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Comment Refrigeration is a constructive technology (Score 1) 330

Pickling in brine is very unhealthy as it increases sodium content of the food. Similarly smoking produces chemicals which not only control microbial growth but are harmful for human beings. Refrigeration is in fact a constructive technology. There is no benefit of labeling it as a destructive one.

Comment Hacked a macbook touchpad as force sensor (Score 1) 251

It was a software hack to use macbook touchpad as pressure input device. I could discern 22 different levels of pressures which was more than enough to carry out deformation of free form 3d shapes. I read somewhere that the these days touchpads can easily detect 1024 different levels of pressure which is quite amazing if true.

Comment Are you serious? (Score 1) 515

I'm not a computer programmer or a software professional. Still I have not touched or used a windows system or installed windows on my personal / work computers for last 9 years. I was using Ubuntu for about 6 years and Ubuntu Gnome for another 3 years. I have no problem making excellent presentations, writing reports, documents (libreoffice), editing basic images (gimp), editing music (audacity), making basic 3d animations (blender), video editing (openshot/cinerella), making brochures (scibus) or even setting up my own server (apache). Everything is damn easy (software center /apt-get). I enjoy gaming sometimes (gbrainy/majongg/wesnoth/supertuxcart etc). I don't install flash and youtube works. Over the time other video websites have automatically started working without flash. Life continues and without privacy issues, security issues and hassle of maintaining an up-to-date antivirus, life is much better.

Comment 9 years since last used windows (Score 1) 492

For last 9 years I've been using combination of Mac and Linux (Ubuntu Gnome). When I see people discussing these interesting features of their brand new versions of Windows ... 7 then 8 and now 10, I sometimes wonder if I left Windows behind or is this really the case that Windows has left me behind.

Comment it's time to recognize grades of rights (Score 1) 172

i think it's time to recognize that a model of rights or no rights will soon be outdated and as more and more research happens in behavioral science, neuro science and evolutionary science, we'll soon be convinced that we have to assign varying grades of rights to different species according to their emotional and rational IQ.

Submission + - Fabulous MIT Software Makes Selfies Professional Portraits

Ajay Anand writes: Researchers at MIT have developed this cool algorithm (PDF) to convert humble snaps to dramatic images in a way such that style of any professional photographer can be mimicked. It uses dense mapping between a given selfie and an example portrait using 66 facial features and turns the selfie into a similar looking portrait.

Quoting the authors, "Headshot portraits are a popular subject in photography but to achieve a compelling visual style requires advanced skills that a casual photographer will not have ... We introduce a technique to transfer the style of an example headshot photo onto a new one. This can allow one to easily reproduce the look of renowned artists." Link to the video. MIT news link.

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