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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

AchilleTalon Re:A bit stabbier than SF too (326 comments)

However, if you take into account the probability for natural disasters in the SF area, you may end even with Detroit. This article is misleading because it considers the criminality as the only threat to decide to which extent a city is dangerous or not. That's not fair.

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

AchilleTalon Re:Useful Idiot (391 comments)

He could have leaked the plot to the USA in exchange of hospitality from the USA. ;-)

2 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

AchilleTalon Re:The President doesn't micro-manage this stuff (134 comments)

Well, did NSA actually knew or not about Heartbleed? Anyone can prove NSA was aware of the bug and did nothing to protect USA from a third party's threat?

about a week ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

AchilleTalon Re:Well, yeah, debian squeeze wins again. (134 comments)

Not completely true. Many want to be competent, however nobody wants to pay what this competency worth. You have to invest a lot of time to become competent and at the end, it must pay otherwise you are better to do something else. There is a lot of well paid jobs which don't require the efforts you need to put on something to become competent.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

AchilleTalon Re:I've heard this one before ... (292 comments)

Well, businessmen are not actually a good measure of anything. So, quoting Watson doesn't mean anything and doesn't prove anything neither. You cannot extract a law from these quotes.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

AchilleTalon Re:Parallel (509 comments)

Cochlear implants are not restoring hearing as an hearing person believes it is. I have a friend with two deaf daughters and both of them are having cochlear implants since they are young and they cannot communicate normally even with cochlear implants. Many people believe the cochlear implants are correcting the audition like glasses are correcting vision. The correction glasses can be made to exactly compensate for the vision defect. The cochlear implants cannot be adjusted to compensate the hearing loss exactly.

Unfortunately, most comments on /. are just uninformed comments and an occasion for many people to just bash against deaf people. Really sad this subject has been published on /. I never thought people were so narrow minded here.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

AchilleTalon Re:Let it die (509 comments)

You don't know what you are talking about, really. You surely don't deserve 5 mod points.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

AchilleTalon Re:Let it die (509 comments)

I believe your description is grossly exagerated. In this world, deaf people are second class citizen, no doubt. This culture is just trying to counter balance the effect to be considered everyday of your life as a second zone citizen. It can be understood that some of them don't want to let go everything that was build around them to compensate for the handicap. This is a normal and perfectly understandable reaction. What I don't understand is why are you so angry against deaf people?

Most people without any hearing loss do not understand how deeply this handicap affect people in everyway in their life. Most of the time people are staring at them as if they are idiots because they didn't understand what was said and so on. As soon as you are shrinking the community, these people who are left behind are becoming completely isolated and left alone.

Deafness affect the relations you can have with others because it affects the communication unlike many other handicaps which do not affect communication but are restricting physical activities.

Sharing among deaf people is also an important part of pain relief.

I would like you to prove your point that deaf people are considering themselves as superior to hearing people. I have never seen that in my whole life and many of my relatives are deaf or hearing impaired. This kind of assertion needs some kind of serious backing. You are attacking a whole community without anything else to offer than your own mind. My experience proves me otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

AchilleTalon Re:Survival of the Species (307 comments)

Survive for what? If we are stupid enough to wipe out ourselves from this planet, there is no point to try to survive elsewhere. That's for one. For two, survival in a such hostile environment means draining Earth ressoures for only a bunch of people. That's even more stupid than point one. Three, survival of the specie means sending more than two dozen of guys and gals on Mars. As soon as they will breed they will become genetically retarded and vulnerable to many diseases.

That survival thing is just a wet dream in the head of people without a clue about what is going on.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

AchilleTalon Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

There is no purpose for one-way missions anyway.

If we cannot get people back or sustain life on Mars, there is no purpose on first place to send anyone there. The facts are there is no science to do we cannot do with probes, rovers and robots prior sending someone there and make sure we can get them back or sustain long term life with a high enough quality we are not turning them into monkeys in a cage at a TV zoo until they die.

Talking monkeys, why don't we try sending monkeys instead? Animal rights movements?

