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Comment: Re:Panic (Score 2) 265

by 3.14159265 (#35525218) Attached to: The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan
(...)Unless you consider turning away from nuclear energy as a panicky reaction(...)

(reposting because I'm an idiot and wasn't logged-in)
Funny you should say that, because the first thing I thought when I read that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel suddenly decided to shutdown 7 power plants http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-germany-nuclear-merkel-idUSTRE72D51520110315 after the incidents in Japan was "wtf!?".

I could only come up with 3 scenarios:
1) she did know that the power plants had urgent issues, but delayed any action until now
2) she didn't know of any urgent issues, and just found out
3) she knows that there are no issues, but the Green's votes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_party are just too appetizing.

This is "going apeshit" by any fair and reasonable measure, and this reaction seems to be is both unwarranted and unhelpful to Japan and any country where nuclear power is the sustainable solution.
Also, the general behaviour of the media hasn't been something to call home about, sensationalistic, biased, and altogether agenda-driven (which seems to be a common-place nowadays.)
---- Gravity sucks

Comment: Do they mean WDM? (Score 2, Informative) 129

by 3.14159265 (#32924172) Attached to: Irish Gov't Invests In Color-Coded Fiber Optics

Intune Networks (...) has developed a technology that can enable a single strand of fibre to move from carrying one signal from one operator to carrying data from 80 telecoms and TV companies all at once."

Do they mean they have "invented" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength-division_multiplexing? I'm puzzled.

Comment: Re:Most humans aren't that smart (Score 1) 88

by 3.14159265 (#25628579) Attached to: The State of Game AI
"It's not that difficult to make an enemy FPS "bot" have superb tactics, coordination, timing etc. Especially if the map is pre-known (which is usually the case). You can code the tactics and heuristics in. If you hear the player in position X, group A enemies head to position Y and group B head to position Z, and bye bye player."

I'd say the holy grail is to have the AI without pre-knowing the maps, and without having to hand-code the small details.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.