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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

Alien1024 It's been done before... sort of (88 comments)

Not a new idea. Only they didn't use Kinect or electrical stimulators, so they just relied on the partners' willingness to mirror each other's movements.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Alien1024 Re:Data is sent by satellite ... (503 comments)

They are still useful. For example, they might shed some light on whether this is true or not.

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Alien1024 Re:666 (753 comments)

The "haircut" in Cyprus was a horrible deal. Having said that, people didn't "starve" like you suggest. The issue with the ATMs was that they ran out of notes. There was a bank lockdown, but it lasted 12 days. Everybody knew it wouldn't last enough for people to starve - the ECB and Germany couldn't tolerate continued damage to the currency.

Trevor a wolf went out there and started buying cashless peoples' Jewellery for about 5 cents on the Euro

Citation needed, really, for that.

And the way you put it, it seems like you have to either be completely cashless or keep cash out of the bank. Misleading. There's no reason you can't keep certain amount of money in the bank, for convenience, and another amount in notes.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Alien1024 Re:How in the hell did this pass IRB? (160 comments)

I don't understand the "-1, Troll" moderation.

Quirkology by Richard Wiseman, an interesting read, is a compilation of rigorous experiments in social psychology, many of which were conducted, *gasp*, without the subjects' consent.

Retail stores do research on consumers' behaviour in order to try to sell them more sugary, salty and fatty snacks. Addiction to those nasty foods is a very real issue with health consequences. Where's the outrage?

about 2 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

Alien1024 Re:consent (130 comments)

I really doubt Facebook conducted this experiment in order to "develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge" out of the kindness of their hearts. Far more likely, they seek to profit from it by generating more posts, more traffic, etc.

This is no different from retail stores conducting studies linking customer spending habits to item locations; they do such studies all the time.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Alien1024 Re:Python (466 comments)

As others have pointed out, what the OP is asking for is, basically, a language that does it all across many platforms, a tool that does all jobs, and I'm afraid that doesn't exist. The closest thing, IMHO, would be the oh-so-obvious answer "Java", except it's not interpreted.

Anyway, a question to those who are answering Python and Javascript: since the OP is asking for something that has, among other things, "mobile relevance, GUI desktop applications relevance", are there any decent IDEs/APIs/whatever that facilitate Rapid development of desktop programs and what these days is referred to as "mobile" (meaning, mainly, iStuff and Android Apps)?

about 3 months ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

Alien1024 Re:Copyright or Trade Secret? Pick One (197 comments)

An "haute-cuisine" cook can make business by keeping their recipes secret. That falls under trade secret.

The same principle holds for source code.

And for other industries, too. Cars, aircraft, hardware... The blueprints, or the sets of steps necessary to build those things, can be trade secrets.

Nobody suggests they can't sell the resulting products while keeping those processes secret. The only reason it doesn't make sense to copyright a dish (I mean the edible dish, not the recipe) is because those things aren't information, you can't take one of them and make a copy just like you can with software.

Software is peculiar in the sense that both the "recipe" and the resulting product are information - but they are not the same information, and there's no reason both sets of information should receive the same treatment.

Now, what doesn't make sense is to patent one thing and try to keep the same thing a trade secret.

For full disclosure, I am firmly against software patents as they are conceived in many jurisdictions. Patents should be detailed and should include the best method known by the author to carry out the patented process - for software patents, this means they should include the source code.

about 6 months ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

Alien1024 Re:Not If I don't buy it (178 comments)

More seriously, though, in a low-speed collision at certain angle, a seatbelt can make the difference between the driver hitting their head, which may cause them to fall unconscious and lose control of the vehicle, and retaining control of the vehicle and the ability to avoid running over pedestrians, for example.

Any driver safety feature provides safety not only for the driver but also for all other drivers and people around the road. Whether each and every of those features should be made mandatory is another, more complex, question - tinfoil-hatters are speculating rear cameras will in fact serve nefarious surveillance purposes - and sometimes tinfoil-hatters are right. The safety of airbags is questioned, too. An airbag may hurt a passenger when it's too close to them.

about 6 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Alien1024 Re:"Religious Activities" not Religion per se (529 comments)

Of course. I know atheists who enjoy some Christian rituals for the singing. You can be an atheist and attend a Buddhist gathering and chant a mantra. And a long etcetera.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Alien1024 Re:More likely (625 comments)

That was my first thought as well. But we should know exactly how the question was phrased. TFA mentions "astrology, the study of celestial bodies' purported influence on human behavior and worldly events", but the linked PDF merely states "surveys have asked Americans whether they view astrology as being scientific".

The PDF provides other interesting figures, such as the percentage of people correctly answering the question "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?... which I found shockingly low for the surveyed regions - 74 in the US, even a bit lower in the EU... only higher for South Korea.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Alien1024 Re:The manual (796 comments)

Tried apropos...

$ apropos fucking
fucking: nothing appropriate

How prudish.

about 9 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

Alien1024 Re:Concerning... (189 comments)

paper (if carefully stored and looked after) is more durable than any digital media invented so far

Except for punched cards and maybe other extremely bulky storage devices, now that I think about it.

about 9 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

Alien1024 Re:Concerning... (189 comments)

Fair enough, it was just one piece of a massive collection of knowledge lost.

I was just questioning the claim that paper has "been fine for thousands of years".

While paper (if carefully stored and looked after) is more durable than any digital media invented so far, you can't ignore the many advantages of digital media: extremely easy and quick to copy with no loss of quality, possibility to do that remotely, far less bulky...

about 9 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

Alien1024 Re:Concerning... (189 comments)

the dead tree that's been fine for thousands of years

Not so fine.... The Alexandria library fire was perhaps the most catastrophic loss of human knowledge ever. For example, it destroyed the details of a heliocentric theory, which was postulated by Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, millennia before Copernicus brought it to mainstream.

about 9 months ago
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

Alien1024 Re: I never understood the principle. (454 comments)

And given that chemical weapons have not been used in a major war by industrialized nations since WW1, much of the technology may have changed.

Vietnam was not a major war, then? Or the US not an industrialized nation?

1 year,18 days
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Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

Alien1024 Re:Truth or dare... (617 comments)

Interesting, I didn't know about the pattern day trader restrictions or maintenance margins. Then again I rarely trade US equities.

about 2 years ago
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Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

Alien1024 Re:Truth or dare... (617 comments)

I still don't get it. How can you possibly end up trading on margin only with long positions and no borrowing or leveraging? If you go short, of course I see how that can happen.

about 2 years ago

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