This is very interesting work and the robots are very impressive... but shouldn't full-sized be at least... adult human sized? It seems rare to see projects with fully 6-foot-tall humanoids, I know it's a much greater challenge... but isn't that exactly why it should be done?
I agree wholeheartedly. Having the unique experience of learning to code in the 70s and 80s with simpler platforms, languages, and even expectations gave our generation of coders an enormous advantage. I daresay that we will probably be the most knowledgeable computer programmers in the history of mankind, because there will never be another Commodore PET/Vic-20/C64/etc. nor will BASIC and assembly language ever rise again... nor will any of us *have* to write software just to have software. There were many times I wrote my own applications or games out of necessity because the obscure platform I was using didn't have *any* software available to speak of... Timex Sinclair 1000, TRS-80 MC-10 and similar come to mind. We're living in much better times for computers, but much much worse times for programmers.
Still, it's kind of nice knowing we understand computers better than anyone else in the future of mankind ever will.
Why not simply buy what you are downloading?
Not all Linux distros are for sale?
One can imagine it enables them to track who is viewing the image anytime, whether or not it's served from Facebook.
It seems everyone wants to call themselves a "researcher" these days, as if there is science behind what they do. The truth is, it's just another hustle.
Especially early in the days of my game development career, "crunch time" often came with MUCH longer than 10-hour days, often with no days off for weeks. I can't say we were always more productive toward the end of the day, but we (mostly) all managed and we knew plenty of others in the same boat. Still, there are always other jobs with better hours, and not getting burned out early in your career is a good idea too.
I don't need one, and I save myself money in the process (not to mention security headaches.) I suppose I have a few acquaintances whose computer I could borrow if I really needed to, but I really can't imagine that scenario happening any time soon.
How many people run Linux and yet do not own or have relatively immediate access to a Windows box? I'm not making an argument about what should be; I'm talking about what is. I've derived great pleasure from owning a Kindle. If you're more interested in the politics of it, I support your choice to avoid DRM media - but it's not mine.
Quite a few Linux users do not have access to a Windows box, and prefer it that way.
such as the Spyder III mentioned in a previous slashdot article, http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/06/14/1716209/Set-Free-Your-Inner-Jedi-Or-Pyro, ought to be a cost-effective way to achieve pretty much the same thing at a price low enough everyone on board could have one. Sure, it may lead to permanent blindness or small fires and wounds, but in a situation like this, it seems to carry more bang for the buck, and after all... they *are* pirates.
I'd rather never live to experience the delight an episode of King of Queens could bring.
I seem to recall having met a few auto enthusiasts over the years who had made modifications to vehicles that rendered them no longer street legal, but the modifications weren't illegal nor was there intent to commit a crime, because they didn't drive the vehicles in the street afterwards (being used instead off-road, etc.) How is this case any different?
I don't get the hype lately for 3d that requires glasses, I seem to recall 3d movies being around since The Three Stooges, let alone Jaws 3d and the like. I know it's not exactly the same as modern movies, but how is it so very different? A 3d display that doesn't require glasses, that's finally something worth getting interested in.