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Comment: Re:Orbital (Score 4, Interesting) 431

by Savage-Rabbit (#48257091) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Ya think? They're charging 1.9B for 8 launches, versus SpaceX's 1.6B for 12. Loss of vehicle on a production launch is going to rain hell on someone.

“I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”
  John Glenn

I suppose buying from the higher bidder does not guarantee better performance. One thing you can be sure of, the bozos who gave Orbital the contract will be first among those to escape unscathed from this FUBAR.

Comment: Wars of religion . . . (Score 5, Funny) 266

by Savage-Rabbit (#48233397) Attached to: Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

  1. Declare your abode to be a Royal Temple of the Seriously Slashdotted
  2. Slip through the same tax loopholes that other religions do
  3. Profit!

Nah, Slashdot is not a religion. But you could for example choose one of the many religions organizations represented on Slashdot like: the Sacred Temple of the Apple, the Revered and Holy Shrine of the Android, the Evangelical Church of Emacs, the First Reformed Church of Vim, the Orthodox Church of WIndows or the Open Source Church of the Blessed Saint Linux on the Desktop ... the list goes on ... those are already established religions. Slashdot is more like the plains of Armageddon where the adherents of these faiths fight their wars of religion.

Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 258

by Savage-Rabbit (#48222101) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

The obvious solution is to just get 2 devices. Get a 7 or 10 inch tablet for doing document editing, playing games, reading books, and get a 4 inch (or even smaller) phone for quick glances at email, actual phone calls, etc.

There are very few situations I can think of that I could bring a 6 inch phone with me, but that I could not bring a 7 inch (or even 10 inch) tablet and a 4 inch phone. However, there are many situations in my life where I really don't want to have to bring a 6 inch phone, yet still want to have a phone on me. For the price of a 6 inch phone that still doesn't quite cut it as far as tasks like document editing goes, you can get a 4 inch phone which does everything you need in a phone, and a 10 inch tablet that will wipe the floor in productivity related tasks with any smaller device.

That's what I did, I got a 10 inch tablet but dragging the damn thing around with me all the time got tiring. So I got a bag for it only to discover that my 13 inch MacBook fit into the same bag and was only marginally heavier so why bother with a 10 inch tablet? And besides having a 4-5 inch phone, a 10 inch tablet and a laptop is expensive. A 10 inch tablet won't fit into any pocket while the iPad Mini, for example is on the verge of being to large for stuffing into all but the largest pockets and it can't make phone calls. Some of the smaller Samsung tablets can double as phones but I don't like them. I'm going to get an iPhone 6+ phablet that will fit into my pocket and leave the laptop at home when I don't need it. A 6 inch phone is too big and uncomfortable to fit into a trouser pocket but it is still small enough that it will fit into a sweatshirt or coat pocket.

Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 3, Interesting) 258

by Savage-Rabbit (#48219159) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

for my girly little hands apparently.

I liked the size of the iPhone 5/5s. It was an ideal size (for me). This iPhone 6 feels a little big. Can't even imagine what the 6 Plus would feel like :\

Depends on what you want from a phone, if you only want a phone and e-mail/SMS terminal with emergency browsing capability and a nav app with a tiny map display then something the size of an iPhone 5/5s is fine. If, however, you want to do more like read e-books, edit documents, play games, etc... then a device the size of the iPhone 6 is at the lower end of the usable but a bit beyond the upper end of how big a phone should be. So the choice you have is a device that's the right size for a phone but a crappy size for a tablet or do you want a device that is a usable tablet but too big for a phone. The perfect mobile device has, what? something equivalent to a 15 inch or bigger display but is still physically no larger than a match box and those are irreconcilable demands until we are able to project holographic displays like they do in scifi movies. The Google glass is another take on this but I would prefer the holo displays. I suppose you could also go for the Borg solution and splice the device output through a wireless link directly into the optical nerve but I'm not that obsessed with the mobile lifestyle so I draw the line at surgery. Eventually this issue will be solved and probably with a technology none of us can currently conceive of at this moment.

