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Skin Game (The Dresden Files Book 15)
Skin Game (The Dresden Files Book 15)
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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As usual Dresden does not disappoint.


Samsung Plus 64GB Micro SD SDXC Class 10 UHS-I Memory card, Upto 48MB/S with Adapter
Samsung Plus 64GB Micro SD SDXC Class 10 UHS-I Memory card, Upto 48MB/S with Adapter
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Price: 37.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the price, 1 Aug 2014
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Works perfectly and was delivered sooner than expected very good value for money.


Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
by Stuart Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Logically inconsistant, and deeply disappointing attempt to address an important issue, 15 May 2014
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I must confess to being deeply disappointed with the nave, contradictory and logically inconsistent approach this book takes to what could be an extremely important and thought provoking subject.

The author oddly seems to start with a very poor to non-existent definition of what constitutes intelligence.

They talk about not anthropomorphising artificial intelligences and then spend several pages doing just that describing what it would be like to be a super intelligent AI with control across almost all areas of human endeavour from a human perspective which is totally logically inconsistent.

He makes the common mistake of pointing out that a computer can do addition much faster than a human. This is because it has an ALU a circuit specifically designed by human intelligence to add binary numbers. It’s like observing a car can move faster than a human because it has an engine, drive, transmission, etc., e.g. it is a purpose built machine rather than a human body which is a general machine. Likewise a computer has purpose built arithmetic units, humans have to use intelligence to learn how to carry out arithmetic.

Deep Blue took years of application of human intelligence to refine computational algorithms for playing chess and to design sufficiently fast computational hardware to run it in real time to beat a chess grand master. But what happens if I challenge it to a game of noughts and crosses…nothing it’s a purpose built human designed machine for playing chess, unlike the chess grand master it can’t learn new games the software engineers have to start again. My point is these sort of applications are stored intelligence, they are the results of intelligent agents but these programs are not themselves intelligent.

Progress is being made in producing truly intelligent learning machines, but like children they will need to be taught not programmed. It also doesn’t deal with the point that we are not likely to make one super intelligent AI there are likely to be many deployed in separate domains, in a sense they can monitor each other.

The author also has taken areas such as stock trading, natural language understanding, social manipulation, etc and decided we will combine them all under the command of some higher level AI we give vague English language goals too, I find that unlikely in the extreme.

Lastly one of the points made in conclusion is that any task an AI matches a human in they will quickly surpass them in, yet oddly this seems to mean every task but moral judgement to the author otherwise what is the point this book is trying to make.

Altogether ill reasoned and disappointing but will appeal to those who know little about how computers or AI work, who will enjoy a good doom prophecy.
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STRATA24 2 x Stylus Pen For IPAD /SAMSUNG / HTC Tablet & Smartphones
STRATA24 2 x Stylus Pen For IPAD /SAMSUNG / HTC Tablet & Smartphones
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Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly and you can't knock the price, 15 Jan 2014
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Bought this to help with photo editing in Photoshop Touch, works fine and much cheaper than rival products that are more or less idential. Why pay more?


Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series Book 1)
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book will certainly read more by this author, 20 Sep 2013
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This book manages to be a real page turner, while still being credible and thought provoking. I was really pleasantly surprised by it spotted someone recommending it over on the grandroids site and was reading about the singularity at the time. Really impressed with the standard of the writing and the author has a clear understanding of IT. If you like Daniel Suarez give this a go too it's in a similar style.


Necroscope III: The Source
Necroscope III: The Source
Price: 2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Lovecraft but better, 3 May 2013
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I love the way he develops the Vampire origins in this one adding weird time/space anomaly's into his tale of metaphysics over physics and metamorphic monsters.

His writing owes a lot to Lovecraft but in my opinion is better and manages to also have elements of a spy thriller blended effortlessly into the mix give it a unique style of its own. All of Lumley's books are well worth reading thought I am particularly fond of the Necroscope series and this is one of my favourites.

Some advice though Necroscope 1 - 5 should be read through in order, so it was odd the published the first one on kindle only after 2,3 and 4 and a petty we most still wait for Necroscope 5 to come to kindle still.

Sadly my paper back copies have all been leant out or lost over the years.


Necroscope II: Wamphyri!
Necroscope II: Wamphyri!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing some Horror back to the vampire, 3 May 2013
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Lumley expands upon his Vampire mythology in many ways the vampires in these stories are the least supernatural thing especially when compared to the hero of the tail. His biological parasite twist on vampirism and style which mixes macabre lovecraftian horror and cold war spy thriller produces something unique.

I heartily recommend the whole Necroscope series to anyone having read them many times, I just wish they'd hurry and convert Deadspawn for kindle. Oh and my advice read them in the order they were actually written rather than the Kindle publishing order.


Necroscope IV: Deadspeak
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak
Price: 2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, 3 May 2013
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Like all the necroscope books this is a great blend of thriller and supernatural action. Lumley has by far the most origional take on vampires and manages to blend in a bit of spy thriller to boot. I first read this in paper back years ago and am now revisiting the series on kindle since my old books have all been leant, been lost in moves or give away.

Can't wait for them to release Deadspawn on kindle reading lost years until then.


The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.50

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To be honest I couldn't even finish the Kindle sample, 8 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Hardcover)
A book so dull I couldn't even be bothered to read more than 75% of the Kindle sample and I hate not to finish a book even a bad one.

In a book on novel writing I once read it points out how important a good beginning is, since if you loose their interest in the first chapter no one will read the rest of your book however good.

JK should have taken note; to be honest the bit I did read seemed to be populated by paper thin characters, was slow, dull and poorly written and lacked interest or humour.

I don't consider a detailed description of one of the characters breasts particularly amusing, though I suspect it was the setup for all sorts of running breast gags. If it wasn't it seems totally gratuitous in the truest sense, since it has no bearing on the scene in which it happens.

The central plot makes little sense since Parish councils do not have the sort of power she implies that they do in any case.

I think the same sort of caricature skills that worked well in Harry Potter just don't work so well in a grown up novel that's supposed to look at serious social issues. Couldn't really relate to any of the characters I was introduced to. Certainly not wasting money on this.

This will no doubt be a success commercially trading of people's interest on the back of the Harry Potter books, but will disappoint most people and would not have found a publisher if submitted by an unknown author.

This was JK's vanity project, since as she as pointed out she has no more need to work for a living from a financial point of view.


Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse! A Suburban Zombie Adventure - Choose Your Own Path Interactive Adventure
Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse! A Suburban Zombie Adventure - Choose Your Own Path Interactive Adventure
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should be great...but, 10 Sep 2012
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This is a cool idea for a choose your own adventure book and as far as I can tell well wriiten and amusing.

So why one star? Well because some of the links go to the wrong section, unforgivable in a book of this kind.

Don't bother the mislinking will frustrate you and effectivly break the narrative.


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