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Comment: Re:OCR (Score 1) 141

by Nyder (#47548513) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

I like the part where they are magically going to make OCR work via the camera on a cellphone.

Windows Phone already does that though, you hit the search button, choose eye, point it at something, choose scan text, it highlights all the text at which point you can either choose copy, search, or translate. If you translate it will overlay the translated text on the image in your chosen language.

What about errors? We are talking OCR here, which never worked great on scanners, so how is it going to work better via cameras?

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 671

by Nyder (#47547687) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

... Pete Carrol, the head coach of last year's Superbowl winning Seattle Seahawks, is known for being a very nice and laid-back guy, and doesn't fit the typical mode of the "screamer" type coaches we've all seen.


Oh, we are going to win the Super Bowl this year also.

Comment: Re:One step forward, 3 steps back? (Score 1) 42

by Nyder (#47509177) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

This product is baffling. The original nVidia SHIELD's competitive advantage was the built in controller. Now they give you a tablet and a wireless controller. Just like ANY other tablet out there already. With all of the same problems. How do I play on that tablet when I'm on the train or bus with the controller? Balance the tablet on my lap? I tried that with my Nexus 7, it doesn't work worth a crap. I don't play GTA 3 on my N7, not because it can't handle the game, but because using a separate controller with the tablet is a logistical nightmare. SHIELD v1 solved that problem, and now v2 re-introduced it. I don't get it.

I don't play games that I need a controller for on my tablet. Thought it would be cool, but seriously? No.

There is enough decent games that have an interface that works great with tablets. Anything else I can play on a handheld or my computer.

Comment: Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by Nyder (#47498065) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

which is the primary reason why not to buy one. The zoro cards, especially ethernet can be hard to come by, so unless you get a loaded one... well it's pointless.

I've also had issues with bus noise by maxing out a 2000 with a bridge board, 2065, 68038 upgrade, and ram card. It really was incredibly unstable.

The 2000 has the same CPU as the 500, and 1000. It really was a pointless model. The 3000 and 3000T's are much nicer. And I should add the even a bare 3000 is far more stabler than a loaded 2000.

The other issue now is WinUAE is so good, it can run BSD, AMIX, along with all the software from the Amiga heyday. Considering how funky old machines can be, why even bother?

Lots of old computers are plagued with battery leakage. Got macs like that also.

Sure, WinUAE rocks, I like it. You know what else I and others like to do? Tinker around on the original hardware. It's why I still have an Amiga 1000, 1200, 4x3000 (they need work though). I enjoy using my Amiga 1200. I enjoy using it's mouse, it's OS, on it's hardware. Listening to the floppy drive.

Maybe it's reliving the past, maybe it's a waste of time, but it's how I enjoy wasting my time. I'm sorry you had bad issue with some Amiga hardware. I've had funky machines in the past (and still today, got a nonworking liquid cooler the other day), and yes, we understand you don't like it, bad experiences, you are very glad computing has moved on. Cool.

But we bother because we enjoy the computers.

Comment: Wish they sold for cheap (Score 2) 192

by Nyder (#47498023) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Amiga 2000 is my favorite Amiga computer, but they aren't that cheap on Ebay.

I'd love to get one, mainly if it had the 8088 PC board in it also. Used to love running MS-Dos and Amiga OS at the same time.

But cheap is around $100. $250+ isn't cheap, that is the same price they were selling in the 90's.

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 1, Insightful) 667

by Nyder (#47497807) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

There's also question of motivation. Why would soldiers waste expensive missiles for some irrelevant passenger plane?

To shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft. They had already shot down a Ukrainian transport plane and a Ukrainian fighter within the previous week. They were on a roll.

Why would be there a plane over a warzone in the first place? That just doesn't make sense.

It was a major air route. There were over 50 civilian airliners over eastern Ukraine at the time MH-17 was shot down. And about 24 aircraft flew through the precise area MH-17 was hit, over the previous day. There was a Singapore Airlines jet close enough to MH-17 at the time for the pilots to see it explode.

Aircraft are currently flying over northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel...

Sure, even if common sense tells you that flying over a warzone is stupid as all fuck, it's okay because other people do it all the time!!!!

No wonder I don't fly.

Comment: Re:Yep, how the music industry was killed... (Score 2) 192

by Nyder (#47492939) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

You're right. But most of the rest of them got big-enough advances from record labels though so that they could try making music for a living for a couple years. The money for those advances came from record sales of the few acts that did make it. Now, there's little money coming in from record sales from the acts that made it - only peasly subscription revenue and $0.99 tracks. Less money coming into the labels, less money going out as advances to artists.

Having known musicians that have landed contracts, they do NOT give you enough to live on at all. They give you enough to get some new equipment, then gouge them with paying them for the studio, recording, editing, graphics, videos, etc. All which have to be pay back (and you are paying more if you would of found your own places to do that stuff).

And record companies are still making plenty of money selling stuff these days.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by Nyder (#47492905) Attached to: White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Hey man, didn't you read "could generate thousands of jobs?" Let me say that again. COULD. MAKE. THOUSANDS. JOBS.

End of discussion. We all know the only things worse than aborting potential jobs are terrorism and taxes.

Ya, but those jobs are going to be cleaning the dead fish & sea mammals off beaches.

"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan