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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

AchilleTalon Re:Automation and jobs (628 comments)

Maybe because they need customers. Making sure someone can buy your products is part of the equation. The corporations have nothing to gain if the bulk workforce in America is less and less capable to buy their products and services. Even if they manage to operate offshore, this will do nothing to preserve their precious customers from a descending spiral and eventually they will have not enough customers to survive themselves.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

AchilleTalon Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (628 comments)

And I forgot to say if the minimum wage hurts individual restaurants, the mothership is more likely to sell less buns to the franchisees. There is a genuine partnership here where both parties are losing if one is losing.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

AchilleTalon Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (628 comments)

Not really true. Even if the mothership is not directly concerned about the minimum wage, if the minimum wage hurts individual restaurants, it is likely selling franchises will become harder and the price of a franchise will go down. The mothership is not an virtual entity suspended in the void making money from thin air.

yesterday
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

AchilleTalon Telnet (60 comments)

There is even a kerberized telnet for a long time, however still no advantage over ssh which is also kerberized. Telnet should really die once and for all.

2 days ago
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

AchilleTalon Re:Security + Telnet (60 comments)

The point is: Do not run telnetd on a security device.

Running a telnet client to check a port/connection has not the same implications as using a telnet session to manage a security device.

2 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

AchilleTalon Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

Who cares? The guy I was replying to was talking about zeppelins. Did you read the thread?

2 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

AchilleTalon Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

The guy I was replying to was talking about zeppelins. Seems pretty clear I was not talking about balloons.

2 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

AchilleTalon Re:Why wait 20 years? (99 comments)

Because you don't have thermals at 13 miles altitude and at several thousand feet you can encounter severe weather conditions pretty often which would nail down your entire network for many hours or even days.

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

AchilleTalon Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

Have you ever seen a hurricane or a tropical storm? It means the Internet will be down during these critical events when it is often most needed. That is the reason they are talking about 13 miles altitude drones and not just zeppelins. The altitude record for a zeppelin is 7.6 km or 4.7 miles. Large hurricanes can reach an altitude of 50 000 feet or 9.5 miles or 15.25 km. Zeppelins couldn't clear a large hurricane.

3 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

AchilleTalon Food is not the limiting factor (396 comments)

I doesn't make any difference if they are a smaller target, they are also having less cells and everything is about the potential for the body to repair damages due to radiation. Since the intensity of the radiation is the same whatever the size of the target damages will still be proportional to the size of the target. Usually, damaging radiations are mesured in rem (Roentgen Equivalent Man) with is a quality factor multiplied by the amount of rad (Radiation Absorbed Dose) which is measured in amount of energy per kilogram. The quality factor is to take into account the type of radiations and the effect of the type of living cells that absorbe the dose.

No matter the size of the target, the amount of energy deposit in cells per kilogram will be a constant for a small target or a large target provided the intensity of the ambient radiations is the same.

4 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

AchilleTalon Snow White and the seven dwarfs (396 comments)

May I suggest to send Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and no Apple please.

4 days ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

AchilleTalon Re:This is the norm in IT (108 comments)

No, we imply when you are working with a product your CV should be enough to certify you are knowing it. Also, do you think a product change so much someone already certified with a older version cannot learn the new version quick enough to be productive? Were do you learn new versions of products if not in your working environment? Will the employers required to pay certifications for their employees each time they upgrade from a old version to a newer one? If yes, what is the difference between hiring someone with skills with a older version and then pay for the certification? What is the value of the certification at the end? This is bullshit, yes, even for Microsoft, Cisco and everyone else selling certifications.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

AchilleTalon Re:Give me $5.000 (108 comments)

Exactly! Most certifications are just scam and pieces of paper to cover the ass of HR guys hiring without having a clue about the skills they are looking for. A convenient way to tell the boss they picked someone with the right technical skills, in theory. Taxes on revenues from governments are not enough, some companies managed to make their own.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

AchilleTalon Greener than Sun (237 comments)

If they were serious about going green, they would rather than move their data centers here, in Quebec, Canada. We have a lot of electricity surplus generated by hydro-power plants. Their solar panels will never be able to be price competitive with our electricity and we have no problem to provide enough power at night. We can surely power the whole data centers, all of them. They can even build them next to the goddam damn to make the power wires as short as they wish to make the power supply reliable.

Are these guys sleeping or what? You want a phone number and contact?

