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Comment: Re:Like Sourceforge? (Score 1) 79

i wonder if apk can fix this with a hosts file. he really is quite obsessed with them, to teh point of not using other tools even when they can complement a good hosts file. like a religious zealot. oh and i love the way he declares victory every time he gets trolled, he takes the bait EVERY SINGLE TIME and pats himself on the back for it. an amazing feat of self-delusion.

apk can fix this with a hosts file really easily:
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Comment: Re:Water sterilization is the big thing here (Score 1) 46

by Em Adespoton (#49802841) Attached to: First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In an LED

What level of luminescence and at what frequency do current UV sterilizers need to be for current treatment systems? And what wattage/gal are we talking about here? If they can find a way to mass produce these, there could be some significant wins globally for water sanitation.

Also: would this make it possible to create portable systems that you could carry with you whle hiking/carry to remote locations and operate via solar power/battery?

Comment: Re:Long chain of stuff (Score 2) 80

by Em Adespoton (#49802803) Attached to: Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck

Interesting thing with this is that recent studies on stem cell communication shows that cells "age" and mutate when exposed to stress and inflamation. Which means this could also aid in longevity and reducing cancer activity in the body. I think there was an article on slashdot recently looking at a drug that combatted inflamation by the immune system in body tissues -- the two of these treatments together could be rather interesting.

Comment: Re:Just wait... (Score 1) 125

Well, in this case, the device itself is standard issue for many hospitals; the novel bit is accessing it over the internet instead of leaving it on the intranet as has traditionally been the case.

Having been part of the "let's make this emulator do multiplayer over the internet" group back in the day, I agree with you... there's a LOT that can go wrong. If they're not designing for failure (in both software and operating protocol), they're in for a world of hurt eventually.

Comment: Re:Just wait... (Score 4, Interesting) 125

I have to admit, this one had me scratching my head.

Don't medical safety guidelines always require safe handling of the *worst* case scenario, not the *average* case scenario? Hospitals have network outages, and have plans in place to mitigate that. How do you mitigate a surgeon losing link while he's cutting the right ventricle? When you're yards away and the link goes down, you just scrub in. When you're on the other side of the world....

Comment: Re:And the news is... (Score 3, Informative) 80

by Em Adespoton (#49800455) Attached to: Emulator Now Runs x86 Apps On All Raspberry Pi Models

Sounds about right... QEMU isn't designed to be fast, it's designed to be accurate and portable. so writing a pipelined JIT x86 emulator specifically for ARM should get around a 4x speedup over QEMU even if it is solely based on QEMU code and a JIT engine, prior to optimization.

Comment: Re:Pink? (Score 1) 62

by Em Adespoton (#49800385) Attached to: MIT Trains Robots To Jump

Is there a reason why all the obstacles are flat, low and pink? Can the lasers only see pink objects? What happens with higher/lower objects? What happens with irregular objects? What happens with different coloured objects? What happens on irregular ground?

I think you've just given them assignments B, C, D, and E :)

Comment: Re:WOW ... (Score 1) 62

by Em Adespoton (#49800369) Attached to: MIT Trains Robots To Jump

I'd say there's a sizeable chunk of us that can run on a sandy beach, a rocky beach, a mountain trail, or a cityscape. This robot has been designed specifically to jump hurdles on a standard cinder track, no more, no less.

Yeah; you and the GP agree (as do I) -- the GGP is remembering the Slashdot of last decade that even then we joked about. Even back in college I tended to go out "city running" as we called it back then instead of joining the MTG circle in the catacombs of the CS building. Nothing helps sharpen the mind quite as much as knowing that if you judge wrongly, you will be hospitalized.

If they're making a robotic cheetah, then their next step should be to get it to mimic how a cat falls from a height in any orientation -- if they can get it to master that too, then it doesn't really need to know about the steep cliff, as it'll always land on its feet. Of course, they also would have to give it a windbreak of some sort and bring its mass down far enough that its terminal velocity isn't enough to damage it on impact. Doable, I think.

Comment: Re:This cannot have been legal??? (Score 1) 82

Yeah; in this case it gets trickier than that.

Prosecution has a police plant who was contacted by DPR to perform a hit. So in order for it not to be hearsay, they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that DPR is in fact Ulbricht. This is the trial that decides if DPR == Ulbricht is fact. If it IS fact, then the prosecution can substitute that their plant was contacted by Ulbricht to perform a hit. Which means it doesn't move from hearsay to fact until the finding of fact in this trial. After the finding of fact, they can now conclude that these actions took place, based on the officer's testimony. Since the officer's testimony was already a key piece in orchestrating the original search warrant against Ulbricht, it makes this a case of connect-the-dots.

But again, it all depends on exactly how the judge and prosecution lined things up and presented the evidence; anything out of place/in the wrong order and the entire line of reasoning has to be thrown out.

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