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Nikon Buckles To Microsoft, Will Pay "Android Tax" For Smart Cameras

commlinx Re:Canon here I come (272 comments)

I don't really know anything about (semi-)professional photography, but I always assumed objectives from different manufacturers were compatible. Can't you use your old glass with the new, different camera?

Just as a bit of additional background modern lenses and flashes may do a bit more than you'd imagine. I'm a Canon user but say I attach a 70-200 zoom lens the auto-focus motor is in the lens so if say tracking a moving vehicle in servo mode there's a constant stream of information flowing between the camera and lens to try and hold it in focus. The current focal length also gets reported back as I zoom in and out, and if a compatible flash is attached it will mechanically move reflectors to direct the most flash power into a smaller area that will still cover the scene.

Those are proprietory protocols but have been reverse-engineered by 3rd party lens manufacturers. Occasionally though the OEM will begin using some new feature / protocol that was always present in their lenses and it's not uncommon to hear that a 3rd party lens needs to go back to the factory for a firmware update to work with a newly released camera.

about a year and a half ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

commlinx Re:So what they're really asking for... (317 comments)

Not sure really, understanding an article written by an anthropologist on programming seems harder than kernel development to me. But you're probably on the right track though. Other requirements from what I gather are a one-click install and a Microsoft Bob equivalent to ask what you want to achieve.

about 2 years ago
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Laser Used To Shoot Down Drones

commlinx Re:uhm (14 comments)

Yes but I guess repeatability tests are important for this kind of system.

about 2 years ago
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When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

commlinx Re:How about (381 comments)

However, if I *did* see surveillance cameras around here, I'd just continue to go about my business as usual, because I'd be pretty sure nothing I was planning on doing is the sort of thing they're looking for, anyway

Thursday, December 6th, 2:45 pm, suspect failed to come to a complete stop before turning right. $125 ticket issued.

We must be a step ahead here in Australia. Only last night I was watching a current affairs program that showed a frame used from 'security' footage used by a local council to book a lady for illegal parking. Only problem was she was clearly in the car, brake lights were on and she had merely stopped on a bend because of traffic congestion. It wasn't blocking an intersection and there was nothing she could have legally done at that point to avoid the situation because of the lane markings.

about 2 years ago
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A Better Thought-Controlled Computer Cursor

commlinx Re:So now (34 comments)

Does he have a db25 plug on his head?

It's probably wireless and I'm also guessing the test device was probably a Blue monkey over Bluetooth.

about 2 years ago
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Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australians

commlinx Re:I was there (52 comments)

Nice shots, I'm down the south of the country near Hobart and it was heavily clouded and under 50% coverage but got one half-decent pic

Eclipse

about 2 years ago
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Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life

commlinx Re:This is FUD (162 comments)

Thanks for the clarification. I'd assumed from TFS it was GPS data.

It probably makes the anecdote suspect as well unless he's a good cheater but poor liar. I assume the sort of people who buy these products are the kind who might have trouble sleeping and end up doing a little excercise or go for a jog in the early hours.

about 2 years ago
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Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site

commlinx Re:"De-identifying" is WAY harder than it sounds (86 comments)

I tried that too using Melbourne and Sydney and got similar results, but then realised it was because I was using 3000 and 2000 postcodes which are the CBD areas that probably don't have a lot of residents comparitively. Using my actual suburb which is only medium size and is Tasmania yielded 63 results and that would strike me as fairly plausible.

Results are pretty useless in a lot of areas though because of the obvious bias of using credit cards. For example "Christco Hampers" that are once a year Christmas mail-orders hampers come up as the #1 grocery supplier because just about all customers would use a credit card card. The two big supermarket chains that have about a 90% market share I believe come up as #2 and #3.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?

commlinx Re:don't (239 comments)

What he was seeking at the university I really don't know.

Probably a job?

Your analytical skills don't seem advanced.

about 2 years ago
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iPhone Interface For Ham Radio Mates Old With New

commlinx Re:Cool (51 comments)

True, but you need to remember to say CQ DX for long distance calls.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

commlinx Re:RCMP staff should be sued and then fired (770 comments)

This wasn't about stopping taking pictures - the demand was to delete the pictures. Which he couldn't - it's a film camera.

Not that it's the point in the case, but with a film camera it is rather easy to delete your photos albeit at the expense of losing your other shots as well.

I suspect a few seconds of sun exposure is a whole lot harder to recover than deleted pictures on a DSLR, where you can just use a FAT undelete utility especially if no more pictures are taken afterwards.

about 2 years ago
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Greenhouse Emissions Drop Less During Economic Downturn Than Expected

commlinx Bitcoins! (87 comments)

I suspect many millions like myself have thousands of HD5970 cards busy mining bitcoins which probably accounts for some of it. Hell I had to install my own array of diesel generators after I realized that silicon solar cells can't be vertically stacked well.

