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Comment: Re:Fake, not practical (Score 1) 40

by epiphani (#49316901) Attached to: Magic Leap's AR Demo Video

Actually, I can believe it. It's a demo, probably very carefully planned - but I can believe the tech.

First, the practical applications of the interface are not the primary concern. Granted, waving your arms around isn't a good interface - but that's not the point. The point is the overlay - positionally aligning 3D objects in the field of view. Having a way to interact with them is also useful, but not in a day to day sense. Keyboards and mice will still win for the standard type of interactions.

Example: if you're walking in the airport on the way to your flight, with handy personalized directions floating in three dimensions guiding you along the way and you get a phone call and choose to ignore it? A quick wave in front of your face to clear the notification is nonintrusive and simple - and you don't look like a putz doing it.

Think about what Oculus is capable of. Then add in infrared mapping a la kinect or a similar technology. And make the overlay transparent, rather than a straight LCD.

Also, that gun was sitting on the desk the entire time. It's a prop, and the system recognizes it. I'd bet it's also an input method, with a trigger if not other inputs.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 221

by epiphani (#47958311) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Yup. Here's the key part of the comments:

Secret Service is not protecting the White House with adequate agents and uniformed officers and is not keeping up to date with the latest devices for detecting intruders and weapons of mass destruction

In other words, buy more stuff for more security theater. This is probably the same guy who thinks the TSA actually provides security.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 4, Informative) 819

by epiphani (#47845577) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

The problem is twofold. I travel a huge amount for work, and I am required to select the cheapest available option (within a window). The only thing that saves me from spending 10+ hours a week in huge amounts of discomfort due to the amount of space is my frequent flier status.. Those extra 5" of legroom are luxury when you travel as much as I do.

Comment: Education does not qualified make... (Score 5, Interesting) 491

by epiphani (#46344981) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

There's no conspiracy to push down wages - these are real complaints. The same problem exists in many fields - there's a difference between good people and qualified people. As a hiring manager, when I complain about finding qualified people, I mean people that can show, in an interview, that they're open to and reasonably good at learning. I've hired highschool dropouts (and am one myself) and PhD grads.

We need people that are in STEM because they WANT to be in STEM. Trying to get more people educated in a field by saying "we need more people with STEM degrees!" is like saying I need more people who know how to run. I don't want someone who knows how to run, I want someone who loves running.

Comment: Re:Shockingly? (Score 4, Insightful) 185

by epiphani (#45753507) Attached to: 90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

I work in the technology space, where we're heavily investing in R&D. And we don't own a thing - it's all open source, apache software.

Fundamentally I think people are realizing that owning IP is a short-term strategy for many businesses. If the value you provide is entirely locked up in your IP - and not in your customer service and skills, eventually someone is going to come along with a cheaper or free version of your IP. Then your only advantage is the lock-in you already have.

In the long term, companies have to function based on their ability to support their customers - not just throw IP at them. This is especially true in software.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 118

by epiphani (#45100655) Attached to: BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

Well, about $2B in cash, no debt, one of the biggest patent portfolios on mobile tech, global datacenter presence, direct links and relationships with over 150 carriers, a manufacturing chain, and still around 60 million customers - and a brand, while presently negative, that is internationally known. At $9 a share from Fairfax, they could do nothing but shut down the company, sell the assets, and make money.

That being said, I have a BB10 device, and I honestly believe they have a quality product. Their problems are more about marketing, advertising, and un-fucking their relationships with various companies and carriers (they obviously pissed in Netflix's wheaties, since they refuse to release a BB10 app, whereas Netflix will put their software on just about anything). Yes, the company was poorly managed these past 5-6 years, but they're not "worthless". They've managed to piss off the carriers and some developers. That's most of the problem.

Comment: Re:Betteridge's law (Score 1) 418

by epiphani (#44811855) Attached to: Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

This is actually my overriding issue with new TVs. I'm sitting on my 8+ year old tv until this changes or it breaks.

I have a receiver. I have an htpc or several machines I can use to do that (wdtv, ps3, etc). I have a nice audio set up that I'm happy with.

I want a dumb, high-quality screen. I don't have the room (design wise, not physically) for a projector. I just want a 50-70", 120-240hz LED screen (or, if I'm lucky, OLED once they come down in price). I don't want built in speakers. I don't want a "smart" tv with wifi/youtube/lan/etc.

Stop packing so much crap into every tv out there. Just give me a high-quality panel. Hell, I'm starting to look at some large-format monitors instead of a tv.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 5, Insightful) 918

by epiphani (#44686577) Attached to: US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

The moral argument is a bullshit argument and you know it. If the US actually cared, they would have been in Rwanda. Or another half dozen countries over the past few decades. The US is happy to sit by and watch full blown genocide at massive scales if there is no strategic reason for being there.

Plus, the US is not the world police, regardless of the propaganda. Honestly, I was in the States last week and was kind of amazed that the military commercials are all about how you're "protecting the world's interests". Not American interests. Not self defense. There's not even any vague shallow attempt at sounding like a defense force.

But let's be clear: it is a defense force. Defense force for American corporate interests abroad.

Comment: Re:NBD, it seems (Score 5, Interesting) 159

by epiphani (#44654523) Attached to: Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

This wasn't even an M-class flare, and the CME is only expected to push planetary Kp to 4. As in this doesn't even register as a geomagnetic storm. See this page for an explanation of Kp and you can also see this page for the predicted impact.

Somehow some idiot picked up on this, and this news is making the rounds. I've seen a lot of people confused by the coverage - this is a bloody whisper in the solar flare world.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.