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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

cynop Will there be unmapped traffic lights then? (287 comments)

Well, it maybe hard for a machine to visually identify a traffic light, but that's hardly the only way. In the "Internet of Things" vision, traffic lights are one of the first things to be connected to the network for traffic shaping. Hence, autonomous networked cars will be actually aware of not only the closest traffic light, but of all traffic lights in a certain radius. Assuming John Leonard lives another 30 years, I find it hard to believe, that similar functionality won't be implemented by then.
Then again, one could argue that networked traffic lights won't span the globe, and thus autonomous cars will be bounded in certain geographical areas. That was true for a lot of modes of transportation originally though, and eventually it will be minimized.

about a month ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

cynop Re:3G is terrible for all these things (118 comments)

The thing is that 3G adds complexity and power requirements to support higher speeds. It is designed from the ground up for higher bandwidth. The majority of IoT applications need long battery life and long range communications, not high link speeds. Using 3g for IoT is re-purposing technology engineered for something else: Sure it might work, but it's hardly optimal

about 2 months ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

cynop 3G is terrible for all these things (118 comments)

Actually the problem with 3G is not the size of the module at all, but the fact that 3G drains the battery very fast, and the costs from the providers are vastly higher compared to other technologies. Sure 3G for Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication might make sense since the yearly cost in a car is far higher than the cost of 3g connection and there's plenty of electricity to go around, but for smart meters? No way. Especially for industrial applications with thousand of devices, the costs rack up pretty fast, especially when you want your IoT-network to last years, not months. There are other technologies out there that are far more suitable for these kind of things (802.15.4 protocols, SIGFOX's network, OnRamp's network etc)

about 2 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

cynop Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

That's a nice idea, but even tv's that cost less than 200£ can play mkv's and mp3's from a USB stick. My Samsung tv can stream straight from any PC in the same LAN [As long as a certain samsung app is installed in that pc].

about 3 months ago
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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

cynop The bigger picture (230 comments)

Ok so here's a bigger picture of what led to the shut down.
1) The ERT (National Radio) was a way for decades for the goverment to reward supporters with well-payed tenured jobs.
2) As a result, there are hundreds of people working there who get payed for menial tasks.
3) The Troika has demanded that about 2500 people working for the public sector will be fired before the end of June. 150.000 before the end of 2014.
4) A large privatisation programme that was a requirement from the Troika to continue the Greek bail out failed on Monday (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jun/10/greek-gas-supplier-selloff-gazprom )

As a result shutting down ERT hits two birds with one stone: It allows them to fire more than the minimum 2500 that was required, and also distracts the public opinion from mondays failure that is sure to bring more austerity measures. The goverment claims that the shutdown was justified because of the corruption and thriftlessness of the organization, while the governing party was the one that helped create them.

about a year and a half ago
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In Sandy-Struck NJ Town, Verizon Goes All Wireless, No Copper

cynop Emergency Situations? (155 comments)

They better design the network to be able to withstand the extra load that an emergency situation would create. Imagine the panic when a disaster happens and noone can reach anybody for help or to make sure they're ok.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

cynop Wifi wavelength radiation strapped on my head (473 comments)

Am I the only one worrying about having a device that emits signals at 2.45GHz stuck directly on my skull all day long? Sure, the intensity may not be big enough to damage brain tissue immediatly, but I' would wait till I can see some long-term effects.

about a year and a half ago
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Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

cynop Re:Here's an idea (185 comments)

When deep space exploration ramps up it'll be the corporations that name everything... the "IBM Stellar Sphere", the "Microsoft Galaxy", "Planet Starbucks".

about a year and a half ago
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Demand for Kopi Luwak May Be Threatening Wildlife

cynop this coffee (112 comments)

...tastes like crap

about a year and a half ago
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Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

cynop Not too long ago... (398 comments)

...after CES everyone was saying "Your next TV will likely be 3D, whether you like it or not", but this year everyone is classifying 3D TV as a passing fad, and an unimportand factor when it comes to consumer. I'm pretty sure that unless touchscreens enhance by a signifant degree the user experience, we'll see the same thing happening again.

Just because manufacturers have found a new gimmick to sell, don't mean that we have to follow them around like sheep

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

cynop Re:The right format isn't around yet (465 comments)

It is possible right now. It's a concious decision of the publishers to release "bare" e-books with no added content, and i think this is the main reason that e-books have not yet taken off. The DRM plays a big role too of course.

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

cynop The right format isn't around yet (465 comments)

And by that I don't mean pdf, mobi or whatever else is around. I mean a format that combines the text with abilities that can't be found in classic paper books. Imagine reading a military history book with animated maps showing the movement of troops. Or a thermodynamics book where you can scroll, move and change the attributies of a graph so that you understand how they fit together. Imagine a book about electromagnetism where you can actually see the field lines and how they change when you move the coils or whatever. That would be the equivalent of a killer app in my book. Of course, those are indeed genre books, but I'm sure there are appropriate uses for general fiction books.