Comment: Re:Cloud (Score 1) 145

by Savage-Rabbit (#48211959) Attached to: Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

That's selective quoting taken to the extreme. The GP was talking about the applications he'd be interested in. Do you know what he's interested in? I don't. But I do have a friend who escapes the Scottish winter every year to go searching for undiscovered orchid specieses in a Vietnamese rainforest. Now call me a pessimist, but I doubt he's going to get a 3G signal out there. What if he wants to check if a flower is a known species? He can do that within his area (the orchids) but he can't be expected to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all extant plant-life. Wouldn't it be nice if his mobile phone could flag up a potentially unknown species that he stumbles across, giving him to opportunity to take a sample back for analysis?

Yeah, that's pretty much what I had in mind. Take a photo of an orchid, compare it to a library of descriptors and get a near human accurate classification without routing the image through a super computer on the cloud. My use case was more like: With all networking on your device switched off, snap a photo of a plane and the app tells you that's a Virgin Airlines Boeing 737. Or: search a library of images for snaps that show one or more South African Air Force P-51Ds (including partial shots showing only, say, the rear half of the aircraft). Today we can probably do the "find me all photos that include a car" type searches on your garden variety PC with reasonable accuracy by using background processing but something like "find all photos that include a Fiat Type 135 "Dino" is future music, at least on consumer level hardware.

Comment: Computer vision... (Score 5, Interesting) 145

by Savage-Rabbit (#48211077) Attached to: Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

... and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree.

That's true, I looked into object recognition for image classification by content. Face recognition is proceeding fairly nicely but doing stuff like just programmatically classifying/tagging images by whether they contain a car, airplane, house, tree, dog, mountain .... without even trying to do things like identifying the type of airplane/dog/car is pretty much undoable in any reasonable amount of time with human level accuracy needed on garden variety PCs and tablets which is the application I'd be interested in. The fastest and most accurate image classifier/tagger is still a human. Am still looking forward to they day that changes but I'm not sure that will be within my lifetime.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 324

by Savage-Rabbit (#48204003) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

When you start with "Reagan said..." you've already simplified beyond recognition.

Most anecdotes Reagan had of "this guy I know who could no longer help his children because of ____ " -- they were all completely made up. He got that bedtime story voice and a boatload of Bull -- and THAT sounds like a guy making sense and being authentic to a lot of fools. Reagan made a lot more sense before he sold out his Liberal rhetoric and started betraying actors for Hoover.

Does badmouthing a saint count as blasphemy? Ah! What the heck..... BLASPHEMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 1) 324

by Savage-Rabbit (#48203161) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Then they ought to restore Erzebet Bathory's castle and promote it as a tourist destination for lesbian Goths -- or is that too narrow a demographic?

More like the wrong demographic, for one thing there is no indication Erzebet Bathory was gay and secondly she preferred corn fed country girls for her grizzly beauty rituals so agricultural communities would be a more likely place to look for victims than towns and cities which is where you are most likely to run into lesbian Goths.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 0) 312

by Savage-Rabbit (#48184593) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

To get this, Apple doesn't need to know what the person typed.

Correct... for browser GUI design Apple doesn't need to know what they were looking for.

It would be the search engine provider who needs to know what the user typed, and based on what
they clicked --- if they found what they were looking for, and which result they found most relevant.

But the search engine provider doesn't need access to other information like what brand of mouse they were using, or which particular search box the user utilized.

Right!! And Google would never record your searches in a non ananomized history which you have to explicitly turn off in your google account.

Comment: Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (Score 3, Interesting) 331

by Savage-Rabbit (#48180829) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

To imagine the same weapon used so heavily in the tropics, mud and monsoon being noted for its reliability in Arctic conditions is amazing. But this is a very simple basic weapon. Even India is phasing them out, apparently.

