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Comment: Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (Score 3, Insightful) 188

by OzPeter (#47755843) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Possibility 4) Hardlinking to a specific iPod makes it harder to hack the prosthetic arm from.

Bricking a device because a external independent device which is well known to be fragile and/or a target of theft has died/lost/stolen is a pretty bad design.

And if the external device is not independent, but is in fact required part of the bricked devices operation - then that is also bad design

Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 199

by OzPeter (#47705291) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

If a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, peeping tom laws already say you cannot look or take photos.

Tell that to the paparazzi. There is a whole industry devoted to finding public locations where you can spy on celebs, and then using the longest telephoto lens needed to get the shot.

Comment: Photographic law precedence (Score 4, Interesting) 199

by OzPeter (#47704723) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

From TFA

Two City Council members today will unveil a draft ordinance that would make it a crime to use a drone to film, audiotape or photograph people on their private property without their consent.

Which basically goes against well established photography law that basically says if you can see it from a public location then its fair game.

OTOH I'm not sure how you can reasonably legislate pics taken from drones. Do you now define a private location to include the airspace above it? But what if I am in public airspace, yet high enough to see over a wall?

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 359

by OzPeter (#47693835) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Honestly, just substitute "bus" for any other mode of transportation. Go out on a limb and consider the greater possibilities.

There will always be something/someone that this will not affect, great. Maybe you living in a nuclear bunker with a sophisticated air and water filtration system, good for you.

What about the people at risk?

Apparently Facebook's expertise is needed here as well

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 4, Funny) 359

by OzPeter (#47693723) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

It's everyone's problem when some person in Liberia, is now scared for his life and flees without knowing he is carrying the virus. In 48 hours he might be sitting next to you on a bus!

Ha! Ain't going to happen.

I live in a suburb in the US with ZERO public transportation options. Not only that I won't pass them on the street either as there are no frickin' sidewalks as well.

Comment: Re:Not Sports (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#47669751) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

This, along with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc., etc., are nothing more than big business. When players are bought and sold, the "team" with the most money normally wins. I'm very much in favor of seeing elite competition, but all of the chest thumping by teams like this is meaningless.

I have a saying "Sport is something you do, entertainment is something you watch"

But what is even more criminal is all these teams that have all that money to spend on their players, still force cities to build them stadiums and training facilities, or they threaten to walk. That is is a racket, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:All that money... (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#47669735) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

And I still have to turn it off after a couple minutes because it's putting me to sleep.

So right there bro. That's why I'm drawn to the NFL. That is just so exciting to watch in comparison. The anticipation of spotting the 15 minutes totality of the ball actually in play over a three hour game is so addictive. That really keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. Its like an extended "Where's Wally?" game right there on my TV. /sarcasm

Haters going to hate no matter what.

You don't like the sport, then turn it off. No one is forcing you to watch it, and no-one is saying that you have to like it.

Comment: My local library (Score 5, Insightful) 165

by OzPeter (#47666211) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

My local library doesn't just have books.

It has:

Books (well yeah)
Audio Books
Meeting Rooms
Internet Access

In general it is trying to position itself as a local community resource

Somehow I can't see all of that being replaced by a Kindle, and thats without even going into what limited selection of titles the Kindle will have.

Comment: Re:Doesn't the kinect use an ordinary camera? (Score 4, Informative) 31

This system is very different. The Kinect has a deep field of view, but all the demos show this working in a very short range. I haven't yet read the paper, but I'm wondering if that's the point of the IR.

From watching the video my understanding is that they illuminate the subject with a fixed IR source and map the drop off of the reflected IR in 2D space and then interpret that drop off as a depth map of the object they are looking at. Which looks surpassingly accurate for the sort of use cases they demonstrate. They also point out that this technique is not a general purpose 3D system.

Comment: As predicted in Better Off Ted (Score 4, Insightful) 31

At the very end of the video it describes how the system is tuned to skin albedo. The only problem with this is that various races around the world have different albedos - which does have a real world effect in photography when trying to expose correctly for skin. In the video they mentioned training the system on the user, but all users shown in the video were white - so I can't say how well it would work for non-whites. But in general I am impressed with what they have done.

Back in 2009, in Better Off Ted episode 4 "Racial Sensitivity", they developed a security system that had issues with skin albedo and not detecting (from memory) dark skinned people - which resulted in all sorts of hijinks for the African American employees

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