The Spy In Our Living Room
I guess it depends what you're trying to do which upon further contemplation would be to retain the use of the camera and mic when you want to but disable them at all other times. I would say that if you're that concerned to cover the camera then the microphone should be deemed a greater threat. Audio might not give as much info but it would always be available. And once you're at that train of thought, then what about integrated GPS? Sure, any cellphone could be triangulated via cell towers but GPS would be quicker and more precise.
Obviously you want to still be able to use it, receive calls, etc. so no faraday bag or removal of battery (if that's even an option). Maybe you could open it up, give the camera and mic individually wired switches, and disguise it all by making a neat replacement case (steampunk, hardwood, Star Trek PADD, etc.).
The Spy In Our Living Room
Only if you think it would give you more battery life. A little faraday bag would be better. DIY with duct tape and foil.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices
It's NOT about the fucking start button. It's the old menu system. It's the dumb "charms" and hot spots and other touchscreen bullshit.
Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley
(look at how feet clip through small ground obstacles)
It's far worse when they don't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...
FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft
Remember the specific words they use. It's just like US ISP ads. "Up to 12 mpbs! but probably half that at the best of times."
Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser
Fuck. FUCK! That's when they got rid of the menu bar and/or when they moved the tabs above the address bar with no way to change it (as far as I can tell). Now I'm too lazy to upgrade because I fear another damn UI change. Firefox gets free reign to upgrade as it pleases (though their choice of embiggening version numbers to the EXTREEEEEEMME still annoys me) as it and its addons seem to upgrade without doing the UI Elements Shuffle Game.
UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark
Well, better Colbertdrive than 420poopfeastdrive or /b/drive.
Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release
Do I have to pre-order?
Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising
Why not one of those eye blinding green laser pointers? I wonder how much power one of those needs to fry the camera sensor.
Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Hmm, yes.... If only there was something he could with his spaceship, with Spock's captured ship and load of red matter (unless the plot has already thankfully begun to fade from my mind), from his now current position in the past. If only there was something he could do like... show up in his huge fucking ship and warn that the star was going to nova or, since Spock was thrown into the past as well, team up with that Spock to make sure there's no fuck ups this time around.
Gosh, if only....
Windows 8 Killing PC Sales
Job fair? Sounds like a bunch of sales twats and HR robots.
Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns
That's what I did with Wii and later consoles.... PC's should have gotten all the benefits of consoles instead of consoles getting all the downsides of PC's.
NASA Planes Fly Over Bay Area To Measure Air Pollution Levels
I ran out of characters for the subject but seriously, who the fuck comes up with this shit? When did acronyms HAVE to be almost like a pun?
J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII
Was there anything decent about SGU other than the budget for set and special effects? All I remember from albeit a very limited time trying to watch it is shakey documentary cam and dramadramadrama.
Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US
Yeah! Companies HAVE to outsource because their tax burden would just be waaaaaaay too high! They'd go out of business and then what? We be buying from Chinese and Indian companies!
Oh wait. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/04/top-tax-dodging-companies-politicians
Companies with billions in profit are getting negative tax rates.
...inhibiting consumption and wealth accumulation...
Not subsidizing would help with the former and taxes on investments and estates (the so-called "death taxes") would help with the latter.
Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg
Yes, that's one idea. There were others such as a fee that, if the recipient allows, is reimbursed back because it wasn't spam. Another was to put a delay on emails from anywhere of seconds to tens of seconds to a minute (to the non-mass emailer, the delay is completely insignificant but at 1k, 10k, a 1M, it's a roadblock).
Anyway, no, a straight up fee to mail would not be supported here. Hey, let's make a poll about it!
Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?
What I mean with drama is that the kind of subtleties, the emotional responses, the dialogue, those things are not enhanced with greater FPS, resolutions, or stereoscopic "3D". It's a seriously flat plateau as far bang for buck when it comes to quality in genre. Yeah, you probably don't want to watch an old realmedia video with massive blocking artifacts and muffled sound but once you hit SD resolution and stereo sound, that's enough. Minor jump in enjoyability for DVD quality but then after that is just a waste of storage space, bandwidth, and/or CPU use.
Also, I would say that for any sound, when given quality source files, higher quality sound systems is always better for for anything. You (a rhetorical you) could say that modern, overcompressed and low dynamic range music wouldn't benefit as much and that's probably true. ...but then I'd also say that anything over stereo would be a waste since I only have two ears anyway but whatevs.
Anyway, I feel you're missing the important distinction between emotional connection with viewer and visually immersing the viewer. Just as I don't need to be 1080p with 7.1 surround sound to mourn the death of a character, I don't even need it to be real. It could be CGI, a handdrawn comic, or just a combination of letters on a surface. It's not the number of pixels or how many are flashed at me in a second that regulates the impact it has on me.
Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?
The use of such high visual fidelity should be for things where visuals trump all. Sports (god I hate sports) benefit because you're watching the action. Nature shows (various National Geographic things or the Planet Earth series) benefit because... it's fucking nature and the only sensory experience you can get from a TV is sight and sound. Action flicks or CGI wankfests (Transformers, blah), again, because you're watching the spectacles, not the shitpoor Bruckheimer dialogue & acting.
But now what's the point of high FPS in a drama? Would Downton Abbey be that much better in 3D? Is a comedy going to be more hilarious in 1080p?
Valve's Big Picture Could Be a Linux Game Console
There is one thing about Steam that pisses me off to no end: 3rd party DRM and accounts. The last thing I want or expect from Steam is to have to deal with additional accounts or bullshit installation (I'm looking at you Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet).
Brainstorming Ways To Protect NYC From Real Storms
Oh, be kind. He's probably just a boob that bought that 3 digit account and has no real logical or critical thinking skills.
Anyway, if they put their cars on stilts, the problem would be solved!
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