Re: Small Game Hunter
Viruses, unlike rhinos or pandas, can be kept on the very edge of extinction nearly indefinitely- I believe that there are still laboratories that retain the smallpox virus, for example.
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Viruses, unlike rhinos or pandas, can be kept on the very edge of extinction nearly indefinitely- I believe that there are still laboratories that retain the smallpox virus, for example.
>its great for controlling population growth
What Natalie said. Birth rate tends to drop with infant mortality rates. Birth rate also drops when levels of female education increase.
Anyway, in parts of Africa a number of people are protected against the worst effects of malaria, but it comes at the cost of Sickle Cell Anaemia if both parents carry a dominant allele.
>Now, something to *really* shake the market would be a scanner that scans an object into the computer and it spits out the design for the printer to print.
1. MS Kinect or similar. Resolution isn't tuned towards human-face scale objects.
2. Turntable, inexpensive line laser (sold as alternative to a spirit level) and some-open source software - suitable for smaller objects
3. Intel's RealSense 3D scanner/tracker that they're pushing out to laptop OEMs.
4. Cameras calibrated for lens distortions, multiple shots processed by some pricey software - manual finessing required.
5. A ruby-tipped Renishaw contact probe (as seen 5 minutes into the iPhone 5 promotional video, and the £20million house of the company's MD was used in the latest episode of Sherlock) - very expensive, suitable for reflective parts that might confuse lasers, possibly not suitable for flexible materials like skin, requires a X,Y,Z transport to be mounted on.
6. A laser scanner. Leica et al can sort you out.
Haha! On the idea of £35 3D printers using £1000 /kg consumables, a la conventional inkjets... the filament could be marked with a barcode along its entire length... if the printer doesn't recognise the filament as 'official' it will refuse to work!
[must stop giving them ideas]
>Or just port the existing 3d meshes from the videogame
I actually found myself trying to do that once... some architects had supplied a 3D walk-through of a newbuild museum as a Unity executable... we needed the geometry of the building to submit a proposal for a site-specific artwork. A quick assessment suggested that it would be quicker to rebuild the structure from a series of 2D AutoCAD plans than it would be to extract geometry from the Unity file.
If Games Workshop were smart, they might consider 'augmented reality' board gaming... 3D cameras and projectors focused on the real miniatures etc...
> For £50? Yep, it's worth remembering that my old school's first Laser Printer cost them £5000... these days yours for £50.
The RepRap Omerod kit contains 4 x stepper motors (£10 ea on BangGood), 1 x 500W atx PSU (say £50), 1 x custom Arduino + driver board £110, PLA filament @ £20... so that's £200 before you include 2 x aluminium extrusions, threaded rods, belts, plus a handful of laser cut and 3D printed parts, nuts, screws, sensors, dodgy microSD card... RS have them, for £500.
[bloody open source wotsits... had to change my laptop's date to November 2013 before the Arduino drivers would install on Win7 64 due to an update on Saturday... upon return from pub no progress has been made... what kind of name is github anyway? Sounds like my local ConClub to me...]
> If you assemble it yourself then it would be your fault that its doesn't work!
Tell me about it! I'm just about to down tools and go to the pub, after a weekend of assembling a RepRap Ormerod (the one they've just started selling through RS). I've completed the mechanical construction, and have begun to converse with it's Arduino-based controller... just enough enough to know that I need to chase down what is probably either my wiring fault, or a dodgy thermistor.
My background is in CAD and Product Design (i.e I'm not quite the 'average Joe'), but whilst I'm intending to have fun with it (and I will be able to use for small production run items, prototypes and jigs), I'm struggling to think of 'killer application' for end-use parts. A £500 machine and days of assembly to create a missing curtain-rail mounting bracket to save £1.99 and a trip to the ironmongers...
Still, I've enjoyed constructing this RepRap - it's like a LEGO Technic set when I was boy (but with IKEA-like issues with fettling parts and unpolished documentation)!
Anyway, did I mention the pub?
You mean a Von Neumann's 'universal constructor'?
>So his blessing on a product is more of a geek award than a blessing that the product is nice to use.
Sometimes maybe, but perhaps not in this case. This is the same Woz who said that the American consumer isn't getting the best product possible, because of Apple, Saumsung et al won't share their features with each other. He has a point.
