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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

MrYingster Re:Real Time? (169 comments)

Obviously on the fly translation is only possible in exceptionally small cases. The point I was trying to make, however, is that if the speaker is speaks more than a single sentence, the software should be smart enough to begin translating the completed sentence while the speaker continues to talk, thus minimizing the lag. People don't always communicate back and forth with single sentences...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

MrYingster Real Time? (169 comments)

I think the use of the phrase "real time" is a bit sensational. To me, that suggests that the translation is being heard on the recipient's end while the speaker is still speaking.
Obviously there has to be some delay in order to account for sentence structure differences between languages, but the fact that the speaker basically has to complete a paragraph and then wait for it to go through makes it seem like their software is "simply" taking the output of dictation software, piping it into Google translate, then piping it into a speech synthesizer, and then making both parties wait for it to finish speaking. It looks like a promising start, and I'm sure it's not a trivial feat.
Star Trek, I suppose, has given me high expecations for how a universal translator will work...

about 2 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

MrYingster Probably Gnome from the options (611 comments)

All I know is I've been terribly dissapointed with Unity. It looks like it's trying to be hip and cool, but feels so clunky that I give up after using it for more than 5 minutes.

I haven't given KDE much of a chance yet. It seems to be getting high marks from the crowd here, so Maybe I'll try it out.

I'd like to see a Desktop Environment modeled after OpenStep. It just worked and felt light without feeling cheap. Ah, the good old days...

about 2 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

MrYingster Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

One of the most interesting parts, I thought, of the behind the scenes for Episode IV was the part where they show the footage Lucas used to model the dog fights in space. He spliced footage from old WWII films, and when watching the spliced footage (that they copied nearly frame for frame) I knew exactly what part it was portraying in Episode IV. Star Wars is certianly heavily influenced by WWII films.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

MrYingster Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

New, as in, nothing like it visually had been seen on the cinema screen. So many films have common themes that I dare say there is no such thing as a new idea as any can be traced back to something that's been done before in cinema, theater, or literature. But for me, I can't think of anything pre Star Wars that really compares in how the story was told.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

MrYingster Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Yeah. Why fly down the trench? It goes all around the entire death star! Just go directly to the exhaust port... It's true though, the movies are more about conveying a story than being an accurate representation of what military tactics and government would be in that setting.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

MrYingster Episode V! (457 comments)

At the time of writing this, there are 0 votes for any of the prequel trilogy! That's what I would have hoped for, but not what I expected. Of course, then I noticed that only 19 votes had been cast... Episode 4 was amazing because it was such a well-executed, new idea. Episode 5 was amazing because of the actors' chemistry, the additional special effects, and the twists and surprises. The rest are just money-grabs...

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

MrYingster Re:New UI? (256 comments)

Wow. That's actually quite interesting! Thanks for enlightening me. Well, as superficial as it is, I'm glad the new UI is here. I like it when application refine things to make better use of space.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

MrYingster New UI? (256 comments)

So... It looks like chrome now?

Don't get me wrong... I like the look, but it seems somehow.... unfirefoxy...

about 4 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

MrYingster Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

No worries. I keep an old machine around on Tiger instead of Leopard just so I can run old apps when I'm feeling nostalgic...

about 5 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

MrYingster Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

No, Leopard (10.5) was the last version to support PPC. Snow Leopard was the first to be Intel only.

about 5 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

MrYingster Re:Sorry (192 comments)

It's almost entirely caused by the "avoid peanuts during pregnancy" self-fulfilling prophecy (if you do so, chances are the next generation will be more allergic to peanuts).

That's interesting. During my wife's first pregnancy we ate peanuts all the time, and lived on peanut butter sandwiches. The kid nearly died when we first fed him straight-up peanut butter, and had to go to the ER by ambulance and give him steroids and epinephrine.

We've now been living in a peanut-free environment for the second child, yet the second child has no peanut allergy.

