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Comment: Ticket for Tailgating? (Score 1) 304

by danomatika (#48892899) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Lot's of rear end crashes, you say? How about people get nailed for tailgating more often?

Where I live in the north east, people routinely travel 70+ mph with as little as 4-5 feet between them. It's like the automatic driving car caravans of the future minus the automatic and future part. NO WONDER there are so many huge pileups month after month when most people do not see to even attempt to maintain a reasonable minimum distance between themselves are other cars at speed.

We really don't *need* more automatic features. I predict the majority of people buying braking assist now assume they don't have to worry about distance because "the computer" will "hit the brakes for them". It's like how people with 4WD or AWD assume they can drive full speed on ice.

Comment: Vector Graphics (Score 5, Insightful) 71

by danomatika (#48693153) Attached to: Quake On an Oscilloscope

The irony is that it's only taken 40+ years to get to display resolutions for raster graphics to approximate vector graphics.

Not to say this isn't cool. I like that the youtube video is basically the following chain: raster Quake -> custom vector renderer -> vector scope -> raster camera capture -> raster video upload -> raster youtube video stream -> you eyes

In *no way* is the video as cool as that scope in real life!

Comment: Why not talk to black people??!! (Score 1) 448

by danomatika (#48610705) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Really? Really?! We need a VR SIMULATOR to understand what it's like to be black in America??!

How about you TALK to your black neighbors? Is making a computer simulation somehow easier than listening to another person explain how life is like for them? NO WONDER things are the way they are.

Comment: Ignored? (Score 1) 574

by danomatika (#48506923) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

"We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can't know if we'll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it." I'm betting on "ignored."

Well that's fine, I guess, if "ignored" is in not in the sense of humans ignoring ants aka easily destroyed without remorse when necessary or annoying.

Also, how long until Google attains self-realization that our ant brains are easy to pick? Oh, wait ...

Comment: Re:Just how Apple wants it... (Score 1) 229

by danomatika (#48144783) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

I half expect to see a developer unlock for OS X, so that by default, you can't install anything on OSX that isn't from the App Store.

They already have this, it's called Gatekeeper. You can simply turn it off in the Security settings. The moment you can't I won't be using OSX ...

Comment: Mars Flyby in 2021 (Score 1) 53

by danomatika (#47726317) Attached to: NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

The SLS could have a mission: an Apollo 8 style Mars flyby in 2021:

That would actually fit within the current flight plan if it became EM-2. 580 days with a larger, livable service module could do it. That would be a mission worth a heavy lift vehicle and an actual date as opposed to "maybe we'll go to Mars in the 2030s" ...

Comment: Re:Third hand? (Score 1) 77

by danomatika (#47486437) Attached to: Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

Some context from Stelarc's website:

The hand was completed in 1980 in Yokohama. It was based on a prototype developed at Waseda University. It was constructed with the assistance of Imasen in Nagoya. It has been used in performances by the artist between 1980- 1998 in Japan, the USA, Europe and Australia. It has become the best- known and longest-used performance object for the artist. Originally it was designed as a semi- permanent attachment to the body, but because of skin irritation from electrode gel and the weight of the hand, support structure and the battery pack (approx. 2 kgms), it could not be worn continuously and thus it became a special performance device. The Third Hand has come to stand for a body of work that explored intimate interface of technology and prosthetic augmentation- not as a replacement but rather as an addition to the body. A prosthesis not as a sign of lack, but rather a symptom of excess. The Third Hand performances, with amplified body signals and sounds, have contributed to cyborg discourses on the body, included in more recent performances such as FRACTAL FLESH, PING BODY and PARASITE. See documentation of the performance postcards for a conceptual context.

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