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Comment Re:what are they doing the rest of the year? (Score 1) 84

That means that they work 40 hours a year, for an average salary of 29k$, or around 800$/hr. Not bad al all :)

I would expect that the rest of the year they keep updated with research and systems, code their tools, search for vulnerabilities, find targets etc.

It's probably comparable to other fields where you spend 80% of your time finding clients and pitching projects to fill the 20% of the time you are actually getting paid.

Of course, at least they don't have to worry about PR, branding, cocktails and such :)

Comment Re:Microsoft Office (Score 5, Funny) 174

The real outrage should be that operations in Microsoft Office are measured in seconds and minutes instead of nanoseconds and milliseconds.

Well every time you type a key it must send it online for anonymous data collection, match it against a dictionary for instant grammar correction, save a copy of your modified file to your OneDrive online free storage space, run a few ticks into Clippy's neural network, send your typing statistics to Cortana, pass through 10 layers of automation & scripting support interfaces & abstractions ...

Ah and yes, eventually also update the output buffer with actual letter symbol to be displayed on the screen!

Comment First time I heard of VR filmmaking (Score 1) 24

I imagine that actors will be talking a lot to the camera like in the British sitcom Peep Show so it looks they are talking to us.
No more need for slopes in movies theaters.
No more annoying tall people in the front row or bright cellphone lights.
With binaural/HRTF audio and headphones, you no longer hear peoples making comments from the row behind you.
Looks a lot like a scene I remember from the Matrix ...

Only 75$ for the 2 hours experience.
(we promise not to harvest extra energy from your body without your consent, but if you want to we will provide complimentary popcorn!)

TV edit is done directly from the director's head.

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Yes, it would be cool. The failing of many VR systems is field of view. With more resolution, you can increase the FOV while still having enough detail to look decent. I think Occulus Rift is one of the few doing it "well", but even they have a bit of tunnel-vision in their system.

I can't wait until there are VR systems that have FULL field of view, so even your peripheral view is addressed.

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Just noodling on this - a fixed LCD barrier screen, combined with the selfie-camera could automatically adjust the underlying image to calibrate automatically for the inter-ocular distance of the user, no matter how close/far from their eyes they're holding the screen. 808ppi with a 80-100lpi barrier screen would give you tons of resolution to play with in this respect. It would be awesome. :)

Comment 3D... (Score 4, Interesting) 117

That type of resolution lends itself very well to doing things like lenticular 3-D. I know people often don't like lenticular, but that's usually because it's done so poorly so often. Well-done lenticular is amazing to see and is not a strain on the eyes. If glass lenticules were built into the display itself, and were appropriately sized and spaced, it could be impressive.

There are other interesting technologies too that could be done, such as barrier-screen - that could be implemented by LCD over top of the display - which would be less intrusive and could be turned on/off.

I write software for these applications - I would drool over a screen that had 808ppi!

Comment Where is the drone video itself? (Score 1) 528

Where is the video from the drone itself? If you know the angle of view of the camera, and can measure the distance between actual points on the ground, you can PRECISELY calculate the height of the drone from that video. Telemetry data can be faked. The live video of the incident itself couldn't be nearly as easily.

Comment Webcam rotate/tilt control (Score 1) 258

I used two old 5 1/4" floppy drives to build a pan/tilt control for a webcam. Those drives used nice little 5V stepper motors to move the read head back and forth. I used one drive fairly as-is, connected to a push rod that tilted a platform up and down that the webcam sat on. I removed the stepper motor from another and used it to rotate a turntable that the whole thing sat on.

That was all hooked up through some transistors, driven from an 8-bit shift register, hooked to the LPT port and controlled through Python.

This was all back in about... 2000?

fun stuff

Comment Re:No New Law From That (Score 1) 246

It comes down to whether or not the Stingray evidence was the only thing against him... if everything hinged on that evidence being admitted, then he'd be smart to push it to the end. However, if there was anything completely outside the Stingray evidence, the plea bargain is the smart choice.

I completely understand him taking it, but I sure wish he would have pressed it. If it had been pushed earlier, I'd have suggested starting a GoFundMe or something for the guy to fight it and force the prosecution to show the Stingray. What's 4 years in prison worth? (although you can't profit from your crimes... not sure how that would work legally, but it'd be worth trying to get this out in the open).

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