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Comment Re:Saving everyone a few seconds on wiki (Score 1) 209

Are you crazy?! That's just a whole bunch of exceptions and boundary cases that change every day. I'd rather model a 90 year old, at least they've reached a stable state... Mind you.....the teenager does just simply sound like a randomiser now, don't expect any sane response to any type of input, yep, go for it!

Comment Re:PhD's in Germany (Score 2) 123

Not in Germany, Whilst I have colleagues who don't care about being addressed as "Dr", most insist on having their title mentioned at every possible opportunity. Having done my doctorate in the UK, I can assure you that it's an entirely different perception and social climate. The difference does tend to be based on the type of doctorate, the DPhil in Germany is the one you can get by just spouting your mind instead of doing any actual research, and they are the ones who tend to insist on the title.

Comment Re:Continue the lies. (Score 1) 505

The point is, the incidents which do occur rarely if ever get reported back to the cabin. The effects however are still there, and happen on a regular basis. Spurious instrument readings, interference on radio signals etc...these all happen due to passengers not shutting down their equipment, and its largely thanks to the multiple redundant designs of the aircraft that these effects don't lead to more serious consequences other than a pissed off pilot who had to manually intervene into what would normally be an automated process. The fact that you havn't died because of it has nothing to do with your haughty behaviour, and everything to do with pilot skill and robust airline system design.

Comment Re:Longer Answer: (Score 1) 657

And the fact that half the German kids were taught one way and the other half another way, and the ruling was reviewed a few years later resulting in utter confusion for everyone involved. Only since a few years are people relatively certain as to which spelling is now correct. The whole business was actually an entire fiasco. The anti-nuclear movement in Germany in however historically very strong, it's one of the few things which Germans actually get quite emotional about, and that also explains the populistic politics going on right now. The consequences of these decisions have not been properly thought out, but I wouldn't be suprised if they still go ahead with the process, and leave the next generations to work out how to resolve higher energy prices and lack of energy sources. I live near Hamburg, and believe it or not, most people actually prefer a planned coal powerstation.... People also push wind power as the ultimate solution, totally ignoring actual studies regarding output rates and miserable ROI, but hey, it's green!

Comment Re:Serious question; (Score 1) 822

Oh Great, So now they'll be planting those bloody windmills all over the place, as if the existing ones are not inefficient enough to start with. I hate this German anti-nuclear panic, and I live in Germany! And by the way, it has *nothing* to do with the fact that the previous german chancellor is a great big buddy of Gasprom, that's pure foresight^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H coincidence....

Comment Re:Wonderful! (Score 1) 325

It's actually particularly applicable to face reconstruction, but always on the premise of known parameters - In the area of facial reconstruction, the known parameters are the basic bone and muscle layouts and their effects on our physionomy. Once you couple the underlying skeleton with other surface parameters which can be extracted from the visible parts, it actually IS possible to reconstruct missing features. What I was mainly talking about however, is the zooming in effect. There is a lot more information available in an image than that which we see with the naked eye, which is why I mentioned the use of wavelets as extremely effective analysis "tools". These allow a much deeper analysis capable of either concentrating on or removing certain features. I have actually worked (and written my doctorate) in that field , so I do know what I'm talking about. If you're really curious, just look up"Wavelets" in your favourite search engine and be prepared to learn some interesting new facts.

Comment Re:Wonderful! (Score 2) 325

Methods for retrieving information from pixelised images already exist, by no means black magic, they involve the use of wavelet analysis in combination with neural processing and recombination to refine an image. Examples of this kind of work are found in practical applications such as number plate recognition, where often a bad photograph is the starting point. This allows elements to be reconstructed even when information is partially missing. It's not an infinite super zoom as you see on CSI, that's just populist and totally unrealistic Ooh Aah effects, but it does work, given certain basic rules and parameters are respected.These methods are generally aiming at extracting information from the image, filling in the missing parts is from the image point of view just a little bonus, but the approach of vectorisation taken here is actually very closely related. Kudos to the guys for actually implementing it.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

In fact, none of those people except Napolean ever successfully invaded another country.

hmm, and silly me thought that Hitler successfully invaded Poland as soon as 1939, with other countries following soon (Belgium, Holland, France (yes, even if it was split in 2, it was still invaded), most macedonian countries, greece, as well as large chunks of Northern Africa. If you mean "establish a non-military government", then OK, but they sure as heck were invaded!

Comment Re:This is good news (Score 1) 216

Why can't they just make good new films instead of doing re-hashes constantly! There are stacks of good books out there that are just screaming to be filmed, but nope.... On another note, I'm really pissed off at the recent filming of Rosemary Sutcliff's "Eagle of the Ninth", it's just been crammed into the now traditional and boring CG battles format.

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