Obviously blanket statements like yours are ignorant. People develop allergies for various reasons, not just environment, or not just genetics.

about 6 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

MrYingster Re:Feed your kids, people (192 comments)

Unheard of != did not exist.

Of course things were less well known back then, but there were also smaller communities, so there were less chances of running into people with allergies. Now we have social sites where we see the communication of thousands of people we've never met in real life. I only know 4 people will peanut allergies personally, and only live near 2 whom I see on a regular basis, yet in this thread, I've already read posts from 10 or more people with the allergy. My point is, just because we didn't hear about it as often back 50 years ago doesn't mean it wasn't a frequent occurrence. Other factors have to be accounted for.

Secondly, I've always wondered if a reason for less prevalence of allergies in the past was due to kids with allergies dying from the allergy without the allergy ever being diagnosed...

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 23 Arrives With New Logo, Mixed Content Blocker, and Network Monitor

MrYingster Re:A new logo?? Eyeroll (365 comments)

No, he's right... There is a heading in Wikipedia about their past names (Pheonix, Firebird) in the "History of Firefox" article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Naming

I remember using Pheonix when it first came out. It was quite nice at the time. It felt really lightweight compared to Mozilla.

about a year ago
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Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

MrYingster Re:Retroactively? (279 comments)

It did not. It was added on in 1981 after ESB was released. Here is an article on Wookiepedia that explains it. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Opening_crawl

From Wookiepedia: "When originally released in 1977, the first film was simply titled Star Wars, as Lucas was not certain if he would follow the film with a sequel. Following The Empire Strikes Back, the film was re-released in 1981 with the subtitle 'Episode IV: A New Hope'. The original version, without the subtitle, was not released until the 2006 limited edition DVDs. "

1 year,23 days
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

MrYingster Re:It's a 3D printed gun shape (712 comments)

Thank you for posting that. I was having a hard time accepting that nonsense about black and white TVs.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber To Come To Provo, Utah

MrYingster Re:acceleration (92 comments)

Is extrapolating your hobby? XKCD

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Happen To Your Data After You Die?

MrYingster Buried with it (122 comments)

Assuming I don't die an untimely, unforeseen death, I had always planned on consolidating my data, and preparing it to be buried with me. I don't want to burden my family with having to sort through things. Plus in the future, in the case that reanimation is made possible I can have my stuff again, or in the more likely event that future paleontologists dig me up, they will have lots of history/information to figure out what made us primitive humans tick.

about a year ago
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Fukushima Cooling Knocked Offline By... a Rat

MrYingster Re:No giant rats? (123 comments)

I don't think they exist...

about a year ago

Submissions

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Star Trek Enterprise D Bridge Restoration

MrYingster MrYingster writes  |  about 2 years ago

MrYingster (594507) writes "A group of people are working on restoring the set of the bridge from the beloved Star Trek Enterprise D. The set in question is actually the one used in Star Trek The Experience in Las Vegas for many years. The original set was completely destroyed during the filming of Star Trek Generations. They intend to use Kick Starter to get the necessary fundings for a full restoration. The following is from their Facebook page.
”A highly skilled group of Hollywood professionals are in the process of completely restoring this set to it’s original splendor, and MAKE IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for Meetings, Movie Showings, Fund Raisers, Tours, Filming, anything!! Eventually, we will be doing a KICKSTARTER Campaign, but only after we have the estimates of restoration PLUS the support and STAR TREK ACTORS plus famous fans of the show.”"

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Journals

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MrYingster MrYingster writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hmmm. This is my first Journal entry. How fun!
I don't get the whole "blogging" fad... This is the closest I have ever gotten to touching that stuff. i have a friend who writes in her Xanga web journal blog thing, and I just dont see the point. I guess it's nice that her friends can see what she writes and makes comments and the like, but i guess i like it more traditional. I like the idea of the more privately kept journal of events. I dunno. I guess I'm just not used to it. So, that's all thats on my mind for now. Good day.

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