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Comment: Anti-personnal flash (Score 1) 478

by moosehooey (#46277733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Get a very high-powered flash unit (sometimes called an antipersonnel flash for its ability to temporarily blind people) and set it up as a slave flash so that any internal flashes firing will set it off. This will probably work but the occupants won't like it much. It could also be triggered by flashes coming in from outside, so may actually be counterproductive and assist the paparazzi outside.

Comment: Reflectivity map... (Score 1) 134

by moosehooey (#46247075) Attached to: Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

In the same way that they have a bitmap (image) for the color of the surface, why don't they do a map for reflectivity? Real people and other things aren't uniformly reflective over the whole surface. That is why even raytraced stuff looks like plastic. Maybe someone has done it, but I've never seen it, even in movies where they have as much time as they need for raytracing.

Comment: Re:Call me old fashion (Score 1) 156

by moosehooey (#44600141) Attached to: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB TLC NAND Drives Tested

What is it with SSD controller failure?

The processor, bridges, memory controller and memory, and all the other chips in a modern computer, can run flat-out for many years without failure.

What makes the controller chips in a SSD fail so often? (And I don't believe you about the controllers in a HDD failing, I've never had one fail, or even known anyone who had one fail, out of hundreds of hard drives run for many years, but I've heard of several SSDs failing in just the few that my friends have tried). Do they spend so much on the Flash chips that they have to go that cheap on the controller chip?

Comment: Re:HFT (Score 4, Interesting) 152

by moosehooey (#44041607) Attached to: HFT Nothing To Worry About (at Least In Australia)

Things like 1% management fees and high expense ratios on 401(K)s (which can end up costing you 3/4 of your retirement money), combination life insurance/savings plans (almost always a ripoff), and more specific to day-traders, things like how the AP sells early access to hedge funds, insider trading, that type of thing. I would argue that even the ads on CNBC trying to convince people that they can make money day-trading qualify as a scam. Also, see this video:

Comment: Re:HFT (Score 2) 152

by moosehooey (#44040873) Attached to: HFT Nothing To Worry About (at Least In Australia)

I have heard the argument that the HF traders are actually taking money from the exchanges, rather than the other traders (because they reduce buy/sell price spreads, it's actually beneficial for the traders). That is why they've gotten so much publicity (because the exchanges have big lobbying budgets). There are other things which hurt the average trader a lot more than HFT but they're mostly unknown.

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf