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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

MatthiasF Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

This is an important point. Today, most screens are designed for only 2d in mind, meaning the light is being sent out omni-directional.

If pixel density increases past what can be seen by the human eye, they could develop 3d displays using polarized films that could allow for directional displays. This means they would be similar to today's planar holographs, where as you move your head you would see a different version of the image.

This would be a huge advancement in display technology and such science fiction concepts as holodecks could be possible for numerous people to walk around a boxed display and see accurate 3D.

about two weeks ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

MatthiasF Re:Not a rule (199 comments)

FAA has no authority below the mandated altitudes for air travel. Property owners have air rights above their property up to the FAA's mandated altitudes or as locally mandated by code.

So, the FAA should kindly go fuck itself. It does not tell us what we can do in the immediate vicinity around our homes or property.

If I want to hire a drone to do a fly through of my home, or my realtor offers to do it themselves, I will do it and the feds can shove their rules as far up their ass as they please.

about two weeks ago

Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

MatthiasF And how much of the equipment... (78 comments)

How much of the equipment was actually faulty?

If the news tells them there's a major solar storm that can destroy electronics, how much of these insurance claims are simply people seeking a free upgrade for a old, working piece of equipment?

You will notice that on the worst days, there were not significantly more claims; just that on significant solar days they were more claims probably because those days got into world news.

Or insurance companies themselves only allow such claims during certain periods around such reported days.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

MatthiasF Automate but cover your bases (265 comments)

Only automate tasks on systems that can be quickly snapshotted and simply QC'd using scripts.

For instance, if you have a web server you want to update weekly, then setup a script on the virtual host that snapshots the virtual machine before the upgrades and then runs a series of checks on the web server after the upgrades. If the web server does not respond as expected to the post-upgrade checks, the virtual host can revert back to the pre-update snapshot and send a message to you notifying you of the upgrade failure. You could also snapshot the failed virtual machine, spin it up on another machine or instance without networking to check the logs for any errors that occurred during upgrades.

If the virtual machine is *nix based, you could mount the snapshot directly on the host and browse the logs as well, or even automate the collection of failed logs too.

Any upgrade procedure that cannot be easily scripted or delayed in such a fashion should be done manually and well attended by someone knowledgeable.

about two weeks ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

MatthiasF Lacking details (203 comments)

What...the high intensity youtube video with techno-music and flying text wasn't enough proof?

Man, what are they gonna have to do to get through to you... make it work or something?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

MatthiasF Top 10 Suggestions Migrating to a Tablet (143 comments)

1. Create an intranet for collaboration. There are numerous open source projects and proprietary products that can make collaborating between tablets very easy. Some allow easy customization to generation tracking or forms systems to allow you to process and share data instead of using spreadsheet or word processing applications.

2. Make sure you have a nice stylus with palm recognition and pressure sensitivity. Adonit's products for iPad, Samsung or Microsoft's own products are great as well.

3. Use Screenleap to share a desktop with several tablets. It has HTML5 support, is pretty cheap (pay as you go) and very well made API if you want to integrate it with your intranet.

4. Stick to open standards. Use established Internet standards like HTML5, PNG or SIP, and not browser-specific features or plugins, WebM or WebRTC.

5. Do not use a program like Evernote or OneNote, when you can just as easily use iOS or Android's built in handwriting systems to just insert text into documents or web-forms.

6. Buy plenty of power chargers.

7. Invest in wireless access points that allow for two gigabit up-links so you can take full advantage of 802.11ac. Max theoretical speed is around 7 Gbits.

8. Do not buy the cell modem version of a tablet unless you are off-site constantly or have a lot of transmissions when off-site. Otherwise, rely on smartphone data sharing, shared mobile hotspot devices or local wireless.

9. Make sure any design/paint/doodling app you decide to standardize on has versioning built-in so you can easily undo mistakes, because you will be making a lot of mistakes.

10. Recognize that the first six months will most likely be frustrating, but by month five you will be working as fast as paper and after month six you will be saving time.

about three weeks ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

MatthiasF He is right...but (270 comments)

He isn't taking the regulation far enough.

We should not only enforce fair pricing on interconnects (perhaps even require public data on them) but we should also be demanding that Quality of Service (QOS) is honored from end to end.

There are numerous applications that are running across the Internet today that require higher QOS levels but the priority gets dropped 2-3 hops out so they can only be run on local LANs or private WANs.

about a month ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

MatthiasF Re:FYI: remove from Youtube not from 'Google' (364 comments)

Google does not have a monopoly on streaming video, but it has a massive marketshare for viewership that could be considered a monopoly in some regions.

about a month ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

MatthiasF Re:No, we don't (309 comments)

Scary, eh? And even though all of these mistakes have been done before, Google continues to make them.

Why can the next generation never avoid falling into the same traps as the previous generation? What are we doing wrong?

about a month and a half ago

Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

MatthiasF Re:Why not just an outlet? (114 comments)

Duracel's Powermat can be added to many smartphones by way of a case. Most Apple products are supported and they have agnostic products as well.

Where as Qi seems to be mostly built-in devices, so no grandfather (or father) support.

about a month and a half ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

MatthiasF Re:No, we don't (309 comments)

A Google engineer that designed a web language no one wants to use much less need, gives a talk about how the web needs more languages.

Part of me wants to think the guy is just nuts but this is starting to seem like a trend from Google.

They try to create a many options/products as possible to weaken established standards and then take them over with half-assed efforts that never work out.

about a month and a half ago

Lepton Universality In Question, a Standard Model Assumption

MatthiasF Particles are more unique than thought (62 comments)

I know most people think of molecules, atoms, nucleus, neutrons, quarks, leptons, etc., are all precisely the same across all similar items. But they are not.

Two hydrogen atoms are completely unique to one another but it is harder to measure the differences than larger items because of the difference in scale and since they both generally behave the same way no on cares to explore their uniqueness until the difference is noticeable and worth exploration.

We know this to be true because nothing can be perfectly split and if nothing can be perfectly split then there cannot be two particles that are exactly the same. If a single particle cannot be split into two equal particles, then no two combination of particles can produce the same unique item again. Therefore, all particles must be truly and absolutely unique in some fashion.

So, the idea that contrary leptons can be symmetric is absurd.

about 2 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

MatthiasF Re:IE's release model is failing (173 comments)

Because I want the web to be a real application platform so I can develop things that run on any device. Google and Mozilla are committed to making that a reality, but Microsoft isn't because they provide a large application platform themselves in the form of Windows.

Not everything should or needs to be done in a single application. The idea of creating a monolithic platform is a wonderful idea, but ONLY if it confirms strictly to a set of standards AND is secure. The more "features" you add, the harder it is to keep secure and the farther you deviate from the standards, so it is counter-productive.

Then why are Chrome and Firefox more compatible with each other than Internet Explorer is with any of them?

Because Firefox makes most of it's money from Google and since Google ignores the need for a standard, they are essentially bullying everyone into accepting their "features" or a huge portion of the web will stop working in your browser (happened for Chrome twice, IE four times, Netscape twice as well, so everyone is at fault).

That ship has long left the harbour. HTML5 is a reality and it has been for quite some time now. Whatever the W3C decides to do isn't really relevant as long as the browser vendors are on the same page. The W3C could have had a nice role in this, but they're just too slow and overly bureaucratic to keep up with what is going on in the real world.

W3C had a huge role in HTML5 and what they ratify will be the standard. If a browser goes beyond that standard, they should be severely punished by the web community as Microsoft has been because of their deviations in Internet Explorer 5 and 6. But now that Microsoft is sticking to standards, after either realizing their error or conforming finally, they seem to be the ones keeping the other browsers (and developers) from going off the deep end.

about 2 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

MatthiasF Re:IE's release model is failing (173 comments)

Why are "new features" so important to you? It is a web browser. It's not suppose to change drastically or it causes standards problems.

You know, standards problems like Chrome has caused over the last decade. Tossing out new features, only present in one browser and not officially determined to be a standard, is not helping the Internet.

