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Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs

heroine Tubes for video are coming (226 comments)

Just like tube amplifiers for audio, the NTSC TV look is probably going to be sought after. We thought those artifacts were going to be around for all time & mastered how to choose colors that would always display. The new VGA monitors were too expensive & we weren't old enough to know any better.

more than 5 years ago

Cheap 3D Motion Sensing System Developed At MIT

heroine Keeping the projectors focused (60 comments)

So how do they keep the projected patterns in focus as the actor moves towards & away from the projectors? What if you want to track a close actor & a distant actor simultaneously? Those projected patterns aren't going to be in focus & the sensors won't know where they are.

more than 5 years ago

Cheap 3D Motion Sensing System Developed At MIT

heroine Here's how it works (60 comments)

It relies on cycling a repeating pattern from every projector 500 times/sec. Every pixel in the pattern encodes a unique symbol by the colors & the changes in the colors over time. By sensing what symbol hits each sensor, you know what pixel from the projector is hitting the sensor & what position on the projector's XY plane the sensor is in. If you know the XY plane position from 2 projectors, you can triangulate the sensor's 3D position, but projectors with enough resolution & bandwidth to do the job are expensive. $1000 would be for very low resolution.

more than 5 years ago

"Miraculous" Stem Cell Progress Reported In China

heroine Scam (429 comments)

This has scam written all over it, but don't try searching for that on the Goog. These people get something stuffed in their bodies, fly home, & voila, 20/400 vision instead of 20/4000 vision & no side effects. Can anyone even measure 20/4000 vision? Does anyone even know if it's the fact that they're stem cells or if it was the extra volume of whatever they're stuffing?

more than 5 years ago

Will Oracle Keep Funding Sun's Pet Java Projects?

heroine Java is sun's pet project (234 comments)

That's like saying Oracle is going to pull Java. The very reason we all have to use Java for our day jobs is because Sun keeps pumping money into odd projects & promoting it. Everyone likes designing Java API's but Sun is the only one making progress on implementation. How many API's would get implemented if Sun didn't spend the money? Android still has just 1 implementation.

more than 5 years ago

Most Distant Object Yet Detected, Bagged By Galileo Scope

heroine and how distant was it? (101 comments)

Too bad not one article said how distant it was. Still working on that one, but at least we know it's the "most" distant.

more than 5 years ago

UK Government To Back Broadband-For-All

heroine Who's backing it again? (192 comments)

Is it the government or the taxpayers who are paying for it?

more than 5 years ago

India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

heroine The future of call centers (97 comments)

Hopefully Indians can do more for themselves instead of being the back office grunt workers that they've been for everyone else.

more than 5 years ago

MIT and the Constant Robotic Gardeners

heroine effect on illegal immigration (101 comments)

But won't this cause tax revenue from illegal immigrants to plummet & home equity to fall because of the lack of illegal immigrants to buy houses? It's going to be banned.

more than 5 years ago

Sophisticated Balloons Could Help Steer Spacecraft

heroine ballutes & russian heroines (96 comments)

Our favorite part of ballute aerobraking is when the beautiful Russian heroine comes into your state room & starts making love to you.

more than 5 years ago

Flying Micro-Robot Takes Off

heroine long used in humans (72 comments)

This has long been used in humans. Either a magnetic robot flies in the bodily fluids or magnets are used to move an instrument in the body. Who knows what a flying magnet in air would manipulate, since it's in air.

more than 5 years ago

Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

heroine telecommuting stimulus package (652 comments)

You'd think it would be more effective to support working from home like they do in Japan instead of spending all this money on more cars to transport your face to your boss. Guess cars are more important to some people.

more than 5 years ago

YouTube Symphony Orchestra Set To Debut At Carnegie Hall

heroine blurry, underexposed, shaking live concerts (69 comments)

I'll be the first concert without any lights, with half the orchestra shifted off the stage, with everything always out of focus, & with only 1 note you can actually hear.

more than 5 years ago

How Does Flash Media Fail?

heroine had many dead SD cards (357 comments)

Have had several SD cards fail in a custom board & 1 fail in a commercial product. In all cases, they got into some safe mode where they wouldn't accept write commands but would accept read commands. The problem may be static electricity, too many invalid write commands, or just flaky manufacturing.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it's really hard to find failures of SD cards on Google, or failures of any commercial product for that matter.

more than 5 years ago

Google App Engine Adds Java Support, Groovy Meta-Programming

heroine Making Java as unreadable as Perl (168 comments)

Surely there is a way to make Java even less readable than Groovy. Maybe make the entire language pure regular expressions or allow every character including the . to be an object.

One outcome of Sun's future liquidation is that no-one is around to promote the 1 Jesus language & Java ends up fragmenting into thousands of derivatives like Linux or Fortran.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Pictures in Talks With YouTube

heroine Life with Goo Ray (84 comments)

It's going to be a 320x240 version of HD, with the word HD in a small button in the lower right. When you click it, it expands to 400x300, wow!

All the movies transferred to Goo Ray are going to be defocused, underexposed, shaken, & the audio muffled for the Goo Tube look you've come to expect.

more than 5 years ago

MIT Building Batteries Using Viruses

heroine 2 second charges were better (98 comments)

Last month's battery which could recharge in 2 seconds was way better than this.

more than 5 years ago

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

heroine today's april fool is tomorrow's fact (348 comments)

Remember when Napster sold itself to the music industry. That was originally an April fool's story, before it became real. Then there was the April fool's story about taxpayers paying off all the mortgages in the world.

more than 5 years ago



Record Companies Win Music Sharing Trial

heroine heroine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

heroine writes ""the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account." But was she busted for seeding or for originating the files?"
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