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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

afxgrin Re:A lense cover (363 comments)

Google Glass as an assistive device for the legally blind would fit a similar role. Especially with facial recognition enabled and audio feedback to the wearer, and just disable the display or make it a big block of colour output for people who are still 'blind' but can see a bit of light.

I imagine they would need two so they could obtain enough spatial information to aide in navigation.

However, I would feel bad for the legally blind to be assaulted for wearing Google Glass.

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

afxgrin Re:A lense cover (363 comments)

You've already resigned privacy and anonymity in public by living in America.

about three weeks ago
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Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

afxgrin Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

Isn't the majority of air-to-air combat strategy now just to fire an active radar AIM-120 AMRAAM from a bajillion miles away anyway?

about a month ago
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Russian Civil Law Changed By Wikimedia

afxgrin Re:Well done, Vladimir! (88 comments)

Still incomparable:

a) Kosovo doesn't share a border with the United States

b) Crimea had an ethnic cleansing attempt by the Russians - you can't argue that Kosovo had all sorts of Americans move to Kosovo to make a majority American population so they can vote to be annexed by America....

c) Kosovo is recognized by 108 UN member states. Crimea ... I think only by Russia so far.

d) Kosovo, another "autonomous region" was part of a country that was falling apart. Funny how Milosevic revoked Kosovo's autonomous status triggering the breakup of Yugoslavia to further his "Greater Serbia" agenda.

e) If you want to compare Puerto Rico, I guess lets go back to the 19th century and compare things:
The Imperial census of Crimea in 1897 found that the population of the governorate consisted of 1,447,790, with 762,804 male and 684,986 female.
Language Number Percentage (%)
Ukrainian (Little Russian) 611,121 42.21
Russian (Great Russian) 404,463 27.94
Belarusian (White Russian) 9,726 0.67

By this standard Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

It is grossly undemocratic and unethical to hold a referendum in Crimea when:

1) the Parliament of the so called "autonomous region of Crimea" was raided by Russian paramilitaries

2) the federal government which the "autonomous region of Crimea" lies within: Ukraine, is under civil strife and is holding elections in a few months.

3) Russia itself conducts massive military exercises near the border, in addition to holding a port they lease from the Ukrainian government while having their own forces step off the base and surround Ukrainian military bases.

For the above reasons no one at the UN should recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, and no referendum result should be observed until Ukrainian federal elections are held under international supervision until international observers agree on the election result. All of this is bullshit otherwise.

"Russian self defence forces" - what a fucking joke.

about a month ago
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Russian Civil Law Changed By Wikimedia

afxgrin Re:Well done, Vladimir! (88 comments)

However, Kosovo didn't join the United States, nor was that ever the goal.

about a month ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

afxgrin Re:We already make robots without legs (122 comments)

iRobot has no product-lines of humanoid robots, so of course they need to shit talk it.

It's as simple as that.

about a month ago
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The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

afxgrin Re:LHC Purpose (138 comments)

Could you be any more pedantic?

OP said:
"the Higgs Boson is one of the century's biggest discoveries"

about a month and a half ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

afxgrin Re: And in other news... (506 comments)

Funny how the Chinese immigrants in Quebec prefer to learn English over French - supposedly the reason PQ supporters want provincial level immigration controls. Don't make this into an Anglophone's not wanting to learn another language thing - it clearly extends beyond English speakers. Tabernac!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

afxgrin Re:My guess (631 comments)

Nah you're giving them far too much credit for being clever.

Just look at this stupid shit.

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

afxgrin Re:Q about glass (341 comments)

"rooting" the device to disable an LED that could be blocked by $2 bottle of black enamel paint (ie nail polish, figurine paint, etc)

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

afxgrin Re:Alright already (401 comments)

I don't understand what difference Keystone XL plays into climate change considering the choice is between burning American, Canadian, Norwegian, Venezuelan, or Saudi oil. The demand for fossil fuel burning will only continue to increase as global population increases, if the price increases in the short term eventually the demand will outweigh the cost from increasing population and we're back to where we were. Leaks from global increases in natural gas production is probably having a greater impact on climate change despite it being a cleaner burning fuel source - methane is quite good at absorbing infrared, far better than carbon dioxide, but we're creating carbon dioxide in much higher volumes.

Anyhow, the greenhouse effect goes back to Fourier, this isn't anything new in terms of the basic science, it's just modelling a complex system like the Earth reliably is difficult. All you can do is correlate the general trend of the system to some variables and point to them as the cause. Even if we assume the Sun is mostly responsible for global temperature rise the only variable we can have any hope in controlling is the atmospheric composition.

Otherwise if we do nothing about the issue nature might forcibly relocate us back to caves.

The solution with the least impact on our standard of living, which is also within our means to achieve is : Electric cars and electric heating sources, while investing in low or no-carbon emission sources of energy such as solar, wind, fission and fusion.

Short of massive engineering projects to reflect heat back into space, condense carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it underground, or some other ridiculous proposal, the reduction of burning fossil fuels is the most practical and brings other benefits (except for oil producers).

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

afxgrin Re:Manmade global warming is a hoax! (401 comments)

I guess we now have solid proof that Rush Limbaugh is a Slashdotter.

about 2 months ago
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Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

afxgrin Re:Unimpressed. (223 comments)

So what would impress you? Having a lawyer write up a whole new license? Keeping it closed source?

about 2 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

afxgrin Re:..you'll be able to scream, 'fire the lasers!'" (376 comments)

Gas dynamic lasers actually do involve 'firing' the laser. I know this is not the case with the BMW however you can still fire some lasers.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

afxgrin Re:Whose phone is banned? (366 comments)

Not necessarily. Lots of coach busing and trains have reserved seating.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

afxgrin Re:Whose phone is banned? (366 comments)

Why are airplanes singled out? Why not all public transportation?

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

afxgrin Re:Teach the controversy, but define it first (665 comments)

Evolution as a scientific theory didn't really come into the mainstream public attention until Darwin. Almost all your examples are of people who died before Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) - Boyle ( 1691 ), Newton (1727), Kepler (1630), Bacon (1626). The only exception here is Faraday (1867), and he was 69 years old at this point. Miescher didn't even isolate 'nuclein' until 1869, and ffs DNA had an unknown structure until the 50's.

What I don't understand is why Creationists are so hostile towards evolution when other scientific theories fall more in-line with a creationist origin anyway - ie. the big bang. I guess it doesn't make much sense of Jesus or the Genesis story but evolution itself doesn't have to explain away God. You can interpret it that way if so you choose to, but trying to publish a scientific paper explaining some discovery and simply ending the conclusion section with "because God made it that way" is laughable. Why even bother doing any science at all?

Anyhow, it's pointless to argue about the number of scientists who have credentials on either side of the creation/evolution debate it doesn't really prove anything. Also, assuming your other points about disintegrating DNA, carbon-14 in diamonds, trees crossing geological layers have any validity, it certainly doesn't give any credence to a creationist theory.

about 2 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

afxgrin Re:Oh, come on. (253 comments)

Wow interesting how you slanted this as him being some government scientist shill. He was originally asked by Syngenta to do the study as an employee of the University of Berkeley. There's a lot of other things that raises eyebrows with this guy but attacking him as a government scientist is just flat out wrong in this case.

about 2 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

afxgrin Re:Yet trading goes on (249 comments)

After talking with several people who are rather educated in finance and the banking industry they all come back with the same response about fiat currencies: the entire system is built on bullshit

It's just a matter of time before those houses of cards topple over. Might as well jump on the future primary international currency.

about 2 months ago

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