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Comment: Re:IP Stolen (Score 1) 66

by damien_kane (#47916699) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech
Such a machine to read brain signals would cost a lot more than this kid's prototype.
Training the machine to read each individual's brain signals and teaching the affected individual (who can't talk to you easily, remember) would take a lot more time than teaching the affected individual morse code

Finally, fMRI machines (non-invasive way of reading the brain signals) are really expensive, and brain surgery to implant electrodes to read the signals directly is both incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous

This kid plugged a specific microphone into an arduino, wrote some basic software, all for $80 in parts, and came up with a solution that is quick to train and (with even a small-run mass production) would be very inexpensive to build, that would give these people at least the possibility of communication with the outside world without having to have the bankroll of a well respected and successful astrophysics career.

Comment: Re:Sounds overly complicated (Score 1) 259

by damien_kane (#47871919) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
I think it was more intended as a way of narrowing the field in an investigation

If you have a gunshot in an area with 1,000 people, 50 of whom wear bracelets (ankle or wrist), but 2 were out of the area (according to GPS), then 48 are "top-suspect"

If, of those 48, 40 of them don't have any signature even remotely gunshot-related, they can be dropped to a lower priority suspect list, and now the cops only have to find 8, instead of 40.

The easiest way to find the blue ball with yellow polka-dots in a pit full of blue balls with red polka-dots is not to search for the yellow, but to throw out the red, and whatever's left will (should) be yellow.

Comment: Re:Tradition (Score 1) 681

So, I have to click, type a program name, then click again. Aren't modern GUIs great? And when you and Windows disagree as to the program "name" (i.e., the "search" fails)? [ A real example from Unity (admittedly, a while ago): I wanted the start Thunderbird, but had to type "email" for it to actually find it, even though the executable was actually named "thunderbird" - sigh. ]

["Windows" Key] + type title of launcher in start menu/screen + hit enter.
You might need to cursor up/down if you have multiple links in your start menu for the right title, for some reason.

Not sure how that's all that difficult, but YMMV

Comment: Re:IDKFA (Score 1) 178

by damien_kane (#47316337) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

I never did figure out how that's so easy to remember...

If you're like me, you didn't memorize the individual letters, you memorized chunks as sounds. IE, instead of memorizing I D S P I S P O P D, you memorized ID SPIS POP D.

Alternatively, ID "Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles Of Putrid Debris" (a not-so-famous-as-doom shareware product available at around the same time)

Comment: Re:The real worry is 3D printing (Score 1) 167

by damien_kane (#42966197) Attached to: How To Safeguard Loose Nukes

But the Feed is closely monitored for exactly this kind of thing. By the time your matter compiler is half way through you'd be splattered. Its when someone figures out how to make the Seed that we are all in deep shit.

There's always ways around the feed-sourced compilers; backwater compilers and such off the grid, for those who wish to print nuclear weapons, or pirate the latest hyper-interactive AI-enhanced children's story for their daughter.

Comment: Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (Score 1) 94

by damien_kane (#42761027) Attached to: IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

"US Cities" seems about as straightforward a category as they come. Another would be whether the weapon has been dropped.

`"S" words` is rarely about long, flat bits of metal.
Neither, too, is "The Pen is Mightier" about large phallus (contrary to what Mr. Connery might tell you).

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)