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Comment: Bad with stairs (Score 1) 63

by Russ1642 (#49025499) Attached to: Boston Dynamics Introduces Their Newest Four-Legged Robot, 'Spot'

It's plainly obvious when watching it climb stairs that it's just placing its feet down in a pattern, and when one misses a step or slips it moves forward a bit and tries again. What they need to get working on is placing each foot in a specific chosen spot. But that's a whole nother level of AI programming.

Comment: Image quality isn't everything (Score 3, Insightful) 422

by Russ1642 (#48993039) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

Camera size has always been a big factor in photography. Smartphone cameras have that locked down solid. There's simply no competition to always having a decent small camera in your pocket all the time. The camera market has reverted back to only being for true hobbyists that want something better than what their phone gives them.

Comment: Re:bank I use ... allows (weak passwords) (Score 4, Informative) 271

by Russ1642 (#48990607) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

Google will send you a text to your phone every time you login from a different computer. The settings are quite adjustable from being a minor annoyance to requiring it every time you login. You can also print emergency codes for when you don't have access to your phone.

Comment: Not new (Score 1) 84

by Russ1642 (#48990431) Attached to: Smartphone Attachment Can Test For HIV In 15 Minutes

It's using the smartphone to display the results so they don't have to include a screen on the device, and it's using the power from the phone instead of having its own batteries. It's not exactly the smartphone doing any of the testing. It's just another case of normal computing done on a smaller computer somehow being news. They could easily add a screen and a battery but that would raise the cost of the device and not force users to have much more expensive smartphones. Sometimes it's far better to have a standalone device.

Comment: Re:You're not supposed to ask that (Score 1) 223

by Russ1642 (#48982013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

You're basically asking "how can I buy and use an iPhone without dealing with any Apple software". It's ridiculous. Android is completely dominated by Google. You can try using Cyanogenmod or some other distribution but you're going to have a VERY hard time avoiding Google completely.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming