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Amazon Patents the Milkman

jackbird Re:Ok (365 comments)

I was doing that with Freshdirect in 2005. Except for the heating oil part.

about a year and a half ago
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Solowheel is for People Who Think a Segway is Boring (Video)

jackbird Re:Boring, show the thing in use!!!!!! (94 comments)

Search Solowheel on youtube. Or follow the link in the summary.

about a year and a half ago
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Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

jackbird Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Memristors, Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes, nanoscale 3D printing, DNA sequencing, and many, many more...

about a year and a half ago
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Architecture Firm and ESA To 3D Print Building On the Moon

jackbird Re:Go back to living in a cave, hominid (113 comments)

No liquids of any kind plus no sedimentary rock plus no volcanism (ie lava tubes) for eons means no caves.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary

jackbird Re:How people talk?! (310 comments)

Again, it's not "bullshit," it's hundreds of thousands of entries like this one for "pirate"

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary

jackbird How people talk?! (310 comments)

I'm still boggling at the idea that anybody thought Urban Dictionary was going to help Watson sound human.

"Bullshit?" Sure.

All that bullshit on UD describing sex acts that exist only in the imagination of 11 year olds? And described using not really the best prose those 11 year olds can muster? Not so much.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

jackbird Re:Fallout (385 comments)

That's why you get a shrinkwrapped copy of CS5 on Amazon and upgrade to that.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

jackbird Re:The latter. (385 comments)

They sure as shit don't have progress bars for the file open command. Try accidentally opening a 1 GB PSD over a VPN tunnel sometime.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

jackbird Re:How will this affect the industry? (385 comments)

CS2's native high bit depths are pretty limited. Just about the only thing you can do in float space, for example, is color correction, gaussian blur, and downconversion. Even the 16 bpc mode lacks a ton of features and is generally a pain in the ass.

about a year and a half ago
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German Laser Destroys Targets More Than 1Km Away

jackbird Re:Oooh shiny!!! (338 comments)

Except scorched tank armor is black. 100 ms later, it's black and melted.

about a year and a half ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

jackbird Re:Boggle (909 comments)

We use 11x17 (aka Ledger or Tabloid) all the time; it's probably the third most common US paper size after Letter and Legal.

about a year and a half ago
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Cree Introduces 200 Lumen/Watt Production Power LEDs

jackbird Re:Cooling is the issue (421 comments)

recessed cans, yes. Those square fixtures with a metal frame around a frosted glass/plexi lens is what the OP is referring to. You generally don't see those in commercial settings; just residential construction between 1965 or so and 1990.

about a year and a half ago
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'Connected' TVs Mostly Used Just Like the Unconnected Kind

jackbird Re:walled gardens don't work (217 comments)

Isn't that a fair description of a cable box/DVR?

about a year and a half ago
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New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

jackbird Re:Unauthorized export resale? (936 comments)

Gosh, whatever did they do before the invention of the taser?

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Impounded In Amsterdam

jackbird Re:the other side (221 comments)

WTF is Starck doing taking a 6% commission? Starchitects take 15%-20%. Perhaps Starck was taking 20% of the interiors budget, with the shipwrights taking 10%-15% on the hull/mechanicals design.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Lego Sold Out?

jackbird Re:Buy plain bricks.... (425 comments)

The keyword you're looking for is "Lego Education." Search that on Amazon.

about a year ago
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Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts

jackbird Re:Why the lower receiver? (528 comments)

My understanding is that replacing the barrel is something a gun owner might reasonably need to do occasionally, while the lower receiver is both not particularly failure-prone (not subjected to high stresses when firing), and holds all the other parts of the gun together.

Sort of like defining a car as the frame, despite the engine, drivetrain, and interior components contributing many more of the qualities we consider essential to that particular model of car.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

jackbird Re:Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

I'm saying that the irony of a founding father exhorting gun ownership as a means of averting "slavery" in a slaveowning society is a bit rich.

More generally I'm alluding to his likely belief that women and white males without property similarly need not be armed either.

And that his enthusiasm for personal armament as enabling "freedom" in a society where many were decidedly not free has strong echoes today in the way people on both sides of the gun control debate perceive the social meaning of guns (freedom-preserving self-sufficiency-enabling tools for independence on the pro side; democracy-thwarting social-contract-breaking unequalizers on the anti side).

Which gets at the heart of why the gun control debate goes nowhere - guns mean such different things to the people on either side that arguments to statistics, reasoned solutions, and history don't carry much weight.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

jackbird Re:Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

I wonder whether the actual slaves were counted among that "whole people." Maybe they got 3/5 of a musket.

about 2 years ago

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The technical side of the webcam spying story

jackbird jackbird writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jackbird (721605) writes "A gentleman calling himself StrydeHax has published an in-depth examination of the technology at issue in the webcam spying controversy at a Pennsylvania high school. Hopefully some of the more infosec-knowledgeable /.ers can weigh in on the merits."
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