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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Skydiving apps (471 comments)

Skydiving may be a niche sport, but it's also at times a sport that relies on many gadgets.
As a skydiver, I could see uses for the following:
A barometric altimeter...

This could be hilarious:

"I wonder if it's time to pop the chute yet?"
[Checks watch]
"Damn beachball! Come on! Maybe I need to rebo..."
[Splat!]

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Clock. (471 comments)

So I can tell the time, which I currently use my phone for. Oh, I still need a phone?

That seems to be the main issue here.

It's not really a stand-alone 'Smart Watch' (in the way that a phone is a 'Smart Phone')

It's more like a "peripheral for your smart phone"

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

I just love the 4k TV trend.

Those rich people parting with their money now will finance a cheap very good quality set of computer monitors for me in just a few years.

They are coming out with 5K TVs now.

That's good, 'cause all those people with 4K TVs are probably tired of watching movies and TV in stupid 4K.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:Debt is Wealth. Ignorance is Strength. (471 comments)

Debt is Wealth... ...Cold is Warm.

So, I guess what you're looking for is the app that could shield you from the death rays that the black helicopters are beaming at you, and pop up a pre-folded tin-foil hat.

Got it.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

drkim Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

do you have any idea how small the display on google glass actually is?

Yes. It's like a 25" inch high definition screen seen from eight feet away.

about a week ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

drkim Re:Anthill Inside (169 comments)

+++OUT OF CHEESE ERROR+++

I'm just glad that Balmer didn't write:

This Windows application has stopped responding to the ayiiiiiiiiiiEEEEEEEEEE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

drkim Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

Or perhaps for nude or sensitive pictures or video, use a stand-alone camera; not a camera phone or networked device.

I'm pretty sure most of these movie stars could afford a cheap point-n-shoot or DSLR.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

drkim Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

...I recommend using multiple safes/vaults/etc with different passwords...

It's just funny - because Pamela Anderson had her sex tape stolen from her safe. (back when there were 'tapes')

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

drkim Re:German version is cheaper?! (169 comments)

Okay, so why is the german version cheaper?

Ve haf ways uf making you read!

about two weeks ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

drkim Re:The 3 year cycle... (181 comments)

Maybe the fact that most kids these days only play on consoles?

I think you're right about this one.

Back 'in the day' the game software got more sophisticated almost with each game released. Home consoles were fairly primitive. For the game or pro computer consumer there was a constant pressure to build a machine that could keep up with the latest software.

I think there are several factors which contributed to the stagnation of the hardware upgrade cycle.

1. More game developers now are using middleware to develop their product; instead of writing fresh and improved code for each release. As such, the render demands are stratified between each release of middleware, rather than each release of title.
2. With a larger segment of the game consumers on consoles, the game quality, and render specs, again, tend to stratify between console releases, rather than individual game releases.
3. The build–your–own PC market has shrunk. Remember all those cool computer shows, and PC boutiques? Most are gone; and the hard-core builder is left with places like Fry's, and Newegg.
4. With the increase in game consoles, and smart phone games, the number of actual releases for PC has declined. Walk around a Game Stop these days looking for PC games, and you're likely to get the same feeling one would get wandering around an old video rental store looking for Betamax. "Oh look! There's the one shelf with the PC games on it!"

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

drkim Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

"Out of pure curiosity" do you shower with gay men?

Do you like movies about gladiators?

Well, this part of the thread explains the ">150 GB per month" part.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

drkim Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Never thought of this until I made the same typo elsewhere a few minutes ago: B, or b doesn't look line N, or n in handwriting. On the other hand, B is next to N on a keyboard. Therefore, Woody Allen wrote that script on a typewriter.

You are very wise...

Mr. Allen writes everything on a typewriter. An Olympia portable model SM-3, to be precise.

He bought it in 1951, and has used it for every script he's written since.

Bonus factoid:
Instead of [CTL] X and [CTL] V, Mr. Allen uses scissors and stapler.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

drkim Re:Mandatory panic! (421 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"?

about three weeks 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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        This list is intended as a guide to sources of further information. The inclusion of
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        for any specific Wolfram|Alpha result.

about a month 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 a month 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 1 month ago

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Is your textbook studying you?

drkim drkim writes  |  about 4 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 10 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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