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Comment: Re:Where is IF-THEN-ELSE more verbose than that? (Score 1) 158

by roger10-4 (#48286367) Attached to: Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations
Me thinks "descubes" has a vested interest in the language being the poster and responding to posts in an inquisitive manner. The quote "Defining if-then-else is literally a couple of lines of code." is silly (as already mentioned). Is there a formal language definition? The documentation for the language seems to be lacking.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 287

by roger10-4 (#48209565) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
The field of computer vision (which this would fall into) is extraordinarily challenging. Just creating an algorithm that can simply *recognize* an object is hard let alone the ability to take that information and make a decision based on it. As a bit of a contrived example, imagine a person was holding a sign on a street corner that looked like a stop light (same colors, shape, size, etc.). As humans, we know it's not a stop light because we know people generally don't hold stop lights, we know a stop light is 3-dimensional, the lights glow, etc. Getting a computer to understand this type of contextual information is not easy.

Comment: Re:costs (Score 1) 169

by roger10-4 (#48007011) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early
Yeah, never that simple though. Wind/solar on the island obviously requires a lot of space - something there isn't much of. Plus, I think most of it is privately owned. Wind farms out in the ocean (like the ones in the UK) probably aren't an option due to the tourism impact and the desire to keep things "looking like paradise". The islands have various laws that forbid billboards, building aren't allowed to be taller than a palm tree (on Kauai), etc. Not sure that active volcanos are the most stable in terms of building power plants...

Comment: Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 348

by roger10-4 (#47875333) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up
Nice thought in theory, but science and tech has changed. The "low hanging" fruit of science was picked long ago. What remains are are significantly more challenging problems that require significantly more overhead. How much does it cost to put a satellite in orbit and operate it, experiments for fusion, etc? The amount of money necessary is often going to exceed even what "rich" people have. Certainly this doesn't apply to all fields of science, but enough so that funding through external sources is not really optional for many fields. It's unfortunate.

Comment: Re:Seagate failures (Score 1) 316

by roger10-4 (#47763413) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
I'm not making any claims about seagate reliability, just something to consider for your next HDD purchase. Obviously I don't know how you're using the drives, but workload plays a huge part in drive reliability. Drives made for consumer space (which a USB drive likely would be) are not equivalent to those made for the enterprise market and will fail earlier if they are overworked. If you take a look at Seagate's spec sheets, enterprise drives have reliability stats for 24x7 usage (consumer grade drives has no such stats because they're not made for this), longer power-on hours, and lower unrecoverable read errors, etc. Like anything mechanical, if it's used improperly it will most likely fail sooner than expected. So, if you're pounding these USB drives with huge amounts of data from a server every day, they aren't going to cut it.

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