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Comment: Re:That's not the only way it's inferior (Score 3, Insightful) 241

Disappointed how far down I had to scroll for this. In the old days, this would have been known by a high percentage of users.

They can say the sensors are "10 years behind" planes that were built 20 years ago. Because those planes were upgraded ~5 years ago, and this one has been in development for 15 years! lolol The known upgrade schedule is the only reason they can give such good numbers for how far "behind" it is. Except that it doesn't take 10 years to install the upgrade, and you don't have to wait 10 years to develop it, either. So in that sense, these new sensors are... days behind!

And when they come into service they'll have the most recent upgrades and be "ahead" of the planes they're accused here of being "behind."

So the story is true, in a meaningless pedantic way, and totally false within the context the planes exist it.

Comment: Re:Myth Confirmed... (Score 2) 89

by Aighearach (#48636361) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

The first thing people tried to do was get to work because public transit sucked.

You say that like there is viable public transit in this day in age...??

If you want to actually catch the bus on the north side of the Golden Gate it is going to cost you $3 or something, and it doesn't run very often. But you can just walk across the bridge and catch a ~$1 bus to anywhere in SF. There are certainly places with sucky public transit, including where I live, but the Bay Area isn't that place; they have really good coverage and frequent service to all but the richest neighborhoods.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by Aighearach (#48627455) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

If the value of the materials which the hackers have, but have not yet released, exceeds the expected revenue of the movie, then it makes sense to trash the movie and just move on.

No, it would be the value of the secrets adjusted for the chance of the hackers actually not releasing it anyways. If you don't know who they are and the closest thing to a "negotiation" is reading a post they made on a paste site, you can't place any confidence value at all on it. And if it is a team of people, it only takes 1 person to release whatever.

It just doesn't come out as less stupid, even if you accept the premise as reasonable behavior.

Comment: Re:Myth Confirmed... (Score 3, Insightful) 89

by Aighearach (#48627319) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Did car reports always get filed on the correct day back then? It isn't like something they're going to put a CSI team on, so it might have really just not mattered to the cops exactly when a car was stolen unless it was one where they caught somebody with it. And then it would be the witnesses who needed to be helped to remember, not the paperwork.

My understanding of pre-computer paperwork, including during much of my life, is that you really can't say one way or the other if cars were reported stolen on a particular day, or not. And a stolen car was often not reported for a couple days. The first thing people tried to do was get to work because public transit sucked. It might not be until their day off that it gets reported. "Sorry Sir, you can't sign the complaint over the phone, you'll have to come in to the station."

They didn't need a car though, what they needed was a friend in town. It isn't exactly remote.

Comment: Re:I believe it! (Score 4, Informative) 48

by Aighearach (#48623069) Attached to: Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

Yes, actually to be honest that doesn't sound like you uncovered a secret meaning, that sounds like the top shelf, most obvious understanding of exactly what they literally said, which turns out to mean just what it sounds like.

If you've ever seen big-budget films with CGI, and low-budget films with CGI, then you can understand that current technology does not include a system that automatically includes generated images that look real. Or as you put it, that look like "simulated JPEGs." Using current tech, the systems just don't do that. You have generate the objects, and then fiddle with every frame and if you spend millions of dollars per scene, you can finally make it close to seamless. They're talking about doing it without extra post-CGI processing and prettying. In that world, the low-budget films would have perfect generated objects because it would be a basic tool capability and not a human-intensive artistic process.

Comment: Re:Army? (Score 1) 176

by Aighearach (#48621501) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Oh golly, what if somebody invented a vehicle, like a horseless-carriage, but that could swim under-water! Crazy, I know. But what if they did, and they figured out how to make it drive to (or even just near!) the surface of the water, and launch missiles?! z0mg! Science fiction, right? right? Then the missiles would only have to fly ~ 0% of the distance you claim. I guess at that point you'd need to be watching for them.

Actually, I guess even if they launched it from France... if you weren't watching for it, you'd never know how long it would have been visible, had you looked.

Kinda funny the prospect of trying to detect missile launches with sonar. I mean, yeah, if we're being attacked there would be no utility at all in differentiating between launched missiles and launched torpedoes... right?

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