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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

drkim Re:Mandatory panic! (411 comments)

Writing "gun" on a piece of paper and handing it to the teller might actually be effective - it conveys the threat of force and probably would lead to armed robbery charges.

Does this look like "gub" or "gun"?

3 days ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

drkim Re:Amazing (161 comments)

You can keep adding factors to it, too:

in 2008 what is the population of the city where abraham lincoln was born:
Results: 2743 people

Plus it will show you all the sources involved:

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        for any specific Wolfram|Alpha result.

about two weeks ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

drkim Re:And yet here I am (98 comments)

Here I am, in downtown Richmond... ...3Mbps DSL.

You do know that they are talking about the average speed for the state..?

The way it breaks down in Virginia is:

You (and everybody else) = 3 Mbps
The CIA in Langley = 2000 Tbps

State average = 13.7 Mbps

about two weeks ago
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New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

drkim Good for HMD's (28 comments)

This would be great for HMD's too. You could design them to be worn without having to accommodate glasses.

about a month ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

drkim Re:No Thanks (57 comments)

A total of 1920x1080 for both eyes might be passable, but NOT when that 1920x1080 isn't actually 1920x1080.
The Note 3 has a pentile display - you're getting significantly reduced chroma resolution.

This version is just a DK.

Oculus is working on a 4K:

http://www.dvice.com/2013-10-2...

about a month ago
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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

drkim Re:Surprise? (57 comments)

Manufacturers of high quality colour LCD/AMOLED displays will laugh at you if you ask for a custom design in quantities of less than 1,000,000. Even for the final version it will be hard for them to justify signing a contract for 1 million displays up front, not being certain of sales volume. Off-the-shelf displays are pretty much their only choice.

Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2Bil. I don't think they will have any problem coming up with enough capital to buy 1Mil displays @ wholesale.

Even if they don't sell 1Mil units; FB will laugh and take it as a write off.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

drkim Re:Turn them into cash (208 comments)

"[...] until our lease runs out."

This makes selling the equipment an even better ROI.

about a month ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

drkim Re:Disaster (127 comments)

People who are savvy will buy online, or from a trusted source. Only people who have no clue will but from Home Depot. If you're reading this, would you buy a MakerBot from HD? Of course not.

Most of the people who work there don't know a 2x4 from a hammer; this will just be a fucking disaster.

The lady at the MakerBot display was a 'MakerBot' person, not a HD employee.

Of course, I don't know if this will always be the case...

about a month and a half ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

drkim Re:I'd rather have it as a service (127 comments)

Put it in a vending machine like case and sell the printing service by time/volume maybe?
Couple it with a 3d scanner, so I can scan in some part I need copied / remade right there. But also make it possible to remotely queue jobs and then pick them up at the store later when they're finished.

That's a great idea. People could pre-order, pre-pay online with a credit card. The machine would give them an estimated pick-up time.

When it's done printing the part, it could push it onto one of those locked shelves like they have on sandwich machines.

When you stick your credit card in the machine, it would unlock your window.

about a month and a half ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

drkim Re:SciFri / Staples (127 comments)

I don't see home depot as servicing the target market for these products. On a story I heard this morning, it seems like people think they can go home and print gaskets or a screw...

Actually, at the Home Depot 3D printer demo they are handing out a sample nut and bolt (with finger nubs to tighten them, not hex heads.)

I'm not sure I'd use them to bolt my house together, but them seem fairly sturdy.

about a month and a half ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

drkim Re:and what would i do with it? (127 comments)

Hmm, My immediate thought actually is that there's a fucking huge overlap. Print your own cornicing for your house... Print your own bath plugs...

True...
I actually wandered into the demo at the HD near me.

The rest of my shopping as I wandered through the store, every time I saw some plastic part, I was thinking, "I could print THAT, and THAT, and part of THAT..."

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

drkim Re:That does it (116 comments)

Time to patten the laptop keyboard password protector

Or just go with a fingerprint reader.

about a month and a half ago
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Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

drkim Re:Done, and done well already. (65 comments)

... I don't see anything "novel" or even better than what we have had already. Maybe if fits a niche I'm not aware of or care much about.

I think the advantage here is that this could be used be someone freestanding in a VR space.

The 3Dconnexion type devices (and I use one) is, like a mouse or keyboard, for someone with a desk surface in front of them.

about a month and a half ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

drkim Re:kind of like a small town fireworks show? (200 comments)

about 600 tons of fireworks on New Years, the weight of about 5 adult blue whales

Thanks for a new unit of measurement: adult blue whales of fireworks. Comparing fireworks to adult blue whales really helps make your number something I can relate to in my everyday life.

Good point.
Think of 600 tons as 27.3 Viking Longboats, each boat loaded with 160 Aardvarks.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

drkim Re:What? (68 comments)

You use your phone to make calls? When were you born grampa, the 20th century?

That does it. I'm slamming down the receiver on you.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

drkim Re:buggy whip makers & theater organists (121 comments)

...as long as that guy is in the pit playing the theater organ live while the movie plays, it'll be fine.

