* Posts by Baldrickk

1055 posts • joined 26 May 2016


NASA dons red and blue cardboard 3D glasses to drive Curiosity rover because its GPUs are stuck in the office

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Re: RED/BLUE 3D and Late Stage Capitalism

Oh, I used 3D-Vision Discover back in the day, which used red/blue glasses instead of active shutter. It doesn't compare.

For starters, there is almost always cross-talk, seeing the red through the blue filter and vice versa.

Colours are not faithfully represented either.

Full on 3D vision, which I tried, but didn't own solved both those problems, but was still looking through a window at the scene.

Given that it was rendered, it actually solved most of the problems that 3D TV and movies have, due to limitations imposed by cameras. Those limitations are part of the reason why 3D TV died so quickly. If more of a push had been made to push 3D gaming, maybe that wouldn't have happened.

However we now have VR which is altogether completely different and much, much better.

Luxury? More expensive? Not really, You can get a Quest or Rift for about the price of the monitor you would need for 3D Vision, not including the glasses and transmitter needed. That's not including a decade's worth of inflation. There are also cheaper options, such as the Odyssey+ that was $230 on Amazon before Christmas.

Sure, there are also more expensive options too.

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It straddles the colour channels better than Red/Blue, so there is less of a disparity between what each eye can see, making it moderately more comfortable to view.

Beyond that, it's the same.

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Re: Late night Reg posting

I also did the same. I didn't include the positional tweaking in the app, relying on the user doing that first.

But I used a slightly different method, where you calculate the luminance of the entire left eye image, and encode that in the red channel. It results in a much more balanced image that looks better to the eye when viewed through the glasses.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: I see lots of good luck here

For a single incident, it clearly can. That doesn't mean that you should rely on it.

Fails all round here.

You in for a curl up and dye? Yeah, looks like the same for this screen in a hairdressers

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Re: World

December is still too recent the virus was in the system but had not yet spread much.

We need to crack out the earlier backups, and work forwards from there to ensure the entire network comes back up cleanly.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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For me, it's the top bar and the keyboard that are burned in.

This is unfortunate news as it is definitely a perfectly capable phone still. No, I'm not going to be playing COD Mobile on it, nor would I want to - a small touchscreen is an awful input device for gaming. For anything other than "hardcore" mobile gaming, it still performs more than adequately.

I can only commend Samsung for keeping it supported, but really wish that mobiles were more like the PC landscape where you can more easily just install an updated OS on it, with no vendor locks.

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

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Not actually sure what all the downvotes are for... It's already been stated by ISPs that the data use has increased, but peak usage hasn't - that it just peaks throughout the day, instead of just in the evening.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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Re: Prediction - America will suffer a shit storm

And of course in the last day, the Republicans have blocked a bill to support those of low income who are/will suffer from Covid-19... How wonderful /s

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Re: Oh my goodness -- the US administration is thrashing?

Well, Trump's health advisor recently broke ranks and said that pretty much everything Trump has said is wrong.

The numbers he gave were 1% for SARS-COV-2 and 0.1% for the Flu - so 10x the casualty rate of the flu. if it's any higher (numbers are still changing, it's suspected that China has been heavily massaging their numbers etc...) then it's going to be higher than 10x.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Re: Well

It's also too late - it's in the country, and spread all over, with lots of the confirmed not having caught it from being abroad - that is, it's spreading within the US already.

Have you ever seen one of these, son? Ricoh spins off 360° camera boffins to debut neuralyzer-shaped snapper

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You'd be better off with two 180s, one for above the drone, and one under.

Streaming all that data in real-time might be a challenge.

AI startup accuses Facebook of stealing code designed to speed up machine learning models on ordinary CPUs

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Note to self...

when stealing source code, don't publish it on github for all to see under my own name

Starship bloopers: Watch Elon Musk's Mars ferry prototype explode on the pad during liquid nitrogen test

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Re: Wasn't planned

"The best test is one that fails - you don't learn anything from a successful test, except maybe that your tests are not good enough"

I don't know who said it first, but it's as applicable here as it is in SW.

Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule, DSCOVR up and running, and NASA buys a Falcon Heavy

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Sounds like they are indeed testing like they fly... both in space and terrestrial craft.

GCHQ's infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets

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Re: Internet of Twits

Honestly, there are actually some good uses for this stuff.

