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Comment Re:Do you feel that... (Score 1) 128

Reverse engineering (unless performed by the supplier of the equipment before sale time) is never an alternative to proper documentation.
The problem is that subtle bugs may not be track-downable if you just have reverse engineered documents, it encourages suppliers to not make available documentation, and that the product may not actually ever become workable.
For the maker to simply refer to an ongoing project in no way means it's not open.

Comment Re:Not to remove a performance issue. (Score 1) 216

Medical imagers vary. Some rely on interpretation of fine details in images, and that one pixel matters.
In this case, compressed images are a terrible idea.
In other cases, you are taking high frame-rate video, and analysing gait, or how a ball is hit, or ...
For this case, compressed video is just fine, but dropping from compressed to uncompressed, and getting 1/6th the frame-rate is utterly useless.

Comment Not to remove a performance issue. (Score 4, Interesting) 216

There was no performance issue - the problem was that multiple applications could not access the camera at once, and it was important to fix this.
Quoting:
" It was important for us to enable concurrent camera access, so Windows Hello, Microsoft Hololens and other products and features could reliably assume that the camera would be available at any given time, regardless of what other applications may be accessing it. "

https://social.msdn.microsoft....

Which is of great comfort to the owners of medical imagers that are now junk unless someone catches and rolls back the anniversary edition. There is claimed to be a fix in the pipe.

Comment Re:Solar bubble? (Score 1) 160

It's complex.
Anti-dumping rules have made solar panels in the US amongst the most expensive in the world.
However.
http://www.wholesalesolar.com/... - as one example has panels down at $.89/W.

If you're in an area that needs large amounts of AC in primarily sunny periods, a replacement well insulated roof could do really nice things for your bills by removing the daytime component of your bills entirely, even without requiring any subsidy.

Comment I've sort-of-being looking into this myself. (Score 2) 160

As DIY. Solar panels are not wholly ridiculous any more as roofing material - at least for smaller roofs.
For example, I have a 5*20m roof.
Wholly replacing the skin of this with solar panels would cost around $6K. This is a large number - but not hugely much in context of the whole roof replacement. Optimising for cost per area, rather than cost per watt, and finding some nice way to fix with integral insulation, for example could greatly speed assembly of the roof.

Comment Re:Less fuel. (Score 5, Informative) 71

The first stage and the second stage disconnect.
The first stage flips around end to end, and makes a burn to kill most of its velocity.
Then as it is entering the thicker parts of the atmosphere and it would be destroyed by drag and heating otherwise, rapidly slows at high G using the engines to around mach 1, and turns the engines off.
It is at this time steering using fins attached to the top of the rocket.
Once it gets ~10-20 seconds before landing, it lights an engine or three (details vary) and uses the thrust from these vectored in order to precisely land on the barge (along with the fins in the initial portion).

http://www.spacex.com/sites/sp... is a nice diagram.

Comment Re:How it works. (Score 1) 144

The antibiotic is just used as it is a convenient chemical that is well understood how to use for switching things on and off.
It would be fed to your breeding stock of mosquitos, not as I understand it the maturing to-be-released mosquitos.
There will not be significant levels of antibiotic in the released mosquitos.

Comment Wow - the original article is poorly written. (Score 2, Insightful) 20

It quotes many other articles and then says 'but these are wrong'. (admittedly with sources) but doesn't contain a list of actual requirements.

Another very relevant factor is not what the law says, but what the police think the law says.
It's not a huge amount of comfort that you're right, when you're getting the door kicked in.

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