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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Defenestrar Re:My predictions (267 comments)

Don't forget that the "lens" flares move independent of either the camera position or light points.

about a month and a half ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Defenestrar Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

I'm thinking of when the kids are just old enough to start being latch-key. Myself, I'd set it up for passive data while only sending an alert if the difference is something like three to five standard deviations off the average. I specifically moved to a place where I feel comfortable about my kids (eventual) ability to run around until dinner time, but at least for quite some time yet, they'll be young enough that missing a bus transfer on the way home could be a time when my early intervention would really be appreciated.

about a month and a half ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Defenestrar Re:anti dust nano liquid (209 comments)

Yeah - but does it work on children?

about a month and a half ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Defenestrar Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

I think the concern was more about when the power is lost when the mowing is in progress. "Ho hum, I'll just mow until I hit the line..." - three miles and a gas tank later.

about a month and a half ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

Defenestrar Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

I don't know - with the research they've done over the past few decades about circadian rhythm, I can see a lot of benefit from lighting that responds in both intensity and color to time and or motion. Likewise with HVAC. But neither of these needs the outside 'net.

Where I really see benefit from external communication would be mostly Boolean data such as whether the kids made it home from school, is there a break in the dog's underground fence line, is moisture pooling where it's not supposed to, or whether the CO/smoke detector has alerted. For information that goes in instead of out, I could also see a benefit for automatic storm shuttering when NOAA issues a severe thunderstorm warning and an automatic disabling of the sprinkler system if the county passes a watering moratorium (i.e. save me from fines if I'm absentminded and forget about turning it off).

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Defenestrar Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Here is a link to a paperback translation of all three of Augustine's commentaries on Genesis. It's actually pretty interesting to read how his thinking developed as they were written at different phases of his life. In english the titles are: "A Refutation of the Manichees", "Unfinished Literal Commentary on Genesis," and "The Literal Meaning of Genesis." Of course it was all originally in Latin and, if you read that (which I don't), the original texts are archived several places on the internet.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Defenestrar Re:For Starters (320 comments)

I enjoy driving my six speed stick on a nice windy country road, but it was less enjoyable whenever I had to drive in stop and go for an hour or two each way from work. I'd have paid for something which would let me read a book the same way I usually did while taking public transit. As adoption goes up I'd expect improved transit times as inter-vehicle communication should be able to significantly ease congestion problems. Eventually I can see non-automated cars prohibited from freeways, at least during commuting hours.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Defenestrar Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Where's a better place for a discussion which may introduce truth and actual intellectual debate? Maybe someone there will point out a real conservative viewpoint such as Augustine's from around AD 400 which by using the text of the Bible alone came up with the conclusion that a strictly (simplistic) literal interpretation was impossible and also never intended. Augustine also pointed out that some of the greatest damage that can be done to the Church is by scientifically-ignorant believers who attempt to lecture scientific experts about how the experts are wrong in their views.

Unfortunately for Christians, and just about every other group ever organized with a human membership component, ignorance at the adult stage is usually manifest in a self reinforcing mindset and not one welcome to instruction.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Defenestrar Re:Automated digesting (173 comments)

Still doesn't solve the vendor infotisements. No way they're going to rely on your subscription to an RSS when they can shoot you a direct email. Some of their communication wouldn't be useful without a very vast array of RSS servers on their end either (i.e. notifying you of a sales rep change, etc...). RSS is good, but I don't think it'd get all of the topics nine-times mentioned.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Defenestrar Re:Automated digesting (173 comments)

Yes, but after the AI digested it, all I'd have to do is flush ;)

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Defenestrar Automated digesting (173 comments)

Automated digesting of email could be a useful feature of AI.

about 2 months ago
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Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

Defenestrar Re:Another dorky one? (38 comments)

If they're using light field tech it should be of variable focus (i.e. what you look at is what gets into focus). If they can do the computation fast enough (again a big if) your eyes would never notice (again assuming appropriate displays - which don't exist yet). Even if they get variable focus (and parallax and other imaging tricks), I think "indistinguishable" augmented reality will still be limited by two major factors which I don't see any tech ready to touch in the near future: full visible spectrum color space (can't be done with just RGB), and more importantly - total brightness and contrast ratio (i.e. match the output of the sun (as perceived by the eye) and the dynamic contrast range of the human eye).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Defenestrar Re:The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

It seems as if an always on OLED display would be the major source of battery drain - and so I don't get why watch makers haven't used e-ink. Come into the market as Timex and not a Rolex. A simplistic device which displayed time and push notifications at a $50 price point seems like it'd quickly dominate the market. Heck, you could even make it an e-ink background to a nice analog watch for that matter (although that'd probably up the total price). This sort of thing wouldn't need the processing power (i.e. more battery drain) as the current giant glossy types either. Perhaps I'm being naive, but I don't get the high-end luxury approach.

