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Russian Satellite Takes Most Detailed 121-Megapixel Image of Earth Yet

Lexx Greatrex Re:Wait, what? (123 comments)

The rust is annoying though... Because they're compressing 4 wavelengths into 3 wavelengths. An image with only the RGB would look nicer. They could store the 4th IR channel as alpha channel...

No matter which way you "look" at something you are either compressing or ignoring some quality of light. The "art" of astrophotography is therefore about how much information you intend to leave out and how much you squeeze into the narrow bands of light we humans can perceive. If you are not happy with the rendering, you might be able to source the uncompressed scientific data -- which will still only ever contain partial-information due to optical, CCD and other limitations -- and render it yourself... Assuming Roskosmos make their equivalent of FITS data available to the public like NASA does.

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Arrested CERN Physicist Gets 5 Years For Terror Plot

Lexx Greatrex Re:What a dick. (155 comments)

No. He was planning on developing a process whereby 100% of the mass in a 3oz. bottle of distilled water could be converted to energy. Should be roughly enough to blow up a plane, all the surrounding planes, the airport and a good size chunk of surrounding city.

Indeed. About 1.8 megatons of TNT according to e=mc^2... I never get tired of doing that calculation.

The activating mechanism, of course, fits in his underwear.

If by his underwear you mean a colossal Penning trap capable of storing 3oz of antimatter, yes indeed! The brilliance of this evil scientist plot is it will only cost trillions of dollars and take at the very least several decades to fulfill -- so it will easily slip right under the radar.

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Verifying a User By Following the Movements of Their Mouse

Lexx Greatrex Re:Index/Evidence (101 comments)

Not true in general. For example, a system that yields 1% false negatives and 1% false positives is still 98% reliable, and much better than random guessing.

Granted, but we are talking about this specific article and not "in general". Since mouse movements are sometimes used as an entropy source for RNG seed material (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5799088.html, for example) indicates that the uncertainty could be closer to random chance. Ie <<2-sigma

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Verifying a User By Following the Movements of Their Mouse

Lexx Greatrex Re:Index/Evidence (101 comments)

Translation: you're not getting the point. Lots of false negatives and false positives is still a lot better than random guessing. Also, this is just the beginning.

On the contrary: Equally large amounts of false negatives and false positives is exactly the same as random guessing. [Shannon, 1948]

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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

Lexx Greatrex Re:Change (607 comments)

People are used to high frame rates. Its not like 3D where it actually makes some people feel sick.

As for the GP stating "Every time I see a high fps recording of something the motion looks like it's going to fast.", I don't see that at all. It just looks normal, it doesn't look faster at all. Its just smooth and realistic.

The physical universe has a pretty good framerate -- about 8.3*10^16fps, according to Planck -- and it's in 3D too! I've never heard a sober person complain about either of these two things.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

Lexx Greatrex Re:Yep, delusional. (255 comments)

Google makes money by selling your eyes (via advertising) to corporations. Apple makes money by selling things that people want.

Did you even bother to read the summary or even the title of this thread, or do you just come here for the specific purpose of trolling? In-case you missed it...

Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

Lexx Greatrex Re:No company has ever invented anything (255 comments)

by the standard which is routinely applied to Apple on slashdot. All anyone has ever done is combine concepts that already existed.

Google? OMG no, they just made a more polished Alta-Vista, which itself was based on turbogopher, which was based on the index in the back of most books, which were based on cave drawings, blah blah blah.

The difference is fairly obvious: Unlike Apple, Google did not use their search engine patents as competitive weapons. Instead, they chose to make their money the old-fashioned way: By selling things that their customers find useful. Alta-Vista, Excite, Lycos et al. didn't lose because they were sued into oblivion, they lost the old-fashioned way, because their customers chose a better service.

slashdot is so predictably delusional it's really starting to get boring.

I can't make up my mind if this remark is a rather dull attempt at trolling or brilliantly self-satirical.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

Lexx Greatrex Intellectual process (255 comments)

1. Put adverts in OS
2. Call it an "upgrade", not adware
3. Patent it
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4. Threaten all add supported software makers with lawsuits (planned)
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5. Make unfathomable wealth by not actually inventing or even implementing anything (goal)

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Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

Lexx Greatrex Re:This is obscenely wrong (500 comments)

There. Fixed that for you. In the name of humanity, please refrain from writing science-fiction. Otherwise, you'll get hired by Hollywood, bestowing upon us horrors like "A Sound of Thunder" or "2012".

The top my all time stupidest sci-fi movie has to be Earth's Final Hours (2011), where the Earth's rotation is stopped by a few dozen golf-ball sized meteorites hitting the planet in a mid-western farm field. Luckily for us, there was an abandoned cold-war satellite with a laser beam thingy that was activated at the last minute to restart the Earth's rotation. Phew!

