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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Arkh89 Re:Outdoor Roomba + Kinect (140 comments)

When they are released on an intervention, they start flashing their Blue Screen of Death and Red Ring of Death...

about a week ago
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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

Arkh89 "A picture may be worth a thousand words..." (29 comments)

Especially considering a 1 mega-pixels image in 8 bits gray-scale. That's 1 MB worth of information. Considering 8 letters in average per word (including the various punctuation characters) and 250 words per page in whatever-16-bits character encoding, the image weighs the same as a book of 200 pages.

about a week ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

Arkh89 Re:Read the Paper, article is exagerating "Quantum (98 comments)

(I can't believe I didn't notice I misspelt Quantum in that subject field.)

If you want to, we have this neat quantum computer which is capable of making the difference between 'n' and 'h'...It might be pricey but it is totally worth it...

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

Arkh89 Re:Great "invention" (100 comments)

His smart-watch didn't recognize the characters I presume...

about a month and a half ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Arkh89 Re:Reader's Digest Version (102 comments)

Do they mean that eyewitnesses should wear glasses?

about 2 months ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Arkh89 Re:Possible numberwang (111 comments)

Divide by the number of trains to be operated...

about 2 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Arkh89 Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (318 comments)

The system function has thus nothing to do with that, right? The main point here being : start bash with a badly formatted environment variable.
The vulnerability :
env -i VAR='() { echo "Here is a legitimate function content"; }; echo "This is the vulnerability";' bash -c 'echo "Some code which is irrelevant";';

Some C code (gcc -o testCode main.c) :
#include
int main(void)
{
        printf("This is a Shelllock test\n");
        system("echo \"Hello World\"");
        return 0;
}

And start it with :
env -i VAR='() { echo "Here is a legitimate function content"; }; echo "This is the vulnerability";' ./testCode

I don't have any vulnerability message appearing here.

about 2 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Arkh89 Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (318 comments)

Thanks for the explanation. I also finally got it a few hours ago (I am not a sysadmin or web developer) and I am more concerned about the rogue DHCP requests.

about 2 months ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

Arkh89 So... (134 comments)

They essentially haven't made any progress since when they turned to laser scanning a few years ago.
Oh and no, not really impressive graphics. They're just showing a cloud of points with some color. No dynamic lights and shading, no dynamic geometries/skeletal deformation here...

about 2 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Arkh89 Re:front pocket? (421 comments)

As a physicist would tell you : assuming the average person can be replaced by a sphere of 1m radius, the phone, being in the front pocket of the hemispherical pants will bend to their surface, a flex of about 12mm on the side (parabolic approximation of the cap of spherical people, considering a 151.8mm long IPhone 6 Plus).

about 2 months ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Arkh89 Re:Stop using tax dollars (348 comments)

for every stupid project they come up with

Do you have any examples for this?
Oh yeah you don't, because there is no such thing...

about 3 months ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Arkh89 Pardon me but... (183 comments)

If I receive wi-fi enabled organs, will I be required to also get the horrible wi-fi logo tattooed on my forehead?

about 3 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

Arkh89 Wait... (170 comments)

[OA player here]
They allowed bunny hopping to do the same as strafe-jumping? seriously?
Bye bye defrag...

about 3 months ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Arkh89 Did it... (103 comments)

Did it also crashed 107 million times while simulating this city?

about 3 months ago
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Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service

Arkh89 I don't understand this... (20 comments)

What are they (Zinc) providing that is not just computing power? Custom interfaces?
Why would Google be interested in such thing?

about 3 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Arkh89 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

So what you are saying is that all the people working on distributions such as Arch, Debian, Fedora, Mageia, openSUSE, RHEL, Ubuntu and possibly others, know nothing about how to choose components to make their "OS" work?

If yes, please develop.

about 3 months ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

Arkh89 Server overload... (34 comments)

Just have to wait another 25 years to see the movie...

about 3 months ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Arkh89 Re:Oh god so what? (193 comments)

I see a lot of people complaining about the complexity of the language. But it seems that no one dares to give any example. For my part (I had a 3-days introduction to C++, everything else was learnt by practicing) I don't find it really enormous. Aside from the auto (because type deduction = E.V.I.L., use typedef's if you don't want to spend your time typing std::someType::some_const_iterator), I fail to see what change is mandatory in the language structure. What you wrote few years ago is still correct and you don't have to use these new features to work...
So what is it?

about 3 months ago
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2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

Arkh89 Re:One trick used to make this seem more impressiv (76 comments)

No, it seems they are using inpainting :

We compute a mask for the object pixels, and use this mask to inpaint the background using the PatchMatch algorithm [Barnes et al. 2009]. For complex backgrounds, the user may touch up the background image after inpainting.

Thus, only one image is required.

about 4 months ago

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