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Comment: Re:Well, yeah, debian squeeze wins again. (Score 2) 134

Not completely true. Many want to be competent, however nobody wants to pay what this competency worth. You have to invest a lot of time to become competent and at the end, it must pay otherwise you are better to do something else. There is a lot of well paid jobs which don't require the efforts you need to put on something to become competent.

Comment: Re:Parallel (Score 1) 509

by AchilleTalon (#46710701) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Cochlear implants are not restoring hearing as an hearing person believes it is. I have a friend with two deaf daughters and both of them are having cochlear implants since they are young and they cannot communicate normally even with cochlear implants. Many people believe the cochlear implants are correcting the audition like glasses are correcting vision. The correction glasses can be made to exactly compensate for the vision defect. The cochlear implants cannot be adjusted to compensate the hearing loss exactly.

Unfortunately, most comments on /. are just uninformed comments and an occasion for many people to just bash against deaf people. Really sad this subject has been published on /. I never thought people were so narrow minded here.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 3, Insightful) 509

by AchilleTalon (#46710639) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

I believe your description is grossly exagerated. In this world, deaf people are second class citizen, no doubt. This culture is just trying to counter balance the effect to be considered everyday of your life as a second zone citizen. It can be understood that some of them don't want to let go everything that was build around them to compensate for the handicap. This is a normal and perfectly understandable reaction. What I don't understand is why are you so angry against deaf people?

Most people without any hearing loss do not understand how deeply this handicap affect people in everyway in their life. Most of the time people are staring at them as if they are idiots because they didn't understand what was said and so on. As soon as you are shrinking the community, these people who are left behind are becoming completely isolated and left alone.

Deafness affect the relations you can have with others because it affects the communication unlike many other handicaps which do not affect communication but are restricting physical activities.

Sharing among deaf people is also an important part of pain relief.

I would like you to prove your point that deaf people are considering themselves as superior to hearing people. I have never seen that in my whole life and many of my relatives are deaf or hearing impaired. This kind of assertion needs some kind of serious backing. You are attacking a whole community without anything else to offer than your own mind. My experience proves me otherwise.

Comment: Re:Survival of the Species (Score 1) 307

by AchilleTalon (#46680711) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Survive for what? If we are stupid enough to wipe out ourselves from this planet, there is no point to try to survive elsewhere. That's for one. For two, survival in a such hostile environment means draining Earth ressoures for only a bunch of people. That's even more stupid than point one. Three, survival of the specie means sending more than two dozen of guys and gals on Mars. As soon as they will breed they will become genetically retarded and vulnerable to many diseases.

That survival thing is just a wet dream in the head of people without a clue about what is going on.

Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 1) 307

by AchilleTalon (#46680691) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

There is no purpose for one-way missions anyway.

If we cannot get people back or sustain life on Mars, there is no purpose on first place to send anyone there. The facts are there is no science to do we cannot do with probes, rovers and robots prior sending someone there and make sure we can get them back or sustain long term life with a high enough quality we are not turning them into monkeys in a cage at a TV zoo until they die.

Talking monkeys, why don't we try sending monkeys instead? Animal rights movements?

Comment: Re:Judging Distance (Score 2) 496

by AchilleTalon (#46646551) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
What about a camera system that will tell you the distance of objects from your car directly on the screen with an evaluation of the speed and direction? I mean, it seems people here are discussing this subject like the camera could only be used to display plain image without any processing. Processing power is cheap these days and we can easily build a camera system that can add many informations directly on the screen and evaluate time to collision with all the objects on the screen. It could even be setup to get attention when needed. The possibilities are not limited to displaying a plain image as the camera is viewing it. We are about to have self driving car. Security camera can detect people and evaluate trajectories, etc. It's XXIst century!

Comment: Re:Good idea (Score 1) 245

by AchilleTalon (#46514371) Attached to: Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

...Full authority digital flight control systems made a lot of people nervous. The Airbus has them, and not only do they have redundant computers, they have a second system cross-checking them which is running on a different kind of CPU, with code written in a different language, written by different people working at a different location. You need that kind of paranoia in life-critical systems.

Code written in a different language is totally helpless here. Unless you believe the avionics is running on an interpreter instead of compiled code. Once compiled, the code is dialect free. An even if it is not my field, I doubt any sane designer will design avionics to run on a interpreter. We are talking about realtime systems here. A different kind of CPU makes sense if you want to isolate the system from bugs in hardware that may be specific to a kind of CPU.

Comment: Re:Lat / Long? (Score 1) 461

by AchilleTalon (#46461303) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery
The radar and transponder already provide this data. They have a last seen location on the radar. I don't see what such a device would add. I understand many people and families are anxious about the flight, however if it crashed, there is not much more that could have been done than what is already done.

Comment: Not worth reading beyond... (Score 1) 148

by AchilleTalon (#46443127) Attached to: 3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

The article doesn't worth reading beyond this paragraph:

"Ultimately, Yoshida would make headlines when he famously disobeyed instructions from TEPCO headquarters to stop using seawater to cool the reactors. Though he was later reprimanded, his disregard for corporate instructions was possibly the only reason that the reactor cores did not explode."

Obviously, the author doesn't know what he is talking about. A nuclear reactor doesn't explode. It melts. Some hydrogen gas may explode, however it has nothing to do with a nuclear explosion.