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Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

Lexx Greatrex Re:What could possibly go wrong? (500 comments)

Fuck off and die -- it's not scary

I think you expressed exactly the kind of frustration felt by many of us. The number of people who buy into the stupidity that Hollywood feeds them is what's really scary.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Facing New Privacy Probe Over Safari Incident

Lexx Greatrex Alert W3C posting exploit code! (134 comments)

I visited this rogue site that posts hostile code exploits and learned how to circumvent user privacy....

http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/met_form_submit.asp

Even worse, this malware generating site makes exploit code even easier...

http://api.jquery.com/submit/

And yes, I used the most evil and corrupt search engine ever invented (past and future) to locate these hacker havens

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Canadian Gov't Considers Plan To Block Public Domain

Lexx Greatrex Re:For me, this begs the question (169 comments)

This raises a question. Unless you are down on your knees, pleading hopelessly with a language construct. I beg of you to please know what the phrase "begs the question" means. Please!

That is a perfectly cromulent phrase.

more than 2 years ago
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US Report Sees Perils To America's Tech Future

Lexx Greatrex Re:Irony follows (373 comments)

What we need is to extend copyright, broader and stronger patents and generaly to beef up all IP laws. How about automatic injunctions for all accusations of patent infringement, like SOPA and PIPA gives copyright holders? That should spur on innovation!

Oh, and cut taxes and gov't spending!

The only unfortunate thing about your statement is that its brilliant irony will be lost on the masses. So I will frame it in a way even the politicians can understand... Once upon a time there was a boy who cried wolf. One evening the villagers heard a commotion over the Internet. They assembled in the town square around the body of a slain child. It was only then they realized there was no boy, it was the wolf all along.

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Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List

Lexx Greatrex Re:Well that's funny, cos my country just (398 comments)

The founders' opinions are important because they inform us as to the meaning of the Constitution. And the Constitution is important because it defines the federal government. It has an amendment process that has been used 27 times, so it has been re-written to some degree. For the most part, the Constitution is not ambiguous. For example, the famous controversies in interpretation of the 2nd amendment and the privileges or immunities clause of the 14th amendment arose because certain people did not like the plain meaning of the text. The meanings were clear to the people who wrote and passed those sections. The intent can be unambiguously determined by examining the debates surrounding their passage. The 2nd amendment was intended to protect an individual right to own and carry military-grade weapons in public. The privileges or immunities clause was supposed to prevent states from violating rights enshrined in the Constitution. Both clauses have been twisted to entirely different and illogical meanings by judges who didn't like the original intent. That is why the original meaning is important. The purpose of the document lies in semantics. If you don't respect the original intent, then you're changing the semantics and you might as well re-write the document. That's why there is an amendment process. The Constitution is not perfect, but it is a very well thought-out document. There were several novel and ingenious aspects to the government it created. One particularly good idea was to enumerate all activities permitted to the government, rather than attempt to enumerate prohibitions. This was intended to preserve liberty by limiting the role of government. Unfortunately the narrow scope of enumerated powers has failed to limit the role of the federal government, but the failure was not necessarily in the Constitution itself; the boundaries have simply been ignored. That is why some Americans seem to worship the Constitution. The government has steadily usurped powers that it was not supposed to have, and whittled away at all manner of guaranteed individual rights. If we did things the "right" way by strictly following the Constitution, American society would be very different and some people might prefer that. (There would also be drawbacks. I tend to like this idea, but some amendments would be necessary.) Consider this: in the founders' time, there were no income taxes or professional police departments. The federal government was originally oriented toward matters of foreign policy, and revenue was provided by tariffs. The founders probably would have considered modern policing to be similar to the standing armies that they feared as instruments of oppression. And nobody would have thought the federal government could restrict the plants that people grow on their own land, the food they eat or sell locally, or the weapons they carry when traveling. George Washington's cabinet had what, 4 members? Contrast that with modern times.

Well spoken indeed.

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Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List

Lexx Greatrex Re:Well that's funny, cos my country just (398 comments)

The sticking part of the Sedition Act is this: "shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal [...] language about the form of government of the United States". This is where it essentially makes any opinion against the government criminal, and that is unconstitutional. Where this was moderated in modern American law is that it was narrowed down to 'overthrowing'. It is quite a different and more specific matter than the broad word 'disloyal' which was used in that period to charge and imprison many persons who did not advocate anything more than "radical" (relative to the American mainstream) ideologies or systems of government. The legal prohibition of advocating the overthrow of the government is constitutional because such an overthrow would necessitate illegal means (violence, coercion), whereas the earlier prohibition of 'disloyal language' effectively bars otherwise constitutionally protected activities of organizing political movements and voting for change within the existing political framework. How's that for indefensible, condescending AC shitbag?