Open API would be natural too; especially given a low price point this type of watch could quickly be a community favorite.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Defenestrar Academic Institution Credentials (238 comments)

"Click here to apply your academic institution's journal access credentials..." and similar vein.

about 2 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Of course... (237 comments)

Efficiency can be easy - we just need to build a Dyson sphere.

about 2 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:At least the infrastructure is in place (237 comments)

If you're trying to heat the building - not so much. If the panels are in contact with the building - not then either - they tend to capture a lot of heat. If you get them far enough away that outside air removes the heat - then shade may help.

about 2 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (237 comments)

I know a guy in Alaska who uses solar for all of his power needs during the summer. So if that farmland sale doesn't pan out - you can try to sell off the land for power generation - because that'll be equally suitable too (year round).

;)

about 2 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Defenestrar Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (237 comments)

There are a number of ways to quantify the impact of one's decision, and by many measures (e.g. greenhouse gas produced by commute to work, & etc...) I'm sure the ratio is even further from unity.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  about 10 months ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "I've recently taken a job at a large state university where I manage the laboratories for a couple of departments. We have a good system to pro-rate costs for shared use of big ticket items, but don't have anything in place for small to medium expense pieces which don't require software control (i.e.AD user authentication logs). It is much more efficient to designate a common room for things like water purifiers and centrifuges. but log books have a history of poor compliance. Also, abuse or neglect of communal property has been an issue in the past (similar to the tragedy of the commons).

Do any of you know of good automatic systems to record user/group equipment usage which would allow for easy data processing down the line (i.e. I don't want to go through webcam archives). Systems which promote accountability and care are a bonus, but for safety reasons we don't want the room's door locked (i.e. no pin/badged access). Most of these systems also require continuous power — so electrical interlocks are not a good option either.

I call on you my fellow Slashdotters to your best and get quickly sidetracked while still including the occasional gem in the comments."
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Best device for handwriting recognition and simple sketching?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Schools may have stopped teaching cursive, but the tech crowd has long been asking about the obsolescence of typing. Digital note software is already here, as the increasing prevalence of OneNote and our old discussions of Unix software equivalencies demonstrate. But I, for one, would like to take notes and sketch diagrams without juggling input devices.

Touchscreens might be on their way, but graphic pads and pen mice are here today. What do my fellow readers use for their handwriting recognition and sketching needs? Are there any options of sufficient quality for a low enough cost to become standard office equipment issue? And does anyone remember which sci-fi author coined the phrase: light pen?"
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Hollywood Stops Financing Obama Campaign After Whi

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Individuals and groups within the wealthy Hollywood circles have stopped their previously generous financial support for Obama's campaign after the White House responded to yesterday's blackouts, petitions, and protests with assurances that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

In a telling response about pay-for-favor American politics, "the moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'""

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Porn sites sue internet regulator over .xxx web ad

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Solicit the industry or not, you may desire to know that some owners of pornographic websites have raised dirty allegations about the advent of the .xxx domain in what may turn into a legal battle touching the authority of ICANN in what could be a personal way."
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A voter mandate against Net neutrality?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "CNN money is reporting that of 95 candidates who had pledged support for Net neutrality — not a one was elected. Trouble with the FCC proposed law met with trouble earlier this year when the House Democrats shelved the legislation in light of Republican opposition.

The existing legislation was attempting to classify broadband providers as Title II telecommunications — mandating the same neutral carrier regulations that are imposed upon telephone companies. Those against this Net neutrality plan claim that it prevents broadband providers from implementing so called neutral traffic shaping saying that Title II status "is a nuclear option, since it could potentially prevent broadband providers from implementing legitimate controls over their service, such as curbing massive downloads that swallow up bandwidth for users."



With congress failing to act, it is possible that the FCC will have to go it alone but this will likely lead to a series of lawsuits such as the one it lost last April."

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Congress leaves net-neutrality issue undecided

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The AP reports that congress will not resolve the question of net-neutrality or clarify the internet regulatory role of the FCC at this time. The reason cited is the elevated attitude of no-compromise which permeates DC near mid-term elections.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

There is some thought that the failure of this legislation will allow for an alternate plan legislating internet service providers as telecommunication services subject to common carrier status, which the current proposal did not do.

With Congress making no progress to resolve this issue, several public interest groups on Wednesday called on Genachowski to move ahead with his proposal to reclassify broadband as a telecom service.

However, this plan would likely meet with stiffer opposition from broadband providers and political opponents

But Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Commerce Committee, said Genachowski's proposal would "stifle investment and create regulatory overhang in one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy."

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Net Neutrality Loses Firepower

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The Hill reports that Gun Owners of America (GoA) have withdrawn their membership from the group Save the Internet of which they were a charter member. Originally joining to prevent the censorship of their views on the Second Amendment they have quit the group because they believe that "the issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that." This was in response to criticism GoA had received in belonging to an association where membership was shared by groups such as the ACLU and ACORN.

The GoA retreat reduces the efficacy of Net Neutrality's argument that it is a bipartisan issue. This year's the extra-partisan midterm election seems to be forcing the left and right to take sides on an issue which is increasingly in the national focus."

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Hopes for net neutrality dies in court

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "A federal appellate court has decided that the FCC has no congressional authority to regulate net neutrality, and as such; companies such as Comcast are free to shape traffic as they see fit until the United States Congress empowers the FCC with regulatory power over internet traffic within the United States (and consumer protection from ISP intentional data corruption for the sake of traffic shaping)."
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