top What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?
Actually, Samsung and LG killed the trade show star. They're so hell bent on one-upping each other, they barely dream of something before shoveling it into the marketplace. C'mon,
two Note 4's?
So anyway, these trade shows are little more than a bunch of products they're
not going to manufacture, plus a few products that they are. But none of them are new, cuz you've already read about them, long ago, probably right here on Slashdot.
top The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun
create a starivore for you. It'll take a while, but should be more fun than staring at empty space.
top Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I believe it's called an "aspheric lens". That's the lens that's flat on one side so your eyes don't appear warped to everyone else. Also, if they're not progressive or bifocals, they're called "single vision".
top Kawa 2.0 Supports Scheme R7RS
The next version of Scheme
... naming itself, "The Revised Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme"
I kinda doubt the thing named itself. More likely the
author named it that.
Can I have my Grammar Nazi sticker now?
about a month and a half ago
top MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate
That's no space station, it's a planet!
top The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store
You think Facebook did market research before starting up?
Yes, basically. According to the movie, Zuckerburg copied another in-development app, one that was likely to be successful. And being at the school he saw a need that he carefully wrote his app to fill.
"Market research" doesn't need to be charts and surveys; if you know your field well enough you can generate good ideas.
top How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity
I suspect cheap and huge computers had a large effect too. I haven't done a 3D print, but the app that slices an object for printing and plans the head path probably takes a significant amount of CPU and RAM. The printer could easily have been built in the 80s, but only recently have home computers become powerful enough to drive them.
top Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
Citation needed. Govt projects still need "advertising" at least inside the govt to convince people it's worth spending money on this mission. Probably much lower than for films, but can't be sure.
top Video Released, Crowdfunding Underway For Axiom Open Source Cinema Camera
My camera-nerd friend loves the new Sony a7s, as it's optimized for video. Considerably less expensive than this.
If I were to hack an image sensor, I'd work on phone cameras. At this price range, I expect the thing to be awesome out of the box, so "open source" doesn't really add anything.
So that just means the project is not for me. I hope it's successful regardless, but I suspect it's much cooler for the inventor than it will be for the users.
top Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)
I agree with most of your post, but this is simply false. USB 3.0 is a completely new interface, bolted on USB 1/2 to make it seem like a seamless transition.
I've been wondering about that -- Since a USB 3 port has separate pins for ultra-speed and high-speed, shouldn't I be able to plug two devices into the same port?
top "Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim
But if the claimant doesn't have any copyright authority, I don't believe the claim is
actionable under the DMCA. If I claim your video violates someone's copyright, YouTube is under no obligation. If I claim the video violates my copyright, only then is YouTube obligated to take down the video. And this triggers the perjury clause.
top Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps
Yup, I've been watching too much How It's Made.
top Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?
20/20 is the ability to
read things made of lines 1 arc-minute thick. If the letters are smaller, you might not be able to read them, but you can tell tell it's text because the rods and cones are much more dense than that. "General colored images" usually have texture.
Another big value that's not discussed often is that the higher the resolution, the harder the pixels are to see. This is why even 480i content looks better on an HD TV -- it's a much smoother, cleaner picture. Also, through some quirk of physics, when my eyes de-focus I can see pixels.
top Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?
Be sure to test every tape with the TBC on and off. I've noticed a hint of pixelation with it on, and the dynamic range seems to be a bit narrower too. I believe you should leave TBC off as much as possible as long as your capture device likes the signal.
top Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges
I start with
# ls "/!BigData!" to verify the computer is finding the dir I want to delete, then edit the command and insert rm -rf.
top Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5
There's two advantages to silly numbers of megapixels on a phone. One is that there's no room for a zoom lens on a phone, so the more pixels your sensor has, the more useful digital zoom becomes.
The second is that us nerds buying high-megapixel senors funds research and development of high-megapixel sensors, eventually making them cheap enough that something like the Lytro light-field camera becomes possible on a phone.
top NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell
By ordering low-end GPU, you annoy everyone -- the users have to put up with crappy chips, IT has to support more complex systems, and budgeting has to pay for chips noone wants. So instead, order most of the laptops without discrete GPU to save a few bucks. Then order a few with high-end GPU for the few people who want them.
top Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future
No actually, a dash-mounted tablet (or phone) is not legal unless it is not "operating" (term is not defined), or it has explicit interlocks to prevent app and video operation while driving. IANAL, but the only way I can find to legally use your phone as a GPS is to install it facing away from the driver, and use it only in voice mode.
top Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well
No, you're thinking of banks. The purpose of insurance is to take your money and provide as little as possible, as long as you keep paying the premium. That insurance is useful these days is due to regulation, but it's not in the nature of insurance to behave this way.
The rest of your paragraph I totally agree with, except the last line -- It's not the government who's corrupting the system, it's the insurance company requesting laws that reflect their true nature, and the public constantly demanding free health care.
top Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well
I don't care "how it was sold," I can only be a responsible human and analyze the claims for myself. It's obvious that:
the hospitals support it because it means they can continue overcharging; the insurance companies support it because it forces ALL health care money to go through their hands; the public support it because they believe it means free health care; the politicians know there's no way to make a workable plan, but the public wouldn't shut up about it so they pushed something through; and, most importantly, this is clearly socialized medicine, though more complicated than other countries.
I don't understand the anger at the perceived lies. Insurance is fundamentally a fraud, and health care costs are also fraudulent. You're already happy with this level of corruption, and you're happy with encoding this corruption into law. Why are you suddenly unhappy with the way it's being done?
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