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For Sale – PC Components including MSI 1080ti

As header.

I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £250

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Founders edition £610

Samsung 850 EVO 500gb SSD £120

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £110

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some small scratching on the non window side of the case) £80

EVGA 750W GQ Power Supply £60

Pionerr BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £45

Windows 10 home £60

16gb Corsair Vengence LPX 3200mhz DDR4 £120

Most of the items I’ve got the boxes for as well. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
Location: Bathgate West Lothian
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Microsoft researchers use visual AI to make India’s roads safer – Microsoft News Center India

A nervous student gets into a car. It’s his first time behind the steering wheel. He glances anxiously at his driving instructor on his left. The instructor reassures him and starts on a set of instructions.  He urges him to turn on the ignition, slide the gear from neutral to first, and slowly release the clutch while stepping on the throttle. He also reminds him to be ready to brake if needed and to keep an eye on the rear and wing mirrors.

The scenario above is how drivers have been trained at the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR)—a joint venture between the Department of Transport of State Governments and car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., India’s largest passenger car manufacturer. Founded in 2000, IDTR’s aim is to make Indian roads safer.

India has one of the highest number of road accidents in the world. In 2016, 17 deaths and 55 road accidents occurred every 60 minutes—one death every four minutes. The main contributing factors are poor road infrastructure, low awareness of road rules and traffic signs, and distracted and inefficient driving.

One way in which IDTR tries to address India’s dismal road safety record is by teaching safe driving, via scientifically engineered training, testing tracks of international standards and through simulators. Some aspects of IDTR’s methodology are also being used by Maruti Driving Schools, an added service offered countrywide by the dealers of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

“At IDTR, our primary focus is on providing quality training to the drivers and developing better methods of training. For this, we use technology to a great extent—simulators, and cameras. Recently, we have developed an on-board diagnostic (OBD) device used for in-car automation. This enhances quality of driving training instructions” says Mahesh Rajoria, Director IDTR  and head of Driving Schools Division at Maruti Suzuki, The driving schools network comprises of  IDTR and the Maruti Driving Schools (MDS). Collectively, IDTR and MDS have trained over three million drivers so far.

However, IDTR now has one more addition, which could change the way trainers teach students to drive cars – an inconspicuous smartphone mounted on the car’s dashboard that records both the driver and the view of the road from the front windshield. After every session, it provides detailed analysis to the instructor, which wasn’t possible earlier. The solution, made by researchers at Microsoft, is called HAMS.

HAMS: Leveraging low-cost tech to tackle road safety

HAMS, which stands for Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety, is a virtual harness for vehicles that focusses on two factors that are critical to road safety—the state of the driver, and his or her driving relative to other vehicles.

It employs the front and back cameras of dashboard-mounted smartphone, the phone’s GPS and inertial sensors, and an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD-II) scanner, which provides information from the vehicle. Much of this data is processed locally on the smartphone itself, with an Azure-based backend being used for aggregating and visualizing the processed data. The front-camera of the smartphone looks at the driver, the back camera looks out to the front of the vehicle and based on the raw data obtained from the sensors, HAMS detects various events of interest such as driver distraction, fatigue and gaze tracking, as well as vehicle ranging, which determines whether a safe separation distance is being maintained with the vehicles in front.

HAMS monitors driver fatigue by detecting eye closure and yawns from the phone’s front camera. Eye Aspect Ratio (EAR) metric is used to detect eye closure, based on which the PERCLOS metric quantifying the percentage of time the eyes are closed is computed. Yawns are detected using the Mouth Aspect ratio (MAR) metric, which helps detect when the mouth remains open for a continuous period of at least one or two seconds. Gaze tracking, which is done through head pose estimation and eye gaze tracking, enables analyzing mirror scanning behavior, for example, to detect episodes when a driver stares ahead for a prolonged period, thereby failing to maintain awareness of their surroundings.

Vehicle ranging, aimed to prevent tailgating, is determined by delineating a bounding box around the vehicle in front as viewed through the smartphone’s back camera. Based on the size of the bounding box, the distance to the vehicle is estimated.

The success of HAMS lies in its effective architecture that performs edge-based processing of multimodal sensor data using a hybrid approach that combines machine learning with traditional techniques to balance accuracy with efficiency. Such edge-based processing enables raw data to be processed locally on the smartphone, enabling greater efficiency and minimal data usage. It also ensures privacy, since only the detections and no raw images are uploaded to the cloud.

