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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

John Sokol Re:3D and beyond (414 comments)

Displays and sensors are exponentially improving. The curves may not be 18 months to double like Moore's law, but it's still exponential.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law#Other_formulations_and_similar_laws
"Pixels per dollar. Similarly, Barry Hendy of Kodak Australia has plotted the "pixels per dollar" as a basic measure of value for a digital camera, demonstrating the historical linearity (on a log scale) of this market and the opportunity to predict the future trend of digital camera price, LCD and LED screens and resolution."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hendys_Law.jpg

http://www.zdnet.com/moores-law-and-the-exponential-growth-in-surveillance-systems-7000017356/

1 year,27 days
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

John Sokol 3D and beyond (414 comments)

Moore's law has allows us to double display densities nearly as fast as CPU and memory had been improving.

The addition of a simple lenticular or image mask can turn any LCD in to a glasses free display.
An additional increase in resolution will then turn this in to a multiview display.

A bit more resolution and a micro lens array can then create a light field display.
Beyond that is digital holography.

It's all fairly cut and dry, standards are already falling in place to accommodate and stream this level of video and even capture live video like this.

So any software developer that assumes we've hit the limit will looks as foolish as Bill Gates saying no one would ever need more then 640k of memory.

http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search?q=Lenticular
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search/label/3D
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search?q=Multiview
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search/label/Digital%20Holography

1 year,28 days
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Ad Networks Lay Path To Million-Strong Browser Botnet

John Sokol They Finally Notice. (105 comments)

We were using java, flash and javascript to do this sort of stuff as early back as 1996.
Massive DDOS attacks were generated this way.
Even played around with Distributed computing all from banners place on various web sites.
We were able to run stuff in browsers that was next to impossible to remove.
And with browsers restoring all the windows most common users would never figure out how to kill these things.

1 year,30 days
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GPS Spoofing With $3000 Worth of Equipment and a Laptop

John Sokol This is what sensor integration is for!!! (180 comments)

We have gps, gyro's , accelerometers, magnetometers in our Cell phones.

It would seem anyone serious would use GPU in conjuction with Inertial sensors and also include maybe a 180 Sky view to check the sun or stars positions and LORAN, VAR and VOR as well as shortwave, commercial terrestrial TV and Radio broadcast strength, phase, call signs which could also provide decent navigation information.

In addition there are navigation units that combine GPS and GLONASS the Russian version to gain better accuracy and reliability.
http://www.qualcomm.com/media/blog/2011/12/15/gps-and-glonass-dual-core-location-your-phone

There is also IRNSS: India, Galileo: EU and Compass: China.

Lastly if on land, I think Google is also using Wifi MAC addresses which should in theory be unique although some low end vendors reuse them or just make them up.

about a year ago
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WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

John Sokol How about the Cook Islands? (350 comments)

I have some contacts for setting up servers their, I haven't a clue how good they would be for something like Wikileaks. International Law is a out of my field.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

John Sokol Re:3DTV.com (125 comments)

Are you kidding, someone moderated this as Troll !!!
I certainly never intended to be negative about anyone or thing, just that it's a hard problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

John Sokol 3DTV.com (125 comments)

I friend of mine (former CEO of a startup I founded) asked me to write one.

He called and kept offering more each time. I actually spent some time investigating this and decided that it was a good way to give my self a stroke.

It's hard enough implementing and getting things right when you know what to do, with 2D to 3D there isn't even a clear algorithmic method to use, few papers and no examples of a good automated conversion. DDD seems about the best.

I must admit I've seen some decent human with software assist do a surprising good job but even that isn't nearly as good as a 3D camera or rendering CGI direct in to 3D.

John L. Sokol
videotechnology.com

more than 2 years ago
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Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie

John Sokol He needs an upgrade. (289 comments)

It's truly amazing what having to think before you speak can accomplish.

If I remember correctly he was stuck on some long discontinued TI speech synthesis chip. I remember the initial story when they first did it in particular because I also was playing with a similar part at the time in High School.
Finding parts and people has to be getting difficult.

At the same time I can completely understand him not wanting to upgrade his system, from the GUI he's used very successful for 25 years or Voice that has now become that trademark of Steven Hawking's.

Well I am thinking we should be able to emulate that whole system including the speech syntheses. Worst case it can be done as a series of recordings from the original chip.

Maybe do it as a Kickstarter project or something, do the whole thing open source. Surely there must be others with this problem.

I can imaging upgrading him to AR goggles with eye tracking, that's all off the shelf today. Then in to a little Mini PC or ARM board, and nothing but software.

With something like that we should be good till we get direct brain interfaces and quantum computing wrist watches in another 25 years, if he still even needs it.

more than 2 years ago
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Nightingale Media Player Preview Released

John Sokol Yahoo was working on Something like this. (79 comments)

I interviewed with them down in Santa Monica maybe 4 years back. They had hired the WinAmp guys and they were working on a media player with HTML integration in it. It really didn't seem like all that good of an idea.

