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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

Zerth Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

Sad, but it is mostly muscle memory that drives me here. The new interface is barely usable, especially from my phone, and when it becomes the only choice, I'll probably stop.

about 2 months ago
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Demo of Prototype Virtual Retinal Head Mounted Display

Zerth Re:pretty epic (93 comments)

They are a bit late to the party. The CastAR kickstarter is finishing tomorrow and will be shipping next year, a few months before the consumer version of the Oculus Rift.

about 5 months ago
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Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

Zerth Re:Nintendo is here to stay! (277 comments)

Since the ps4 and xbone aren't out yet, it would be rather unfair to show that the Wii U is outselling them.

about 6 months ago
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How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

Zerth Re:"According to my findings" (250 comments)

You don't have to trust this person, they've given you the exact steps to do it yourself.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Zerth Re:Too bad there isn't... (381 comments)

I can tell you've never tried to make an inkjet printer from scratch. Dispensing fractions of a milliliter needed for high DPI is hard and building the hardware for it is equally hard.

The only DIY feasible printing technology is pen-plotters. Lots of people make their own pen-plotters for the same reason that people make their own 3d printers: everything it is made out of can be bought commercially for decades or machined with minimal tools.

about 6 months ago
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Interview: Contiki OS Creator On Building the Internet of Things

Zerth Re:What Are His Thoughts (45 comments)

For most "Things", you don't need tons of bandwidth and the extra cost of a WiFi capable microcontroller or expensive daughterboard.

Consider a low bandwidth, low power transceiver on 915 MHz or 433/434 MHz(depending on region) that only costs a couple of bucks.

about 7 months ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Zerth Re:slight correction. (201 comments)

The Power Glove was Mattel's fault.

about 7 months ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

Zerth Re:I agree (312 comments)

Your software sucks, then. Use one that allows for multiple arbitrary bookmarks and multiple windows.

And I can grep for "last time character X was mentioned on the same page as character Y". No need to flip around, but if I did, there is a scroll bar with print version page numbers.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon: Publishers Strong-Armed Us On E-Books

Zerth Re:What is wrong with these folks? (171 comments)

Because they want to keep you buying paper where publishers have all the control. In a digital book market you no longer need financiers able to absorb the cost of printing and distributing 10k copies and you don't need a marketing/sales department that can get your book onto an endcap at bookstores. You still want the people that work for publishers(editors, artists, etc) but you can contract for those directly.

If everyone switches to digital, the publishers' advantage of having a huge bankroll to be able to bet on multiple authors while keep the lion's share of the profit on the few winners is negated when Amazon will sell for anyone and the contract work can paid for like saving up for a car down-payment.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Debuts Multi-Platform Indie Games Store

Zerth Re:So what's the point? (67 comments)

Sometimes buying through Amazon to get a Steam license is actually cheaper than buying directly through Steam. I bought the Stronghold series plus Civ V and IV on Amazon, which were all redeemed as Steam licenses, because it was the same price as just the Stronghold series directly on Steam.

The nice thing about middle-men is that sometimes they fight each other.

about 10 months ago
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How To Hack Twitter's Two-Factor Authentication

Zerth Re:Thank you (58 comments)

As long as stock market bots and day traders use twitter activity to guide their behavior, I care.

about a year ago
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Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

Zerth Re:O'rly? (339 comments)

You know that Photoshop has an API for javascript, VB, and Applescript?

I used to do exactly that sort of thing for a product photographer. And it didn't usually take 10 minutes, unless you include the time to execute.

I currently do the same for Indesign documents with linked Photoshop artwork. The Indesign part is worse, actually. Makes dealing with effects and layers seem simple.

about a year ago
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DoD Descends On DEFCAD

Zerth Re:wtf (496 comments)

Disseminating ITAR-controlled information will get you nailed unless you can prove that only US residents can access it. Same thing happened with early web browsers that had strong(for the time) encryption enabled.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Hands-On: Brimming With Potential, Dangerous While Driving

Zerth Re:Projected in field of vision... (67 comments)

How is having something that is projected into your field of vision legal for use while driving?

Why are LED billboards legal?

about a year ago
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RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

Zerth I disagree, but I don't like DRM (320 comments)

I'd be quite happy if they'd standardize the DRM in HTML5. That way there would be one common DRM to crack instead of everyone having their own peculiar variant.

about a year ago
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The Balkanization of Chatting

Zerth Come back (242 comments)

IRC still loves you.

about a year ago
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Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

Zerth Re:Sensationalist.... (236 comments)

You'd be surprised how many people will give you that info if you just walk up to them and tell them you are a credit card technician from MC/Visa/etc while wearing a jacket with the logo badly sewn on it.

about a year ago
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Scientists Tout New Way To Debug Surgical Bots

Zerth Can detect buggy software? (68 comments)

wow, does it solve the halting problem as well?

1 year,11 days
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Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

Zerth Re:Is it really as chunky as the pictures suggest? (69 comments)

This is the dev kit, off the shelf hardware, 7 ounces, a little bit larger than a pair of ski goggles. But it will probably stay about the size of ski goggles, though, as Oculus wants to keep the low price point and the large field of view without needing two displays(synch & latency) or complex optics($$$).

The size difference is kind of the point, as they are made for different purposes. The Rift is intended be as large as possible, while .5" screen on Glass is supposed to stay out of your line of sight.

about a year ago
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Adjusting to Google Glass May Be Hard

Zerth Re:why glass should respect privacy (154 comments)

Imagine walking into a crowded room, "tagging" the best looking person there, and then doing an in-depth query on their back story. The next time you see them, appropriate info is fed to you to be able to act like you're someone they should know and like.

And that person does a back search on you as well and realizes that you have never been within a mile of them before this night, nor have you ever been to any of the places you claim to have been or done any of the things you claim to have done.

Ouch.

about a year ago

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