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Comment Re:technological overconfidence (Score 2) 235

"when a hydroelectric damn collapses..." the nuclear power plants which rely on the man-made lake created by the damn melt down. Take a look at how many nuclear reactors depend on man-made lakes as their ultimate heat sinks.. Here are the actual requirements: Here is a list of reactors:

Comment Re:Vector vs Raster graphics (Score 1) 271

I worked at a company which, in the mid 80s, made a high resolution broadcast quality character generator for titling. RAM was so expensive even then that it become worthwhile to compress the image using run-length coding into a small amount of video RAM, and repeatedly decompress on the fly for screen refresh. This was implemented with a large number of TTL MSI logic chips, but was still less expensive than full raster RAM (1440x480 x 18 bits I think).

Comment not possible due to 1/f noise... (Score 1) 239

I'm not paying the $30 to read the paper, but how do they overcome 1/f noise? You can get arbitrarily high noise disturbances if you wait long enough. See: Though I guess this can be fixed with an error correction protocol involving copies stored at long distances, but you can do that with any media.

The first version always gets thrown away.