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Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 124

by DaHat (#49553305) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

Actually our constitution was written to give both the people and state governments a say in how the national government was running things (making bribery a lot harder)... alas the 17th amendment threw much of that out the window, largely removing the need for a Senate.

More so the framers were also quite clear as to the importance of rotation in & out of office, the idea of a career politician was apocryphal to them, so much so that they didn't end up writing term limits (of any kind) in as they thought that elected officials would continue to have virtue.

They created a grand government which has lasted quite longer than they probably expected, was able to end slavery thanks to a few poison pills, but alas virtue is a rare thing in DC today.

Comment: Re:Good for her! (Score 1) 143

by DaHat (#49514787) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

Correct, the more time you spend with a given character/group the more opportunities you have to show them in a more favorable/humanizing light with examination of their motivations & history without explicitly trying to keep them looking evil & unbeatable the whole time.

"ZOMG the Dominion is going to conquer us! Wait... it's founders faced discrimination because of their form and decided to bring order to their part of the galaxy... maybe they aren't so bad?"

"Species 8472 is the greatest threat we've ever faced, how can we stop them? They are only fighting back against the Borg who struck first? Ok, I guess I can understand their anger"

Pick a race on Star Trek which has had more than a few episodes of backstory/examination and you see the same pattern.

Comment: Re: Stupid (Score 1) 590

It's because while we have a long history of using the death penalty, just enough are squeamish about it that there are efforts to take it out of the public conscious & try to maintain an almost medical like image.

While there are countries today where you can attend a execution in a public square, in the US we have long relegated them to happen at midnight behind tall walls and in a confined room with a limited number of witnesses... including a alcohol swab on the condemns arm to prevent infection just in case they get a last minute reprieve from the needle to be put into their arm.

Comment: Re: Unless (Score 1) 300

by DaHat (#49502647) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

You're stating it wrong. When someone is dead you can say what you want about them.

No, you are over simplifying it.

The actionability of the utterance usually depends on when it was said... and as the Jesse Ventura vs Chris Kyle case so recently demonstrated, a dead man's estate can still be on the hook for damages. Had Ventura died first the case still could have proceeded provided the claim was made prior to death (and likely the suit as well).

Defamation aside, without a conviction or lengthy civil suit, the rights of the estate to the properties of the deceased/accused/etc does not end as it would with a conviction which goes to the heart of what I said above.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

by DaHat (#49502563) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

It is pretty clear what happens to the assets of criminals, especially with regard to crimes against humanity and especially when those assets have value derived from the commitment of those crimes.

Sorta... if you go on a killing spree, are convicted then try to sell your story you are going to have some legal problems & prohibitions.

If however while waiting for arrest/trial end up dead (either at the hands of the police or your own), anyone calling you a 'murder' would be at risk of suit a defamation suit from your estate as you were not actually convicted of that crime.

Perverse perhaps, but it follows from the whole concept of innocent until proven guilty. And while it is commonly accepted that Hitler, Goebbels and OJ Simpsons did some rather horrific things... I'm unaware of any criminal case where the Joseph Goebbels estate would have been denied the normal protections afforded to an unconvinced individual.

I'm not defending the practice, I'm just stating what is.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 4, Insightful) 342

And the damage caused by landing on water with parachutes has got to be less than the explosions from the landings on the barges.

Probably not when they figure out how to land on the barge without exploding... at that point the damage from hitting the water and amount of cleaning & service required to be read for launch will be much more.


Tiny LIDAR Chip Could Add Cheap 3D Sensing to Cellphones and Tablets 62

Posted by timothy
from the dig-your-shape-baby dept.
There are expensive dedicated devices that do 3D scanning (like the high-end tablet in Google's Project Tango), and versatile but bulky add-ons, like the Sense from 3D Systems, but it's not a capability built into the typical cellphone or tablet. That could change, thanks to a microsensor being prototyped now (at low resolution) at CalTech. From The Verge's coverage: The tiny chip, called a nanophotonic coherent imager, uses a form of LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology to capture height, width, and depth information from each pixel. LIDAR, which shines a laser on the target and then analyzes the light waves that are reflected back to the sensor, are best known for their use in precision-guided missile systems and self-driving cars.

While LIDAR itself isn't new, [project lead Ali] Hajimiri explains that "by having an array of tiny LIDARs on our coherent imager, we can simultaneously image different parts of an object or a scene without the need for any mechanical movements within the imager." Each "pixel" on the new sensor can individually analyze the phase, frequency, and intensity of the reflected waves, producing a single piece of 3D data. The data from all of the pixels combined can produce a full 3D scan. In addition, the researchers' implementation allows for an incredibly tiny and low-cost scanner, all while maintaining accuracy. According to the researchers, the chip can produce scans that are within microns of the original.

Comment: Re:Mamangement (Score 1) 290

by DaHat (#49408305) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?

So many assumptions, so little reality.

I would say something.

Even if your company has a strict prohibition against them?

I'd give him a pat on the back and maybe a small bonus, as long as it's suitably hidden and well done... playful,

So you've the ability to give away money at work for such non-work related things? Do please share where you work.

not obnoxious,

By whose/what standard? It's always fun discovering in a widely localized product what seems benign to one culture is horrible to another.

not going to get in anyone's way, etc.

So you can guarantee that for all users and use cases?

Customers like easter eggs.

Which customers are these? Those buying your 99 cent mobile app? Those buying a 50 dollar shrink wrapped or downloaded desktop app? Or those buying multi-thousand dollar enterprise systems?

Assuming the software is generally high quality, they're amusing, minor diversions that add a little fun for the users as well as the programmers.

Again, that depends on who your customer is and what their attitude is to unknown things being discovered in the software that was not documented and was not part of the RFP or compliance documentation.

What you see as a cute dancing frog or "Hello from the developers", some customers see as a sign of shoddy quality control and the possibility of backdoors.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.