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Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

harvestsun Re:within? (89 comments)

My body is a big swarm of atoms but somehow I'm able to tell when a piece of food is within my mouth. Go figure.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

harvestsun Re:"Cinema like" is the biggest joke. (261 comments)

Yes, our eyes don't really "see" *anything*, our brain does. I should have been more literal I suppose.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

harvestsun Re:"Cinema like" is the biggest joke. (261 comments)

A road approaching the horizon is further away in the Z direction. A rectangular screen, seen from a direction perpendicular to its surface, is not. You may want to google "perspective projection". (Although of course our eyes are not a normal perspective projection, since our retinas are curved, and the image is flipped. Good thing we have that "visual cortex" thing I mentioned!)

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

harvestsun Re:"Cinema like" is the biggest joke. (261 comments)

And I have no idea where he gets "dual elongated trapezoids". I assume he's TRYING to describe what a rectangle would look like in a fisheye lens (which, again, is not how humans see things), but that shape would have curved edges. "dual trapezoids" is a very poor (and irrelevant) approximation.

about 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

harvestsun "Cinema like" is the biggest joke. (261 comments)

Cinema screens are curved because cinema projectors use an anamorphic lens, and the curved screen is necessary to cancel that distortion out.

TV screens are not being projected on with an anamorphic lens. There is equal spacing between each pixel on a TV. So making a TV screen curved simply ADDS the distortion that curved cinema screens are designed to prevent.

This is the worst part though:

The slight curvature also reduces visual geometric distortion. When you watch a perfectly flat TV screen, Soneira explained, the corners of the screen are farther away than the center so they appear smaller. "As a result, the eye doesn't see the screen as a perfect rectangle - it actually sees dual elongated trapezoids, which is keystone geometric distortion," Soneira wrote.

WHAT? The screen is a rectangle, so our eye sees it as a rectangle, just as it would any other rectangular object! The visual cortex of our brain makes sure of that. How can someone who works with TVs not understand basic concepts of human vision?

about 2 months ago
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Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064?

harvestsun "Human" disability? (121 comments)

I'm gonna have my consciousness uploaded to a robot by then, have fun with your frail human bodies, suckers.

about 2 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

harvestsun Re:Not trying to mimic the brain. (230 comments)

b-but they both have "neural" in the name! and I read about it in Popular Science!

about 2 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

harvestsun Re:A "right"? (221 comments)

Do you really need evidence for the fact that terms of service, in most cases, are legally binding? I think that much should be obvious.

The question, if anything, is not "can they brick services if you don't agree to the terms?" It's "can you sell a TV advertising certain features, then change your terms in the future making those features unavailable to certain people?"

I am no lawyer but I am inclined to say "yes". The legal precedent seems to be "you can change your terms of service AS LONG AS you notify your users". Which LG is doing.

Though one could argue that it was not clear from the marketing that any agreement was required in order to use the advertised services. If there is any case against LG, I would guess that would be it.

about 2 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

harvestsun Re:A "right"? (221 comments)

Exactly. The only question is whether or not they used misleading marketing. I imagine they need some fine print on the box, saying "you must agree to these terms to use these services". And given that they have an army of lawyers, I would be surprised if they neglected to do that.

about 2 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

harvestsun A "right"? (221 comments)

Does a manufacturer have the right to "brick" certain integral services just because the end user doesn't feel comfortable sharing a bunch of info with LG and other, unnamed third parties?

If by "right" you mean "legal right", then yes. Next question.

about 2 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

harvestsun Big deal (96 comments)

The federal government would need a warrant from a judge if it wants the cooperation of California officials

I'm pretty sure the NSA can already get a lot of information WITHOUT cooperating with state government officials.

about 2 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

harvestsun Re:how can software decide (255 comments)

50 years with no success? Really? Anyone with a functional brain can "solve" it quite easily. For example. I don't have a moral system. So I'll choose the action that benefits me most. Since I'm more likely to be imprisoned for manslaughter rather than criminal negligence, I'll choose to do nothing. Simple.

