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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->

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.
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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->

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.
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Submission State of the YOUnion: President Obama to Seek Advice from YouTube Stars

theodp writes: For better or worse, YouTube stars are a big deal these days. Last December, Microsoft and Code.org turned to YouTube Stars iJustine and The Fine Brothers to help recruit the nation's K-12 schookids for the Hour of Code. And next week, in what the White House is touting as the State of the YOUnion , President Obama will turn to a trio of YouTube Stars for advice on the issues of day following his State of the Union Address. "We're inviting a handful of YouTube creators to the White House to talk with the President in person," explains the White House Blog, "and you can watch it all live on Thursday, January 22. YouTube creators Bethany Mota, GloZell, and Hank Green will interview President Obama about the issues care they most about and what they’re hearing from their audiences." Commenting on the choice of the YouTube interviewers, CNN's David Acosta asked (confused) WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, "I'm just curious, was 'Charlie Bit My Finger' or 'David After Dentist' not available?" So, how long until the U.S. is redistricted into YouTube Channels?

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 438

In 1987, I bought an 80 MEGAbyte drive for $775 (around $1600 today), thinking how amazing it was that disk drives had broken the $10/MB barrier. When the first 1GB drives came out a few years later, I remember thinking, "Who would trust that much data to a single device? What an amazing single point of failure!" Now there are 128GB MicroSD cards for under $1/GB. Even understanding the technology, the mind boggles.

You got a deal. Around 1989 I sold a 315MB IBM "Winchester" drive to the phone company, for a whopping $10,095 (list price at the time). It slid into a fairly clunky PS/2 Model 80, as I recall.

Comment Re: Why giving ? (Score 1) 92

China has the right idea. If you don't work, you don't eat.

I imagine that would do wonders to clean up my city's streets from the hundreds of young people who prefer to camp there 24/7 versus getting a job.

Where I live and work (as a CSR consultant), Indonesia, people also don't eat if they don't get a job. Among other failings, malnutrition of children under 5 years runs at around 35%. That causes stunting and is associated with poor cognitive test scores, which is in turn correlated with lower income. I don't have the data for China handy, but your solution is overly simplistic and reflects poorly on your understanding of the article and the issue.

Comment Re:Don't go the way of Vancouver (Score 1) 169

Was just in Vancouver and learned that they've done away with Uber. It was horrible. Not enough taxis so it was impossible to get around the city. Frankly, it will impact my decision on whether or not I go back to visit. Unless your taxi companies can offer the same level of service, killing Uber will result in an impact to tourism... maybe just from me, but it'll be an impact. :)

Toronto has poor to adequate taxi service. Vancouver has NO taxi service. It is not a taxi town, everyone drives cars. Taxis, when you can get them (airport or phone in) cost real money. Public transit is perfectly fine for the young and poor. Vancouver also has the worst traffic in North America, according to Wikipedia.

If it has syntax, it isn't user friendly.