Beta

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

bigattichouse hmm.. (77 comments)

How about : Compile that to an ASIC.

about 5 months ago
top

Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

bigattichouse Re:Marvin (104 comments)

Sadly, the OP doesn't realize that the TV marvin *WAS* in the movie. He's in the queue for paperwork.

about a year ago
top

Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

bigattichouse Re:Prior Art (240 comments)

I even remember a specific commercial for lion king on another video that mentioned "Hurry, before it goes back in the vault".

about a year and a half ago
top

Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

bigattichouse Prior Art (240 comments)

Disney's "vault" for movies (particularly VHS) in the 80's/90's. Two years, then off the market for 10.

about a year and a half ago
top

Designing a Practical UI For a Gesture-Based Interface

bigattichouse Re:As an ASL Interpreter... (44 comments)

Well.. ok.. attention would be both hands... but I meant it in context of using it to communicate with a computer.

about a year and a half ago
top

Designing a Practical UI For a Gesture-Based Interface

bigattichouse As an ASL Interpreter... (44 comments)

I interpreted ASL in educational settings (High School, Freelance, University, Public, and even elementary.) for something like 6 or 7 years.

My arms were ripped, and you could expect to burn several hundred calories (EASY) during a day of doing that. Also, I had learned the stretch properly thanks to some Aikido training.. and I still had some bad habits that caused me repetitive stress problems.

Gestures are a novelty, and a lot of work for the user... I think there will be many blind alleys before they become natural.

Some problems/ideas I see:
1. Exhaustion - you waste a lot of energy
2. "Namespaces" - you can make two gestures at once - geez... so you have a left hand gesture that tells the computer to listen (the ASL "Attention" one handed would work) + a command - maybe even "against" that hand. Its like a salute with your left hand vertical moving away from your face.
3. Facial expressions are a HUGE part of ASL, probably not even considered. "WH" questions get eyebrows scrunched, other queries eyebrows up, puffed cheeks and all kinds of things...
4. Security - I defy you to sign EXACTLY like someone else... It's possible, and easy in a mocking sense (High schoolers) - but I imagine a door that could see you carrying groceries and unlock combined with voice recog., or other simple things would be useful.

about a year and a half ago
top

Scientists Race To Establish the First Links of a 'Quantum Internet'

bigattichouse Re:Mah book writings ! (82 comments)

My thought was timed reading... where you only read the next qubit at predefined intervals to check for state.. and what is definitely a gross misunderstanding of QE (but useful as narrativium) - writing a state to the next particle. so particles are read-write in order, and they slowly "tick away"... but the base set are linked into the network.. so you can buy any random batch of particles and they link back to some other endpoint.

about a year and a half ago
top

Scientists Race To Establish the First Links of a 'Quantum Internet'

bigattichouse Mah book writings ! (82 comments)

Yay! QE is a major component of my scifi book's communications. Yes, it's a crappy book, but it is my crappy book... and you can read it online without DRM, blah blah blah.

http://cruft-private-janitorial.com/?chapter=1

Can't wait for animated breakfast bar wrappers! Or Capt. Skyking brand Starling!

about a year and a half ago
top

Old Cars Are Getting Ahead With New Tech

bigattichouse A buddy of mine. (53 comments)

A buddy of mine is doing this with old hotrods. Yeah, totally plugging him, because he's classy enough not to plug his own business... http://rodtronix.com/

about 2 years ago
top

Should Medical Apps Be Regulated?

bigattichouse They are. (254 comments)

As a person coding a project going through the FDA clearance process, we have 1000+ pages that show that they *are* regulated.

about 2 years ago
top

Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

bigattichouse Re:Wind Electricity (413 comments)

I live in central Illinois, near a large number of windfarms. The week they cut the crops down, the wind blows hard until well after spring planting. It blows 99% of the rest of the year as well, those towers run all the time. It's rare to see them all stopped. In fact, that was my first thought (we should farming the wind) when we moved here.

about 2 years ago
top

The FDA Spied On Its Own Scientists

bigattichouse Pedantic.. (95 comments)

Ignoring the entire article, and picking on terminology:

It's not FDA approval, it's FDA clearance. ... you get cleared to sell and market your product, not approved.