HTML 5 Makes most of that obsolete and most of what I see people doing like Apps, Flash, download players etc.

To be honest, I only have a Yahoo Account just for IM and have never even looked to see what they are doing with Music these days.

I still think the Original Napster was the best service, if there were such a service for a flat rate I'd be a happy camper.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

John Sokol Here is what's happening. (839 comments)

The Tsunami that is the Internet has washed over industry after industry as it's speed and reliability has improved. TV now finds itself the next set of businesses suddenly knee deep in an ocean of rising cheap bandwidth. How will they fair compared to their fellow media companies that lived a little lower down in bandwidth requirements such as the newspapers, music labels, and telephone companies?

Now toss in Moore's law and how I have a camera in my phone that can shoot HD video and edit and distribute and do a better job then I ever could 15 years back with $20K worth of gear.

Change will be coming.

Internet Video has been my life's work.
I write a blog on this http://www.videotechnology.com/

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Flash?

John Sokol (O) Occupy Inside (507 comments)

Oh please, Flash vs. HTML is nonsense. There are some real issues at hand here, like who controls the software that we live on.
See my site that talks about this http://occupyinside.org/

more than 2 years ago
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Exploiting Network Captures For Truer Randomness

John Sokol Generation of Random Number from PING (189 comments)

I have been using the network for a source of randomness for years. Another good source is the Hard Drives internal servo coefficients, or a TV Stations video or radio station in to an Audio card. If people bug me maybe I will write that up too. On a Linux box this is simple. But bash isn't well suited for audio processing. (although it's possible) For the video in you need C code.

http://churchofbsd.blogspot.com/2011/11/generation-of-random-number-from-ping.html

more than 2 years ago
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Logitech Calls Google TV a 'Big Mistake'

John Sokol Does not compute! (195 comments)

You only get one shot with a hardware vendor like this. Most people *besides Microsoft* can't get away with burning hardware vendors.

These guys at Google live in a Google world, they think Google, breath Google, live Google and can't possibly imagine why people outside the Google Sphere aren't as excited about what they are doing as they are.

Someday Google may learn about Memetics and it's not about matching technical specifications and requirments.
You'd think they would because they are in a key position and have no idea how to capitalize on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Image Analysis and Verification To Track Pictures

John Sokol Check out Tineye (31 comments)

http://www.tineye.com/ is very cool, you give them a photo and they will search for it, or even photo's that have part of it.

I have some idea of what sorts of algorithms they must be using, but this seems to be a real advancement.

more than 2 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

John Sokol Re:It's organized Cheating!!! (743 comments)

You can look at it as Google is, by it's very nature the ultimate cheating engine. The answer to every test and homework assignment right at the tips of your fingers.

Or you could also think of it as Augmented Intelligence, which would also be true. It's an amazingly powerful tool which feels like it's part of my brain at this point. Only limited by bandwidth which is typing speed + modem. Seriously, why do I need to know it if I can just Google it. It's almost as good as knowing it. So I can then focus my mental energy and learning on things I can't look up. This is paraphrasing something Einstein once said.

So it just depends on your definition of cheating.

Where is that line? Is bringing a calculator to the math test cheating or required. I really depends on the class and the teacher rules.

I guess I am of the assumption that if I am going to ask someone a question I want their answer and not the one they looked up a few hours ago. At least if my goal is to assess them.

Otherwise, let them Google for the answers right there in the Interview. That would be kinda cool actually.

more than 2 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

John Sokol Re:It's organized Cheating!!! (743 comments)

Humm. Ok, strike "required" and replace with "increases ones probability". Maybe even put strongly in there.

From my friend Terry Lambert's statement it also sounds like it's "expected". Yea, maybe that's what it is, expected.

more than 2 years ago

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The city is planning to shut down Hacker Dojo

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

John Sokol writes "The Hacker Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
    Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

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The city of Mountain View is planning to shut down

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

John Sokol writes "The Hacked Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
  Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

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We need a new model.

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

John Sokol writes "We need a new model. Treating intangibles as a service makes far more sense then placing the intangible on something tangible. With a bar code, or now days RF id. Then try to then charge for it as it it were a bar of soap or a bag of pretzels. That worked really well, ahuu for a while, maybe 80 years. Right until people started to gain tools work with the intangibles. So they thought they could fix it with laws, technical hacks, lawyers and finally police.

The Internet's created such apprehension for those in power and control the purveyance of intangibles.
It's up to us to re-invent, re-educate and forge new solutions or there only be further escalations.