As for Xiaomi, they try to sell hardware at close to cost in order to bring people into their services - so more like Amazon than Apple. In addition, they make their version of Android, MIUI, available to other handsets, a version that has some thoughtful features in it.
Your bin has lots of memory? Oh well. I don't know about you, but I'd rather my bin forgets why I put in it!
At that time, external IoMega ZIP drives were in the £90 territory. I never could work why Sony missed a trick by not trying a 'Data MiniDisk' portable player/recorder earlier in the format's lifespan. 100MB doesn't seem like much today, but compared to 1.44MB it was lovely.
>Perhaps its different when you are spending someone else's cash?
No, it's his money; he's the MD of his own video production / motion graphics company. He has done the sums, and is buying one. Since his business has grown steadily since he started it, I'm inclined to believe he knows what he is doing.
>I hope he realises the new Mac Pro maxes out at 64GB of RAM which will put a severe crimp on doing anything memory-intensive.
Not really. He currently uses the older Mac Pros and a 32 GB Hackintosh, and hasn't come close to running into RAM limits. His workflow is mainly video - compositing, editing, colour grading etc - but also ray-trace rendering of 3D models and compositing the results into the above. RAM is just not the current bottle neck, and again, he knows what he is doing.
It is not the machine for me - I'm a PC based CAD jockey. My level of CAD work just doesn't require the extreme storage IO that video work does, and intensive tasks like rendering can be distributed across any CPUs/GPUs across the network.
>I think the shift that you're missing is that once you decouple the 'expansion chassis' from the computer you can use a number of different his machines to drive your fixed peripherals.
Indeed. Since some of those expansion cards cost upwards of £2000, being able to use the same card in a thunderbolt chassis in the studio with a Mac Pro, as well as with a Macbook when shooting video on site is very useful.
Should a host machine go belly-up, a new machine can be swapped in more easily.
My friend is buying one soon, and he isn't bothered for a moment by the inability to add harddisk space. This might be because his workflow (video production, 3D rendered motion graphics etc) is exactly what this machine is designed for. Its a tool that will save him time, allowing him to earn more money.
He'll shunt current projects to the internal SSD from a cabinet of external redundant storage via ethernet or Thunderbolt, and back out again as required.
>A shipping date has been set for the new Mac Pro, which is the only fruity computer which allows any sort of upgrading.
Why the so demonstrably incorrect assertion?
The 27" iMac allows the RAM to be upgraded.
Crosswords and Intelligence Agencies.
There is that lovely story of a leading WW2-era newspaper crossword compiler being a master at a boarding school. The school was based near an American base in England. The security agencies were concerned because words associated with the secret planning of D-Day were appearing as answers in the crosswords this school master set. The agencies had to consider if this was coincidence, conspiracy, or if boys at the school picked up on words being used by the nearby US servicemen and repeated them in the school, thus subconsciously influencing the crossword compiler.
>The premise is genius as marketing you don't recognize as such is extremely valuable.
If that is true, the chances are that the adverts are on the forums that comment on this puzzle, rather than amongst the breadcrumbs of the puzzle itself. Why? Because (I assume) far more people are following the progress of this treasure hunt than are actually participating in it.
There is still the cost/benefit analysis to be done by the marketing team... for the cost of setting up this puzzle (okay, probably far less than creating and airing a TV advert) they want in return either lots of eyeballs, or to market to a specific (self-selecting group). You only want to advertise to a select group if they are a, much more likely than your average punter to buy your product, b, if they are very rich (higher margins), c, you have a way of getting your message under the viewer's radar (as you suggest), or a combination of the above.
>Its a recruitment drive but not by the alphabet soup government agencies, or by a commecial contractor [...] Its for the latest Evil overlord project.
Let's assume that's true. Can anyone comment on the how the traditional Three Letter Agencies might fare at deciphering this puzzle, if they haven't already? Genuine question.
Hopefully, yeah. My take was always that MS knew that plenty of people were happy with Win7, so felt they could be a little bit experimental with Win8- if the masses didn't like it, they could roll out Win9, just as they did with Win7 after Vista.
With Intel pushing out a Kinect-like 3D sensor reference design to laptop OEMs, ( 'RealSense': http://www.pcworld.com/article/2084810/hands-on-intels-realsense-is-both-productive-and-fun.html Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, and NEC ), Win9 would be a chance for MS to introduce free-space gestures to Windows.
>I like MY documents on MY hard drive thank you very much.
