top Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles
It's using augmented reality. It is doing so via additive transmission into each eye to allow for 3D images. Holograms are technically different technology, but I'll give MS a pass on this... it's personal 3D images.
top Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet
This aligns with Google's interests (get everyone online to see ads), so it's an obvious investment. Elon has shown to be capable of getting shit done, so it's a safer investment than some previous attempts at low-orbit Internet (like Iridium) even ignoring the technical advancements we've had in the past decade. Plus, with the lifter and cargo owned by the same company (one that has proven capable of lower-cost-to-orbit) the economics work out better than ever.
top The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space
Artist makes up stuff. We can't reliably entangle molecules, let alone making two macroscopic telescopes have any quantum relationship. In adition there is nothing special about the cosmic background radiation; the CCD could have had any quantum effects he is aiming for imbued on earth.
Nothing but a publicity stunt with no scientific backing.
top Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw
I'm not an Android or iPhone fanboy, but I'd like to point out that (unlike iOS), there are
new devices being released with Android 4.3 on them. 4.3 was released about a year ago. It's not old.
Google should be making a patch and publishing it to make it as easy as possible for phone manufacturers to patch their crap. It would be appropriate for Google to continue to provide security patches for any version of Android still in new devices.
top Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
I worked at a small ISP with 30 lines. None of our physical, separate, user-grade incoming modems was silenced. The sound kinda grows on you.
top Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?
While this is an obvious one you may have already checked, there is a developer setting to force wake on power. Have you made sure that's off? In case your dev menu is disabled, you can enable it in this manner:
After the developer options are on (if they were not already), you will see it near the bottom of the settings list. Make sure
Stay awake is not selected.
top The Slow Death of Voice Mail
Google Voice's transcription feature has changed me from 'never bothering' to always getting my voicemail. I'm very happy with it. And Voice does allow you to reduce or eliminate the call in delays, which I also like.
top New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish
I suspect that as life goes deeper there are two strategies:
Coping mechanisms, where things such as trimethylamine oxide are used to allow biological processes evolved at shallower environments to function. This is probably more common, simply due to the disparity in the quantity of life (and thus genes) in shallow vs deep water.
New biology, where completely different proteins are used, ones that simply would not work at lower pressure. We won't find these until we sequence deep sea creatures and do simulations to see what proteins are encoded, and why they work at high depths. This is hard work, and will keep biologists in work for decades.
top Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
While I absolutely agree that A) most cops are good (or at least neutral), and B) excessive measures prevents them from doing their job, I am frustrated whenever the danger of being a cop is brought up. Being a cop is less dangerous than being a fucking roofer. Do we say 'Oh no, roofers have such a dangerous job... every day they risk their lives on roofs to keep our houses safe, he just was scared for his life and that's why he punched the guy in the throat. Cut him some slack'.
Fuck no. Police should not be immune from criticism
or even shielded partially due to the danger of their job. I never read about how firemen get a pass on axing someone in the face due to the dangers of their job. But that's because people who take the job of fireman are not in it for the power; they genuinely want to help. Police duties, unfortunately, attract a disproportionate number of bullies. about a month and a half ago
top Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?
I agree that Rails is a fad. But touting PHP as better is... odd. PHP is a dismal language, with horrible coding practices and duplicate commands (some are bad, some are good, who knows which is which). Using a library, you have no idea what code they used... did they use the old string routine that's vulnerable to buffer overflows, or the new one? Why does PHP even KEEP the broken commands, it's insane!
Ruby is good (despite performance issues),
PHP is bad. I'll take any framework built around Ruby over any framework built around PHP.
top Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal
This could be a thing, but would be uninteresting with a hitscan game. When your shots are point and kill (headshot from extreme range) then computer reflexes trump interesting play. But if it's only slow moving projectiles it's possible more interesting gameplay could result.
top Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
I rotate my screens vertically at work (where I don't watch videos, I work on documents and sites, and horizontal space is often a waste). A square screen is a similar trade-off, but I find the utility of choice that rotation offers probably outweighs the value of a square form-factor.
top Do Good Programmers Need Agents?
This is bullshit. That's why 'communication skills' are part of being an awesome programmer... otherwise you're just a lone wolf. Read through the open source Quake code and tell me it's unreadable... being a rockstar (such as Carmack) does not mean making horrible code.
top Do Good Programmers Need Agents?
To be perfectly blunt, I think you have never worked with a rockstar programmer.
I'm not trying to say 'anyone not hiring a rockstar is wasting money'. Instead, I'm saying that programming is very difficult, and those the right mix of communication skills, technical experience, and plain intelligence are extremely rare and valuable. They have been there, written that, and groked the algorithm. They don't just know the library, they recognize the functions they are traversing from the debugger output. There is an incredible amount of time wasted looking stuff up, and if you have internalized that knowledge you can just code instead.
I am not a rockstar, but I've worked with one. In his particular domain (coding multithreaded, networked, redundant communication systems) he was a god. Outside that area, he was merely very good. The value that intelligence and experience brings to the table is underrated. I can see why Agents can bring value by finding jobs that fit with the skills of their clients.
top Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory
There is a reason that alternatives to WIMPs are listed under
Alternative Theories in Wikipedia. Claiming that the collective brainpower of most scientists has not focused on that particular theory is disingenuous.
top Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber
This is unnecessary. All they need to do is add in the 'under penalty of perjury' wording to submitting a DMCA request. A DMCA rebuttal has the threat of perjury associated with it, but the DMCA takedown does not. It's asinine. A few very expensive lawsuits would quickly reign in DMCA abuse.
top Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory
While I agree that something is odd with gravity, the certainty that many scientists seem to have that it must be an exotic particle or form we have not discovered seems misguided. It could be something exotic and new that doesn't fit with any previously discovered science... or not. Dark matter just fails Occam's Razor in my opinion.
I'm not saying it doesn't exist either... just that I think we need to be more open to alternative theories like this. I'd love to see this particular question answered in my lifetime.
top Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving
"We apologize, but it seems that the system was malfunctioning between the times of 7pm and 11pm last night. This was a temporary outage, but sadly the history relevant to the event in question was lost. We greatly regret the losses incurred by the families attending the bat mitzvah, and we promise that our standard investigative procedures will determine whether there is any culpability by the officers. Pending the results of the investigation, our officers have been placed on paid leave, as they have suffered tremendous trauma due to the tragic situation."
top Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project
Your comment implies 100% efficiency. That is not achievable. If we hit 1% efficiency, it will still be a breakthrough of monumental proportions. Regardless, consuming the deuterium from 6 metric tons of sea water for a year of power is still pretty damn good.
top One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner
There are a lot of comments here about how this is futurist doom & gloom. And it certainly could be. But the difference between the doom of the past and the doom of now is that we now have working, commercial examples of the robots that could replace humans. It was theory before... now it's just a matter of economy of scale and refinement.
CGP Gray did
an excellent piece on this already.
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