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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

drkim Re:Excuse me? (146 comments)

We all know we only have computers because of NASA and space. Although computers can be used to add and subtract vast reams of numbers, back then governments and corporations were too stupid to see this. Only though space exploration do we have the computers we have today. Charles Babbage? Konrad Zuse? All lies. There were no computers before about 1961.

Alan Turing 1941?
John von Neumann?
ENIAC 1948?
Anything?
No?

4 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

drkim Re:FAA loses: Commercial Drones Are Legal (217 comments)

The court ruled, "It is concluded that, as Complainant: has not issued an enforceable FAR regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation...

You are correct. There is a difference, a legal difference, between FAA issuing 'policy' and 'position' papers, and passing actual rules.
They tried to fine this poor guy $10,000, and the court tossed it out saying the FAA had not (and still have not) passed a rule that carries the force of law.

about a week ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

drkim FAA loses: Commercial Drones Are Legal (217 comments)

The FAA has been overturned by a a federal judge on this, and non-commercial and commercial drone flying are now legal.
" NTSB Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled Thursday that the policy notices the FAA issued as a basis for the ban weren’t enforceable because they hadn’t been written as part of a formal rulemaking process. "

http://www.politico.com/story/...

Decision 3-6-14:
http://www.kramerlevin.com/fil...

about a week ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

drkim Re:Do I have to? (64 comments)

Will they kick me off the plane if I lose the game?

No... I believe the gaming all happens at the boarding gate. You're not allowed on the plane until you get a perfect score on the emergency testing.

Of course, if you do TOO well on the First-Person-Shooter part of the testing, the TSA will take you aside for extra screening.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

drkim Re:lol (126 comments)

There's a difference between copying a photo and claiming to be the original photographer.

By copying the photo you are getting the benefit of using the photo on your site.

However, by claiming to BE the photographer, you are defrauding EVERY client who ever books with you from that time on, since they expect you to have the skill to shoot that original photo.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

drkim Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Would be cool to have them combined. Flick a switch on your AR headset and the outside world is blocked out (with a change in optics?) turning it into a VR headset.

(Don't know how enough about the implementations. I expect they work very differently. But still, it would be cool if they could be combined.)

Not particularly hard. Flip an opaque sheet down into the field of view. (This could be display tech dependent, of course..)

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

drkim Re:NO (245 comments)

As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP pointed out.

Pointed out some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP pointed out.

Found the [CTL] V key, did ya?

about two weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

drkim Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (176 comments)

I'm just curious (no, didn't read your link)...
Does this X-10 thing require special bulbs for setting colouration (RGB, light-temperature etc), or can it do that with regular off-the-shelf bulbs?

No - it's a remote on-off, dimming, relay control, thermostats, PTZ camera control, etc. Sends its signals over the power lines, but can do bi-directional signaling.
You can do timers with it, macros, random lights, alarm sensing and activation.

about three weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

drkim Re:Some reasons (176 comments)

...for most people setting up a whole X10 system like tha is a tall order

X-10 is fairly easy to set up and much cheaper.
You set one letter for the house control [A-P] and set each socket, switch or outlet to the same letter, and then one unique number [1-16].

The problem with smart bulbs is, if they fail, you have to pay for a new $30-$60 bulb.

With X-10 you just replace the bulb with another cheap, dumb bulb. No additional programming.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:What do the cartridges cost? (400 comments)

You should've printed out spare 3D printer cartridges first.

What I REALLY should have done was: wish for infinite wishes from the damn Genie when I had the chance...

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:So far away (400 comments)

Actually, the storage cost is a good point...

I also wonder if they will be recyclable/re-meltable materials for these printers down the road..?

So, there's 8 people coming for dinner. You print 8 sets of place-settings, cups, bowls, plates, place mats.

After dinner, you rinse them off, and melt them back into 'raw storage.' Napkins and leftovers get mulched.

Tomorrow, you might need some running shoes...

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:So far away (400 comments)

Just like desktop publishing with those fancy laser printers.

Well said...

...Not that long ago, when if I needed any typeface set other than a typewriter font, I had to drive to a typesetting place with my copy; and then return to pick up the strips of finished type.

If you wanted to edit video, standard def video at that, you had to rent an edit bay for $450 an hour.

What people overlook is that instead of filling their house storing 'stuff,' they can print the things they need on demand. Of course these are limited, and slow and expensive right now; just like limited, and slow and expensive early laser printers.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:So far away (400 comments)

Will you print a whole custom shoe, or just a custom insert for the shoe? The insert gives you a great fit, while using more traditional methods for creating the actual shoe results in a better constructed, longer-lasting product, for less.

They are already printing shoes on multi-material machines. I've held them in my hand. They would certainly fit better than an off-the-rack shoe, since they are printed to your specific foot. (Sadly, not MY foot, which is why I couldn't try them on!)

They use a harder, stiffer material for the sole/heel area, and a flexible media for the insole and sides. The sides were printed with vent holes, as well.

The top and bottom materials are fused together, so it looked like they would hold together forever. I can't speak to lifetime durability, but they certainly looked more rugged than a leather stitched dress shoe.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:Never going to happen (400 comments)

Unless 3D printers can start molding metals, rubber, paint, and various other base materials then this is a non-issue.

They are already doing this - just not at the 'home' level...

Alumide, Steel, Sterling Silver, Brass, Full Color Sandstone, Ceramics...

http://www.shapeways.com/mater...

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:What do the cartridges cost? (400 comments)

Now you can print your own Inkjet cartridges at home!

I would - but my gawddamn 3D printer cartridge dried up.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:We will basically go backwards in time. (400 comments)

3D printing can create some good stuff, but it still won't be an Apple, or a Ferrari.

Design brands like Ferrari will probably start selling licensed 3D models, probably DRMed for a single print.

They already sell "non-car items" like: "Watches, Clothing, Accessories, Collectibles, Home & Office, Sunglasses"

You want "Mahjong Ferrari in carbon fiber?" Only $2,091.00
http://store.ferrari.com/en/ho...
or 3 Ferrari pencils for $28.00
http://store.ferrari.com/en/ho...

It's no big stretch to imagine all kinds of designer product models for sale, just with a little molded logo in one corner.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:So far away (400 comments)

Microwave is actually a good example how an invention can change our life. Many don't cook their own food, just buy some frozen crap.

Not here on Slashdot.

Mom does all our cooking for us, upstairs.

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

drkim Re:So far away (400 comments)

When 3D printing becomes fast, cheap and ubiquitous, the makers of Lego, and the makers of crappy plastic keychains will have to find another business.

3D printing won't start out competing with uniform, mass-produced, molded plastics.

Where 3D printing will make it's commercial inroads will be in custom ergonomic products; custom shoes that fit your scanned feet, armrests for you chair, gloves, glasses frames that fit your face perfectly, headrest for your car, coffee cups and glasses molded to your hand, pads for your headphones and ear buds, pens and computer mice that fit your hand perfectly, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels

drkim Re:And the music isn't bad . . . (31 comments)

It's fairly easy to make automated music that "doesn't sound bad" by choosing a set of chords and a set of notes, then choosing at random. As long as your chords roughly match your melody, and it ends on a tonic it'll sound alright

Band-in-a-Box does a fairly good job of generating nice sounding music, and a great job of arraigning it too.

Although you can input your own melodies and/or chords, it also can generate melodies and chords from whole cloth.

http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.d...
(Try "Exploring Band-in-a-Box 2013")

about a month ago

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Guys Make A Better Healthcare.gov In Days

drkim drkim writes  |  about 5 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 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 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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 3 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 3 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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