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Comment: Re:Unimpressed (Score 1) 287

by 4D6963 (#33534524) Attached to: HDR Video a Reality

I have to concur, even with proper tone-mapping, after a while you just realise that it's not a good idea to compress a high range into a smaller one. It's very analogous to compression in music where you take a sound with a dynamic range of perhaps 90 dB and compress it so it takes less than 60, or even fisheye photography where you'd shoot with a FOV of 180 degrees and view it with less than a 40 degrees FOV. Both are helpful if you really need to view the whole dynamic range at once within a smaller dynamic range, but in general you don't want to do that.

HDR in consumer and professional photography has a future but tone-mapping not so much, as it's good to be able to adjust exposure after the shot (the real use of HDR) but you don't want to squeeze the dynamic range.

Comment: Re:Unconfirmed planets (Score 1) 206

by 4D6963 (#33048168) Attached to: Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'

If you knew anything at all about exoplanet discovery you'd know that most discovered planets orbit awfully close to their star and as a result have a revolution of only a few days, mostly when it comes to observing transits. You're not gonna observe a transit of any planet in the solar system from any other random system (you'd probably never get a single transit because you wouldn't be aligned with the solar system's plane to begin with).

And then I believe that by "same distance" you meant "same revolution", or perhaps you also ignore everything about how gravity works?

Comment: Re:period of passing through the galaxy ecliptics? (Score 2, Insightful) 306

by 4D6963 (#32888066) Attached to: Sun's Dark Companion 'Nemesis' Not So Likely

No it fucking doesn't. Just because there's something you don't like doesn't mean you can pretend like it's not really there. "And their analysis shows an excess of extinctions every 27 million years, with a confidence level of 99%.". We're talking about hard statistical analysis, there's absolutely nothing that goes in the way of your bullshit "anomaly/bias/incomplete data" explanation.

If your interpretation of Occam's Razor is "if I can't see why things are the way they are then they mustn't be like this" you need to do some reading.

Comment: Re:I hate the idea of flying cars (Score 1) 123

by 4D6963 (#32704262) Attached to: Flying Cars Hop Slightly Closer With FAA Weight Waiver

What I really don't get is people like you. We live in an age where we can almost make cars drive themselves through traffic. For a VTOL like a sci-fi flying car, it would be even more trivial to have a system that would take off vertically from a point, reach a specific altitude, follow a specific set of paths and land vertically on a programmed spot.

This would be relatively trivial to achieve, so can you tell me of any single damn reason why an eventual flying car should require more input than "take off and take us to school"?

Comment: Re:No stereoscopic vision (Score 1) 273

by 4D6963 (#32612876) Attached to: Nintendo 3DS Early Impressions
Yeah, so basically any form of 3D display is useless to you. The only thing that'd any good to you would be something that'd track the position of your watching eye to modify the display accordingly. In a way you've got it good, it's technologically simple for you to be fooled into thinking what you see is like real 3D.

Comment: Re:vs Larrabee (Score 1) 240

by 4D6963 (#32491284) Attached to: AMD's Fusion Processor Combines CPU and GPU
lol, I figured as much (usually when you see "1=0" your maths troll detector should go off), it's just that usually when you see that it's from a real head scratcher, this one would just keep someone busy for 10 seconds and then dismiss it as idiotic. Or perhaps I was trolled into expecting something clever to instead find the opposite?

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"