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Comment foscam/loftek (Score 1) 263

All Foscam/Loftek cameras I've played with allow for the image to simply be retrieved as a JPEG from the camera by accessing an HTTP URL with a username/password in the query string. (Sometimes in a streaming/server-push manner, but I assume there's a way to change or work around that)

From your question, I don't quite understand what you're trying to do with FTP, but Foscam/Loftek+wget should give you the flexibility you need. (Before buying, I recommend consulting the Zoneminder wiki/forums, as cameras that aren't flexible with their content don't work with Zoneminder either.)

Comment Re:You see that too? (Score 1) 514

Honestly, I can't think offhand which moneyed interest this guy's position would benefit, since the big tech companies and assholes like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs just want to exploit us for greater profit, and there's no STEM worker unions.

This fits into broader manuvering over immigration, which ultimately pits two of the big constituencies of the Democratic and Republican parties against each other (hispanics and whites, respectively).

Some Republicans want to loosen immigration to increase the party's appeal to hispanics, but there is the significant downside of alienating whites. One way Republicans could smokescreen this is by tying immigration reform to an increase on the H1B visa cap and spin immigration reform as a pro-technology and pro-competitiveness act, rather than something that will largely benefit hispanics (while continuing to make appearances on Spanish-language TV, where no whites are watching, and play up the bill's effect on illegal immigrants).

With this move, the Republicans are intentionally poisoning a future loosening of restrictions on illegal immigration, making it less likely that any immigration bill will pass, period.

Comment Common in foreign language classes (Score 1) 307

This reminds me of a common practice in foreign language classes -- if a student shows up to a language class (e.g. Spanish) and is obviously too advanced for the level, then the student will not be allowed to return to that class. This is partially done for reasons of fairness (getting an A that's too easy), but mostly because it's actively detrimental for the basic students to have an advanced student in the classroom. They speak too quickly for the other students to understand, and their presence can be actively discouraging in an environment where many are struggling.

My college has long placed students with some CS knowledge in an "advanced" section of the intro programming class to avoid this issue.

Comment I Don't Get It (Score 1) 149

Developers of snappy apps get much more freedom to bundle the exact versions of libraries that they want to use with their apps.

...Did this guy just say he brought DLL Hell to Linux? Help me to understand how he didn't just say that.

Too late -- Ruby on Rails has already brought DLL Hell to Linux. I challenge you to install a Ruby on Rails application without having the exact version of Ruby and its dependencies that was used to develop it. This is why almost everyone uses Ruby version managers such as RVM, and you will not have much luck installing Ruby packages from your OS maintainer's package repository (and I certainly hope that none of your Ruby code is pulling in something with a security vulnerability.)

I'm guessing that this solution was built by the same crowd that did Ruby on Rails.

Comment Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (Score 1) 81

Maybe the PP works in Computer Science. In CS, it is common for authors to typeset the entire paper themselves using a style file provided by the conference or journal.

We actually *prefer* typesetting papers ourselves because our manuscripts are all in Latex anyway. Journals that want to prepare their own camera-ready copies (in particular, non-CS journals) often have trouble accepting Latex source are are accustomed to taking all of their submissions in Word...

Comment Running Ethernet cable not always difficult (Score 1) 279

Is your router on the first floor, and does your house have an unfinished basement (no finished ceiling)? If so, you can easily run Ethernet cable through the basement. Just drill one hole in the floor near the fiber device, and another hole where you need your computer. Run the cable into the basement. This is easy to hide if you have carpet -- if you have hardwood, drill it near an existing opening (like the heating duct).

Comment Warranty returns for GE CFLs (Score 1) 602

The warranty for GE CFLs guarantees that the bulb will last a certain number of years at a given duty cycle. I keep the receipts for all GE CFLs that I buy (writing identifiers on the bulbs themselves), and I always make a warranty claim when a bulb doesn't last as advertised.

A few have burned out before their rated lifespan, but most have performed as advertised. For the bulbs that did burn out prematurely, GE has always honored my warranty claims quickly.

Comment How to do it. (Score 4, Informative) 93

Advances in Deep Learning have made it far easier to extract features from vision -- in fact, feeding pixels straight to the neural net is pretty close to being all you need to do.

Take a look at these slides and read about convolutional neural networks:

Comment What's wrong with American drivers? (Score 3, Insightful) 179

> What's wrong with American drivers?

DC's metro trains were designed to be operated automatically the vast majority of the time. Hence, the acceleration and braking systems were optimized for automatic operation (as opposed to manual operation) and it is difficult for a human driver to control the train's movements precisely and smoothly.

Comment Re:Now almost as useful as python was 5 years ago! (Score 5, Insightful) 118

PHP is a horrible programming language, but I know why people like PHP applications -- the ability to install an application on a LAMP stack by just untarring a single archive into the deployment directory is priceless.

Last time I tried to install a Python web application, I had to give the installer root privileges to install a bunch of junk in some system-wide module directory. No thanks.

Last time I tried to install a Ruby web application, I ran into a bunch of snafus related to newer versions of Ruby not being backwards compatible with older code, and discovered that the "right" way to do it was to install a whole new package management system that wasn't in sync with my OS's own package manager. No thanks to that, either.

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