I was thinking of compensation right instead of copyright. As much as I love FOSS and P2P, You need to be able pay if you want talented people. We weren't all born rich, or willing to live in abject poverty to hack code. Been there done that, not fun after a while.
Does anyone have any ideas or opinions?"

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Occupy Inside

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

John Sokol writes "(O) It's great that people are sitting outside in the Freezing cold in New York in November, but we are in the Internet age. Then only to get harassed by the authorities. We can do a lot more digitally on the Internet and with Software then we every could outside in a courtyard.

Yes, we needed that to wake more of us up, but we are in 2011 and have better tools at hand.

I propose that we start a campaign where we can post a symbol for the occupy movement that we show support, something we can put on bumper stickers, web sites, blog posts, our facebook page. Something other then the Anonymous Logo. I am proposing the logo I on the OccupyInside.org site or a somewhat modified version of it. The O surrounding the text is something I like.

Maybe placing an (O) preceding each facebook post, Blog Post and tweet. And share this information with other. Nudge Nudge Pass it on."

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Google's blogger search is just BROKEN.

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  about 3 years ago

John Sokol writes "I have a post I did,
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/2011/07/hdmi-video-capture.html

The title is "HDMI video capture" it has the labels "HDMI", "Video Capture"

If you go to the search box on the blog
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/

Search for "HDMI video capture" it finds nothing!
Now search for "HDMI capture" and again it's finds nothing!
Now search for "video capture" and that post is not listed.

Come on Google, either this is deliberately filtering out this post, or the search algorithm is seriously broken."

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Netflix on Nintendo 3DS, 3-D Films comming Soon!

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

John Sokol writes "I am completely impressed with the Nintendo 3DS Glasses free 3D. It has a 3D camera, and 3D augmented reality games. WiFi. And now 3D Netflix movies are coming. The free application can be downloaded through the Nintendo 3DS eShop. http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/downloads/videos Anyone who thinks 3D is a passing fad is a fool. Just as much as those who were telling me Novel or Microsoft was going to replace TCP/IP."
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How can I motivate my employer to share code?

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

John Sokol writes "At work I wrote a Linux device driver that there is a real need for in the community. It took several months of long nights and weekends of coding. Some is derived from other GPL'ed driver code. How can I politely motivate my employer to do what they are legally and morally required to do? As am employee I am legally and contractually bound, so I can't just share the code. Does anyone have some experience with this? Is there some good boiler plate letter with enough legalese. Ideally one that I can just use without having to think too hard? I need to maintain a good relationship for possible later work even though I am being laid off soon."
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Cox Blocked

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

John Sokol writes "I downloaded a movie using Bit Torrent off of Isohunt. But this movie was really a trojan of a new flavor. Turns out the wmv video file was set up to have the video codec to call back home for DRM activation over the net. Cox Cable used this to shut down my Internet connection. For a few hours there was no way to get back on. It seemed completely dead. Fortunately there was an easy fix. Eventually you will get a page about DMCA violations with a link to restore the connection. That link is http://anydomain.com/?action=reactivate The second time this happened, I already knew this and was able to reactivate instantly."
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Getting GPL driver code released from an employer.

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

John Sokol writes "For an embedded ARM project at work, I wrote a USB Gadget UDC driver (USB Device controller) for the Philips ISP1582 USB 2.0 device controller chip. This chip is not currently supported in Linux but is used in many PDA's since it's inexpensive. There is a real need for this driver in the community. It took me several months of long nights and weekends of coding. Much of it is derived from the drivers/usb/gadget/pxa27x_udc.c driver and other bits and pieces of GPL code. How can I push my employer to do what they are legally and morally required to do? To release this code open source so it can find it's way in to the Kernel. As am employee I am legal and contractually bound, so I can't just take the code and share it. To make matters worse I am laid off come the end of this month so I am under some time pressure to push for the release of this code. Does anyone have some experience with this? Is there some good boiler plate letter with enough legalese that I can use to put pressure on management here?"
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E-Voting in Brazil

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

John Sokol writes "I just hear from a good friend and Linux Kernel hacker in Brazil that they just finished their municipal election with 128 million people using Linux to vote. They voted nation wide for something like 5000+ city majors. Voting is obligatory in Brazil They are using an embedded computer that used to run VirtuOS (a variant of MSDOS) now, it has its own linux-based distro that was developed locally, that's about all I was able to find out. These are much smaller nicer and cheaper then the systems they try to deploy here in the US. Here is a web site with a simulated Brazilian voting system Java required. It's very cool, they show you a picture of the candidate you voted for even!!!!"
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Copyleft movies, can it be done?

