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Comment: Re:Hamas are Terrorists (Score 2) 402

by duke_cheetah2003 (#47593791) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Why is it our media (even this post) always seems to portray Hamas in a positive light?

Wait a minute. Where is this summary even remotely pro-anything but technology? It's simply outlining the high tech that's being employed in this conflict, it by no means draws any conclusions of that conflict.

I personally feel the post is in just the right context for a /. article, its about technology, not about who's using it (though there's talk of who's supplied whom, but still fails to cast a good or bad tilt on it.)

Comment: Interesting technology! (Score 2) 77

by duke_cheetah2003 (#47487025) Attached to: Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

What caught my eye most about this invention is how much closer it brings us to operating HEAVY machinery by just moving our hands and the machine responds to our movements.

For me this brings exo-skeletal machines to mind as being much closer to reality, things like the loader from Aliens, the exo-combat skeletons in Matrix, etc. The applications of the tracking system exampled in the video are simply endless, from operating sci-fi constructs already mentioned, right down to more real machinery such as excavators, cranes and other construction machinery.

Looking forward to seeing who merges this stuff with heavy machinery first. ^.^

Comment: Misleading title (Score 5, Informative) 91

by duke_cheetah2003 (#47468515) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Summary and title is a bit misleading. I was eager to see what they would say about how this 'higgs boson' infers mass to other particles, but they never say anything about that, they just talk about how they found this data and how they produced the results. Maybe I missed something?

Comment: Re:It's not lost revenue (Score 1) 214

Yeah, we can tell you haven't been to a theater in a while. For starters, the cellphone use has gone to almost zero, with most theaters threatening to throw anyone out who uses any electronics during the feature.

As far as overcrowding, go during the day, go a week after the movie is released, to reduce the crowding. Arrive early (10-15 mins) to get prime seating choice, put your jacket on one seat to your left, popcorn to the right to keep smelly people from sitting too close. Bring your own snacks in your pockets (including a bottle of water or soda!)

The smart ones get to got to the show, see it on the big screen (possibly in 3D), for the ticket price ($10 typically.) You're just missing out on one of life's pleasures there bro. Anyone who can't afford to take in a movie every month or two must truly be in utter destitute poverty. It's a $20 bill tops if you're smart and stay away from the concession stand.l

Comment: Re:So this means... (Score 1) 214

That all the work to prevent piracy of movies is paying off.

By far the best way to prevent piracy is to make it convenient for people to pay to see the movie. I have a Netflix account, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Yet 90% of the movies I want to watch, even relatively old titles, are not available for streaming. So I can either pirate or not watch the movie. It is easy for me to rationalize the piracy, since the alternative (not watching) also results in zero revenue for the studio. I would pay for the movie if it was available.

This right here. Accessibility is become a serious issue for legal means to watch the movie of your choice. I only have NetFlix myself, but I do find it highly annoying when I pay for this fantastic service and yet whenever I wanna see any obscure movie, I gotta hit a torrent site to get it. It's not that I don't wanna pay, I'd be glad to, if it was available.

Comment: Re:Anti-piracy campaigns are highly effective (Score 1) 214

Not to burst your bubble there, but anyone with a modicum of skill with a search engine can quickly glance over a list of torrents, skim the comments on likely 'good' candidates in a matter of minutes, and once the download begins you're free to do as you please. And who the heck burns anything to a DVD anymore? Just fricking stream it over wifi, or stick it on a usb stick.

Optical media has gone the way of the floppy, sorry, it's dead technology.

Comment: Not news (Score 1) 214

Could have told you that, without a study or any silliness, 10 years ago. File sharing was a kick in the nuts for music, cuz music isn't very large, but movies? Never was an issue. Never will be.

MIAA just wanted to play the game same as RIAA, just because it makes sense to them. Too bad it doesn't make sense to anyone else.

"Theft" of data has always been vastly over-valued. They never ever mention how many 'thefts' resulted in an actual sale, or in this case, a family going to see a good movie cuz dad downloaded it and view some or all of it and decided it'd be a lot more fun with the family on the big screen.

Comment: Another no. (Score 2) 502

As someone who's been on the audiophile ride from the early days of strange use of the PC speaker, and the first FM synthesis boards, I can say honestly say, a few things happened that made discrete audio hardware obsolete:

1. a basic DSP became widely available, to do audio processing
2. storage became vast enough, combined with audio compression, it made more sense to just pre-record all your audio effects and music and play them back through a basic DSP. I seen this shift in games through the years, from old school methods of creating sound effects and music with code, to just playing audio files included with your game.
3. the general purpose CPU became powerful enough to do any complex signal processing and simply use the basic DSP to output the results of the processing.

Basically, in my opinion, specialize hardware is useless in the face of vast storage and general purpose CPU processing. So a basic DSP is all ya gunna need and that's what basically every PC comes with, standard now.

Comment: Re:Well, this won't backfire! (Score 1) 268

by duke_cheetah2003 (#47315543) Attached to: Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

I'm not sure the Streisand Effect applies in this case. He's not actually trying to hide unpleasant or embarrassing aspects of his past - what he seems to want is for the article to reflect his own version of those events, or at least to contain his version (or "spin" if you prefer) in some way. And since he's a marginal figure to begin with, he's really in one of those "any publicity is good publicity" situations.

First off, we do have Streisand effect, I never heard of this guy until today. Now I'm among the millions who've now viewed this suspect wikipedia page. Second and more importantly, you're not permitted a 'side' or whatever you wanna call it on Wikipedia. It's just the facts man, no spin either direction, and from my review of the page, seemed to just present the facts. Or maybe I was reading something wrong, I dunno. Seemed pretty factual to me.

Comment: Completely wrong (Score 4, Interesting) 270

This guy is totally wrong, on so many levels. Yeah, ok, so the last 10 years we've been seeing providers buying preferential treatment from carriers. For most of us, the common Joe, we're not going to feel this, not in 10 years. It's just happening slowly, quietly. I imagine as it progresses further, smaller content providers will be seeing the preferential treatment of larger ones forcing slow downs on them. Given more time, smaller providers and startups will face crushing competition with the big guys who can afford to buy up all the bandwidth. Don't even get me started on content providers whom are also carriers.

And saying just because it's been going on for 10 years that we can't go back? WHAAATT? Is this guy insane? So just because they've been building up contracts of preferential treatment we can't say, "Hey, you need to cut that out now." No sorry, common carrier status for all carriers and be done with this issue. I call shill.

C makes it easy for you to shoot yourself in the foot. C++ makes that harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. -- Bjarne Stroustrup