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Researchers Develop Genuine 3D Camera 96

cylonlover writes "Cameras that can shoot 3D images are nothing new, but they don't really capture three dimensional moments at all — they actually record images in stereoscopic format, using two 2D images to create the illusion of depth. These photos and videos certainly offer a departure from their conventional two dimensional counterparts, but if you shift your view point, the picture remains the same. Researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) hope to change all that with the development of a strange-looking camera that snaps 360 degrees of simultaneous images and then reconstructs the images in 3D."

Comment I support companies i feel aren't shitheads (Score 1) 80

Hasn't Google and multiple other companies shown that there very well may be profit in a positive pro-people (as opposed to the more common system of pro-greed) concept. I wholeheartedly hope that this type of approach to branding, marketing or public relations gains more wide spread usage.

Lets face it, we as human beings want the good guys to win. If a company can express a certain goodness in nature, i have no doubt; and happily so, since this might be an interesting possibility for capitalistic economic systems, that they will realize the possible value of brand loyalty.

Of course you have to ask yourself, what if politicians took such an approach... that is, honesty.

Comment Bribes are an everyday part of business at times. (Score 5, Insightful) 106

While i didnt RTFA, but just to focus in on one aspect of the summary,
"HP states that in foreign nations 'it is common to engage in business practices that are prohibited by laws and regulations.'"

While they may have been wrong in this situation, the statement itself is very true; After spending some time in china for instance, bribery is certainly prevalent. Also when we examine the US system, with lobbyists and contributions... is it really that different?

Comment Is the PRC Creating Stronger Opposition? (Score 4, Insightful) 65

You have to wonder how this is changing the psychology of the standard citizen. The more people need to rely on each other to circumvent the government restrictions, the less strength the government itself has as a controlling body; ironically enough, i wonder if the additional reliance on your neighbor would create a tighter knit, more ready to challenge the government community.

Comment Confused? I know i am. (Score 1) 261

I don't begin to understand why this report was put out, specifically while the ACTA talks are currently ongoing. A part of me wants to believe that this is another bright flash of hope in the otherwise murky sea that is US politics, but i find myself considering how this could possibly benefit the "citizens^2" that are corporate entities. It's a sad day when a single act of (seemingly) intelligence on behalf of my government is automatically met with suspicion and doubt.

While i'm sure this isn't the case, but it would be nice if this was a sign of the **AA's, either not having the money to buy out (enough) government officials, or not having enough money to ask, what i can assume to be intelligent people (there are some in politics), to blind themselves to reality.

With that said i have a small garden of apathy i need to tend to.

Comment And the politicians? (Score 5, Interesting) 310

I may be incorrect on this, but do american politicians need to do the same, i don't believe they do (when considering modern lobbying)?

It's a funny country when the random blogger on the interwebs is held to a higher standard than those that govern.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying_in_the_United_States (it looks like ethic reform bills have been repeatedly struck down... surprise on that on eh?)

Comment Re:Cloud? Decentralize (Score 1) 398

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Submission + - Amazon Makes "1984" And "Animal Farm& (nytimes.com) 2

Oracle Goddess writes: "In a story just dripping with irony, Amazon Kindle owners awoke this morning to discover that "1984" and "Animal Farm" had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for, and thought they owned. Apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by this author from people's Kindles and credited their accounts for the price. Amazon Customer service responded to queries by stating that. "We've always been at war with Eastasia.""

Submission + - The Amazing World of Software Version Numbers (technologizer.com)

Harry writes: "In theory, software version numbers should be incredibly mundane. In reality, companies have long twisted them for marketing purposes, avoided ones they didn't like, and even replaced them with things other than numbers. I've prepared a tribute to them with some facts and ruminations, but there's a lot I don't know, and I'd appreciate help on the historical side of things. (Anyone know when the standard decimal point-based system came into use?)"

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