If Microsoft is seen as dragging it's feet, it's because they only enact what is officially a standard. To put things in perspective, HTML5 is still not ratified with W3C yet. Internet Explorer did not roll-out HTML5 until it reached Draft Recommended status, which in my opinion is the prudent thing to do

And if you had not a history lesson of the mistakes of HTML past, numerous standards today were not allowed to be thought out because one side or another forced it down everyone's throats. Most of those poorly-thought-out and bullied standards are what are holding us back now.

about 2 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

MatthiasF Re:I agree... (422 comments)

No, it is not necessary. You can label ranges in spreadsheets and run code against them without the functions being intermingled. Most of the spreadsheet software has had this ability for at least fifteen years.

In my opinion this actually can make spreadsheets more correct, since you can share the spreadsheet easily and even watch the data as it is being manipulated by formulas, whereas most proprietary programs only give you the ending output. You can run different functions against the same ranges, direct their output to different sheets, etc.

There are a lot of options when it comes to modern spreadsheet software.

about 2 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

MatthiasF I agree... (422 comments)

I agree, a well made spreadsheet is far easier to follow than a proprietary program or even most study's results.

If you have a custom formula in a spreadsheet, create it in the program's scripting language instead of copy/pasting to tons of cells. Create the spreadsheet in a repeatable layout that is ease to understand the sections and the flow of the data.

I do not see how that is any different than using a proprietary program. At least with a spreadsheet you can look directly at the code for errors. In a proprietary program, you would need to learn what the behavior of the libraries or the specific nomenclature that is typically not always standardized.

The entire article reads more like a "why don't people use what I use" argument and not a reasonable critique.

about 2 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

MatthiasF Re:So was it a bad idea to introduce PNG beside GI (220 comments)

PNG was created for the greater good by committee and approved as a standard by the IETF, so no, it is nothing like WebM.

PNG was designed as patent free so there was never any treat of being sued if you used it.

Meanwhile, Google holds all of the patents for WebM and WebRTC. They have not released them to the public domain, so it is a power play and not a standard meant to improve the overall situation.

There is a huge difference between "royalty free" and "patent free". The former just means the guy with the club isn't demanding a toll today, while the latter means no one will ever get clubbed period.

about 2 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

MatthiasF Iran's Leadership (304 comments)

They have a "Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content"? Really?

Someone should send them a link to 4Chan and watch the entire committee's heads explode.

about 2 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

MatthiasF Re:Death by Committee (220 comments)

Bullshit. BULLSHIT!

Google has derailed so much of the web's evolution in an attempt to control it that they do not have the right for them or any Google lover to suggest they get to the web's standards from committees. From the "development" trees in Chrome, to WebRT and WebM, they have splintered the internet numerous times with no advantage to the greater good.

The committee was strong armed into considering SPDY simply because they knew Google could force it down everyone's throats with their monopoly powers across numerous industries (search, advertising, email, hosting, android, etc.). HTTP/1.1 has worked well for the web. The internet has not had any issues in the last 22 years except when assholes like Google and Microsoft decided to deviate from a centralized standard.

There is no way we should let Google set ANY standard after the numerous abuses they have done over the last 8 years, nor should any shills like you be allowed to suggest they should be the one calling the shots.

So, kindly go to hell.

about 2 months ago

Valve In-Home Game Streaming Supports Windows, OS X & Linux

MatthiasF Re:Is this basically VNC? (106 comments)

Most likely TurboVNC, which has OpenGL support.

about 2 months ago



I don't want to live in a world...

MatthiasF MatthiasF writes  |  about 5 months ago

MatthiasF (1853064) writes "Where I need to worry that any moment of my life can appear on online without my permission.

Where I need to worry someone has turned on and off their recording at opportune times of that moment that appeared on online to make me look bad without giving full context of the situation.

Where I need to pay money to remove said videos from the Internet.

Where I cannot walk down the street, eat at a restaurant, workout at a gym, or celebrate at a bar without worrying someone is recording to be uploaded and judged harshly by tens of thousands if not millions of people.

I doubt anyone else wants to live in that world either, but every time someone resigns themselves to allowing it that world arrives that much sooner."


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