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Comment In the industry... (Score 4, Interesting) 62

As a developer in the industry here I can honestly say nobody in our industry would be dumb enough to use this tool. Security is very important, and i'm sure PCI compliance would be a huge issue. Unless under a dual-control situation and 4-5 physical doors from the outside world, no un-masked CC# exists except on physical card. Yes, it would be nice for that service for software developers to use as a tool for display....like in my case, to provide cleansed data to the screen without manually cleansing data....but the issue is that PCI will dictate where that data can exist, and if it's uncleansed and accessible to a DB admin or software dev, there's too much visibility. They look at it from the standpoint that if a single person has access by themselves then they're likely to steal them. I don't see why they would automatically allow search within masked bytes (at least if it's ultra sensitive).....I can understand if maybe there's a setting like (sensitive to search) so that CC#'s couldn't be brute forced, however a search for a person's last name where all but the first letter are masked would probably be okay.

Comment Re:Neural Net... (Score 1) 69

yeah, and a neural net can be programmed to handle the different gaits and learn to optimize while in the appropriate gait mode. I understand this would come at a cost (more computation and memory) but in today's world memory is so cheap and small. In that case you wouldn't have a 'damaged' gait, if damaged, upon usage of a gait the learning algorithm would adapt to each environment if necessary...

Think of the uphill gait while damaged...in your scenario you'd pick either 'uphill' or 'damaged'....but with the neural net it would adapt the uphill to perform best while damaged.

Comment Re:And hippies will protest it (Score 1) 396

Yeah, and many in the hard right will oppose it too because it's "playing god". What's your point? The reason liberals tend to oppose GM tends to be more along the lines of Monsanto screwing things up by:

1) Patenting a seed, and then patent trolling people who's fields were pollinated by their patented seed.
2) Adding in a resistance gene to a plant that didn't have it, using harsh chemicals to kill pests, where the plant soaks up the chemical and is then eaten by people.
3) Causing drug resistance (Roundup) to spread to plants that weren't meant to have it (by lack of proper testing), thereby causing destruction to farms where there are hardly any alternatives to nuking the field to destroy the weeds that are now resistant.
4) Where the use of the "Scientific Method" and independant testing is ignored in the name of profit.

Need I say more?

Comment yeah, whatever (Score 4, Interesting) 207

Just like Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc, etc. Nobody wants to fess up, but some appear to be "trying" to step up to the NSA now.

I wonder if they (private companies) secretly allowed it(NSA infiltration) to happen under fear of the NSA using whatever power they have to get the companies shut down if they didn't follow suit. Now that the public has been informed, the companies are using all the plausible deniability they can to prevent lawsuits. In the case of the UPS, I don't think there's any plausible deniability to use...It's not a software system that the NSA could exploit per-se.

Or is it the case these companies really are just as corrupt as the NSA?

I really don't see any other alternative, unless you want to argue that Snowdens docs were fake (Highly unlikely).

Comment Re:Forget about traditional power savings... (Score 0) 339

nope....not what i'm talking about. I'm talking about how you can use less energy to power certain devices.

Take a traditional light bulb for example. 120V @0.5A using 60 watts. So in 1 hour you use .06kWh, and typical efficiency for a bulb is 15 lm/w so you get about 900 lumens from 60 watts. Because the standard connection runs at 60hz it just so happens that the 60 watt bulb typically means it uses 60 J/s.

Now lets take the resonant frequency of Tungsten (4.161mhz)....If we can pulse at this freqency, we can put less into the system and get the same observable output (lumens). Since the frequency will be increased by 69.35 the VoltAmps will need to decrease by the same factor to use the same power. So say 4.3V @ 200mA is a good approximation. Now because 4.161mhz is the resonant frequency the efficiency of the transfer of electricity to lumens has increased, we can likely decrease the voltage and/or current quite a bit.

So lets say that now the efficiency of the light bulb goes up to 30lm/w at the resonant frequency...

we would now be able to use the formula (V*A * 69.35 = W -> W*30 = lm). This would give you 1739 lm at that 4.3V@200mA, so you'd need to decrease significantly. Lets take 2V @ 200mA, you'd get 27.74W @ 4.161mhz frequency, that gives you a lumen output of 832lm.

Now you're using only 27.74 Watts per hour to provide approximately the same amount of light. Of course in the real world the numbers are a bit different, but that's how it can be calculated.

I was in a bit of a hurry to finish up, sorry for the sloppy math.

Comment Forget about traditional power savings... (Score 0) 339

What electronics manufacturers really need to focus on is boosting energy efficiency by using harmonics. Using 60hz for nearly everything is very inefficient. There are various YT videos showing efficiency gains (although some like to call it over-unity/free energy when it's not) by matching the input frequency to the harmonics of the devices (light bulbs for example).

Comment Re:An article that suggests a counter-effect.... (Score 1) 784

That's a great quote btw. I was going to suggest a similar issue with the so-called sea level rise from melting ice (if the ice is floating and melts then it doesn't raise the level since ice has more spacial volume than water per)...however there is also suggestion (from the global warming/science community) that some of the ice melt from Antarctica is from ice that is over land and not currently floating or below the sea level, which would, all other variables excluded, raise the sea level.

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