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Comment: Re:GPS (Score 1) 70

by DigiShaman (#49568037) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

Battery drain would be a huge issue depending on frequency and time the results collected and uploaded. Though starting with the iPhone5s, the M7 was introduced which is a dedicated co-processor specifically for monitoring and processing accelerometer based data. So, that should help. And being in California, one can assume the quick adoption of iPhone tech into the public upon release. It is silicon valley after all. Anyways, a phone laying flat on a table or desk should be helpful, though filtering out the SNR could be more troublesome with people causing the vibrations on said table in the first place.

BTW, those sensors are pretty sensitive. Check out an app called SensorKinetics and see for yourself what they're capable. I was rather amazed myself.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 436

Solve the infrastructure, charging speed, and capacity (range), then we can talk about EVs. Otherwise, you're catering to the urbanite of which many can already walk and take public transportation in a densely populated city already.

Hybrid vehicles work fine. In fact, you don't really need a large capacity for improved fuel efficiency. You just need enough capacity to capture regenerative braking and accelerate from a stop. Just trade out the battery pack for super capacitors; once they become cost effective of course.

Comment: America is finished! OVER! (Score 1, Insightful) 262

Read it and weep

1. Unlimited under or unemployed illegal aliens that can't find work.
2. Said illegal aliens need welfare.
3. Middle class being drained via taxation to pay for said welfare.
4 Talk of Illegal aliens being granted amnesty so they can vote in 2016. They will vote for "benefits".

Welcome to the new American feudal system. Only a matter of time before titles come back in vogue. Who will be your Lord?

Comment: Re:4K display (Score 1) 74

by DigiShaman (#49557597) Attached to: Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

They're hush on details as to what that "magic" is, but this seems to be for augmented applications such as the Google Glass. So my question is, is the 3D object variable-focused as a whole on the Z-plane to match the focal distance in the real world? Meaning, are all objects augmented independently variable, or is the variable-focus fixed for the entire view at any single point at a time?

Comment: Re:marie montessori (Score 1) 339

by DigiShaman (#49557527) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

I've heard great things about Montessori schools. They're expensive, but only because of the student/teacher ratio. But most importantly, children are of mixed ages and develop at their own pace. Students are also mentors to younger children as well. I find this idea fantastic. For one, it forces students to recall learned information as they teach other students; both benefit from this activity. Secondly, students get taught the material from a different POV to help clarify and missing gaps in understanding. Effectively they double as a tutor.

The only downside (aside from cost) of Montessori is that once your child leaves and goes into a public school, they're quickly bored as they're already way past the level they're put in.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if community based home schooling makes a comeback with periodic standardized testing to keep all teachers in check. Meaning, you can't go all religious in teaching as the student wouldn't pass an element of science based knowledge that's required.

Comment: Re:Not going to work. (Score 1) 303

by DigiShaman (#49549611) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Suricou sorta has a point though. Intel HD video is all processed on CPU; which is the majority of OEM laptops and desktop computers now. So being that Intel is taking part in this, either the hardware will be implemented in the next CPU revision, or on a bridge chip someplace on the motherboard.

Comment: Re:image lightning? you mean seed lightning (Score 3, Interesting) 49

by DigiShaman (#49544713) Attached to: Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth

Then explain lightning from the ground-up? I'll include the following quote form nssl.noaa.gov

Q: Does lightning strike from the sky down, or the ground up?
A: The answer is both. Cloud-to-ground lightning comes from the sky down, but the part you see comes from the ground up. A typical cloud-to-ground flash lowers a path of negative electricity (that we cannot see) towards the ground in a series of spurts. Objects on the ground generally have a positive charge. Since opposites attract, an upward streamer is sent out from the object about to be struck. When these two paths meet, a return stroke zips back up to the sky. It is the return stroke that produces the visible flash, but it all happens so fast - in about one-millionth of a second - so the human eye doesn't see the actual formation of the stroke.

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 2) 345

by DigiShaman (#49544133) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Well, now that ROSS has entered the workforce, things are about to get a lot worse for the majority of lawyers employed. It will thin the ranks. In fact, the further it goes up the chain, the more paranoid politicians will become. If there was ever the impetus to legislate AI from employment opportunities, ROSS could give them all the ammo they need.

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