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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

So a bit of background first: the PC1512 included a planar extension to CGA, providing 640x200x16 colours. BASIC 2 provided dithered drawing of complex shapes.

LAKESIDE.BAS was a very early procedural graphics generator, using a random seed to draw a, by modern standards, primitive 2D scene. In the distance there was a sky with clouds, snow peaked mountains reflecting in a lake, with little islands and sail boats. In the foreground, there were hills, white buildings with red roofs, white picket fencing separating fields, and all sorts of flowers, bushes and trees. Given how slow the machine was, it'd take a minute or so to draw each picture, leave it up for a little while, and then draw another one.

Whilst this could undoubtedly be rendered in 3D in the blink of an eye, and all sorts of shader magic could make it look like an actual painting, I think it would lose some of the charm.

about two weeks ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

Personally, I'd kill to get a picture frame running LAKESIDE.BAS. Sadly, I've lost my copy of this late 80s "BASIC 2" curio, and since it was pre-Internet, it seems lost in time.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:In other statistics (561 comments)

20% worried they'll win the lottery for a free sex change?

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Or, another way of looking at it: they met their future colleagues, and bailed while the gettin' was good.

about two weeks ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

lisaparratt Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

It's OK, AC will sort the chaos out.

about two weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

lisaparratt Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

There's a story that the USAF sent a stealth bomber to Farnborough airshow as part of the display. Apparently, the pilots were very surprised when Air Traffic Control got in touch to tell them they were doing the display over Farnham, 6 miles down the road.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

lisaparratt Re: Men are obsolete (387 comments)

So what you're saying is that the main source of naysaying against feminism is the patriarchy?

WHO KNEW?!

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

lisaparratt Re:Men are obsolete (387 comments)

It seemed like a step too far, but then they read the slashdot comments, and suddenly spermbanks seemed the more rational option.

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

lisaparratt Re:How about just a good thermostat instead? (228 comments)

Kenwood Cooking Chef - it's not magnetic, but it is induction. I've been lusting after one for a while, but with a high-end non cooking version already, it's hard to justify.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

lisaparratt Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

Facebook uses psychology to make minor changes in our happiness, at the expense of our friends, destroying relationships

FTFY. I know it's rare amongst /. readers, but I have friends that aren't the 5 fingers on my right hand, and if they're sad or upset, I fucking well want to know so I can be there for them and help them.

about 2 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

lisaparratt Re:Love the gender examples (293 comments)

No, they're targeting potential breeders, implying that a woman's place is at home, pumping out spawn. Hence the focus on part time and home working.

about 2 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

lisaparratt Re:New OS? (257 comments)

Maybe they're redesigning so that it doesn't need one, at least not in the traditional sense?

about 3 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

lisaparratt Re:Major Not (240 comments)

9/11 compares to VE day. The problem is, the west is playing the role of Germany.

about 3 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

lisaparratt Re:I call BS (291 comments)

No True Not All Men?

about 3 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

lisaparratt Re:I don't doubt it. (291 comments)

Pretty sure all of those are classical symptoms of depression.

about 3 months ago
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Servo Stock 3D Printer Brings Closed-Loop Control To Reprap

lisaparratt Re:this is cool (56 comments)

You seem to have mistaken 3d printing for a cheap hobby. Given the price of a reel of filament, it's madness to cheap out on the machine itself.

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

lisaparratt Re:Derp (250 comments)

Conditioning only keeps my pink hair pink. Without washing it every few days, the loose dye builds up, and then can come off on hands, clothes, and sweat.

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

lisaparratt Re:PH (250 comments)

Or the increased pH level saponified the oil on you skin?

about 3 months ago

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