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Comment: Re:Power Consumption (Score 1) 75

by confused one (#47913891) Attached to: SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)
Because of the architecture, you have to implement a timer using the processor's built in precision timer/counter. There's one there... You can get sub-microsecond control resolution if you implement it right. The risk is that if you're running a multitasking operating system your timer might get interrupted. Of course, another way to go is to have a secondary I/O processor handle the task and act as the interface -- this is very common when dealing with Intel processor platforms.

Comment: They'd get bored (Score 1) 195

by confused one (#47898551) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem
Yes, maybe they're all genetically modified self absorbed drug addicts... Eventually they'd get bored and come on over to see if we had better drugs here than they had; something they hadn't tried before. Or maybe they'd just get the munchies and come here looking for better snack food. Or get tired of us bringing down their high with all our fighting; and come by to tell us to "mellow out, man."

Comment: Re:Helium? (Score 1) 296

by confused one (#47885059) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives
Of course I know where it comes from... It's extracted from natural gas as a byproduct and initially helium comes from alpha decay of radioactives, as you say. Producing it through radioactive decay, that's the slow way. Helium is produces in a number of fusion reactions. They don't have to be energetically favorable to produce helium. Now... if you want cost effective, then that's another problem.

Comment: Re:What kind of cyborg? (Score 1) 206

by confused one (#47839983) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?
Not at all. There are plenty of examples in history. U.S. was formed, among other things, over an argument about unequal representation and the rights of citizens. Slavery in the U.S. was justified by categorizing a group of people as not being equal. Japanese internment camps were created during WWII as part of a knee jerk reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What I'm saying is that once modified humans become common, all it might take is a seemingly simple series of events for the populous to push for a distinction to be made, which might, end up limiting or removing the rights of the group through legislation.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth