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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

vivian Re:Animals with more rights than humans (122 comments)

Hopefully you can't get antibiotics even after seeing the doctor, if you only have sniffles.
Antibiotics generally don't work on viruses, which is what usually causes sniffles.

about a month and a half ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

vivian Re:Six Missoins Each (188 comments)

I think that while it is iportant that the greatest nation on earth should have it['s own spaceflight capacity, it really just isn't worth the return on investment for Australia - we are better off spending the money on bbq's and beer.

Good idea for the US though.

about a month and a half ago

MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

vivian Re:Asian-only team? (90 comments)

One of the things that makes US reasearch strong is the ability of it's universities to attract te best and brightest from all around the world. This is nothing new - it has always been thus - though perhals this is incresingly so as the state of secondary education seems to be in decline compared to opter parts of the world.

When researchers stop coming to the US, the state of
research there will go into rapid decline.The US isn't alone though - it's the same story in Australia too.

Given the already established centres for excellence in the US, it's a favoured destination for smart and motivated people from India and Asia, as well as other parts of the world to further their education and opportunities.

Half the world's population is Asian or India/Bangadesh/Pakistan, so naturally you are going to see many from those regions. Be glad for it - or they would be busy innovationg wherever they came from instead of the US.

about a month and a half ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

vivian Re:Another huge battery market, Robots (245 comments)

Wy not just have a simple "remote control" type bot and offload al the computing power via wifi? Systems like ROS easily support having your expensive processing nodes running remotely, and you can even run ROS on a very low powered raspberry PI for on-bot computing for your drive controllers.

Running GPUs is certainly going to eat your power fast, so all image processing, planing, task scheduling and control should be offloaded to a mains powered computer or an off-bot stationary computer powered by solar panels for something like an agri-bot.

about 2 months ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

vivian Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (132 comments)

Shrimp and prawns are infact two different and distinct beasties, though easily confused, because they look superficially similar.
This handy guude might help:

Since the adds were run in the US, where shrimp was the delicious type of crustaceon ready to throw onto afore mentioned cooking surface, that was the right word to use.
No doubt, when back here in his native Oz, Hoges reverts back to the more locally appropriate 'prawn' nomenclature.

about 2 months ago

Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

vivian Re:Why not the death sentence while You're at it? (216 comments)

I don't see why causing death by a hack should have any special treatment compared to causing death by an ice pick, a bullet, high voltage electricity, or any other exotic means.

There should be no special legislation needed for this.

about 5 months ago

UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

vivian Re:3 laws deleted (180 comments)

As a software engineer that daily works on developing robot control software and algorithms for industrial robots, (yes, I love my job) I can assure you that we are very far indeed from even having robots that know they are scratching their own arses, let alone having anything like the reasoning capacity embodied in the three laws.
Robots of today are dumb - sure, there are clever planning algorithms that make them flexible enough to work in a relatively predictable dynamic environment, but we are no where near the point of having robots implement the first law.
As for the second law - wel computers (and by extension robots) are infamous for doing exactly what they are instructed - even if the result is garbage. Part two of that law is problematic given we can't really do part 1.
For the third law, actually that's almost the oppsite of what we try to achieve - we try our hardest to make sure that the robot will flat out refuse to do something that will harm it, even if told to do so by a human. if the robot gets given an instruction to start plasma cutting it's tracks or the cabinet containing it's drive controllers, it damn well better ignore that order. At bese, we can do collision avoidance of stuff in the environment to prevent harm, but I don't see us any time soon have them having behaviour programmed in to ufulfil the 'inaction" clause - for example, rush over and stop me cutting myself on broken glass, or recognising I am in danger from a falling beam and catching it (or even beeping a warning) , or something like that.

about 6 months ago

Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

vivian Re:We know why true net neutrality cannot happen (282 comments)

The problem with this math is that if as per your example, there is a total fixed capacity of100Mbit, @$1000 per month, and that is shared between 10 customers as 'up to 100Mbit,' then by definition, they can not all get 100Mbit 'most of the time' - infact, they can each only get 100mbit 10% of the time, and nothing at other times, or something similar. Statistically, they will each on average get 10Mbit , (possibly up to 100Mbit, but sometimes mabey only 1 Mbit) so it should be marketed as something like 100Mbit/10 to indicate it's 100 Mbit maximum speed, shared between 10 customers.

about 6 months ago

Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

vivian Re:Jiji press? (283 comments)

I think perhaps when we get down to the last billion or so people we can start talking about extinction then. In the meantime, what we really need to do is figure how to build an economy that does not depend on perpetual growth forever - which in turn depends on an ever growing population and ever increasing resource availability.
We need to be able to reach a stable equilibrium, or at least a dynamically stable system where the highs and lows are not too great.
Part of that is keeping people employable past the age of 65, if we want to enjoy longer lives, and not declaring anyone over 50 as unemployable.

about 6 months ago

Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

vivian Re:Memories do decay (426 comments)

That happened to me once after a particularly boozy sayonara party (I was in Japan) with a system password for a remote machine I only had to access every now and then.
About a week later when I was a bit foggy and hung over again from another occasion, I just sat down and logged into it "automatically" with my fingers typing the password without me really thinking about it. As soon as I realised what I had done I then re-played in my mind what I had just typed to see what the password was.
Solution: Go and have a good night out then then try and log in first thing in the morning without thinking about it too much.

