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Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 329

by Anubis IV (#49155529) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

This is one of the key aspects of the case. The color of the pixels in the image is clearly blue. That's irrefutable. We can do a quick color analysis to figure that out, as you did.

But, unfortunately, that doesn't answer the question of what color the dress itself is. Just because the picture shows it as blue doesn't actually mean it is blue, and there are numerous illusions, color correction issues, or optical afterimage effects that could cause something that actually is color A to appear as color B, either to the camera or to us.

I'm firmly in the "the dress appears blue and brown/black but is actually white and gold" camp. There are numerous highlights in the image that cause the true color to pop out from under the blueish pall that is over the whole thing. You can see a more true gold up on the right side of the collar and along the top edges of some of the ridges. Likewise, you can see a truer white in various places where the light hits it more directly. Whether it looks blue and brown because there's something blue behind the camera that is reflecting a blue pall over the dress, or it looks blue and brown because of the white balance being out of whack on account of the massive backlighting going on, I don't know, but there's plenty of evidence in the image to suggest the dress itself is white and gold, even if it doesn't immediately appear that way in the image.

Comment: Re:New design (Score 0) 90

by Anubis IV (#49147319) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

That's right. Beta has surrendered. Sanity has prevailed. We, the users, actually won.

We didn't win. They've hoisted the beta onto us under the guise of it being the old interface, but it's not. Tons of stuff is broken. Links are invisible. Sigs aren't working as expected. Widths of elements are all screwed up.

If you think we won, you need to stop reading what they're saying and start looking at what they're actually doing.

Comment: The real cause... (Score 3, Informative) 103

by Anubis IV (#49133989) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

Excised from the original reporting was this little snippet:

Representatives for NEWTON indicated that there were a number of reasons for the shut down of the program. When pressed to provide examples, the group sighed in unison before saying, "ELI5."

ELI5 is shorthand for the "Explain Like I'm 5" meme that has spread across the Internet in recent years. "We just can't compete with that," said one of the lead scientists in the program, referring to ELI5. "It used to be that we'd answer stupid questions from children because it encouraged the burgeoning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to pursue their interests further, but with ELI5 teaching scientifically illiterate adults that it's okay for them to voice their stupid questions too, we simply can't keep up. We're spread too thin."

When asked where individuals seeking answers should go for help, one researcher derisively suggested, "The ELI5 subreddit." Asked what they planned to do with their newfound free time, the group cast a few despondent looks towards one another before collectively breaking down in tears as they wept for humanity.

Comment: Re:Why not in the US? (Score 2) 82

by Anubis IV (#49113491) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

Given that the market is already oversaturated with supply, suggesting that the loss of a low-yield source will necessarily create a vacuum that must be filled is a rather disingenuous argument.

Specifically, dry farming is an inherently low-yield form of agriculture (and one which has a history of leading to dust storms and erosion in the areas where it's practiced, I'll add, since it eliminates ground cover), and the US already has a massive surplus of food supply each year (which is why we waste so much of it on useless stuff like corn for ethanol). Losing a single farm will almost certainly not have any sort of significant impact on the food supply, nor will someone set up a new, irrigation-based farm to deal with the loss of supply caused by this one's closure. Demand already outstrips supply. There will be no vacuum to fill.

On the other hand, demand routinely outstrips supply when it comes to power in California, and the excess power from this solar farm will supply enough for 60,000 homes. I'm not a huge proponent of clean power, but even I have to admit that keeping that many homes from having to use coal or similar sources would be beneficial.

Comment: Re:Why not in the US? (Score 1) 82

by Anubis IV (#49112003) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

But why the hell not in the US? Somehow I smell shenanigan.

Umm...they're doing both. They announced a 2900-acre US-based solar farm almost two weeks ago. This announcement is following on the heels of that one and looks to be a bit larger in scale (possibly because they don't already have smaller facilities in Europe like they've had for awhile in the US?). There's no reason why they have to choose either the US or Europe when they have the resources to do both.

Comment: Re:Texas is a Republican state (Score 2) 149

Texas is about 60/40 Republican/Democrat at the moment. From 1848 to 1978, Democrats won Texas in all but 4 presidential elections, and Texas even had a Democrat (Ann Richards) as it's governor up until George W. Bush was elected in the mid-1990s. Texas' population is also among the fastest growing in the nation as a result of the high number of people relocating there from other states, suggesting that its demographics are likely to change over the next few years. As it is now, almost all of the urban centers (of which there are quite a few) lean Democrat, while the sprawling suburbs (of which there are also quite a few) lean Republican.

Suggesting it's "99.999% Republican" means that you've fallen for the rhetoric one side or the other is spewing.

Comment: Re:Net Neutrality (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by Anubis IV (#49092063) Attached to: AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic

Part of it definitely isn't violating net neutrality, and the other part of it also isn't.

The first part is nothing more than a simple CDN. Basically, they identify popular files, cache them locally in subnets where they're popular, and then serve up the cached results in order to improve overall performance. That's a simple network optimization technique that provides data as quickly as possible without any regard for who you are or who's delivering the content. ISPs and CDNs already do this with everything from YouTube to Apple's software updates to Netflix to the DNS records for your blog. It in no way violates net neutrality.

