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Comment: Re:Ha ha (Score 2) 465

by ElKry (#46371977) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Iraq tried to do it in the early 2000s. They managed to switch to selling in euros (EUR) around late 2000 / early 2001 despite U.N warnings ( http://edition.cnn.com/2000/WO... ), and made a nice profit out of it ( http://www.theguardian.com/bus... ). Of course, on the 20th of March 2003 ( about one month after that article was written ), it stopped mattering much because they were very busy dealing with being invaded ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2... ).

Comment: Re:They target Tor via the ISP's (Score 1) 234

by ElKry (#45039123) Attached to: How The NSA Targets Tor

Hulu doesn't allow connections for anyone outside the US. They have copyright holders with a gun to their head so they have to be extreme dicks about blocking non-US access, including all proxies they know of...

They don't have copyright holders with a gun to their head, they *are* copyright holders.

"Hulu is a joint venture of NBCUniversal Television Group (Comcast), Fox Broadcasting Company (21st Century Fox) and Disney–ABC Television Group (The Walt Disney Company)"

Comment: Re:Sounds like a great plan. (Score 1) 235

by ElKry (#44897389) Attached to: Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide
I was being mostly tongue-in-cheek, but oxygenic photosynthesis (the most common type) does in fact produce O2 as a byproduct of the hydrolysis. Hence in a perfect scenario in which there is water and light in the reservoir and the plant replaces every 2nCO2 with 2nO2, after a while you'll have a huge reservoir... of O2.

Comment: Re:Doesn't work (Score 1) 369

by ElKry (#43052485) Attached to: Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

The few games I considered contributing to (Double Fine Adventure, for example), reached their funding goals so fast I didn't really have a chance to become a backer.

How does that make any sense? Kickstarter campaigns have a fixed length, independently of funding goals. You can become a backer at any point. Throwing more money into the mix usually means extra things added to the game, like in some cases Mac or Linux support, extra languages, etc.

Comment: Not the actual new name. (Score 1) 356

by ElKry (#40866895) Attached to: Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI
According to the article,

The Windows team is "working on a replacement term" according to the memo, "and plans to land on that by the end of this week." Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the "Windows 8 style UI."

So "windows 8 style UI" is just a temporary name while the look for a new one.

Comment: Re:It just doesn't work (Score 3, Informative) 648

by ElKry (#39972421) Attached to: How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

Self-driving cars not only use a variety of sensors to assess the environment, but also have systems based on algorithms like SLAM (Simultaneous localization and mapping) to help them position themselves relative to the environment, and position landmarks relative to them. All kinds of sensors are involved, but especially laser range sensors which would prevent the kind of problems caused by GPS returning invalid results (the car won't just drive into a wall, it will avoid the wall and reduce the belief associated with the current location). GPS is just an extra sensor, not a bunch of set-in-stone instructions.

They don't hit the pot hole because there are computer vision systems that, along with the range sensors, can make a reliable guess at whether that is a pot hole or not, and avoid it. Speed would be irrelevant as the computer can react faster, and more accurately than a human driver could.

When it comes to this kinds of algorithms, sometimes they are *too* efficient, and you have to route around that: a good example is going around walls, in which the car might decide to hug the wall and take a turn very, very close to the corner - but this is not optimal as a) the driver would probably freak out b) Movement and location sensors are not perfect, you always have to consider actuator and sensor noise. So, the algorithms are complemented by a penalty for getting too close to objects, even if it wouldn't cause a collision.

I hope that helps paint a broad picture of the system to make a bit more understandable.

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