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sunderland56 Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

reconstruct from standard 30 fps video

Dear sir: what you are asking is impossible.

Sincerely yours,

Harry Nyquist

about three weeks ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

sunderland56 Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

Buy a limousine. Loads of room for the kids in the back, and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

Just make sure the minibar is empty before heading off to school.

about a month ago

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

sunderland56 Going Public (51 comments)

Isn't the aim of going public to get investors? Is there anyone on the planet who is going to invest in the failure that is Nook?

about 2 months ago

Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

sunderland56 Re:Damaged reputation? (191 comments)

Several reviews of Ford and Cadillac models I've read, particularly models with older versions of SYNC/QUE, have been overwhelmingly positive with the exception of the infotainment system.

Every review of BMW models is overwhelmingly positive.... except for the *bleep* infotainment system.

All car owners want entertainment along the journey. Some get their entertainment from music, maps, and the like. The others get their entertainment by hitting the cloverleaf at 90 MPH. Intel can help the first group; Intel can do nothing but frustrate the second group.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

sunderland56 Re:Scotland? (259 comments)

They have cell phone shops too. She should buy herself a cell phone in Scotland.

On her first day in a strange country, she's supposed to negotiate a complicated, expensive purchase in a foreign language?

about 3 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

sunderland56 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

makes your floor sticky from years of dumped soda.

At least, you hope that's soda.....

about 3 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

sunderland56 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience

Then why are the screens in a real-life cinema flat?

The answer, of course is that the camera (either film or digital) uses a flat sensor. Taking a picture with a flat sensor, and then displaying it on a curved screen, is just distorting the image. So the consumer thinks they're cool - but in reality they are watching an inferior picture.

about 3 months ago

Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

sunderland56 Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (64 comments)

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan

In Japan you wash yourself - soap down and rinse - *outside* the tub. You only get into the tub after you're clean. So yes, the entire room *is* a shower stall.

That's why the toilet is in a completely different room from the tub.

about 3 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

sunderland56 Re:"OpenSSL C dialect" (164 comments)

OpenSSL has basically wrote their own version of libc

The language you use and the libraries you use are different concepts.

C - especially in the (most excellent) Whitesmiths compilers done by completely separated the compiler itself from the libraries; the ones they supplied were completely and totally different from what is now called libc, but everything worked.

This model has been (sadly) broken by things like c99 and c++.

about 3 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

sunderland56 "OpenSSL C dialect" (164 comments)

What is this "C dialect" of which you speak? Last I checked, they are using standard compilers for the various platforms.

Writing cross-platform code is tricky, and you need to avoid using some things that appear fine, but work differently on different platforms. That will make your code look a tad peculiar to the regular single-platform programmer; but I'd hardly call it a "dialect".

about 3 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

sunderland56 Re:Lease? (482 comments)

The lease on my summer car is at 0.003% (yes, really). So the numbers are fairly close to reality.

Also, there is a tax advantage to leasing. You pay tax on each month's payment; for a purchase you pay tax on the entire value of the car. So, if you turn in the car at the end of the lease, you've saved paying sales tax on $25K.

about 4 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

sunderland56 Re:Seriously? (482 comments)

Yes, you *can* do that here in the USA. I've done precisely that with the last 5 phones I've bought.

about 4 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

sunderland56 Re:Lease? (482 comments)

I don't do car leases because at the end of the lease, I don't get to keep the car.

At the end of a car lease, you can keep the car - if you want to. You just purchase it for it's agreed upon value. It's pretty much a win/win situation. You have a much lower payment over the length of the lease; and then you can buy and keep the car if you like it, or return it if you don't.

In essence - say you are interested in a $50K car. For a purchase, you make payments on a $50K loan. For a lease, you make payments on a $25K loan, and at then end you either buy the car for $25K, or return it.

about 4 months ago

Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

sunderland56 Apple (60 comments)

Didn't people ask the same thing when Apple, a computer company, started selling portable music players? And then again when they started selling phones?

about 3 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

sunderland56 Dear NASA (360 comments)

We hear you have a station in space, with air pressure, but zero gravity. Do you have a few minutes to settle an argument?

about 4 months ago

Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

sunderland56 Re:And on many bands.. (180 comments)

Encryption is explicitly excluded in the regs.

Unless your name is Icom. Then it's okay.

about 4 months ago

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

sunderland56 Hackers? (89 comments)

Given the negative connotations of the word "hackers" - how about "dedicated engineers" instead?

about 4 months ago

Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sunderland56 Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (342 comments)

This is how 'cablevision' used to work. They'd put up a big antenna that could pull down signals you couldn't

There is a huge difference: Cablevision put up *one* antenna and used that signal for thousands of users. Hence, public performance.

Aereo rents each individual user their own, private antenna. (Yes, if they have 10,000 subscribers, they have 10,000 antennas). Hence this is NOT a public performance; you are only watching what your own, private, rented equipment is receiving.

about 4 months ago

WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

sunderland56 Re:Firmware (113 comments)

Linksys has working wireless drivers; the product ships with them. The only problem is the lawyers who won't open source those drivers.

It would take them a few seconds to just post the sources that the router ships with to their web site; there is no *technical* reason for the delay, they are just refusing to do so, even after promising that they would.

about 4 months ago


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