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Comment: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Score 4, Interesting) 143

by r_jensen11 (#46517137) Attached to: Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Who watches the watchmen?

Yes, the NSA and the greater intelligence community clearly needs oversight, but will anyone trust someone with that much power any more than we currently trust the NSA?

And to preach to the choir, but shouldn't the conversation shift to asking:

  • Which risks are we (as a society) willing to take
  • What does the intelligence community need to fulfill its social responsibility?

+ - Fluid dynamics of Splashback->

Submitted by r_jensen11
r_jensen11 (598210) writes "Affectionately known as the "Wizz Kids," a pair of BYU physicists have pushed past the bounds of toilet humor to publish their research on splashback: the paradox of going to the bathroom without suffering from urinary ricochet. Many have tried to tackle this problem (my favorite idea comes from You Don't Know Jack's skit, "The Shield"), however few have studied the subject as thoroughly as Prof Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd. Using high-speed cameras set up in their Splash Lab, Truscott and Hurd took notes on how to best address the Plateau-Rayleigh instability phenomenon. Some highlights from their research include:
  • The closer you are, the better
  • The angle of attack matters
  • Toilet designs also matter

And like all proper researchers, the duo concludes that further research is necessary to determine "the optimal approach for urinal usage""
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Distortions (Score 1) 55

by r_jensen11 (#45213759) Attached to: Improved Image Quality For HMDs Like Oculus Rift

It's not a lens problem. The lenses are trying to correct for the fact that current games display 3D images meant for display on flat surfaces. The lense is there to distort to image and make it wrap around your eyes, but the portion of the image you're wrapping is distorted and lacking detail, even before the lens smears it across your peripheral vision. This is a method for making the initial image much better and full of data so that less aggressive smearing is necessary, and the per-smear image has more data in it to begin with.

Wouldn't the next-step solution be to use curved OLED screens and develop rendering engines which take into account the spherical nature of the monitors?

Comment: Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (Score 2) 381

by r_jensen11 (#45211883) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

I'll second Brother for the occasional printing at home. We have the MFC-7860DW, which replaced our old Dell USB laser printer (similar to the 1110) I used for the previous 8 or so years. The MFC has been very nice for us, however I've noticed that the ethernet connection has been more reliable than the wireless connection (wireless has sometimes had issues waking up from standby.) IPv6 support, duplex support, both wired & wireless support for when you need to use the printer on the go, it's been well worth the investment.

I've thought about adding a dye-sub/thermal photo printer to our collection at home, but concluded that they're too expensive for us. Photo printing at home is more expensive than either shutterfly or CVS/Walgreens, and we've determined that the price premium for the convenience of printing at home isn't worth it for us since we feel comfortable waiting for a package to arrive from Shutterfly or swinging by the pharmacy when we're in the area.

Comment: Re:A $600 Mac mini is also UNIX(R) (Score 1) 471

by r_jensen11 (#45206183) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air

But like the most family car owners who dream of having a muscle car, mac mini owners dream of getting a Mac Pro - even if they don't need it.

[Citation needed]

I'm going to go out on a limb here and venture to guess that I'm like most Mac Mini owners in the sense that I already had a working monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and determined that spending an extra $500-$1000 for an integrated display and couldn't care less about the Mac Pro because I'm not even close to taxing the Mini with my day-to-day usage (hence no noticable increase in value.)

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 1) 116

by r_jensen11 (#45203627) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome"

Tablets are designed to require even less computer skills than PCs.

Says who? I thought they were different tools for different purposes. Tablets are designed as consumption devices, whereas PCs are designed to be more general-purpose and production devices. There are many people who are perfectly capable of performing the task they need done on a PC, even if they don't know the difference between bash and sh

Just because a tablet is designed to be a consumption device doesn't mean that it has to be associated with Fisher-Price

Comment: Re:Can someone please explain ... (Score 2) 658

by r_jensen11 (#45203425) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

why we're trying to over-complicate this? Take the odometer reading at annual inspection and be done with it.

Because this fails under two scenarios:
Scenario (1) - Out-of-state drivers/cars registered out of state (e.g. university students who have Mom & Dad pay for registration & property taxes) driving into/through the state
Scenario (2) - Oregon residents who have the audacity to drive their vehicles out of the state

While it's not perfect, taxing gas has been a very practical approach to dealing with the tax issue. Now that we're looking at electric vehicles in addition to liquid fuel, perhaps a similar approach would be to meter charging stations and tax on that?

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.