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Tevatron Has Come To the End of Its Run

nan0 Fermilab research will continue after Tevatron (115 comments)

For all interested in the future of Fermilab - here is a great local article:

http://goo.gl/kqXJa

among the highlights - they get the data from CERN in realtime, and can actually control the LHC remotely.

oh, and the buttons to stop & start the tevatron are pretty cool ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Scientific Linux's Troy Dawson Leaves FermiLabs For Red Hat

nan0 It's FermiLab. Not 'labs' (49 comments)

how about spelling things correctly in the title at least ? it's Fermilab. not plural. while there is a lot of stuff there - it is one lab. fnal.gov

about 2 years ago
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Open-Source JavaScript Flash Player (HTML5/SVG)

nan0 flash should only be used for Audio & Video (300 comments)

These days html/css/js can replicate most of the animation & navigation & effects that people use flash for, and in a more SEO friendly manner.

IMO the only convincing argument to use flash is for audio & video.

as this library doesn't cover multimedia...

it doesn't cover flash's only responsible use case... So it's clever - but useless.

not a criticism... keep it up!!!
:D

more than 4 years ago
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Hands-On With Microsoft's Touchless SDK

nan0 better cross platform alternatives (84 comments)

opencv has nice python bindings, runs on mac, win & nix.
openframeworks wraps c++ like processing wraps java, also has opencv bindings.

MS appears to basically doing optical flow & color tracking. the above libs can do those, and more, and are great for programmers and nonprogrammers alike. tho if you really hate code, you may rather use max/msp/jitter or gem/pd.

more than 5 years ago

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160 k of LOL hand-woven memory got us to the moon

nan0 nan0 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nan0 (620897) writes "I didn't know this... i knew of the type of memory, but i didn't realise it was hand-made in this fashion:

"The team of ex-textile workers and watch-makers were employed by defence firm Raytheon to "weave" the software into the memory of the computer... the entire computer was not so hi-tech. In order to make sure that the software was robust it was "woven" into so-called "rope core memories".
These used copper wires threaded through or around tiny magnetic cores to produce the ones and zeroes of binary code at the heart of the software.
Pass the copper wire through the core and the computer read it as a one. Pass it around and it was read as a zero.
"Once you get it wired it's not going to change without breaking those wires," said Mr Hall.
The rope core memories would become know as "LOL memory" after the "little old ladies" who knitted together the software at a factory just outside Boston."

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