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NASA Space Habitat Research Goes Undersea

criptic08 Re:Your awfully short sighted. (55 comments)

As a precision to the parent's correct post, Warehouse isolation studies are referred to as simulations while these underwater tests are analogs. Analogs include unreproducible stresses found in real conditions (underwater and polar stations mainly) unlike simulations. The distinction is crucial when studying isolation psychology and psychiatry.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Campaigns For Safer Launch Requirements

criptic08 Re:We really need to get Commercial space going (193 comments)

Actually the GP was merely stating some facts, or should we call them inconvenient truths. You did nothing but criticize his point of view. Here is something to think about: ask an average joe what NASA should work on for the next gen, safer rockets or bigger rockets? This answer to this is fairly obvious and is why NASA is "campaigning" about safety.

more than 4 years ago
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Ants That Can Count

criptic08 True masters of the Earth (162 comments)

If ants have mastered abstract thinking we're all in deep trouble.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Power Beaming Challenge is On For November 2nd

criptic08 Re:Why use a beam? (81 comments)

IANAE but, transmitting power from cables has several drawbacks 1) Anything that adds weight to the cable is a very bad thing. 2) the power loss due to extreme length. 3) Redudancy directly affects 1 and 2. 4) 1 and 2 are mutually exclusive.

And as far as wireless power transmission goes, if its focused i think the powerloss is quite acceptable over those distance relatively to other means. The redudancy is exceptionnal too, you can have multiple beaming stations on the ground and/or in the air, ready to send their own beam in case the primary goes down.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing World's Parasites, Diseases Enter US

criptic08 Re:Infantile death in the US... (337 comments)

Parent better be at +5 insightful/uncomfortable truth when i check it tomorrow!!

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

criptic08 Re:No way jose... (539 comments)

You feel absolutely no fear at the prospect of having realistic artificial brains on which to experiement with no legal or moral restraints?

And as for the evolution, you start with very small organism, very much like insects. Starting with a fraction of a rat brain alone is well.. a non-starter. I think you underestimate how fast an intelligently controlled evolution could take place.

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

criptic08 Re:No way jose... (539 comments)

The power of chaos (call it randomness or QM) and really, really long spans of time. Plus a lot of evolutionary stresses. Reusing simpler/earlier organisms as basis for interaction and possibly sustenance for more complex ones is only natural. Throw in a few well chosen mass population genetic bottlenecks and there ya go :)

Training is crucial. At the moment we have the tools to create a virtual environments in which we can breed populations of incremental complexity (genetic/coding-wise) through evolutionary pressure. As we learn to create these training and bottleneck methods for simpler "life" forms, the computing capacity needed for complex organisms will probably be there by the time we perfect such methods.

My guess is yes, about 10 years for an intelligent ANN. Also, when we do reproduce the brain it will have seemingly limitless potential for medicinal uses. It will also bring a terrifying potential for abuse. Such mastery of human intelligence could lead to disaster...

more than 4 years ago
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Has NASA Found the Lost Moon Tapes?

criptic08 Re:"Scoop" ? (222 comments)

Give them a break. They already have a hard time getting their fair share of attention from the public.

more than 4 years ago
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Emigrating To a Freer Country?

criptic08 Re:Canada would be a very good choice! (1359 comments)

Perhaps, but we're a long shot from banning people from the country for such claims. Certain forms of hate speech need to be controlled and minority groups need a voice which will be listened to.
Anyhow, personally i'd rather think about prison-to population-ratios than free speech "challenges"...

more than 4 years ago
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IT and Health Care

criptic08 Re:Too much testing required (294 comments)

We trust software to route trillions upon trillions of dollars. We trust software to take humans into space. I dont see the problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Herschel Space Telescope Opens For the First Time

criptic08 Re:Which doesn't address the issue... (84 comments)

I'm fairly sure it's easy to direct very small and precise explosives away from the instruments in space. Not much to alter a trajectory there...

more than 4 years ago
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Herschel Space Telescope Opens For the First Time

criptic08 Re:Outgassing... (84 comments)

NASA uses a variety of explosive bolts.
Manganese/barium chromate/lead chromate: time delay mix, used for sequencing. Gasless burning.
Zirconium/potassium perchlorate: NASA standard initiator (NSI). Rapid pressure rise, little gas but emits hot particles, thermally stable, vacuum stable, long shelf life. Sensitive to static electricity.

more than 4 years ago
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Lenovo On the Future of the Netbook

criptic08 Re:In a way, I agree... (400 comments)

Where is the Canonical of linux OEM!?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft To Disable Autorun

criptic08 Re:Mod Parent Up! (429 comments)

I looked around when they came out. Its really not that hard, but there is a fairly small size limit for the ROM you put on the virtual CD. But all that is really needed is an exec call to the virus on the mass storage device

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft To Disable Autorun

criptic08 Mod Parent Up! (429 comments)

Those U3 enabled flash drives will STILL autorun. The second partition is made to appear to be a cdrom to windows, which means that windows will still autorun the crap they put on there.

The U3 mounts 2 devices on windows machines. One is your regular USB mass storage but the other is a *read-only* virtual CD drive. Autorun will run just fine.

Social penetration attacks are ridiculous with these. With a few hours, 100$ or so, one can change the firmware of a handful of U3 dongle, leave them lying on the ground in parkings, sidewalks... wait a few hours and you have a good % of those U3 trojans phoning home...

more than 4 years ago
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USB-Based NIC Torrents While Your PC Sleeps

criptic08 USB + NIC (246 comments)

For places where you don't have two ethernet cables, using a _USB_ primary NIC doesn't sit well with me at all. Reaching under my desk to switch cables isn't an option either.

more than 4 years ago
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NYC Wants Ideas For "Taxi Technology 2.0"

criptic08 GPS based traffic analysis (302 comments)

Many have spoken of adding GPS location on screen for the driver and passenger, which is great. But from there, you can't really use the simple (or moderetely complex) path finding algorithms mostly because of traffic which can be caused by many things. We could get around that using a central service which computes suggestions for all new fares. The driver or passenger inputs a destination, the onboard computer makes a request to the service which tracks real-time traffic and produces a suggested route for the driver. It should be possible to optimize the routes by redistributing heavy traffic on alternative routes. This could happen before (some extrapolation required) or as the jam starts. Or by focusing on reducing know/dynamic bottlenecks. Not much to do about bridges though... but maybe it could have a positive impact on average transit times. Then again, some or all of the drivers could already be doing it on some level for all i know!

about 5 years ago

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