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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

marciot Re:Traffic Furniture (594 comments)

I'm sure actual furniture in traffic would do wonders too. Nothing stops traffic like a beat up sofa in the middle of the lane.

5 days ago

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

marciot Can it play DVDs? (179 comments)

I, for one, am looking forward to watching my DVDs with 10x10 pixels per pixel.

about a week ago

Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

marciot There must be a better way (59 comments)

So you 3D print an object at one location, thereby converting it from bits to atoms, and then you send the result via the post to another location?

I think there is a more efficient way to do this, but I can’t quite put my finger on it...

about two weeks ago

Intel Processor Could Be In Next-Gen Google Glass

marciot Drop resistance? (73 comments)

How does Google Glass compare to Gorilla Glass or sapphire? How far can I drop Google Glass before it shatters?

about three weeks ago

Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

marciot Pivot Stand? (330 comments)

I hope it comes with a pivot stand for landscape and portrait mode.

about a month ago

French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

marciot Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

Normally, your convergence and focus operate together.

With 3D imaging your convergence varies but focal point remains the same. No where outside of viewing a 3D image will your eyes ever experience such a scenario.

Interestingly, artificial 3D is the only 3D I've experienced. I've been stereo-blind for as long as I remember, but recently I read Sue Barry's book and found out my eyes converged properly within four inches of my face. So I was able to experience depth by using anaglyph glasses and an iPhone held really close to my nose. I began converting 3D movies to anaglyph and watching them on my iPhone, gradually moving it away from my face. Now I can see 3D at about a foot away, on a laptop screen.

When I am finally able to diverge my eyes properly at a distance, I hope real world 3D doesn't give me headaches like normal people do when they watch "artificial" 3D movies!

about a month and a half ago

Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

marciot iPocket Watch (87 comments)

Why encumber your wrists? What we really need is a device that you keep in your pocket and you can pull out when you need to check the time.

It can be called the iPocket Watch.

about 3 months ago

Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

marciot Re:I bought one of these for Litecoin mining (76 comments)

I bought a 32Gb mSDHC card a few months ago on Amazon, and I received a "32Gb mSDXC" card, complete with fake Samsung packaging, that on a better inspection turned out to be an old 2Gb mSD card with hacked firmware to show up as 32Gb to the host system.

These guys are obviously very good at what they do, but not very ambitious; they should direct their talents towards coming up with a fake 2GB card that stores 32GB of data.

about 4 months ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

marciot Why is it called "firmware"? (141 comments)

When you can rewrite it with software? Not all progress is good. I want to see black hat types remotely reprogram ROM chips and UV-eraseable EPROM chips from the 1980s.

about 4 months ago

Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

marciot Morse code (109 comments)

I'm working on a machine to bring Morse code into the digital age. Please back my kickstarter campaign.

Thank you.

about 4 months ago

Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

marciot Additional heuristic (158 comments)

If it smells like Tide and fabric softener, it must be laundered money.

about 4 months ago

New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

marciot Mutually Assured Destruction (161 comments)

"Viv will parse the sentence and then it will perform its best trick: automatically generating a quick, efficient program to link third-party sources of information together."

This is safe as long as there is only one such service in existence. As soon as a competitor launches a rival AI that does the same thing, any query to the first will cause the first system to query the second system, which then turns around and queries the first, causing volley of questions that leads to the meltdown of one or both data centers.

about 4 months ago

New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

marciot Re:So misleading. (161 comments)

I'm not sure I agree with that statement. If you believe, as I do, that our genetic code is a type of program, than by your argument our own intelligence and free will could be dismissed as being impossible to arise.

I think your sentiment is better phrased as, "if we manage to program a general intelligence, we will not understand how it works."

about 4 months ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

marciot Can a soda can drive a car? (163 comments)

Yes, a soda can can; that's why it a soda can and not a soda can't!

about 5 months ago

Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

marciot Re:they lost me at the title (176 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. Who comes up with these names? Patriot Act, Freedom Act... what next? Utopia Act? Life-is-Good Act? Sex Act?

about 5 months ago

Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

marciot Re:A sad perspective (176 comments)

It turns out that spying on Europe is perfectly legal in the US after this law passes, and that spying on the US is perfectly legal in Europe. . . .

Lucky for everyone's citizens, no European country and the US are incredibly close allies.

