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Comment Re:Ironic, Given HoloLense Doesn't do Holograms (Score 1) 113

As far as I can see from available information, the HoloLens has a focal distance somewhere around 2 meters away from your face.

Whereas in a "true" hologram, you capture the interference patterns of all light rays that pass through the volume of your photo sensitive film. Shining a laser through that film will recreate light rays with the same direction and intensity. As if you were looking through a window at the original scene.

Comment Re:Did KDE survive KDE3-KDE4? (Score 1) 510

KDE used graphics features that should have worked but didn't everywhere. It was single handedly responsible for pulling up graphical support on Linux desktops and resulted in Compiz and all the other comparable Windows and OS X stuff that came about. Without KDE 4 Linux desktops would still have looked like bloody Motif.

Compiz predates KDE4 by about 2 years.

Comment Re:The latest trend is not your friend... (Score 1) 671

Activities and Views are fine, I guess. But forcing serialisation of state between screen rotations sucks. A good presenter model with lifecycle management, baked in from the start, would have been nice.

IMHO Google made things worse with Fragments. If you follow the code examples, you end up repeating yourself with lots of nearly empty Activities, just to host your fragments on a phone instead of a tablet.

Comment DDOS? More like a self inflicted slashdotting. (Score 4, Informative) 92

In previous years, they had been quite careful to inform people to pre-fill their form before census night, and submit after. This year they were expecting only a minor increase in peak traffic.

Then they go and blast the message, "Fill in your form online, ontime or face massive fines", all over the media.

So what did we all do? When the majority of 9-5 workers got home, we all tried to login and submit at about the same time.

Sure they screwed up their network config, but it was a combination of poor planning and poor communication that triggered the whole mess.

Comment Re:Large enough to help in some other way... (Score 1) 20

Most of that picnic-table sized area are the wings. The fuselage is maybe 10-12 inches across (there is a closeup photo in the article). The spare lifting capacity after batteries is one or two orders of magnitude too low to carry a human. On the other hand it won't do much damage if it hits someone or someone gets too close to the props.

Once you're at the size needed to safely lift a human the requirements for same landing and take off around trees, buildings, animals and people are much more stringent and would need a human operator, at which point a small helicopter will be cheaper and easier (at this time anyway, maybe one day ...).

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 212

And in Australia the government can and does screw with ABC funding all the time. There is some value in having a reputable media that does not have its purse strings held by the government.

Sure the BBC license fee could be collected through taxes, initially based on the same formula of average tv's per household. But how long would that last?

Comment Re:Synopsis (Score 1) 102

I've mentioned this before when CRIME & BREACH were in the news, the compression used by browsers does support inserting blocks of uncompressed bytes. I'm not saying that it would be easy, but it would be possible to build API's to mark which bytes of the stream are sensitive and should not be compressed.

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