My sister uses cams for home security, and to watch the cats, allowing them to check up on them, and make sure that they haven't gotten into the food cupboard (again... They've managed to bypass the lock when not set properly, and rip into the boxes and food pouches a couple of times now.)

She bought my Father a set of cameras for Christmas this year, and only two nights ago, they caught and alerted us to someone getting into the back garden.

I've given my share of warnings about updates, passwords and access as the family tech guy, up to the point where it goes from good advice to being annoying, so not going to push it further. Hopefully it's sufficient.

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

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Re: KInd of like Ada perhaps

Ada is still used for mission critical items - we use it for safety critical work in my company, as it's one of the few languages which can be verified to a high enough degree,

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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If someone is unaware of DOOM, then they are unaware of gaming in general - A new DOOM game came out in 2016 (and is GREAT - The RPG should cover it) and the sequel is coming out (checks watch) imminently.

Actually, for more Classic gaming, there is also a new Half-Life coming out this month! Not quite as vintage as DOOM, but still one from the history books.

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

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Re: Just Passing

It's all about the timing.

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!

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I think you win the prize for most cursed comment.

Escape From Tarkov: Hardest of the hardcore looter-shooter is spellbinding despite the punishing learning curve

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Re: Meh, will stick with "Onward"

I'm honestly pretty terrible at Onward, but I'm slowly improving. It's pretty brutal

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer

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Re: Manual reinstall of Windows to get up-to-date

I think I need to do that. Nothing to do with Nvidia as far as I can tell, just Windows borking itself.

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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Re: "We'll use it if it is available" mantra

Sounds like IPv6 support XD

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I'm of the opinion that encrypted DNS of some form is a benefit, but at the same time, that centralisation reduces the redundancy needed for the web to remain stable as a whole, and the free choice of those using it.

The answer would seem to be to have more DoH providers.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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Re: I once met..

How did she take it? I guess it was a significant change to any preconceived notions - as I would expect that here knowledge of the world was pretty much limited to her immediate environment, given the lack of recognition of the continents?

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"interesting... "

Actually, the laser diverged too much - so they resorted to shining a light through some boards instead, which while also a flawed experiment was good enough to show evidence of curvature.

I should probably get around to watching that documentary at some point.

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Re: That's what they WANT you to think

... Interesting...

Sorry, I had to quote Jeranism here too, for his experiments as well.

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Been a while since I last encountered the green flash being talked about. Not something I've ever experienced myself.

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Believing that the moon landing is fake is a pre-requisite for believing in the flat earth - flat earth just doesn't support the idea of a moon orbiting the earth. Instead, they claim it's a light source circling around the north pole, opposite the sun.

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Re: Where have I heard this before... Oh Yea!

Honestly, this is what came to mind as soon as I heard about this / saw the footage.


Check check check, Scott Manley.

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Re: I doubt he was bright enough to build a rocket

I'm pretty sure some of them do - but they are not the "big names" but instead the followers on.

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Re: Stupid is as Stupid does

You don't need to die to win a Darwin Award. Surviving with loss of reproductive functions is sufficient - though a rarer outcome. As long as you remove yourself from the gene pool, it counts.

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Possibly Snapchat? I don't use it, but wasn't that one of the key features of the app?

Of course, I believe it was only a week or so after release until another app was released that would copy all the media received by snapchat before it was viewed and subsequently deleted, thus preserving it for posterity.

FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not

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more than ignorance

FCC commissioners who pushed through a pre-decided outcome and actively ignored public opposition to their plans

They actively polluted the previous survey/poll with huge numbers of fake entries from people who had never gone near it, and indeed, those who were deceased at the time!

That's not ignorance - that's something that someone at the very least should have lost their jobs over.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

You drive at a speed that allows you to respond to hazards. I.e. You slow down when approaching a blind bend.

That's not what was being discussed however.

Microsoft crack habit reports: User claims Surface Laptop 3 screen fractured again after repair

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Re: "Physical damage do[es] not happen if there is no external force"

I had an issue like that once before - old nokia phone, put the end of it into my pocket and dropped it the rest of the way, then realised that I wanted to set an alarm and instantly pulled it out again. It wasn't the glass that had broken though, instead, the LCD display had cracked and the liquid had gone everywhere inside.

IIrc it was eventually replaced under warranty, but after a rather long 'fight'. I'm still not quite sure how I would have broken it in that manner without destroying or obviously damaging the externals of the phone.