Are you saying the NSA is going to outsource spying on Americans to our allies? We can't allow this; we need to keep jobs right here in the US.

about 5 months ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

marciot Re:So! The game is rigged! (570 comments)

get a credit card and charge $100 a month and pay it off. or charge your living expenses and pay it off

And make sure it's a cash back card ;) I've made thousands back in rewards and never paid a single dime of interest. Credit cards are a scam; make it a game to see how much you can scam out of the scammers!

about 5 months ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

marciot Some (more) jobs this would create (272 comments)


8) Coral Relocation Consultants
9) Cochlear Implant Maker for Conchs
10) Ear Surgeons for Sturgeon
11) Disability Lawyers for Sharks
12) Mime School Professor for Deaf and Dumb Clownfish
13) Burst Blowfish Re-Inflation Technician
14) Electric Eel Defibrillation Nurse

I'll be hear all week, folks!

about 5 months ago



WiFi Interference: Beyond the Obvious

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I live in a condominium where I get interference from my neighbors' wifi. I understand that 1, 6 and 11 are the only non-overlapping wifi channels, but how does this translate into real-life best practices?
  • When you must overlap, is there a "good" way to do it? With nine access points, for example, is it better to have three APs each on channels 1, 6 and 11, so that each completely overlaps with only two others. Or is it best to distribute those APs across nine channels such that they only partially overlaps others (but potentially overlap more APs in total)?
  • Do use patterns affect interference? For example, is it best to overlap a channel with multiple APs that rarely transfer data, or to share a channel with one person who downloads torrents 24/7?
  • Does maximum data rate affect interference or robustness to interference? I found out by accident that setting my access point to "802.11b only" mode appeared to give me a vastly more reliable connection that leaving it in "mixed 802.11b/g". Is this a fluke or does transmitting at 10 Mbps, when everyone else is using 54 Mbps (for their 3 Mbps DSL pipes!), give you a true advantage?

A Look Back at Kurzweil's Predictions for 2009

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "An interesting look at Ray Kurzweil's predictions for 2009, from a decade ago. He was dead on in predicting the ubiquity of portable computers, wireless, the emergency of "digital" objects, and the rise of privacy concerns. He was a little optimistic in certain areas, predicting the demise of rotating storage and the ubiquity of digital paper a bit earlier than it appears it will actually happen. As it comes to human-computer speech interfaces, thought, he seems to be way off."
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TV Dinner Tray Recycling

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

marciot (598356) writes "I have no shame to admit that as a non-cooking single male, my diet consists mostly of canned soup and prepackaged frozen foods. One side-effect of this is that I've become very aware and concerned by the waste I generate every week, which is almost exclusively paperboard boxes and cans, which are accepted for recycling in my municipality, platic wrap and TV dinner trays, which are not. Recently I came across a press release from ConAgra Foods regarding their transition to post-consumer recycled plastics in their Banquet, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's products, which to me is excellent and very welcome news. Yet I am surprised by this move, since I expected only a minority of consumers would worry about this particular aspect of TV dinner consumption, and that the incentives for a company to make such a move would be minor. Yet they have done so. Which prompts me to ask: is the environment among the first things that come to your mind when you contemplate the choice about whether to consume "convenience" foods or not. What do you think?"

marciot marciot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

marciot writes "Having obtained a bachelor's degree in EE (and CS, which is now my field), I am disappointed that some basic aspects of electricity were glossed over in such a way that even today I wonder whether I really grasped the fundamentals. One particular aspect that bugs me is that electricity is presented as seemingly having two separate alter-egos. In the world of Van de Graff generators and doorknobs, electrons are content to flow from one charged object to another without care as to whether they will eventually find their way back. In the world of batteries and light bulbs, electricity, we are told, stubbornly refuses to flow unless there is a circuit which neatly forms a round trip. Well, which one is it? Lest you think the answer is simpler than it is, let me pose a question: suppose I have a AA cell and a quarter. Now, if I were to touch the quarter to the positive end, and then move it to the other end, and repeat this motion back and forth, would I eventually discharge the battery? One could say that I am confusing electrostatics with electrodynamics, but it seems to me that giving one phenomenon two different names and treating them separately only avoids a troubling question and keeps us from true understanding. Any thoughts?"


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