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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Jerry Atrick Re:Not going to happen (141 comments)

In reality the majority of owners of todays cheap cameras aren't using them to entertain you or anyone else. We are actually just snapshotting our own memories and the raw unedited result will be good enough for it's job - triggering our memory. The mainstream you think need targeting don't care, aren't sharing tedious slide shows or very much of what they take.

Good editing solutions solve a problem almost none of us has. 3D in casual photography similarly offers something few care about. To succeed it needs to have zero cost over just taking a crappy 2D snapshot.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Jerry Atrick Re:Lollipop killed the Nexus 5 (437 comments)

Google have a long history of pushing out random, increasingly cryptic and frequently totally pointless changes to all their apss and services.

Lollipop is looking very like their Win8 moment, a UI that takes away more than the under the hood improvements give. Did they not notice the kickback against both Win8 Metro and Jonny Ives eye blistering IOS flattening? Don't know why I asked, they do whatever they want without checking what users think every damn time and this time it's repeating the same mistakes as their rivals.

about three weeks ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

Jerry Atrick Re:Question: (229 comments)

To jail a criminal you have to provide real proof then win in court.

To harass innocent citizens they just have to avoid going anywhere near a court.

about a month ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

Jerry Atrick Used to work like this... (617 comments)

The law used to be that you couldn't refuse to return mistaken deliveries BUT you didn't need to actively do it. It was sufficient to say 'come collect it', give a reasonable deadline and wait. If they missed the deadline and you didn't play hide&seek you got to keep it.

I doubt distance selling regs has changed that.

about a year ago
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Is Choice a Problem For Android?

Jerry Atrick Re: App draw vs everything on the home (361 comments)

I have met a Android users that launch everything from the app draw and some that don't know what the draw is and rely on what their supplier put on the home screen. But it doesn't seem to confuse most.

More important: if you want the iOS approach it's just an app install away, with a dozen or more suitable replacement launchers on the Play store. I won't choose fighting my way through a home screen with hundreds of launch icons any time soon! Notable that iOS style launchers are so much more popular than Winphone ripoffs ;)

about a year ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

Jerry Atrick Re:Not a shock (124 comments)

Based on the astonishing (bad) motion tracking in that video I'm surprised they didn't just use a Wii.

about a year ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

Jerry Atrick Re:Not a shock (124 comments)

It's not so much the cost of the hardware. There's almost no use for it outside it's niche so there's zero chance any publisher or larger developer will be interested in using it. Up front they should have known they were on their own developing the product, complaining that no one else wants to support it shows total cluelessness.

For the sort of swordplay I like, with medieval weapons, $100 wouldn't come near providing any sort of realism. Restricting it to lighter weapons and sports like fencing removes any chance of wider interest from the gaming public.

about a year ago
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Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

Jerry Atrick Re:Why not (772 comments)

You can only push so far when your core audience is supposed to be children.

Doctor Who has always tried to appeal to the adults watching with their children but been careful to make sure kids too young simply won't understand those parts. The endless parade of nubile young women may have gone a little too far occasionally but definitely kept the dads onside!

But make no mistake, slashdot readers are not the primary intended audience and your wants will always be overridden by the needs of making a family show. A female doctor could happen, an openly lesbian, religious or transexual doctor (among many other possibilities) will not. However much I might want to see Eddie Izzard as the Doctor :)

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

Jerry Atrick Re:Not enough (341 comments)

"If you need a tablet for actual work" your first priority is likely looking for a better job.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

Jerry Atrick Re: It competes against ultrabooks (341 comments)

Oh yes, that wildly successful ultrabook market.

Not just failing to compete in a market, they picked a tiny niche market to fail in. Then they trimmed 2-3" off the screen size compared to a real ultrabook - which at 13" Intel had already been identified from customer feedback as too small!

