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Comment Re:Faraday cage (Score 1) 924

Well, although I don't believe in the whole "24/7 connectivity is required" mindset (somehow society survived for thousands of years before it became an option), if you insist on being connected at all times, a theatre that implements this wouldn't be an option for you. Your options would be to patronize a different theatre, or choose a different form of entertainment.

Comment Re: Weekly/Monthly Salary (Score 0) 1103

Yeah, I suppose that this is a common problem of a typical Slashdotter such as Picass0.

Now I may not be an engineer but even I know that having a reasonable DC component on the filtering capacitor helps avoiding low voltage when the current input is intermittent. And as long as the average current output is equalized by the current input, what's the problem, exactly? The only difference is that you don't hit insufficient voltage.

Comment Re:Nvidia drivers (Score 2) 157

for task #2, they would have to hire new programmers that have not been "tainted" by having seen the original code

Uhm, why?

Specs can't be "just" released for similar reasons: like the code, they are encumbered by patents and copyrights

That makes no sense. Patent encumbrance can't possibly matter for releasability (is that a word?) of specs; patents are public by definition. And copyright is yours if you write the spec yourself.

Comment Yes, I have another idea (Score 1) 924

Stop going to the movies. I'm being serious. You have to put up with the manners of strangers, cell phones, 6 dollar popcorn, no pause button for bathroom breaks, curiously uncomfortable seating, and the godawful commercials they force you to sit through before the movie.

Seriously. Screw that. Get a DVD/Blueray player and a big screen TV. Wait for the disc and invite some friends over. And you can have a beer while the movie is on. That's a million times better than the current "sit in a gigantic uncomfortable closet with random bits of humanity" movie model.

Of course there are exceptions. If you can find an actual real theater go to that by all means. Things to look for? Red velvet curtains beside the screen, a balcony, decor from the 50s, one screen only, and an usher. If you can find a movie joint like that, go there. But as for these 20 screen megaplexes? Avoid those like the plague. You shouldn't be surprised that they treat you like crap there. Because they are treating the movie experience in general like crap, so you shouldn't expect anything different for yourself.

Comment Re:What a coincidence... (Score -1, Flamebait) 108

The OP's comment was not racist nor did he threaten to harm anyone.


This county allows for people to meet trespassers with deadly force.

Sounds like a threat to me. I'm just waiting for an incident when someone passing by gets severely hurt and tries to find medical help at his house only to get shot from a distance.

Comment Simple panoramic camera? (Score 3, Interesting) 108

The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views.

That's quite neat, but if you want something simpler, wouldn't it be possible to use a single, vertically oriented digital camera with a hyperboloid mirror in front of it, and process the stuff in a computer? The optical system would be axially symmetrical, so the angle in the picture would correspond to the azimuth, and the distance from the center would be a useful function of the elevation (I believe that with the hyperboloid, it should be linear.) You wouldn't get any sort of insanely high resolution in the azimuth but it should still be usable (and much more lightweight, simpler and cheaper).

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