Not really, all those late 19th century bolt action rifles were extremely reliable, that's why the bolt action is still the most popular rifle action in use today which says something about the soundness of Nikolaus von Dreyse's original design that first saw the light of day back in 1824. This type of gun has been used in the high Andes in S-America, jungles in Africa/America/Asia and deserts around the world. The German Mausers and Russian Mosin Nagants operated just as reliably in those places as the Lee Enfield and long as you had proper gun oil that didn't sieze the gun up in extreme cold they did well in the extreme Arctic too. Bolt action Enfields and Russian Mosin Nagants are still in widespread use by the Taleban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and througout the Middle East. I've seen these old guns in the hands of Hamas guerillas in the Gaza strip (At least one was a WWI Turkish Mauser by the look of it) and by rebels fighters in Arabia. People may think that's comical but in the hands of a decent marksman some of these old war horses will still out shoot a Government trooper armed with a brand spanking new M4 Carbine, G-36 or AK-47.

Comment: Re: May I suggest (Score 1) 331

by Savage-Rabbit (#48180683) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

That is because you were using a cheap-ass thermoplastic/synthetic stock instead of a quality fiberglass/synthetic stock.

There are many bolt guns with similar functionality and better performance than the Lee-Enfield.

For example, the Remington 700P weighs the same as an Enfield, but has modern accuracy (0.5 MOA out of the box isn't uncommon), durability (not as effected by temperature swings), and is available with modern cartridges like 308 Win and 300 Win Mag.

Or there are rifles like the Ruger Gunsite Scout, while not combat proven, is cold weather hunting proven, offering a very lightweight package at aroun 7 lbs, 308 Win, better accuracy than the Enfield, a temperature resistant laminate stock, and back up irons.

Not trying to be condascending here, I'm just curious. How well do fiber glass stocks do at -40 C? I notice the only rifle you listed as cold weather proven still has a wood laminate stock. Personally I'm generally pretty liberal and open to new ideas but when it comes to guns I pretty much won't touch anything that doesn't have a wooden stock. It's partly because I detest plastic and partly because experience has taught me that plastics tend to get brittle at extremely low temperatures but I've never really taken a close look at fiberglass in that context.

Comment: Re:I don't follow (Score 3, Informative) 370

by Savage-Rabbit (#48180051) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

So what's so "tomorrow" about change from Lucida to Helvetica, which impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? Is that the definition of "tomorrow" now?

More to the point how does changing from Lucida to Helvetica impede legibility, require more screen space, and make the GUI appear fuzzy? I can't say that I have noticed any of these world ending problems in decades of using the Helvetica font.

Comment: Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (Score 1) 305

by Savage-Rabbit (#48170039) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

The issue I have with Windows 8, and OS X.10 is the fact that they are trying to make the OS into the next tablet/mobile OS.

No, they aren't. At least, not Apple.

They are making your Mac work with your iDevice more seamlessly. There's a pretty big distinction there.

Anyone claiming this is akin to Windows 7 -> Windows 8 isn't paying attention. For one, Apple has never (and still doesn't) ship a touchscreen Mac, so it would be quite ridiculous to put a touch-centric UI on OS X. OS X is still clearly ruled by the mouse / trackpad and keyboard, and will be for the foreseeable future for one very good reason - OS X is where the content for iOS is made, and iOS is where the content made on OS X is consumed.

That is the business model for Apple, and very close to what Google is doing too if you haven't noticed. They haven't exactly been whipping people to get Android onto laptops - that's what ChromeOS is for.

I agree, having used iPads with a bluetooth keyboard and regular Windows Laptops with a touch screen as well as regular laptops I have to say I prefer the old fashioned keyboard+touchpad combination when using any laptop irrespective of whether it runs Windows, Linux or OS X because I can keep my hands on the keyboard most of the time and move the cursor with my thumb or index finger. I find that browsing, for example, goes significantly faster on OS X than it goes on iOS even with a BT keyboard because the arrow keys don't work on iOS and I have to constantly move my hand from the keyboard to do stuff like pick an item from a drop-down list or scroll down a page because the arrow keys don't work for this stuff in iOS. Touch screen devices have their uses, they are great for reading, gaming, watching movies, etc. but touch screens are no substitute for a touchpad, at least not yet.

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