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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Arkh89 Re:But then don't some have to go FASTER than ligh (139 comments)

May be, but only for a very short period of time, otherwise the average speed would be increasing or decreasing. So in average they might all move at c/n (in medium of index n) but on a very short time scale they might go slightly faster, or slightly slower, just not always faster or slower...

2 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Arkh89 Holograms? (170 comments)

No, it is still not holography. It has exactly nothing to do with holography.

3 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Arkh89 Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

Civilizations who do not have control over quantum entanglement, Use compressed radio bursts at unbelievable magnitude to transfer massive amounts of information across multiple civilizations simultaneously.

Wait.... Do you think that this is Bennett Haselton transferring is next article to Slashdot Editors???

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Arkh89 Dial-up (790 comments)

Dial-up connection sound.
Somewhat recent...

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

Arkh89 Re:Can we make fum on Jesus and jews? (512 comments)

You mean like these ones?
It's hard to receive money from jerks!
Having diner with assholes.
Pope 23 and his three dadies.
The Talmud is horseshit.
Will do anything to get new customers!
Next week, I will show you the resurrection trick

Yeah, these guys went down on the extremists of some religions (the Christians, The Muslims and The Jews, the current largest in France) just as much as they did on politics, celebrities, social conflicts and others...
Growing up there, I saw plenty of these cartoons. Some are not very funny, some are, some are very intelligent, some very dumb... but if the one thing I remember is that : if it hurts you at some point, it means that there is a layer of truth deep down.

Monde de merde...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Arkh89 Re:Take a look at Sager Systems (325 comments)

Sager is just re-branding and re-naming Clevo's barebones.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Arkh89 These temperatures are Ok in the mobile world (325 comments)

I have this kind of laptop (an old Clevo D900F with a desktop Core I7 950). And those are the normal temperatures of the current gen (even old gen) under load. The new Clevo series (P650/670 SE/SG) are said to run cooler, maybe in the 60-70 range. But this comes at the cost of having both CPU and GPU soldered to the MB. Do not expect ANYTHING lower, even over the next year in the laptop market.

Consider elevating your laptop, or even using a cooler. It might help reducing from a couple of degrees to about 5.

about two weeks ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Arkh89 Not transparent... (191 comments)

Not transparent... but "augmented".
(misleading title, sloppy journalistic work... as always)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Arkh89 Re:By Kids Ages (259 comments)

On a side note : IMO, You should have started indexing your kids at 0...

about a month and a half ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

Arkh89 An Algorithm To Prevent Slashdot... (162 comments)

An Algorithm To Prevent Slashdot's Bennett-Haselton-Degeneration...

Yeah, we need one...

about a month and a half ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

Arkh89 Re:Yeah, but black and white (122 comments)

They acquire only for a very very short lapse of time (in the order of a ps) and perform compression before the acquisition (compressed-sensing).
They cannot record longer than this because of how slow the sensor in the back of the streak camera is.

about 2 months ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

Arkh89 Re:Single-pixel what? (81 comments)

Ok, let's say that you want to build a 1 "mega-pixel" camera (1000x1000 pixels, for instance). You have the optics but not the sensor array. Instead, you only have a single photo-diode... which is basically a single pixel.

First approach : you decide to scan the image plane with this photo-diode, trading spatial resolution for time. You move the photo-diode to where the first pixel in the top-left corner of the sensor should be, integrate (collect the photons) for some time, then move to the second pixel position. After making 1 million of such movements/integrations, you have fully sampled the image plane and have a complete 1 "mega-pixel" image.
Problem : this is slow as hell, you need to move the photo-diode up to some accuracy, etc.

Second approach : instead of moving the photo-diode you will modulate the incoming signal (photons) and integrate everything to this detector. You take a small video projector and open it to find a component called a DMD which is an array of controllable bistable micro-mirrors. Basically, displaying an image on the video projector is turning this surface as a transmissive gray-scale pattern (note that it is not actually transmitting light, just reflecting). You put it in the image plane (at the position of the sensor array) and you use a lens to focus all of the light coming out of the DMD surface onto the photo-diode.
Now, instead of scanning, you just have to display a pattern consisting of a "black" frame (fully "blocking") except only one "white" pixel ("transparent") and integrate as usual. As you know which patterns was used for each integration and can, as previously, rebuild the image.

Second approach, first improvement : instead of lighting pixel per pixel you can use specific patterns. The basic idea is to integrate photons coming from multiple pixels at the same time and reconstruct with a specific algorithm. The idea is to express the problem as a linear equation A x = y where x is the input image, A is the measurement operator = a matrix representing the system and y is the measured vector. In the previous case, you were measuring pixel per pixel which is equivalent as modelling A as the identity matrix (ones on the main diagonal, zeros everywhere else and so y = x). Imagine now that you use another matrix / another way to combine multiple pixels, such that each row of A is pattern you have to display on the DMD and the matrix row is still square and full-rank (a well defined system). In the end you can still reconstruct x from y with A' y = x (where A' is the inverse of A) and get back your image.
Why would you do this? Well, instead of getting a bunch of photon from a tiny opening you will be measuring many more photons which is a good thing as our real-world detector is noisy. You will thus increase the signal to noise ratio.

Second approach, third improvement : the main problem of the previous system is that, to obtain a 1 mega-pixel image, you still need to do 1 million projections/measurements which is a lot, and makes the whole process slow. But, you know for a fact that images are compressible signals (JPEG is a proof of that) which means that you can represent any 1 mega-pixel image signal into a much smaller vector size. This is because natural images are not random structures and possess some level of coherency = redundancy between pixels. So instead of making as many projection as they are pixels (a square matrix), you will do less, say by a factor between 4 and 10. The matrix A becomes rectangular and you have to use a more complex reconstruction algorithm (non linear, or based on a convex optimization system) which takes into account prior knowledge you would have of natural images (think of it as external constraints that will help you make the system sufficiently well behaved).

This is basically how single-pixel cameras work (with compressive sensing)...

I'll pass for the bonus point.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Arkh89 Re:Outdoor Roomba + Kinect (140 comments)

When they are released on an intervention, they start flashing their Blue Screen of Death and Red Ring of Death...

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

Arkh89 "A picture may be worth a thousand words..." (29 comments)

Especially considering a 1 mega-pixels image in 8 bits gray-scale. That's 1 MB worth of information. Considering 8 letters in average per word (including the various punctuation characters) and 250 words per page in whatever-16-bits character encoding, the image weighs the same as a book of 200 pages.

about 2 months ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

Arkh89 Re:Read the Paper, article is exagerating "Quantum (98 comments)

(I can't believe I didn't notice I misspelt Quantum in that subject field.)

If you want to, we have this neat quantum computer which is capable of making the difference between 'n' and 'h'...It might be pricey but it is totally worth it...

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

Arkh89 Re:Great "invention" (100 comments)

His smart-watch didn't recognize the characters I presume...

about 3 months ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Arkh89 Re:Reader's Digest Version (102 comments)

Do they mean that eyewitnesses should wear glasses?

about 4 months ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Arkh89 Re:Possible numberwang (111 comments)

Divide by the number of trains to be operated...

about 4 months ago

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