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Comment: Re:Um... it's 16 days (Score 1) 95

by mattr (#49266835) Attached to: BlackBerry's Latest Experiment: a $2,300 'Secure' Tablet

Hello, that is really interesting, thanks.
My customer only treats iPhones as secure, I have a Galaxy S5. Would it be possible do you think for Google to offer a service where you analyze source code and optionally only allow passed apps to be downloaded? The impression in the corporate world is that Android is an insecure platform.

Comment: Re:Cult of dumb at WSJ (Score 1) 667

by mattr (#49266431) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

No S&W is not awesome, but it's what they used when I was in school. Substitute any other syllabus you choose.The point is not to kill the language and grade pedantically, or "credential it" but simply know there do exist things such as grammatical rules. Then you can break them as you see fit. Why not recommend a better book or open courseware to anyone honestly interested in lucid, compelling writing technique? Last one I remember is, type up a whole book of authors you like. That's also old fashioned... it was pre computer anyway.

Comment: Cult of dumb at WSJ (Score 2) 667

by mattr (#49265063) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

The problem is a popular culture that celebrates stupidity. If you want to break grammatical rules, either do so after reading Strunk & White and learning how to write properly. Then it's an artistic decision. Or you can learn English from lolcats and rappers, in which case you are just flaunting ignorance. I remember a drawing anatomy teacher who bemoaned a young artist's work. He had talent but never learned how to draw the human form. It is hard. However there's a difference, even if you paint abstract. There may be talented and educated rappers, but just because you can text and rhyme doesn't make you a poet or a journalist.

Comment: Branches like bells after an ice storm (Score 3, Interesting) 790

by mattr (#48785439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Tree branches ringing against each other like crystal bells after an ice storm. Once every 1 or 2 years in Northern New Jersey we would have an ice storm. It would completely coat trees in a thick layer if solid ice. The next day the world would be utterly silent, save for the tinkling and chiming of branches as unsern breezes would bang them against each other. For that matter, simply walking unplowed snowy streets with hardly anyone around, snow crunching underfoot is very rare to me. But I think due to global warming perhaps we don't get ice storms that crystallize the tree branches, or the 3 feet of snow I remember.

Comment: Keypunch machine (Score 1) 790

by mattr (#48784313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

The CHUNK-CHUNK-CHUNK of a keypunch machine. It has a keyboard and each time you type a letter, an oblong hole is punched into a Hollerith card. When I was in elementary school maybe 35 or so years ago I was lucky enough to be able to take weekend classes in Fortran at a giant high school that had a whole room sized system. One card for one line of code, and throw out one if you make a typo. You could write on them. You put a stack of cards into a hopper on the reader machine and then could run the program. I Don't remember if it had a screen.
Anyway, let me tell you that was a VERY satisfying sound that makes a visceral thud through the table and your hands on the keyboard. I miss it.
That school - Allendale HS in New Jersey - had a real planetarium with two-lobed projector too where I learned some basic astronomy. It was a wonderful experience that had big impa ct on me.
This seems to be an emulator!

Comment: Augmented sensing (Score 1) 120

by mattr (#47901875) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Could augment by adding other sensors such as microwave, laser or terahertz imaging, to detect signals being generated by tongue and vocal cords, or even to directly image the organs themselves.
Also it seems possible that since tge whole head vibrates, reflections or motions of eye, nose lips and forehead might provide vibratory cues.

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