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Comment Re:For the foreseeable future, right where it's at (Score 1) 228

It's weakness is colour reproduction, but it's getting better. My Panasonic has a THX calibrated mode for colour. The led models do too, but it's not nearly as good.

Samsung's AMOLED for phones now covers 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which isn't bad. LED backlit LCD can now squeeze out 99.3-99.5% of Adobe RGB. Not a wide gap, anymore. AMOLED definitely covers far more than sRGB.

Comment Re:For the foreseeable future, right where it's at (Score 1) 228

. Maybe if someone can create an LED TV that is as good I'd be interested, but for the moment I'm worried that when my current plasma dies I'll be forced to downgrade.

LG is shipping AMOLED TVs, at long last, the first vendor to break from the pack and do it. They have true black, just like plasmas. The largest sizes are still fantastically expensive, but they are available, and they're UltraHD.

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 228

Yes, I am bemoaning the loss of the plasma screen, I still think it has the best blacks, but still.

LG is shipping OLED TVs, the first vendor to break from the pack. The largest sizes are fantastically expensive, but they have plasma-quality black/contrast ratio, and for the same reason. One supposes they will hold the price up for a while, since they have zero competition, but they're available.

Comment Re:Fake God Detector, Blamed For Hundreds of Death (Score 1) 151

Truth is, people have killed, stolen and raped each others forever, it has nothing to do with religion or politics, it's just how people are.

No it's not.

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." -- Steven Weinberg

Comment Re:For those bitching about the "Special Editions" (Score 1) 424

Really Potsy? That's not legal so you can fuck off. You do not have license to modify the movie.

I don't need a license to modify the fucking movie. I need a license to modify and distribute the modification. It is legal for me to possess a movie and a modified copy of the same movie that I have not distributed. The person who performed the edit and distributed it did something currently illegal, but I am not doing anything illegal by having both.

Oddly enough, all we have to do is create a fully scriptable movie editor, and even the person creating the modified version would be doing something legal, as long as what he distributes is a script that will generate the modified version from the purchased media. He would, in fact, hold a copyright of his own to that script, completely independent of the movie copyright.

Do I have the legal right to tear pages out of a book I own? Yes I do. I have the identical right to rip scenes out of a movie I own.

Do I have the legal right to rip pages recommended by a friend out of a book I own? Yes I do. I have the identical right to rip scenes recommended by a friend out of a movie I own.

Comment Re:Smells like FUD (Score 1) 108

The security of most consumer devices is pathetic and useless. The security of medical devices has known to be almost non-existent for years now.

Agreed. And there have been exactly zero attempts to exploit that. Or at least so close to zero, it can successfully be concealed from the entire public. So no, not inevitable. This smells like FUD. The authors of malware take great pride in knowing about zero-day exploits. That's where the money is, generally speaking. This is the polar opposite. This is a 5 year exploit. Or possibly even older. And yet it hasn't been exploited. So what's going to be different in 2016? Short answer: nothing. This is FUD.

The types of criminals who will ransom your Word documents have already performed the calculus of risk and decided that being the test case for Murder By Remote is the very last thing they want to do. Law enforcement does exactly nothing about your Word docs. Law enforcement would pull out all the stops for that murder case, and criminals know it. Essentially all of those criminals are not psychotic. Sociopathic, yes, but not psychotic. This topic is a good illustration of the difference.

Humans are not intrinsically honest. It's time to stop pretending they are.

Humans in successful societies typically are intrinsically honest. The spontaneous first response is the honest response. And that's why the society works. The societies that work the most poorly are those that are the least honest. Books have been written about the reasons and the mechanisms, but that's what it boils down to.

Comment Re:This guy was a CIA *director* (Score 1) 485

b) Is hanging actually a legal way of killing somebody if he was gived a death sentence anywhere in the US? Just asking, since publically demanding a crime towards another citizen is illegal, at least in germany.

It's legal in two US states, in one case only if lethal injection isn't possible, and in the other only if the condemned requests it. In the US state in which Edward Snowden performed the majority of his illegal actions, the death penalty is not legal in any form.

Advocating a crime against another person in the US is only illegal in certain specific instances. In particular, advocating a crime against certain protected classes is illegal, the protected classes being ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and homosexual people. Advocating large scale property damage and theft (inciting to riot) is also illegal, but that isn't against a specific person. The right to free speech acknowledged in the first amendment of the US constitution applies, and applies very broadly.

Comment Who is this guy? (Score 1) 588

Who is this guy and what has he done with Trump? Trump doesn't waffle. Trump doesn't dodge the question. Trump is balls to the wall, 'Murica! Fuck Yeah! in every interview. So who is this guy who won't just say it?

