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TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970

monopole Not Surprising (349 comments)

I haven't looked at a TV transmission in over a year, I only happen to have 2 monitors that incorporate receivers, cancelled cable over 5 years ago.

I either watch DVDs or streaming video. I do have a lovely home theater arrangement, with little or no time to watch it.

TV hit the point of diminishing returns a decade ago.

about 3 years ago

Android 3.0 Is Trickling In, But Are the Apps?

monopole Re:What's different (231 comments)

Pretty much FUD or worse. I own several tablets w/ 1024x600, 800x600 and 800x480 resolutions running 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3. All the apps scale fine (w/ the exception of ACV which has pretty much been obsoleted by PerfectView). To tell the truth, the cellphone style interfaces are fine particularly if you have fat fingers and bad eyes.

This is mainly a game by which Apple defines what are "real" tablets to continue the perception of the tablet as an expensive luxury item.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

monopole Re:It's good Tim is getting more exposure (471 comments)

You mean nobody pushed the hype level on tablets to 11 before he did. My SmartQ7 and Fujitsu 5032D existed well before the iPad.

more than 3 years ago

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World

monopole Re:Less ad money? (124 comments)

Yes, but I plan on spoofing it w/ my harem of RealDolls

about 4 years ago

Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won

monopole Re:Tampering! (262 comments)

The M$ PR department has issued a correction please replace "product tamperers" with "pedo-vandals w/ WMDs"

more than 4 years ago

Real-Time Holograms Beam Closer To Reality

monopole Re:Every 2 seconds? (79 comments)

Speaking w/ 30+ years of experience in holography, this is going to be really miserable to make practical. The computation involved is hideous for realistic scenes and the bandwidth is insane. If you want to get real time and something better than sick figures you have to heavily constrain the wavefront reconstruction.

A true hologram reconstructs the entire wavefront emanating from a scene, which gives it it's unique nature. Cut back the bandwidth and the realism or the viewing angle go to hell.

more than 4 years ago

Land of Lisp

monopole Re:Python is the Lisp of the 21st century (330 comments)

Amen! Python is elegant, trivial to install, trivial to use, but insanely powerful. Even on a windows machine, installing a very comprehensive toolchain involves installing Python(x,y) and PyGame

What freaks me out is the mystification of programming and hardware. Having grown up on Ahl's "Basic Games" I always thought computer literacy would increase. Instead we have bunches of fanbois who boast of how ignorant of the hardware and software they use. I mean, when did superuser become an honorific?

more than 4 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

monopole Re:Best of Both Worlds (538 comments)

The Kilogram is obviously far too French. They will obviously attempt to socialize it by redefining it as how many baguettes of cheese a surrender monkey can eat.

more than 4 years ago

Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks

monopole Re:Students will complain (419 comments)

"This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her—but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong—something that only pirates would do. ...

Of course, Lissa did not necessarily intend to read his books. She might want the computer only to write her midterm. But Dan knew she came from a middle-class family and could hardly afford the tuition, let alone her reading fees. Reading his books might be the only way she could graduate. He understood this situation; he himself had had to borrow to pay for all the research papers he read. (Ten percent of those fees went to the researchers who wrote the papers; since Dan aimed for an academic career, he could hope that his own research papers, if frequently referenced, would bring in enough to repay this loan.)"

  From The Right to Read by Richard Stallman

more than 4 years ago

Early Review of 11" Macbook Air

monopole Re:Not a netbook? What? (348 comments)

Quite true, I've been using a EEE 1000HAB ($179 off of woot) with the memory upped to 2GB hooked to a 23" monitor w/ a USB key as my sole "Windows Box" to write a 40 Page proposal which had to be in a ".doc" format. I ended up doing all the illustrations using Poser, DIA and GIMP. It worked fine for this role, perhaps a tad less snappy than a full out computer but perfectly fine for my purposes. It's thin enough and light enough to toss in my big bag or a netbook bag. In fact I prefer just tossing it in my bag rather than a USB drive so I can make any mods to the documents onsite. My I note that my other 1000 HAB runs Ubuntu 10.10 UNR.