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

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Likewise... I was far too tired to work out what it was - probably should have checked but figured it was just a glitch.

Seems like a bigger glitch than I thought... :(

Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming

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Re: If it compiles it works, ship it!

That's all part of CI - it's continuous [i]integration[/i] not continuous build.

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Re: Yea - give me that random stuff

I don't know what you're on about.

CI is all about making sure that what you've just written builds and passes the tests. There's not really a better way to prevent errors than having CI in your workflow.

Glue's clues: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip dissection reveals a pholdable mired in adhesive

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Re: I've said it before...

There was imho a bigger factor - putting media and the user experience first.

Big screen for videos, and marketed as a media device that removes the need to carry a phone, than a phone that doubles as a media device.

PDAs were heavily business orientated before, at least in design, and phones were phones first and foremost, no matter how much we used to play snake on the old Nokia bricks.

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

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inevitable byproduct of encounters with keys and coins

Not with my phones they aren't - even (especially, due to weight?) with the old Nokia bricks I used to have, my valuable electronics have always been isolated from any issues like this by having a pocket dedicated to holding them, and nothing else.

Coins, keys etc can go in the other side, thankyouverymuch.

Rear pockets are also a no-no, for obvious reasons.

Honestly, did anyone think this was really glass on the screen? It's not known for being particularly flexible, unless it's a strand of optical fibre thickness, and they are not known for being particularly strong.

Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch

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Re: 100% CPU usage and getting hot

I had this before - but with Windows 7.

Turns out that the disk was on the way out and was spewing SMART errors. Something about that broke the indexing, and the PC became completely unusable.

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Re: Anybody else tired of having their Windows 10 system wake up in the middle of the night for....?

"shutdown /s /t 0" just typed into the start menu will happily shut down your machine in that case, bypassing the update steps.

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?

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They're just standard guards - on function/script entry, check variables and if any are not set, throw a big fat wobbly and refuse to work until someone fixes them.

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Only once for me... Build task on a networked file system, unset environment variable in a different script than the one I was editing.

There was a "rm -rf $PATHVAR/*" line. That went... as well as you might expect. It only wiped out half of the file system before I stopped it...

Luckily, backups were taken of the filesystem, and were restored, and the offending line is now protected by guard statements, so it won't happen again. Unfortunately, said script, for which the only modifications I have made are the guard statements themselves is now referred to as the "<Baldrickk> script" - sigh.

It's official: In May, Microsoft will close the door, lock the vault, brick over the entrance of dreaded Windows 10 1809

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Re: I'm still stuck

Only a keyboard and mouse remain connected. everything else is temporary via a hub, including the printer, except the Valve Index, which gets unplugged anyway, as otherwise it gets detected as the primary video output.

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I'm still stuck

On the version before then. Windows Update reboots my PC, gets 60% of the way through the installation, then fails with a completely uninformative error and rolls back. Takes a couple of hours each time.

Windows Update is therefore in the lovely position of telling me that I'm completely up to date, but also need to update. Not confusing at all.

No idea what the problem is, but I've come to the conclusion that I need to delete everything I can to reduce disk usage (disk is full of games, so I can dl from steam again easily enough) image to another disk and re-install from scratch...


I miss Linux

On the plus side, I missed the update of death.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers

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Re: Surprisingly ...

ALT-D does that too, and is easier to reach without needing to move your hands.

As far as shortcuts go, SHIFT-F10 is my new favourite - it brings up the context menu, useful for keyboards these days that decide to forgo the context menu key, which is most of them... which makes me [see icon]

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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First thing I did after "upgrading" to Win 10

...was to disable web search in the start menu.

No, wait.

1) disable Cortana

2) disable web search in start menu

3) delete all the tiles

It's still a useless POS though. Search worked great in Win 7.

In Win 10, lets say I search for "notepad". It should come up with two applications; Notepad (built-in) and Notepad++.

In fairness, it does come up with them both. but not at the same time!

not -> notepad++

note -> notepad

notep -> notepad++

notepa -> notepad++

notepad -> notepad

A search function that only returns one result arbitarilly is a bit useless.

Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth

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Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

Indeed. I had a brief "fling" with chrome back when it was released, but really, nothing ever stood out as being better than Firefox, which I went back to using.

I'm glad I transitioned my Father back off it too.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

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the problems it fixes are not pressing and may be outweighed...

Sounds like systemd in a nutshell.



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