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Comment: The holy grail (Score 1) 25

by MindPrison (#47968383) Attached to: New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects
...of radio wave sensing, would be to analyze how radio waves reflect on various surface materials & mass.

If we could do this (it would require MASSIVE programming & knowledge of structures and algorithms to recognize structures via RF waves & reflection), then we could use the RF waves as sort of echo-location, kind of like how bats see with the help of sound waves.

I've known this since I was a kid, when I was messing around with FM-transmitters to listen to my parents quarrel from a safe distance (ok, I was a weird kid), I noticed how I could sense my parents move around because they affected the signal strength and even the frequency shift depending on where they were located in that room. I've been pondering this ever since.

Comment: Re:Blender Cycles Rendering Engine (Score 1) 124

by MindPrison (#47967475) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs
I know, but for the sake of simplicity.

It has 1300+ cores (some of the bigger cards got over 2300+ cores), and yes - I realize that they're not full-fledged CPUs and just highly specialized to perform certain calculations, kind of like FPGAs if you like.

Comment: Screening process (Score 3, Interesting) 172

by MindPrison (#47963893) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
They should improve their screening process.

Also, it's important to consider that funding a kickstarter project, is kind of like investing money in the lottery or purchasing one of those scratch lottery tickets. You may or may not win, the likelihood of actually winning is bigger than the lottery, but in reality very small, it's like going to the casino and betting it all on one of 3 rows.
Kickstarter is a gold-mine right now for scammers as well. All you need, is a well thought out plan to CONvince a lot of people out there, and since most people aren't very technical...this isn't hard at all (thus, why we need a better screening process). Many of the funded projects gets WAY more than they asked for, and then GREED grabs them...they lack no skills when it comes to find a reason to use the extra money, and have you noticed how certain products doesn't get cheaper for the public even thought they receive MASSIVE support?

Money baby! It's the shit.

Comment: Blender Cycles Rendering Engine (Score 1) 124

by MindPrison (#47954383) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs
Oh wow. This will do wonders for the Blender Cycles rendering engine. Thanks to Blender & Brecht (The coder behind Blenders Cycles rendering engine) I've been able to enjoy the power of a thousand computers in one card thanks to the accelerated powers of the Nvidia GPU based cards with multiple GPUs, mine has about 1300 GPUs and renders like insanity knows no bounds, I love it. YAY the future looks even better now.

Reading this makes me behave like a kid in a candy store, seriously.

Comment: 3D mobile phones (Score 3, Insightful) 73

I bought the LG 920 Optimus 3D phone some years ago. Awesome 3D screen, 2 x HD cameras for taking 3D photos. Fun for 14 days, after that...it just became an annoyingly big bulgy battery guzzling smartphone just like any other oversized phone out there.

3D TV? I so wanted them when they came out. After a while with very little use for them I thought Meh... and after an even longer while, the 3D tv sets went for a few hundred dollars, even in 50" sizes. I still thought...Meh...I'll stick to my old 47" LG full HD tv.

Same thing with Kinect, fun the first few days, fun to also connect it to the PC and play with all the hacks out there....same issue, technically useless stuff, fun...for a little while, but ultimately useless.

3D scanners? Meh... it'll probably be another fad, scan your objects, watch them on a 3D screen kind of like my Optimus 3D phone or the Nintendo 3DS...novelty item at best.

Comment: Well, that was interesting... (Score 3, Interesting) 103

by MindPrison (#47923597) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations
...definitively the most honest thing I've ever heard to come publicly from NSA, ever.

Personally I translate that to "It's important that we don't see ghosts everywhere here!".

And yes, very! Even the NSA know they've gone out of hands here, they also have humans working for them - and nothing they ever do will ever stay 100% a secret everywhere, so it's a better strategy to play with open cards (which they have *NOW* learned the hard way) in the long run. Besides, you can't possibly store all the 1 terabyte personal computer harddisks in the world in even googles vast server-lands anyway. It's all about spotlight. If you're in their spotlight, you'll be spied on, your data will get collected no matter where it is. Going trough vast amounts of byte garbage will yield certain finds - but mostly it's just noise, people who use words that could be similar to what you're looking for, but ultimately...just noise.

Comment: Listen, can you hear the noise from my kitchen? (Score 4, Funny) 82

by MindPrison (#47870841) Attached to: UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies
It's the sound of the fruit flies that reside in my kitchen cheering like mad, they apparently read Slashdot too.

They're getting intelligent too, the other day - one of them discovered that beer/vinegar + dish-washing liquid is dangerous, so only ONE of the little buggers died - the rest steer towards my beer bottles the SECOND I open it, I swear to you - these bastards have developed some sort of high end technology for seeking my beer, chocolate or any fruit I have laying around. Their targeting systems should be adopted by the military, they're more goal oriented than a group of old people at the mall fighting over the last piece of meat.

I'm going down to the kitchen right now to whack a few of the fat bastards.

