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Comment shared knowledge (Score 1) 67

The IRS already know everything I send to them. The only reason they have me write it up and send it in again is to generate coprorate welfare for the tax prep industry. They could make a lot of this go away by simply sending me a summary and if I agree with it no further action is necessary and no further confidential uploads to the IRS are needed.

Comment chernobyl (Score 1) 274

The russians recently built a large concrete containment building and wheeled it into place over the ruins of Chernobyl's reactor, the Japanese must be thinking of doing something similar. I would have thought that crushed leaded glass would be a reasonable concrete ingredient, use it to build a containment shield around every reactor.

Comment walk a mile (Score 1) 399

I enjoyed watching Hans Rosling's TED talk and visiting his dollar street web application. It's so hard to get a feel for what it is like to live in another country, so I can't judge how much difference $40 per month per couple would make. But I believe people, goods and services are generally free to move around Kenya, so it will be interesting to see what effect this has on the economy outside of the target villages and how the demographics of each village changes during the experiment.

Comment I don't see why not (Score 1) 146

If they have, say, a minute of pixelated video presumably they could estimate the orientation and position of key features of the face and then make progressively improving estimates of a higher resolution image.

I know that was not the focus of this research (to match a pixelated image to one of a number of high resolution alternatives). But much of the crappy blurry images I see are in the form of video and it seems to me that there would be multiple independent images of a face that could be assembled into a single better image using related information in other frames.

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