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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

duke_cheetah2003 Interesting technology! (77 comments)

What caught my eye most about this invention is how much closer it brings us to operating HEAVY machinery by just moving our hands and the machine responds to our movements.

For me this brings exo-skeletal machines to mind as being much closer to reality, things like the loader from Aliens, the exo-combat skeletons in Matrix, etc. The applications of the tracking system exampled in the video are simply endless, from operating sci-fi constructs already mentioned, right down to more real machinery such as excavators, cranes and other construction machinery.

Looking forward to seeing who merges this stuff with heavy machinery first. ^.^

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

duke_cheetah2003 November? (148 comments)

Without reading the details.. I doubt this will pass, if its democrat sponsered, the repubs will shut it down in the house. If it's GOP approved, the senate will kill it. Gotta love our divided country!

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

duke_cheetah2003 Misleading title (91 comments)

Summary and title is a bit misleading. I was eager to see what they would say about how this 'higgs boson' infers mass to other particles, but they never say anything about that, they just talk about how they found this data and how they produced the results. Maybe I missed something?

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Its a step in "rightish" direction (244 comments)

Totally alien networking protocols. Stuff so different that nothing else on earth can interface with it or even knows how it works.

Like.. um.. Novell Netware on ARCnet? :D

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

duke_cheetah2003 Deploy the REAL cloud (749 comments)

Orbital data centers. Problem solved. Solves lots of problems, actually, full time solar energy, easier cooling. What a good idea! And it's under no government's jurisdiction.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:It's not lost revenue (214 comments)

Yeah, we can tell you haven't been to a theater in a while. For starters, the cellphone use has gone to almost zero, with most theaters threatening to throw anyone out who uses any electronics during the feature.

As far as overcrowding, go during the day, go a week after the movie is released, to reduce the crowding. Arrive early (10-15 mins) to get prime seating choice, put your jacket on one seat to your left, popcorn to the right to keep smelly people from sitting too close. Bring your own snacks in your pockets (including a bottle of water or soda!)

The smart ones get to got to the show, see it on the big screen (possibly in 3D), for the ticket price ($10 typically.) You're just missing out on one of life's pleasures there bro. Anyone who can't afford to take in a movie every month or two must truly be in utter destitute poverty. It's a $20 bill tops if you're smart and stay away from the concession stand.l

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:So this means... (214 comments)

That all the work to prevent piracy of movies is paying off.

By far the best way to prevent piracy is to make it convenient for people to pay to see the movie. I have a Netflix account, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Yet 90% of the movies I want to watch, even relatively old titles, are not available for streaming. So I can either pirate or not watch the movie. It is easy for me to rationalize the piracy, since the alternative (not watching) also results in zero revenue for the studio. I would pay for the movie if it was available.

This right here. Accessibility is become a serious issue for legal means to watch the movie of your choice. I only have NetFlix myself, but I do find it highly annoying when I pay for this fantastic service and yet whenever I wanna see any obscure movie, I gotta hit a torrent site to get it. It's not that I don't wanna pay, I'd be glad to, if it was available.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Anti-piracy campaigns are highly effective (214 comments)

Not to burst your bubble there, but anyone with a modicum of skill with a search engine can quickly glance over a list of torrents, skim the comments on likely 'good' candidates in a matter of minutes, and once the download begins you're free to do as you please. And who the heck burns anything to a DVD anymore? Just fricking stream it over wifi, or stick it on a usb stick.

Optical media has gone the way of the floppy, sorry, it's dead technology.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Not news (214 comments)

Could have told you that, without a study or any silliness, 10 years ago. File sharing was a kick in the nuts for music, cuz music isn't very large, but movies? Never was an issue. Never will be.

MIAA just wanted to play the game same as RIAA, just because it makes sense to them. Too bad it doesn't make sense to anyone else.

"Theft" of data has always been vastly over-valued. They never ever mention how many 'thefts' resulted in an actual sale, or in this case, a family going to see a good movie cuz dad downloaded it and view some or all of it and decided it'd be a lot more fun with the family on the big screen.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

duke_cheetah2003 Another no. (502 comments)

As someone who's been on the audiophile ride from the early days of strange use of the PC speaker, and the first FM synthesis boards, I can say honestly say, a few things happened that made discrete audio hardware obsolete:

1. a basic DSP became widely available, to do audio processing
2. storage became vast enough, combined with audio compression, it made more sense to just pre-record all your audio effects and music and play them back through a basic DSP. I seen this shift in games through the years, from old school methods of creating sound effects and music with code, to just playing audio files included with your game.
3. the general purpose CPU became powerful enough to do any complex signal processing and simply use the basic DSP to output the results of the processing.

Basically, in my opinion, specialize hardware is useless in the face of vast storage and general purpose CPU processing. So a basic DSP is all ya gunna need and that's what basically every PC comes with, standard now.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

I'm not sure the Streisand Effect applies in this case. He's not actually trying to hide unpleasant or embarrassing aspects of his past - what he seems to want is for the article to reflect his own version of those events, or at least to contain his version (or "spin" if you prefer) in some way. And since he's a marginal figure to begin with, he's really in one of those "any publicity is good publicity" situations.

