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Comment: Re:I think this is BS (Score 1) 160

by Yomers (#49332177) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes
Informative, thanks for clarifying.

From TFA - it's an energy company with existing customers, they are planning to use those for distributed computing projects - security uptime and connection bandwidth is not an issues. Servicing clogged fans might be a hassle. Obviously they are going to charge customers for those "e-Radiators" - so basically energy company pays for hardware in electricity.

Comment: Re:Last mile bandwidth is still the limitation... (Score 1) 160

by Yomers (#49331127) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

I'm writing this from a wooden hut in rural Thailand. Place between 2 small towns, river view, 20 km to nearest 7-11, local children still amazed when they see foreigner - it's as far from civilization as it gets in Thailand. ADSL, Bandwidth Down/Up(kbps) 7168 / 506 - could be better, it's cheapest tariff, something less than $15/mo. My point is - there is no excuses for 64kbps torture anywhere in a country that invented the thing!

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420

by Yomers (#49153483) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

Because what we perceive as the color of some surface is really a reflection of ambient light from that surface. So color of the surface would change depending on color of the light that it is reflecting. But our brain has auto white balance image preprocessing filter that fixes surface color for us based on light color , which is computed partially using our knowledge on what color things should normally have. In this picture dress could be white if it is not in a lighten by yellow colored light behind it, but lighten by blueish light source, and camera white balance is set somewhere in a middle. Otherwise it's blue.

Comment: Re:A rightwing wankfest? (Score 0) 98

by Yomers (#49145955) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Population of this planet consume resources much faster than they are renewed, it can not last long. Our options are limited - we can continue as now, until real peak oil, peak population, peak production is reached, then kill each other for the leftovers. Another possibility is building a stable society - all the green stuff, birth control, no wars, probably no private enterprises, probably one de facto world government and total control - stagnation. Next is a science fiction dream - we colonise another planets, continue extensive development - wild west all over again, Firefly. The only path that guarantee survival of the humanity in a long run, but the least probable of all - looks like we gave up hopes on this one. And the last option would be to kill that 90% of population, more contagious ebola with longer incubation period? Considering that it is probably much easier to secretly develop bioweapon with cure or vaccine than to create cure in relatively short time - game theory in action, this outcome looks almost inevitable, even MAD not gonna help this time. Why I was telling all this? Because of the bright side - you probably should not worry about future unemployment :)

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