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Comment: Re:Uh, only doubled? (Score 1) 160

by raftpeople (#49593791) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System
2M sounds high? You sound really knowledgeable about flight control systems, let's check component by component:
How many lines of code to track airplanes using the FAA's satellite network?
How many lines of code to generate flight courses?
How many lines of code to generate flight progress strips as airplanes approach a control area?

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 2) 160

by raftpeople (#49562671) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet
Look, I know a guy who's brother has a pretty close friend that really knows the ins and outs of this stuff, I swear he could get you setup in just a matter of hours...all you need to do is probably mail your device to him (I would include insurance just in case), mention my name (well probably my brother's name, he doesn't really know who I am), then boom! he'll get your device setup.

I would probably allow for a couple weeks because this guy is so good he's getting lots of requests like this (I may have mentioned something on facebook), but once you drop my brother's name, your device should pop to the top of his list. Also, you'll want to include a prepaid return label, you know, so he doesn't have to foot the bill the get you setup.

Comment: Re:Personal Anecdote (Score 1) 83

by raftpeople (#49547057) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)
"If something shows up on your bill in AWS, it is running somewhere and you most certainly set it up." - You seem to be stating that there is zero possibility that AWS could have a billing problem, ever. Just because you haven't encountered one doesn't mean it's not possible. It's possible the other poster made an error, but it's also possible there was an error on Amazon's part - I don't think there is enough information to determine one way or another.

Comment: Re:Robot Video Overview (Score 1) 110

by raftpeople (#48503527) Attached to: Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly
The shelves are stocked the same way they are picked, by having the robot travel to a station where a human places the items on the shelves. One way to organize the warehouse would be to put the replenishment/put away stations near the incoming goods (e.g. receiving area) with the picking stations on the opposite side. not sure if this is how Amazon is configured or not.

Comment: Re:Not the Functionality of a Neuron (Score 2) 200

by raftpeople (#48407939) Attached to: A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body
Just one example of many of the need to properly model the dendritic computation is the hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons performing 2 different computations depending on the spatial distribution of the incoming signal (and level of synchrony). Either it performs input strength encoding or feature detection. You can't ignore this and end up computing the same thing, your end result will be different.

Comment: Re:Not the Functionality of a Neuron (Score 1) 200

by raftpeople (#48405569) Attached to: A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body
Well, if we consider the example of object recognition happening in dendrites of human visual system, that requires a neural network all by itself to emulate. It's absolutely doable, but there is a huge difference between integrate and fire and a non-linear NN style mapping of input to output. There are other examples of dendritic signal processing which all point to neural computation really being a level below the neuron, each neuron is a network in it's own right. So, instead of 302 neurons, to properly emulate, we may need 302 * 10,000 computing nodes ("neurons").

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