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Comment Re:Where do these people go? (Score 1) 182

Those guys don't have job interviews like that. They know other C level execs who get them in because they "did a good job" at (the parent company of) AM - after all, it was making plenty of money until it was the victim of a crime. Stuff like that - hacks, regulatory changes that fuck up your business, industrial accidents on your watch etc. are just the kinds of things that happen to C levels. They get paid big bucks to take that risk, so naturally when things go bad the other C levels won't hold it against them.

Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 182

Some good may yet come of it. Well, some already has, people are less likely to use AM now, but more over the public is starting to wake up to the fact that stuff the do online on supposedly private sites isn't likely to stay private for long.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 114

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but you are basically fixing a few known limitations of JPEG and mobile recorded video files.

For example JPEG uses RLE, and for decades we have been able to shave about the same as you do off their size by replacing that with a more efficient compression scheme in a lossless way. Mobile recorded video makes similar compromises to reduce processing overhead.

To be clear, you have no invented a really new, revolutionary compression algorithm like the TV show. No 4k uncompressed video streaming etc, Not really anything like Pied Piper at all.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 367

That wouldn't prove anything. There could be both a physical and psychological component, i.e. she might react to both EM and the thought of EM. You need to hide a transmitter near her and see if she notices it... Or better still a range of transmitters, in case one type is not a problem.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 367

From TFA: "The condition is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), though it says the causes are unclear."

So while the cause I'd unknown and may be psychological, it is recognised by doctors as a genuine condition. As such the court must consider their expert opinion. Even if it is psychological, so if depression and that is considered a "real" condition.

While I'm sceptical I also suffer from CFS, which was once considered bunk by many people, even doctors. Even now it isn't well understood. Clearly there is enough evidence that this thing exists that the WHO considers it real.

Comment Re:Effects of hypothetical severe nuclear accident (Score 1) 159

>9 magnitude earthquakes followed by once-in-1000 year giant tsunamis are incredibly rare events. That's why settlements that had been there for hundreds of years were wiped out too.

Sorry, but however unlikely you think it you have to consider the worst case scenario. We do in other industries, nuclear doesn't get an exception from the rule.

Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 92

If you want to do more with microcontroller projects just program the Atmel on your Arduino directly, i.e. not using the Arduino IDE. That thing is the reason why people deride the Arduino platform so much - it's built to be really easy to use, at the expense of performance. In fact it isn't even very optimized for basic stuff like DigitalWrite(), that gets used a lot.

For FPGA projects, you are really looking at two categories.

1. FPGA with a CPU core and a little bit of extra logic on the side to do some specific task. Often this is something like a high speed interface that is difficult to handle on a microcontroller alone, or emulation of some other hardware like an old 8/16 bit computer.

2. Straight FPGA project like a graphics engine or DSP.

Comment Re:Might want to read the fine print... (Score 1) 159

The problem is that when an accident happens it is often difficult to get reliable information. Either there will have been some major kinetic event or emergency backup power will have been lost, or both as was the case with Fukushima. So given that reliable information is hard to come by what do you do? Tell people it's okay and don't evacuate, or evacuate them slowly in an orderly fashion over a few days (good luck with that) or just evacuate everyone ASAP. Often, the last option is the only option, given that you don't know just how bad things really are.

Many of the casualties from Fukushima were due to the evacuation.

So yeah, while it's fine for the study not to look at that, TFA (which I note is from the industry shill group set up precisely to spread this kind of mis-information) is drawing unjustified conclusions from it.

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