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Embedded Linux Conference Headlined By Drones

AchilleTalon Re:Anyone else... (22 comments)

What about 3-d printed drones?

yesterday
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Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

AchilleTalon Re:Security is a process ... (46 comments)

I'd say fifty shades of grey phone due to the sado-masochist practices that resulted from its introduction in the market.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

AchilleTalon Re:Not a paradox. (221 comments)

Space is the barrier and the universe is expanding. We are lucky to live in an era it is still observable as the universe is cooling and expanding our horizon of observation is shrinking.

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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

AchilleTalon Re:This doesn't sound... sound (317 comments)

So, seriously, fuck off and grow up.

gstoddart, I'm your father.

Seriously, you don't know anything about economics. You are confusing economic policies with economics itself. Economics can lead to choices and can be used to support ideologies, but it isn't an ideology by itself. That's what you are not understanding. If you consider climatology and cosmology are sciences, economics is surely a science too.

In fact, even psychology is a science and sociology too.

yesterday
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

AchilleTalon Re:This doesn't sound... sound (317 comments)

Economics isn't an ideology. Are you retarded or just ignorant? You are telling us about Greenspan's policies. Policies aren't economics, they are policies, they are politics and they are ideologies. But economics isn't an ideology. And of course it is interwined with politics, it doesn't mean at all it is an ideology. What you are saying is like saying physics is just mathematics.

You are just refraining complains from social science people who do not understand anything about economics because it requires some knowledge of math. And again, it is like you are saying physics cannot be a science because there is many unproven theories that coexists. Frankly, you are an idiot.

2 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

AchilleTalon Re:Brave Man (317 comments)

Yes, that's what he said. In foreign currency. No more euros, US dollars please or British pounds.

2 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

AchilleTalon Re:only trying to help? (151 comments)

Exactly! Stop the bullshit about the motivation of the driver or Uber or whoever. You want a ride or not? If yes, take it, pay the price and shut-up. If the price it too high, less people will make money. Everyone at the end of the day is at the same thing: have as much money as he/she can. The rest is pure bullshit and marketing. "We-want-to-help my ass!"

2 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

AchilleTalon Re:Preposterous (152 comments)

Of course, DEA deflated themselves the footballs to distracte public from this news. *sigh*

2 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

AchilleTalon Re:Cam-tastic (152 comments)

Where in the Constitution it is not ok for them to do this? After all, you are on public roads, you still can go anywhere you want. I don't see where they are violating the Constitution here.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

AchilleTalon Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (203 comments)

I don't know why you believe everyone should be able to split CSV files or things like that. Learning coding as a general education will not enable people to do such things. They will know they may be able to do it if they invest enough time to practice coding. The point is those people who are calling you have something else to do and have to excel at something else, they have no time to figure out how to do such things and they even don't have to do it often enough for them to worth learning it. So, they call a professional who they know will provide them with a solution in a breeze.

Back to the car analogy, I can certainly change myself the oil filter and the oil, but I will not. I prefer to pay the few bucks it costs me to ask someone else better equipped to do it and save the time I would put doing this a few times in a year.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

AchilleTalon Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (203 comments)

Spot on! This idea is obviously pushed by giant corporations that wish to have access to an unlimited pool of low-cost labour and they can manage with the good enough thing by putting in place development process controls at all levels. This idea is not new, what is new is they are trying to make it comes to life. In the late 80's, the theory of development process control was already revolving around replaceable and good enough developers rather than highly skilled developers you cannot afford to lose. The good enough guys were in fact a guarantee of stability in your development process.

2 days ago
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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

AchilleTalon Real tips are not on CNN... (58 comments)

I wonder why the summary let us think the CNN article is giving good tips while the real tips are coming from Sky and Telescope's website. It is a waste of time to refer people to the CNN article. Aren't we on a website for nerds or not? Here is the link: http://www.skyandtelescope.com...

2 days ago
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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

AchilleTalon Re:We Really Don't (152 comments)

Well, the guy didn't claim at any point he is telling the Truth, with a capital T. He is telling what we know today with the knowledge we have and the understanding we have of the physical world. Of course, to a certain extent we have no facts about the early universe (first fraction of a second), however we know how matter behaves at temperatures near these fraction of a second. We know how the cooling affect the matter. We know the universe is cooling, we know about thermodynamics, etc. So, even if it is guesswork, it is pretty much on tracks. You cannot reverse the order like you seem to think, there is no way to link these events in another order.

2 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

AchilleTalon Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (375 comments)

Pretty silly argument since it was a MOOC. In fact, I did enrolled into on of the courses of Lewin on MOOC. And frankly, if there was to be a trial, I wish her good luck with her arguments before a real jury. It is just not holding water. They are not living next door to each other. She is in Montpellier, FRANCE and he is in Boston area. They were chatting and/or exchanging emails. There is no diploma attached to this MOOC and hence no power on the hands of Lewin. Granting or not the certificate means nothing. It is unusable to gain access to a university program. And she was not even studying in science anyway.

5 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

AchilleTalon Re:If Only the Article Addressed That ... (375 comments)

Yeah! They are poor things incapable to be responsible of what they engage into, in particular if they are 32 years old and adults. So, beware!

5 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

AchilleTalon Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (375 comments)

First of all, Lewin is guilty of violation of the MIT code of conduct, no doubt. However, we are talking here about adult women. Are they responsible for what they engage into? Shouldn't be assumed, whatever their past and culture? Or do you have to asssume each time you engage a conversation with someone he/she is not responsible for what he/she says? And if it eventually turn into flirt, it will become sexual harassment because the other party can plea it is not her/his culture, etc. Is it she/he responsible for reading these f... email and answering them? And what about her culture when time came to take and send naked pictures of herself? Is it a normal conduct in Algeria? Lewin was an idiot and was framed.

5 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

AchilleTalon WTF! She was 32 years old (375 comments)

WTF! How a 32 years old private English tutor can naively believe sending naked pictures was not involving her into sexual activities? I would consider this as consent, dot period. Perhaps Lewin was infringing the MIT policies, however I would not qualify this as harassment since she, as an adult, decided to go ahead with this from the beginning.

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Privacy no more

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a week ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "DAVOS: Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does.

That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a group of Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, where the assembled elite heard that the notion of individual privacy is effectively dead."

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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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  about 4 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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