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Comment: Re:Gimmick (Score 1) 220

by patlabor (#39310535) Attached to: The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

I'm not sure you understand how this camera works. It wouldn't be possible to create an SLR because the image capture from the photosensor needs to be post-processed. This is because there is an array of lenses in front of the photosensor, so the light passing through each lens will hit the photosensor at different points. Therefore, you MUST post-process this image otherwise it would be like looking through the eye of a fly. The only way to increase the resolution is by increasing the number of lenses on the array and increase the resolution of the photosensor.

Technology like this may seem simple and not very useful, but first generation products always are. Things take time to develop, and often take other imaginations than the creator to build something truly amazing.

Comment: Re:New medium awaiting new aesthetics and explorat (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by patlabor (#39310487) Attached to: The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

It's a single photosensor. The lens array and maths are doing the hard work. Therefore, although the data processing requirements may be very data intensive, the actual image should be the same, or very close to the same, as an image taken without the lens array. The maths should be implementable fully in hardware such that all processing can be done on camera at video speeds, so there is no reason that this couldn't be done. The issue would be making a cohesive focal point between frames. Having to focus a film frame-by-frame would take a lot of time and would be something only film studios might be willing to do, but would be too annoying for consumers.

Comment: OpenOffice... (Score 1) 314

by patlabor (#36986838) Attached to: Oracle's Java Policies Are Destroying the Community

... was given to the Apache Community. Does that seem like action by Oracle to "stomp Apache and its open source Java efforts clean out of existence"? If anything it makes the Apache Community stronger. Java is definitely one of Oracle's most important acquisitions from Sun, which is why they are currently in court against Google. Programming mistakes happen all the time. Granted, some optimization flags were enabled that shouldn't have been, but that doesn't make Oracle intentionally malicious in this case.

Accidents happen, get over it.

I'm tired of these flamebait articles. What has happened to factual news reporting?

Comment: Re:Forget replacing only RAM (Score 1) 141

by patlabor (#31774146) Attached to: HP Reports Memory Resistor Breakthrough

Really? There isn't even an array of memristors in the world or a model of how the brain works, and you can claim this? Get back to your cartoons.

When you create a model you generally ignore the details of a system and focus on higher-level operation. You worry about what things do, not what the components are made out of. What I was referring to was the actual hardware in our brains. Synapses are functionally almost the same as a memristor. Since the synapses in our brains connect together in an array-like fashion, it is like an array of memristors.

Comment: Re:At least SplashTop is reasonable (Score 1) 324

by patlabor (#30188780) Attached to: Microsoft, Other Rivals Slam Google Chrome OS

Google hasn't invented anything with their OS. It is basically a thin client that uses the internet instead of an intranet.

The biggest danger here is the potential for competitor lock-out. But as we've seen with Microsoft, there will just be lawsuits that will open it up the platform for fair competition (at least, theoretically).

Comment: CS and AI are grounded in philosophy (Score 4, Informative) 239

by patlabor (#27615481) Attached to: Philosophies and Programming Languages

Computer Science is already grounded in Philosophy, especially in Artificial Intelligence. Have a look at Defeasible Logic (based on defeasible reasoning) for some recent developments. If you want specific programming languages, have a look at Prolog. Search for theorem solvers online. Or check wikipedia for Logic programming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_programming. For that matter, have a look at the Turing machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_machine. Bottom line, the field of Computer Science is based on logic.

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