Not harmfull for your enviroment

“we have a product that requires no hazard labelling so we can use it confidently knowing that it is safe for both the installer, the customer and the general environment”

source

The environment is again a hot topic in public opinion.

The list of labels invented by marketeers is endless but without legal background it holds no truth.

When calling it Bluemotion , Econetic or Drive ,  if it still has a fuel rate worse than a 60 years old 2CV , are you sure you want to call it “more enviromentally friendly”?

When you go to a store, are you really sure the eggs are any better than when they are produced in a “bio”farm ?

Is it a leap to assume that if it has no hazard label, it is really hazard free ?

As long as there is no independent research backed up by law enforcers the answer is no.

Sources:

http://www.timberneutral.com/rewmar%20adhesives.html

http://be.volkswagen.com/vwcms/master_public/virtualmaster/be_nl/models/polo/trim_lines/polo_bluemotion.html

http://www.nl.ford.be/Personenwagens/Ford-ECOnetic-Technology

http://www.drivecalculator.be/?languageCode=NL&utm_campaign=Drive_Calculator_BE_NL&utm_source=Volvocars_Home_C30_BE_Nl#/home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_2CV

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmentally_friendly

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Size does matter

The amount of information in the world is rising at an enormous speed.[1]
Especially the amount of image and video data is increasing as the resolution keeps increasing.
Nowadays, the standard-definition for television, 768 by 576 pixels,
is being replaced by the HDTV which is 1920 by 1080 pixels. But there is already a new standard in the making, the UHDTV or ultra-high definition television. This standard has a size of 7680 by 4320 pixels.

Following example illustrates the increase in data size between multiple standards:
this is for a frame rate of 25 frames per second and 24 bits per pixel.


figure1 : amount of raw data per second for multiple video standards

If you compare UHDTV to standard PAL, the size increases by 75 times. Both frame rate and bits per pixel will still increase in the UHDTV standard.

Where will this increase in size end?
Will we still be able to process all this data?

Greetings,

Alexander & Tom

[1] http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2006/02/the_speed_of_in.php

Extending QtCreator

Qt Creator is a cross-platform c++ development environment. It has a lot of advantages but also multiple shortcomings. One of them is the lack of a decent subversion integration. Also the absence of refactoring tools is a serious limitation.

However, there is the ability to extend Qt Creator with plug-ins that adds extra functionalities.

Documentation about how to create a plug-in for Qt Creator is unfortunately barely available. So part of the problem will be understanding this principle.

The objective of this thesis is to solve the shortcomings of Qt Creator by extending Qt Creator with plug-ins that adds these extra functionalities.

Introduction

We are going to develop parallel implementations of image processing algorithms for one of the researchers at Group T, Kim Kiekens. In her research she has to process a lot of high resolution CT-scan images which takes a lot of time. The processing is now done in Matlab, in which she has to enter commands to execute the algorithms. To make this easier, we are going to develop a graphical user interface using the Qt libraries.

Next, we are going to do research about the processing time and efficiency of different implementations of the data processing algorithms on a GPU. Testing multiple kinds of memories on the GPU is also one of our goals.