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Comment: Re:It may be an excess of caution.... (Score 2) 56

by Sarten-X (#46833477) Attached to: DIY Wearable Pi With Near-Eye Video Glasses

Ask and ye shall receive.

TL;DR: There are risks associated with all HUDs, but the likelihood of developing problems stems from having the eyes compete. A monocular display (or well-aligned binocular) should be fine, as long as the display is sufficiently different from the background view that the brain knows it's seeing something different.

Comment: Re:So the take away is... (Score 1) 85

by Sarten-X (#46816491) Attached to: David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

It will indeed be "worthless", unless the company has a non-dividend profit-sharing plan, or produces a product the investor wants to see happen, or if the investor wants control over the company's management, or if any other reason holds true.

There are many reasons to invest, that some would consider to be quite valuable.

Comment: Re:Imagine all this brainpower (Score 1) 85

by Sarten-X (#46816159) Attached to: David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Pretty much.

Thanks to the Browser Wars and the other various corporate battles of the 90's, and the ensuing minor triumphs of open-source (especially BSD-licensed) compatibility projects, compatibility is a growing expectation among consumers, whether they realize it or not.

Websites are now peppered with "log in with Facebook" buttons and "Tweet this" links. Consumer devices tout how they integrate with everything people already use. Customers expect that interoperability will be a standard feature, rather than just an add-on that might be nice. I suspect it's partly due to having widespread access to the Internet's vast supply of media: People understand that the world of caccessible resources is far larger than any single company will provide.

There are a few holdouts in this area (Microsoft, specifically, and anyone who thinks DRM is a good idea), but overall I think we're doing much better than we were in the bad old days of the 90's... Does anyone else remember having to install proprietary networking stacks?

Comment: Re:So the take away is... (Score 2) 85

by Sarten-X (#46816031) Attached to: David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Convince enough people that it makes sense for a company to be trading at a value equal to 100 years worth of income

Buy a stock at 100x income, hold on to it for five years, then sell it for 100x income. Assuming "income" scales with inflation, the net result is that you gained 5 years' worth of dividends. If the company does well, the sale price may be significantly higher than its purchase price.

Note that the actual numeric value of "income" is irrelevant to the net profit. Change matters and dividends matter, but the price of "one share" is largely immaterial. That's why people who actually understand the stock market will look at other metrics (usually change-related) rather than just the price.

Comment: Re:Never was the class of Leisure (Score 1) 310

by Sarten-X (#46814967) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

In a previous job, I've worked directly with and for multi-millionaires, and this is pretty close to right. Perhaps it was just my employer's clientele, but I've rarely seen anyone as dedicated to their professions. It was not uncommon for our office to get calls from 7AM to 11PM from a single client working on a project. For many of our richest clients, the idea of "off the clock" was something that everyone else cared about.

It helps that most of our clients had enough money to choose their profession, so their work was usually their passion. Interestingly, that was partly what led me to quit that job, and move my career closer to the kind of work I would do for fun.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 351

by Sarten-X (#46812761) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

If you can look at a picture taken from a mountain's summit, then you don't need to climb it.

I wrote this comment to illustrate how shortsighted my contemporary's statement was. The opening sentence is a clear reworking of his own first sentence, highlighting the similarities between the underlying rationales. However, my choice of subjects is culturally identified as a personal triumph, where one's effort in the undertaking is valued more than the conclusion. With that brief and sarcastic introduction, I intend that the reader will experience a moment of mild awe at its wit, which is quickly lost in the following paragraph dissecting and deconstructing the comment in self-referential verbosity. There is a reference to explaining one's joke ruining the punchline. By the conclusion, the reader will hopefully understand that the sentiment of the entire comment was contained in that opening sentence, but the potential intensity was diluted by the explanation.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 351

by Sarten-X (#46807717) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

For historical art, yes. You'd need to approach that from an historic perspective, providing primary and secondary sources for your conclusions. Fail to do that, and you're just regurgitating the professor's work: B-grade (or worse) work in any class.

As a modern artist, you are free to express whatever you like, however you like... but you need to be aware of the existing theories to understand how your expression will likely be interpreted. If you make a sculpture today with enlarged hands, what does it mean? Are you indulging a head-and-hand fetish? If so, why even bother with the rest of the sculpture? Are you demonstrating a mastery of anatomy? If that's the case, then why did you not also master proportion?

As others have noted, that's the role of documentation. A modern artist has the ability to write about what a particular work is intended to mean. Much of what we know (and can verify) about older works comes from contemporary correspondence and explanations from the artists themselves.

Comment: Re:Riiiiight (Score 1) 351

by Sarten-X (#46805057) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

we can hire you and make you take on the work of three to five people for the pay of a single position

Do you mean to say the work, or the roles?

If you're actually being as productive as several people, as though they had been working productively 100% of the time, then you should be paid more.

On the other hand, if you're just doing the same amount of productive work, but able to help with other tasks outside your primary discipline when you otherwise would be waiting on something, then you're doing exactly the work you're being paid for.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 4, Interesting) 351

by Sarten-X (#46804925) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Art and philosophy do actually require rigorous thinking, for much the same reason as engineering.

When designing, the engineer must consider all possible scenarios in which his design will be used. Some scenarios may be assumed from the start, and others may be accounted for in the design. Regardless of how careful the engineer is, there are always people who will use the design in an unintended manner, perhaps better or worse than the original goal.

An artist, when creating a work, must consider the environment the work will be viewed in. Some aspects may be controlled through framing or instructions to curators, but there will always be different interpretations for different people. Philosophers, too, must consider every implication of their theory, and must understand the universe of discourse in which their theory holds. Another person may interpret a particular situation differently, so a comprehensive philosophical theory must account for that.

Consider, for example, Michelangelo's statue of David. Michelangelo designed the work to be placed high on a cathedral, so the hands and head are enlarged so they'll be noticeable from the ground. A modern viewer ignorant of David's history would see the statue as grotesque, obscuring the quality of the work.

Comment: A different beast (Score 5, Informative) 285

by Sarten-X (#46802333) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

I'm no expert in prothetics, but it seems the printed Cyborg Beast hand is a completely passive device, relying on wrist movements to control the fingers. On the other hand, the $42,000 device was a "myoelectric prosthetic device, which took signals from the muscle fibers in his forearm, translated those signal, and then used them to mechanically move the fingers of the prosthetic, which looks pretty close to an actual hand."

This guy prefers the less-realistic device. Good for him. A direct comparison is somewhat unreasonable, though.

Comment: Re:Shareholders know less than nothing (Score 1) 150

by Sarten-X (#46789813) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Yahoo's directors MUST (not "should") do whatever maximizes profit for shareholders. This isn't an opinion, nor what's socially correct, but those are the rules

Which rules, exactly?

I've been hearing this silly "maximize profit" nonsense for decades, and I've never actually found any law requiring profit to be the main impetus. As lgw noted above, the real rules say that it's the corporation's charter that really matters.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun