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Comment: Re:Perception has nothing to do with it... (Score 1) 233

by Fallen Kell (#49154457) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?
You have a shit calibrated monitor/display. The reason why most people see white+gold is because the majority of monitors have crappy color calibration, lumen balance, contrast, and white/black levels, especially "out of the box". My monitors are calibrated at the factory and come with custom color map for each monitor from the factory, so that they have less than 0.1dE2000 from sRGB.

This is why your iPhone 5 or 6 shows the image and it looked black+blue (they have "decent" color calibration of under 2.5dE2000, but that still is not even close to the 0.1dE2000 of a really good monitor), and most probably is still pushing way to many lumens for environment, which washes out the image (making it look white+gold).

Comment: Almost... Needs a computer "literacy" placement (Score 1) 779

by Fallen Kell (#48960555) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Your solution is a good one, however, you need a computer "literacy" test first before implementing something like mandatory classes.

One of the prevailing theories on why boys dominate the field is due to the fact that they have had more exposure on their own time (in essence have done "self study" work in the field). When schools finally begin offering classes in computers, it is typically 6th grade and later. At which point, many students who have been exploring the field on their own know significant more advanced skills than ones who are only just being introduced to it for the first time. And in schools that teach for the "majority" of students, they will skip past a lot of the more "basic" things because it is below the average skill set of the majority of the students in the course, with the students who don't have the basics down getting lost and as a result discouraged from the field. The converse is also a problem when the schools try to teach to the students with the lowest skill sets in the course. The ones who know it already get bored, complain, and ridicule the students who don't know how to do it so they can speed up the classwork to get to things that meet their skill level.

The real solution is something that school officials and state legislatures will be likely to want to do. If they truly want to have more equality in computers, they need to start having computer classes in kindergarden/1st grade, with individualized progression for the students (i.e. be able to "test out" of any material being taught). Initial costs to setup a system like this would be expensive, but long-term may be relatively in-expensive. The only way for this to really work would be for a mostly automated coursework up and through programming theory, and object oriented design. Everything being most entirely based on the foundation of "online learning" principals, but on a more individual pacing. Grading would not really happen at all for the majority of the work, simply skill progression in passing and completing projects, modules, and practical exams (i.e. very little memorization of definitions, vocabulary, etc., but actual real world useful skill tests such as being able to create a proper formatted paper/document, creating spreadsheets, setting up and using the computer, basic debugging of computer problems, creating a basic program with input and output, etc., etc...). And because it is all self paced, the students don't become discouraged with both themselves or at the other students who "are slowing them down". But school systems would hate something like this because there is no scoring.

Comment: Re:Please no... (Score 1) 570

by Fallen Kell (#48872991) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
I think you are reading more into the small print than actually exists.

Feature availability may vary by device.

They state this because you OBVIOUSLY won't have touch interface on non-touch devices, and thus any/all touch features available in the OS will not work on that device (that is just a single example of features that will vary, large screen UI won't make sense to use on a 4 inch smart phone, phone capabilities won't work on a desktop with no phone number, picture taking won't work on a device without a camera, etc., etc., etc., the list goes on and on).

Some editions excluded.

This is explained. They exclude upgrading Enterprise editions of the software. Those editions were purchased typically as site licenses for businesses, and are excluded. You need to arrange new site license agreements (or maintain your existing ones) in order to upgrade your windows licenses (in which you will be covered by your site licenses, and not the free upgrade license anyway).

Comment: The real fix... a recall of the socket (Score 2) 304

by Fallen Kell (#48698579) Attached to: Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It
This has been a problem for a long time on not just the Macbook Pro, but plenty of other laptops that used a few specific CPU/GPU sockets in their designs along with in-adequate heatsinks/fans for the thermal load. Those sockets should never have been used for those designs due to the temperature points of molten solder on a part that is specifically designed to be mobile (and thus subject to falls, movement, and other torques when the system may still be hot, especially moments after a shutdown or sleep when they are closed up and placed in a bag/backpack and slung over the shoulder).

Comment: Re:Pointless disruption and harm from Anonymous (Score 2) 149

by Fallen Kell (#48682453) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites
Actually, they are simply continuing to prove the point that current security technology has gaping holes in it. And that until there is a MAJOR rework of system, software, and site security, these holes will continue to exist and continue to be exploited. The real bad guys would have simply kept, sold, or used the information themselves and no one would have really known until the credit cards were used to fill cars full of gas, or purchased gift cards which were emptied to accounts which were transferred, etc., etc., and by the time anyone could do anything the money would be out of the systems (no longer electronic) and the people gone.

