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Comment: Had this for years (Score 1) 122

by Chelloveck (#46822883) Attached to: Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later
I thought we've had this technology for years. I mean, every time you see them zoom-and-enhance on CSI they're taking some blurry out-of-focus element of the picture and rendering it in sharp high resolution. And those aren't even special cameras, they're usually just crappy 320x240 black & white security cams. It's all in the software, baby.

Comment: I want an app that does what I want. (Score 1) 167

by Chelloveck (#46801139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?
If you're just looking for a laundry list of note-taking apps, I'm sure Google can help. If you want real advice you need to provide more information. You're obviously in the habit of taking notes with pen and paper, so why have you failed miserably to keep a digital journal? What part of it doesn't work for you? Your list of requirements is missing that bit of information. You want a "single file or cloud app where I can organize personal notes on projects, configurations, insights, ideas, etc.,". Well, that about covers every single note-taking app ever written, as well as every text editor from the dawn of time. Try to narrow it down a little. Or, stick with pen and paper if it's been working for you. What do you hope to gain by going digital? Knowing that will help point you in the right direction.

Comment: Sounds good for GoGo (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Chelloveck (#46708829) Attached to: In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

Can't say I blame them. What's the downside for GoGo? They're not going to lose any revenue over this. They have monopoly control over a captive audience that literally can't go elsewhere for service. On the other hand, the airline industry is already deeply, deeply in bed with law enforcement. When it comes time to get a franchise as an in-flight provider I expect that an endorsement by the TLAs is only going to work in GoGo's favor.

It'd be nice if they'd keep their hands off our packets, but who are we kidding? Unless all network providers suddenly get regulated as common carriers that's just not going to happen. Whether you're in the air, in Starbucks, or leeching wi-fi from your next-door neighbor you have to assume that your packets are being logged and analyzed.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 150

by Chelloveck (#46660373) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

This same experiment has been tried before in Siberia, Greenland, and other more Martian-like environments. Seriously, I think the scientists just found an excuse to get a four-month paid vacation in Hawaii.

Experiment notes, day 112: Checked on subjects. Nope, not crazy yet. Spending rest of day at beach, will check again tomorrow.

Comment: And...? (Score 1) 130

Okay, the settlement was done a couple months ago. The only thing new here is that the lawyers want to retroactively redact some company names from the original paperwork. So... Where's the story? It's only a mildly amusing anecdote and I expect this sort of thing happens fairly frequently. I get the distinct impression that the submitter wanted me to see something more here but for the life of me I can't figure out what.

Comment: Re:Good, I guess (Score 1, Redundant) 148

Then think about it reverse situation. I'm Amazon. We've been having a hard time getting traction for our streaming service; that lousy Netflix has the market locked up. We have all the bandwidth we need, so paying the ISP for more won't help. I know! We'll pay them to throttle Netflix's bandwidth!

Or, I'm Comcast. We own NBC, and their ratings suck rocks. So we'll give preferential treatment for subscribers who stream our properties, and throttle the speed of properties we don't own. And if people really want to watch other content we can charge them extra to remove the throttling. Call it the "Special SpeedBoost Streaming Package" and charge our subscribers $10/month extra for it.

Or, I'm Sony. Let's slip Comcast a little to make sure that PSN games have a higher network priority than XBone games. Et voila! See how much faster and smoother PlayStation is compared to XBox!

Comment: Re:Different part, same number? (Score 1) 357

by Chelloveck (#46621159) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

We have computer equipment suppliers do this to us, too. A part in a particular chassis or board is changed with no notification and no change on the bill of materials. "Because the change has no effect on the device's operation." Except when it does, causing us to spend time and effort tracking down the problem when we incorporate the change into our product and it starts causing problems for our customers. Or, "This change will have no effect on your system. None whatsoever." Except that it's not compatible with this other part we've been shipping, so we can't use the new part as a replacement on systems which have the incompatible part. But there's "no difference". Annoying as hell.

But, in the auto maker's defense, not all changes are an admission of wrong-doing. The auto industry is very sensitive to the cost of components. If they find a way to shave half a penny off their cost for a certain doo-dad, you bet your ass they'll do it. Or if they found a new supplier who can provide an equivalent (but not necessarily identical) piece for half a penny less. Or hell, if they just happen to have two suppliers for a certain part that may not be 100% identical, but fits and has acceptable performance characteristics. Something like that could easily be the case here. One supplier's switch is used by the factory which made the original vehicle, another supplier's switch (not identical, but equivalent in all aspects that matter in this application) is packaged for the repair shops. It doesn't necessarily mean that the company is engaging in a huge cover-up, or even that an issue was found with the factory-installed part. They're just from two different suppliers and both fall within tolerance for the given use. The parts are different, but neither one is necessarily wrong.

But it's still as annoying as hell.

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