I assume that you either encrypt your hard drive, or don't have any sensitive data about 3rd parties stored on it. We still get news stories about USB sticks left on trains, or laptops stolen from parked cars. Several years ago my mate was issued a works laptop running a custom Linux distro, purely for logging onto his organisation's VPN; they did not want their data on a hard drive in the wild.
>I can see a lot of these being sold to older people as it does browsing, email etc which for many of them is everything they want.
I think Big_Ted has hit the nail on the head.
>(the determined recipient could, of course, just use a separate video camera to capture messages permanently).
It's not uncommon for people to have a works phone and a personal phone - the latter could be used to photograph the screen of the former. Heck, just use the camera on a tablet or laptop.
Prototyping of the concept would be done in the USA, but the fine-tuning of the production processes is done in China - where the production lines are. Anyway, it's a moot point, cos it isn't an Apple device.
It's like the game Eddie Mair plays on P.M on Radio 4 every Friday- he rings Jonathan Dimbleby as he travels by train to wherever Any Questions is held that week, and sees whether the call drops out.
1- The Nintendo 3DS
2- the bloke who attached an electrode to each temple, thus causing his eyes to blink alternately at 30 fps (sadly, this technique was a hoax)
One assumes that glasses-free 3D television would require the the viewer to sit in a specific spot. If the mechanism is tunable, it could potentially track the users head using a Kinect-like device.
>Now what would be really cool would be a DMX controller!
There are quite a few DMX devices that support MIDI triggering, and all the iDevices have Wireless MIDI baked in... so you should be able to hack / patch something together. There are also a few open-source applications that map iDevice sensor output (accelerometer etc) to MIDI.
Similar yeah, but taken up a few notches. The Brightside press release makes several mentions of local dimming of the backlighting LEDs. The newer Dolby Vision system includes additional data about how bright to make some pixels, and far brighter LEDs to expand the dynamic range. Their prototype was a cinema projector focused onto a 21" screen.
I'm more excited about Dolby's recently announced Dolby Vision than I am about higher resolution. Like some of their audio protyocols, it covers the entire process, from camera to screen. Basically, screens that support it will be able to display a huge dynamic range - from deep shadows to very bright highlights - but the protocol also describes the extra data stream.
Bluetooth... further encodes / decodes what is already received / stored in a compressed format. Unless those two codec formats are the same, you're going to suffer a further loss in quality.
Many people take time in their car as an opportunity to charge their phone, so using audio over microUSB won't require the user to plug in any more cables than they were going to anyway.
6 Music is superb, but the excellent programming only highlights that the sound quality is not what it could be.
A few hundred £s a year for this service... compare to the tens of thousands £ extra this car costs over a 'good enough' alternative. Know your market.
In the Cotswolds, I enjoy better 3G data coverage than I do DAB. YMMV.
>why not just go for a in car system which offers internet and allows people to access what they like?
That is what Volvo have just done - their car acts as a WiFi hotspot.
However, will what *you* want to listen to be available through a reliable and sensible interface, suitable for using whilst driving?
The only reason you might want to limit the functionality is if you are trying to wrangle a better deal from the mobile service operators: having the car's 3G tied to a music-only service means that it won't cannibalise data tariff sales to the consumer's mobile phone. Therefore, the operators might offer a Europe-roaming car-music-only tariff at a much cheaper rate (on the grounds that it is better to take some money than no money)
Since the music is cached, some interruption of the data whilst switching cell towers will be inaudile to the user. Contrast this to DAB...
The article says the car has DAB, so you still listen to Planet Rock or Test Match Special.
It does strike me that if many hours of Spotify can be cached to the car before the journey, one wouldn't really need the 3G- as I believe one can do with some mobile devices. The problem is, one would then be in DRM territory (and need to extend WiFi to wherever you park your car)
I've noticed 3G signal drop-outs on near stationary motorway traffic jams.... it might have just been my phone playing up, or it might have been the large number of nearby handsets saying hello to the base station / sending Google GPS data etc.
Did I read on The Reg that 4G will in time become more efficient at sending / receiving small packets of data than 3G is today?
I've been using a DAB unit in my car (a Pure Highway > Aux in) and it is only on some routes that I can use it, such is DAB reception. For speech content, I tend to just stream from my phone (to Aux in). I tend to just fall back onto FM or an SD Card full of albums.
The price of this BMW system looks expensive now, but then so did all mobile data not so long ago.