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

John Sokol writes "hypothetically speaking, let say some big name science fiction authors were willing to allow there older stories to be made into Copyleft films done in a similar production quality as I-Robot, Blade runner, StarWars or StarTrek. Would it be possible to raise enough to produce a big budget film that has a LGPL type license on it? Possibly as a Non-profit where authors are paid there typical fees and actors, are paid typical fees but no investors, just grants and donations? Proceeds would be wrapped back in to produce the next movie. Sort like PBS and NPR. How could money be raised? What are the ramifications? How to bootstrap such a project and get it played in theaters and legally distributed free on the net? It's an interesting concept, but could it really work? Imagine what this would do the the RIAA and the film industry."
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Flying Spaghetti Monster takes on Religion

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

John Sokol writes "In response to the Kansas School Board decision to teach Intelligent design along side of Evolution, Oregon State physics graduate named Bobby Henderson stepped into the debate by sending a letter to demanded equal time for the 10 million followers of a pseudo-deity called the Flying Spaghetti Monster. From the MSNBC article "There's no more scientific basis for intelligent design than there is for the idea an omniscient creature made of pasta created the universe. If intelligent design supporters could demand equal time in a science class, why not anyone else? The only reasonable solution is to put nothing into sciences classes but the best available science." Wikipedia has a good writeup on it also."
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Zonbu Zonbox, green computing PC

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

John Sokol writes "On the front page of Silicon Valley's Palo Alto Daily today is Zonbu inc's Zonbox new green PC that run on only 15 watts of power. I can't believe how much press this thing is getting. I read through there web site and never see any mention of Linux. Google quickly reveiled, it's based on a Via C7 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and running Gentoo Limux and based on a monthy subscription. Not nearly as impressive or new as the Palo Alto Daily or their website would make you think.
See articls at Linux devices and engadget"

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John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

John Sokol (109591) writes "I went to Best Buy in Sunnyvale yesterday with Linux V4L2 developer Mauro Carvalho Chehab who just flew in from Brazil. We were there to purchase a laptop. Mauro asked the clerk if we could get this Gateway laptop without the Microsoft software (who's price was part of the sales price) and they insisted that we would have to pay a $30 fee to get the laptop without Microsoft XP installed on it! I remember we had Microsoft protest days some years back. What happened? Why are we still paying $100+ per laptop to Microsoft for software we don't want or need?! What's even worse Brazil charges a 50% inport duty so he has to pay import tax of around $50 for the copy of XP that he doesn't want also."
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John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

John Sokol (109591) writes "The Freedom Tower would be 1,776-foot tower and is to be completed in 2011.
The skyscraper's 2.6 million sq. ft. (234,000 sq. m.) of office space will actually top out at 1,500 feet (455 meters). Above that will be a 276-foot (84-meter), lattice-like structure containing windmills generating as much as 20 percent of the building's energy.
It's not clear if the Freedom Tower's extension would be considered a spire and not counted in it's height by CTBUH

The new building is to be 400ft taller than the original World Trade Center towers that was 1,350 feet (410 meters) and 110-stories.
At 1,450.5 feet, (442 m) tall, with antenna 1,758 feet (533 meters) the Sears Tower usurped New York's claim to the world's tallest building in 1974.
The Freedom Tower would be taller then the current world's tallest building, the 1667ft-high Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which recently surpassed the previous holder of the title, the 1,483 feet (450 meters) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This would make Freedom Tower the tallest structure in the world — at least until the completion of Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is projected to be 2,313ft high and with spire 2,640 feet (800 m).
Canadians claim the 1,815-foot CN Tower in Toronto as the world's tallest freestanding structure.

The Petronas Towers and the Burj Dubai are very Muslim and built with Islamic symbols in every facet of their designs. In some respect, the battle for the worlds tallest building is a competition between the west and the Islamic world.

The most widely acknowledged authority on the tallest buildings is the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Wikipedia, has a nice graphic of this"

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New Idea for producing movies.

John Sokol John Sokol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I am working on a way to make movies in a more open source copy left sort of way.

By this I mean viewer / fan funded and freely distributable movies that would be in essence owned by the creative commons.

I would like to create a company that just makes SciFi films that are targeted towards hard core fans, based on Classic Novels and done in a way that respects the authors intentions and follows the book. I want views who read the book to be able to say wow, this is even better then what I envisioned with reading the book. I think if this is done correctly we could offer the Authors a far better deal then traditional Hollywood, by respecting their works as well as a better deal financially.

The idea it to get interested viewers to join up on a site, where membership fees would fund the movies production costs. They would also have access to the movie online and could also receive a BlueRay or DVD completed movie when it's done.

I am toying with the possibility that RAW Digital Cinema / HD could be made available for member where anyone could come out with their own "Remix" of the movie, changing the editing, music or any other parts.

Nice thing it the movie wouldn't need to make much profit to be successful and finance the next story. Using modern HD video we could shoot the whole movie in HD like the last 3 Star Wars was and many current movies out like Speed Racer.

Anyone interested in this please contact me.

Please help me flesh out this concept and let's get something going.

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