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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Vyse of Arcadia Multitasking (504 comments)

Tangentially related, but does IOS have real multitasking yet? Wikipedia says no, but I don't know if that reflects IOS 8.

about two weeks ago

2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

Vyse of Arcadia Not as impressive as the video makes it look (76 comments)

I've done a little bit of work in a related area, so I skimmed the paper (at the bottom of the first link,) and it's nowhere near as impressive and automagical as the video makes it seem. The user has to provide a mask distinguishing the object they are manipulating from the rest of the image, and then the user also has to provide the 3D model for the object! The model is then smoothed to better fit the original using the mask and the inferred illumination, textured using the image, and then popped out to be manipulated in 3D. Not to detract from how cool this all is, but the user is still doing a lot of the heavy lifting.

I bet a combination of the techniques in this paper and the techniques of multiple view geometry (which is where I've actually done a bit of work) would be considerably more impressive and automagical.

about 2 months ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Vyse of Arcadia Urg, terrible headline (259 comments)

No one "invented" 26-dimensional spaces. Might as write a headline about the man who invented the number 26. Weird that the article is pretty decent.

about 2 months ago

PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

Vyse of Arcadia Re:sega channel (75 comments)

God, I wanted Sega Channel so much as a kid. All my friends at school had it, but I lived out in the sticks, where there wasn't cable.

Anyone else remember sega channel for sega genesis? i think 11.99 got me unlimited games on it for the month (granted i only recall 5-8 games on it at a time, and they would rotate every month) Seems like a much better price structure to me. 9.99 a month to play whatever limited rotating catalog is there

You pretty much just described Playstation+. Except it's $49.99 a year (or the $9.99 a month option if you're silly,) and although games are rotated out monthly, once they've been added to your account you can still download and play them as long as you're a member. If I were so inclined, I could go download and play a game that they rotated out of the service two years ago.

about 2 months ago

Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Vyse of Arcadia App stores compete with the 3DS (203 comments)

Nintendo must also contend with mobile games available on Apple and Google's app stores, which cost but a fraction of a Nintendo game.

Very few console gamers are buying cell phone games in favor of console games. Where Nintendo is competing with app stores is with its 3DS handheld, not really with the Wii U. I'm sure that's still contributing to the big N posting losses, but the summary makes it sound like Mario Kart 8 is losing out to Crappy Mobile Minecraft Clone no. 873.

about 2 months ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Vyse of Arcadia Peer pressure? (158 comments)

My completely anecdotal non-scientific evidence is that girls interested in math, science, and tech were mostly discouraged by their peers. Communities to support girls and women pursuing tech are great and all, but I feel like for a lot of girls it's going to come down to one very simple question: do I get new hobbies, or do I get new friends? It wouldn't surprise me if a majority of girls choose the latter.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe things have changed since the decade or so since I was a high school student. Maybe it really was just my high school. But my suspicion is that this is still common, and ChickTech is going to have to find a way to solve the peer pressure problem.

about 2 months ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

Vyse of Arcadia STE (148 comments)

It bugs me that so many articles about STEM fields leave off mathematics majors.

about 3 months ago

Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Vyse of Arcadia So? (281 comments)

He's also Tweeted about a noodle dish called yakisoba and Japanese transportation systems. Andreas Antonopoulos, the CSO with Blockchain says, "He continues to be oblivious about his own failure and the pain he has caused others. He is confirming that he is a self-absorbed narcissist with an inflated sense of self-confidence who has no remorse."

Sounds to me like he's just using Twitter the same way everyone else uses Twitter. Why does tweeting about yakisoba make him a remorseless narcissist? He may be that, but regardless Twitter isn't the best venue for heartfelt apologies. I bet he also failed to take responsibility for Mt Gox last time he sent a text or wrote a sticky note.

about 3 months ago

HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Sometimes one story is enough... (66 comments)

I got much the same out of Flowers when I first read it in middle school, and also learned a little about what sorts of things can make a good book. It was the first book I ever enjoyed in which the protagonist made questionable decisions, experienced things that never got explained, and didn't save the world. Charlie was the first character I encountered that I can recall who acted like a person and had nuances. It really broadened my horizons.

about 3 months ago

SteamBoy Machine Team Promises a Portable Console for Valve's Steam Games

Vyse of Arcadia Re:That's nice. (75 comments)

My experience with astroturfers is that they leave no stone unturned.

about 3 months ago

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Vyse of Arcadia Re:FP? (173 comments)

Why can't I mod posts "depressing but true?"

about 4 months ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Why? (309 comments)

Genuine question, here, since I've never done any web dev. Why not write libraries in an existing language that spit out HTML/Javascript/PHP/whatever? Why do we need a new language to do this?

It sounds more like Google needs not a new language for this intended use, but some sort of new browser plugin that handles offline storage of web apps. I really don't get the emphasis on new language here.

about 4 months ago

Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Vyse of Arcadia Re:They all do this (142 comments)

Forget the small print. Big, easily read text with a voiceover.

about 4 months ago

Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Creating Content on Someone Else's Site Has Ris (108 comments)

That being said, if you're creating and editing content on someone else's website, you've got to face the risk that the content might end up being used in ways of which you don't approve.

