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The Graffiti Drone

Windwraith Re:Why dont you jack wagons get permission to pain (126 comments)

I know of a bunch of shops and bakeries that hired graffiti artists to paint something on their fence, and in all cases it was a great job. You can only see them when the shop is closed, but still. Some towns also let good stuff survive. Not all graffiti is some idiot tagging a wall.

Although, in this very specific case it's just vandalism. The drone can't even be manipulated to draw a sorry smiley face or a square or anything, it just gets the wall dirty at random. It's not even a drone given how poorly controlled it is. It's a wannabe drone.

about a week ago
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The Graffiti Drone

Windwraith Saw the video (126 comments)

I expected the little widdle drone doing something...you know, that resembled a drawing or a pattern, even if it's just a signature or a smiley face or a pattern of dots or something.

Instead the poor bugger just stumbles around with a constant stream of paint. That's not very artistic at all, it just gets the wall dirty.
The drone in the video does what any RC quadcopter would do if you attached a permanently-on paint spray to it. For someone regarded as an artist I expected something...artistic. Or at least technologically advanced or autonomous or using a complex control system, this being Slashdot and all.

Yeah naive me for expecting something else, I know, my fault entirely.

about a week ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Windwraith Re:Honest? (50 comments)

Banks not lying? Wow, you really showed me. I should move all my banking to Canada, if I could.

And no, I am not being sarcastic. I am too used to my country's banks and their MO, so it's kinda shocking to know some banks operate with a minimum of honesty.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Windwraith Re:Honest? (50 comments)

Or it could be that banks lie. A lot.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Windwraith Re:no mention of Flash games? Kongregate, anyone? (181 comments)

One thing most people doesn't realize is that there is a part of the developer population that is that crazy (as some put it) to code for free. Because they really want to make games. Of course 90% of everything is crap, whether it's Kongregate, Newgrounds, communities centered on pre-made engines (such as LÃve, MMF, gamemaker, Unity, etc), or just plain hobbyists with a website or github repo and nothing else. But there is good stuff out there, and shouldn't be underestimated because it's given for free.

For me, and many others, having the finished product in your hands (figuratively speaking), playing it, having others play it... is the true reward. We love games, we love making games.
You can tell a lot of people in the industry love paychecks instead of games, and that's why we have stuff like Zynga or EA at its worst.

Of course, I am not trying to say that wanting to be paid for your efforts is a bad thing, far from it! But for some people, making a game is its own reward.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Windwraith Re:Elderly Amish (230 comments)

Yet you are connected to the Internet. If they really really really wanted to know who you are, they can find out just from this post. But hopefully they don't have time to do that, that'd be just silly.

Although, not using a phone? Not even a public phone for an emergency call? How did you manage?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Windwraith Knight Rider (208 comments)

No! Don't hack it! That's where KITT lives!!

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Windwraith Re:Spain loves Android (161 comments)

I can confirm this, and that's considering Barcelona is a hotter spot for Apple than other cities, where Apple only has a small corner in a number of shops. Their presence is growing slowly but steadily, but the market here usually prefers those local kiosks for availability and price, and they predominantly offer Android devices of most brands.
Towns and cities with Apple Stores usually have only one of it, whereas there are dozens of sellers for Android devices scattered all over, predominantly in malls as you said.

Offers are usually pretty cheap subsidized phones, and even for free with binding contracts, and they even renew your phone once every year in several cases, for minimal or no cost. However, as you probably realized, this stops being nice and shiny the moment there's any issue or nonstandard need whatsoever. Every side service, from tech support to repairs, is sub-par. Most people will go around with busted phones waiting for a renewal instead of bothering to repair it, which is notoriously complicated, requires a lot of time (and trips) and it usually ends just in replacing the thing entirely.

The prices, the complicated repairs, and the large availability kind of created a culture of changing phones very regularly, even in people with limited income. Good repair shops exist, but they tend to be little electronics workshops in some little corner that you only learn about by word of mouth, and are only used when you are attached to your device for some reason (sentimental value, niche features, etc), or when someone wants to unlock a phone to use with other provider's SIM card.

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Windwraith Re:Spain loves Android (161 comments)

Well most phone operators will give you deals for Android phones, not iPhones. Apple products have always been notoriously expensive for Spain. Also, Spain is quite impoverished right now, which doesn't help "luxury" things like an iPhone getting sold.

Apple Stores only started having a presence well past the iPod days, so there isn't that much of a cult following for it as in other places. Of course there are regional differences, you will see more Apple presence (and following) on Madrid and Barcelona than other places.

Also, many developers are unemployed (Spain has a ridiculous unemployment rate since the Real State Bubble popped that has been exacerbated by the latest labor reform), and can't face the yearly cost of the Apple SDK. For that reason, as well, most "cheap money-grabby apps linked to certain service, company-or-product-or-tv-show" are developed for Android in Spain, since they rely on the ease to find a Java developer desperate for a paid job and the higher amount of downloaders for that platform.