All that at 17.9% of the cost of a MBA

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

monopole Re:Creator and Overseer of Android Responds (864 comments)

Was just typing nearly the same thing in this morning to get an up to date version of Android-x86 Froyo for my T91MT.
Of course if you tried to do that w/ iOS you'd be committing several felonies

more than 4 years ago

Creating a Quantum Superposition of Living Things

monopole Just What We Need (321 comments)

Schrodinger's Flu!

more than 5 years ago

Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

monopole Think about learning as a distro (1345 comments)

Knowledge has a series of dependencies. You can't really do quantum mechanics w/o calculus and other higher math, and you can't do higher math w/o algebra, and so on. The problem is that uploading, and validating these dependencies can take many years. In theory conventional education is like the Linux Standard Base, a set of common packages which minimize the amount of dependencies that have to be loaded. Thus, in theory, a high school graduate should be able to handle most forms of non specialized knowledge. College majors and prerequisites are similar in this regard.

Autodidacts are like folks who load every program they use without a package manager. A difficult task which not everybody can do. Also such systems are prone to crashes (massive holes in experience/training)

The problem w/ much of mainstream education is that the 'IT department' is doing things by rote and doesn't really understand packages.

What would be interesting is an educational overlay on wikipedia or the equivalent which would explicitly identify and specify these dependencies.

more than 5 years ago

Sandia Studies Botnets In 1M OS Digital Petri Dish

monopole Re:WINE (161 comments)

I hope Microsoft issues a statement that only Genuine Windows software can fully support viruses and malware in an effective fashion.

more than 5 years ago

How Heavy Is a Petabyte?

monopole Re:Minimum mass of a Petabyte (495 comments)

That was my dissertation topic, conventional systems require ~kT per bit (k is the Boltzmann constant = 1.3806503 Ã-- 10-23 m2 kg s-2 K-1 and T is the temperature of the gate in Kelvin) for each read. Quantum systems can access well below that by various trickery (single photon optical computers can reduce this by a thousandfold). In theory a individual photon can hold huge amounts of data in it's state vector before collapse. The trick is making a measurement on enough of these photons to extract the info you need while overcoming shot noise.

more than 5 years ago

Sci-Fi Writers Dream Up Ideas For US Government

monopole Yeah... Great Ideas (123 comments)

Umm, Great Ideas From Sigma so far:

Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.

"free and worth every cent"

Give me Charles Stross, John Scalzi, Rudy Rucker even David Brin and we'll talk.

more than 5 years ago

Palm Kills Community Before It Begins

monopole Re:contrary (247 comments)

Never ascribe to malice what can be accounted to stupidity.

Every time I hear the "Only Responsibility is Maximizing Value for the Shareholders" argument it seems to be coming from executives who are gutting a company to realize great quarterly profits. They then jump clear on golden parachutes as the husk of a company nosedives.

Wise corporations think well ahead, plowing money into research and development, retaining skilled and loyal workers, and cultivating a loyal and fanatical consumer base.

Palm (and Handspring later) used to be the former, producing truly innovative, best in the world products. Now it's the latter, clueless and circling the drain.

Entire segments of American industry have been wiped off the map this way in a manner far more pernicious than any communist could conceive.

more than 5 years ago



monopole monopole writes  |  more than 8 years ago

monopole (44023) writes "An official freely accessible US government web site contained detailed plans for a Nuclear Bomb: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/world/middleeast /03cnd-documents.html?hp&ex=1162616400&en=d6e60f28 8e881789&ei=5094&partner=homepage To quote: Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to "leverage the Internet" to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein. But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb. The official government site also had instructions for making Sarin and Tabun Nerve gas: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/world/middleeast /03documents.html?_r=1&oref=slogin This on the heels of three USB drives containing nuclear secrets showning up at a Meth lab in Los Alamos: http://www.nature.com/news/2006/061030/full/061030 -9.html I feel so much safer now!!"

monopole monopole writes  |  more than 8 years ago

monopole (44023) writes "The BBC is reporting on the development of a bilingual translator under development by Carnegie Mellon University which senses sub-vocalized speech, recognizes it, translates it and then synthesizes the translation. The overall effect would be to dub the speech of the speaker."


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