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Comment: Re:3D and beyond (Score 1) 414

by John Sokol (#44462305) Attached to: Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

Displays and sensors are exponentially improving. The curves may not be 18 months to double like Moore's law, but it's still exponential.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law#Other_formulations_and_similar_laws
"Pixels per dollar. Similarly, Barry Hendy of Kodak Australia has plotted the "pixels per dollar" as a basic measure of value for a digital camera, demonstrating the historical linearity (on a log scale) of this market and the opportunity to predict the future trend of digital camera price, LCD and LED screens and resolution."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hendys_Law.jpg

http://www.zdnet.com/moores-law-and-the-exponential-growth-in-surveillance-systems-7000017356/

Comment: 3D and beyond (Score 3, Informative) 414

by John Sokol (#44449827) Attached to: Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

Moore's law has allows us to double display densities nearly as fast as CPU and memory had been improving.

The addition of a simple lenticular or image mask can turn any LCD in to a glasses free display.
An additional increase in resolution will then turn this in to a multiview display.

A bit more resolution and a micro lens array can then create a light field display.
Beyond that is digital holography.

It's all fairly cut and dry, standards are already falling in place to accommodate and stream this level of video and even capture live video like this.

So any software developer that assumes we've hit the limit will looks as foolish as Bill Gates saying no one would ever need more then 640k of memory.

http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search?q=Lenticular
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search/label/3D
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search?q=Multiview
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/search/label/Digital%20Holography

Comment: They Finally Notice. (Score 2) 105

by John Sokol (#44431801) Attached to: Ad Networks Lay Path To Million-Strong Browser Botnet

We were using java, flash and javascript to do this sort of stuff as early back as 1996.
Massive DDOS attacks were generated this way.
Even played around with Distributed computing all from banners place on various web sites.
We were able to run stuff in browsers that was next to impossible to remove.
And with browsers restoring all the windows most common users would never figure out how to kill these things.

Comment: This is what sensor integration is for!!! (Score 1) 180

by John Sokol (#44397015) Attached to: GPS Spoofing With $3000 Worth of Equipment and a Laptop

We have gps, gyro's , accelerometers, magnetometers in our Cell phones.

It would seem anyone serious would use GPU in conjuction with Inertial sensors and also include maybe a 180 Sky view to check the sun or stars positions and LORAN, VAR and VOR as well as shortwave, commercial terrestrial TV and Radio broadcast strength, phase, call signs which could also provide decent navigation information.

In addition there are navigation units that combine GPS and GLONASS the Russian version to gain better accuracy and reliability.
http://www.qualcomm.com/media/blog/2011/12/15/gps-and-glonass-dual-core-location-your-phone

There is also IRNSS: India, Galileo: EU and Compass: China.

Lastly if on land, I think Google is also using Wifi MAC addresses which should in theory be unique although some low end vendors reuse them or just make them up.

Government

+ - The city is planning to shut down Hacker Dojo->

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John Sokol
John Sokol writes "The Hacker Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
    Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

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+ - The city of Mountain View is planning to shut down-> 1

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John Sokol
John Sokol writes "The Hacked Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
  Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

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+ - We need a new model. ->

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John Sokol
John Sokol writes "We need a new model. Treating intangibles as a service makes far more sense then placing the intangible on something tangible. With a bar code, or now days RF id. Then try to then charge for it as it it were a bar of soap or a bag of pretzels. That worked really well, ahuu for a while, maybe 80 years. Right until people started to gain tools work with the intangibles. So they thought they could fix it with laws, technical hacks, lawyers and finally police.

The Internet's created such apprehension for those in power and control the purveyance of intangibles.
It's up to us to re-invent, re-educate and forge new solutions or there only be further escalations.

I was thinking of compensation right instead of copyright. As much as I love FOSS and P2P, You need to be able pay if you want talented people. We weren't all born rich, or willing to live in abject poverty to hack code. Been there done that, not fun after a while.
Does anyone have any ideas or opinions?"

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Comment: 3DTV.com (Score 0) 125

by John Sokol (#38808941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

I friend of mine (former CEO of a startup I founded) asked me to write one.

He called and kept offering more each time. I actually spent some time investigating this and decided that it was a good way to give my self a stroke.

It's hard enough implementing and getting things right when you know what to do, with 2D to 3D there isn't even a clear algorithmic method to use, few papers and no examples of a good automated conversion. DDD seems about the best.

I must admit I've seen some decent human with software assist do a surprising good job but even that isn't nearly as good as a 3D camera or rendering CGI direct in to 3D.

John L. Sokol
videotechnology.com

Comment: I have been following Transparent OLED for a while (Score 1) 227

by John Sokol (#38743378) Attached to: Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display

This is just the next generation of Transparent OLED's that I have already posted about.
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/2011/08/transparent-oled-screen.html

Here is my post from CES:
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/ces-2012-transparent-samsung-smart.html

Comment: He needs an upgrade. (Score 1) 289

by John Sokol (#38532616) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie

It's truly amazing what having to think before you speak can accomplish.

If I remember correctly he was stuck on some long discontinued TI speech synthesis chip. I remember the initial story when they first did it in particular because I also was playing with a similar part at the time in High School.
Finding parts and people has to be getting difficult.

At the same time I can completely understand him not wanting to upgrade his system, from the GUI he's used very successful for 25 years or Voice that has now become that trademark of Steven Hawking's.

Well I am thinking we should be able to emulate that whole system including the speech syntheses. Worst case it can be done as a series of recordings from the original chip.

Maybe do it as a Kickstarter project or something, do the whole thing open source. Surely there must be others with this problem.

I can imaging upgrading him to AR goggles with eye tracking, that's all off the shelf today. Then in to a little Mini PC or ARM board, and nothing but software.

With something like that we should be good till we get direct brain interfaces and quantum computing wrist watches in another 25 years, if he still even needs it.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.

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