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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

AchilleTalon Re:Thanks, but no thanks (121 comments)

In fact, that's not nice at all. If the Bitcoin is to be a currency, it should not be viewed as a risky investment or something like that. Otherwise, the chances are null it will become a real player in the currencies market. On another hand, if you are to provide some kind of guarantees to eventual users, you also have to cover the charges for that service.

And at the end, why should someone use bitcoins if they are equivalent to any other trading system? Given the charges to offer some legal guarantees, given the charges to exchange your money into this currency, given the volatility of this currency, why should someone decide to use it in first place instead of any other payment options out there?

Bitcoin is doomed to fail or to become equivalent to any other credit card, direct payment, currency exchange business.

4 days ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

AchilleTalon Re:Woo! (46 comments)

Needless to say that's a lot of dicks long.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

AchilleTalon Re:Show me the money! (441 comments)

Point is the 8 months payback delay is calculated taking for granted there is a high-performance electricity storage unit. This unit cost and even existence has not been taken into account in the payback delay. For now, there is no high-performance storage units anywhere in the world, hence its cost should be then infinite since the technology to build them is not there yet.

Otherwise, the study should take into account the cost of integration with the existing grid and the variation costs of other energy suppliers when the wind farm is supplying the grid. This cost is higher than you may think. This study is bullshit anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

AchilleTalon Re:WUWT has a more FUD take on the calculations... (441 comments)

Well, forget WUWT and you will see there is not much calculations neither in the original claim and in fact, there is a big warning sign in the text, something the cost has not been taken into account in the evaluation but mandatory for their hypothesis to hold, here it is:

"Wind turbines are frequently touted as the answer to sustainable electricity production especially if coupled to high-capacity storage for times when the wind speed is either side of their working range."

So, they presume the high-capacity storage exists and it has zero cost. Seems to me a bit optimistic.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

AchilleTalon Re:WUWT (441 comments)

What's the point? You fear to be infected? Read the argumentation for what it is and see if it make sense. If not, argument yourself on what you believe doesn't make sense. It is not because it has been published on such a site it is automatically wrong and evil. You offer no argumentation than saying it is coming from the enemy. You are acting exactly like a denier yourself.

about three weeks ago
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Intelligent Autonomous Flying Robots Learn and Map Environment As They Fly

AchilleTalon Re:off the shelf software (37 comments)

I guess this shouldn't have made its way to /., this is an internal news publication and they don't claim having made any breaktrough technological advance by doing this neither. See this as an internal publication to publicize what is done at Sheffield University to undergraduate students.

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

AchilleTalon Re:That proves it (567 comments)

That's not what the article says. Perhaps you should read it more carefully.

about three weeks ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

AchilleTalon Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (42 comments)

No, because the OP's question was rather than why all these caution around the identity of this boson if there is only one Higgs. However, he didn't suspect the question doesn't make sense neither if this Higgs boson is another Higgs boson instead of the first Higgs boson, at the end it is still a Higgs boson anyway. The reason the physicists were so cautious about the identity of the particle is not because it could be another Higgs boson, it is because it could be another particle predicted by another theory which would instead of confirming the Standard Model rather than debunked it.

about a month ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

AchilleTalon Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (42 comments)

In the energy range of the LHC the Higgs boson is not the only new particle that could have been discovered. You cannot automatically tag the particle a Higgs boson unless you observe and measure some of its characteristics, which is exactly what is done here, to prove it is actually a Higgs boson and not another exotic particle from another exotic theory. The Standard Model is far to be the only existing one and the LHC is also seeking for physics beyond the Standard Model. The few characteristics originally observed from the early announcement were insufficient to make certain it was a Higgs boson, that's why it was originally called a Higgs-like particle.

about a month ago
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

AchilleTalon Re:Management botched it again (128 comments)

Twice rather than once, by picking an application which have a steep learning curve for such a task. I cannot imagine you can make this process so complicated you are ending with a steep learning curve for the end-users while the role of the user interface is to ease everything for the user. How could a old system interface being easier to use than the new one? And easier up to the point it is really complicated and you have to invest a significant amount of time and money on training?

How bad could be your user interface to lead to such a thing?

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

AchilleTalon Re:Families come first (370 comments)

Very strange reasoning. Since I am one of these older people, I never had so much time to throw at my job. My kids are all working or completing graduate studies. You know, normally, you are young enough to reproduce when you have kids. I mean, usually the mother is less than 35 years old. It is very likely a newly hired young engineer will eventually have family and suddenly shorter nights and all that things which are well beyond for the older ones. Sad to say for you young guys, life doesn't end after 45.

about a month ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

AchilleTalon Re:What a name! (128 comments)

NSA decided to follow Google's path and annouced a fork of OpenSSL, they will call the new fork SuckingSSL. First reactions are generally positive.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

AchilleTalon Your problem (466 comments)

Your problem is hidden in the list of requirements which have absolutely nothing to do with the programming language itself and all with the APIs. No matter how fluent you are in a programming language, if you don't know the specific APIs for GUI desktop, Web, mobile, etc, you will not succeed.

Frankly, I don't feel your question is serious given you are describing yourself as an occasional programmer which needs to be able to program code for almost all platforms and type of interfaces. Seems to me like a forged question to try to find a one-size-fits-all solution for your hypothetical needs.

Nobody learn all the APIs in the world in case. You learn them as you go along and some of them requires major time investment which you will surely avoid to do if you are really an occasional programmer without time to learn in detail the API for perhaps a one-time-shot usage.

about a month ago
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Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

AchilleTalon Coffins (94 comments)

Coffins would make the perfect Mars base since first settlers are likely to arrive dead.

about a month and a half ago
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Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

AchilleTalon MakerBot advert (94 comments)

NASA lends its name for a publicity marketing bullshit event for half-assed gizmo outfit, making zero progress toward landing men on Mars.

True!

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

AchilleTalon Re:What am I missing here? (223 comments)

By the conservation of the momentum, the two created particles will separate each other by going away from each other so the total momentum is still zero.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

AchilleTalon Re:What am I missing here? (223 comments)

Collide is the correct word for this. When two pool balls are colliding, what prevent them to penetrate each other is the electromagnetic force which maintain the integrity of each ball and they interact by this mean. A collision is an interaction when two things are close enough from each other.

about 2 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

AchilleTalon Re:Fortran is NOT the language of choice (634 comments)

Fortran is a scientific programming language. You are an engineer, seems clear enough why you are not using Fortran. Any explanations needed?

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 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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