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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

From your own link:

However, countermeasures exist in the form of specialized light sensors that can detect the light from the beam. Rippled glass can be used as a defense, as it provides a poor surface for a laser microphone.

You say "little different from a laser mic". Yes, innovation is incremental, this is an increment.

about 3 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Boycott (573 comments)

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

Easier and more effective: don't visit the site for a week. That will get their attention. I don't think any of the suits are actually reading the comments, do you?

A lot of people talk about leaving Slashdot for good, which they may or (more likely) may not do - why not leave it for a week?

That's what I'm doing... from... now!

about 8 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:I live in metro-ATL and noticed several points (723 comments)

Genuine question - if you live only 4.5 miles away, did you consider walking?

I know nothing about Atlanta, so I know there could be a genuine reason - just wondering if it was because there are no pavements on the route, because it was too cold, because you just thought walking might be more dangerous than driving, or something else??

about 9 months ago

Blue Light of Death Plagues PlayStation 4

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Ahhh, Rev A hardware (309 comments)

You know, if everyone took your advice, there would be no PS4s sold, and certainly no Rev. B!

about a year ago

AMD Unveils New Family of GPUs: Radeon R5, R7, R9 With BF 4 Preorder Bundle

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:A new indecipherable numbering system, yay! (188 comments)

It's easier to say.

Plus, it's fairly descriptive - it's almost 4000 pixels wide, and it's 4 x the resolution of HD.

I don't see the problem here, and I don't think it's "just marketing". People would come up with their own shorthand anyway if it was marketed at 3840x2160.

1 year,25 days

Lenovo CEO Shares $3 Million Bonus With Workers

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Let't reward this! (169 comments)

To put things in perspective :
Lenovo 2012 profits : $472 millions
Yang's share of that : $33 millions
Lenovo's employees : 27 000
Lenovo profit per employee : $17,481
Yang profit per employee : $1,222
What Yang offers them : $300

I added in what you left out.
Were you purposely being disingenuous?

about a year ago

YouTube Removes Video of Reactions To Being Videoed

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Reactions? (229 comments)

Maybe because they don't know the context of the video he's making??

You really don't understand why people would be more concerned by a suspicious creep pointing a camera in their faces than a CCTV camera high up on a pole?

I get the point he's trying to make, but I think he's incredibly obnoxious in making it.

about a year ago

'Einstein's Planet' Becomes First Exoplanet Discovered Using New Method

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:How many of these planets are habitable? (81 comments)

We don't know. But it's still worth detecting them.

Should we stop looking for planets until we have the capability to get satellite imagery of the cities on them?

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

There's no reason to assume the whole vehicle isn't mirrored.

Well there's at least one reason to assume that - mirroring all the parts would mean a hell of a lot less re-use between LHD and RHD cars.

about a year and a half ago

Israeli Firm Makes Kilomile Claims For Electric Car Battery Tech

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Put it on a trailer (247 comments)

Umm... 25kg of Aluminium, i.e. something you can easily lift with one arm - I think that might fit in the trunk.

about a year and a half ago

Dark Matter Found? $2 Billion Orbital Experiment Detects Hints

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Dark matter (173 comments)

You're assuming that you start from nothing, or from pure energy. Creating dark matter could just mean converting ordinary matter in some way.

Converting hydrogen and oxygen into 1 tonne of water doesn't require E = 1000*c^2 (rocket engineers might tell you it actually gives you energy out), but you get 1000kg of water at the end.

about a year and a half ago

One In Six Amazon S3 Storage Buckets Are Ripe For Data-Plundering

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Slashdot has the same issue (79 comments)

Looks like Slashdot has the same issue.

For example, this. No user authentication required at all.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:This is like the Ghz race (619 comments)

Who needs a 14MP Camera with a ditzy little lense .. what's the point?

I love the new HTC One for that reason - they reduced the camera to 4MP to improve low-light performance. As it should be.

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Petition (386 comments)

No, I mean those who do use it, and are now having second thoughts about everything Google.

I think this has finally got the message through to many people (myself included), that Google will can anything. Reader wasn't exactly an experiment - it was almost 8 years old. Not really in sync with their push for us to rely more and more on the "cloud".

about a year and a half ago

Google Reader Being Retired

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Petition (386 comments)

Maybe they've underestimated how many people really care?

Maybe it's a very unpopular decision within Google, and those employees can back up their complaints with this petition (I'm sure not everyone has access to Google usage statistics).

Surely it's worth a try anyway.

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Not true. (984 comments)

If someone rear-ends you, then that's their fault. 100% of the time.

What about an oil patch on the road, a sudden puncture, brake failure, a heart attack - is it still 100% their fault? Sometimes an accident can be nobody's fault.

What is true 100% of the time is that purposely not preventing an accident you could easily prevent, is definitely your fault.

Example: Some idiot overtakes where he shouldn't, doesn't see a car coming the other direction. Driver who's being overtaken DOES see the oncoming car, but chooses not to slow down to let the overtaking car back in to safety - because "it's the other guys own fault". Yes, the guy overtaking is an asshole for risking his and other people's lives, but the guy being overtaken is also an asshole, and in my opinion culpable, for not taking action to prevent another asshole (and innocent others) getting hurt/killed.

about a year and a half ago

71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Without landing on the moon? (266 comments)

How many of those surveyed believe humans never landed on the moon?

If other polls are to believed, there's more than likely some overlap between the two!

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Infallible? (542 comments)

No. One of the two did it wrong. If they produce the exact same result, proc usage, runtime, AND effort to create, they'd be the same functions. Besides, the infallible coder could just name off binary digits, all the while perfectly confident that it will work.

Did it wrong?? So a perfectly working function that took slightly more initial effort is wrong? Even though it might be easier for a non-infallible coder colleague to re-use or adapt? There, see - I've just added another metric - reusability - you could keep adding more metrics forever.

My point is that sometimes there is no perfect solution - there are trade-offs. You could argue that one day, eventually, maybe it could be decided that one or the other trade off was the better choice - but that conclusion will still be an opinion, based on a certain set of priorities. I don't see why two infallible beings couldn't have different priorities and opinions.

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:Infallible? (542 comments)

Two infallible people at the same time would have to agree on everything.

Is that really true?

How about two "infallible" coders who write the same function (let's say, in Perl) in two different ways - both of which produce the exact same result, processor usage, and runtime.

Could they not disagree on coding style yet remain infallible?

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou Re:So (542 comments)

If you're a fan of a particular [insert sport here] team, you tend to be interested if a big change of leadership occurs in an opposing team.

If you're an atheist or just an enlightened citizen of the world, I reckon it's newsworthy when the leadership of a 1 billion-strong team is about to change.

about a year and a half ago


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