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Comment: Enhanced Pool Table (Score 1) 57

by psyclone (#49287355) Attached to: Project an Interactive Game on Your Floor or Wall (Video)

I've always wanted something like this projector + camera shining down on a pool table.

It could record all of the shots, and easily show you a prior table position so you could "un-do" a shot as well as re-play slow motion video of a "break" or other action. Based on varying games, it could count and keep score (cutthroat, multiple iterations of "4 ball run", etc etc) by just displaying the scores somewhere on the table.

For interactivity, it could "visualize" the line of an intended ball strike by viewing your cue stick and anticipating the output (it wouldn't be perfect with only a top-view camera, but good enough). Once you find your desired "line" a voice or other gesture control could "freeze" the drawn lines, allowing you to more easily aim.

Fun stuff, and I didn't even watch the video (:

Comment: Re:App's extremely portable... apk (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49076673) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video
What I mean is, can I just download your plain hosts file over the web? Instead of downloading your software and extracting it. Whether it's a giant 3M line file or 250k lines or smaller doesn't matter as long as it's decent. It seems like maintaining the hosts entries is the hard part!

Comment: Re:APK's happy as is, w/ this... apk (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49050715) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Do you have an API to fetch the hosts file directly without using the windows software? I don't run any windows...

I'm thinking about taking your hosts file and running it through a script to create a dnsmasq or bind config so then I can run it as a local resolver for my home network (consisting of non-changeable devices like a Wii).

Comment: Re:Java is not written like other languages (Score 1) 411

by psyclone (#49032849) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds
IntelliJ IDEA is even better. I don't even look at import statements anymore or even think about what libraries I'm using.

If you copy/paste some code from another class, all the dependencies are added automatically to the new class.

Even adding a new library to a Maven project is trivial in IntelliJ. You just start typing the name in the pom and a list of libraries and versions pop up, defaulting to the most recent stable release.

Getter/Setter/Constructor/toString/equals/hashcode -- they're all auto-generated for you as needed.

It is annoying that all this "fluff" exists in the language, but a good IDE hides it; getters/setters are collapsed to a single line; import statements hidden by default, endless customization in how your code looks so you can ignore the fluff and focus on the important stuff.

Comment: Block using DNS at your router; no custom firmware (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49032753) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Try FoolDNS or others on this page:

http://alternativeto.net/softw...

If only APK would spend his time developing a DNS service we could all use for free instead of client software. (Push the hosts file to the DNS resolver that ALL devices use.)

If the "smart TV" uses it's own DNS, simply block all outbound port 53 traffic other than your router itself.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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