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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

nman64 Re:Duh! (75 comments)

Judging by the article, it doesn't seem like the experiment supports the conclusion. The experiment demonstrates that applying the filters makes it more difficult to distinguish real objects from virtual objects, but it does not necessarily follow that this makes the experience more immersive than the unfiltered version. In general, a consistent experience is important to suspension of disbelief, but that is only one factor. Most people didn't have a problem "getting into" "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" or "Space Jam". Believable interactions is another important factor - one that these visual filters will impair. Obviously, the effectiveness of this approach will vary from person to person.

In any case, I can't imagine a use case for this technique. Such an approach would make interaction with the environment (including walking) more dangerous and frustrating. Attempting to interact with the environment would likely result in increased stress as your mind fights to determine what is real and what is not. If you're forced to remain stationary and can't trust what you see, what's the point in augmented reality?

about three weeks ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

nman64 Duh! (75 comments)

It isn't terribly surprising that adding a cartoonish rendering effect to both real and virtual objects would make them more difficult to discern as such. I certainly wouldn't call it more immersive - quite the opposite, in fact. It is extremely obvious that what you are looking at has been altered and that you are not looking at "reality".

about three weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

nman64 Re:"Gave them time" not "Waited" (81 comments)

Actually, the flaw in bash was also embargoed for a couple of weeks. The problem is that the original patch that was given time to circulate didn't fully fix the issue, and nobody realized that until after the embargo was lifted and the problem became public knowledge. "Responsible disclosure" was exercised in both cases, it just didn't work out well with Shellshock.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

nman64 Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

This fairly well summarizes many of the steps I take. Additionally, I have Tasker set up to reboot the device if an incorrect PIN is entered too many times. Once triggered, the decryption key is no longer stored in RAM and they have more than the relatively simple PIN to deal with.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

nman64 Re:We really would like a new interface (2219 comments)

I wish I had mod points. Parent is exactly right. I'm sure there are other backend improvements that could be made, but the "classic" interface is exactly what we want. Implementing unicode and similar small improvements would be very welcome, but a complete overhaul is never going to go over well with this "audience". If you shed this audience - your current readers and contributors, you'll not likely get another.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

nman64 Look at the Job Descriptions (293 comments)

First, you need to look at what skills the jobs will really require. If they are looking for an experienced DBA, you're a long way from qualified. If the postings you're looking at are with SMBs looking for some general IT staff, then you can probably already handle most of their needs.

Database administration is a discipline all its own. It takes a long time to learn databases at that level, and that's probably not what you want to do. Most of the shops looking for someone experienced with Exchange and SQL Server are looking for someone who can handle basic installation, configuration and, most importantly, troubleshooting. You can learn those skills pretty easily by just playing around with the software and using Google and maybe a few books. As others have already recommended, a TechNet subscription will be helpful here. SQL Express will get you started nicely. Don't consider yourself ready until you've managed to break things a few times and figure out the fixes on your own. I strongly encourage you to get familiar with Exchange 2012 and PowerShell, even if the job descriptions don't mention them - they're the way things in the MSFT world are going, and you'd need to deal with them sooner or later.

about a year ago
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Salvaging E.T. In Software, Instead of New Mexico

nman64 Re:My friend had that game. (146 comments)

I still have the game. I know exactly where it is, along with my Atari consoles and controllers. I played it not too long ago - I pull it out from time to time to demonstrate it and other Atari games to those who missed out. I thought the game sucked when it was new, and I still think it sucks now. The game was horrible. Its contribution to Atari's downfall may be overstated, but the game really was terrible. It was one of my least favorite Atari titles, and that's saying a lot.

about a year ago
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Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life

nman64 Re:Screw Pigeons (209 comments)

No, just "Walking on Sunshine"...

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Users Voting On Privacy, Instagram, Other Issues

nman64 Not a Democracy (80 comments)

Never, ever mistake a company collecting feedback from its users for a democracy. Facebook's users aren't even its paying customers.

about 2 years ago
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DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It

nman64 Re:Government Computer Skillz (454 comments)

They can jail you indefinitely?

Yes. Works in the States, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Member Claims Anonymous "Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization On Earth"

nman64 Re:Hmmm.... (241 comments)

Indeed.

more than 2 years ago
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Member Claims Anonymous "Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization On Earth"

nman64 Re:Hmmm.... (241 comments)

the US secrete service

Yes, those secretions are to be avoided at all costs.

more than 2 years ago
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Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence

nman64 Cave Johnson here... (107 comments)

Fact: The key to any successful cooperative test is trust, and as our data clearly shows, humans cannot be trusted. The solution: robots! Then, fire the guys who made those robots, and build better robots. Then, run those robots through a regimen of trust exercises, creating a foundation of mutual respect, reinforced by the simulated bonds of artificial friendship. Inspiring stuff. And finally, we put that trust to the test. Bam! Robots gave us six extra seconds of cooperation. Good job, robots. Cave Johnson. We're done here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZMSAzZ76EU

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox: In With the New, Out With the Compatibility

nman64 Gruman again?! (366 comments)

How is it that this asshat's "stories" continue to reach the front page?

more than 2 years ago
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South Korean Scientists Prepare To Clone Wooly Mammoth

nman64 Unpredictability in Complex Systems (195 comments)

There's, uh, another example. See, here I am now, by myself, uh, talking to myself. That's... that's Chaos Theory.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

nman64 Re:California (398 comments)

When you're already suffering from dangerously-high blood pressure as a result of years of Coca-Cola consumption, it won't help you.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

nman64 Understood (78 comments)

He has my condolences.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

nman64 Re:California (398 comments)

+1 Informative

more than 2 years ago

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Phobos-Grunt Probe Coming Down

nman64 nman64 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nman64 (912054) writes "The defunct Russian Phobos-Grunt probe, already discussed here several times before, is expected to come down between Saturday and Monday. It is not yet known where it will come down. It is not considered a danger. Most of its weight is in the fuel originally intended to propel it to Phobos, one of Mars' moons, and back. The fuel tanks are expected to burst high in the atmosphere, and most of the rest of the debris is expected to burn up long before impact."
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