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Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 4, Insightful) 438

Well, presumably that media is still available for Canadians to purchase in other manners. Maybe it's more expensive, maybe it's less convenient than their preferred option of a Netflix subscription, but they could still "buy" it on DVD or other services or whatnot.

So - it's a dubious argument that they're "entitled" to pirate it because Netflix doesn't want to sell it to them. But, it does highlight that people are willing to pay for content in a manner that's reasonably priced, flexible, and in a format that makes it easy and convenient to use... and if media companies won't provide that and get SOME revenue from it, alternatives like piracy will thrive.

Comment Why does the school have acct info in 1st place? (Score 1) 215

The first question is WHY does the school even have the students' social media account info in the first place? Why are they going out into the online world to track the students outside of school? That's like the principle showing up at my kids' birthday party to see what they're saying to each other about the kids that weren't invited... it's not their job to police that, and they should be bitch slapped for even going there.

The only exception I can think of is them monitoring social media posts that are made from the school computers or network. However, they should be banning use of these things on school computers in the first place.

Even PUBLIC posts on social media aren't the schools business - that's for parents to monitor and manage as appropriate.

WTF are we coming to?

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Yes, it would be cool. The failing of many VR systems is field of view. With more resolution, you can increase the FOV while still having enough detail to look decent. I think Occulus Rift is one of the few doing it "well", but even they have a bit of tunnel-vision in their system.

I can't wait until there are VR systems that have FULL field of view, so even your peripheral view is addressed.

Comment Re:3D... (Score 1) 117

Just noodling on this - a fixed LCD barrier screen, combined with the selfie-camera could automatically adjust the underlying image to calibrate automatically for the inter-ocular distance of the user, no matter how close/far from their eyes they're holding the screen. 808ppi with a 80-100lpi barrier screen would give you tons of resolution to play with in this respect. It would be awesome. :)

Comment 3D... (Score 4, Interesting) 117

That type of resolution lends itself very well to doing things like lenticular 3-D. I know people often don't like lenticular, but that's usually because it's done so poorly so often. Well-done lenticular is amazing to see and is not a strain on the eyes. If glass lenticules were built into the display itself, and were appropriately sized and spaced, it could be impressive.

There are other interesting technologies too that could be done, such as barrier-screen - that could be implemented by LCD over top of the display - which would be less intrusive and could be turned on/off.

I write software for these applications - I would drool over a screen that had 808ppi!

Comment Where is the drone video itself? (Score 1) 528

Where is the video from the drone itself? If you know the angle of view of the camera, and can measure the distance between actual points on the ground, you can PRECISELY calculate the height of the drone from that video. Telemetry data can be faked. The live video of the incident itself couldn't be nearly as easily.

Comment Webcam rotate/tilt control (Score 1) 258

I used two old 5 1/4" floppy drives to build a pan/tilt control for a webcam. Those drives used nice little 5V stepper motors to move the read head back and forth. I used one drive fairly as-is, connected to a push rod that tilted a platform up and down that the webcam sat on. I removed the stepper motor from another and used it to rotate a turntable that the whole thing sat on.

That was all hooked up through some transistors, driven from an 8-bit shift register, hooked to the LPT port and controlled through Python.

This was all back in about... 2000?

fun stuff

Comment Re:No New Law From That (Score 1) 246

It comes down to whether or not the Stingray evidence was the only thing against him... if everything hinged on that evidence being admitted, then he'd be smart to push it to the end. However, if there was anything completely outside the Stingray evidence, the plea bargain is the smart choice.

I completely understand him taking it, but I sure wish he would have pressed it. If it had been pushed earlier, I'd have suggested starting a GoFundMe or something for the guy to fight it and force the prosecution to show the Stingray. What's 4 years in prison worth? (although you can't profit from your crimes... not sure how that would work legally, but it'd be worth trying to get this out in the open).

Comment For an ACTUAL solution... (Score 2) 260

Supervision and education aside,

Try "Untangle" on a firewall box between them and the internet. Then it doesn't matter what OS they're using, or if they're using an iPad, iPod, or other device to access the internet either.

Untangle is free (at least the lite version, which is actually more than enough for home use), and will run on an old or cheap box. I have mine running on a book-sized PC I built for under $200, including an SSD HD. It's a Linux-based firewall/NAT/more.

It'll filter ads (common malware sources), malware, phishing attacks, intrusions, website filtering (whitelist or blacklist) by content type, block certain protocols (TOR, etc.). Basically, you can lock it down tight. My kids are still too young to intentionally get into much trouble yet, but it protects them from the inadvertent trouble. But - it was enough to totally frustrate my teenage nephews over Christmas - and the logs show they weren't able to get around it (which was a good test!).

Check it out.

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