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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

turp182 Re:Ten frickin' dollars per month fo music? (71 comments)

The library is probably substantial, and that involves a lot of licensing expenses. Netflix is probably paying less for licensing, and offering a much more narrow selection.

2 days ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:it works! (66 comments)

True douchebaggery doesn't start until the Audi A5 in my opinion. One should also consider BMW 5 or higher and anything Mercedes in the 500/600 classes.

3 days ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:You'll be impressed (66 comments)

I was also going to point that out. Any graphics program can blur and image with very similar results.

I could see a benefit to this for pattern recognition, such as determining people's ancestral makeup or what breeds a particular dog is composed of.

The key would be well defined inputs. A large sample of each possible output value would be needed, along with details about a particular value. This would be the training (200 Labradors, 200 Beagles, etc.).

But the next step, testing/usage, requires different software (as far as I know), but their algorithms could probably be re-purposed for it. It would take the new input and compare it against a library of averaged specific samples, somehow determining a % match for each. Then it could provide an estimate of a multi-source makeup (mixed dogs, mixed humans, etc.).

Something of this nature, might be able to identify mixed genetics visually, or to help identify minute genetic differences in a given population (without a ton of tedious study/measurements). I'm thinking of the finches in the Galapagos Islands, that sort of thing. The "purity" of the inputs would be critical. Multiple angles would probably be necessary for animals.

Easy to see negative eugenics type uses (and I think useful applications would be of limited value, maybe).

3 days ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

turp182 Re:Reasons not to switch? One word: (127 comments)

Not applicable, Duke Nuken Forever is what happens if you swap out the game engine half a dozen times during development.

about a week ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

turp182 Re:regulations! (93 comments)

Verizon has a straight path to less regulation. Of course they are going to take it. Less regulation = less overhead, lower legal costs, lower operating costs, etc.

The solution, in this case, appears to be additional regulation, regardless of how the service is provided. Require them to provide a minimum of 14 days guaranteed service during a power outage, if the wire is intact, regardless of how service is provided (this would of course include VOIP modems in homes, a reasonably sized battery could handle up time, and the regulation should only be for "available" not covering excessive use). If the wire is cut then the wire is cut, no service.

Alarm companies have been providing better power outage time service via in-home batteries for years.

about a week ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

turp182 Re:Shall we play a game? (273 comments)

First Strike (I have it on Android) is pretty good as well. Fast paced once things get started.

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

turp182 Re:Permissions (249 comments)

It would be nice to filter searches by permissions. I'm not sure if that is possible with Apple. Or Android.

about a week ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

turp182 Re:suitable for home use? (178 comments)

Are the gel-cells you refer to also called "sealed lead acid" batteries? If so, then you are correct, they are maintenance free (and good for about 5 years if kept up properly and not overly discharged often).

about a week ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

turp182 Gamification, and SECOND POST!!! (39 comments)

Want to gamify your job?

Shoot for performance gains and collect statistics. Maximize performance.

I’m on a small team, the Architect and Developer, that’s me (I can’t get a business card with a title of “Hand of the Architect”, damn it). We can only do small, specific projects.

Our most successful project involved moving Excel data to an AS400 and running programs to process it.

The Architect wanted stats. So I broke the process down into measurable steps (7 or 8) and logged everything in the application (Stopwatch is a favorite .Net class). I also timed users performing the terrible manual process (it was as if they were robots, performing rote action, over and over again).

80%+ improvement in process speed (being able to show this was awesome). Batch functionality freed up tons of time.

Collect stats when reworking processes. Prove it.

Same goes for football/soccer apparently

about a week ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

turp182 Re:Amazon (165 comments)

I hope you have a wife and two kids (minimum on both fronts), because that reading list is NUCLEAR. For the most part.

about a week ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

turp182 Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

Fantastic statement, one a lawyer should take up (or a team, with different players in different positions).

If there is a single penny of public money supporting the league (stadium) via public debt or financing, then why the F*** should the public not be able to watch it publicly.

If there isn't, do as they please.

F***ing great point. I can't say it hard or long enough.

The clause should read as follows: Broadcasting rights can be limited only if there is no public money involved in financing the location or presentation of a game.

And I live in St. Louis, we suck. We partied like it was 1999 in January of 2000...

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

turp182 Re:Probably hoping to compete with (162 comments)

Wish I had mod points because that is interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

turp182 Re:How big is it? (184 comments)

It is a "cauldron of death" for species that cannot escape (shellfish primarily, so selfish about their oxygen and location).

I wonder if population studies have been done, how does the ecosystem recover after the algae bloom? I haven't checked of course.

This isn't the largest death zone ever, maybe farming practices are improving with regards to runoff. It is certainly wasteful.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

turp182 Re:Why wouldn't you think they are scanning? (353 comments)

And in turn the cloud services are storing very illegal images. It's just due diligence if you ask me.

I wonder how much staff they have to review this sort of thing (it would be a terrible job if you ask me, like watching the toilets in Southland Tales - which was awesome when combined with the comic book).

about two weeks ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

turp182 Applicable to laptops? (171 comments)

Could this be used for laptops, and maybe tablets and phones?

I would think so. Laptops already have vents. A smaller, slower, quieter fan may be necessary.

Surface area, it is why I prefer crushed ice on a hot day.

about three weeks ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

turp182 Re:Trailer not HFR? (156 comments)

I believe you are spot on regarding perception and and possibly an uncanny valley effect.

In my opinion, when our heads move we experience motion blur, our eyes cannot be focused perfectly when in motion (when the head moves slowly focus can track, but if the objects in the field of vision vary significantly in distance from the subject then a lot of refocus is going on). Only when we stop do we get full clarity in our primary field of vision and improved peripheral vision (I'm just spit balling here, outside my realm of knowledge...).

Games have started adding motion blur as an option, The Forest is my primary example. Turning quickly to find an attacker isn't just turning, it's perceiving the blur. In game it is creepy. Try turning quickly (first person shooter speed) to find a small object. This is perfect gaming realism, not uncanny at all (scary when being attacked, scary game).

24 frames per second for a movie provides a slight blur. Higher, well focused scenes, will be lacking in this some. I'm not sure if it is just the fact that we expect a movie to look as it does at 24 fps (prior experience) or if we find it uncanny. There is a softness to 24 fps as well.

Movies like Avatar are perfectly focused and should be uncanny, but they are like video games without motion blur (Avatar used motion blur a lot though), perfect focus at all times. They are realistic, but not of our reality. Uncanny? Yes. Are we comfortable watching it? Yes.

During the trash avalanche scenes at the beginning of Idiocracy I noticed the entire frame was in perfect focus (the far off background). I only noticed this after a couple of dozen viewings...

Anyway, very thought provoking comment.

about three weeks ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

turp182 Re:Swift Popular? (315 comments)

Xamarin allows for iPhone and Android development using C#.

I'm waiting for the day that Microsoft buys them so I can get the premium Visual Studio integration via my MSDN subscription...

about three weeks ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

turp182 Re:News Flash FUD works! (250 comments)

Unfortunately she wouldn't let me make his last name Mulder...

about three weeks ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

turp182 Re:News Flash FUD works! (250 comments)

Perception is reality. Sucks sometimes because "the truth is out there" (my son's middle name is Fox for a reason, primarily because I got to name him, my wife named his twin sister...).

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 5 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  1 year,28 days

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

Journals

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 7 months ago

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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