American space boffins say they have developed fiendishly cunning software which uses "complex mathematical formulas" to work out the best times for people on irregular schedules to have a kip. CPSS astronaut sleep program screenshot. Credit: NSBRI Code zed. The schlaf-ware was developed by programmers at the US National …
I smell Matlab...
...you can tell by the figure icons. Good choice though. I wonder how space-based Matlab licensing would work- which jurisdiction would they be subject to? Could they enforce it?
Come to think of it, could The Pirate Bay be hosted in some kind of orbiting space-station?
Of course it's Matlab. Do you think those scientists actually learned anything in their half-semester course of C++?
Funny how they used "programmers" in the article. Script-writers perhaps.
Don't diss the Matlab
Matlab rocks. Just because it's high-level doesn't mean it's not a "proper" language. The point of Matlab is there's things you can dash off in one line that would otherwise take hours to program and produce reams of C code. I used to teach it to undergrads, and I'd pride myself on explaining to them how to remove all their for-loops and squeezing their page of code into a couple of lines that ran a hundred times faster.
When you're not doing serious repetitive number crunching, but just need an über-programmable calculator, it can't be beaten. In so many areas it leaves Excel standing. Yes, it's rubbish at Monte Carlo simulation (I found that out the hard way), but that's not what it's for!
Anyway, I learnt quite a lot in my two-semester C course. I made a zoomable Mandlebrot set I'm quite proud of- judge for yourself:
Perhaps a link to the software would be in order?
Shouldn't this come under RoTM, given the potential for future abuse by the machines? Once this type of system becomes widespread, they can just tweak the results to maximize grogginess and minimize human alertness.
Shame on you for missing that. On a Friday too.. Have you been testing the software on yourself??
...but does it include...
...a feature to schedule in some zero-G space rumpy-pumpy with another consenting crew member?
"...a feature to schedule in some zero-G space rumpy-pumpy with another consenting crew member?"
You'll need to a pull into the 3 Dolphins Club to ask about their schedule.
Mines the one with "Halfway to anywhere in it."
and the Russians used watches...
Could be remarkably useful.
If it really improves average alertness and reduces people nodding off at bad moments (like behind the wheel behind an 18 wheeler coming up a traffic junction).
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