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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

jeti Re:Useless (235 comments)

Any kind of unusual light seems to work. I've written a small app (Better Bike Light) to use my cell phone as a rear light. When I use it, cars are considerably more considerate when bypassing me. I'm not sure if they're more careful when encountering something unfamiliar or are just curious, but it seems to work.

about three weeks ago

German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

jeti Re:Just like the DDR or the 3rd Reich never happen (103 comments)

The terms were dictated by the US. They are part of the agreements that regulate(d) the occupation of Germany (see Truppenstationierungsabkommen).

about a month ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

jeti Suspension? (218 comments)

The wheels are very close to the chassis. I wonder whether the vehicle has any suspension at all.

about a month ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

jeti (59 comments)

And if you don't want to spend your money on a gadget, you can get localized pass predictions from .

about a month and a half ago

Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

jeti Re:Not sure Sony are going to do much with this (46 comments)

1. Yes, Sony has a bad track record when it comes to marketing VR glasses. (Did you even know that VR glasses for the PS2 exist?) However, with all the press Oculus has generated and the competition getting ready, Sony may be willing to make a bigger bet on VR.

2. FB seems to be going for a hands off approach that won't hinder the adoption of the Oculus Rift. I'm at least willing to take a wait and see approach before condemning the buyout. Apart from that, core members of Oculus like John Carmack and Michael Abrash as well as Mark Zuckerberg seem to be inspired to implement the Metaverse as described in Snow Crash. This is likely a medium term goal that comes on top of the general Oculus platform.

3. Valve has clearly stated that they are not interested in producing their own VR hardware. And the former core members of Valves VR team are now employed by Oculus. Valve will likely promote good VR hardware solutions and software and provide a uniform VR API. It's also probable that we'll see recommended bundles of VR hardware, Steam boxes and the Steam controller.

about 2 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

jeti Re:Hurry up and take my money.. (104 comments)

Valve has no plans to produce their own hardware. And Michael Abrash, who was at the core of Valves VR research, is now working for Oculus.

about 2 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

jeti Negotiate (522 comments)

Russia will probably be willing to lift the ban if the US lifts its own ITAR restrictions. They disallow the export defense-related technology, including rocketry, to Russia.

about 2 months ago

How Ford's Virtual Reality Lab Helps Engineers

jeti Re:Frame rate (49 comments)

But a low framerate contributes to simulator sickness. It's no wonder the engineers in the video are careful to move their heads slowly.

about 4 months ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

jeti Re:Royalty collection? (427 comments)

Not quite. The GEMA only collects fees for its members. The problem is the GEMA assumption. If you play a song, you either have to pay the GEMA or document that the relevant artists do not have GEMA contracts (which is either a pain or plain impossible).

about 5 months ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

jeti Re:Bullshit (427 comments)

Do you have a source for this? To my knowledge, the GEMA demands 0.375 Euro cents [PDF] per view.

about 5 months ago

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

jeti Re:Axis of evil, again (137 comments)

Is this a joke? This sounds exactly like what Borne Again Christians, including George W. Bush believe in.

about 8 months ago

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

jeti Re:Metadata (256 comments)

Metadata is just data about data. This can be almost anything. For voice recordings, you could reasonably claim the following information to be metadata:
- Existence of keywords or keyphrases
- Voice signatures, identifying the speakers
- Stress levels of the voices

If you look at how US agencies are gaming the legal system, they will probably claim that transcripts of conversations are not the conversations themselves and therefore metadata.

about 8 months ago
top and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

jeti The Vasa effect (494 comments)

Can we call this the Vasa effect? Named after the pride of the Swedish marine that sank minutes into its maiden voyage, killing dozens of the crew.

about 7 months ago

Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

jeti Re:Why are they doing this? (137 comments)

The US doesn't really need oil from the middle east. Europe and Asia do.

about 8 months ago

NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race To Create Offshore Havens For Data Privacy

jeti Re:Spot on (166 comments)

Eduard Snowden wasn't employed by the NSA, but by Booz Allen Hamilton, which belongs to the Carlyle Group. Think about the opportunities insider information offers to these kinds of investors.

about 10 months ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

jeti Re:US Trust is gone (248 comments)

US companies won't regain any trust until the US government lifts all gag orders that came attached to NSLs.

about 10 months ago

John Gilmore Analyzes NSA Obstruction of Crypto In IPSEC

jeti Re:I don't feel insane anymore (362 comments)

Just that they're out to get you doesn't mean your not paranoid.

about a year ago


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