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FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

zome Re:No updates in 6 years? (197 comments)

You have that hard limit if you try to compress the actual data. On another hand, you can get very small if you change the representation of the data. For example, if you want to send the first million digits if PI to a friend, you can generate that million digit, zip it and send it. Alternatively, you just can send him two number, a starting position (which is 0) and length. It will be a lot smaller that the zipped one.

I read long time ago about a compression algorithm that find the math equations that, once give the right input, gives the output that is exactly the original data that you want to compress. All you need to do is to pack that equations and the input.

about a year and a half ago

Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

zome learning time.. (243 comments)

in two weeks, they will learn two things: 1) how internet works, 2) what streisand effect is.

about a year and a half ago

'Einstein's Planet' Becomes First Exoplanet Discovered Using New Method

zome Re:How many of these planets are habitable? (81 comments)

phdcomics and xkcd...my two favorite web comics, drawn by highly educated guys who left cool jobs so they can doodling full time.

about a year and a half ago

Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year

zome Re:Who wants to make their lives interesting? (283 comments)

and each of those client should interface with cleverBot and have them talk to each others. Should be fun.

about 2 years ago

DOS Emulation Arrives For the Raspberry Pi

zome Re:never understood the appeal (189 comments)

I remember it was a lots more fun programming in turbo pascal than what I have been doing these days. Maybe it was because I was young and everything was nice and sweet, but if I had to write program for Pi, do it in pascal seems more inviting than in C.

I wish I still have my 'game' written in turbo pascal, I might just get myself a Pi just to run it.

about 2 years ago

German Copyright Bill Would Let Publishers Charge Search Engines For Excerpts

zome Search companies should charge them for indexing (114 comments)

For CEOs, it is easier to for them to pay for somethings than give away something for free. So Google, Bing, etc, should come up with the service for those publishers and charge them like $1000 a months to index their website and list it on the search result. If they don't pay, no index for them. It's now a fair game among the publishers thus they can't really sue Google, Bing, etc for anti-competitive.

Then Google, Bing, etc can compete with each others for lower rate. After a while, one, and soon after that, all of them will offer free listing, and those CEO will jump with joy (we didn't have to pay for it anymore, yeh!!)

Problem solved.

more than 2 years ago

Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zome Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

You can always get 10% discount coupon from lenovo by just signup for their news letter. I got my x1 carbon for less than $1200 with that discount. Without that discount I would get MBA.

more than 2 years ago

Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

zome He is probably suck at hiring (630 comments)

I used to work in a team of 12 people. About half of them have master degree in CS. The rest have BS in CS or ECE. I have never worked in the better team. Pretty much everybody knows, say, not only what are getter and setter, but also when to use them. When someone doesn't really know what others are talking about, they ask a bit and do research on those things on their own, which is what I think a habit they got from grad school.

I joined that team when it is newly formed. The manager has all the freedom and time to choose people he really wanted. He did a great job hiring this staffs.

That was 6 years ago. Unfortunately most people went for greater things, including that manager and me, and that team is now just another team in the company.

more than 2 years ago

Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?

zome Re: bluetooth keyboard (463 comments)

having two or more windows open side-by-side. An IDE and a browser showing documents (and perhaps a calculator since I can no longer convert hex to dec in my head).

more than 2 years ago

MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

zome Re:Is this a genuine case? (225 comments)

You don't want to embedded all possible sub-title languages into the a movie file and make it unnecessary big. Separate sub-title files make it easier to add new language.

Also, as people are discussing above, the OS file dialog is basically asking user to give permission to access a file, so I don't think a custom UI for access files will work.

more than 2 years ago

Reports Say Apple Is Shrinking Its Docking Connector With iPhone 5

zome this is funny (427 comments)

People who bash the new iphone do not own iphone and are not generally effected by it.
People who defend the iphone are the one who will have to pay for new accessories that they already have when they buy the new iphone.
man, I will have to find the way to draw this stuff and post on 9gag or something.

more than 2 years ago

F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

zome who is the IT guy there... (253 comments)

at some point they need to learn how to secure their infrastructure. I mean, they know they are under attack, and still another virus get thru? It's gonna be suck working in IT dept over there right now. they're gonna be asked what went wrong and how to make sure it won't happen again. If I were them, I would start by put some glue in empty USB ports. Given that Stuxnex got into their system via USB memory stick so it doesn't sound too bad.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Smartphone a Dumb Idea, Says Farhad Manjoo

zome Not dumb at all (128 comments)

This is what facebook will do to their phone. It will create a new phone platform with its own API. This API will be compatible with the phone AND the web. In another word, you write a game using this API once, and it will run in your browser, and on your phone. When people make in-game purchase, facebook gets a cut. This is how they will make money on the mobile platform. They won't make any money if facebook is just an app on any phone facebook doesn't own. This is why MarkZ is worrying.

Given that there are far more facebook users than iphone or android combined, if you are mobile game/app developer, would you write your program using this API? I would. Suddenly, facebook can compete with iOS and android for developers attentions. Something RM and MS are trying so hard to do for sometime.

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

zome are those problems NP? (414 comments)

"which until recently required the use of powerful computers"

Sound like NP. If they are, and if the boy's solution is deterministic, it will be huge.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Develop New Method To Improve Passwords

zome Re:waste of verbage (104 comments)

I found the method used by an old phone (don't remember brand and model) effective. If you enter incorrect password for the first time, it make you wait 10 seconds before you can try again. A second time, wait 20 seconds, third time, 40 seconds, 4th time, that 80 seconds for you, and it keeps going like that. It gives the real owner of the phone a chance to get it right, but if you brute force, the wait time goes up quickly

more than 3 years ago

NASA Probe Blasts 461 Gigabytes of Moon Data Daily

zome that's why their images are so good (203 comments)

no wonder the images NASA shows us are sweet, warm, smooth, full, and very detailed. Must be a NOS tube they are using

more than 5 years ago

Unreleased OQO 2+ OLED Version Sells For $6,500

zome Re:Heh (52 comments)

it has to be rare and desirable to be a collector's item. I don't think the "Sony iPod" my friend bought back from Taiwan will be able to sell that high, even though it's pretty rare.

I don't think OQO is rare and desirable enough to demand 6.5K. Someone who is paying this amount of money either has a very specific reason to do so I think.

more than 4 years ago

Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

zome they just don't show themselves (642 comments)

If they are advanced enough to visit our planet, they are probably want to study us more than anything else, pretty much like when we want to study animals in our own planet. And the best way to study those 'animals' is to not let them see you, right? They won't make contact with us perhaps because they couldn't find the effective way to communicate with us. I mean, just like we can't find the way to effectively communicate with the animals in the jungle we are studying.

If you don't believe me, just ask Lars.

more than 5 years ago



Sony open sources digital effects software

zome zome writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zome (546331) writes "Film effects specialist Sony Pictures Imageworks has released five digital image-manipulation software tools under open source licenses.

While Imageworks has released other open source software in the past, the release of five tools at once brings its involvement in open source to a new level, the company said on Monday, in an announcement marking the beginning of the Siggraph computer graphics trade show in New Orleans."

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