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Comment: Re:Duh! (Score 1) 75

by nman64 (#48054085) Attached to: Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

Judging by the article, it doesn't seem like the experiment supports the conclusion. The experiment demonstrates that applying the filters makes it more difficult to distinguish real objects from virtual objects, but it does not necessarily follow that this makes the experience more immersive than the unfiltered version. In general, a consistent experience is important to suspension of disbelief, but that is only one factor. Most people didn't have a problem "getting into" "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" or "Space Jam". Believable interactions is another important factor - one that these visual filters will impair. Obviously, the effectiveness of this approach will vary from person to person.

In any case, I can't imagine a use case for this technique. Such an approach would make interaction with the environment (including walking) more dangerous and frustrating. Attempting to interact with the environment would likely result in increased stress as your mind fights to determine what is real and what is not. If you're forced to remain stationary and can't trust what you see, what's the point in augmented reality?

Comment: Duh! (Score 5, Insightful) 75

by nman64 (#48053629) Attached to: Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

It isn't terribly surprising that adding a cartoonish rendering effect to both real and virtual objects would make them more difficult to discern as such. I certainly wouldn't call it more immersive - quite the opposite, in fact. It is extremely obvious that what you are looking at has been altered and that you are not looking at "reality".

Comment: Re:"Gave them time" not "Waited" (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by nman64 (#48047589) Attached to: Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

Actually, the flaw in bash was also embargoed for a couple of weeks. The problem is that the original patch that was given time to circulate didn't fully fix the issue, and nobody realized that until after the embargo was lifted and the problem became public knowledge. "Responsible disclosure" was exercised in both cases, it just didn't work out well with Shellshock.

Comment: Re:We really would like a new interface (Score 1) 2219

by nman64 (#46180497) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I wish I had mod points. Parent is exactly right. I'm sure there are other backend improvements that could be made, but the "classic" interface is exactly what we want. Implementing unicode and similar small improvements would be very welcome, but a complete overhaul is never going to go over well with this "audience". If you shed this audience - your current readers and contributors, you'll not likely get another.

Comment: Look at the Job Descriptions (Score 1) 293

by nman64 (#43929087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

First, you need to look at what skills the jobs will really require. If they are looking for an experienced DBA, you're a long way from qualified. If the postings you're looking at are with SMBs looking for some general IT staff, then you can probably already handle most of their needs.

Database administration is a discipline all its own. It takes a long time to learn databases at that level, and that's probably not what you want to do. Most of the shops looking for someone experienced with Exchange and SQL Server are looking for someone who can handle basic installation, configuration and, most importantly, troubleshooting. You can learn those skills pretty easily by just playing around with the software and using Google and maybe a few books. As others have already recommended, a TechNet subscription will be helpful here. SQL Express will get you started nicely. Don't consider yourself ready until you've managed to break things a few times and figure out the fixes on your own. I strongly encourage you to get familiar with Exchange 2012 and PowerShell, even if the job descriptions don't mention them - they're the way things in the MSFT world are going, and you'd need to deal with them sooner or later.

Comment: Re:My friend had that game. (Score 1) 146

by nman64 (#43892333) Attached to: Salvaging E.T. In Software, Instead of New Mexico

I still have the game. I know exactly where it is, along with my Atari consoles and controllers. I played it not too long ago - I pull it out from time to time to demonstrate it and other Atari games to those who missed out. I thought the game sucked when it was new, and I still think it sucks now. The game was horrible. Its contribution to Atari's downfall may be overstated, but the game really was terrible. It was one of my least favorite Atari titles, and that's saying a lot.

Comment: Cave Johnson here... (Score 4, Funny) 107

Fact: The key to any successful cooperative test is trust, and as our data clearly shows, humans cannot be trusted. The solution: robots! Then, fire the guys who made those robots, and build better robots. Then, run those robots through a regimen of trust exercises, creating a foundation of mutual respect, reinforced by the simulated bonds of artificial friendship. Inspiring stuff. And finally, we put that trust to the test. Bam! Robots gave us six extra seconds of cooperation. Good job, robots. Cave Johnson. We're done here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZMSAzZ76EU

+ - Why Tech Vendors Fund Patent 'Trolls'->

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Major tech vendors are funding patent trolls, companies that derive the bulk of their income, if not all of it, from licensing huge libraries of patents they hold as well as by suing companies that use their patents without permission, according to an investigation by Computerworld. Tech companies — including Apple and Micron — have railed against patent 'nuisance' lawsuits, only to fund or otherwise support some of the patent trolls. Because of patent trolls, more politely called mass patent aggregators, patent litigation has in part increased by more than 230% over the past 20 years. 'Most of the major tech companies are backing a troll in some way, probably financially,' says Thomas Ewing, an attorney who has authored reports on what he calls 'patent privateering'."
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