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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

pushing-robot Re:saw a movie sorta about this (56 comments)

Not that I can blame you, but I guess you've all blocked this from your memories.

6 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

pushing-robot Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (168 comments)

Palm had one thing going for it, at least in the early days: excellent battery life. With no wireless, no background serivces, and no traditional backlight, battery life was measured in days—or weeks—or months!

While they don't hold a candle to modern devices in every other respect, I loved being able to tap away at the thing forever without ever worrying about finding a charger. And the EL backlight was pretty darn cool (though it made you really hate dimly lit rooms)...

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

pushing-robot Why? (168 comments)

It's hideously slow and limited by today's standards, the standards are horribly out of date (802.11b anyone?) the ten year old battery is surely shot, and the platform is dead, dead, dead.

If you're looking for a cheap hackable device, get a no-frills Android tablet. If you're looking to get into mobile development, get any decent smartphone.

Still, if you really want to work on that old Palm, you should still be able to find the Garnet OS Development Suite.

2 days ago

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

pushing-robot Re:Get used to this... (248 comments)

Making wildly exaggerated claims always has been legal. Imagine if it were otherwise: you'd have to arrest whole advertising companies, and political parties, and organized religions, and the people who send me forwarded emails...


...What? Oh, sorry, I guess I kind of drifted off there.

2 days ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

pushing-robot Re:Google maps please? (566 comments)

Right here, it's a bit confusing because the maps in the article are turned ~90 degrees.

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

pushing-robot It's the OS, silly (281 comments)

As the author points out, each phone release is accompanied by a major OS release. With a major software release comes bugs, as well as a raft of CPU-eating new features to play with, so it makes perfect sense that there would be a spike in complaints about performance and a host of other issues. No conspiracy necessary.

3 days ago

Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

pushing-robot The finding (125 comments)

The baseline healthy person is of mixed race, has 1.93 arms and 2.1 children, and is a hermaphrodite.

5 days ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pushing-robot Re:So ... (225 comments)

Chicken. It looks like chicken.

about a week ago

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

pushing-robot Yeah, yeah... (154 comments)

So, the problem with first-person shooters is that you're running or crouching or jumping in the game but not in the real world

Yeah, we know you're just trying to sell these.

about two weeks ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

pushing-robot Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

Because something that has to be done every year gets done every year, like taxes.

Something that has to be done every 10+ years is a lot more likely to get lost and forgotten. Sure, you could set a reminder...but where? Staff get replaced, calendars get replaced, software gets replaced, computers get replaced, offices get cleared out, and the people who trained the current employees weren't even around themselves the last time it needed to be done.

It's like the hundred year $DISASTER, which kills hundreds and causes billions in damage simply because it's so rare. If it happened every year, damages would paradoxically go down because building codes would improve and the public would be better prepared.

about two weeks ago

SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

pushing-robot Re:Say what? (80 comments)

We are required by law to deport illegal aliens to their point of origin.

Further information on this subject is classified.

about three weeks ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

pushing-robot Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

The problem with dystopian theories like this is bullets are cheap. If you've subjugated the public to the point that you can force expensive brain surgery on them, why bother? Just shoot the people you don't like.

Besides, there's a huge market for non-lethal weapons; if this works on everyone and incapacitates rapidly, government labs and defense contractors will be tripping over themselves to reproduce this effect through external stimulus. No surgery necessary. Woo...

...and, of course, the end result is police and militaries doing whatever the hell they please with the excuse that their phasers were set to stun.

about three weeks ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

pushing-robot Re:A ban on swearing in books, plays, and films? (158 comments)

Fortunately for you Slashdot isn't a book, play, or film. (Although I'm probably skirting the edges with Google's Operafier plugin.)

about a month ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

pushing-robot Re:Not money (162 comments)

What's amusing is that because they have the word "coin" in their name, people automatically consider coins money. But they're not money. They're just tradeable metal discs. If they had called them Nickelplates or Copperounds, no one would think of them as money, and they would have gone nowhere.

*dons white beret*

Guess what! Everything is arbitrary! And it's wonderful! You can buy a house with colored pieces of paper or wear a beaver tail or race steam-powered airships or conduct a symphony underwater. The world we know is nothing but the sum of a billion crazy ideas, and the greatest people in history are the ones who made it a slightly weirder place...Or not! Who knows?

about 1 month ago

Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

pushing-robot Re:the NSA already thought of this. (104 comments)

Bluffdale Utah has a population of approximately 8000 residents who could at any time have seen the blimp, but the location of the site is so far to the outskirts of the city as to make it pointless.

If only someone had invented a tele-seeing apparatus— then people from all over the world could witness and converse about their protest.

Alas, such a thing does not exist, so no one even knows it happened.


about a month ago

Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

pushing-robot Re:Biofurs: the next generation of furry fandom (105 comments)

It would just become a political mess; Biofur would get mired in a war between the sweatshop garment workers' union and the hoover lobby.

about a month ago

Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

pushing-robot Re:"Almost" works? (126 comments)

A phone that can get to the dialer to make a phone call would be "working"

And this is why QA hates devs.

about a month ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

pushing-robot Re:Plus bonus.... (501 comments)


about a month ago

Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

pushing-robot Re:What B&N needs (51 comments)

Whew! For a second there I thought you were going to say "M".

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

pushing-robot Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

And SCOTUS 2: Justices In Time was a pretty good movie.

about a month ago


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