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. — Abraham Lincoln

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Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List

Lexx Greatrex Re:Well that's funny, cos my country just (398 comments)

"You have the right to speak regardless of which medium you choose to exercise this right." But their is no write to the access to that medium.

You can not just walk into a TV station and demand a half hour of time, you can not walk into a print shop and demand they print your document. You can not demand access to the internet.

The internet like tv, radio, paper, and ink are resources not rights.

What do you not understand about the statement? The right to speak is independent of how it is exercised.

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Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List

Lexx Greatrex Re:Well that's funny, cos my country just (398 comments)

Of course they can deny your access. If you do not own a printing press you can be denied access to one. For radio and TV not only must you have the money to own, rent, or the permission of the owner you must also follow the FCC rules on profanity transmitting power and so on. For the Internet you must have the money to pay for access to it. That is where it is not a right. Freedom of speech means that you can say what ever you want but the available means of communication are not rights outside of using your own mouth and or writing with your own hand and resources.

You have the right to speak regardless of which medium you choose to exercise this right.

So internet access is not a right as covered under the 1st amendment of the constitution. It is just another tool of communication no different than a printing press. A tool that is used by both individuals and the press. Now what they can not do is remove your access to prevent of your exercise of free speech just as they can not take away a printing press that you own.

The common misconception is that the constitution grants rights to the people. The notion of liberty is that rights are innate.

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Apple Threatens Steve Jobs Doll Maker With Lawsuit

Lexx Greatrex Good luck with that (314 comments)

Personally I think it will make a good addition to the sequel to Team America World Police.

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Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List

Lexx Greatrex Re:Well that's funny, cos my country just (398 comments)

Providing access does not equal preventing the denial of access. You're disagreeing with something the poster did not actually say, and in actuality are agreeing with them.

The previous poster was saying nobody can be forced to give you access to their printing press, radio transmitter, or TV transmitter, not that you cannot access them if you come to a mutually acceptable arrangement with the owner of one or if you own one such device yourself.

Unless you are trolling, I think you have misread both posts.

more than 2 years ago

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French court frowns on Google autocomplete, issues

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) writes "Google had been sued by insurance company Lyonnaise de Garantie, which was offended by search results including the word "escroc," meaning crook, according to a story posted Tuesday by the Courthouse News Service. "Google had argued that it was not liable since the word, added under Google Suggest, was the result of an automatic algorithm and did not come from human thought," the article states. "A Paris court ruled against Google, however, pointing out that the search engine ignored requests to remove the offending word... In addition to the fine, Google must also remove the term from searches associated with Lyonnaise de Garantie.""
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Spongebob or Spongebrain?

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) writes "A study of 60 children recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, finds that four-year-olds who watched SpongeBob performed worse on executive function (EF) tests carried out within nine minutes of viewing than kids watching the PBS show Caillou. Without elaboration of any scientific or statistical significance of its findings or rationale for selecting the specific shows in question, the study simply draws the conclusion that "Children watch a great deal of television, and it has been associated with long-term attention problems. However, there is little research on the immediate impact of television on EF"."
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Sea level lies

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) writes "Fresh lies have been added to the global warming argument, but this time not by self-interested politicians but by reputable scientists. An obscure side note was added to the University of Colorado (CU) Sea Level Research Group web site recently explaining that 0.3 mm/year is added to the sea-level data due to the land masses of the Earth rising through an effect known as glacial isostatic adjustment or GIA. This counterintuitive adjustment is equivalent to a traffic cop adding 10 mph to your speeding ticket because you were driving into a head-wind."
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How to build your own "Minority Report" surface...

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) writes "It took Microsoft ten years and millions of dollars to build their touch screen surface.

A group of innovative young designers from the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden show us how to do it ourselves... in a few days on a shoestring budget..."

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Google's new language "Go" ...

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  about 5 years ago

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) writes "Go is a new experimental language from Google labs. It is still in early stages of maturity, but there is more than enough of it to get the feeling of what the intentions of the final product are; and sadly this language appears destined for the language FAIL file."
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The new mandate

Lexx Greatrex Lexx Greatrex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I have found it helpful to develop my own simple philosophy of life. I call this philosophy The New Mandate. It is very short and sweet so read carefully in case you miss it:

I shall attempt to direct my efforts toward the betterment of those around me and to the benefit of humanity

I shall not disadvantage or otherwise cause harm to another

I shall take extraordinary steps to help those who are in need

The New Mandate is based on the concept that every human being has an innate understanding of what is right and what is wrong; and that this innate knowledge varies little despite the diversity of our races, cultures and societies.

As the word mandate implies, this simple philosophy gives power to the ubiquitous human desire to better ourselves by bettering the world around us; and stands in stark contrast to the "old mandate", where greed and selfish desires fashion the mechanisms of personal and social development.

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