And no problem for the network speed, it is just next Montreal.

about two weeks ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

AchilleTalon Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

Of course, if they are using Cuisinart to make pancakes they are surely not trustworthy.

about two weeks ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

AchilleTalon Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

I even know a bunch of software developers who pretend to embrace open-source software without knowing what it is all about. Imagine the general public, they just know about free software like in free beer. Even large corporations using open-source software just like the free part like in beer, that's why these critical pieces of software don't have the resources they deserve.

about two weeks ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

AchilleTalon Re: Missing option (219 comments)

It is not like the only thing we still have to explore is Mars and we absolutely need to send someone there to accomplish the goal. Your argument is naïve. We can perfectly continue to explore Mars sending robots, rovers and probes, for instance I don't see any reason that worth taking the risk to send a human there. And we still have a lot to explore and understand about our own planet. No, escaping the Earth is not an option for the human race to survive. Massive immigration to other planets and stellar systems is not and will never be feasible.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

AchilleTalon Re:If you don't want your nude photos on the inter (622 comments)

Maybe they didn't uploaded anything? It haven't cross your mind the way the software works on the iPhone is in conjuction with massive PRIVATE data storage in the cloud and handled by the Apple guys, and you don't have anything to do to have everything uploaded; which is a nice service when not broken because if you lose your iPhone you do not lose your data. That is in fact a great idea with a poor implementation. Who should be liable for the poor implementation? The user or the provider?

about two weeks ago

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First person saved by a police drone in Canada

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "As the US continues to grapple with the idea of letting drones fly through the country's airspace, our neighbors to the north have reported a new milestone for unmanned aerial technology: the first life saved using a drone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the province of Saskatchewan announced yesterday that they successfully used the small Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter drone to locate and treat an injured man whose car had flipped over in a remote, wooded area in near-freezing temperatures. Zenon Dragan, president and founder of the Draganfly company that makes the drone, said in a statement: "to our knowledge, this is the first time that a life may have been saved with the use of a sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) helicopter.""
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Ask Slashdot: Best OSS embedded development platform

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "As many of you may know, there is two main competitors on the Windows platform for embedded software developement, namely IAR and Keil. By embedded development, I mean development for microprocessors like the wellknown 8051 and the likes. I do not intent to mean mobile platforms which include a complete OS in first place.

I am seeking for alternatives to IAR and Keil in the OSS world. Even if I can find pieces of code here and there, I haven't found yet a fully integrated development platform. Does it exist? What do you use, you the serious embedded developers out there?"
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Determine dinosaur's skin colour and why the fossil preserved intact

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "Experiments will determine dinosaur’s skin colour and why the fossil preserved intact

One of the only well preserved dinosaur skin samples ever found is being tested at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron to determine skin colour and to explain why the fossilized specimen remained intact after 70-million years.

University of Regina physicist Mauricio Barbi said the hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period (100-65 million years ago), was found close to a river bed near Grand Prairie, Alberta."

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Real-world generating capacity of wind farms at large scales overestimated

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "Research by Harvard professor David Keith suggests that the global capacity for energy generation from wind power has been overestimated, and that geophysical / climate effects of turbines will reduce the benefits of large-scale power installations.

"People have often thought there's no upper bound for wind power—that it's one of the most scalable power sources," says Harvard applied physicist David Keith. After all, gusts and breezes don't seem likely to "run out" on a global scale in the way oil wells might run dry.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-real-world-capacity-farms-large-scales.html#jCp"

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Hacking your own hearing-aid

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about 2 years ago

AchilleTalon writes "Brian Moore, professor of audiology at the University of Cambridge, explained: "It's not the same as spectacles where you know you have the right prescription.
"With a hearing aid you can have an initial prescription but you will need to do some fine-tuning around that afterwards to satisfy the individual person."
He said the tuning process was frustrating because of the difficulty in making hearing aids work within different levels of noise."

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The city of Edmonton invite hackers to crack their voting system

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about 2 years ago

AchilleTalon writes "2012 Jellybean Internet Voting Election

Offering Edmonton electors an Internet voting option will depend on the results of the 2012 Jellybean Internet Voting Election (Jellybean Election), a mock election being conducted by the City this fall. The purpose of the Jellybean Election is two-fold:

1 To gauge the readiness of Edmontonians to use internet voting as a valid alternative in the 2013 General Election
2 To test the technology and ensure the internet voting system meets the City’s expectations for voter privacy, security, auditability and usability."

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Map of scientific collaborations

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes ""I was very impressed by the friendship map made by Facebook intern, Paul Buffer and I realized that I had access to a similar dataset. Instead of a database of friendship data, I had access to a database of scientific collaboration." — Olivier H. Beauchesne -"
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