There's no way a 'recorded' music & sound effects score playing along with the movie could ever sound as good.

about 2 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

drkim Re:But what if (107 comments)

Instead of being like a giant battery to power the city, instead it is a evil giant CAPACITOR?

...or if we build it and a sexually ambiguous Jaye Davidson shows up?

about 3 months ago
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NVIDIA Adds Open-Source Gallium3D Support For the Tegra K1

drkim Re:Dick in butt! (17 comments)

Well, that went South quickly.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

drkim Re:Apple to unveil "Smart Home" system (174 comments)

It can't just be a small overclock, you need to turn that bastard all the way up to 11.

On X-10, I can go all the way up to 16!

about 3 months ago

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Is your textbook studying you?

drkim drkim writes  |  about 3 months ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Shades of "Snow Crash"?

A number of schools have started using a program called CourseSmart, which uses e-book analytics to alert teachers if their students are studying the night before tests, rather than taking a long-haul approach to learning.

In addition to test scores, the CourseSmart algorithm assigns each student an “engagement index” which can determine not just if a student is studying, but also if they’re studying properly.

(BTW: We are holding a 'In Soviet Russia....' reference contest on this one, too.)"

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Guys Make A Better Healthcare.gov In Days

drkim drkim writes  |  about 9 months ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Three tech geeks in their 20s... ...didn’t like witnessing the abysmal rollout of the Affordable Care Act website that is Healthcare.gov, so they did what any self-respecting web gurus would do... ...made their own version. On a few nights and weekends."

Rather than make this a flame war about the ACA, what would YOU do to build a better web site?"

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Computerized Rifle Scope Puts Every Bullet On Target

drkim drkim writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drkim (1559875) writes "A computerized sniper scope allows even beginning shooters to target accurately at long ranges — a "real-life" aimbot.

The scope has you designate the point you wish to hit, it then calculates all the variables of where the rifle should be pointed, and then while you hold down the trigger, the scope decides when to make the shot. It can even send multiple bullets to the same spot.

Sadly — it will not be available 'til January — too late to be my Christmas present..."

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Do you want your mouse spying on you?

drkim drkim writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Razer’s 'Naga' gaming mouse not only needs a connection to the net to activate advanced functions and extra buttons, their ToS lets them harvest 'aggregate,' 'individual,' and 'personally identifiable' information on you. The constant connection to the net can also cause sluggish response during gaming. Remember, here in US, mouse watches you. Another article: http://boingboing.net/2012/11/07/razer-naga-gaming-mouse-requir.html"
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Apple Fires Head Of Mapping Team

drkim drkim writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Apple fires head of mapping team after backlash from customers. Richard Williamson was manager of troubled maps division that has been dogged by glitches since dropping Google."

Mr. Williamson promptly left Apple headquarters in Antarctica, and walked to his home in Middelfart, Denmark."

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Lytro newest camera lets you change perspective, focus, content based filters

drkim drkim writes  |  about 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Lytro previous camera let you adjust focus after the picture was taken, this new version also lets you shift perspective and apply cool post effects, based on content, long after the picture is taken.

The image shift could allow for 3-D imaging.

On the sample page there are 'live' examples. Try clicking and dragging; single clicking; or double clicking to get different effects."

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The advertising industry wants to make "Do Not Track" mean "It's OK To Track"

drkim drkim writes  |  about 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "The advertising industry wants to change the definition of "Do Not Track" into "Give me all your data."
A representative of the DMA says, "Marketing fuels the world. It is as American as apple pie and delivers relevant advertising to consumers about products they will be interested at a time they are interested."

"DNT should permit it as one of the most important values of civil society...Marketing as a permitted use would allow the use of the data to send relevant offers to consumers through specific devices they have used.""

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World's largest kinetic art sculpture = computer controlled copper raindrops

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""Kinetic Rain" the world's largest kinetic art sculpture is an array of 1216 copper coated aluminum 'droplets' which are individually motorized on wires, and their animation controlled by computer.

It can be seen at the Singapore airport and is the length of four checkout counters.

You can see a "making of" and demo here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhP9n6WvVfQ ...and the entire 15 minute animation cycle here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmETioVtRG0
(which is lovely, but warning: sappy elevator music!)

It was designed by Art+Com of Berlin."

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Religious sites riskier than porn sites

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites...""
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Robot Fish Take Over Schools

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes ""I, for one, welcome our new goby overlords"

A researcher in New York is building fish robots that infiltrate schools of fish and take them over. The cyberfish could be used to lead fish away from unsafe underwater turbines or other hazards.

An assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, studied the fluid dynamics of leader fish to build a realistic fishbot. The university says the technology could even be expanded to tap energy from the movement of water to charge its batteries."

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No porn for Jobs

drkim drkim writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drkim (1559875) writes "When asked about allowing porn in the Apple apps store, Steve Jobs responded, "Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone."

Earlier this month he said:
"You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.""

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