So, in short, you'd say it's local preference due to lower income reasons. Apple is trying as far as I can tell, as new iStuff tends to be available shortly after the American release, which is a rarer sight than you'd expect. I remember having issues finding any phone (vendor-locked sale or not) using Android 4.x in January of 2013, where iPhones were at their latest US release in every shop I visited.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Windwraith Re:Digital Assistant software (387 comments)

I...I disagree. He was terribly obnoxious, specially dubbed in another language. Not to mention extremely ugly and out of place.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Windwraith Re:I think the problem is exactly your last statem (1482 comments)

I think that the fact that he's actually spending money against gay marriage is what makes this so morally wrong. If he just had a silly opinion it'd be one thing, but he's actually doing something against all that people. People who don't affect him in any way. Them marrying isn't a problem for him.

In my country gay marriage is legal and has been for a few years. Despite the heated protests of the religious zealots, nothing went wrong in the country, at least nothing related to gay marriage (political corruption is another story).

about three weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Windwraith Re:Sleep -1? (240 comments)

Tell me how. No matter how hard I try or how long I stay in bed, I am totally unable to sleep until 15-16 hours have elapsed after waking up. And if I manage to fall asleep, I'll be wide awake but tired as hell after 2-3 hours tops.

Sleep is not the same for every person. It varies wildly from individual to individual. That's why people always shuns sleep disorders as some form of misconduct instead of a legitimate problem (until they gain a sleep disorder themselves, if that happens they'll suddenly understand).

about three weeks ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

Windwraith Apples to oranges? (108 comments)

I don't know. Glass used for AR games makes sense, specially if technology advances further. Occulus is VR, though...
So in one hand you got AR which is overlaying "cyberspace" into reality, and then you got VR that tries to deliver that entire "cyberspace" without accounting for your location or environment, it provides its own and that's the point. One aims to augment reality (forgive the redundancy) and the other to create one of its own.
I like both technologies, but they don't seem related at all, except in that they are used through a headmount of sorts. Very different purposes.

about three weeks ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

The thing is that the Glass is as inconspicuous as wearing a ferret on your head. Nobody with good intentions will refuse to take it off if requested. Be suspicious of the ones being sneaky about it, not every single person interested on the product. There are actual hidden cameras you should be more wary of.
And the whole point of the post is that some people takes it irrationally, gives it properties it can't possibly have, and considers everyone interested in a HUD with a camera to be ONLY creeps, it doesn't have to be aimed at you, but you decided to take offense for it.
And yeah, it's about me, because someone with that mentality might decide I am coming for them just for using the device for entirely different reasons and try to attack me or break the device. Maybe just because they heard things about it and not having an opinion of their own.
Don't you see a problem with that?
Or maybe someone just learns I own one without seeing me having one and starts assuming I am some peeping Tom when all I am doing is use it as a toy in my own private space, only because of its reputation. You don't see a problem with that either, I assume.

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

You are welcome to look. I hope you like pastries and robots. There could be some remains of when I worked as a solar thermal technician. I am sure you will find interest on those.
You won't find much porn though, sorry for that.

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

Okay at this point I feel the need to clarify that I don't intend to use glass all day long. The insults from ACs are getting unbearable.

Google can go screw themselves, I don't let them spy on my android phone, and I won't let them spy in my Glass. It's going to be cracked open like an egg in the first weeks, and ripe for fun and games, that don't involve taking the device out of your house or using it when talking to someone. It's a head-mounted display with a camera! Even if it's permanently offline, I am interested on developing something for it. This tech will eventually evolve and become something really interesting over time when the displays get better, and could allow AR to prosper into a great medium. It's just a coincidence that Google happened to be the first, but I won't shun the technology for that. Not yet. Even if it's just a stepping stone or a beginning for that imaginary device, I am interested, it'll get better.

However, you are all assuming I'm going to wear it on your/someone else's presence. Why? All I did was mentioning a few possible use cases that came to mind or counter assumptions of me using the device wrongly, because some people takes the hatred too far, with people casually talking of "kicking the glasshole's teeth out of their mouth". Someone argued that it's all hyperbole but you KNOW someone will take it too far at some point, even if only because of hearsay.

I take any other distracting devices when talking to people, why do you assume I will make an exception with Glass? Some people is even assuming I want to use it to spy on people and calling me creep for no reason whatsoever. And I am sure I am not going to be the only one thinking that, it's just like taking your phone off and start playing sudokus while in a party, it's rude, and anyone doing it will learn soon enough that it's not a thing people will welcome. They will sort themselves out, and if they are still using it and refuse to take it out, then you can suspect they might be up to something.