Comment: Re:What happened to the core-wars? (Score 1) 105

by MindPrison (#47855805) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

i think you can get up to 8 cores in a standard desktop. These are server cpus. You can put a server cpu in a desktop pc, but these xeon cpus can be found in single, dual or quad variants. The price for one of these 18 core cpus? I figure it should be around 2800$. The motherboards for these will be around 500$. It's not something you'll normally see on someone's desk.

You know, kids buy 500-1000$ graphics cards, just for gaming. So to me, this isn't that far fetched. But of course you're right if we're talking about the Hendersons (Regular office Joe and Jenny Surf)...it would make NO sense for them to purchase an Alienware monster or similar.

Comment: If they're at ALL interested in electronics... (Score 1) 115

by MindPrison (#47855759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?
...then it's actually a GREAT way to forget bad things in the past. The best thing in the world you can do for the wounded mind is to occupy it with something interesting and challenging to do, at least something pleasing and rewarding.

I've built one of the biggest electronics labs I've personally ever seen, not even the technical schools I've visited can match it, and I have to admit...just the building process itself (you know, getting the parts off eBay, the local flea markets, ham-fest, local radio amateurs and electronics stores that are closing down and selling out) is a lot of fun, in fact - to me...it's downright addictive.

I've had some seriously though times in my life, more than I care to mention here - and I think both the electronics lab (and being a Christian) has literally saved my life many times over. There is nothing so soothing to my mind than to be able to safely close my lab-doors, sit down in front of my huge stash of millions and millions of brand new components acquired for pocket-cash (really petty cash!) - knowing...I could literally build a time machine in there.

Away from people, away from messy interfering thoughts, away from everything that's bad. Just ME and pure science. I love it. Nothing like it in this world (to me).
So yes, by ALL means get into electronics, it is SO rewarding.

Comment: What happened to the core-wars? (Score 1) 105

by MindPrison (#47855691) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores
I remember 8-16 cores being announced YEARS ago, but they never ever appeared in regular desktop computers (well, not at your cheap online stores or mainstream street stores either).

As a hobbyist 3D modeller, the more cores the merrier (and more memory + cache of course). But I'm kind of disappointed about where we're headed. Announcements of new processor with an astonishing amount of cores appear all the time, but they never appear in the actual stores, are they too expensive or something?

I remember the good times when I built my own computers, just going to the local computer shop and purchasing the needed components, aahh...the times we could overclock our cheapo AMD and then Intel came back with a much more overclock-able CPU etc. I've been stuck with my 4 core cpu for the last 6-7 years now and the only thing that has improved my rendering is the NVIDIA GPUs...but they do have their limitations, you can't render everything at improved speeds with these, some things just have to be done with a regular CPU.

What's up with that?

+ - The First Sophisticated Domestic Robot - The Dyson 360 Eye ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Yes it's a vacuum cleaner! But you knew it would be. The real question is why has it taken so long to make a sophisticated robot to do the menial job of cleaning the floor. The typical Roomba style robot vac runs around at random bumping into things and getting tangled in anything it can find. It is an endearing little machine and once you have owned one the idea of not having one is unthinkable but... it is still a little dim, even for the menial job of cleaning the floor.
Enter the Dyson 360 Eye which was launched last week. This is an upmarket cleaner. Not only does it have a radial root cyclone suction machine it also has, as it's name suggests, 360 degree vision.
A 360 degree panoramic lens lets an infrared sensor see all around. The sensors work in conjunction with a video camera to place objects in the scene. As it moves around it builds a model that is accurate to 5mm. It uses SLAM — Simultaneous Localization And Mapping — which is one mark of an advanced robot. In short — this Dyson knows where it is.
And what is the advantage of this?
Simple — the robot doesn't bump into things and it can clean systematically, which is much more satisfying for a human observer at the very least.
Add to this radial root cyclone suction, tank track to avoid slipping or getting stuck and an iOS and Android app to control it and you have a very desirable floor cleaning robot — but is it overkill? At more than $1000 it will be available early next year and you can pre-order now even if you only want it to hack. See it in action in the video."

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Comment: Quake...the game that ruined my plans for LIFE... (Score 5, Interesting) 170

Man that brings back memories...

...Picture this: A bright young student with plans to take over the (animation) world, follows the "hip kids" word of Quake II-Lithium (until then I had no clue what the Quake games where all about)...it's like Barney Gumble from the Simpsons, he was a decent guy and a heck of a helicopter pilot before he met the brown bottles with ice cold Duff. That's me and Quake. I bought the darned CD, put it in - and was lost forever...

I ended up using all my school money on investing in an ISDN Line (that was the *SHIT* back then when everyone else where on 14.4K dialup), found out that it still lagged more than a donkeys behind sunday mornings so I Invested in a DUAL ISDN line (that's a 64 x 2 = 128k line) and pinged the bejeezus outta the competition. That stuff cost 700$ a month + lost childhood + no school buddies + no school basically (see what it did to me? I have to write stuff like + in between words to substitute for bad grammar and such).

So kids! Let that be a lesson for you, stay in SCHOOL! And don't let the QUAKE get you!

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