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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

freelunch Re:Do the tests stat ... (27 comments)

The moth that burns twice as bright burns for half as long.

about a week ago
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Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service

freelunch How many are guilty of this? (376 comments)

Remember when you'd go to a Radio Shack, Kmart, etc, and they'd have "personal computers" on display? Atari 400's, TRS-80's, etc. Oddly, they were often sitting at the basic prompt.

10 print "Kmart sucks!!!!!!"
20 goto 10
run

more than 3 years ago
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Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

freelunch Microsoft's new patent (693 comments)

Balmer's next innovation will be to patent copying search results. Then they'll sue Google for infringing on Microsoft's copy. Profit!

more than 3 years ago
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New Laser Makes Pirates Wish They Wore Eye-Patches

freelunch Real pirates don't fly the Jolly Roger (645 comments)

Fortunately, where I sail on the ocean, we don't yet have to worry about pirates. But there is a real challenge in identifying actual pirates vs. people who are merely on the water. Add visibility problems, language barriers, and that pirates probably want to remain stealth for as long as possible.

Not every non-tanker is a pirate. Ships aren't always easy to avoid. They turn, and not always in predictable ways. Someone may try and move out of the path of a ship and inadvertently move into the soon to be path. Targeting some family who is out fishing, a disabled vessel, or telling Lance to open up with the forward fifties at a merely suspect target a mile way, is not acceptable. And yet, you don't want to let actual pirates get close.

Attacking someone with any sort of weapon just because they're within a half mile or mile is not reasonable. This isn't like CCW, where the threat tends to be closer and more obvious.

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

freelunch Bollywood (466 comments)

Bollywoodnix

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer Promises Microsoft Tablet By Christmas

freelunch Re:Well let's face it... (356 comments)

Coal is so old fashioned.

Chair throwing is the new coal.

more than 3 years ago
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Canon Unveils 120-Megapixel Camera Sensor

freelunch The future is now (289 comments)

boasts a ridiculous resolution of 13,280 x 9,184 pixels

My 6x7 cm film images are already 11,023 x 9,448 when scanned at 4000 dpi.
And there are no artifacts from Bayer interpolation.

30x36" prints, and even larger, are spectacular. But you need good lenses, a good tripod, and good technique; otherwise you won't resolve the detail.

And with 20x30" prints only $9 at Costco (on profiled printers), I *am* enlarging my prints to poster size, thankyouverymuch.

I look forward to digital catching up.

about 4 years ago
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Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?

freelunch Re:Can't enforce what is ignored. (483 comments)

..., but a citizen wants to start his own enforcement. Yeah, I see this working out.

Go Goetz 'em!

about 4 years ago
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Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

freelunch Prior art, bad patent (317 comments)

This seems to be yet another one of those "look at my new patent (on an old idea)!" type of PRs.

BFG race tires featured asymmetric sidewall construction in the 90's specifically to increase effective negative camber in situations where it was limited by race rules and the chassis.

Mechanics of the Aysmmetric Construction

about 4 years ago
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Oracle Sues Google For Infringing Java Patents

freelunch bye-bye, Java (510 comments)

So bye-bye, Java goodbye
Drove my Dalvik to the levee,
but the levee was dry
And them Oracle boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Larry Ellison was obviously really high
Singin', "this'll be the day that java died..
"this'll be the day that java died."

about 4 years ago
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Last Roll of Kodachrome Processed

freelunch Film rules (359 comments)

Kodachrome died for a few reasons, but in large part because better films came along. Fuji's Velvia being one of them. I LOVE shooting film. It's also interesting how long some of the best engineered films will last, compared to dvds or hard drives.

I shoot medium format film (6x7 cm, about 9000x11000 at 4000dpi, 550MB 16 bit compressed tiff). And while I love digital for some things (spray and pray, and low light action), interpolated digital doesn't come anywhere close to what is captured on a transparency. Though getting all that greatness off the transparency is difficult. But when done right, even a $10 20x30" print from costco or elcocolor can be spectacular.

I currently scan with a Nikon 9000. I'd kinda like to get together with some folks to work on an open source drum scanner project. Drum scanning with a photomultiplier tube (or similar) is a great alternative to the deficiencies of CCD sensors.

I also like prints. While it is nice to view images on a screen, they don't become tangible until they are embodied in a print.

