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Comment: DHS+NSA == KGB (Score 2) 461

by AndreyFilippov (#45116413) Attached to: Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"
Yes, you are correct. And the NSA acronym also has the same source. Maybe the correct formula is
But honestly - I'm afraid that NSA has much superior capabilities against the citizens of the country than the KGB had. With the brand new facility some 15 miles from my home in Utah.

Comment: Catch up with the USSR (Score 5, Insightful) 461

by AndreyFilippov (#45115355) Attached to: Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"
For the first 36 years of my life I lived in the USSR. It was un-free country, but many of us valued freedom and learned to love it more than the state religion - "Communism" that the government preached. When Bush started his war in Iraq as a retaliation to the 9/11, I noticed that with Patriot Act, "security" in the airports this country started to grow more and more similar to the failed state - Soviet Union. Some features that I believed to be unique trademarks of the totalitarian states sneaked in the everyday life of Americans. There was a government slogan in the USSR - "to catch up with and pass the USA", but now it seems that the USA is trying to catch up with the KGB-ish nature of the USSR. It is sad for me to see that many born-Americans believe that Freedom is given to them by God, by their brave predecessors or just by the Land they are born on. Freedom has to be fought for by every generation all over again, citizens have to prove they deserve it.
I would never vote for Republicans - for me they share much more with Soviets than just the red color, but when Obama (whom I voted for) calls Snowden a "traitor" (instead of a hero), I'm thinking that Putin in his place would do exactly the same. Putin, who's main enemies are Russian citizens.

Comment: Salt Lake City != Utah (Score 1) 309

by AndreyFilippov (#44347365) Attached to: When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company
Utah as a state votes 2:1 for Republican candidate, but in Salt Lake City alone it is about 50/50. And Rocky - when Bush's war was going on and he personally was visiting SLC, Rocky organized anti-war event. I was trying to imagine mayor of Moscow (city where I lived so far most part of my life) greeted Mr. Putin in a similar way.

Comment: They are the best (Score 5, Informative) 309

by AndreyFilippov (#44345755) Attached to: When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company
I'm Xmission customer for 18 years and they are the best. They always notified subscribers of any interruptions of the service even if it happened for 5 minutes in the middle of the night, decribing what went wrong and what have they done to prevent similar problems in the future.
And I still drive with Pete Ashdown sticker on the back of my car since he ran for the US Senate - but it is not easy do win for a Democrat in one of the most Republican states.

Comment: Re:1000 times better? - for long exposures only (Score 1) 103

Yes, you are absolutely right - QE is already high even in "boring" cameras. It is also true that the readout noise of the modern boring sensors used in cellphone cameras is also of the order of a single electron (each photoelectron counts), so you can not significantly increase low-light sensitivity for the same pixel size and same exposure time. You can make large pixel (or use "binning" of the smaller ones) - and it is well known part of the existent technology. Other parameter important for the low-light imaging is dark current - this is why many astronomical CCDs are cooled and exposed for hours - just to be able to increase exposure. Exposure is not "exponential", in is not less linear than QE, so if you increase exposure 1000 times you'll be able to detect 1000 dimmer light source, But for video that is irrelevant - boring sensors already have negligible dark current for video, so this (the only way to increase "sensitivity" for the same pixel size) is only applicable to long exposure scientific applications.

There are some sentences in the article that indicate that they mean exactly that - using longer exposure:

  1. 1. "which "trap" light-generated electron particles for a longer period of time, translating into a stronger electrical signal ". You see? "longer times"
  2. 2. "graphene sensor, being more sensitive, will negate the need to increase ISO in low light settings". Increasing exposure does not need to increase ISO. People made nice low-light photos with ancient low-ISO photographic plates using long exposures. Isn't it the same?

And of course, talking about "5 times less expensive" without having a viable technology of integrating graphene with CMOS - what the crap is it? You know why silicon-based CCD technology is dying now? Just because you can not combine CCD (light capturing array) and CMOS (phase drivers, ADC, memory, CPU if you font SoC) on the same silicon chip - I do not see how carbon graphene is more compatible with CMOS.

Comment: Robots+money are taking over (Score 1) 344

by AndreyFilippov (#43558055) Attached to: New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates
I believe that the decreasing demand for STEM educated people and the desire to get only "the brightest" is just another indication that the robots are taking over the engineering/IT jobs too. In the past each leading engineer needed a bunch of average ones who would do routine work (and learn in the process) on the design of the Master. Now "the brightest" can just use more of the CAD tools, so it is not just the uneducated low-paying jobs that are eliminated by the "robots", they are coming for our jobs also.

Comment: Re:Start buying free software friendly hardware? N (Score 2) 22

by AndreyFilippov (#43133885) Attached to: Celebrate Hardware Freedom Day 2013
We (Elphel) are an Open Hardware company for more than 11 years, all our products are distributed exclusively under Free licenses (GNU GPL, GNU FDL, CERN OHL). And yes - customers are willing to pay extra for the freedom they get. Of course it is not an easy business, production volume rarely can go high as most application require either single are just a few units, but our products are used in most US National Labs, NASA, many universities and research centers around the world. And it is fun to develop such stuff that can be used in some innovative ways we would never think of ourselves, so we try to combine high performance with "hackability" - this is the minimal combination needed for most scientific applications. So we do not consider "Open Hardware" as some DIYish and simple stuff only (it is very important, of course, we love Arduino). And would never use "openness" as an excuse for inferior performance, would not develop "poor man's" replacements of the real proprietary stuff.

Comment: I see another option - all us becoming pets (Score 1) 602

by AndreyFilippov (#42236057) Attached to: A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

As Big money+robots combination is more efficient in more and more jobs, the communist-socialist outcome is not imminent. I see new emerging way of living - we'll all become pets of few rich ones, who'll be able to mine on asteroids without any need for us.

You know - Bill Gates is supporting Africans in Africa, financing their cure from AIDS and probably more. And it is not because they are just all lazy and do not want to work - but they are already not needed in the world economy. So when robots will take all our jobs - and I mean "all", we can not hide behind our high education, PhD - it is just a matter of time - when robots will get our creative jobs too. So, like a nice guy - Bill Gates, the owners of the New Virtual World will just feed us and give some money to live and buy their Internet-advertised goods.

But we will not have any rights, We will b e just pets.

Comment: Re:Video (Score 1) 29

by AndreyFilippov (#40687293) Attached to: Open Compute Project Driving Open-Source Hardware Development
Building "open source" cameras for more than 10 years I would say that the codecs designed fro video distribution may be not the best for the cameras, where you have to preserve as much as possible of the original sensor data while having reasonable compression. It does not need to be completely lossless (as for editing) - the sensor (and just the physical world itself) has some noises, the the compression errors should be just below that. For the video distribution the task is different - reduce bandwidth while preserving _perceived_ video.

Comment: Re:Licensing - copyleft? (Score 1) 103

by AndreyFilippov (#37904182) Attached to: Open Hardware Journal
I would not agree that it always is the only alternative. Freedom of the designs may add significant value to the product or even make it possible. So "stealing" and "closing" the hardware device will take that value away even if it has the same other functionality. Of course that does not apply to every device, but it is possible to find areas where it is applicable. Getting well paid for developing Free Software may also sound like a complete nonsense ...

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)