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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

neiras Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

I get what you're saying. I just think if we ever end up with a wrist-worn device that needs a display bigger than itself, we're going to have some sort of projection trick going on along with gesture recognition rather than a physical expandable screen.

You know, tilt your watch toward you and "see" a larger "screen" hovering over it. Interact with controls by "tapping" them, tracked by depth cameras in the watch. focused puffs of air for tactile feedback maybe.

Seems out there, but given the hurdles materials science needs to get over to give us durable foldable flexible displays that will survive the beating they will take on our wrists, I bet we're looking at about the same timeline. Say, 30 years or so, assuming no nuclear war or worldwide economic collapse.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

neiras Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

How about a flexible screen that is 5" that folds up to a watch form factor. Then when you want it, it unfolds into something useful.

Nah, that would be silly. Creases in my display? No thanks. Flexible devices sound cool until you actually consider how they would work and how they might break.

Needless engineering complexity for no real purpose, sort of like Samsung's stupid flexible TV.

about 1 month ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

neiras Re: Amazing quality (146 comments)

Um. It's funny. I watched the trailer and all I could think was "wow, Blizzard scores are always so one-dimensional. Disappointing."

They are really good at assigning themes to races or characters. But musically, they just seem hamfisted. There's no real complexity or subtlety. Just HERE IS THE THEME. NOW HERE IS ANOTHER THEME.

Technically well executed; emotionally flat as standalone pieces. Blizzard knows that players will simply attach emotions that they are already feeling in game to the themes they hear as they play though, so it works for them.

No need to be evocative or really creative. Music in WoW is just another hook.

about 2 months ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

neiras Breaking things is how we learn (116 comments)

Doing hard or unfamiliar tasks is one way we improve and grow. Mistakes improve our understanding of a domain.

Flagging code for extra review based on "struggle detection" *might* be useful. Sadly, we all know that we'd end up with clueless management punishing or even firing good people because they were stretching to meet a goal.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

neiras I've been in your position (246 comments)

You can never ignore office politics. You don't have to play the game actively, but you do need to be aware of what's going on around you, who is in what camp, what the major conflicts are. You have to cross battle lines regularly to do your job; you can't afford to be seen as a member of the 'enemy camp' by *anyone*.

As an IT guy you need people to trust you, which means you need to be ethical. If you see something you shouldn't know, don't go chattering about it.That kind of thing does get around, and you'll lose trust instantly.

Nothing's stopping you from making personal career decisions based on the information that you come across in your daily work. For instance, if you see that the company is about to be liquidated and you don't want to be around for the mess, by all means polish your resume and start interviewing. Just don't assume that just because you saw something you have the whole picture. You could end up feeling stupid when the private email you saw turns out to be a deliberate test of your trustworthiness. It does happen.

Keep your mouth shut about the things you see. Look after your career and reputation. Be aware of politics, but abstain from participating wherever possible. After a few years when you have trust and credibility, you can consider climbing the ladder a bit and playing the game - you'll have capital to spend.

about 3 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

neiras Re: What the fuck happened to gedit's UI? (402 comments)

As someone who actually likes GNOME Shell, I have to agree. The new-style GNOME apps are horrible. Over simplified, too much white space.

In particular the whole "move dialogue buttons to the window title bar" thing is jarring.

I just use Shell and ignore as much of the rest of GNOME as I can.

about 3 months ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

neiras Re:Who does not have a computer in 2014? (91 comments)

No one wanted them. No one would take them. All I could do is recycle them. You literally can't give an old computer away, because I've tried. So we need to rethink this idea that there are kids who want old computers running Linux. Who are they, and why can't we match up the glut of surplus machines no one wants with them?

You have no idea how many students and families are thrilled to receive a 3-year-old desktop or laptop. I've seen it. I sometimes refurbish old systems for the local horribly-underfunded school district and they are thrilled to recieve them. They are still using machines I built them 5 years ago (from even older hardware) in places. I know, personal anecdote, but this can't be rare. Need is everywhere.

Also, groups like Free Geek exist.

about 3 months ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

neiras This is nuts (230 comments)

Beyond the sick-fuckery involved in permanently deafening marine life after just one exposure to the signal, it really pisses me off that the gathered data remains a secret between the government and the oil companies.