Effective monitoring leading to actionable feedback

“Since we were already working in this direction—that is bringing technology in driving training—we were ready to go along when Microsoft researchers discussed about HAMS,” says Rajoria, recollecting the initial deployment of HAMS with Ashish Mathur from his team.

“HAMS covers parameters in driving instruction that we thought was never possible,” says a jubilant Rajoria. “Take for example, the parameter of maintaining the correct distance between the vehicle you are driving and the vehicle in the front. Now this is a very important parameter as far as the driving instruction goes. HAMS is definitely going to help us with that.”

HAMS is already being used in some cars at IDTR and instructors revisit the footage and analytics after every training session to give feedback to their students in the next session.

The vision behind HAMS

The genesis of the HAMS project goes back to a decade ago, when Principal Researcher Venkat Padmanabhan returned to India after having spent eight-and-a-half years at Microsoft Research in Redmond, USA. “The first thing that hits you, quite literally, is the traffic,” he recalls when asked about how the HAMS project came to be. “Back then, we did a project called Nericell, where we came up with an idea of using smartphones, or what was then considered to be a smartphone, to monitor road and traffic conditions. While we did succeed on many fronts—we did a small-scale deployment and our 2008 paper has garnered well over 1,000 citations and has spawned many efforts—because of the limitations of the hardware, we couldn’t really take it very far.”

All this changed in 2015, when the researchers decided to concentrate the research on road safety, narrowing down on the driver and the driving. The fast developing IoT ecosystem and the advancement of smartphone hardware with faster processors, better cameras and multiple sensors – accelerometer, gyroscope – accelerated the efforts.

“It was the summer of 2016 when we started building and deploying HAMS in over a dozen cabs at Microsoft Research office in Bengaluru—vehicles that were used to shuttle employees back and forth,” Padmanabhan recalls.

But before the successful launch of HAMS, Microsoft researchers had to face challenges on several fronts. First, since HAMS utilized edge processing that would happen directly on the smartphone, the researchers had to figure out how to process information in an intelligent way. Second, the algorithms had to be self-calibrating to work in uncontrolled environments, where, for instance, the mounting of the phone with respect to the driver could vary. The algorithms also required a fair amount of customization to define the various parameters such as vehicle tracking and ranging.

Post-doctoral researcher Akshay Uttama Nambi, who is part of the Microsoft research team that developed HAMS, elaborates on how they overcame the challenges. “Especially with vehicle ranging, where we had to identify the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in the front, the algorithms had to be efficient enough to track and identify the vehicle in real-time. We developed a hybrid approach where we mix a high computational intensive task with a low computational intensive task. This balances the load on the smartphone.”

“We identified certain features which could be reused across multiple detectors. For example, facial landmarks can be computed once for each image, and then could be used for multiple detectors such as for fatigue, gaze, etc. Thus the heavy-lifting done in extracting the facial landmarks could be used for such diverse tasks as tracking the driver’s blinking rate, detecting whether he is yawning, or whether his gaze was directed in the appropriate direction,” Nambi explains.

Immense possibilities to be explored

The possibility of HAMS goes far beyond it just being used as an aid for driver training. For instance, it could potentially be deployed during the issuance of driving licenses. Presently, just a single practical test along with a theory exam is needed to get a driving licence in India. “If HAMS is deployed, an applicant with a learner’s license can be tested over 100 or 1,000 kilometres, before the licence is granted,” says Padmanabhan.

Another area where HAMS can be put to use is in fleet management, providing stakeholders such as fleet owners or supervisors with visibility in an intelligent way. The fleet can comprise hundreds or thousands of cabs, buses, or trucks, being overseen by a supervisor.

Parents could also possibly use HAMS to monitor the driving of their teenage kids, who might be new drivers.

“Different markets can have dramatically different needs, and this is evident in the innovations in the automotive industry. While self-driving cars are being actively worked on in the West, there is a huge need in India and emerging markets to use AI in existing human-driven cars to help the driver drive safely,” says Sriram Rajamani, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India.

“There is also a huge need to improve safety of fleets such as truck fleets, bus fleets and car fleets. HAMS is an extremely interesting project because it deals with existing vehicles, and existing fleets, and explores improving safety while being frugal in terms of costs,” he adds.