If you're going fail, might as well fail big and comprehensively. And lie about who and what they're really competing with. It's the Ballmer way.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

Jerry Atrick Re:Troll much, slashdot? (371 comments)

Processor stacks are a near perfect candidate for caching. It's likely to exist in L1 cache for the bulk of run time, with close to no cache refills ever happening (typically you write before reading stack values). x86 CPUs are claimed to be optimised for L1 cache stack operands to be as fast as registers, essentially the stack then becomes a large set of extra registers, albeit funnelled through physical ones.

In architectures with large register files a lot of code may never actually touch RAM at all, with only the link pointers pushed to stack for many calls and living in a dedicated stack in some cases.

Stack frames only look like an ugly hack, they have great performance characteristics once you have good enough caching.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

Jerry Atrick Re:Uh , since around 1998? (371 comments)

Significantly more important: C++ can release stack frame allocations for free and causes zero memory fragmentation.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

Jerry Atrick U just read about programming instead of doing it? (371 comments)

A run time interpreted language that in real life JVM implementations is a run time profiled, optimised and compiled language. That can create better optimised code than any compile time optimiser could because it's optimising against the actual workload instead of guessing what it might be and compromising against many possibilities.

Java is a shitty language with many nasty aspects, you managed to pick the one thing it can get very right. Not much of a programmer then.

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

Jerry Atrick Re:WANT (267 comments)

How is the platform Microsoft stole most of the rejected and unloved ideas in Win8 and WP from any kind of nirvana? A company with a canned 'get over it' response to complaints?

Canonical isn't quite the last company I'd want designed a phone but there's not much in it.

about a year and a half ago
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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

Jerry Atrick infecting game developers as well (384 comments)

Most depressing is the way game designers use the same language, concepts and guides when created AAA games. They don't even think there's a problem being so obvious about it, willing to discuss how well they've following their chosen established story structure.

If you've ever wondered why all blockbuster games seem so damn familiar I bet they have a copy of the same guide. Except they spend less on competent screen writers and more on slapping lipstick on the same old pig.

about a year and a half ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

Jerry Atrick 8k more than my last mainframe (587 comments)

I remember walking into the university computer lab sometime around 1980, to the news half the mainframe's RAM had gone up in flames overnight. Literally caught fire. Seemed to carry on pretty much as normal running 100+ terminals with just 512k!

about a year and a half ago
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A Scientist's Quest For Perfect Broccoli

Jerry Atrick Re:broccoli sucks. (118 comments)

If the broccoli's any good you can eat the florets raw. Boiling it is always wrong, if you have to cook it light steaming is less destructive and stir frying even better since the core is still mostly raw.

about a year and a half ago
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A Scientist's Quest For Perfect Broccoli

Jerry Atrick Re:Broccoli, Supertasters, PTC, and the TAS2R38 ge (118 comments)

Being able to taste bitterness is just the starting point, you can learn to like it. Few people really enjoy their first real beer (as in one with hop bitterness, not the faux lagers youngsters prefer) but quickly learn to like it. Same thing happens with vegetables, though obviously plenty of folk never gain mature tastes.

Personally I'm worried about this mention of 'sweet', does the world really need another dumbed down food with it's distinctive flavours stripped back to what lazy, immature tastes can cope with? That's how we got flavourless tomatoes, lettuce with no hint of bitterness or other actual flavour, apples that taste like water and sweet sprouts. I like my food pleasantly challenging, not turned into tasteless mush.

about a year and a half ago
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Android Master Key Vulnerability Checker Now Live

Jerry Atrick Re:The real problem still remains (76 comments)

The signing isn't meant to stop that, it's meant to stop updates to installed apps being replaced by malware. Re-signing won't let you update an installed app, you have to trick the user into uninstalling first. Which usefully can't be done for system apps by non-rooted users. Can't directly be done by any user.

Ultimately all signing does is verify that your still dealing with the packager of the existing installed copy. The chain of trust still depends on trusting the first install, with this bug you're now reliant on checking each update hasn't been tampered with as well as checking the signature is the same. Good thing its so easy to spot tampering.

about a year and a half ago

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