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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

AchilleTalon Population declines (108 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.

3 days ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

AchilleTalon Re:can't cross chip in one clock. big deal. (166 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).

3 days ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

AchilleTalon Re:There are no limits! (166 comments)

Your reasoning is false. Most AI algorithms are having a high level of parallelism which make them less susceptible to the single CPU physical limit. You can achieve incredible performance improvement on GPU and other parallel architectures.

3 days ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

AchilleTalon Re:can't cross chip in one clock. big deal. (166 comments)

Well, clearly moving mainframe people to OS/2 development wouldn't have been a so great idea. The mainframe segment was much more profitable than the PC segment where the profit margin are so thin IBM decided to sell the whole division to Lenovo. The money is elsewhere.

And do not forget memory management has to be reinvented because there was IP rights on the MVS algorithms IBM wasn't willing to transfer to OS/2. In these old times, the PC market and mid-range market were perceived as a threat by the big mainframe guys at IBM which were still the guys at the top in the hierachy. The technical side is just the lesser part of this problem.

3 days ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

AchilleTalon Re:meh (164 comments)

For authenticity, the author should have used ancient Greek measurements instead.

5 days ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

AchilleTalon Way too long article (194 comments)

It is pain in the ass these kind of articles are babbling about pizza, elevator and all this irrelevant stuff about the personality of the interviewer and the interviewee. Go straigth to the facts of interest and cut down this article from 7 pages to only 1.

It's like the author is trying to write the first chapter of a novel he hopes Hollywood will buy for the next blockbuster. Give us the facts, we can wait for the movie.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

AchilleTalon Re:Snowden's comments at odds with his actions (194 comments)

He's fried, whatever happens from now 'til is death. He will never ever get any kind of pardon. He stole 60 GB of data, only a very small portion of this data was leaked to prove NSA's violation of the Constitution of the USA and the remaining can be held against him to prove him guilty of treason. There is no way back for him. He played the wrong hand by stealing unneeded data to prove his point. Either is a fool, either he planned to use this extra information to buy him a shelter in some State far from USA.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

AchilleTalon Re:A digital version of the "Doomsday Machine" (194 comments)

Where did you read the NSA guys believe the USA is the only country with technology to build a Digital Doomsday Machine? You should separate the facts from your hatred for the NSA and Snowden's fantasms.

about a week ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

AchilleTalon Re:"Little value as target" (46 comments)

What's the point about the market share? A company can be healthy and profitable without being the market leader, suffice to have a niche market share composed of wealthy customers ready to pay premium for products designed for their needs. Note, I am not saying BB is that, what I am saying is refraining about the market share size of a company is a false argument without the context.

In fact, BB's error was probably just that, go after the whole market and introduce multiple products, including low-end products to gain market share rather than focusing on the original customer base and improve the products for this customer base.

about two weeks ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

AchilleTalon Re:What underlying platform? (46 comments)

Blackphone is not a BlackBerry phone, it is a competitor. That's why BB fans quoted Justin Case as if he did prove BB is superior to Blackphone, which isn't what he proved. BlackBerry's CEO claimed the Blackphone was only consumer-grade privacy, not business grade privacy, implying BB products are superior in terms of security. Which Justin Case doesn't agree claiming they appear safer only because they are a low interest traget to hackers.

To summarise, it is not about underlying BB platform at all, rather than about the Blackphone underlying platform.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

AchilleTalon Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

However, if you consider the metropolitain area, it is the 14th largest metropolitain area in North America.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

AchilleTalon Re:what Snowden has done is like... (254 comments)

He would get a fair trial. The problem is he would not be able to present a credible defence for the information he has taken and leaked which is not related to the point he says he wants to make about government's agency violating the Constitution. He has taken unrelated information to this. Not all the information he has taken has been leaked to the public, but it has to private parties. He would never been set free for having taken and leaked to private parties this unrelated information.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

There is still a lot of the information that has not been leaked to the public. It wasn't necessary to make his point. Sorry about that, but there is a lot of information which has nothing to do with the violations that was robbed by Snowden.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

Yes, it is, and I explained why. Without knowing the full extent of the program, it becomes more difficult to defend oneself until it stops, and it also becomes more difficult to stop it from happening again by having the right protections in the right places. Besides that, The People need to know how, exactly, the government is violating the constitution.

You did not explain anything, you are just convinced all this information was necessary even if most of it has not been leaked in public anyway. That is in fact the proof he doesn't need all this information to make his point.

You are confusing surrendering everyone's freedoms to the government with going to Russia because your own government will likely strip you of your freedoms if you do not. There is a difference between someone choosing to go to Russia and the government violating people's freedoms. Try to keep up.

He did not choose to go to Russia, he had no other alternative and was locked in Russia. Now, you already presume he would have been striped from his freedom by the USA government. Do you mean nobody will stand for him in USA? What is that? If it is so obvious he was the good in the story, why do you believe he would not be capable to escape a trial or win it?

You or I have done nothing even close to what Snowden has, and likely never will. He's not the coward here.

Don't mix things. Being foolish doesn't mean you are brave.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

Very romantic view of the reality. He did not stood against anyone, he picked a lot of information, much more than necessary and leaked that information after escaping. That's not my definition of standing against tyranny. And if tyranny there is, you should have at home a lot of people to protect him against it in a country like the USA.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

That's not the point. He is locked in Russia, not just living in Russia. Very different my friend.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

And just to make sure you understand the point. Snowden did make his point without leaking ALL the information he got. That's the proof he took much more than necessary to make his point. So far, only a very thin part of what he has taken has been leaked.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Why That Question? (266 comments)

At least we know Russia is playing the Snowden card on the public relations side. Don't you remember his implication in the recent TV program during elections in Russia?

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

Beside the name calling thing, it is not true he needs to leak that much information to make his point. He is going far beyond his point with the GB of information he has leaked than just proving the NSA has violated the Constitution.

For the freedom, it seems obvious to me Snowden has given up on his freedom since he is locked in Russia for an undetermined time in exchange of his security. Talking coward here...

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

AchilleTalon Re:Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

Snowden didn't need to leak that much information to make his point. That is where the leak become much less morally right.

Don't be naive, knowing the government will be after him after such a leak, he probably got much more than needed to have something to trade in exchange of his own security. And it seems as well Snowden is prefering safety over freedom.

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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