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Comment Re:What is Justice (Score 1) 287

Because if you let it go in this case then you have to let it go in all cases, and if you let it go in all cases then the police are free to break into your home, car, office, etc, hack into your computer, read your mail, record your phone calls, use stingray type devices, and anything else privacy invading just any time they want just to find shit to send you to jail for.

How about fixing the problem at the core and making it illegal for police to break the law instead? Ignoring clear evidence seems like a incredible stupid "solution" to this problem.

Comment Pointless discussion (Score 1) 364

Driverless cars exist. Records of past accidents exist as well. Take those driverless cars and put them into a simulation of those real world accidents of the past and see how they would react. If you find a lot of situations were the car might have saved people by killing the driver, then you can come back and have a discussion, but it's utterly pointless to worry about a hypothetical problem that might never arrive in the real world.

Comment Re:They don't know what they're talking about (Score 1) 357

The GPL tries to protect interfaces as well, that's why there is a LGPL. With the GPL the idea is that when you use it, your whole program has to follow it. However when interfaces are no longer copyrightable, then that falls apart and linking to a GPL library from a non-GPL piece of software becomes ok. There are some situations where this might not hold true like code inlining, static linking, etc., but in general the GPL would essentially become a the LGPL when APIs and ABIs are non-copyrightable. The FSF's stance on this always felt more like wishful thinking then hard legal ground and is kind of incompatible with their own idea that APIs shouldn't be copyrightable. That logic they apply however only to other peoples libraries, not their own.

Comment Re:Inference is Hard (Score 1) 68

Yep, and those types of questions are actually used in the Winograd Schema Challenge as a alternative to the Turing test. While those questions aren't testing everything a human might be able to do over a text terminal, they have the big advantage of being objective and easily quantifiable. The Turing Test depends to much on the qualifications of the judge, simple multiple choice questions don't have that problem.

Comment Re:360 3D (Score 2) 26

It's not quite that simple. 360 with a single camera can be trivially stitched together because you can rotate the camera around a single point. With two cameras you are no longer dealing with just rotation, when you rotate a pair of cameras the individual cameras get translated as well, since they are offset from the point of rotation. If you try to stitch the images together you will get very noticable seams, especially when objects are close to the camera. There are ways around that with lots of cameras and more intelligent stitching algorithms, but so far it's still an open area of research on how to do it best. And even if you successfully stitch things together, you have still the problem that a simple 3D video can't deal with head tilt or head translation, so maybe some kind of depthmap/voxel format is needed to make 3D video really pleasent and less of a hack.

Comment Re:Bring out the Krita (Score 1) 89

In terms of features Krita is great, but it's also very slow and sluggish. Just doing basic stuff like scrolling the view around makes it use 100% CPU and render at like 5FPS, even on a trivial single layer image. This sluggishness makes it not very fun to work with and it has been that way for years.

Comment Re:People buy stuff without understanding is... (Score 1) 321

Any "settings" come in the form of easy-to-read dials or buttons.

I'd wish that would be the case. Most home appliances have absolutely horrible user interfaces, completely meaningless symbols instead of text are extremely common. If you get text, it's often squished in some tiny LCD display that requires all worlds to be abbreved. Some functions are only accesible via magical key combinations. Manuals are just as bad, as they tend to explain half a dozens variations of a product at once, while you of course only own a single one of them and so on.
Computer interfaces aren't exactly great either, but overall they are far cleaner and more logical then most of the stuff I have seen in home appliances. The only reason why home appliances don't cause more trouble is because their functionality is so limited that you can memorize the one or two button sequences that make them work and ignore most of the other features they offer.
The big problem with open webcams and such is that they use default passwords in the first place. Those really should outlawed and considered a violation of product safety. There is no reason for them to exist. The other big issues is that the devices aren't transparent for the user. If the webcam is broadcasting things to the Internet, there is no user visible indication that it is doing so. This one is harder to fix, but with all the fancy tech we have, it shouldn't be impossible to get a wireless status report from a device telling you what it's doing. Most devices of course allow that already in some form, but not with a standard interface or protocol.

Comment Re:Variable frame rate technology (Score 1) 30

Carmack is trying to convince Samsung to produce such screens/firmware (see his talk at Oculus Connect). It even goes beyond G-sync, he wants to have programmable interlacing, so that you can't just tell when something gets refresh, but what parts (i.e. every third line). So it's definitely on their radar, but it might still take a while till we go from re-purposed phone screens to screens specifically made for VR.

Comment Re:What where they copying? (Score 1) 155

But every new game they put out has been an iteratively improved copy of a lower-tech game with great gameplay put out by someone else.

Was Lost Vikings inspired by anything in particular? RPM Racing and Blackthorn took a lot of inspiration from RC Pro Am and Flashback, but I can't think of anything that quite matches Lost Vikings.

Comment Virtual Reality (Score 1) 197

As speaker setup this might be to complicated and a waste of effort, however motion tracked virtual reality headsets are right around the corner and with them you can do some really fancy binaural 3D sound rendering on the cheap. So I would assume that the success of this depends in large part on if they will let people write support for it for the virtual-cinema players that already exist or if they shoot it dead with patents.

Comment Re:Processing in the game (Score 3, Informative) 109

While there are some fancy light field displays that might be able to adjust for vision defects in software, those are still years after. However the Oculus Rift has swappable lenses, so it shouldn't be to hard to design some lenses that correct whatever vision defect you might have. The consumer version will probably have some adjustable optics to correct for vision issues, at least thats how the first wave of consumer VR headsets back in 1995 worked.

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