New 360-Degree Video Capture Method Unveiled
So how come I have no problem with streaming video, youtube, etc. which typically use about 20% of the CPU? What makes this so special?
New 360-Degree Video Capture Method Unveiled
On my 2GHz laptop, the CPU is pinned to 100%, and all I see are frozen frames that skip through the video every few seconds. The dragging response is so sluggish as to be meaningless since any visual feedback is delayed many seconds. I guess this technology isn't ready for prime time unless you have a bleeding edge gamer GPU or something.
Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?
I don't see what this has to do with "copyright infringement". Anyway, from what I could tell, Tip4Commit takes a 5% cut.
An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her
Yes, but for those of us who know how to root it, your old one will keep up the house and intelligently manage half of your assets.
Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?
Be careful with priracetam. There is
evidence that although it may make people with low IQ/memory problems smarter, it might
also make people with high IQ dumber. Personally, I tried it for a while and it seemed to make no
difference. (Does that mean I have an unremarkable IQ? :-) )
Intel Challenges Manufacturers To Avoid "Conflict Metals"
Tantalum is rare, and it is a conflict metal, but it is not a
rare earth metal. Nor does TFA claim that.
Smart Cars: Too Distracting?
Buttons vs Touch screens? I must be really ancient, because I still hate the replacement of
Knobs with Buttons. There is nothing more user-friendly than a rotating volume control
knob you can reach for in the dark without taking your eyes off the road,
vs. finding a little button and hoping it's not set to the wrong mode.
Oh and while I'm at it, what's the deal with the "fade-in" response volume control knobs where
when you turn up the volume, it only increases a half-second later? Give me the old-fashioned
potentiometers that respond instantly.
And get off my lawn.
Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images
I agree that ISO 8601 is much better,
but people will still put the year last
in informal usage no matter how much you try to convince them otherwise.
Among the countries that I've visited (not an exhaustive list
obviously), only the US (usually) uses "/" as the separator. The others
usually use "." or "-". And only the
US has the month first. So an informal convention that usually works for me when there is
ambiguity is to
as meaning month first, anything else day first.
Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened
A pet peeve with cars is the stupid engine light that gives no clue what
the problem is. I have no idea if it's some lower-priority thing like a
polution sensor slightly out of spec or something where I need to stop
immediately to avoid engine damage. (I know you can buy the code readers,
but I don't carry one around in my car typically.)
So the Tesla, with all its sophistication, says 'Car needs service. Car
may not restart.' WTF? They might as well replace it with an
engine light to save money.
I do agree that 'Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.'
is a little better, but not much.
Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon
One thing that still puzzles me about the early space explorations is
the extremely poor quality of the audio. When I see film clips of those
days, I often cannot understand what they are saying at all; "Houston,
we have a problem" would be like "Hous-acch w-cch acch a pracch-acch".
At first I thought it might be that the extra bandwidth needed for clean
audio would be prohibitively expensive in those days, yet they were able to transmit
live video very early on, which of course uses far more bandwidth.
Wouldn't the barely intelligible audio be a safety issue,
or is it just that I'm not trained to understand it? Does anyone with
historical knowledge know what the deal with this was?
IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down And Pay Up to $110 Million
Actually, if they have 5-6 million, they might as well just use it up on appeals rather than paying the MPAA. In the best case there's a minuscule chance of finding an uncorrupted, rational judge who understands how the Internet works and that an informational link to content they don't host isn't the same as hosting or distributing the content. In any case, once it's exhausted, they declare bankruptcy, and the MPAA will have nothing to collect.
ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)
I'm not sure you understand the problem. The outgoing service (free
public wireless) allows only outgoing ports 80 and 443, whether I'm
using ssh, http, or whatever. The destination (my home) blocks incoming ports 80
and 443. It is impossible to get from one to the other without
going through a commercial 3rd-party service, which is the point of my
ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)
To me, it seems that providers that prohibit home servers (either by
TOS or by actually blocking e.g. port 80) are in violation of FCC-10-201
This was brought up before on Slashdot
with specific reference to Google Fiber's TOS prohibition of incoming
ports. The complaint is described in
http://cloudsession.com/dawg/downloads/misc/kag-draft-2k121024.pdf . I
wish someone would pursue this against all major providers, not just
There is simply no valid reason to prohibit incoming ports. This
issue is not bandwidth - most home servers use far less than say
streaming video. In any case if it's abused, the providers can use
their existing procedures to deal with bandwidth abusers.