First off, we do have Streisand effect, I never heard of this guy until today. Now I'm among the millions who've now viewed this suspect wikipedia page. Second and more importantly, you're not permitted a 'side' or whatever you wanna call it on Wikipedia. It's just the facts man, no spin either direction, and from my review of the page, seemed to just present the facts. Or maybe I was reading something wrong, I dunno. Seemed pretty factual to me.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

duke_cheetah2003 Completely wrong (270 comments)

This guy is totally wrong, on so many levels. Yeah, ok, so the last 10 years we've been seeing providers buying preferential treatment from carriers. For most of us, the common Joe, we're not going to feel this, not in 10 years. It's just happening slowly, quietly. I imagine as it progresses further, smaller content providers will be seeing the preferential treatment of larger ones forcing slow downs on them. Given more time, smaller providers and startups will face crushing competition with the big guys who can afford to buy up all the bandwidth. Don't even get me started on content providers whom are also carriers.

And saying just because it's been going on for 10 years that we can't go back? WHAAATT? Is this guy insane? So just because they've been building up contracts of preferential treatment we can't say, "Hey, you need to cut that out now." No sorry, common carrier status for all carriers and be done with this issue. I call shill.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Arms race (106 comments)

So once we create new antibiotics that can defeat these types of drug-resistant bacteria, how long will it be until a completely new resistance appears? Let's hope that in the next century our ability to engineer new antibiotics exceeds the pace that bacteria can evolve to evade them.

Nature is pretty astonishing, huh? In just 100 years, we've gone from finding antibiotics to bugs being able to defeat them. A blink of an eye in the scope of human history. I'm with ya, will it take another 100 years, or less for these bugs to evolve to resist whatever methods we discover to defeat them? I think it'll have a lot to do with what we've do with what we've learned this time. That being, we've learned that resistant bugs are completely our own darn fault.

At least for now, we're keeping up with them it seems, but.. yeah, arms race is a good choice of terms!

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Easier (106 comments)

Stop disinfecting and over-cleaning everything. Remove the Purell crap. Let kids eat dirt.

1- It will force people to build their immune system (I'm not always sick like younger generations)
2- If you stop killing 99.999% of all bacteria, it will put an end to super-bacteria (the 0.0001% that survive and reproduce)

I *never* use any kind of medicine (unless I have no choice), I never use band aids on nicks and scratches (don't disinfect them either). I have no food intolerance, food allergies or other weird ailment.

Not to burst your bubble, and not really saying these are bad ideas, I infact condone this. Buuut... killing bacteria, being cleanly does not create drug-resistant bacteria. People not finishing their meds after they feel better is what creates nasty bugs, along with a good dose of over prescribing antibiotics. But washing your hands with a disinfectant has little to nothing to do with this problem. They're not becoming resistant to our germ killing soaps and lotions... it's the medications once the bugs get inside you that they're getting good at protecting themselves against.

about a month and a half ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Sorry to say... (146 comments)

Speak for yourself. I recognized the value of the service they were offering, and I paid.

And you are probably very much in the minority.

about 1 month ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

duke_cheetah2003 Sorry to say... (146 comments)

But I have come to the conclusion the devs just got sick of giving us free stuff, especially when these auditors came along and got PAID to review code the TrueCrypt devs have been toiling on without pay for years.

All your NSA conspiracy theories are fun to read, but really.. I'm pretty convinced there's nothing wrong with 7.1a that will come to reveal it's fundamentally flawed and insecure.

I think I'd be giving you all the finger too if I worked 10 years without pay and some hooha's came along and got paid a bunch of dough to review my stuff and criticize it.

Move along, nothing to see here now. Just some p/o'd devs giving us all the finger.

about 1 month ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

duke_cheetah2003 Death Star (321 comments)

You know AT&T's logo looks like the Death Star for a reason!

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

duke_cheetah2003 Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

I use AWS and I find the usage reports are pretty much up to the minute at any given time. So I think saying 'wow we didn't notice for weeks' is a bit of a stretch.

about 2 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Neat (217 comments)

Society is asking you to follow the law, not to interpret or judge its validity.

Sorry, wrong. Society is asking you drive safely and responsibly. Following the law helps, but not every time, not every circumstance.

about 2 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Steve Gibson (475 comments)

Well, off the top of my head, I know there was the raw sockets in Windows thing. My brain wants to say something about documents and Microsoft embedding something in them, or something like that, the memory of this is a bit foggy. It was a long time ago. It was also rather silly.

I do find it a little goofy he's still pushing Spinrite so much. It's not that it's a bad piece of software, many a year ago, it was pretty darn useful.. today though, using this thing is probably an epic waste of time with current drive technology.

That's all I can recall that is questionable about the guy. I think he's published a lot of useful utilities over the years and seems to be interested in spreading useful information. I certainly have no problem with him. I think others bash on him a little too hard over a few mistakes / overhype.

about 2 months ago

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