Until passwords are not typed by people on keyboards, moved through accessible memory on client systems or servers, two factor confirmations, one time use payment numbers, etc., are all in place, these hacks will occur. Fundamental level changes need to occur to fix these things (including hardware interrupt handling, memory segmentation and randomization, whitelisted program execution/startup, passwords/credit card numbers with timebased key tokens required, etc...). Problem is, it will cost a lot of money to change many of these, including hardware changes. Even if the technology was available today that fixed all these things (and you couldn't buy a computer without these changes), we would still have vulnerable systems out there for 20 years or more while industry and consumers replace their hardware.

Comment: Re:police are good (Score 1) 481

I actually disagree to a point with your comments.

Yes, police are there to enforce laws, but I would argue to differ on that they are there to protect you. They are there to protect society in general, not necessarily you, and the powers they have only allow them to really put you in jail (or taz you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in a grave). That is really the extent of their power.

If you don't believe me, go read the miranda rights. By talking and interacting with police, they only thing they can really do is put you in jail. It is not up to them to prove your innocence in a potential crime, they are there to prove you guilty, and anything you say or do can and will be used against you.

I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it is the current reality that we live under. 50-70 years ago, this simply wasn't the case everywhere in the nation, but not anymore (sure there were sections, especially if you were a minority that this happened to even back then). You can't simply talk to police anymore, because you don't know the laws, and you don't know what other testimony that the police may have already been given before they come to talk to you. And since they don't have to tell you the truth, you can not even believe anything the police tell you, because it could simply be a tactic to get you to be arrested.

Comment: Re:Features change... (Score 1) 473

by Fallen Kell (#48412543) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
I am sorry, but those polls mean nothing due to the way they were done. The only people who even saw the polls were people who actively read the forums, which is a fraction of the people who back a project. If however, a poll was sent by email to EVERY backer to notify them of an important possible feature change and request for input to determine the course of action, then I would bet you would have seen closer to 100,000 votes and you would have gotten more of the people who specifically backed due to that feature.

Consider this, the people who want offline play may want/require it due to not having good connections to the internet. It stands to reason, that those are also the same people who don't brose the forums for games that are not even out yet, and use their internet for the most essential things.

Comment: How does this work? (Score 2) 88

by Fallen Kell (#48299201) Attached to: China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

However, as we haven't been complaining about China's low prices hurting our business, shouldn't China raising the price be good for other train makers?

I don't see how this is good for any other train makers other than China. China's train maker will still undercut the price, and now will simply have one less company that it is betting against when doing so, ensuring that it undercuts the price by the least amount needed to win the contracts. The only one that wins in China in the long run when it forces all the other train manufacturers out of business and then wins the contracts by fiat as the only entity.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 328

ummm... you do know the first thing that happens when you are arrested is that they take your fingerprints right? So, they already take your fingerprint, and thus have it to unlock the device. The Court basically has simply stood up to the fact that taking of fingerprints is still a valid right of law enforcement to do, and using the fingerprint in any ways to connect the defendant to crimes is still a valid use of the fingerprint, be it weather it unlocks a phone, or matches a fingerprint found on a gun used to commit a crime.

+ - Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Crashes

Submitted by Fallen Kell
Fallen Kell (165468) writes "According to www.nbcnews.com, "Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane suffered an 'in-flight anomaly' during a powered test flight on Friday that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.

'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. 'The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.'""

Comment: Re:They need to lock this down now! (Score 2) 475

by Fallen Kell (#48031501) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Because sitting next to a person on a cramped plane using the same armrests, bumping shoulders, arms, and legs isn't contact somehow? Nor is using a bathroom toilet on a plane that the infected person used isn't contact with "objects and surfaces contacted by an infected person"? Because using the same seat as that person on subsequent flights isn't contact? Because the baggage handlers didn't possibly touch the surface or handles of luggage contacted by this person?

Somehow if you believed that each seat cushion, tray table, arm rest, and bathroom get sanitized with bleach for 10-20 minutes between each flight you are in fantasy land (because that is how long it takes to ensure it is killed).

Comment: They need to lock this down now! (Score 1) 475

by Fallen Kell (#48030851) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Lets see, even though this is one case, we have a plane that carried the person here, we have all the other passenger and flight attendants who were on the plane with that passenger for 8-10 hours, we have the passengers who sat in plane in subsequent flights (using the same bathroom, and seat that known infected and possibly infected people used), and we have the close contacts to all those people (family/friends). While I do not believe it is contagious, immediately, all those people need to be contacted and put in isolation for 21 days.

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