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Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264

humina Re:Sigh (675 comments)

It's only because they have decided that they should try to force Theora on people that they are rejecting that solution.

You can still install a plugin to view H2.64 video in firefox. You are not being prevented from that option, Mozilla is just not forking over the licensing fees and having it available by default.

You use of the word forced is hilarious. It is like saying that the first amendment to the US constitution forces free speech on its citizens or that a free neighborhood bbq forces food into people's mouths. Nobody is being forced to do anything. Mozilla decided they didn't want to promote a licence that requires a fee (one that can change and is quite substantial). If you want to use it, you are free to do so.

more than 4 years ago

Reusing Old TiVo Hardware?

humina Re:The drama queen (197 comments)

There are 3 tivo version 2 machines at the local goodwill. I was wondering how hackable they were since they were priced so low (so this was the perfect thread). I guess they just turn into landfill without any sort of hacker community, and are just junk in a few years. Repurposing the machines would be great, but I guess the company doesn't see any profit from opening up their hardware.

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

humina Re:most awesome? (621 comments)

I guess he should have said this is the most awesome device that works and doesn't leak liquid helium he has ever seen.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

humina Re:Stickers... (993 comments)

This is a terrible question. The guys "problem" is that women are coming up to him and talking to him? Here is your witty response: ask for their number. Step one to being manly is to stop being an insecure dumbass worrying about looking feminine. If you want women to stop talking to you then just draw a penis on your computer and write "I'm completely insecure" on your laptop. "Problem" solved. If your manhood is put in question because of your laptop then you probably have other issues.

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

humina Re:Next Time, a Younger Brain (203 comments)

I wonder how much better the eye would work on someone with a younger brain, that can recalibrate itself better to the new signals coming from the new eye.

The eye is not replaced. The stimulator is stimulating the nerve cells in the back of the eye which travels through the optic nerve to the optical cortex. Only the rods and cones and some of the intermediate layers of the retina are being bypassed. Your Brain has enough neural plasticity to handle these implants after using them for a while.

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

humina Re:73 years old? (203 comments)

I actually did RTFA, and I thought it would be beneficial to do this clinic on a younger person for two reasons, both humanitarian, and scientific. How would doing a clinical trial on someone who would benefit more be detracting on the study? Sorry for ruining your image of /. not RTFAs.

These implants are only useful to people with retinitis pigmentosa and age related macular degeneration. You rarely/never see full blindness from these diseases in the young. I think a young patient that has gone completely blind from those diseases would be 50.

In both of those diseases the rods and cones in your eye degenerate but the nerve cells that are routing information through the optic nerve are still in tact. These are the cells that are stimulated. In other forms of blindness (such as damage to the optical cortex or a severed optical nerve) these implants will not work.

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

humina Re:The Eyeball Singularity (203 comments)

Since they've gotten the eye-brain interface worked out, how long can it really take before artificial eyes are better than human ones? Technology increases exponentially, as a general rule.

Myself, I'm looking forward to open source eyes.

Way way way far off. Your eye has layers that compress the data that is received from the light input and sent down the optic nerve. To get better vision the implant would not stimulate the retina, since the max resolution would be the number of rods and cones in your eye to begin with, and being able to do that is not happening anytime soon. You would have to directly stimulate the optical cortex itself in order to get visual perceptions of higher quality than your eye can produce. That would require you to know how the body encodes the data in the eye, routes it to the visual cortex, and then you would need to implant stimulators at every single spot in the visual cortex in order to get visual perceptions that are better than the eye. You also have to encode, wirelessly transmit and wirelessly power the whole system. You would be better off genetically engineering a better eye and attempting to implant that instead.

I guess the short answer to your question is: not in your lifetime.

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

humina Re:73 years old? (203 comments)

You need a patient that has gone completely blind from Retinitis pigmentosa or Ag related macular degeneration in order to put the implant in. You will still have better vision in the early stages of the disease. Depending on how bad you get the disease it could take a decade or so before you completely lose your vision. most of the test subjects are quite old for this technology.

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

humina Re:When i see things like this... (203 comments)

The original model was a 4x4 image. This model is probably in the range of 64x64 or perhaps 200x200. It is enough to do very basic facial recognition. Don't get your hopes up that there will be anything much better than that though. Cramming in enough electrodes to individually stimulate the millions of points in the eye required for correct color vision is way way off. Just know that these are grayscale and give you blobs of vision. So far off that stem cell replacements are more likely to be viable before that happens.

more than 5 years ago

Minefield Shows the (Really) Fast Future of Firefox

humina Re:No thanks (412 comments)

The biggest advantage of firefox is the ability to block out javascript via NoScript. Why would I want to give that up?

Well I sometimes I enable scripts on webpages and the addon works in minefield. If you block all javascript then you should simply uninstall noscript and just uncheck the enable javascript checkbox in your firefox options. If you sometimes use javascipt on webpages, then minefield will be faster on those webpages.

more than 5 years ago


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