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Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

patlabor Re:Take into account human nature (372 comments)

There are many more combinations of words in history than there are words in a dictionary. This method is plenty safe

more than 2 years ago
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The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

patlabor Re:Gimmick (220 comments)

I'm not sure you understand how this camera works. It wouldn't be possible to create an SLR because the image capture from the photosensor needs to be post-processed. This is because there is an array of lenses in front of the photosensor, so the light passing through each lens will hit the photosensor at different points. Therefore, you MUST post-process this image otherwise it would be like looking through the eye of a fly. The only way to increase the resolution is by increasing the number of lenses on the array and increase the resolution of the photosensor.

Technology like this may seem simple and not very useful, but first generation products always are. Things take time to develop, and often take other imaginations than the creator to build something truly amazing.

more than 2 years ago
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The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

patlabor Re:New medium awaiting new aesthetics and explorat (220 comments)

It's a single photosensor. The lens array and maths are doing the hard work. Therefore, although the data processing requirements may be very data intensive, the actual image should be the same, or very close to the same, as an image taken without the lens array. The maths should be implementable fully in hardware such that all processing can be done on camera at video speeds, so there is no reason that this couldn't be done. The issue would be making a cohesive focal point between frames. Having to focus a film frame-by-frame would take a lot of time and would be something only film studios might be willing to do, but would be too annoying for consumers.

more than 2 years ago
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Emergent Gravity Disproved

patlabor Re:Here we go again (102 comments)

> I am a gravitational theorist.

I don't even understand what that title means, but it sounds very cool.

He attracts a lot of ideas...

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle's Java Policies Are Destroying the Community

patlabor OpenOffice... (314 comments)

... was given to the Apache Community. Does that seem like action by Oracle to "stomp Apache and its open source Java efforts clean out of existence"? If anything it makes the Apache Community stronger. Java is definitely one of Oracle's most important acquisitions from Sun, which is why they are currently in court against Google. Programming mistakes happen all the time. Granted, some optimization flags were enabled that shouldn't have been, but that doesn't make Oracle intentionally malicious in this case.

Accidents happen, get over it.

I'm tired of these flamebait articles. What has happened to factual news reporting?

more than 3 years ago
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RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

patlabor Naive System (554 comments)

What is preventing a student from giving their card to a friend? Someone else could also take a test for a student if the teacher relied exclusively on an RFID scanner.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Reports Memory Resistor Breakthrough

patlabor Re:Forget replacing only RAM (141 comments)

Really? There isn't even an array of memristors in the world or a model of how the brain works, and you can claim this? Get back to your cartoons.

When you create a model you generally ignore the details of a system and focus on higher-level operation. You worry about what things do, not what the components are made out of. What I was referring to was the actual hardware in our brains. Synapses are functionally almost the same as a memristor. Since the synapses in our brains connect together in an array-like fashion, it is like an array of memristors.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Reports Memory Resistor Breakthrough

patlabor Forget replacing only RAM (141 comments)

This is a really big deal. Since our brains work in much the same way as an array of memristors, this brings the possibility of an artificial brain (and perhaps artificial intelligence) much closer to reality.

Maybe I will live to see Data in my lifetime.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live For Original Xbox Games Shutting Down

patlabor Re:To move forward what choice did they have? (307 comments)

Sure you can. Microsoft could detect the client and serve compatible content (like only the top 100 friend tags) to the Xbox, and serve full content to the 360. Seems like it would be a fairly simple programming change.

more than 4 years ago
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Old Stems Cells Young Again — Via Vampirism

patlabor Re:Let's keep this one to ourselves... (109 comments)

Watch the documentary 'Earthlings' and then tell me how you feel about this issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft, Other Rivals Slam Google Chrome OS

patlabor Re:At least SplashTop is reasonable (324 comments)

Google hasn't invented anything with their OS. It is basically a thin client that uses the internet instead of an intranet.

The biggest danger here is the potential for competitor lock-out. But as we've seen with Microsoft, there will just be lawsuits that will open it up the platform for fair competition (at least, theoretically).

about 5 years ago
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Federal Judge Says Corps of Engineers Liable For Katrina Damage

patlabor Re:What? (486 comments)

Wooden shoe rather be Dutch?

about 5 years ago
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Philosophies and Programming Languages

patlabor CS and AI are grounded in philosophy (239 comments)

Computer Science is already grounded in Philosophy, especially in Artificial Intelligence. Have a look at Defeasible Logic (based on defeasible reasoning) for some recent developments. If you want specific programming languages, have a look at Prolog. Search for theorem solvers online. Or check wikipedia for Logic programming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_programming. For that matter, have a look at the Turing machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_machine. Bottom line, the field of Computer Science is based on logic.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast Kicks Tires On 100-Gig Optical Links

patlabor Re:100 gbps wavelength? (61 comments)

I mean to say, the currently popular *wavelength* is 1550 nm.

more than 6 years ago

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