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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.

Submission + - Creating bacterial 'fight clubs' to discover new drugs (vanderbilt.edu)

Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties.

Comment Re:Large charities (Score 1) 27

It's a critical point, one that Parker also mentions, that scale matters -- in fact I think it should be the first constraint before deciding what you want to do. Some things are too big for a small charity; some things are too big (malaria, polio) for any single government to make a difference for long. I also agree that MSF is one of the best -- when I visited Sudan 10 years ago they were the only NGO I bumped into (although I was there for other things). They take on the really difficult shit without complaint.

Submission + - : NSA Hack of North Korea is How Obama Was Convinced NK Was Behind Sony Hack (nytimes.com)

Mike Lape writes: The evidence gathered by the “early warning radar” of software painstakingly hidden to monitor North Korea’s activities proved critical in persuading President Obama to accuse the government of Kim Jong-un of ordering the Sony attack, according to the officials and experts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the classified N.S.A. operation.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.