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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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

marciot Some of the jobs this would create (272 comments)

1) Fish Deafness Specialist
2) Hearing Aid Designer for Dolphins
3) Bass Boosting Headphone Maker for Bass
4) ASL Teachers for Octopi
5) Jellyfish Mending Seamstress
6) Aquatic PTSD Therapist
7) Exploding Whale Cleanup Crew

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

Loking at those pictures, while bad it was probably survivable if he had been wearing a seat belt. It was being ejected that killed him.

It was the sudden stop after being ejected that killed him.

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Why can it go that fast? (443 comments)

Well, at the equator, the Earth rotates at about 1000 mph underneath you, so your car has to go at least 1075 mph when driving west to exceed the speed limit. 100 mph is nothing... you're practically moving backwards.

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

marciot Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

I guess they can also charge him with "leaving the scene of a crime"

Why just charge him when you can supercharge him?

about 2 months ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

marciot Is it reusable? (188 comments)

I'm sure this technology isn't cheap. They should make it so once it penetrates a target it comes out the other side and flies right back to the sniper so he can reuse it on the next target -- otherwise it's a waste of some pretty expensive technology!

about 2 months ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

marciot Re:I should start a company... (203 comments)

Get ready to travel through time and eat cake while you do it!

My company with patent pending technology will let you travel through time while eating cake.

Sorry, I got prior art on this. Everytime I find myself eating birthday cake I am shocked that I've traveled one year though time. It really sucks (the time travel, not the cake).

about 2 months ago

Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

marciot Alcohol (187 comments)

According to the article, there was alcohol involved.

about 2 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  |  about 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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