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Comment: Santa Barbara isn't like the rest of CA (Score 2) 420

The majority of water in Santa Barbara is derived from local sources. While there is a lot of local agriculture, it is primarily on coastal planes, not in classic desert areas like Imperial Country. In our current year we've had less than half our typical rainfall, and it has has been going on like this for three years now. Our last drought, when the desal plant was first built, took seven years to set in, we've reached the crisis point in this drought much more quickly. My point is I don't think we're quite as dumb as the rest of the state where they can't ever manage on local sources in normal years, we can. But when things go dry quickly like they have, we get caught out. Of course building a desal plant in an emergency is actually a rain dance. It worked perfectly last time, and given the predictions of an El Nino for next year, it should work this time as well.

+ - Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off->

Submitted by ihtoit
ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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Comment: Re:You need a C to VHDL translator (Score 1) 365

by HalWasRight (#45901791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?
How did this get modded up to "Informative"? This is misinformation. If you believe what an FPGA vendor tells you about their tools then I have some land in Florida you might be interested in. There is NO push button path from C to hardware, unless you consider compiling the C into object code that is burned into ROM as a hardware solution. Yes, there are tools like Cynthesizer from Forte and the cited tool from Xilinx that use C as an input language, but it is gerrymandered C geared toward synthesis, not "dusty deck" C. As stated above, there are too many tradeoffs in time and space to provide a simple answer to your interested party. You should hire someone who can find a couple of points in the solution space and give your interested party an educated answer like "At xx mm^2 it runs this fast with this latency, while at yy mm^2 it runs this fast at this latency with 50% better power".

+ - Latest creation from Boston Dynamics: The Wildcat->

Submitted by HalWasRight
HalWasRight (857007) writes "From the article: "Many are already familiar with the slow and lumbering "BigDog" that has been in development for the last few years.We were always able to relax a little bit, knowing that at least we could outrun this four-legged beast, should the need arise. Wildcat offers no such respite. As you can see in the video, this bounding 'bot could easily catch all but the fastest of us mere mortals. The only information we have so far is from this video description:

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program. For more information about WildCat visit our website at

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Comment: Re:Seems alright to me (Score 1) 458

by HalWasRight (#42661365) Attached to: Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?
You must have installed on a bare disk and/or didn't care about the disk layout. That to me is the most atrocious part of the installer. Trying doing a resinstall without out wiping out your /home ... be sure to cross your fingers when you hit go because you'll have no idea whether it is going to preserve that partition or not.

+ - Imagination Technology buys MIPS->

Submitted by HalWasRight
HalWasRight (857007) writes "After years of struggle, MIPS Technologies — the original RISC processor company — is being sold to Imagination Technologies, best known for its popular mobile GPUs. Part of the deal included MIPS divesting much of its non-processor related patents to a group that includes ARM. This deal could change the landscape in the battle for mobile sockets."
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Comment: Symbolics Genera (Score 1) 654

by HalWasRight (#40998637) Attached to: GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...
I pine for the Symbolics Lisp Machine "Genera" environment. Everything object on the screen had a right click menu with frobable bits on it (imagine typing 'ls' in a shell, then right clicking on a file name to edit, copy, move, or delete it), hypertext documentation, dynamic object system, Zmacs fully hackable with the debugger allowing for super-productive development, and full source code down to the drivers. Too bad they were $100k. Ah, the 80's ...

+ - Researchers Create Two-Dimensional Glass-> 8

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Researchers have created the world's thinnest pane of glass. The glass, made of silicon and oxygen, formed accidentally when the scientists were making graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon, on copper-covered quartz. They believe an air leak caused the copper to react with the quartz, which is also made of silicon and oxygen, producing a glass layer with the graphene. The glass is a mere three atoms thick—the minimum thickness of silica glass—which makes it two-dimensional. The team notes that the structure "strikingly resembles" a diagram drawn by a glass theorist attempting to unravel its structure back in 1932. Such ultra-thin glass could be used in semiconductor or graphene transistors."
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