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Comment: Re: Thank you! (Score 1) 161

by bistromath007 (#49210131) Attached to: Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry
I've just thought of another problem; if a machine-friendly identifier isn't visible for some reason, said machine will likely not realize it has picked up two garments that are wadded, staticked, or stuck together. It also might tear something in the course of trying to separate two garments which it has correctly recognized.

Comment: Re: Thank you! (Score 1) 161

by bistromath007 (#49210031) Attached to: Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry
This almost works, but you need a solution other than QR/bar codes. For those to work, the robot has to pick up a random garment that has been randomly wadded into a hamper, find a code that may not be flat enough for it to identify as such, flatten it, and pray to its machine gods that it hasn't washed out or frayed at all. RFID in the seams would work; though they'd eventually fall out, that probably correlates better with damage sufficient to send a garment at least to the thrift store. Bonus: Wal-Mart and the NSA know what underwear you have on today, which is fairly apropos.

Comment: Fast Forward (Score 2) 790

by bistromath007 (#48784495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Stuart Ashen put up a video a while ago showing off an obscure 80s construction toy that came with a cassette tape telling the ridiculawesome Saturday-morning cartoon style backstory of the characters you could build with it.

He realized at one point it was just repeating the same text in the booklet, and fast-forwarded to make sure.

Some fucking kid in the comments asked why he "added that annoying fake fast-forwarding sound." I think I cried a little.

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