make clear on becoming the Prime Minister of the UK, was that “Brexit means Brexit”. (e.g. Link to video). She has repeated this whenever asked about Brexit. During the G20 summit in Hangzhou China, she further explained in a press conference, “The reason I’ve been saying Brexit means Brexit is precisely because it means it does”.

To help anyone who still isn’t sure about what Brexit means I have written a computer program to illuminate you.

The output of the program is as follows:

Want to know what Brexit means?
y/n:y
‘Brexit’ means Brexit

Want to know what ‘Brexit’ means Brexit means?
y/n:y
”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit

Want to know what ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit means?
y/n:y
”’Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit

Want to know what ”’Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit means?
y/n:y
””Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”’Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit

Want to know what ””Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”’Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ”Brexit’ means Brexit’ means ‘Brexit’ means Brexit means?
y/n:

The code in Python3 is as follows:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
"""
Created on Sun Sep 18 14:24:10 2016

Program to show what Brexit means.

@author: Mathew Peet
“””

str=”Brexit”
iWantToKnow = True

while iWantToKnow == True:
print(“Want to know what”,str,” means?”)
ans=input(“y/n:”)
ans = ans.lower()
if ans==’y’ or ans==’yes’:
str=”‘”+str+”‘”+’ means ‘+str
print(str,’\n\n’)
else:
iWantToKnow=False

 

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What I learnt from KPOP (part 4)

I learnt Lady Gaga’s songs can be improved… This song Bbiribbom Bbaeribbom (삐리뽐 빼리뽐) by group Co-Ed School (남녀공학) seems to be heavily inspired by Lady Gaga’s hit telephone. Also I learnt that Bbiribbom Bbaeribbom is a Onomatopoeia invented for this song… presumably to rhyme with telephone.

Remix Telephone-Bbiribbom Bbaeribbom

Software defined radio

There are a number of cheap devices which allow you to listen to radio signals, these devices were originally intended for watching TV, digital TV and radio signals through the computer. By using available software it is possible to tune into many radio broadcasts/signals, e.g. HAM radio, AM, FM, commercial airline signals, etc.

To take a look at some devices search for “sdr usb” or “rtl usb”, prices vary from around 5-20 pounds depending on branding / accessories.

If you are interested to listen to voices from around the world, some of these software defined radios are possible to use over the internet. This has the advantage that you can access better hardware and also listen to stations based across the world.

A list of stations is available here: http://websdr.org/