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Comment Re:What the hell? $600K? (Score 1) 56

Just the accounting you'd need to sell the thing to the government would cost you $100K. Oh, and you'd have to pay yourself or someone else to take part in the bidding process or apply for the granted, and that has to be recouped as part of the sale cost. Er... you were planning on paying yourself for your time, weren't you?

Also, there's a big difference between building a prototype from junk you scrounged and building a reproducible product. When you build a product the second copy should be exactly the same as the first but cost less. Duplicating a one-off prototype exactly usually costs more. Why? Proof of concept prototypes are cheap because you make them with surplus stuff you have lying around or can buy for fractions of a penny on the dollar. You can be opportunistic. The problem is any particular set of opportunities (e..g the $10,000 assembly you picked up at auction for $50) aren't reproducible.

I had a colleague whose first job out of school was writing up a detailed specification for a prototype midget submarine a defense research lab built for the Navy. The Navy was pleased at the low cost and so they wanted to be able to build a second one just like it. Well it turned out that a second one would have cost a hundred times as much they'd have had to pay manufacturers to reverse engineer stuff or start up production lines. It was one of the pointless, futile tasks you dump on newbie engineers before you know you can trust their work.

Comment Re:Basic Journalism... (Score 2, Insightful) 136

That's an asinine argument. Other people who should do it don't do it, so I won't do it either.

Wikileaks won't do it because Assange is a chaos-monger posing as a crusader. Wikileaks should do curate its leaks because when you possess information you act responsibly with it, e.g., don't expose people it is about to identity fraud.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

I did some more reading after I posted and you are right... the blurriness of backgrounds is the human brain's inability to adapt to the projected 3D.

That's not the effect I was mentioning. Pause it. Look at the foreground. It's blurry because it's deliberately out of focus. Look at the people, 100% in focus. Look at the background. Slightly out of focus. This is how they build movies in 2D to train your eye to look at the object of focus. But in 3D, the blurry object is in front. Your focus is drawn to the object in front. But it's blurry. Secondarily is then the effect you mention where then the object of focus is out o focus for the viewer.

But the physiology of it is that the rapid movement of focus by the viewer to try to follow the movie is tiresome to the eyes, and can lead to fatigue, headaches, and possibly eye damage in under-13s.

The directors of 3D movies are sill directing to have the movie shown in 2D (as more 3D movies are seen in 2D than 3D), so they use 2D visual effects that are incompatible with 3D. This negative feedback loop makes 3D viewing worse, driving more people to watch 3D movies in 2D, so more 2D visualization is required.

Also when I can't bring a background image into focus it breaks my suspension of disbelief in a movie.

That effect has always been there in 2D, where the front and back aren't both in focus. But in 2D, you recognize it as part of the limitations of the media, and, so long as the object of focus takes your attention, you don't notice or care. But 3D uses a different mechanism for objects of focus, and should use different tricks. But they don't, because the same final product is shown 2D and 3D.

Comment Re:This is what I'd need to consider buying the XB (Score 1) 140

Sony killed it first. Sony dropped PlayTV completely from PS3 to PS4. So I dropped Sony for the XBone so I'd be able to do OTA at all (without having to buy a separate DBV-T decoder, which I don't currently have). Since PS3 had a DVr, MS promised one, but when Sony didn't deliver an OTA at all, MS stopped focusing on competing with the missing feature. MS already beats Sony for TV features, so no need to try harder.

Comment Re:Problem with the S around the corner (Score 1) 140

In general I think that the Xbox One is an attractive console at this price for the undemanding gamer.

I think it's underrated for the non-gamer. Blu-Ray, Netflix and such. It's the media box for the home with a large, but not smart, TV.

PS3 had more media options than PS4, so neither is the right choice for that anymore. XBone is the right choice for the non-gamer to get a media PC attached to the TV. Small, quiet, and low on power, for something that'll play DVDs, BluRay, Netflix, and even some gaming, if you decide to try it out.

Comment Re:What salvageable hardware is in there? (Score 1) 140

There's no reason for MS to make the xbone a PC on the inside, and every reason for them not to.

Making it as close to a Wintel box as possible, to unify gaming and OS OSs was a stated goal. Given that goal, you think they did what you said and deliberately made it different from the platform they are trying to unify on?

It's an AMD-based PC, running Windows 10 Embedded (game version). It shouldn't be too hard to find the DRM chip, cut it out, and install some Linux on it or something. Though, if they are selling it for $250, it probably costs $100 to make, so you won't be gaining much.

Comment Re: UBlock = inferior + inefficient vs. hosts (Score 1) 178

You shut your mouth! APK is a national treasure. Like the World's Largest Ball of Yarn, or Donald Trump's toupee. Anyone who can envision a Slashdot without his enlightened and charming meditations is a dirty, dirty heliocentrist.


More soberly, I honestly think he has schizophrenia. His writing and formatting is consistent with that exhibited in TimeCube and bears some resemblance to that of Francis E. Dec, Esq.

Comment Re: Translating for the rest of the world (Score 1) 126

Your point?

Some elements end in -um, some in -ium. If you complain about aluminum, then you're a hypocrite for also not complaining about all the others. Americans aren't complaining about all the elements ending in -ium; we have no problem understanding that some are one way and some another, it's only a bunch of dickheads who seem to think they should all end in -ium and complain about this even though a bunch of them don't, and haven't for millenia.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

Finance? It's go Quickbooks or go home. And they *only* make a Windows version. (No, that online crap doesn't count)

According to another poster here, Quickbooks doesn't work on Windows 10, only Win7.

So saying that we "chose" to use Microsoft is like saying that someone who lives in a cholera infested area "chose" to drink beer, and that attitude won't win you any favours.

I'm not trying to win any favors. I'm actually just laughing at you all as you suffer with all the stuff MS is doing lately, which are the direct results of your own bad choices.

Submission + - Malvertising Campaign Infected Thousands of Users per Day for More than a Year (

An anonymous reader writes: Since the summer of 2015, users that surfed 113 major, legitimate websites were subjected to one of the most advanced malvertising campaign ever discovered, with signs that this might have actually be happening since 2013.

Infecting a whopping 22 advertising platforms, the criminal gang behind this campaign used complicated traffic filtering systems to select users ripe for infection, usually with banking trojans. The campaign constantly pulled between 1 and 5 million users per day, infecting thousands, and netting the crooks millions each month.

The malicious ads, according to this list, were shown on sites like The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Verge, PCMag, IBTimes, ArsTechnica, Daily Mail, Telegraaf, La Gazetta dello Sport, CBS Sports, Top Gear, Urban Dictionary, Playboy,,, and more.

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