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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

AchilleTalon AI (97 comments)

"...leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law."

I guess that's what we call Artificial Intelligence.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AchilleTalon Re:Radicalization (836 comments)

Your description does not correspond to the facts. Initially, they were seeking for the three kidnapped young men to save them. It is only 20 days later the bodies were found left by the killers in an open field. In the operation to find the kidnappers, many weapons caches were found and a weapon manufacture lab was uncovered in the operation and many arrests are related to these. The kidnappers were identified within 24 hours and it is partly because they were they left the bodies in an open field instead of negociating the return to their families. The Hamas is linked to the kidnappers even if some people are saying they are members of a more radical faction. The reality is the Hamas is supporting this more radical faction as well.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AchilleTalon Re: Nuke those terrorists (836 comments)

Hence your conclusion in your first post is false since there is no mean to verify in a democratic ballot if

"the people of Gaza feel that in the current climate, Hamas represents their interests better than any of the other options."

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

AchilleTalon Re:Strange censorship (728 comments)

In return, GCC guys decided to call his OS "L*n*x" only with no asterisks. Actually Lnx.

Which may in turn trigger a suit from QNX guys who actually do not use any asterisks at all.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

AchilleTalon Re:Greenpeace... (288 comments)

No, they are these hippies that prevented Shell to sink an old oil reservoir deep in the North Sea to take rid of it an minimize pollution. They claimed the reservoir contained toxic heavy metal, they chained themselves to the reservoir to prevent Shell to sink it and eventually the public opinion was on their side and Shell was mandate to dissassemble the reservoir on land to find out there was no toxic heavy metal in it and the operation proven to be way more polluting on land than if they had sunken the reservoir at 4 000 meters deep in sea as intent originally.

These guys are getting too much attention for what they worth.

5 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

AchilleTalon Re:Appre (224 comments)

Mod up the parent. Skilled people are a plus for America if they can stay.

about a week ago
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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.

about two weeks 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 three 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a 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 and a half 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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