This shit is just disgusting all around.

about 3 months ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

neiras Re:Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

...and gets promptly taken down by a dumb old bullet.

Assuming dumb bullets haven't been made illegal by that point. The population will demand it! Anything that can be done to reduce deadly error, right? /s

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

neiras Re:Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

Imagine a round that *avoids* a target. No more friendly fire!

Neat idea!

On the other hand, someone will probably develop "dazzlers" that send guided bullets off course.

Imagine - bank robber keeps lasers pointed at his hostages and dares the cops to take the shot.

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

neiras Yeesh. (484 comments)

America gets it wrong, yet again.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

What discussion are you participating in, exactly? Your comment appears to be out of context. Who is denying "rape culture"?

about 5 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

Some variation of this comes up now and then, this has been a topic and argument within geekdom for, well, as long as I can remember at least. Sadly I rarely see people actually starting to see from another perspective and instead just circling the wagons to defend about their misogyny.

It's a topic that relates as much to geekdom as it does to any other group. There's no evidence that geekdom is any worse than, say, stockbrokerdom or cardealerdom.

Most people here are objecting to the pigeonholing of our subculture as "misogynistic" when in fact the problem of misogyny is much more widespread.

about 5 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Let's play the labelling game. (1198 comments)

Rapist. Misogynist. Nerd. All labels.

You can apply them to individuals specific criteria. Have you raped? You're a rapist. Do you hate all females? Mysogynist. Overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired? Nerd.

However. The existence of Nerd Mysoginists does not make all members of the Nerd set into Mysoginists. The existence of Rapist Misogynists does not mean that all Misogynists are Rapists.

The author has a problem with Mysoginists. Hating women is not part of any nerd culture I've ever seen or participated in.

about 5 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

neiras Re:Average across models (230 comments)

It seems that a mechanism to determine the "trustworthiness" of each method and thus weighting its individual influence in the vote would make sense. That way the system would weed out the models that produce incorrect results.

Then we feed the system a steady diet of Fox News and watch it downvote the lonely "liberal" model.

Man, this stuff makes me want to go back to school. Highly interesting.

about 5 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

neiras Who the hell cares? (409 comments)

What's next, Slashdot - "One Weird Trick That Clouds Your Cloudy Cloud Cloud?" ...back to SoylentNews.

about 5 months ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

neiras Re:Hmm. (109 comments)

I was thinking it would slow down just enough to get my feet on the ground, then decelerate hard. Obviously free fall to a dead stop would suck. ;)

about 6 months ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

neiras Hmm. (109 comments)

I want my high speed elevator to descend at a rate *just* fast enough to have me hovering six inches off the floor, which should be made of glass.

about 6 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

neiras Re:Mod parent Troll (360 comments)

The evidence is getting quite compelling. But I guess some people cannot see what they do not want to see.

Look, if you think you have something and you want to be the messenger, by all means register a catchy domain name like Heartbleed (HatMunch?) and present your evidence of conspiracy in a straightforward, peer-reviewable way. I recommend staying away from Comic Sans when choosing a typeface.

It's a wild theory, but if you can present anything other than character assasination, cherry-picked facts and NSA O NOE, you might get listened to by people who matter. Until you do that, you're gonna get modded down, and rightfully so. It's put up or shut up time.

But I guess some people would rather vomit paranoia than actually put in the effort it takes to be heard.

about 6 months ago

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Mozilla is mapping cell towers and WiFi access points

neiras neiras writes  |  about 9 months ago

neiras (723124) writes "Mozilla is building a map of publicly-observable cell tower and WiFi access points to compete with proprietary geolocation services like Google's. Coverage is a bit thin so far but is improving rapidly.

Anyone with an Android phone can help by downloading the MozStumbler app and letting it run while walking or driving around. The application is also available on the F-Droid market."

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Filtering software now required on all Chinese PCs

neiras neiras writes  |  more than 5 years ago

neiras (723124) writes "The BBC is reporting that China's ruling Communist Party has ordered all citizens to install government-controlled filtering software on their computers. Apparently the software only manages to filter pages visited in Internet Explorer, transmits user information over the wire in without encryption, and is so poorly implemented that it may effectively make every Chinese desktop vulnerable to exploitation. Here comes the One Botnet To Rule Them All!"

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