top Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift
A looooong time ago:
Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique, refined by The Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge screens arranged in a circle. The cameras are usually mounted on top of an automobile for scenes through cities and highways, while films such as The Timekeeper use a static camera and many CGI effects. The first film was America the Beautiful (1955 version) in the Circarama theater, which would eventually become Circle-Vision theater in 1967.
top Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'
Google needs to put in a hard-wired LED that's on when recording. Yes, you'll look like a Borg when you're recording, but that's a small price to pay for others' comfort.
Can people still obscure it? Yes... but if I see someone walking around with a Google Glass *and* a bit of black electrical tape over the front, I know I'm dealing with a complete d-bag and can treat them accordingly.
top Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund
If Obama really wanted to 'press for the need', he'd propose a $1 trillion fund.
Much less than the Iraq War's costs
over 10 years.
Also... much less than we were borrowing from (mostly) China on an annual basis 2-4 years ago.
top Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data
Because that's exactly what I want... to live on emailing people creepy messages from the Wired.
top China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism
Been there, done that.
Not to get all Stars and Stripes, but I trust Communist, Totalitarian dictatorships to write secure OS's about as far as I can throw them.
about a month and a half ago
top Is Ruby Dying?
" Look at that UID. You must be like, 35! Yuck, old people!"
I must be ancient.
Ehh... not ancient enough
top Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP
Doesn't CentOS get patches 10 years after release?
Don't be a tool. CentOS "gets" patches by recompiling and redistributing a product whose said patches are delivered via PAID subscription -- exactly the model that would probably need to be used by Microsoft if they continue support. CentOS is a free lunch riding on RedHat. That's part and parcel for the open source movement, but you can't expect a closed source, enterprise company to do the same thing.
Furthermore, even RHEL didn't decide on a 10-year cycle until relatively recently... and for EL3 and EL4, the final 3 years (Extended Life Cycle Support) are an additional charge, and only supported hardware-wise in Virtualized environments.
top Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU
Good luck with that on anything approaching modern transmission speeds. Can a consumer grade LED actually switch fast enough to leak 56kbps, much less 50mbps?
As the saying goes.... "You must be new here"
top OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein
For the exact same mail volume on the exact same hardware Postfix runs about a third the load average of qmail.
Then you were probably doing it wrong.
NB: Qmail is a PITA to set up, and configure, and generally understand... but when tuned and customized properly it's incredibly efficient. Even more efficient if you're on underpowered hardware.
top A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones
Schrager says that this strategy has already been proven to work in other parts of the world. China has been on one time zone since 1949, despite naturally spanning five time zones and in 1983, Alaska, which naturally spans four time zones, moved most of the state to a single time zone.
China is a Totalitarian Communist society where you can be shot if you complain too much... especially if you're a poor peasant who, working on the land, might be most affected by the inconvenience of a wide divergence between local time and "sun time" and isn't a great fan of Mao.
Alaska is composed of few cities and 100,000's of square miles of (mostly) uninhabited back country... the
Unorganized Borough. Moose and caribou don't care about your lack of DST, man. They follow the sun anyway.
Please try again.
top Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?
The "liberals" didn't shut down the government.
Actually, they did. The (conservative) House passed a budget; the (liberal) Senate didn't. The (liberal) President stated he wouldn't sign it.
As Thomas Sowell
Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.
Guess what? The House gets to make the budget. If the Senate doesn't like it, political negotiations aside, they can't even submit a bill of their own to start the process. And the President, of course, certainly can't.
top How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
The biggest struggle we have had is obstacle detection; it only works at distances less than 50m. The various vision devices aren't accurate enough beyond that range (or get lost in smoke, fog, dust, shakiness, etc.) And differentiating small objects (aka, 20cm cube) from standard terrain is neigh impossible with current technologies. The algorithms used to process that information can't run in real-time on embedded hardware.
Sad that the same thing that's causing you problems is the same thing we rely on to tell the difference between a human and a computer now.... visual pattern recognition. Solve the CAPTCHA, solve the auto-auto.
top Automatic Translation Without Dictionaries
Reminds me a lot of the
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies work that Hofstadter led back in the day.
I don't see this directly working for translation into non-lexographically swappable languages (eg, English -> Japanese) very well, because even if you have the idea space mapped out, you'd still have to build up the proper grammar, and you'll need rules for that.
That being said.... Holy cow, you have the idea space mapped out! That's a big chunk of Natural Language Processing and an important step in AI development.
... Understanding a sentence emergently in terms of fuzzy concepts that are an internal and internally created symbol of what's "going on", not just using a dictionary and CYC-like rules to figure it out, seems like a useful building block, but maybe I'm wrong.
Very cool stuff. Makes me want to go back and finish that CS degree after all.
top Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?
I think you misunderstand the premise. You can trust code you yourself write to not be concealing deliberately malicious intent. It still maybe INSECURE, but you can at least be sure of the INTENT of code you write yourself. This isn't the case with third party software.
Not if you're Tyler Durden, you insensitive clod!
top Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?
3 - Get processors from your countries "enemy" Russians dont use Intel processors for their KGB and Government operations. If they did they would be the biggest morons on the planet. Find out what they use and try to source them through the black or grey market channels.
If your prescription for fixing the issues of low security is to trust the Russian (nee Soviet) Government, I'm pretty sure you're doing it wrong.
top How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work
I was born in late 1979, I'm not part of generation Y so I don't need to follow such advice. I'm happy not having born a few months later.
I was born in mid-1979 and feel the same tug. Watching the c/o 1996 enter college and then watching the next 4++++ years of incoming freshmen, I saw the cultural shift first-hand. We truly were the last before the big change hit.
We may only be borderline Gen-X, but we're certainly not Gen-Y...
top U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?
However I want this more to be the case for large company's who do shit on PURPOSE and with intent and not small start-ups...
This doesn't make sense. The larger a company is and the more persons in decision-making roles throughout the org, the *less* likely a company is acting with sufficient imperative to justify piercing the corporate veil.
In reality, you seem to just be saying that Big Companies are Evil. Sorry, that doesn't fly. Limited Liability, and Corporate Personhood generally, are both there for reasons.
top Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'
It turns out NASA did a report way back in 1975 describing what it would take to build a Stanford torus space station like the one in the movie: rotation for artificial gravity, a separate shield for radiation and debris, the ability to mine materials from astroids or possibly the moon, and $190.8 billion in 1975 dollars (the equivalent of $828.11 billion today).
Only $828 Billion? Didn't we borrow that much from China this year? Seriously... let's do this.
top Home wireless security level?
Someone hacking into wireless networks would go after networks that were not broadcasting SSID, under the theory there would be something more interesting on that network.
Someone hacking into wireless networks to get at someone's stuff would go after those networks. Someone hacking into wireless networks because they want to get on the internet will choose an easier target and make your Netflix device less likely to have to buffer because of their torrent or whatever...
If you have something virtual you're trying to protect, why are you trusting
/any/ network anyway? Assume your network's been hacked and use host-level security and SSL communication like the big boys.
top Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For
Ender's Game Movie
It's not in the Public Consciousness, agreed.... however it's in the Military Consciousness a great deal, especially the USMC. It's almost literally the bible for current officer training methodologies... so much so that "he's an Ender" is a phrase you'll hear to describe someone here and there.
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