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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:Transformative Platforms! (182 comments)

List of transformative, disruptive, game-changing, paradigm-shifting technologies that have changed education forever:

9) Eight-Track Tape Recorders

I hesitate to ask what sort of an education you got that involved eight track tapes..... did it also involve the back seat of a 1970 Camaro?

4 days ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

sunderland56 Re:why? (182 comments)

Why does the classroom of the future need to be VR?

So that your teacher can be a smokin' hot babe? In every single class?

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

sunderland56 Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

So two stations that were previously using 6 MHz bandwidth each, will now share one channel, presumably using 3 MHz each.... and so each will have a 50% drop in picture quality. How is this a good thing for the consumer?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sunderland56 Re:None? (471 comments)

I don't want yet another device to carry around.

Isn't the whole idea of a watch-like product the fact that you don't need to carry it? It's attached to your wrist, no need to carry it, or put it in a pocket.

about a week ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

sunderland56 Malicious (230 comments)

Even if Comcast doesn't have any malicious intent

Of course they have malicious intent; they are inserting ads where previously there were none. Isn't that malicious enough for you?

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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
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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
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago

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