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Comment: Here's is my 2 bit (not the binary kind) theory (Score 1) 412

by WDancer (#38063056) Attached to: China Building Gigantic Structures In the Desert
The crazy boxes of lines look like they could be mock ups for streets in a city. It would be interesting if they corresponded with an actual street layout somewhere in the world. Probably used for training armored vehicles. I did notice that what is at 40.457985,93.369799 looks a lot like a scale model of a region. A lot of militarys have used scaled regional models to train tank commanders. The massive grid-lines look like Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, where the US tested chemical weapon dispersion, the same could be true for the lonely island of foliage and the reservoir. The antenna structure looks a lot more like an electrical substation without any equipment installed. I have one that looks like this near my house. It was built with the expectation that there was going to be a huge growth in the area, then the housing market crashed and, well... Others are obviously targets for training pilots or artillery. There are also several mock runways in the area that have craters in them also. The circular target looks like it is to test the dispersion of some kind of cluster munition. Well, that is all for my armchair intelligence observations.

Comment: Playtime! (Score 1) 1016

by WDancer (#37568642) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?
Just remove the platters and let some kindergarteners play with them on the playground. Sure to be destroyed in no time. Also, give the magnets to your local high school science class. In seriousness, if you remove the platters and dispose of them separately from the drive cases, you are almost guaranteed no recovery. Anyone who comes across it and can read it without the associated heads and drive electronics is a serious three-letter agency and what the hell have you done to draw their attention?

Comment: One handed (Score 2) 140

by WDancer (#36180070) Attached to: Verifying Passwords By the Way They're Typed
I was just thinking about this the other day when I needed to log into a computer at work while I was holding a part I wanted to look up in our system. I heard about password systems using pattern logging a while ago and thought it would be ridiculous in the real world. On a similar note, I had an uncle that retired from a workplace that had fingerprint, voiceprint, and a weight scanner to get into work. He said if you had a cold or gained or lost more than 5 pounds you had to be escorted to the security office and have your identity verified before they would let you in. Some security measures are just too odd. (A scale? WTF?)

Comment: One hole is always open... (Score 1) 469

by WDancer (#35252466) Attached to: Goodbye, HD Component Video
No matter what, the picture still has to display something on the screen. No matter how good encryption gets, it will always be possible as long as you have to display something on screen. You can tap the signals coming from the LCD driver in the TV and recreate the image every time from the signals that tell it what pixel goes where and what color.
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Microsoft CEO Says Kinect To Support PCs Eventually 47

Posted by Soulskill
from the within-one-to-seventeen-years dept.
Ken writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that the company will support Kinect for PCs sometime in the future. The motion controller is currently only officially supported for the Xbox 360, although it has been hacked and tweaked to work on pretty much any platform that can be plugged into via a USB port. 'We're trying to move beyond gaming to include the world of socialization, movies, TV, music, and we're trying to make the whole experience accessible to everybody in the family not just the traditional gamer.' When Ballmer was asked, 'Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?' he replied, 'We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it.' Note that this is completely separate from the Kinect-like controller from PrimeSense and Asus." Other readers have tipped related articles about Kinect being used to enable 3D teleconferencing and help drive a small helicopter drone.

Comment: Been there... (Score 1) 351

by WDancer (#30285626) Attached to: Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"
This happened at my workplace, and I was the one who had to fix it. I think it was a corrupted update for XP, because it happened right after one. I had to perform a repair using the install disk, fun. Not all were affected, just the ones that had auto update turned on, instead of just notification.

I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.