I read the account of a mountaineer in the national press, who said that unbeknownst to him at the time, extreme cold temperatures played havoc with his laser-treated eyes. He discovered this half way up Everest...
It seems you're correct. Wikipedia supports my hazy memories of that Nat Geo article, but I can't access the source it cites. It would appear that the Wikipedians have been confused for the reasons you outlined, i.e the procedure of cutting with a scalpel was developed by Svyatoslav Fyodorov, and then it was some IBM researchers working with lasers (for work on silicon) who discovered the could neatly cut flesh without thermal damage to surrounding areas.
It is also possible that the Soviets adopted the procedure on a greater scale than the Americans, as would be suggested by a 'production-line' -like operating theatre.
I remember a 1980's National Geographic article about the USSR (where laser eye surgey was pioneered), showing an operating theatre for laser eye surgery. Eight beds were arranged like spokes in a wheel, so the surgeon could process patients like a production line. Of course, laser surgery doesn't place the same demands on sterilisation of tools etc that conventional surgery does.
It is telling when a Google search for 'laser eye surgery' doesn't return a Wikipedia result on the first page... instead, it returns advertisements for clinics offering their services, and blogs from the Telegraph and Guardian.
Fair dooes, I vaguely remember the external ZIP drives, though mine was an internal unit, all stamped mild steel with a beige plastic face!
T'was a strange time: CDRW drives were still rare, and flash memory was still very expensive even if you wanted to shunt data over slow USB 1.1 (which I couldn't cos NT 4.0 wouldn't play ball). Home internet was still dial-up, so files couldn't be shunted around very easily by that method. And some fruity company released a desktop PC without a floppy drive... Strange thing is, I had a portable MD recorder at the time, a format that could have been a suitable alternative to ZIP disks had Sony not been asleep at the wheel.
Looks more like the Orgasmatron from Woody Allen's The Sleeper, to me: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4sZPaKqYvos/TgRE2OM1K-I/AAAAAAAADB0/jG53z6aLf6s/s640/Sleeper_560x330_MSDSLEE_EC030_H-thumb-560xauto-28566.jpg
The above image is Safe For Work, though not all the pictures I saw whilst searching for it were.
Most people have a disk of some sort in their computer, so that would make this external HDD a *second* disk. True, it would be better if it contained more disks, and itself was duplicated to other devices in different buildings and postcodes...
The shaking of the hips is a way of increasing airflow over the disk array without using fans!
Intel are not Microsoft.
Intel are looking to make the hardware more common, so it is up to developers to support it and create interfaces, if they feel it is suitable for the task in hand.
Also, it can function as a 3D scanner (though more details about resolution and limitations etc would be welcome)
I would imagine it might be a tad early to write off the whole concept, since software developers have barely got started on it.
Perhaps these free-space gesture systems work better for some tasks than others. At the very least, even just enough functionality to allow users to put down their mouse periodically might help reduce RSI. (And from what I've read of reviews of the similar-ish LeapMotion device, the converse is true; it can also be tiring to use gestures for extended periods too, but at least it is using different muscles)
Personally, as a (Mechanical) CAD user, I'm waiting with interest to see if anyone develops a natural control 'grammer' for these 3D human input devices. Even on the 2D tasks, I'm impressed by how civilised the UI of some CAD packages are (they let the *user* choose to use keyboard shortcuts, customisable toolbars, 'Ribbon'-like menus or pie menus, in addition to providing the resources needed to let strange peripherals like the SpacePilot work with them).
Do. The premise is that a penal colony of political dissenters exists in the Precambrian era, since people can only be sent back in time. The narrator is an old hand who doesn't like much change.
The old boy in the BBC documentary turns out to be a gentleman called Dr Sidney Alford. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Alford
Turns out he has a website for anyone needing to make a hole in something in a hurry. Website is probably a good way to bring yourself to some agency's attention:
The BBC had a good documentary about the history of explosives. At one point, a wizened, wiry old boy was demonstrating plastic explosive. He placed a small amount of plastic explosive into a conical container, held a couple of inches above the 'target' ( a two-foot thick steel billet) by three little legs. Upon detonation, it punched a coin-sized hole through the steel billet. It was a powerful demonstration.
He explained that the explosive made the copper liner form a hypersonic jet (upwards of 7 KM per second) that penetrated steel as if it were a liquid.