Not to mention, I mentioned using it at work because I am mostly alone there with the ovens and the mixers and stuff, but I look TERRIBLE with glasses, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a pair unless I really need them out of old age or something. I want to use the device, not look like a dorky cyberpunk.

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

But that's already possible with cameras that are actually hidden, why use one that is glaringly obvious?
Look, of course there will be some dick with tech recording stuff they shouldn't record. I thought it was too obvious to mention. But the general attitude, which is what I am criticizing, that transpires to every single discussion about glass in every single site of the internet, which is "punch the glasshole". People doesn't speak about a chance of being filmed, they speak of a 100% chance they will be filmed. Since you have the common sense to not be insulting and condescending about it, you probably are not the type of person I am talking about. I am talking about the ones that take it viscerally, to a fault.

See, you are assuming that because I want it, I will use it all day long. They are just a toy, or a possible source of AR improvements since it's head-mounted. Just because I defend it, I am not going to be recording people out there, but every reply to my post has assumed that I intend to use it that way, or at least wearing them permanently (with varying degrees of insult and menaces of physical violence, well done Slashdot).

My life is too boring to record, unless you want to see 100% accurate pastry baking tutorials, and in that case even google is welcomed to peek, let them know we use proper sanitary measures at my place, in fact let everyone know, that can get us customers!

Jokes aside, I've always been a very vocal supporter of AR technology. This maligned device could make it happen, or be the base for a device that can. As long as I don't use it rudely, I really see nothing wrong with the technology for what it is. Social norms still apply, same way I don't play with my portable console at work, or I remove my trademark headphones when speaking to someone. I don't see where people keeps getting the idea, from my post, that I want to wear it all day long. For one, the battery won't let me, for other, it'll give me a headache. Having a widget with configurable timers at eye range could be great for my job, though, a phone can get flour or sugar inside if you have it around (I wrap it in a plastic bag, but it makes swiping motions difficult), and physical timers take space which isn't abundant when you have to bake 300 muffins or such things.

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

Why are you calling me creepy just because I want to try a device? I see a lot of potential on the evolution of this technology, specially for AR. You are assuming I am out to get someone. And that's why this is a problem. It's not just a head-mounted camera. Hidden cameras have existed for a long time, look at the press getting inside footage on things. This is not even hidden.

Want me to take it out? Ask me. Want me to not record 101% sure? make me wear a plastic cap on it, or a bandaid or something. I am not going to be the one denying that request. In my line of work that device can be really useful even if it just shows you a few timers (and eye protection is a plus).

Note that I don't specifically mention wearing it while talking to someone, it'd be like not taking off my headphones, therefore kind of rude.
Don't assume so much, that's precisely why I wrote the post in the first place.

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

>stuff

It might be hyperbole, but they sure are convinced of it. Look at the rest of the comments and tell me every single one of those visceral reactions is a joke and nobody will ever be assaulted wrongly just for having the device on. You know someone will take it seriously enough for it, even if it's just a handful of bad apples.

And of course strawman, the device is not even out, every argument about it is a strawman based on an scenario where someone is out to record them (and scenario that hasn't happened yet because it's not out). What do you call that if not paranoia?

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Windwraith Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

Then politely request them to cover the lens with something or take it off, chances are they won't object to it if you do and you aren't being rude about it.

I see Glass as something to use while I am casually working or such, so I don't need to get my phone dirty with flour or sugar (that stuff gets inside everything!). I have the common idea of courtesy, taking that off when speaking to someone directly, that'd be exactly like wearing headphones while doing the same. You put them away around your neck or take them off. You can ask people to put it away and I am sure it'll be like asking them to keep their phones away. If they refuse too stubbornly then you might start getting suspicious with a reason.

My main reason to support this is that the technology is interesting, and could evolve into something actually very useful when displays improve. That's why this whole paranoia thing is bad, it gets in the way of what could be really fun technology.

I know Google are a bunch of crooks, that's obvious by just coming here, but the control people assumes they have on this specific device is almost giving it magical properties that we should know aren't either possible or viable, or are just too cumbersome, expensive or elaborate to be all possible in a single device that amounts to an Android phone with a different form format. If they can't do it with your Android phone, they can't do it with Glass.

As for your example, that's apples to oranges. In your example all the data is being explicitly stored and delivered by Google themselves, in this case you have to purposely upload your data for them to have it. As for Google uploading it against the user's wishes, I am sure such a thing will be found out (and blocked via apps or root tweaks) real soon when the device is in the hand of developers or power users.

As for possible peeping toms, I already said how you can deal with them, just ask, and they will likely comply, if they don't, get suspect. I personally wouldn't even need to be asked.

And this has been the most polite post so far. Thanks for showing there's some sanity left in this topic.

about a month ago

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