As for the second part, it's also not a net neutrality issue, despite how it's being misrepresented to try and make it look like it is. There is no "fast lane". It's simply a method for engaging in more efficient multi-path/multi-source routing, which they already deal with on a regular basis with BGP. Basically, given multiple sources (i.e. peers) for the file that you're seeking, they'll connect you with the closest one. There's nothing contrary to net neutrality about preferentially selecting closer sources for the data you're requesting. If there was, then caching as a whole would be contrary to net neutrality, and that's clearly hogwash.

TL;DR: I read the article, and there is no "fast lane". All they're doing is caching and/or connecting you to the closest source for the data you've requested, both of which are done without regard for who you are or who is providing the content. These are common techniques already in widespread use for the last few decades. The only novel aspect of the patent is that it's "for P2P". *eyeroll*

Comment: Re:I asked AdBlock's creator those questions... ap (Score 1) 353

by Anubis IV (#49089289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?


A) You look like a crazy spammer with your insane formatting, massive hyperbole, and numerous comments that seem to be frothing at the mouth. It's no wonder Palant stopped responding to you.

B) I never suggested people should use AdBlock. Quite the contrary, in fact, since I already pointed out that it wasn't particularly efficient and suggested that people should use an alternative to it. I know that reading my single sentence is asking a lot of you, but you might be advised to read it a bit more carefully next time before you make multiple comments, each of which has dozens of lines of inapplicable text that look to have been written by a madman.

C) Custom hosts files complement browser addons, rather than replacing them. I use both uBlock and a custom hosts file, and I'd encourage others to do so as well, since each handles various things better or differently than the other. For instance, hosts are more efficient and can prevent the ad server from ever getting my request, which addons sometimes can't do, but it can't remove the element from the page where the ad would have showed, whereas an addon can. Hosts files are also a bit more hands-on in keeping up-to-date than addons, but they have the benefit of working across any browser or Internet service on your computer, whereas addons are easier to keep up-to-date, but only work in the browser where they are installed.

TL;DR: Read more carefully, use both, and stop posting tirades. We'll all be happier, you included.

Comment: Re:maybe we should (Score 1) 576

Where do you think he's getting all of these ideas for spaceships, cars, and hyperloops? With a name like "Elon Musk", he's not even trying to fool anyone. No way that name originated on planet Earth!

Really, it's pretty obvious that he's here to soften us up in preparation for an invasion. He's used his alien technology (a "software update" to improve 0-60 performance? yeah right!) to win over thousands of Teslacolyte converts already, with more joining his religion every day. His spaceship company is poaching the top talent from NASA, who otherwise would have been our best defense against alien attack. His electric cars can be crippled via software update and, if allowed to further propagate, will eventually lead to a reduction in our current fuel infrastructure that is outside of their control. Now he's talking about making whole-home batteries, meaning he could cripple all of our homes instantly too. And stuff like his hyperloop concept? It'll be used to get us to turn on each other as we fight over whether or not to accept the aliens and their promises of technological advancement.

Hyperloop in one tentacle, and a ray gun to betray us in the other. Just you wait and see.

Comment: Re:20% increase is a bad thing? (Score 1) 271

by Anubis IV (#49051693) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

If you think that's confounding, try reconciling it with the statements immediately before it:

At first glance, the Mountain View, Calif., company looks plenty healthy. It generated $14.4 billion in profits in 2014 and revenue was up 19 percent from the year before. [...] Yet a look behind the search bar shows cracks. Growth in Google’s primary business, search advertising, has flattened out at about 20 percent a year for the last few years.

I.e. 19% growth in revenue = good, 20% growth in revenue-generating activity = bad. Which is it? The author can't have it both ways!

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 248

by Anubis IV (#49051645) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

I realized I forgot to finish my thought after I had posted it. I should have concluded it with, "For that matter, I don't want to be dealing with arcane systems or fiddling around with misbehaving technology at home either."

I've looked into Vera's products previously and have been quite impressed since they appear to have the ability to manage all of the things I've thought of so far (e.g. sprinklers, blinds, garage, etc.). That said, the last time I looked through their app catalog I noticed that there were a number of holes I'd need to fill with custom plugins I'd be writing for myself. That situation may have changed, but it kept me from jumping on that wagon. At this point, I figure I'll just wait another year or two, since I expect that most of those holes will be plugged, either by Vera's app community, or else by another vendor with a competing product.

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 5, Insightful) 248

by Anubis IV (#49050759) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple

Precisely. I've been looking for a simple way to automate various things around my home, but I've been holding off until these systems can pass the "if I sell the house tomorrow could the new owners get by like normal without an instruction manual" test.

Which is to say, the bar for entry should simply be "works like a dumb device", with any technological enhancements layered on top of that functionality so that it supplements the dumb functionality, rather than replaces it. Instead, many of them outright eliminate the dumb functionality or else make it dependent on the smart technology, meaning that they're utterly useless if the wrong link in the technological chain has a hiccup. If I move out tomorrow, I want the new owners to be able to use the place like a normal house without having to configure arcane systems, regularly maintain misbehaving technology, or worry about which OS they're running on their phone or personal computer.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir