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Comment Space Junk? (Score 2) 130

Given the small impact crater (60cm according to CNN) and the police statement that they have a piece of whatever fell to earth this seems unlikely to be a meteorite to me. If it was big enough to leave remains, and moving as fast as a meteor then I don't see how the crater could be so small. More likely IMO to have been a bit of space junk from one of the many satellites and stuff up there.

Comment Re:Billionth (Score 1) 127

Never mind that language is fluid and evolves, trying to halt that evolution is futile.

(And really really annoyed with all my Australian coworkers who feel the need to say "what language were you speaking, it's unintelligble?" every time I say "aluminum" or the like.)

I think that language can and must evolve, but spelling need not.

The English/Aussie spelling/pronunciation makes more sense if you look at the periodic table, but your coworkers might not have thought of that. Aussies like to take the piss...

Comment Re:Billionth (Score 1) 127

Anyway, insisting on only one spelling is stupid, whether it is from language fascists trying to halt evolution, or someone who insists "potatoe" is the only correct answer versus those who were equally wrong in insisting "potato" is the only valid one. Language changes, deal with it.

I respectfully disagree. English spelling is already a nightmare for children and newcomers learning the language; allowing different people to spell the same word however they liked would only make it worse. Personally, I think we should simplify the spelling on all words using standard phonetics, and just have a cut-off date for transition, after which "old English spelling" would only be an academic option for those interested in transcribing older works.

There is evidence that children in English-speaking countries learn at a slower rate than their peers with a more logical and consistent spelling.

Comment Re:No. Human or machine, it's a fallacy (Score 1) 748

I disagree with everything you are saying, and I'm convinced you should consider not advising people on simple math. Safe highway driving intervals are measured in time, not distance -- maybe you once came across the "two second rule"? Doubling the speed doesn't increase throughput by a factor of two: if people are driving with any concern for their lives it won't budge. Your other argument in your earlier post, about slower people causing accidents, exists only in your rationalizing world. (I have worked in motor vehicle accident investigation, and am a mechanical engineer.)

Comment Re:So basically they're trying to get rid of me (Score 1) 131

So basically, Google is pushing to completely remove me and replace me with a tiny script. :(

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'll take a look into "remove me" as soon as I can. In the meantime you can contact your IT business partner for more information about our efforts to "remove me and replace me with a tiny script." Have a nice day.


Comment Re:Hub (Score 1) 229

I could have used this a couple of years back. Long story short, I cross-connected 220V live and ground on a solid state relay connected to a Raspberry Pi and a USB hub on the other side which was in turn connected to another Pi and then a TV. I burned out almost everything (1 Pi, hub, maybe an HDMI cable and an HDMI input to my TV). The HDMI 2 port on the TV was hot, not passive (thanks LG) but there were many possible avenues to ground the charge before damage was done. The device you describe would have saved me a great deal of time and money.

Comment Re:Happening Downunder (Score 1) 104

Agreed and this is where I see good potential. There are many, many airports and airstrips around the world used very infrequently. Some I have visited cannot stay open at all without local government support. Paying full time staff to help land one plane a day is a huge inefficiency that this solves.

Submission + - IBM 'TrueNorth' neuro-synaptic chip promises huge changes -- eventually

JakartaDean writes: Each chip contains 1.8 billion transistors but runs on 70 milliwatts. The chips are designed to behave like neurons—the basic building blocks of biological brains. Modha, the head of IBM's cognitive computing group, says the system (24 connected chips) in front of us spans 48 million of these artificial nerve cells, roughly the number of neurons packed into the head of a rodent.

Whereas conventional chips are wired to execute particular “instructions,” the TrueNorth juggles “spikes,” much simpler pieces of information analogous to the pulses of electricity in the brain. Spikes, for instance, can show the changes in someone’s voice as they speak—or changes in color from pixel to pixel in a photo. “You can think of it as a one-bit message sent from one neuron to another.” says one of the chip’s chief designers.

Comment Re:Give me my Home key back (Score 1) 698

On the newer Latitude laptops, Dell moved the Home and End keys down onto the arrow keys and made them Fn enabled. It is really frustrating because I often use Home and End when editing text, often in conjunction with Shift or Control to manipulate large blocks of text.

This of course has nothing to do with TFA, but this is /. and I need to rant damn it.

Unfortunately, I use the Home key every time I load a /. page. Why only this fscking site jumps to somewhere arbitrarily near the end of the page after loading is mysterious, and very annoying.

Submission + - IBM Discloses Working Version of 7nm Chip

JakartaDean writes: IBM said on Thursday that it had made working samples of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips. The advances included using silicon germanium in key locations on the chip.

The announcement, made on behalf of an international consortium led by IBM, the giant computer company, is part of an effort to manufacture the most advanced computer chips in New York’s Hudson Valley, where IBM is investing $3 billion in a private-public partnership with New York State, GlobalFoundries, Samsung and equipment vendors.

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