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Comment Re:Invalid expectation (Score 2) 270

UAV's (drones) have a horrible saftey record, true, but it is because the automation on them is quite poor. At this point, very few of them are "autonomous". The problem is not too much automation, but automotion that is not sufficiently rigorous, testable, nor capable to handle somewhat common contingencies.

I have multiple thousands of hours in heavy aircraft, and I can tell you that 'hand flying more' is not the solution to the problem either.

A well placed, rigorously programmed, redundantly powered backup system that could auto-land when normal power goes out is a much better soln than trying to land a heavy with no electrics (think: at night, in fog, heavy winds, ice, nuns/babies on board, etc).

Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 196

this is great ...
I mean, I was thinking this whole conversation yesterday in my head
gawd help us (elec/cmptr engrs) when the public no longer 'needs' our little trinkets
there is an awful bunch of crap (3D TV, 4K projectors, etc) that really have no REAL use
I just hope we all don't go back to burlap sacks and huts for homes
I really like getting wifi internet in my jacuzzi while watching my 60" flat screen
go back to flaming each other

Comment Re:uh-oh (Score 1) 173

ok, that's one.
what about all those Millions of people in other sinking bowls ( sacramento river valley).
New Orleans is not unique, and you can't blame people who live there for being in the path of disaster.
besides, the old city of new orleans is above sea level, its the 'burbs that get flooded (definition of 'burbs in new orleans can get sticky though, but basically, any neighborhoods that existed a loooong time ago are well-tested with flood history)
there are many places [1] [2] in the world below sea level
this picture is a little exaggerated, but shows that the main threat is the mighty mississippi, not the sea. and the army corps of engineers has a divert-the-mississippi spillway upriver that virtually guarantees the river flood threat to mitigated.
ask anyone from new orleans (or others) and they will say that it was engineering that failed the city: intracoastal canals, notably MRGO, created for commerce gave intrusion paths to storm surge from the lake and the gulf. it was those levees that failed and spilled into the city.
from we have:

On August 31, flood levels started to subside. The water level in the city had reached that of Lake Pontchartrain, and as the lake started to drain back into the Gulf, some water in the city started to flow into the lake via the same levee breeches they had entered through. In 19th century lake floods, the water soon flowed back into the lake as there were no levees on that side.

as humans, what makes us special is not just our ability to adapt, but to adapt the environment around us. If we never lived anywhere there was a threat of disaster, I am not sure where you could live(definitely not Texas, or a few other places. And those maps don't even include floods (the most common natural disaster), for that threats see this map of flood hazards for the US.

Comment Re:For when you just gotta... (Score 2) 173

miami, ft lauderdale, houston, galveston, wilmington, lower manhattan, long island, etc.
I could go on and on.
New Orleans didn't invent "living below sea level"
now living in a spillway, the atchafalaya, which is flooded (by man, by God indirectly) fairly often, and is within the path to the Gulf that the mississippi really wants to go (very much so, in fact) - now that is a different story.
those folks know the risk and use buoyant foundations (trailers with styrofoam underneath) to maintain their homes.
they love living out there (it is real nice), and they understand they could lose everything one day.
other parts of the mississippi flood plain include MANY areas up north that flood MUCH more regularly, so lay off of new orleans

Comment Re:WebOS - Try Samsung (Score 1) 394

well, if google goes vertical in the tablet market (I think they will -> there is no other way), samsung will be left out in the cold (I also believe microsoft will go vertical in the tablet space as well). There is really no way to make money in tablets without having an appstore, and media to make addl money off of. We already see that amazon is going in this direction.

Comment Re:Good or bad? (Score 1) 90

yea, I am in this area, I'll see if I can a look at the manuscript, thanks! I am looking to make constructs on FPGA's that the EDA crapware won't allow, at least with some elegance / automation. Ive been forced to make my undergrad student use xilinx's "fpga editor" - although it works for what we are doing, it is tedious and not very repeatable or scriptable. why are these companies so fearful to release the specs on the bitstream / architecture?

Comment Re:Irresponsible? (Score 3, Informative) 187

trying to find morality in war is quite futile: so to say that dropping bombs on "innocents" is bad, sorta seems like saying dropping bombs on non-"innocents" is ok. none of it is good. but that is why we call it war and avoid it at all costs (if we can). unfortunately, _some_ people won't listen, and they need the motivation of bombs to get them to the negotiating table.

Comment Re:Good or bad? (Score 1) 90

you could also modify the bitstream and release malicious code into a STB. another thing: sometimes these STB's are more 'trusted' because the engrs assume that the bitstream/designs in the FPGA are secure. Its a great place to put a trojan, monitor packets, etc. this is not a good thing. It will mean more expensive hardware in the future.

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