Anyway I expect my cache of BTC will keep my family and myself financially secure for generations to come, even if air quality may be somewhat degraded.

about 2 years ago
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UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

commlinx Re:Funny joke, related (606 comments)

I'm deeply offended - and off the police

That sounds like a terrorist threat, we are on our way. What is your IP address?

--MI5

about 2 years ago
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Space Junk May Require ISS Maneuver In Advance of SpaceX's Dragon

commlinx Re:This is normal. (47 comments)

That safety zone is shaped like a pizza box and extends out 15 miles (25 kilometers) to either side, as well as a half-mile (0.75 km) above and below the station.

I wonder why it's shaped like a pizza box?

I guess the forward deflector array must be more effective on the vertical plane but anyone know for sure?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'

commlinx Re:Peak? (343 comments)

Damned right, try putting A = PEAK(10) into your BASIC interpreter and see how it goes.

I won't even go into how many people around here have probably either forgotten or never known in the first place how to do a well structured POKE.

about 2 years ago
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Free Font Helps People With Dyslexia

commlinx Re:Maybe it's just the vocabulary... (151 comments)

Interesting, I often find the same reading things not succinct and broken into paragraphs.

more than 2 years ago
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Schneier: We Don't Need SHA-3

commlinx Re:Useful replacement (143 comments)

True, I normally use a 8-bit checksum for my hashing for best performance. On passwords in particular some people think hashing and password recovery are incompatible, but on the server I simply maintain a list of 256 complex looking passwords so a match can be quickly looked up and e-mailed back.

Does anyone know if that idea has been thought of before, maybe I should take a patent?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Now Discounting HarperCollins EBooks

commlinx Re:Lament for the Children (136 comments)

Fucking offtopic horseshit.

Honest question, he has the asterisk next to him for a subscriber but looking at past posts they are all complete shit as well but don't seem to have been modded down. Is that some sort of 'perk' of subscribing?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Reinvents Micropayments — As Surveywall

commlinx Re:I'd be good with this (107 comments)

If there's one thing internet users have plenty of, it's opinions.

Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one and everyone thinks everyone else's stinks.

~~~~ Dirty Harry

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Ask Slashdot: Best geek toys for goldfish

commlinx commlinx writes  |  about 2 years ago

commlinx (1068272) writes "As it approaches Christmas I'm in the process of adding a geek touch to my goldfish tank and need some ideas from the Slashdot community. So far I have collected a few static plastic models, such as the Enterprise NCC-1701, R2D2 and a Supreme Dalek to glue to the bottom of the tank; however I would also like to add some more dynamic items. I already have a USB controlled switchable power socket connected to a Raspberry Pi to control the main tank light remotely and was thinking this might be expanded to control some LEDs, motors and maybe even some Nixie tubes. However I'm unsure of the best way to interface these together and also wondering what precautions are needed because the water in the tank may not be pure? I look forward to hearing ideas from the community and am interested in how you would approach the problem."
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Piracy drops 28 per cent

commlinx commlinx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

commlinx (1068272) writes "According to recent reports piracy worldwide piracy dropped 28 per cent in the first quarter of the year, an international watchdog says. Pirate attacks intensified, however, in Nigeria and Indonesia. Maybe this will bring an end to attempts by the MPAA and RIAA to bring in more draconian laws to combat piracy?"
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Maintaining algorithmic secrecy

commlinx commlinx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

commlinx (1068272) writes "Recently I've been tasked with managing a small development team to develop a pilot project for an Australian electronic voting system. To avoid problems that have plagued similar systems in the United States I'm leaning towards a GNU/Linux open source solution so that the full operating environment can be reproduced from source for complete transparency. A stumbling block is the DES 56 encryption engine has been modified for additional security and we would like to keep this part of the code secret for security reasons.

The key is used to encrypt results before they are e-mailed back to the central server so this level of security is vital to ensure votes aren't received from other sources. I was wondering what ideas fellow Slashdotters could offer remembering the key will be the serial number on the back of the machine so integrity of the algorithm is vital?"

Journals

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Free Rainbow Tables

commlinx commlinx writes  |  more than 6 years ago Recently a distributed computing project was released with the goal of generating perfect rainbow tables. Clients are allocated portions of the table for generation that are uploaded to the server when complete for removal of duplicate and merging chains. The completed tables are not only made available for BitTorrent download but members get credits for the number of chains they have generated. These credits may be used with the novel distributed hash cracker that uses the tables to quickly crack hashes. Tables are be generated for MD5, LM and NTLM hashes. The project is off to a flying start but needs as much CPU power as possible so why not check them out at Free Rainbow Tables and donate a few idle cycles.

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