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Comment Re:I for one welcome this change with open hands (Score 2) 230

Wait, how is this different than the failure that was vendors.slashdot.org back in 2006/2007?

Surely I'm not the only one who remembers when they invited Intel, AMD, Microsoft, and I forget who else to participate in tech discussions, and it turned into a total flop? I can't find the original Slashdot story talking about it (pulled down?), but I think it was somewhere around here.

Comment Re:Rip-off central (Score 5, Insightful) 200

The article does come up with a few very interesting apps that are out there - such as giving a doctor the ability to view different x-ray images without having to touch anything. I can imagine that this sort of thing would be VERY useful to an operating room where the doctors aren't supposed to touch anything after they have scrubbed down.

Wow, that's the first time I've heard of anything a gesture-based (i.e. Minority Report) interface would be good for. Allowing a surgeon to manipulate an image display without touching anything is just cool.

As to the costs of joining the program (moving to Seattle, 6% cut, etc), it might be worth it if you get to have face-to-face contact with the engineers and developers of the Kinect SDK. Having the engineering team right there listening to comments, complaints, and suggestions to improve and modify the SDK would be very helpful.

Comment Re:Haught isn't in favor of creationism (Score 5, Interesting) 717

It's also interesting to read his open letter to Coyne that is posted along with the video.

He may be wrong, deluded, full of himself, or just lying, but I have a strong sense that the reporting of this whole event was very badly skewed against Haught. At least now, with the presentations and video made available, we can see how it really played out.

Comment You must be kidding (Score 5, Insightful) 519

From T (useless) FA:

For example, before we turned off IE 10, we changed the default privacy setting from allowing some cookies to completely blocking all cookies. We then turned the browser off, rebooted, and IE 10 appeared to have completely disappeared from the PC. But when we went back into the settings, turned IE 10 back on, and rebooted again, the browser was back -- but with our customized settings, not the default. That would appear to indicate that Microsoft doesn’t really remove the browser entirely, but rather just hides it – with customized settings and all.

OMFG! A conspiracy unmasked! User settings aren't deleted!

So, because IE doesn't delete your settings it isn't being removed? By this same stupid logic we can determine that almost no modern software is ever actually removed.

I'm quite astounded with the depth of these morons' investigation.

Comment Re:So will verizon FIOS now open port 25? (Score 1) 299

My mail server is a legitimate server. What the hell makes Verizon, Gmail, or my hosting provider any more legitimate than me? Because they're big companies?

A "legitimate server" has a dedicated IP address which won't be immediately under suspicion by other servers just because of its address. That's all I meant. If you want to run a server from home, I'd suggest getting commercial service that comes with a static IP address.

Even if I didn't run my mail off of my own Internet connection, requiring email to be gatewayed through a chosen few high priests is a bad, bad, bad idea from any perspective. Any significant collection of power will ALWAYS result in an equally significant abuse of that power.

Again, get business-class Internet service and you can create your own "high priest".

Comment Re:So will verizon FIOS now open port 25? (Score 2) 299

I get it morons spam, but how about opening it for users on request when we want to have mailservers?

Internet service with blocked ports is not really internet service.

And I get it that 0.03% of users are like you and want to run a mailserver at home. Unfortunately, 60% of users have spam-spewing malware infesting their machine and blocking port 25 on all the big ISP networks is a huge step forward to reduce botnet/zombie spam.

Does Verizon not have an SMTP gateway you can use? I know when on a Comcast connection I can simply open up smtp.comcast.net and it will relay mail for me. A quick look shows they probably do, though you might have to do smarthost and authentication. Pretty easy.

Besides, any competent spam filter will increase the spam rating for mail sent directly from a network like Verizon and Comcast anyway. You're better off using a legitimate server (Verizon, Gmail, your hosting provider, whatever) to send those messages.

Comment Re:Light pollution (Score 1) 180

It's a little sad to see all that light pollution. I wonder my children eill ever be able to see the milky way... without having to pay for a space trip.

As others mentioned, there are plenty of places you can go that still offer a pristine view of the night sky. Light pollution drops off pretty rapidly as you get away from the source.

This summer we had a mini family reunion at my uncle's cabin in southwest Montana. Possibly the best part for me was getting away from the city and seeing the night sky the way it is truly meant to be seen. The sheer number of stars and their brightness is mind-boggling and yet so easily lost and forgotten in even a smaller city. When you see the stars, planets, and galaxies (including our own) laid out above you it is so easy to understand why ancient humans gave so much thought and concern over the heavens. It's impossible to look at that and not start thinking about all kinds of possibilities (and start feeling very small).

One thing I found surprising was the astounding number of satellites visible from the ground. They move across the sky at a pretty fast clip and there are so many. At one point I could see 5 in the sky at the same time, all moving different directions. Very neat.

Comment Re:Shills (Score 2) 130

Since C# never aimed to run on non-windows, it's also not a fair comparison of designs, because the goals were different.

Plain wrong. C# is a platform-agnostic language with a standards-defined specification. The CLR and CIL specifications are also 100% platform independent.

What is tied to Windows is Microsoft's implementation of their CLR and CIL compiler. This is what Mono implements for other platforms.

Comment Re:i hope (Score 1) 538

When you click on the Windows Desktop tile, you’re thrown back into the familiar Windows 7 desktop, with the Taskbar running along the bottom and the not-so-touch-friendly desktop icons of old.

Obviously I can't speak for 2000 Start Menus, but I can't see it being impossible.

But in the earlier article about the interface they go on to say:

[The classic desktop] is where Microsoft wants you to run applications such as Office and Photoshop: apps that were designed for mouse and keyboard, not touch. Applications can still be pinned to the Taskbar, but infuriatingly the Windows Desktop Start button just throws you back to the touchscreen Start Menu. The Start Menu of old has completely disappeared. This makes it nigh-on impossible to quickly launch an application that isn’t already pinned to your Taskbar, let alone launch items such as the Control Panel.

If Microsoft truly leaves PC users in the dark to this extent then the year Windows 8 is released really will be the Year of the Linux desktop -- and Microsoft will have handed it to them on a silver platter.

I know that I personally will give up on Windows and move to whatever desktop environment lets me work with a full size computer effectively. I do NOT want to deal with dumbass touch interfaces on a PC, whether that's Windows 8, iOS, or frakking Unity.

Comment Re:Slippery slope? (Score 1) 301

That was my thought as well when they first presented the system, and claims of "simultaneous identification of up to 8 plates per second" were tossed around.

At first there really did seem to be a problem with either the database backend doing the lookups or the cameras themselves. You could be fully stopped at the gate and it would be 6-12 seconds before the gate would open. They seemed to fix that after a month or two. Not soon after is when they started mounting the cameras I as I mentioned, and one of these is facing a 4-lane 35 MPH road, so it must be working pretty well.

The other problem is the way they have the cameras mounted. Because this was fitted onto an existing structure the camera can only see your plate once your car is only about feet away from the gate. This means you're forced to come to almost a full stop (or just slow way down) to give the gate time to come up.

Since you said you've worked on these systems, can I ask you a question? From looking at the cameras and knowing they work when it's dark, I assume they use infrared light to function. Does that sound right? If that's the case, wouldn't you be able to block them by putting an IR filter over your license plate? Such a filter should be transparent to normal light, so I can't imagine it's (very) illegal in most places.


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