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Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 969

by Defenestrar (#48246729) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
Here is a link to a paperback translation of all three of Augustine's commentaries on Genesis. It's actually pretty interesting to read how his thinking developed as they were written at different phases of his life. In english the titles are: "A Refutation of the Manichees", "Unfinished Literal Commentary on Genesis," and "The Literal Meaning of Genesis." Of course it was all originally in Latin and, if you read that (which I don't), the original texts are archived several places on the internet.

Comment: Re:For Starters (Score 1) 316

by Defenestrar (#48243407) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
I enjoy driving my six speed stick on a nice windy country road, but it was less enjoyable whenever I had to drive in stop and go for an hour or two each way from work. I'd have paid for something which would let me read a book the same way I usually did while taking public transit. As adoption goes up I'd expect improved transit times as inter-vehicle communication should be able to significantly ease congestion problems. Eventually I can see non-automated cars prohibited from freeways, at least during commuting hours.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 4, Interesting) 969

by Defenestrar (#48242407) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Where's a better place for a discussion which may introduce truth and actual intellectual debate? Maybe someone there will point out a real conservative viewpoint such as Augustine's from around AD 400 which by using the text of the Bible alone came up with the conclusion that a strictly (simplistic) literal interpretation was impossible and also never intended. Augustine also pointed out that some of the greatest damage that can be done to the Church is by scientifically-ignorant believers who attempt to lecture scientific experts about how the experts are wrong in their views.

Unfortunately for Christians, and just about every other group ever organized with a human membership component, ignorance at the adult stage is usually manifest in a self reinforcing mindset and not one welcome to instruction.

Comment: Re:Automated digesting (Score 1) 173

by Defenestrar (#48206981) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization
Still doesn't solve the vendor infotisements. No way they're going to rely on your subscription to an RSS when they can shoot you a direct email. Some of their communication wouldn't be useful without a very vast array of RSS servers on their end either (i.e. notifying you of a sales rep change, etc...). RSS is good, but I don't think it'd get all of the topics nine-times mentioned.

Comment: Re:Another dorky one? (Score 1) 38

If they're using light field tech it should be of variable focus (i.e. what you look at is what gets into focus). If they can do the computation fast enough (again a big if) your eyes would never notice (again assuming appropriate displays - which don't exist yet). Even if they get variable focus (and parallax and other imaging tricks), I think "indistinguishable" augmented reality will still be limited by two major factors which I don't see any tech ready to touch in the near future: full visible spectrum color space (can't be done with just RGB), and more importantly - total brightness and contrast ratio (i.e. match the output of the sun (as perceived by the eye) and the dynamic contrast range of the human eye).

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by Defenestrar (#48186923) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

It seems as if an always on OLED display would be the major source of battery drain - and so I don't get why watch makers haven't used e-ink. Come into the market as Timex and not a Rolex. A simplistic device which displayed time and push notifications at a $50 price point seems like it'd quickly dominate the market. Heck, you could even make it an e-ink background to a nice analog watch for that matter (although that'd probably up the total price). This sort of thing wouldn't need the processing power (i.e. more battery drain) as the current giant glossy types either. Perhaps I'm being naive, but I don't get the high-end luxury approach.

Open API would be natural too; especially given a low price point this type of watch could quickly be a community favorite.

Comment: Re:What's the UTF-8 encoding of THAT? (Score 1) 549

by Defenestrar (#48142897) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
And if your passwords support Unicode 7, all you got to do is throw in that one to give your opinion to the brute forcers. With respect to passwords, it seems to me that software/touchscreen (non Windows) keyboards have led to the greatest decrease in available password security in recent times on an entropy basis. (i.e. it's no longer trivial to include extended ASCII or unicode characters).

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