This is really at the heart of network neutrality. The only reason
I can see for prohibiting incoming ports is to prevent
individuals from competing with commercial interests that provide
network services. Personally, it really PO's me that my ISP blocks
ports 80 and 443. I keep my files on a home server, and although I can
access them via ssh, many public wifi services (e.g. at hospitals) block every port, in and out, except 80 and 443. I can't really
complain about the public wifi (well, I can complain, but they'll just
tell me that it's a free courtesy they're under no obligation to provide,
so if you don't like it, don't use it). So, to
access my personal files, I need to use a 3rd party's commercial server
(cloud or VPN) that allows port 80.
(As for the dynamic DNS, that hasn't been a serious problem for me - my ISP keeps
it fixed as long as my cable modem is powered and connected, and the IP only
changes when I restart the cable modem. Anyway, that is a secondary and minor problem.)
Asian Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China, Injure Over 1,500
Last summer I had a huge colony of yellow jackets living in my wall.
Maybe not as exciting as killer hornets, but still terrifying
to me at the time.
The first sign was coming home to find dozens of yellow jackets in my
basement, which congregated around the light after I turned it on. I
caught most of them with a butterfly net. Next day, same thing. Two
days later, they worked their way up to my bedroom, apparently having
eaten through the radiator pipe seal. I focused on my bedroom, catching
maybe a dozen per day and increasing. They flew out of my printer when
I printed a page. Flying insect killer would only kill the ones I
hit directly. I started to feel like I was living in the kind of
nightmare you see in movies.
I found their entrance hole in the wall outside the house, with
hundreds coming in and out. I tried spraying hornet/wasp killer
deep into the hole, but no luck. I was warned against sealing the
hole, since they would escape into the house, chewing their way through
the wall if necessary.
Being a cheapskate, I didn't want to an exterminator to rip open the
wall, with repairs to the wall that might have cost thousands, as was
suggested. Instead, I ran a shop vac hose next to the opening, sucking
up any wasp that tried to enter or leave the hole. After 24 hours, the
shop vac was 1/3 full of solid wasp mass, maybe 10000 of them as a
guesstimate. I left it running for a week, each day finding fewer.
Then I ran it during the day every couple of days, finding less each time.
After a month or so, a batch of new queens and drones came out
among the workers, and
There might have been 50K, maybe even 100K total. It was interesting how the queens were very robust
and hard to kill compared to the smaller workers.
Close to wintertime, when I was pretty sure they were all gone, I sealed the
hole with putty.
I read they don't often return to the same nest, and luckily there was
no sign of them this year.
Amazingly, I wasn't stung even once throughout all of this, although
I was very careful, donning a raincoat, gloves, and a butterfly net over
my head in the beginning. On the other hand, my GF was stung a couple of times on her face
at her house, causing lots of pain and swelling, just by casually walking next to a bush where they had a nest
in the ground.
Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards
I flush mine out by giving it a Class-A compulsory directive to compute
pi to the last digit. Since the
value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution, this is a task
it can never complete.
Interview: Contiki OS Creator On Building the Internet of Things
Nice marketing plan. Thingsquare will provide software for all the
little devices as an open-source reference design (hyped as "Open
Source" everywhere on their web site), which will encourage
companies to use it (and then likely close it, being BSD) for devices
they manufacture. This will
provide Thingsquare with a large collection of compatible devices with
little effort on their part. On the other hand, it is all useless
without a server to manage everything, which of course is provided by Thingsquare
and closed source.
All this is fine and well, but anyone expecting a truly open source
network of devices should keep this in mind. For practical purposes, most everything
may likely end up closed source.
Google To Encrypt All Keyword Searches
Doesn't DuckDuckGo have US servers? I would trust ixquick.com more.
Japan Launches Talking Humanoid Robot Into Space
Japanese is more regular than English, and it is SOV order instead of SVO order.
Interesting - it sounds like Japanese is an RPN version of English's infix notation
(where the verb is a binary "operation" acting on noun arguments).
I wonder how that affects thought processes - with RPN, you wouldn't
need the (often erroneous or omitted) parenthetical commas that
makes long English sentences so confusing.
After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers
At least this one makes some attempt, if incompetent, to
isolate the AC. Some years ago I bought a
battery charger (from a shabby convenience store while
that had exactly 3 components: a capacitor in series with
the AC, a rectifier diode, and a zener.
Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard
The grading level runs: Excellent, Great, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Work
Well, "Needs Work" is an improvement over "Emerging", which was the
lowest category when my kid was in school several years ago.
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