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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

tenton Re:Summary sucks. (663 comments)

(There was once a time when 6 digits was considered too long. Wtf?)

If you're not already there, get on your porch and start yelling at those kids to get off your lawn.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

tenton Re:This isn't exactly news... (305 comments)

Admittedly, it uses an initial sample bank from a human singer for the seed phonemes (think an incredibly over the top application of autotune).

For reference, Hatsune Miku's voice is done by Fujita Saki. Hatsune Miku is not the only famous vocaloid, but she's the most famous (and the one getting the concerts).

(dressed like Sailor Moon? Really? It's not even a sailor uniform. Bad article author, bad. Go sit in the corner.)

Having seen some questions asked of other vocaloid actresses, it's an interesting and involved process in recording the voices; it's completely different than normal voice acting (and hours of recording work).

more than 3 years ago
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David X. Cohen Talks About Futurama's New Season

tenton Re:Everyone now senteced to... (246 comments)

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.

more than 4 years ago
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O2 Scraps Unlimited Data Usage For Smartphones

tenton Re:People who tether transfer more data (272 comments)

$20/mo to enable tethering?

People who tether transfer more data per month than people who do not.

AT&T is charging $20 for tethering and implementing bandwidth caps. So if you gulp down your bandwidth limit with your phone, it costs X. If you gulp down the same bandwidth with your computer, it's X+$20. There's a cap in place, so it takes the "uses more bandwidth" argument out of play (since the tethering plan doesn't increase your cap). There's no reason for it, it's the same bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

tenton Re:Average Schmo's suck at math (1042 comments)

Another fun one to trip people up: A car travels around a 1 mile track. It goes around the its first lap at 30 MPH. How fast does it need to go on its second lap to average 60 MPH?

Tricky! You'd have to teleport the car around the track instantaneously. To average 60MPH around 2 trips around the track (2 miles), you'd have to finish in 2 minutes. Exactly the time it took you to travel the track once at 30MPH.

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

tenton Re:GP100M (1042 comments)

Depends on the beverage. Single use beverage containers are more likely to be done in fluid ounces (12oz cans, 20 oz bottles). They do sell soda and water in 1L-3L bottles.

Bottom line, we don't have any consistency and apparently only grok liters for some kinds of drink containers. There's no reference for gas, which is always in gallons here. We're a strange culture.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

tenton Re:class act (377 comments)

12-14 is one thing. You're still constrained. You can't get dozens or hundreds.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

tenton Re:class act (377 comments)

I've got a $20,000 credit limit and could buy tons of them.

Doesn't matter. They were keeping track by CC number (I recall some anecdotal reports of this online). Sure, you could have ordered a bunch from a bunch of non-Apple stores, but it's still another hurdle to jump.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

tenton Re:"journalist" (1204 comments)

Since the finder of the phone did not follow the law, he/she could be convicted of a crime if charges are pressed.

Which is true. Jason Chen, the Gizmodo jounalist, is not that person, though. They are trying to use his notes and communications(on his computer) to either implicate Gizmodo for this as well, and/or find out who the finder is. However, there is a California law that seems to block this (in Gizmodo's lawyer's opinion); we'll have to see what a judge says.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

tenton Re:Come to Verizon! (738 comments)

Then he should have said queue up the theme to Jaws.

more than 4 years ago
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Photographers Want Their Cut From Google's Ebooks

tenton Re:Hmmmm (240 comments)

I was considering buying one recently when I read glowing descriptions of its manual focus, until I ran across a description of what the manufacturer called "manual focus": a menu that requires several "clicks" to find, and lets you choose among 7 different fixed focal lengths.

What camera, pray tell, was this? Focus != focal length.

So is there a way of learning which digital cameras accept a lens with a focus ring?

Most Nikon and Canons, if they're not completely ancient, have a switch on the lens that lets you take the lens out of autofocus mode. Come away from the kit lenses and a great many lenses will let you auto-override the auto focus by turning the focus ring. I'm pretty sure the other majors (Pentax, Sony/Minolta, Olympus, Panasonic) in the SLR space have this type of feature, too.

You may need to take the camera out of continuous auto focus mode (duh, you've told the camera to continually auto focus!) or switch the focus button away from the shutter release (most, if not all the DSLRs have this option, even my lowly D40 can do this).

more than 4 years ago
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Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

tenton Re:Here is an example. (147 comments)

An issue that might come up every two years? That would hardly warrant a "stop the presses" to Sony.

Actually, the bug would only manifest itself every 4 years. 2012 is a leap year and Feb 29 does exist, so the bug *shouldn't* occur. In 2014, though, we'll see.

more than 4 years ago
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Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

tenton Re:Slashdot has programmers (147 comments)

duh, 2006 wasn't a leap year either

True, but the PS3 wasn't released until well after February of that year (November).

more than 4 years ago
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Scaling Algorithm Bug In Gimp, Photoshop, Others

tenton Re:What about Irfanview and Picasa? (368 comments)

I know this is /. and to say "RTFA" is kind of pointless, but, please, RTFA. There's a tweaked sample there for you to try. It will be obvious if you try their sample with whatever graphics program you want to use.

more than 4 years ago
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Quality Concerns For Kingston microSD Cards

tenton Re:Yawn (149 comments)

Sony did used to make DVD drives at one point.

They merged their optical drive business with NEC's and created Optiarc.

Actually, looks like Sony bought out NEC's share, so Optiarc is all Sony's now. So they are back to making optical drives again. ^_^

more than 4 years ago
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Quality Concerns For Kingston microSD Cards

tenton Re:Yawn (149 comments)

The class definition is the lowest speed. The 15MB/s may be a max speed rating. Case in point, San Disk's Ultra SDHC card. A card marked 15MB/s, yet is only a class 4 card. That means max speed is 15MB/s, but in some cases, it'll drop below 6MB/s. In fact, that 15MB/s is a read speed, it cannot write to the card that fast.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Shooting For Smartphone Universal Translator

tenton Re:But can it translate (178 comments)

On /. for a Star Trek reference that's not even all that obscure (the whole episode was about that)? 0. We only take points away for not knowing.

more than 4 years ago

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