iPhone DSLR Prototype 1.0
IAMANOTA camera buff, but even *I* know that is *NOT* an SLR.
SLR refers to the mechanism which allows yo to view the actual image which will be taken by the camera without any paralax effects.
Plus this is a shitty thing to do in the first place. Why would anyone want to spend a lot of money to take crappy photos with a crappy phone attached to a humungous lens?
Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By
Fly up there. Stick a Cigar on it, and light that cigar. Use the thrust from it to put it into a better orbit so that it can be mined.
The Definitive Evisceration of The Phantom Menace *NSFW*
I thought it was horrific, and his explanation as to why I felt that way is fantastic. I love his work! I watched the whole 7 parts 2 days ago when posted at Reddit - and couldn't stop until the end.
I saw Star Wars 12 times at the movies in 1978, and I am a fan of the series.
But I have to be honest - I enjoyed watching this review more than I enjoyed the movie itself - which isn't hard, I admit.
What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?
Why let yourself in for a world of hurt for a device which will likely never operate in the way you require.
Best to give it as a gift, or sell it on eBay and pocket the cash, and invest that in your stand alone box.
Frankly, I can't believe you are even contemplating it.
AMD's DX11 Radeons Can Drive Six 30" Displays
Sorry AMD but this isn't any good.
Treating multiple displays as a single display is great for gaming, but sucks donkey testicles for everything else.
The ONLY possible acceptable solution is that in 2D mode each display is discrete (or have it selectable WITHOUT restarting) and have 3D mode present as a single display.
This because nay kind of normal work becomes bullshit.
I use 3x 22" LCDs both at home and at work, and I can tell you that nVidia's multi display technology is superior to AMDs in every regard, provided you have Ultramon installed and also the nVidia control which adds extra buttons to the top left of each window: "Maximise across all monitors" and "Send to Monitor".
Without these features using multiple displays gets painful.
Inparticular, it is bullshit when you maximise a window but can't get it to sit just on one screen.
Oh - there's NO DOUBT I'll be getting one of these cards, but by god they'd better have the software well-sorted so that all possible combinations of 2D/3D single and multiple monitors are supported and are easily selectable, or programmable depending on what your preferences are.
NASA Hedges Their Bets On Return To Moon
WTF? There is no "tricked out shuttle" planned for the return to the moon.
At best we can call it "stupid and expensive, but slightly less expensive than the stupidity of the shuttle".
At worst we can call it "reverting to a technology which should have remained abandoned in 1972."
Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU
At that rate, it'll be over $1000 in New Zealand.
I think I'm prepared to spend quite a few hours installing a cracked copy of Windows 7.
No fuckign way should ANY version of windows cost more than $100 locally - about $65 USD.
Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life
Why would the researchers be surprised by this? Jesus, you don't need to be in medicine (I'm not, but I am interested, and my Dad's a doctor) to easily know that a few extra pounds are good for you.
When people get sick, their body often turns cannibalistic; consuming itself to try and heal. If you have no extra weight, then your body will start consuming muscle tissue, and all the associated problems that brings.
By having some fatty tissue in excess of the ideal BMI, you provide yourself a reservoir of energy which your body can use in the event of illness.
Certainly a "normal healthy" weight person who gets sick may end up quite frail after an illness, making it more likely they'll be injured, or suffer an infection subsequently.
Computers Key To Air France Crash
Generally airlines stopped hiring ex-military pilots as they tend to crash too often killing hundreds of people at a time.
Military pilots find it hard to change from "Achieve objective; fly hard and kill bad guys" to "Land passengers safely at all costs" mentality.
A huge oversimplification to say that US maker Boeing provides the freedom for pilots to fly. By the same token, you might well say that The US is the most over-regulated country on the planet, so why are pilots allowed to fly it with such freedom?
I think that in general, you are arguably better off when the pilots are connected to the flight surfaces via manual controls. Even if the power and hydraulics go out with enough strength you may move some control surfaces a little - perhaps enough to control a plane in level flight - maybe even land it.
But if FBW shits itself - you are TOAST.
And for every crash caused by pilots not being able to take the control of a plane, there's probably another crash averted by the computer.
The biggest problem of course is that flying a wide-bodied jet is 99.9999999% pure boredom followed by 0.0000000001% when you live or die because of a series of bad circumstances piling on top of each other.
If the hardware fails for any reason (pilots get wrong information) then they can't expect to live for long - especially if the computers are flying it. At least if sensors start failing, humans are flexible enough to know something is wrong, and work around it.
In general, I would prefer to be flying on a wide bodied jet that has the computer fly the entire flight, but with a pilot on board who is exceptionally good at looking at the computer non-stop to decide if it is working right. I expect that pilot to be so good, that he understands the point at which he needs to kick the auto-pilot into touch, and take control of the plane.
See my signature. It's standard, not put here for this post.
Publishers Want a Slice of Used Game Market
$10M For Unmanned Aircraft That Can Perch Like a Bird
--> Slither like snake: already done.
--> Prowl like lion: coming soon.
--> Fly like Eagle: been around for a century.
$10M For Unmanned Aircraft That Can Perch Like a Bird
A 450 gram, 29-inch wing span, battery powered vehicle ISN'T MANNED???? WTF?
Sweet babby Jebus!
Download Taxes As a Weapon Against File-Sharing
Connect motion sensors and wire them into your alarm system.
What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?
Agreed. GetDataBack (Two versions, one for FAT and one for NTFS) are outstanding. If the drive spins, and the drive is recognised by the BIOS then GDB will..... get your data back.