For Sale – Alienware Alpha SFF Windows 10

I have this machine up for sale, it’s the Alienware Alpha i7 model, it came with Windows 8.1 however I upgraded it to Windows 10 during the free trial period. I’ve used it with the Alpha Hive UI software, i.e. it will load straight into the Hive UI and allow you to launch Steam and applications directly, you don’t need to have a keyboard plugged in, it works directly with the wireless Microsoft 360 pad and dongle (it came with these). The unit still has the plastic cellophane around the sides of it.

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It has a very small footprint, about 1/2 the size of a PS4 / XBOX one

specs:
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Intel i7-4785T (quad core with HT)
8gb ram
1tb hdd
Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (custom, 2GB GDDR5)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1×1; Bluetooth 4.0
2x USB 2.0 (front), 2x USB 3.0 (back), RJ45, HDMI-Out 1.4a, HDMI-In, optical audio out (Toslink)
wireless Xbox 360 controller inc dongle

I’ve used it with my steam collection and had it connected direct to the TV, it has been used as a console along with the PS4 and XBOX one, you can also use it as a full fledged desktop too, you can exit the UI and it will load into full Windows 10. It will play most of the games on high / med, i’m not much of a gamer anymore but it will play the likes of Street Fighter, Assasins Creed, Project Racing, Crysis, the custom GPU is pretty surprisingly decent, see reviews.

I have the original box and manuals, it should have warranty till Sept 2019, I purchased it in a px last year, I did have a 1tb SSD in here but have removed it and am using it in the new system.

[​IMG]

info:
Alienware Alpha review | TechRadar

£320inc delivery
(listed elsewhere too)

Price and currency: 320
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HTPC – i5 2500s | 8GB Mem | Crucial SSD | XFX R7 240 | Streacom F7C Evo

Hi there,

I have my trusty HTPC for sale, it’s the following spec:

i5 2500s
Asus P8H67-I Deluxe B3
8GB Memory
R7 240
Crucial SSD (need to double check if it’s 128GB or 256GB)
Streacom F7C Evo + IR Module
Ultra quiet Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler Low Profile – 92mm & Noctua Case Fan

Everything is fully functional, however, the Streacom Case has seen better days. Issues to note with the case:

  • Marks on the front & top of the case
  • Side has been cut open for better cooling for the GPU
  • One of the screws on the bottom that holds the lid in place has been lost

If it were me i’d probably look to replace the case eventually.

When originally built there was absolutely no expense spared on components, everything is high quality.

I’d prefer for this to be collected so the buyer can have a good look at what they’re buying before any money is exchanged.

Album of pictures – Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Whole lot:

[​IMG]

Side with GPU:

[​IMG]

Front of case (notice mark top left):

[​IMG]

Rear of case:

[​IMG]

Other side of case w/ noctua case fan:

[​IMG]

Case w/ top on (note the GPU intake / exhaust):

[​IMG]

Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BACS or PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Wanted – MacBook Pro 15″ (ideally 2015-on)

Think it’s about time I look into getting a newer MBP to replace my late-2008 model – it’s served me well but recently it’s began struggling a little, even after an SSD upgrade. It bricked during the last update, fortunately Apple store resurrected it again, but it’s generally just getting tired and slow now.

So, looking for one newer and better specced than my current one (2.66 C2D, 4GB RAM, 480GB SSD). Needs to be 15″, and ideally 2-3 years old (they’re all retina models by this point I think?). I don’t need the best specced in the world, it’s generally only used for internet, iTunes, some very minor photo/music/video touching-up/editing/converting, so doesn’t need to be a powerhouse, but a bit of future proof is always good. Not sure I need the Bluetooth LE for handoff, but I wouldn’t say no to it.

Biggest caveat is price. I paid £800 for this A1286 (I think) back in 2010, and it was only a year or so old by then. It did have a couple dents when I bought it, which doesn’t bother me. So I’m looking for something similar to that – I realise I’m not likely to get one for the same price, I’m just using it as an example that tI’m not looking for £1500 machines etc, and I don’t mind it not being “mint” either.

So let me know what you have – I’d rather buy one here from one of you before I get one from eBay (although my current one did come from an eBay shop)

Location: Harlow, Essex (CM18)

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For Sale – HP 250 G4 Laptop ***As New & Boxed *** Photos Now Added

I’m selling my HP 250 G4 laptop due to lack of use. It’s had very little use and is in immaculate condition and perfect working order

Price and currency: £265
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or Paypal gift
Location: Portsmouth UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
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For Sale – Alienware Alpha SFF Windows 10

I have this machine up for sale, it’s the Alienware Alpha i7 model, it came with Windows 8.1 however I upgraded it to Windows 10 during the free trial period. I’ve used it with the Alpha Hive UI software, i.e. it will load straight into the Hive UI and allow you to launch Steam and applications directly, you don’t need to have a keyboard plugged in, it works directly with the wireless Microsoft 360 pad and dongle (it came with these). The unit still has the plastic cellophane around the sides of it.

