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Comment Re:The world of Art (Score 1) 657

well, the entire population of visual artists excluding at least the dumbshit photographer who filed the case. I'm pretty sure he's quite happy with the ruling. Somebody needs to find a photo by this guy, and then find a previous photo from another photographer with "appropriate" stylistic and compositional similarities, and then convince the other photographer to sue. If we can manage to do this often enough, we will eliminate all culture and arts, and could at least in theory insure that the direct descendents of the cave painters of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave (or the Corporation that bought the rights) finally get the royalties they so desperately "deserve".

This is obviously the goal of big copyright.

Comment Probably already been said... (Score 1) 361

but:

video and music: redundant server storage with cifs/smb access and a front end like Media Portal (i use a windows home server box with about 12 TB on it and Media Portal on a nearly silent media pc connected to my tv via hdmi and my A/V Reciever and to the server via HomePlug networking- and yeah, i know xbmc will run on linux, but i find MP easier to use and keep working and aesthetically pleasing - XBMC is running as a toy on my classic xbox). Just for fun, I have StreamtoMe set up on my server to allow me to watch stuff on the go with my iPad or iPod, but this doesn't really help with the organization part too much.

comics: redundant server storage and ComicRack

Photos: redundant server storage and either Picasa, Adobe Photoshop Elements or Media Portal

and books i keep on my iTunes (ipod and ipad) or Kindle.

Use the stuff that a lot of people have already put a lot of thought into before you try to innovate, at least until you determine that their solutions are inadequate for your needs.

essentially what you need is some kind of fault tolerant network storage and a robust purpose built, database based front-end to handle the organization, access and presentation.

Easy-peasy. The hard part is finding all this stuff, and buying the necessary hardware... Google is your friend here.
Science

Laser Camera Can See Around Corners 97

Hugh Pickens writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a laser camera that can 'see' around corners and take pictures of a scene not in its direct line of sight. The camera system fires extremely short bursts of light that can reflect off one object, such as the open door of a room, and then off a second object inside the room before reflecting back to the first object and being captured by the camera, after which algorithms can use the information to reconstruct the hidden scene exploiting the fact that it is possible to capture light at extremely short time scales, about one quadrillionth of a second. By continuously gathering light and computing the time and distance that each pixel has traveled, the camera creates a '3D time-image' of the scene it can't directly see. 'It's like having X-ray vision without the X-rays,' says Professor Ramesh Raskar. 'We're going around the problem rather than going through it.'"
Education

Simple Virus For Teaching? 366

ed1023 writes "Currently I am teaching a 101 class on computers. It is more of a 'demystifying the black box' type of class. The current topic is computer viruses; I am looking for a virus with which I can infect the lab computers (only connected to local network, no outside network connection) that would be easy for the students to remove by hand. Can the Slashdot community point me in any directions? Is there an executable out there that would work, or do I try to write one myself, or is there one that is written that I can compile myself?"

Comment Re:MediaPortal (Score 1) 516

I can second this. MP is really great if you have an extensive collection of video, tv-rips, photos and/or music. Only thing I haven't been able to do with it well is web-streaming (NetFlix, etc.) I use Boxee for that.

Setup and media indexing is pretty simple, if a bit time consuming. There are several good walk-throughs on the MP forums.

I have it running on my HTPC, and even my wife is happy with it in the living room. As far as XBMC goes, MP is a fork from a couple of years ago, so they have a lot in common. I've found that the movie/tv-show handling is better with MP, especially with the Streamed MP skin.

Comment Re:Costs for what? (Score 1) 420

for 30$/gb/month they are probably using the "outsource the backup to a monastery where teams of monks slave tirelessly, day-and-night, to hand transcribe all your data onto painstakingly hand illuminated parchment made out of the skin of Cashmere goats born during the summer solstice in alternating leap years" backup strategy. It's all a question of quality.
Power

New Material Can Store Vast Amounts of Energy 253

ElectricSteve writes "Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth or on a giant planet, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) have created a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy. Described by one of the researchers as 'the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy,' the material holds potential for creating a new class of energetic materials or fuels, an energy storage device, super-oxidizing materials for destroying chemical and biological agents, and high temperature superconductors."

Comment Re:Paul is ahead of the class, not behind (Score 1) 799

Seriously?

I mean are you really going to rush breathlessly to the defense of a breathless guy with only a tenuous connection to the science and engineering involved in this disaster? One who can't even spell/fact check his own friggin' tag-line? When he's name-dropping? About friggin' astronauts? That his dad supposedly got to the moon?

Or did I miss the legendary but forgotten Apollo astronaut, "NEAL" Armstrong somewhere in all the ridiculous hype around NEIL Alden Armstrong?

Dude, you need to turn in your nerd card.

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