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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

tapi0 Re:Binoculars (185 comments)

Completely agree. If only you could be modded to 6

5 days ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

tapi0 Selective shuttering? (518 comments)

I wonder if they could employ some sort of 3D tracking* and then selectively shutter the relevant mirror whilst the bird flies through, it should only be momentary and not impact performance to a great extent. I'm making an assumption here that there is a way to shutter or otherwise divert the mirror for normal servicing operations, or 'throttling back'

Of course, if the bird gets closer to the boiler, more mirrors will be in play and likely difficult to manage, but this could be combined with an appropriate scare that can be mounted, or flown around the central structure

* A quick search reveals similar systems for airports, may be adaptable? http://www.airporttech.tc.faa....

about two weeks ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

tapi0 Re:Unfortunately (69 comments)

How can Bardarbunga be pronounced "Aya-fjatla-jÃfkÃf¼tl" ?
I believe I think you're thinking of the volcano that erupted in 2010. This is a different one.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 mod up! Re:What Atmos could do (197 comments)

Already commented so not able to mod - someone else with mod points out there? You've hit the nail on the head - atmos (or equivalent systems) with positional info distinct from the speaker channels should definitely get the best out of whatever installation
of course, there'll be the guys on here that point out that nothing will ever sound as good as their perfectly set up reference system, but they'll also be the ones complaining about 'the masses' having really badly set up rooms.
maybe that's it? a little bit of a frightner that time and effort may soon be nearly caught up with digital trickery?

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

that's how many amplifiers have been working for a while now (Yamaha are especially good at this with their discrete and sound projector lines)
Any new atmos enabled amp will have exactly that - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?... home theatre geeks
but a separate mic as you suggest isn't going to do very well....what's it going to tell your source/amp and what is it that you expect your source or amp to do with the info (if there was even an interface, so it could receive the info)?

about two weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

tapi0 Why is this news again? (502 comments)

I may be having a bad case of deja vu, but wasn't this discussed in detail only recently?

about a month ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

tapi0 Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

depends where, I believe that here in the UK at least you are able to have the book read out and recorded, copied to a large print, converted to brail, even typed up into word for you to read on screen. Of course, you could just buy them in that format to start with, but there's nothing illegal about doing so (or paying someone to do it for you).

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 Re:If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

> gives a new meaning to "fly by wire"

well, no, that literally is the meaning of fly by wire

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 pffft (184 comments)

most expensive and complicated headwear ever constructed?
obviously never been to Ascot Ladies Day! http://www.bing.com/images/sea...

about a month ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

tapi0 Dupe: Why is this even an article? (91 comments)

The use of full encryption and wiping the key was commented on many times in the article http://yro.slashdot.org/story/... quoted in this piece. Even the original story was an advert for avast's app. Does this really now deserve a separate article?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

tapi0 Re:Trust (136 comments)

Perhaps you're right, maybe it's just moved on to an accepted alias
It does just seem to indicate an unwillingness to move on though, and potentially hurts any point trying to make as the first thought is that whoever's using it is clinging to (potentially) outdated grievances, and allegiances, rather than wanting open discourse.
But I think I was being a little OTT there, it was late and I responded quickly.

about 2 months ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

tapi0 Re:"Ethernet-powered" lighting? (104 comments)

PoE lighting is 'a thing' and many companies provide such sytems for offices (see, for example, http://www.nuleds.com/ ) why do you think it so far fetched?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

tapi0 Re:Trust (136 comments)

You lost me at M$
Anyone wanting a serious discussion about MSFT automatically deducts credibility points from people using the outdated "M$", "Micro$oft" or "Microshaft" (amongst others)

about 2 months ago
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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

tapi0 Re:Like it matters (157 comments)

I get 'stats for nerds' but no FPS figure is shown. Wonder if it depends on the stream?

I see Video ID, Dimensions, Resolution, Volume, Stream Type, Mime Type, DASH, and Bandwidth.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

tapi0 Re:Open Records still applies? (534 comments)

And I realise it's a different state (or World depending on your point of view ;-) ) but a quick search shows, for example, that the University of Texas Investment Management Company is a 501(c) corporation but has been declared a Governmental Body for the purposes of the Texan Act.

Is it likely that the Massachusettson (sp?) State Attorney can and will clarify the position of these companies? If I were to let popular media inform me, I'd imagine he/she is evil and or corrupt and unlikely to do so?

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

tapi0 Open Records still applies? (534 comments)

Doesn't the Open Records policy still apply to corporations when acting on behalf of, or in lieu of, a public organisation? Honest question as I don't know, but the UK's Freedom of Information Act which borrowed heavily from the US system has such a provision and private organisations are not exempt from requests if working in that capacity.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

tapi0 Re:Build the plants on blue states. (262 comments)

Yes, I know, that's why I replied stating that and correcting the parent's misinterpretation of your post and Solar City's model.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

tapi0 Re:Resolution is 1280x720 (192 comments)

Let me help you out...

**

This thing should *sell* and *sell* hard.

AT&T only. (Amazon customers know they're using the same provider that supports kindle data, so are assured that Amazon know that their partner will deliver a good service)
1280x720 resolution. (matches the films resolution that they'll get from Prime)
$649 or ridiculous contracts. (includes Prime ! Yay! ....And 24hr direct support)
No external sd support. (important to an amazon customer?)
Not real Android. (important to an amazon customer?)
No Google Play store or Google apps. (But has an app store that already provides thousands of apps for kindle and *other* phones and tablets)
Weakly specced. (important to an amazon customer? no, really - look at the video, it shows it *doing stuff* and that's all that matters, not your gigabitz and mega hurts)
Nonstop monitoring and control by Amazon. (*important* to the amazon customer - as before, it *works* and when it doesn't, or I don't know how to make it work then there's that friendly Amazon to the rescue)

It's going to sell like fucking hotcakes, isn't it?
*yes*

Don't underestimate how most of the things you or I may see as a negative, are actually welcomed by others (Oh..... "and it's 3D!!! ")

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

tapi0 Re:Build the plants on blue states. (262 comments)

I think they meant the production facilities, not the power plants. I could be wrong on this.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

tapi0 Re:great job Amazon (76 comments)

Amazon could choose to lower the price of an application while deciding to reduce the developer's share without having to ask permission

Well, insofar as "within terms of accepted contract" could be construed as "without permission".

Also, unless it's changed recently (and I haven't been keeping track) Amazon can, and will, adjust prices but the developer is guaranteed a minimum price. So Amazon could give away the app in a bundle and the developer still gets the agreed minimum pricing

about 2 months ago

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