[​IMG]

It has a very small footprint, about 1/2 the size of a PS4 / XBOX one

specs:
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Intel i7-4785T (quad core with HT)
8gb ram
1tb hdd
Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (custom, 2GB GDDR5)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1×1; Bluetooth 4.0
2x USB 2.0 (front), 2x USB 3.0 (back), RJ45, HDMI-Out 1.4a, HDMI-In, optical audio out (Toslink)
wireless Xbox 360 controller inc dongle

I’ve used it with my steam collection and had it connected direct to the TV, it has been used as a console along with the PS4 and XBOX one, you can also use it as a full fledged desktop too, you can exit the UI and it will load into full Windows 10. It will play most of the games on high / med, i’m not much of a gamer anymore but it will play the likes of Street Fighter, Assasins Creed, Project Racing, Crysis, the custom GPU is pretty surprisingly decent, see reviews.

I have the original box and manuals, it should have warranty till Sept 2019, I purchased it in a px last year, I did have a 1tb SSD in here but have removed it and am using it in the new system.

[​IMG]

info:
Alienware Alpha review | TechRadar

£320inc delivery
(listed elsewhere too)

Price and currency: 320
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HP 250 G4 Laptop ***As New & Boxed ***

I’m selling my HP 250 G4 laptop due to lack of use. It’s had very little use and is in immaculate condition and perfect working order

Price and currency: £265
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer or Paypal gift
Location: Portsmouth UK
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Wanted – MacBook Pro 15″ (ideally 2015-on)

Think it’s about time I look into getting a newer MBP to replace my late-2008 model – it’s served me well but recently it’s began struggling a little, even after an SSD upgrade. It bricked during the last update, fortunately Apple store resurrected it again, but it’s generally just getting tired and slow now.

So, looking for one newer and better specced than my current one (2.66 C2D, 4GB RAM, 480GB SSD). Needs to be 15″, and ideally 2-3 years old (they’re all retina models by this point I think?). I don’t need the best specced in the world, it’s generally only used for internet, iTunes, some very minor photo/music/video touching-up/editing/converting, so doesn’t need to be a powerhouse, but a bit of future proof is always good. Not sure I need the Bluetooth LE for handoff, but I wouldn’t say no to it.

Biggest caveat is price. I paid £800 for this A1286 (I think) back in 2010, and it was only a year or so old by then. It did have a couple dents when I bought it, which doesn’t bother me. So I’m looking for something similar to that – I realise I’m not likely to get one for the same price, I’m just using it as an example that tI’m not looking for £1500 machines etc, and I don’t mind it not being “mint” either.

So let me know what you have – I’d rather buy one here from one of you before I get one from eBay (although my current one did come from an eBay shop)

Location: Harlow, Essex (CM18)

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For Sale – HTPC – i5 2500s | 8GB Mem | Crucial SSD | XFX R7 240 | Streacom F7C Evo

Hi there,

I have my trusty HTPC for sale, it’s the following spec:

i5 2500s
Asus P8H67-I Deluxe B3
8GB Memory
R7 240
Crucial SSD (need to double check if it’s 128GB or 256GB)
Streacom F7C Evo + IR Module
Ultra quiet Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler Low Profile – 92mm & Noctua Case Fan

Everything is fully functional, however, the Streacom Case has seen better days. Issues to note with the case:

  • Marks on the front & top of the case
  • Side has been cut open for better cooling for the GPU
  • One of the screws on the bottom that holds the lid in place has been lost

If it were me i’d probably look to replace the case eventually.

When originally built there was absolutely no expense spared on components, everything is high quality.

I’d prefer for this to be collected so the buyer can have a good look at what they’re buying before any money is exchanged.

Album of pictures – Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Whole lot:

[​IMG]

Side with GPU:

[​IMG]

Front of case (notice mark top left):

[​IMG]

Rear of case:

[​IMG]

Other side of case w/ noctua case fan:

[​IMG]

Case w/ top on (note the GPU intake / exhaust):

[​IMG]

Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BACS or PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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