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Comment: Re:Perception (Score 4, Insightful) 420

by zoffdino (#49153577) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

I'm a graphic designer and photography enthusiast. I'm typing this on a NEC PA242W color-calibrated monitor, in a near-dark room. That dress is white and gold. the white part has a blue tint but I wouldn't call it blue. The colors look the same on my iPhone 5S. When I bring the iPhone outside, the blue tinge is more apparent (a short of light sky-blue) and the gold/brown turn darker, somewhat into the black category.

The different isn't in the screens, it's in your eyes, caused by environmental light. A sunny day at noon can be 100x brighter than even a well-lit room with floor-to-ceiling windows. If it's sunny in your location right now, try this: find a view point where you can frame both the sky and a patch of dirt land (no grass or foliage). Put the camera in manual mode, pick a shutter speed, manual daylight white-balance (6500K) and a low ISO, start with a large aperture (like f/4) and gradually step it down (like f/22). The sky will appear more blue and the ground will appear darker.

That's exactly what our eyes do. In darker places, the pupils open up to accept more lights, the highlights (blueish-white) gets push up to white but mid-tones and shadows are preserved. In bright places, the opposite happen: lower mid-tones and shadows are pushed to near-black, highlights are pulled down to reveal the blue accent.

Comment: Re:Thank you for reminding us. (Score 5, Insightful) 108

by zoffdino (#49115271) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue
He dedicated his body to his conviction, he personally suffered for what he believes is the path to a better life, he left this world in a peaceful and voluntary mean. He didn't bomb another religion, or shoot the infidels, or behead the non-believers. To each his own religion. Religions only become bad when they creeps up on others.

Comment: Didn't they learn the lesson of the PC? (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by zoffdino (#48940231) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol
This whole IoT concept is treating security as a joke. In the first of wave computing, the mini-computers (particularly Windows) treated security as an after-thought. That created the virus-laden era of the 1990s and early 2000s. The second wave, the "new" smart phone, learned the lessons, and use sandboxes, walled garden, permissions, encryption, tokenization, etc. pervasively. It's not fool-proof but at least the door is locked. Now we are approaching the third wave, the Internet of Things, and manufacturers think these devices are so personal that no security is needed. What do they say about people who don't learn any history?

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 454

by zoffdino (#48457649) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

I would distribute the pile into 10 stacks: page 1 - 100, 101 - 200, etc. Then grab each stack and divide it into 10-page stacks. Sort each mini-stack, then repeat. Recursive design, divide and conquer, blah blah blah...

My hand is a very slow CPU, and the table's surface, which is like memory, is severely limited. I have to make do with what I've got. Bonus: if there are other people to help me, they can each take a big stack and work independently of me. Parallel processing!

Comment: Do I smell a lawsuit? (Score 1) 742

by zoffdino (#48084093) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
This is lawyer gold! Any employment lawyer should call Conal right now and ask for a meeting. If things are as he said, I can see breach of privacy and unlawful dismissal to start. Of course this is only half the story, there's no way to know for sure until Conal release his letter of dismissal and ask Comcast for the call records.

Comment: Welcome to Walmart of Things... (Score 5, Funny) 175

by zoffdino (#48013737) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
You can now own a fridge for only $40 / months (on a 2-year plan with select providers)
Your stove has no more credit left. Do you want to purchase a $2.99 "Heat Pack" to continue cooking?
Get a free car! Want to drive? $19.99 in-app purchase for 100 miles. Want to unlock door? $0.99 for a 10-pack. Or $9.99 for a mega-pack with AC.

Comment: Smart pass (Score 1) 471

by zoffdino (#47872899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
If it contains electronic copies of my various cards, I would buy one in the bat of an eye. Replace my monthly transit pass, office entry card, credit card (already happen with the Apple Watch), various loyalty cards, etc. Also: add a bar code scanner to it so I can check out the price of anything at Walmart / Home Depot, etc

Comment: Jail time await the litigator (Score 1) 78

by zoffdino (#47861401) Attached to: Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google
He is suing from Shenzen, mainland China. It would have been different if he sues from Hong Kong, which has a more independent judicial system. My guess is that he will be counter-sued by the state for obstructing the government, disturbing the peace and spreading anti-government messages. The lawsuit has no change of success, meanwhile, the litigator has a pretty big chance of having some phony charges pressed against him, and may end up in jail.

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