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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

The Raven Re:Holograms? (171 comments)

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.

about a week ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

The Raven No Brainer (104 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

The Raven Crap Science (69 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

The Raven Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

The Raven Re:Modem connection tones (790 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

The Raven Re: Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

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:

http://www.androidcentral.com/how-enable-developer-settings-android-42

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.

about three weeks ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

The Raven Transcription (237 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

The Raven Re:Depth Limit for Fish (33 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

The Raven Re:Pay with the pension fund! (515 comments)

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
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

The Raven Re:Rails never had 'steam'. (291 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

The Raven Re:Various hacking tools? (224 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

The Raven Rotated (330 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

The Raven Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

The Raven Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

The Raven Re:Magic Matter (138 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

The Raven Re:Solution- DMCA Permit (389 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

The Raven Magic Matter (138 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

The Raven Records were Lost (151 comments)

"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."

about 3 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

The Raven Re:wow (571 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

The Raven Humans Need Not Apply (405 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

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