and why would it only turn on if you look directly? contrary to the resolution, the peripheral awareness is quite high and useful. it's clearly a not very well thought through mockup. the silly flow me car, potentially obscuring a child or at least a bit of view with its opaque label is another proof of that.
reading the article it make sense. If your generic mp3 player doesn't eat that drm-infested sync shit, it's arguably better not to support any 3rd party device, so people won't get mad at how it works buggy, but just buy apple, because it just works. Also if the player does not work at all, you'll probably rather blame the player, than itunes. If it works, but shitty, you'll get mad at itunes.
the original spritz is a little smarter than most clones, sadly. But it didn't feel like they piped in the 10k most often used words or something yet. (they will make up like 97% of any text, so if you have 3% at a slower speed you loose little)
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have found that between 1 and 3% of people don't like music of any kind. These people aren't tone deaf or incapable of grasping the emotional meaning of a song—their brains simply didn’t find listening to music rewarding. While some psychiatric disorders are associated with the loss of the ability to feel pleasure, called anhedonia, the music-haters represent the first evidence for not feeling pleasure from only one specific pleasing stimulant, a condition that has been dubbed music-specific anhedonia. Curious where you fall on the music reward spectrum? The researchers have an online quiz." I know I actively prefer silence to most music, but what I like, I like intensely. Update: 03/06 21:48 GMT by T : Sorry for the garbled submission; now fixed.
It's not just upgradeable, it's a custom build, even if it never changes after the initial choices.
The manuscript has a lot of unique properties consistent throughout the text. Properties that don't happen by accident while writing gibberish. If anyone can build a bogus-generator putting out voynich like text, it might be accepted as a 'solution' to this puzzle.
also: if it wasn't encoded / plain text and even borrowing from known or even latin languages, I'd guess you could identify words with heuristics...
sorry for the typo
:) is there an edit function on slashdot?
their testing rig (they say the need to calibrate for each sensor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebpscjKRCqo&list=TLLo4ClqO-MR1qNLMR2pmVUlNWJ9vHPa3f here is how it looks in a camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsG6JsMAJ_Q&list=TLfAlmzrsJfvVS3vQYz9U_rXt_tnYi_Igk&feature=player_detailpage
here is an app from 2011 doing exactly that: video (there are a few): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAWQ-YT8BvE android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rdklein.radioactivity&hl=en iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radioactivitycounter/id464004677?mt=8
here is an app from 2012 doing exactly that: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rdklein.radioactivity&hl=en