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Jason Farrell
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Singularity or bust!
Singularity or bust!

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Testing MS Hyperlapse for Android on a Note3: A 23 second 16X Hyperlapse of a 6min walk in Queens, NY.

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Woo! Just switched from RCN Cable back to TimeWarner and am getting a much faster connection (200mbps/20mbps vs 50/10) for a lower price. Had to upgrade cable modems to a Motorola SB6183 -- which is one of the only two currently available that support up to 300mbps -- but buying your own VS renting it from the cableco ($8/mo) pays off in around a year.

We initially left TWC in 2010 when we became cord-cutters because at the time they didn't allow you to decouple Internet from TV, but now they do. Getting 2 to 3 years of the discounted new-customer-only price doesn't hurt, either. (Maybe we should switch every 3 years regardless...).

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CONFIRMED: My Note 3 has gigantic post-it note-sized gaps around the edge! Agghh! But at least it's not a Note 4, because I hear you can even fit an elephant-sized business card up in its gap. How could you let this happen Samsung?! This is worse than bending! /s

#gapgate #bendgate
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Photosphere @ MakerFaire NY 2014.
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"So say we all!"

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This is a really great 15 minute video that nicely explains how robotic & AI automation will increasingly continue to "take r jawbs!" over the next couple decades, and why this time it's different in that there'll be no new jobs to take their place in sufficient number (unlike after the industrial & information revolutions).

What isn't really touched on in the video are the economic and political implications of a world of automated abundance where most humans are not needed or wanted to work, and yet are still required to work in order to survive.

I expect income inequality to get much worse, until an inevitable breaking point forces rah rah capitalism to shift much more towards a new economic model of efficient global socialism (with the help of AI management). What that'll mean to most people is a Guaranteed Basic Income, or a "social dividend", and the freedom to pursue a life whose only purpose isn't just work. It'll also mean fewer billionaires.

The alternative is becoming slaves to the 1%er elite who own the means of automated production and the S.W.A.T. bots which protect them from us useless eaters storming their gated communities.

(Singularity is near.)

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"My body is ready..."

The Note3 can currently be rooted without tripping the KNOX flag, but custom recovery and non-samsung ROMs will still trip it, voiding the warranty depending your luck. CyanogenMod makes it worth throwing caution to the wind (as long as not too much is broken out of the gate (cough*camera*cough :))

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So today I saw Gravity, and it was the first movie I've ever seen in IMAX 3D, believe it or not, and the first movie I've seen in an actual theater in years. I expected to be blown away by both the presentation and content, but I instead left the theater in a "meh" mood. Maybe I'm just too hard to please. Maybe I had expectations of full-FOV Oculus rift-style immersion. Not sure.

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I had an awesome seat in a mostly-empty matinee showing, and the screen was big enough, but the 3D wasn't that immersive - it was distracting actually. The picture quality was also a bit fuzzy rather than crystal clear HD. Why? And, too loud (get offff my lawwwn...).

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I really tried to not think too much about the factual inaccuracies, but I couldn't. From orbital altitudes, to convenient station proximity, to panic-y astronauts, to easy-access spacesuits, to other errors I'm already forgetting. The most egregious was the tether scene with Sandra and Clooney "hanging" off the ISS "cliff"... in zero G(!). All she had to do was give him the slightest of tugs. I was laughing at that point, as was one other guy, thankfully.

Verdict: 7/10
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