Most importantly, disconnect and de-power any drive which suffers any kind of failure, and do not power it back up until GDB is installed, registered and ready to work. Practice recovering data from a known-good drive before trying your dead-drive.
GDB will recover damaged files as well as undamaged ones. Getting all your porn back might involve some of your images being sliced across the middle with corrupted JPD data... ;)
One truly great thing about GDB is that it can recover files from a dead drive faster than Windows Explorer will copy them from a good drive!
Firstly, and most importantly in this whole process: Beat over the head whichever fool forgot to backup correctly.
Where Are the High-Res Head-Mounted Displays?
Not sure about anyone else, but this technology, while great, is only the very start of automatic projection.
Ultimately this technology is useless, because why do you need a screen when any available surface will do? He's putting a rectangular screen down on a white table for goodness sake. What's wrong with projecting directly onto the table?
Look Here's the device we really need: It's a box no bigger than a packet of cigarettes, and will run all day on a single dose of Methane.
It has a screen on one face, but no buttons.
When you place it on a surface, it automatically projects a keyboard onto the surface in front of it, adjusted for angle of course, and then it uses its own projector to survey the surfaces around it. If it's on a flat surface like a table, it'll project the screen directly onto the table. If it's next to a wall it'll prject directly on the wall.
It'll use its inbuilt camera to locate the user's head in space, and it'll correct whatever it projects so the image stays true for the user.
The user could adjust the size of the screen, also. Hell, it could even be projected in 3D.
Plus, it should make little difference what its being projected onto. A smart survey would include measuring the colours and shades of any surface being projected onto. The device should colour correct to effectively remove patterns and colours on the actual screen surface. Sure, you can't get around that 100% - but enough to make it usable on what is currently an unacceptable screen.
Where Are the High-Res Head-Mounted Displays?
Head Tracking? Pfft. Eye-Tracking is the future. It helps if you're already tracking the head.
NASA Running Low On Fuel For Space Exploration
That the Guinness Book of World Records stated that Plutonium 238 was the most expensive stuff in the world.
I guess that's been superseded by Antimatter by now, but $150,000,000 for 11 pounds of the stuff? That works out to be $30,000 per gram! EEK.
Bluetooth Versus Wireless Mice
I am a Windoze and Mac OSX user. New PC. Older Mac...
Alhtough I have not used BT mouse on the Mac, I have extensive experience with BT mouse/Keyboard on the PC.
I won't get another BT setup. It's that simple.
Because it works most of the time, and when it doesn't it is a cow. This has been with Logitech almost exclusively. So, the fault may be with Logitech itself> I have never ceased to be amazed at how complete and utter shit the Logitech drivers are, juxtaposed against the amazing hardware they make.
For my money, the VX Nano mouse with the world's smallest USB receiver is the single best laptop mouse money can buy. It is superb. Especially on the Mac.
My only complaint is that the VX nano uses the middle click to exclusively switch between free-wheel and notched scrolling mode. This is a dire and severe flaw, and it should be controlled by drivers, not the device! Retards.
The VX Revolution wireless for the main PC is absolutely stunning, but once again the Logitech drivers will, from time to time drop all your settings, forget you exclude ALL applications from the control list - making your buttons go whack when you are in a long list of apps.
Battery life is monumental - espcially for the VX Nano. It has a power button, but you don't need it. 2 x AAA rechargeables run the thing for weeks and weeks of solid use. And the low battery indicator probably shows for longer than most mice will run with a full set.
The VX Revolution battery lasts at least 4 weeks between charges, and that's with full time use.
So, I'd say for get the BT, and just go wireless. The range of mices is better, and you'll end up with more hair on your head.
You're still gonna lose some hair because of the whack drivers - but hey. Nothing's perfect.
NASA Moon Launch May Be Delayed After 2020
When these things are delayed, the true cost escalate massively.
It's mind boggling to me that Obama is shit-eating happy to hemorrhage 2 Billion a week at Iraqistan, for nothing and no one, but the space program gets fucked up the ass.
This isn't about going to the moon at all: it's about retaining the expertise that America paid dearly for in the 60s! The huge sums invested (yes, "invested") in the space program kept US aeronautics and engineering at the top of the world for 50 years.
But now the Euros make better planes, and US engineering is being rapidly eclipsed.
As expertise is lost, so the budgets escalate, and the delays get bigger, further escalating costs.
Pretty soon the USA is an "also ran" in space, and shortly thereafter it becomes an "also ran" on Earth. The writing is on the wall: only massive investment in science, technology and expertise can save the USA from utter collapse under the weight if 53 trillion dollars in entitlements.
While space investment (under NASAs most specific commission - to provide all their data to any US firm) return well in excess of a dollar for every dollar invested, there are a couple of things that the USA simply MUST do in order to avoid total melt down.
1) Don't start any more wars, and finish the ones you got going on now.
2) Invest heavily in space technology
3) Secure the supply of energy to the world for the entire future.
Number 3 can be achieved by singlehandedly getting Fusion power tamed. I'm not talking about that ridiculous ITER thing - because the only thing which will come from that fiasco is a pile of Ph.D.s about 10 metres tall - and most of them won't be 'merkin Ph.D.s!
No, the small-scale, tiny fusion efforts like Focus Fusion and Bussard's Polywell reactor - if practical will yield results for sums under a billion - while the potential payoff is measured in the hundreds of trillions of dollars in this century.
Digg Backs Down On DiggBar
Why complain when these lines prevent anyone from framing your pages?