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Google Glass Specs Hit the Web 198

Nerval's Lobster writes "Google has issued the specifications for its spectacles. The search-engine giant's Google Glass, an augmented-reality headset that allows wearers to view information on a tiny screen embedded in one of the lenses, features a camera capable of snapping 5-megapixel photos and 720p video. That aforementioned screen, in the words of Google's just-released specs sheet, "is the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away." Google Glass is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable phone. Its MyGlass app, which enables SMS messaging and GPS, requires a companion device running Android 4.0.3 (the "Ice Cream Sandwich" build) or higher. Google claims the battery will provide a "full day of typical use," although the company warned in the specs sheet that certain functions—most notably video recording and Hangouts—could drain the battery faster. Despite those neat features, Google Glass also raises some thorny questions about surveillance culture, and whether people really want whole crowds recording every moment of our collective lives. But those are the sort of conundrums that will only become more clear when Google Glass is actually released sometime later this year."

Comment Re:My theory (Score 1) 412

Does it have to be an invisible pink unicorn?

If it's invisible it can't be pink.

I would buy Pink or Invisible Unicorns though, as long as their hooves are crunchy!

Actually I believe both invisible and pink is a logical necessity: If it's at the event horizon light wouldn't be able to escape. Also, I can't imagine a way a unicorn would kill an astronaut that wouldn't involve blood-shed. I'd have to imagine that the unicorn would be covered in a fine mist of blood. So, indeed: Killed by an invisible pink unicorn.

Comment Re:The text of the judgment. . . (Score 1) 648

Not surprisingly. Don't make the mistake of seeing the conservatives as being against the people, and the liberals being for the people. It's all over the board.

Exactly. It's totally foolish to think the liberals are for the people. No one is for the people. Once you realize that at least you'll start to understand politics in the US.

Comment Re:6-3? (Score 1) 648

6-3? What did the 3 think? This is mind boggling. And kind of frightening.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who asked this question. I think the concurring opinion by Kagan and Alito does a marvelous job of summing up the idiocy that is the dissent and refuting it in a mere 3.5 pages.

Comment Blue Ribbon Project Sees New Use (Score 1) 976

When I was in high school I did a science fair project studying the levels of CO2 generated by exhalation from different people. The most interesting finding was that there was a high (positive) correlation between average exercise levels and CO2 exhalation levels. Given this highly scientific finding I propose extending this new tax on bicycle riders to all healthy people: They are ruining the environment with their toxic exhalations.

That dozen doughnuts? That's my tax shelter.

Comment Re:Can you replace your whole system for that pric (Score 1) 380

How does one value one's time, anyways?

You know, more people should ask themselves this question. Everyone's answer is a little different, but they all boil down to an analysis of opportunity cost. You only have so many hours in the day/month/year/life. There are lots of things to do, but you can't do them all at once, so while you are doing one thing, you are losing out on the opportunity to be doing something else. For me, I value my hobby time at about 3 times what I make at work. Build a computer or buy a computer? Well, I'll probably spend 6 hours finding and ordering parts for a computer above what I would just ordering one. Then there's the time to assemble, and the added risk of building your own. Given my level of disposable income, the amount of free time I have, and the enjoyment (or complete lack thereof) that I'd have in building my own system, I'd probably have to save $2k to make it worth my time.

When I was in college, and I had very little disposable income, saving even $100 was worth it, so I built my own systems.

As a side note, this is why I should (and do) pay a higher tax rate. The value of my last $1k of income is much lower now than when I was in college, but the value of stable and effective governance only grows as I get more wealth.

Comment Re:When is this going to end????? (Score 1) 763

It should end about the time we get hit with a sufficiently large heavenly body. Given our infighting over insignificant questions I doubt any of us will ever get off this rock. Honestly can we set aside the bitter rivalries over whether, how many, and which gods exist? We dont appear to be making progress towards an answer, and even if we did the answer wouldn't solve any actual problem.

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