about 6 months ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

vivian Re:really? really. (558 comments)

I blame Beta.

about 6 months ago

Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

vivian Re:What are these shiny discs you speak of? (250 comments)

In the case of optical drives, it is certainly not a one time cost. I hate to think how much I have spent on various CD and DVD drives over the years - at an average $40 a pop, which get only used half a dozen times or so, to burn the occasional bit of data or watch a few movies. I think since the 80's, I have averaged at least one or two per year - and am currently now the owner of none that actually work (though I have a small stack of devices I keep telling myself I am going to harvest the lasers out of one of these days)

I look forward to a future when this abomination of a mechanical-opto-electrical data storage device dies forever and is replaced with solid state technology.

about 8 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

vivian Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

I don't get it. you are saying they are doing a terrible job of managing their wealth when they are still ahead of their national debt - yet just about every other western country is in massive debit?

Last I heard, the US clock has something like 17 trillion dollars debit - that's zeroes on it I don't even know what to call it - but it's about 58000 per person in the US (based on about 300 million pop.)
My country is doing it's damnedest to imitate that too, but we still have a ways to go before we rack up that much debit per person.

I'd say compared to that, Norway's looking pretty good! - they still rank in the top 10 of the best places in the world to live. (actually #1 on the list I saw)

about 8 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

vivian Re:bad engineering? (526 comments)

No, the problem is with the design.
A recording of a triangle wave or square wave from a synthesizer at max volume would cause it the same problems. If the speaker really is so crappy as to not be able to handle these transients, all they need to do is add a small 20 cent capacitor to filter out the very high frequency components in parallel with the signal somewhere - either at the output or input. That will reduce the sound quality, but then it's a laptop speaker so sound quality already sucks pretty hard, and convenience and portability is obviously the listeners priority rather than sound fidelity.

about 9 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

vivian Re:The Private Sector should be paying for this... (229 comments)

physical network infrastructure, whether it be for roads, water, rail, electricity or data, will always be inherently monopolistic, since it does not make sense to build multiple parallel networks.
The physical network is best built and run b the government, with services run on top of the networks by multiple competing providers who pay a maintenance fee for use of the network.
If you think the physical internet infrastructure is better off built by private companies, then do you also think road networks and water networks should be 100% privately owned?

about a year ago

Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

vivian Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

There can indeed be extreme atheism.
I have no belief, but I don't care what religion you believe in, as long as it doesn't infringe on my life. An extremist, atheist or otherwise, would persecute or kill those with differing views.

1 year,19 days

Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret

vivian Re:Uh oh! (380 comments)

A lot of the issues point to bad management by the town planners - there are several mentions of overspending in the article, such as for ladder firetrucks when the town has nothing over 3 storeys high, town water to even the most outlying rural surrounding areas, new sports uniforms every year, etc etc.
Much of the tax burden would be to service some of the debt that was incurred while times were good, or support maintenance on excessively built out infrastructure - otherwise there's no need for tax to be proportionally higher than any other place.

about a year ago

How Outdated Data Distorts Doctors' Pay

vivian Re:Praise Legacy Data (336 comments)

I don't think $451,000 is unreasonable pay for someone who has to look up diseased arses all day to help prevent their owners dying a horrible death - with the prospect of being sued into oblivion if you make a mistake? Sure it's s lot of money, and definitely on the high side, but I think I'd still rather be a programmer earning less than 1/4 of that compared to doing that job. You thik the goatse guy is bad? I reckon a day in the office looking over a proctologist's shoulder would make it look like kittens.

The tens of millions paid for company executives in charge of companies that take a nose dive and have to be bailed out by taxes? Now that's unreasonable.

about a year ago

In Canada, a 3D-Printed Rifle Breaks On First Firing

vivian Re:I still see a market .... (204 comments)

If you are printing and firing guns made of plastic, you are more likely to encounter Darwin's law before you see any benefit from Moore's law...

about a year ago

Genetically Modified Plants To Produce Natural Lighting

vivian Re:Just say NO to GMO (328 comments)

The closest plant you could even remotely think of transplanting the gene into would be the Tomato, which produces capitate-stalked trichomes, a structure essential for the production of THC.

You could call it the tomanja - I'm sure it'd do even better than tomacco!

about a year and a half ago



Where are the high-res head-mounted displays?

vivian vivian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vivian (156520) writes "Ever since 1996, when I first set eyes on a Sony GlassTron head mounted display in Japan, I have been awaiting the day that a lightweight head-mounted display came along that actually had decent resolution and didn't look like a brick tied to your face. The closest contender to date seems to be the these from Vuzix, and they are partially transparent too, which is great, but as with every other unit I have found, they only offer video quality — 640x480 or so. Could we petition some manufacturer or other to actually produce something that had a minimum of 1024x768 @30-60hz refresh and stereo vision capable? Extra karma if they incorporate head tracking.
Given there have been a number of other articles on Slashdot, I can't be the only one here that is eagerly awaiting something that could actually be a viable alternative to a PC monitor — especially for gaming or 3d graphics work. Perhaps we could petition a manufacturer to make what we actually want?"


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