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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re:Broadcom... (143 comments)

Thanks for the feedback.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re: Broadcom... (143 comments)

Thanks guys for the feedback.

yesterday
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

AchilleTalon Re:And if they hade a place to store the waste. (179 comments)

There is many places which are really good to use as radioactive waste dumps. The most stable rock plate in Canada, known as the canadian shield is 4,5 bn years old to 540 millions years old and is stable since then. Of course, you have to make an agreement with government of Canada to use it and pay some kind of fee to monitor and secure it, however it is a perfectly acceptable solution.

yesterday
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

AchilleTalon Re:Reprocessing? (179 comments)

Reprocessing is an expensive task and I doubt it can be justified money-wise to do it on site for all or most sites.

yesterday
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

AchilleTalon Re:So, THIS is putting the cart before the horse? (179 comments)

Rhetorical question, since without disposal sites, there is no need to have a way to get there and the solution was then to stock the waste on site until the political issues get resolved some day in the future. That wasn't putting the cart before the horse, that was putting the horses behind the cart and pushing it. However, the cart is hard to move like all political carts. The energy was needed and urgent problems had to be solved first.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re:Tsk... Tsk.... (143 comments)

It's unfortunate you sign Anonymous Coward, because it is well said.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re:Broadcom don't deal with little guys (143 comments)

Exactly! Sometimes people think a company should be after every tiny bit of the market and eat it all while many businesses never intent to capture all the opportunities. Only those with the highest ROI are worth going after. It is not because you want to buy a couple of Broadcom chips you deserve outstanding support.

Support costs money.

The above example from Apple is irrelevant in today's context. At the time Steve Jobs and Wosniak developed their computer, this was an emerging market. Personal computing was at its beginning and it was like the Internet in 1995, throwing a pile of money (support) at it worth it to capture emerging opportunities. And, the Motorola initiative did pay them well. They were totally absent in this market. On another hand, IBM was not approaching the market the same way and didn't provided anything to developers. They even invented the micro-channel architecture and made sure the specs were closed. That was a bad decision afterward, but it was strategically justified from the position of the company at this time.

Anyway, all this to say running a business and a profitable one is not necessarily seeking for world domination.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re:Broadcom won't release documentation ever (143 comments)

Sure, I agree with this bad attitude toward hardware hackers and low-level software developers. However, this board has still a place in the OS. I don't believe the original initiative from Raspberry Pi Foundation was to provide an open hardware platform at all. It was all about providing a cheap solution to encourage coding skills development early in school. From this point of view, Linux was a natural choice given it costs nothing. Open hardware was not a concern since you do not expect youngsters to hack litterally the hardware, you expect them to play with the GPIOs from the Linux software platform and that's all. And this at the lowest price possible.

It is just afterward and after people start to be very interested into this thin board that the open hardware issues manifest themselves for some developers.

yesterday
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

AchilleTalon Re:Broadcom... (143 comments)

Would you mind tell me who are the competitors? I am pretty interested in alternative products if any at a competitive price.

yesterday
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

AchilleTalon Re:So, 23 years ago he was trolling (105 comments)

Wow, time flies! Soon it will be the 20th anniversary of Linux on the Desktop Year.

about a week ago
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

AchilleTalon Re:The Linux community needs to discuss systemd. (105 comments)

FUD about systemd is grossly exagerrated. I, myself, migrated to systemd about two weeks ago because I was required to do so (before I learned afterward I could have stick with the openrc scripts stuff) in a migration to Gnome 3, outch! I mean I had a hard time with all these migrations, including GRUB 2.

I really hate the Linux world that very day I manage to migrate. I wasn't able to find what I was accustomed to and do my things the old comfortable way I was used to. However, I must say after two weeks, that is not that bad and you will always find people that resist any change. Once I worked for IBM many decades ago, we were often depicted as evil because AIX was a sacrilege in the face of the SunOS sysadmins with its tool to ease system administration with clever checking of options and so on. It was perceived as a OS for the faint. What was really important to a customer? Preserve the machism of his sysadmins or improve the management and reduce the costs to manage the infrastructure making it possible to build more complex environment without spending all the money on the system administration?

It is about the same story with systemd, even if it is not as sophisticated as the AIX administration tool, it standardized many things. It is just a matter to take time to learn the new system, something not everyone is willing to do, I must admit, but it is not more complicated than the set of scripts used by the old initialization system.

And, yes, I must also admit I was really hating Gnome 3 at first, now I took time to understand better the desktop shell and I like it more than Gnome 2, the weak point being not everything is yet properly documented. Since it is open software working on a voluntary base, it will take time and if people are just reluctant to work with the new system and learn it, it will just be longer before a better documentation becomes available. Remember what Open Source is all about? Scratch a itch.

about a week ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

AchilleTalon Re:Daleks did it? (186 comments)

Apparently is more like: Dr No vs Dr Who.

about a week ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

AchilleTalon Re:Daleks did it? (186 comments)

Just run!

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

AchilleTalon Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (362 comments)

I never noticed Mythbusters was a science show. Really? Most of the experiments are useless shit. Real scientists don't need to perform these shitty expriment and can solve the problem with basic thinking and most of the time basic arithmetic. And the science, when there is, is rarely properly explained. This is pure entertainement. If you believe this is science, you should think Jackass, the movie, is a great science documentary.

about two weeks ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

AchilleTalon Cool! (144 comments)

No more reasons to be late at work.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

AchilleTalon Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (391 comments)

Well, your error is to think an ultra-right entity is supporting without conditions the police. There is just no link here. Ultra-left entities are as well likely to support the police as anyone knows from the old USSR experience. Each will support the police if the police enforce their own thoughts, dot period. In that case, the police does not support the ultra-right philosophy.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

AchilleTalon Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

There isn't any USSR, however Russia is still a nuclear power and there is many other nuclear power countries: China, USA, Pakistan, India, North Korea, France and possibly Iran at least. Not having this in your arsenal is to rely on someone else in the event of a nuclear war, even if the probability for such an event is low. In some sense, you put your soveignty in the hands of someone else in that case. That's the reason why UK will not throw away its nuclear arsenal.

Also, having more than one country in the NATO having such an arsenal is also a major argument against anyone who would like to start an nuclear conflict thinking suffice to neutralize and target only the one with nuclear warheads.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

AchilleTalon Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

You can do the math yourself with a little search. Here is the 2012 report from the International Energy Agency, you have the numbers for year 2010 breakdown by energy production source. World Energy Outlook 2012, (IEA), current report is accessible for a fee.

For example, solar power from PV panels is 32 TWh, solar power by concentrating solar rays is 2 TWh, wind is 342 TWh, Hydro is 3 431 TWh (page 216). Nuclear is 2 756 TWh, fossil fuels is 14 446 TWh (page 182). Note: This is only the usage for electrical power generation, since other usages of fossil fuels are responsible for air pollution you should take this into account when using pollution numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

AchilleTalon Population declines (116 comments)

There was a major tsunami that washed the shoreline and beyond. I wonder how you actually separate population declines due to the radioactivity from the declines due to the tsunami.

about two weeks ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

AchilleTalon Re:can't cross chip in one clock. big deal. (168 comments)

There is no such constant in physics like the speed of the electron. The speed of the electron depends on the medium it is travelling into as well as the force applied to it. That's why the electron's speed is not the same in an old CRT monitor than in the LEP (Large Electron-Positron Collider, the ancestor of the LHC in Geneva).

about two weeks ago

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First person saved by a police drone in Canada

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year 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 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 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 and a half 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 a year and a half 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 3 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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