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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Boycott BMG Network Coding (129 comments)

I remember working on a project where network coding was proposed for micro satellite cluster communications. If I remember correctly, network coding requires that all the nodes in the network have complete knowledge of the state of the network at any given transmission window. This requires transmission of the network state which used something like 7% overhead. The routing of a message from one end of the cluster to the other was difficult. I believe it might have been an np-complete problem. Have they solved the routing issues?

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

Boycott BMG Hawaii Has Nuclear Subs (75 comments)

Pearl Harbor is a base for a classified number of nuclear submarines. I don't think this map reflects that.

about 5 months ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

Boycott BMG Re:Exactly (155 comments)

Chrome doesn't have native MNG or APNG right now. They only support APNG through a plugin. Which is a shame because I am sick of seeing 256 color animated GIFs everywhere.

about 6 months ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

Boycott BMG Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

But why have the many successors to jpg that provide better lossy compression not caught on?

about 6 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Boycott BMG Re:That doesn't seem right. (628 comments)

Dolphins and chimps are quite intelligent, I will give you that. But I would place parrots (look up the New Zealand Kea on youtube), corvids (crows, ravens, etc), octopuses, whales, and elephants before pigs.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low-Latency PS2/USB Gaming Keyboards?

Boycott BMG It's all about getting an edge over the competitio (177 comments)

I don't know what genre of game the submitter plays, but for fighting games, which I play, input latency can mean the difference between winning and losing. 50ms is 3 frames of lag, which means you need to react 3 frames faster to an overhead or throw. This wouldn't be a problem if everyone used the same equipment, ie PlayStation controller, but if someone had a controller that somehow had lower latency than the regular controllers then everyone who wants to compete would flock to it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

Boycott BMG Re:Lynx (391 comments)

Not only that, but it lacks the features to exploit. Which is actually an important point in security, to only have the features you need and nothing else. Less surface area to attack.

http://www.cvedetails.com/vendor/5836/Lynx.html
Pretty much any software that is sufficiently complicated will have security bugs.

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

Boycott BMG PC slowdown started before Windows 8 (737 comments)

The current slowdown in PC sales started well before Windows 8 was released to the public and oems. As someone who holds a little bit of money in AMD stocks, I followed their press releases and they were claiming some slowdown in spring of 2012. If you look at Intel's financials, they were also experiencing an inventory buildup of the latest and greatest ivy bridge CPUs and had to idle more 22nm fabs than usual just to keep their margins and income up. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6378/intel-q312-earnings-3-billion-profit-on-weakening-market-intel-to-idle-some-fab-capacity

The fact is that smartphones and tablets have replaced PC notebooks for some tasks like email, calendar/scheduling, and instant messaging. If a certain percentage of the population used a PC primarily for those things then they might delay upgrading their PC and instead get a smartphone.

about a year ago
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MS Office Tablet Delay Gives Google a Real Chance, and Not Just Google Apps

Boycott BMG Re:Tablets could be good for drawing and note taki (108 comments)

I appreciate the suggestion but I very much remain dubious they will get it "right". While I don't have anything against those features they are superfluous. Someone needs to get drawing and note taking right. It should work very much like writing on a paper note pad and be very easy to use. Every pen implementation I've seen so far gets carried away with handwriting recognition and other theoretically nifty features (which rarely work very well) but don't make just writing/drawing easy which is the bit that actually matters. It's more important that *I* be able to write and recognize what I wrote than the computer. I remain hopeful but so far every attempt I've seen has fallen badly short.

In fact, the note series does let you just scribble or doodle or whatever. The handwriting and formulae recognition is a feature you need to tap to activate.

about a year ago
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MS Office Tablet Delay Gives Google a Real Chance, and Not Just Google Apps

Boycott BMG Re:Tablets could be good for drawing and note taki (108 comments)

You may be looking for the galaxy note series from samsung. The whole series (note 1, note 2, note 10.1, note 8) have features like formula match, which reads your handwritten equations and tries to guess what the formula was, shape match for diagrams, and handwriting recognition.

about a year ago
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Microsoft: Facebook Home Is a Copycat, Windows Phone Is the 'Real Thing'

Boycott BMG Re:because microsoft is always completely original (199 comments)

The hardware part was done by a 3rd party, but the software to do the skeleton tracking and other things was all done by Microsoft. Basically the hardware combined a regular camera with an IR camera in an intelligent way to do range imaging. To get from just the camera to what you have with Kinect takes an awful lot of intelligent algorithms. I think that qualifies as innovative.

about a year ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

Boycott BMG Re:So? (599 comments)

The age of planes used as missiles lasted exactly one day.

How long did the kamikaze phase of ww2 last?

about a year ago
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Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too

Boycott BMG Re:The average Slashdotter . . . (196 comments)

The use cases would be: 1. People who like fitness bands, will likely appreciate the tighter integration that would come from using a smart watch and smart phone from the same manufacture. 2. People who get a lot of notifications, (texts, calls they might not answer, calendar events, etc.) will be able to determine if the notification requires immediate attention without the disruption of pulling out their phone. 3. Combined with a headset allows you to operate your phone and music without needing voice control or to take out your phone. 4. makes checking the time slightly quicker.