about 2 years ago
top

Ask Slashdot: a Good Geek Project For My Arthritic Grandfather?

bigattichouse Re:Boron and Arthritis (122 comments)

Try cutting out wheat and/or nightshades (potato, tomato, peppers, etc) from you diet. I've seen HUGE improvements.

more than 2 years ago
top

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

bigattichouse Re:For one person, no - but... (424 comments)

a single day of queries (1 billion), ended up (in my calculation) resulting in using 400 megawatts. so, 400 megawatts being used per day.

more than 2 years ago
top

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

bigattichouse For one person, no - but... (424 comments)

I'm not really double checking my #'s here....

1 billion queries per day in 2011 (quick online search)... lets say that 1 user makes 100 queries/day (so 10 million users) and each query takes about 10 seconds to complete. 100 million seconds burning 4 watts yields 400 megawatts per day. If we average that out per hour, then we're burning 16 megawatts per hour 24/7. Each day, enough to power 8-16 households (1000-2000kwh) for a month... so over a month: 240-480 households with pretty wasteful practices.

SO, yes, 4 Watts isn't much to an individual household - but aggregated, 4 watts is a lot.

more than 2 years ago
top

Instead of a Wheel Chair, How About an Exoskeleton?

bigattichouse I'm confused (232 comments)

What's a post office?

more than 2 years ago
top

ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch

bigattichouse Re:Strange Disease (222 comments)

Oddly reminiscent of what ALS is like.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

top

I want to sail the deep web.

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bigattichouse writes "I've discovered that my usual haunts online tend toward a very limited set of sites and forums. While I don't find this a problem, I feel I've fallen into the "13 channels" of my youth on something as vast as the Internet, sort of a "Media Dunbar's Number". Then I realized, there should be enough stuff out there to view something new and interesting every day, every hour. So I ask — what else is on? What other channels are out there for a geek? What about a self-employed developer geek?"
top

Investing in a cruddy economy

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Since watching the DOW on google finance has become my favorite "reality show". (Is it gonna make it?!?) I've recently been reading more about Warren Buffet, and investing in general. What I realized, was that this crisis is an opportunity for me to create a Sharebuilder account, take Warren's advice ("Be greedy when others are scared.") and and throw a few dollars into the companies that I feel will likely weather the storm (think Colbert's recommendation for Campbell's soup). Is anyone else using the current market for bargain hunting? I'm curious what the Money Nerds are doing."
Link to Original Source
top

Duke Nukem Forever?

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Not to get anyone excited, or the flurry of end-of-the-world or vaporware rants. But 3DR has released a teaser screenshot (mirrored at Kotaku) of the Duke Nukem trailer (no link available at this time)

From TFA: "After seeing the teaser we thought it was something we should share with all of you and while it's just a teaser, rest assured more is coming.""

Link to Original Source
top

Open Source Support Forums

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bigattichouse writes "As a small business owner, I google like crazy for those weird event log messages, or problems I can't quite solve. So I thought, how about seeing what favorite forums slashdotter's use. Something to add to the old list of sites I might check when looking for the answer. What support forums do you use (particularly for open source stuff)?"
top

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bigattichouse writes "Mentioned before on Slashdot, The Steeprock Studio leads the way as the first fully GNU/Linux-based commercial recording facility on the east coast. Steep Rock Media is using a blend of proprietary and open source software to automatically generate cues of music for various purposes, the up coming version of the software (web-based) has an AI engine capable of learning about performance styles and generating cues from pre-recorded music. Another wonderful example of using linux in a successful business model. Disclaimer: I am a friend on Dr. Wilder, but I have no financial ties to SRM."
top

bigattichouse bigattichouse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bigattichouse writes "I have a project that I believe would be greatly enhanced by using "stream" programming associated with GPU programming. Basically the idea is to use the GPU of your favorite graphics card to handle high speed calculations. Problem is google only really points to articles more directly related to graphics coding (shaders, etc)... but is pretty sparse on the equivalent to "Hello World" for GPU coding... I just wanna find some examples. Anyone?"

Journals

bigattichouse has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?
or Connect with...

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>