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

AchilleTalon Re:Judging Distance (496 comments)

What about a camera system that will tell you the distance of objects from your car directly on the screen with an evaluation of the speed and direction? I mean, it seems people here are discussing this subject like the camera could only be used to display plain image without any processing. Processing power is cheap these days and we can easily build a camera system that can add many informations directly on the screen and evaluate time to collision with all the objects on the screen. It could even be setup to get attention when needed. The possibilities are not limited to displaying a plain image as the camera is viewing it. We are about to have self driving car. Security camera can detect people and evaluate trajectories, etc. It's XXIst century!

about two weeks ago
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Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

AchilleTalon Re:Good idea (245 comments)

...Full authority digital flight control systems made a lot of people nervous. The Airbus has them, and not only do they have redundant computers, they have a second system cross-checking them which is running on a different kind of CPU, with code written in a different language, written by different people working at a different location. You need that kind of paranoia in life-critical systems.

Code written in a different language is totally helpless here. Unless you believe the avionics is running on an interpreter instead of compiled code. Once compiled, the code is dialect free. An even if it is not my field, I doubt any sane designer will design avionics to run on a interpreter. We are talking about realtime systems here. A different kind of CPU makes sense if you want to isolate the system from bugs in hardware that may be specific to a kind of CPU.

about a month ago
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Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

AchilleTalon Re:Real World (91 comments)

However, despite everything, the incompetency of managers is like the speed of light, a universal constant. No matter the frame of reference you pick, you measure the same speed.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

AchilleTalon Re:Lat / Long? (461 comments)

The radar and transponder already provide this data. They have a last seen location on the radar. I don't see what such a device would add. I understand many people and families are anxious about the flight, however if it crashed, there is not much more that could have been done than what is already done.

about a month ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

AchilleTalon Not worth reading beyond... (148 comments)

The article doesn't worth reading beyond this paragraph:

"Ultimately, Yoshida would make headlines when he famously disobeyed instructions from TEPCO headquarters to stop using seawater to cool the reactors. Though he was later reprimanded, his disregard for corporate instructions was possibly the only reason that the reactor cores did not explode."

Obviously, the author doesn't know what he is talking about. A nuclear reactor doesn't explode. It melts. Some hydrogen gas may explode, however it has nothing to do with a nuclear explosion.

about a month ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

AchilleTalon Surviving high school requires gun skills (313 comments)

These days, it seems surviving high school requires much more gun skills than programming skills, just sayin'

about a month and a half ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

AchilleTalon Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

BTW, bankers are an exception due to what happened with the financial crisis which ended with governement pumping tons of dollars to keep them afloat no matter how bad they did. At then end, everyone did pay for the risk, not just the shareholders and investors. That's what was unacceptable. The rules were bent in that case at the advantage of bankers.

about 2 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

AchilleTalon Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

You are right since the devil is right as well.

There is absolutely no reason to cap the CEO or anyone else salary based on whatever equation anyone can come with thinking he is clever than the next door guy.

CEO salary is determined by investors, those who are taking risks in the company and hired him to take care of their investment in that company.

If the investors believe this guy to earn that salary, it is up to them to reduce the salary and compensations or to fire him to hire someone else capable to take care of the investors' money.

It is not a matter of how much money someone needs to be comfortable, it is a matter of how much money this guy will bring to the investors and shareholders.

No investor wants the CEO to spend more money than needed in employees wage and salary. No investor wants the CEO to not spend enough money that the company will be put at risk or go to bankrupcy lacking the talented people it needs to make money. You can disagree with what the investors think and their strategy for the company, that's fair. However, it is not to someone which have no money in the company and who risks nothing in the enterprise to decide.

about 2 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

AchilleTalon Re:So... (197 comments)

Pretty much studip idea to solve the problem. Encryption is the way to go rather than trying to build a parallel infrastructure which will anyway be subject to laws of the countries where the infrastructure is installed. It doesn't solve anything. It is not like other countries are not spying anyone else.

In fact, the proposed solution may just create the problem as well. What she propose is what China is building, a network owned by the State, managed by the State and purposedly for the best interest of the State.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

AchilleTalon Re:Interesting (227 comments)

I don't believe NSA needs to demonstrate all of this to make the point. The simple fact that Snowden didn't know where the evidence to make his point was is enough to conclude he was really going fishing here hoping to find what he was seeking for, because in first place his conviction the NSA was breaking the law was not well founded.

And second, NSA can always request a closed trial due to the nature of the proof.

about 2 months 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 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 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 a year and a half 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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