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Comment: Re:technological overconfidence (Score 2) 235 235

"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: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0037/ML003739969.pdf Here is a list of reactors: http://www.animatedsoftware.com/environm/no_nukes/nukelist1.htm

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

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) 239 239

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_noise 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.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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