And, btw, digital images archived on common photo sharing services rarely have enough resolution even for a good 8x10" print (300dpi). So I don't think that is viable.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

freelunch Just happened to me (1115 comments)

Some ip thief stole my idea for first post.

more than 4 years ago
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Statewide Franchise Illegal? Detroit Sues Comcast

freelunch Comcast runs amok in Michigan (183 comments)

The law that moved Michigan's franchise authority to the state level lacks any provision for resolution or mediation of consumer disputes. What a wonderful gift to comcast - no complaints to deal with. Prices go up and up, and in some areas comcast's hardware is oversubscribed, so image quality is poor. Analog quality was better than their digital.

Thank you Governor Granholm. Maybe you can further stimulate Michigan's economy by converting even more waterfront public parks to private golf courses. And when your final term soon ends, maybe Comcast will have a nice job for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

freelunch Ticketmaster did it too, only worse (574 comments)

The FTC gave TM a slap on the wrist for doing the same thing, and then they approved TM's acquisition of Live Nation. Their conduct was arguably much worse.

Ticketmaster Reaches Settlement on Complaints of Deceptive Sales

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Ticketmaster over complaints that the company used deceptive tactics to steer Bruce Springsteen fans to more expensive tickets through its own reseller last year.

The complaints stemmed from 14 Bruce Springsteen concerts last year where fans were steered to a Web site with inflated prices.

The settlement, announced Tuesday by the F.T.C.'s chairman, Jon Leibowitz, came after an investigation into 14 Springsteen concerts last May and June in which thousands of customers on Ticketmaster's Web site were pointed to TicketsNow.com, an eBay-like resale marketplace with no price caps, that offered similar tickets at inflated prices.

In some cases, brokers on TicketsNow advertised tickets they did not have, and the fans never got the tickets they paid for.

Under the terms of the settlement, Ticketmaster must pay refunds to fans and disclose the availability of tickets it resells through its subsidiary.

"TicketsNow.com sold phantom tickets without letting consumers know that the tickets did not exist," Mr. Leibowitz said in a statement. "Then, the company held onto consumers' money, sometimes for months, when it knew those fans weren't going to see Springsteen. Clearly consumers deserve better. They deserve to know what they're buying, including the risk that their tickets won't materialize."

more than 4 years ago
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OpenOffice 3.2 Released

freelunch Alternate keybinding support? (260 comments)

I like Open Office right up until the point where I have to edit documents using those keybindings. Unfortunately, the features don't include any mention of improved alternate keybinding support. Surely not everyone wants to adapt to Windows keybindings?

As an example, Firefox supports emacs editing keybindings via a simple Gnome option.

Having to create keybinding files from scratch is a chore. Worse, new OO releases often don't support past keybinding files. I don't think it would be a major effort to include alternate keybinding files, and make switching a bit easier? I'm sure quite a few of us would volunteer to make that happen.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Vulnerability Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

freelunch Adobie Gillis? (355 comments)

Whenever I see yet another Flash security issue, I wonder if Adobie Gillis is their CEO, or maybe they should change their name.

more than 4 years ago
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Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

freelunch Re:The Glory went out of IT (623 comments)

The best project manager I ever had, had weekly meetings in which you were assigned lines in Microsoft Project- had to give an estimate when assigned- and then were asked to give percentage done for anything currently in progress, and reasons for missed deadlines.

Too bad it was a government job

Whew! For a moment you had me worried I might encounter her!

more than 4 years ago
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Hospital Equipment Infected With Conficker

freelunch Re:The question (289 comments)

The question here is this: did the sub-human wankers who created this ever consider this possibility? Now that it's happened, do you think they give a shit? Is there a chance that someone is saying, "Gee, maybe this wasn't such a good idea..." right about now?

No, they're saying "Windows 7 will be more secure, and even better for medical devices"

Or did you mean the Conficker authors?

more than 5 years ago
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Computer Spies Breach $300B Fighter-Jet Project

freelunch Only one thing is certain.. (330 comments)

Someone is going to get a promotion for this. Because people who "work" in government almost never, ever get fired.

Maybe they'll find a low level grunt to blame it on..

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon To Block Phorm Scans

freelunch Another reason for https (140 comments)

More sites should provide an option for https, like gmail does. Some still don't even provide it for authentication.

Once upon a time there were wimpy CPUs, and https was a more significant computational burden. Now, not so much. Especially when compared to the resource requirements of most dynamic page generation systems.

more than 5 years ago

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