"Well I DO have a moral system!" you say. Well then do what that moral system tells you to do. If the answer is indeterminate, then your moral system is logically inconsistent. Simple.

Also, I can't imagine this "random" system having much success. The legal implications alone would be tremendous. Not to mention the fact that there's no way I would buy such a vehicle.

about 2 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

harvestsun Terrible, terrible article (255 comments)

should a robotic car sacrifice its owner’s life, in order to spare two strangers?

If such a car exists, I won't buy it, that's for sure! I'll buy from another car manufacturer. I imagine most people would feel similarly. Are you suggesting that there should be a law that all automated vehicles have this behavior? Ha! Good luck finding a politician who's willing to take that up.

all other options point to a chaos of litigation, or a monstrous, machine-assisted Battle Royale, as everyone’s robots—automotive or otherwise—prioritize their owners’ safety above all else, and take natural selection to the open road

We already have human drivers that prioritize their own safety above all else (I know I do!). Replacing these with superior robot drivers could only make things better, no?

the leap from a crash-reduced world to a completely crash-free one is an assumption

Only an idiot would make that assumption. Stop treating your readers like idiots. Oh wait, it's Popular Science. Never mind.

Even if it were possible to simply order all robots to never hurt a person, unless they suddenly able to conquer the laws of physics, or banish the Blue Screen of Death in all its vicissitudes, large automated machines are going to roll or stumble or topple into people.

More often than human drivers already do?

about 2 months ago
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Google's Rogue Internet Balloon Test Spurred UFO Reports Nationwide

harvestsun Re:Oh the irony (65 comments)

Irony. Humorous coincidence. Learn the difference.

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

harvestsun A driver's license of course (301 comments)

Autonomous driving should be thought of as a tool to make operating your vehicle safer. Not a luxury that allows you to sit back and take a nap. Flying a plane is mostly autopilot (except for takeoff). But pilots are required to have rigorous training. Why would car autopilot be any different? You need to be prepared for the worst. And no matter how good the technology gets, there will ALWAYS be situations that require manual override.

And this is where the slashdot idealists come in and say "well if that's the case, we just shouldn't have automated cars. We should only have them if they're completely safe." But be real. What would you rather have: an automated vehicle that works 99.9% of the time, or no automated vehicle at all? I know what I'd choose. Besides, it would be easier to focus on potential hazards if you were able to devote your full mental capacity to it.

about 2 months ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

harvestsun Re:But the real question is.. (315 comments)

1,300,000,000 men to every 1,000,000,000 women!
That's three hundred million men!
BIG NUMBERS BETTER.

about 2 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

harvestsun Good! (306 comments)

More money for me!

about 2 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

harvestsun My CD collection (329 comments)

My CD collection features such gems as "Microsoft Windows 95", "Turbo Tax Deluxe 2003" and "The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis"

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

harvestsun Re:water shortage and rising sea levels (784 comments)

Filling the entirety of Death Valley with water would lower the water level by 1-2 millimeters, optimistically.

Even if there were hundreds of Death Valleys, it wouldn't save any cities from being destroyed.

about 2 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

harvestsun Does no one on Slashdot understand patents? (152 comments)

This is NOT a big deal. The patent is very specific, to the point where it would be almost impossible to infringe (and equally difficult to find prior art). They didn't patent "take a picture with a white background.". They patented having a studio arrangement with a background comprising a white cyclorama, captured with an 85mm lens, configured with an ISO settings of 320 and f-stop value of 5.6, with an elevated platform positioned between the platform and background, with front and rear light sources in the longitudinal axis... and it goes on for several pages.

There is NO WAY anyone will be hurt by this patent. It's business as usual. I know you guys love getting mad at big companies, but cool it, you just look silly.

about 3 months ago

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