Wait, wait wait. Does Mr. Donald Trump think he's a viable candidate?? Ahahahahahaha

That's funny.

Comment Re:Yeah. And the SS was a bunch of nice fellas ... (Score 1) 519

That's the thing about evil. It doesn't have an absolute definition...

Yes it does. Evil is that which is contrasurvival, for the individual, for the family unit, for the village, for the nation-state, or for the species. Daesh fails at every level of abstraction. It's evil from beginning to end. No religious book, not even a philosophical book is necessary to arrive by this definition. It's straight up Darwinism. We understand evil as children. It's only the endless sophistry that conceals evil. Let's rip away the veil.

If your religion mandates the death of 78% of your species, it is evil.

If your religion mandates the death of 99.5% of all nations, it is evil.

If your religion mandates the death of 100% of the villages that do not submit to your rule, it is evil.

If your religion mandates the death of your own sister if she is raped, it is evil.

If your religion mandates your own death, it is evil.

The new caliphate called ISIS is evil.

Comment Re:I don't understand.... what was preventing them (Score 1) 197

... and all internet and phone communications monitored?

Funny you should ask. Yes. Yes they were. Every phone call they made was logged. Every web site they visited was logged. Every email they sent was captured and stored. So were all of yours. Harper's government used equipment Cisco designed for the NSA, eagerly installed by Bell and Shaw and Rogers in datacenters across the entire country.

Are you starting to see the problem here?

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

Let's take 'em one at a time.

Some of the jobs we might have in a decade are VR fashion designers,

Got those, in Second Life. Worldwide demand: irrelevant. Not even a blip. The new VR? Existing game artists will shift to that role without even slowing down. Prospects of expansion, not great.

3D food printing designers,

Not happening, since 3D printed food that qualifies for the name is largely inedible.

online education coordinators,

Got those. Khan Academy, et al. A half dozen people can service a hundred million, and they're contracting, not expanding.

commercial drone delivery operators,

Will get automated even faster than driving trucks.

nanotech cleanup,

Nothing to clean up, and zero ways forward on that front. Eric Drexler's vision got us as far as MEMS and has stalled out.

virtual prostitute.

Got those. They're called cam girls. There's already a vast oversupply.

Use your imagination.

I've always been told my imagination is pretty good, and I've put quite a bit of thought into this, because anybody who succeeds gets rich, and being rich looks kinda nice. And here's the thing: whatever an imaginative person thinks of at this point, starts out automated. A handful of designers and engineers create something, and the production line required to bring it to the masses does not involve mass labor. It involves machines. Similarly for new services. For anything that isn't effectively prostitution, mass communications means a handful of people can fill worldwide demand. Your examples of SEO optimization consultants and online education consultants have already demonstrated this.

Leaving aside the question of what to do with the tens of millions who will never be qualified to be VR fashion designers and similarly creative jobs, because they have the design sensibilities of a brick, how do you employ the tens of millions who can learn, but have nothing to work on?

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 291

There has always been a new wave of jobs as the cost of what we're used to buying fell, and we found something new to buy. There will be this time too.

You state that as if it's a natural law, when it's anything but.

First wave automation was happening in an economy where most people were less well off than ancient Romans. Centuries of Dark Ages exacted a massive toll, and it wasn't hard to find things to sell to people who were starting from literally dirt floors and no running water. There are people still living today who remember not having running water in the structure they lived in, and using a hole in the ground to defecate. A population with that as the starting point can absorb enormous amounts of productivity, and did, for two centuries.

There are places where those conditions still prevail, but they're not relevant to this discussion. This discussion is about what to do in the economies of the world that have more than 3 billion people in them who already have all of the necessities of life and are to the point of replacing luxuries for the hell of it. What more can you make for them? 3 billion people already have more clothes than they can wear and more food than they can eat. 3 billion people either own personal transportation or have access to public transportation that can get them across their respective countries for a few hours' wages. 3 billion people have climate controlled dwellings with electricity and running water and sanitation. 3 billion people have TVs and smartphones and multiple other computers and heaps of children's toys and the ability to indulge any hobby they like. What are you going to sell them?

The necessities are done. The luxuries are done. What new thing is going to absorb the labor of hundreds of millions? It won't be a necessity. That's what the automation is doing. What luxury are you going to invent next? VR? Consumer electronics that will be in the hands of those 3 billion inside of 5 years, if they actually want it? (The smartphone being the bellwether for all future luxury consumer electronics.) So what is it going to be? Flying cars? Linux on the desktop?

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