The publishers don't really seem to try these things. They basically give you only a pdf of the printed book, no added value. The only things I have enjoyed reading in my tablet are comics, because the color image translates well and there is fewer text on the screen. And I believe that is true for a lot of people, and that's part of the reason the comic publishers have tried new things while the majority of the publishing industry just tries to cling on the old ways.

about 2 years ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

cynop In other news... (599 comments)

...P.R. departments have managed to argue that down "is, in its way," the new up, black " is, in its way" the new white and that a weird, distracting, unsettling and akward experience is a good thing. Yay!

about 2 years ago
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GameSpy's New Owners Begin Disabling Multiplayer Without Warning

cynop in the future... (247 comments)

I suppose in the future, developers will think twice before using gamespy.

about 2 years ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

cynop Just an Update: (553 comments)

From ArsTechnica:

UPDATE

In a response to Ars, Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham assured users the company will "never stop creating Humble Indie Bundles... and the other bundle types we've successfully launched this year. But we’re also eager to see if our pay-what-you-want plus charity model meshes with critically acclaimed AAA content as well."

Graham said the new THQ bundle did not represent a permanent departure from the company's indie roots, and that the company may even release a third indie bundle this year. "This year has also been a year of many experiments for us that fall outside the traditional Humble Indie Bundle framework," Graham told us. "We’re very excited to be able to offer the gaming community a massive sale with blockbuster content and raise money for charity at the same time. We will of course continue to support indies content as a core of our business."

Regarding the lack of Mac and Linux ports this time around, Graham said plainly that, "in the case of this promotion, it would not have been possible for us to deliver this blockbuster content via other means." But Graham also promised the Humble Bundle "will not cease in our quest to bring awesome content to Mac and Linux and Android," and pointed out that the Humble eBook Bundle contained the first digital publication of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Signal to Noise.

about 2 years ago
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In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

cynop Kinda harsh (339 comments)

Even with prior convictions taken into account we are talking for a financial crime here not a violent one. I wonder if 15 years in prison has any correctional value for someone like him.

  What is the purpose here? To secure the community from the evil he represents or to make sure the producers profit what they should? It seems like he is made to be an example and nothing else.

For some reason, i can't help but think that this could only happen in the US of A.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

cynop Re:Windows RT == Zune (287 comments)

Keep in mind though, that apps made for windows 8 "metro-style" will be compatible with windows RT. So the ecosystem will build up anyway. I see them changing the marketing direction after a couple of versions down the road. "Bussiness" for those needing old x86 compatibility and "Home User" for those who just use the latest version of an app

more than 2 years ago
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Italian Supreme Court Accepts Mobile Phone-Tumor Link

cynop Re:Scientific proof (190 comments)

The frequencies involved are too low to be ionizing. Dielectric heating could be a problem, but not at the power levels involved. That leaves what? The tumor gremlins who live in every Samsung handset?

You are correct about ionizing, but since cancer mechanism are not only based on molecular bonds breaking down, this is not definitive. That's one of the reasons the WHO has classified cell phone radiation as "possibly carcinogenic" http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

more than 2 years ago
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Italian Supreme Court Accepts Mobile Phone-Tumor Link

cynop Re:From TFA: (190 comments)

i think it was just a figure of speech. We should also note that this has been translated from Italian.

more than 2 years ago
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Italian Supreme Court Accepts Mobile Phone-Tumor Link

cynop Re:Scientific proof (190 comments)

i understand what you're saying, and agree with you mostly. But we must be extra careful when we use the term "science" to include every funded research. It is importand to note that the subject is still open scientifficaly, with no definite corellation found but with no definite proof pointing that cell phones are safe either. Also there were many documented cases in the past were funder research was just another way for corporation to gather data to manipulate for propaganda.

TFA is a bit lacking in the arguments in favor of correlation, but just because they are not mention we shouldn't start crying about witchunts.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple Patents location-based camera disabling

cynop cynop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cynop (2023642) writes "Pretty soon, photographers won't be harrased me security officers for taking pictures in certain locations...cause the cameras will have stopped working on their own as soon as they enter a specific location.

U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, published on Tuesday, is titled, “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device”, and enables a camera with wireless connectivity (such as an iphone, or the sumsung's android camera ) to be remotely disabled by setting a “geofence” around a particular location, whether it’s a movie theater, celebrity hangout spot or protest site."

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Hyperspectral Cameras Used to Uncover Ancient Mysteries

cynop cynop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cynop (2023642) writes "Hyperspectral cameras are those that can capture information in the electromagnetic spectrum, far beyond what the human eye — and consumer cameras — can see. American Photo Magazine has a fascinating feature that tells of how researchers around the world are using the cameras to uncover century and millennium-old mysteries:

The historic discoveries are just getting started. No one yet knows how much researchers and scholars will find with this new generation of hyperspectral technology. More than a hundred years ago, in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, archeologists found piles of illegible papyrus. Recently, University of Oxford researchers found that they contained fragments of a lost tragedy by the ancient author Sophocles, of whose plays only seven were known to have survived. New imaging methods have also found portions of a poem by Archilochus that reveal new details about the genesis of the Trojan War. The research at St. Catherine’s could settle long-standing debates over the origins and foundation of some of the world’s major religions."

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Apple Claims Android Started With Them

cynop cynop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cynop (2023642) writes "Apple pretty much is saying now that Android started with them. According to the article in Gizmodo:
"In the early 1990s, Android head honcho Andy Rubin worked as a low-level Apple engineer. And that, according Apple's latest ITC filing, is grounds enough for them to potentially block Android in the US.
Apple now asserts that Rubin's superiors at Apple were the inventors of that realtime API patent and he worked for them at the very time they made that invention. (...) It's possible that he then contributed to the implementation of the claimed invention.

(...)If Apple were to sue Google directly over this particular patent, the could conceivably get an injunction. Against the entire platform. As well as lots, and lots, and lots, of money."

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