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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

PJ6 Re:How about criminal charges ... (515 comments)

Because prosecutors have a conflict of interest.

Many would ruin their careers or lose their jobs by doing this.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

PJ6 "Carry a laser down the road that I must travel" (244 comments)

Just discovered this yesterday - the real lyric is: "Kýrie, eléison, down the road that I must travel".

What the hell does Kýrie, eléison mean? It's, "Lord, have mercy" in Greek.

And all these years, I liked the song because it had a frickin' laser in it.

We need more songs with lasers.

about a week ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

PJ6 yes I know it's a SHE (323 comments)

I reserve the right to use 'he' as a neuter pronoun when code is involved.

...

OK, you got me. I posted before seeing the very bottom of the article, and I'm totally sexist for assuming it was a dude.

Hey at least I read it.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

PJ6 Did he "simply run out of time" (323 comments)

to use a spell checker, too?

The verticle walls were drawn with strips using the cell engine

about three weeks ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

PJ6 Misleading Title (213 comments)

They set up the experiment to cause cooperation to fail. They tried for that particular result, and got it.

It’s a somewhat depressing evolutionary outcome, but it makes intuitive sense

"Intuitive sense" sounds awfully wishy-washy considering they just pulled the models out of their asses.

Title should read "Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Can Favor Cooperation's Collapse".

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

PJ6 The trailer... (390 comments)

Max Von Sydow: It's not ready.
Harrison Ford: (looking old and resigned) It's ready enough.
(plays the lamest trailer, ever)

about three weeks ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

PJ6 Re:Budget (247 comments)

Simply put the US population (or at least the portion that politicians pay attention to) seem unwilling to fund being first.

The US population has no meaningful control or oversight over trillions in military funding.

You can bet your ass that the US is first in quantum computing.

about a month ago
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The Man Who Made Tetris

PJ6 from the "far and away" link (37 comments)

For those who cannot afford to purchase a video game console but still want to play games, a computer or a mobile device is usually sufficient.

Wow.

about a month ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

PJ6 "10x" means avoiding pathological architectures (215 comments)

and modes of organization. Just like tact, it's not so much what you do, as what you don't.

You don't need to be a "rock star" to wield this idea effectively.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

PJ6 Re:Wikipedia (246 comments)

Holy self-reference, Batman!

about a month ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

PJ6 download bugbrain (200 comments)

No need for a Lego body when you can download Bugbrain, the single best teaching software (AI or otherwise) I have ever encountered. It's worth digging up a 32 bit machine to run it if you have the time. I tried contacting the creator once, it really should be converted to Flash so everyone can play it, but I got no response.

I completed the game (I'm no expert, but the software is so good it also means I know a little), and I came away unconvinced that neurons are completely understood yet. I think there's more at work than just sigmoidal backpropagation.

about a month ago
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Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films

PJ6 It's not true 3D and it doesn't need to be. (26 comments)

This is not an ad. Early VR projects are interesting, and this post (even though it could be used for publicity) belongs here.

Yes, you can technically make 360 degree 3D. You can even make it work even when the viewer tilts their head, if you have a ball of cameras and the right software to correctly adjust the view for each eye in real time according to head position. Jaunt's camera is not a ball. It's a disk. Yes, it could still be accurate 3D as long as you don't tilt your head. They say it's 3D, but it's not very high quality or convincing. In fact I wasn't able to tell if it was really 3D or just seeing the same view through both my eyes.

That being said, they do not need to have it in 3D at all. VR is already *very* convincing without 3D and the effect of parallax disappears at 20 feet or so. I didn't feel it was required at all for the demo videos they showed me.

I built my own 2x4K VR camera, specifically designed for accurate 3D, and demoed alongside Jaunt in Boston. It's got 90x170 degrees FOV, which is more than enough to cover the DK2 horizontal FOV, and almost enough to cover its 100 degree vertical FOV. For one of my demo videos, I put peanut butter under the camera and recorded my dog licking it. Everyone responded the same, putting their arms up in front of them to wave him away. There were some squeals of delight. That's the point of 3D VR, in my opinion - accuracy and proximity, to make you really feel like something is there in front of you. Otherwise you might as well just go 360 and not sweat parallax accuracy, like Jaunt did.

I was getting ready to sell my cameras, make movies, and work with other people improving the rig design, but honestly I thought there'd be more talent and interest to work with. Boston really isn't anywhere close to being a Silicon Valley of the East. And I say that being an MIT graduate myself.

about a month ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

PJ6 Consoles, FTL (265 comments)

PC gaming is generally such an afterthought already (can you say, 'bare bones port?'), I don't know why anyone would expect anything at all for Linux.

about a month ago
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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

PJ6 just use FFmpeg (67 comments)

GUIs are overrated.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

PJ6 I thought this was already settled in principle (429 comments)

I'm still probably on Mount Stupid on this subject, but when I first discovered zero divisor algebra it changed the way I thought about zero, and numbers. Feynman said that the fundamental of physical law is conservation, but I feel it's deeper than that. Conservation assumes consistency, which is a plain way of not-quite saying 'formal system' - any one of which that is possible, by definition, can be described completely with mathematics... so suddenly it looked to me that Zero and Nothing were not synonymous at all, that maybe our idea of Nothing was nonsensical at a very fundamental level. I expected the idea to be obvious - if it had any merit at all - to those who wade through that stuff for a living.

Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity since then to talk with someone learned enough in physics to disabuse me of the notion.

about a month and a half ago

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