You can always host stuff on your own website. Even then someone might use your content, and you're out of luck because they can pay their lawyers indefinitely and you're just a guy with a website.

about 4 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Vyse of Arcadia Re:As Jim Morrison said... (1198 comments)

study all day every day

ready to give up a lot of your ... study-time

I don't think that word means what you think it does. In my experience, nerd culture is more about cramming random science-y trivia facts into your skull than it is the dedicated pursuit of knowledge. Might as well say I study the back of the cereal box every morning. (Spoiler alert, they're still after his lucky charms.)

Also, it seems like there's a bit stereotyping underlying your post. Guess what, men are also turned off by constantly being made to feel stupid. They are also turned off by bad social skills, bad physical health, and the inclination to play video games and study all day every day (rather than going out and doing something fun with friends).

I don't think the dividing line here is men/women. I don't know that it's even geeks/non-geeks. Maybe it's closer to extroverts/introverts. Really what it seems like to me is that a minority of people who are dedicated to their hobbies are looked down on by people who pursue those hobbies only casually (or not at all.) Model train enthusiasts are going to have the same problems as video game geeks if they don't throw a little moderation into their lives. It's just that the latter is more common.

about 4 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Right. (379 comments)

I've got a $30 bluetooth keyboard I use with my Nexus 7.

I looked into that, but I use a lot of specialized software in my work, and Android just doesn't cut it. I could install Ubuntu Touch, but I'd rather install another distro, which isn't easy to do. And 7 inches is friggin' tiny. I'm struggling with productivity on my 10 inch netbook.

The surface seems just about perfect for me. It's a tablet for reading papers when I want it in portrait mode, and I can plop it down and get some actual work done too. Even better, it seems like it's actually pretty easy to install whatever Linux distro I want on it.

about 4 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Vyse of Arcadia No surprises (688 comments)

From the article:

Southern states Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are among the weakest performers, with results similar to developing countries such as Kazakhstan and Thailand.

Yeah, I teach math at a large university in the deep south, and this doesn't surprise me at all. Students are unprepared for college math classes, and I see a lot of behavior that I wouldn't have expected in a math class. For example, I always have students that try to memorize their way through class, mostly in calculus 1. They don't practice any problems, they don't try to understand the material, but they've got flash cards and highlighted notes and sticky tabs out the wazoo.

It's like they all had a bunch of "study skills" drilled into them in high school and no one ever bothered to explain that these are supposed to aid actually understanding the material. They're so used to just regurgitating things onto tests that I guess a lot of them really do think memorizing is understanding.

Now I realize the following is just anecdotal, but I know several people who teach high school math throughout the deep south, and all of them say the same thing: they aren't really allowed to teach. School administrators have a death grip on teachers' jobs. Teachers are told what, when, and how to teach the material. They're basically reading scripts. And of course they're all teaching to the state end of course tests too, probably because those are used to measure administrators' performances.

about 4 months ago

KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Vyse of Arcadia Re: KDE 3 (94 comments)

I can configure the desktop to be more useful than just being there. For example, I work with a lot of LaTeX documents, in particular folders containing tests and assignments for the classes I teach. So I have a desktop with a set of folder view plasmoids pointing at this folder full of assignments. One view is filtered to show only .tex files, and the other view is filtered to show only .pdfs. Super convenient, better than popping open Konqueror (or Dolphin) and navigating the folder, even more convenient than popping open a terminal. Way nicer than the garbage dump of "maybe I'll need it later" files that desktops usually are.

Similarly I have a desktop full of folder views and other plasmoids that are useful for my research, a desktop full of folder views and plasmoids useful for coding, et cetera.

This is something I can't do with any other desktop environment, and I've looked. (Well, actually there's a couple of proprietary Windows 7 add-ons that give similar functionality, if I felt like forking over the dough. And using Windows 7.) And other than the desktop itself, the auxillary applications (the ones I use, at least) are all at least as good as they were in KDE3.

Also, KRunner (Alt+F2) with nepomuk is awesome. File search and program launching, yeah, every desktop is decent at those nowadays. But there's a lot of useful KRunner plugins too. Calculator, dictionary, spell-check, search wikipedia, mini command-line shell; it even has a task manager so if a process is misbehaving I don't even have to open a terminal and use htop (unless I'm in the mood to use htop.)

Give it a try, man; it's actually pretty great. And as far as eye-candy and bloat go, I do all this on a four year old netbook. I didn't even disable any of the eye-candy. What bloat?

about 5 months ago



Handley Gets to 6 Months for 'Obscene' Manga

Vyse of Arcadia Vyse of Arcadia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vyse of Arcadia (1220278) writes "Christopher Handley, the Iowa man on trial for possessing manga "drawings of children being sexually abused," was sentenced on Thursday to six months in prison. Following this sentence, Handley must serve three years of supervised release and five years of probation. Both of these terms will start upon his release from prison and will run concurrently. Handley also agreed to forfeit all seized materials, including his computer. During Handley's supervised release and probation, Handley must also "participate in a treatment program, to include psychological testing and a polygraph examination, as directed by the U. S. Probation Officer." According to earlier court documents, this last provision is "intended to provide [Handley] with diagnosis and treatment for sexually and/or gender identity or other mental health issues.""
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