All of those things have already been implemented by the current crop of smartwatches, although I don't think there is one that implements all 4 points at the same time. Motoactv does (1) and (3), Sony Smartwatch does (2) and (3), and Metawatch does (2), (3), and (4).

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Boycott BMG Re:Testing blood though the skin viable? (322 comments)

Interestingly, smoking, but not drinking, is one of the things that insurance companies will still be allowed to discriminate on in the Affordable Care Act. So if you are a boozehound they can't increase your rates but if you are a smoker then they can charge you more. The other things that can still affect your rates are your age, whether you are married w children, and what area of the country you live.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Boycott BMG Re:Testing blood though the skin viable? (322 comments)

I hope there's good privacy controls on the data as I'm sure your insurance company would like to have that data too. "We're sorry sir, but we we're canceling your policy because you are pre-diabetic and you drink too much"

Obamacare makes it illegal to refuse coverage for pre exisiting conditions as of 2014.

about a year and a half ago
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Open Source Gaming Handheld Project Wants Your Money

Boycott BMG 320x240 is not enough for playstation (203 comments)

A majority of the games on PS1 are 320x240, however, there are a significant minority of games that use more than that. Some of these are pretty popular titles. I know that tekken 3 at least uses 320x480.

about a year and a half ago
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The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

Boycott BMG Re:Does it matter? (226 comments)

It might have to do with the audio lag in the android sound system. Android uses something called audioflinger which had a very high latency. This became apparent to me when I tried running some emulators on my phone a year ago. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) seems to have fixed this issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WQcl4RDl5I

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Boycott BMG Re:I'll be the first to say... (943 comments)

Vending machines that take the Susan B. Anthony dollar should also take the newer Sacagewea dollars and Presidential dollars, because they were manufactured to be electrically compatible.

I think you mean dimensionally, not electrically.

No, I mean electrically, as in vending machines measure the electrical impedance of each coin you stick in to determine if you are actually inserting US currency and not iron slugs/foreign coins.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Boycott BMG Re:I'll be the first to say... (943 comments)

This might be correct if the dollar coin were a new thing, but dollar coins have been in circulation since the Carter administration. Vending machines that take the Susan B. Anthony dollar should also take the newer Sacagewea dollars and Presidential dollars, because they were manufactured to be electrically compatible. So any vending machine that has been updated since the 80s should accept dollar coins.

about a year and a half ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Boycott BMG Re:LTE is very old news (83 comments)

Besides bandwidth, LTE also has broadband-like latency. This is important for multiplayer gaming and real-time communication (i.e. skype, gtalk video chat).

about 2 years ago

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Curved Smartphone Screens Aren't a Gimmick

Boycott BMG Boycott BMG writes  |  about 10 months ago

Boycott BMG (1147385) writes "Recent discussion on /. about the Samsung and LG curved displays seems to dismiss them as mostly gimmicks, but in an article at Displaymate Dr. Raymond Soniera explains one of the advantages of curved displays: altering the reflections. From the article:

Reflections from a Curved Screen

The concave screen shape on the Galaxy Round cuts down on reflections from the surrounding ambient light two ways: first, by reducing the screen’s 180 degree opening angle, which eliminates reflections from some ambient light coming from the sides. Second, from specular mirror reflections off the concave screen, because the curvature directs reflected ambient light coming from behind away from the viewer’s line of sight. This is very important because you want to minimize the amount of ambient light that is seen reflected off the screen.

Curved Screen Magnification

But the most interesting and important result of the slightly curved Galaxy Round screen is that it magnifies the sizes of all of the objects that it reflects, just like a concave mirror that I mentioned above. As it turns out, that substantially cuts down on the interference of light reflections from ambient light in three ways:

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About the Sony-BMG rootkit

Boycott BMG Boycott BMG writes  |  about 7 years ago

Frequently on /. and other places on the internet, I read that Sony is evil because they put rootkits on music CDs. Those same people say that because of that they are boycotting everything with Sony on it. The problem with that reasoning is that it wasn't actually Sony that was responsible for the rootkit. The rootkit was put on those CDs by Sony-BMG, which is a separate entity that is 50/50 owned by Sony and Bertelsmann (BMG stands for Bertelsmann Music Group). Furthermore, the people at the top, who make all of the important decisions are all from the BMG side. So, if any company is to blame, it is Bertelsmann.

So, what should activist people do? Do they boycott all Bertelsmann owned properties? If they lived in Germany that would be almost impossible. My suggestion would be to boycott the product that Sony-BMG puts out-their music CDs.

Does this mean that there is no reason to hate Sony? No, they still did some pretty rotten things like getting lik-sang shut down, putting ARccOS copy protection that makes DVDs unreadable in a small number of DVD players, and getting FixVTS and Ripit4me (a combination of programs that bypass ARccOS) shut down. A reasonable person can still dislike Sony for those things, just not for the rootkit.

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