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Comment Re:People don't realise (Score 1) 232

What 3D is great for is giving you a sense of scale. Say character - building scale. There is a scene in Avatar when they are about to land first time on that planet and they are flying over some open space mine. There is a huge machinery doing the work and I was just blown away how you get a sense that the mine is huge and that machinery is enormous. Sometimes you get a feeling that you are kind of being there on that planet yourself.

I've watched the movie in 2D again, but that didn't give me the same sense of scale. It was like, well watching a movie with cool CGI.

Comment Re:Dumb Article (Score 1) 267

But seriously... What's the real functional difference between the Lenovo X series and the Macbook Air? Besides the logo?

Not OP but, I had some time to play with a x1 carbon (first version) two years ago and it was definitely much worse than my then 3 year old macbook air.

For start the trackpad was unusable. Yes it was that bad. Keyboard was definitely better than Air's but not *that* much of a difference. I never saw a laptop with a keyboard which was unusable though.

Display was not so much better, cannot remember anymore. And I hate 16:9 screens.

Battery life was poor. Windows performance was also not as expected because it was full of Lenovo programs.

So yeah, I definitely can say that the experience was not so great. I hope the last gen is better though. The second gen had strange keyboard layout and non-physical F buttons (which is a bad joke). And also terrible trackpad IIRC.

Comment Re:Or we could stop being afraid of death. (Score 1) 692

For thousands of years humanity has had a pretty comfortable relationship with death (even two hundred years ago there were 'wakes' held in the family home for several days in many developed nations). Historically, attempting immortality has tended to go hand in hand with delusion, disconnection from reality, and/or mental illness.

I think its the other way around. People throught the history were usually very religious. Religion was/is a way to cope with loss of loved ones, death and offers a consolidation in a concept of afterlife. So the guy who was going in a dangerous war campaign, fishing in the open sea etc at least had a "guaranteed place in heaven/valhalla/zeus's dinner table". I think the natural state is to be afraid of death, or have a great aversion to it.

Nowadays people are not so religious anymore (at least in the developed world), or are pro-forma religious and highly doubt all the stories about afterlife. No wonder that as you get older (from adulthood) you are absolutely averse to death.

Comment Re: What did you expect? (Score 1) 197

And this got me thinking, how can they outlaw strong encryption anyway?

If I send you a file which contains random garbage, how is that different from a file/text encrypted? I don't think there is a way for them to prove that you were using encryption beyond reasonable doubt.

All of this trying to outlaw strong encryption completely pointless.

Comment Re:Prepare for more (Score 1) 257

As far as I know, there aren't a lot of Catholics strapping bombs to themselves, and chanting, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost, amen.", detonating it on the end of "amen".

Oh, but they would! if you are living in a very very poor country, with no law enforcement and no future, I'm certain that this would breed extremism and of violent sort probably. Whatever the dominant religion there is.

Trying to portray christianity or some US denominations as somehow peaceful is silly. Just because those religions are operating under a developed society where there is a rule of law (in broad sense), forces them to behave. They would go out of control if given the chance.

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