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Comment: Internet killed the Trade Show star (Score 2) 162 162

Actually, Samsung and LG killed the trade show star. They're so hell bent on one-upping each other, they barely dream of something before shoveling it into the marketplace. C'mon, two Note 4's?

So anyway, these trade shows are little more than a bunch of products they're not going to manufacture, plus a few products that they are. But none of them are new, cuz you've already read about them, long ago, probably right here on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Ob (Score 1) 229 229

You think Facebook did market research before starting up?

Yes, basically. According to the movie, Zuckerburg copied another in-development app, one that was likely to be successful. And being at the school he saw a need that he carefully wrote his app to fill.

"Market research" doesn't need to be charts and surveys; if you know your field well enough you can generate good ideas.

Comment: Re:How it happened? Easy: gigabytes of RAM (Score 3, Insightful) 69 69

I suspect cheap and huge computers had a large effect too. I haven't done a 3D print, but the app that slices an object for printing and plans the head path probably takes a significant amount of CPU and RAM. The printer could easily have been built in the 80s, but only recently have home computers become powerful enough to drive them.

Comment: Don't see the need (Score 1) 52 52

My camera-nerd friend loves the new Sony a7s, as it's optimized for video. Considerably less expensive than this.

If I were to hack an image sensor, I'd work on phone cameras. At this price range, I expect the thing to be awesome out of the box, so "open source" doesn't really add anything.

So that just means the project is not for me. I hope it's successful regardless, but I suspect it's much cooler for the inventor than it will be for the users.

Comment: Re:Slashvertisement? (Score 1) 92 92

I agree with most of your post, but this is simply false. USB 3.0 is a completely new interface, bolted on USB 1/2 to make it seem like a seamless transition.

I've been wondering about that -- Since a USB 3 port has separate pins for ultra-speed and high-speed, shouldn't I be able to plug two devices into the same port?

Comment: Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (Score 1) 157 157

But if the claimant doesn't have any copyright authority, I don't believe the claim is actionable under the DMCA. If I claim your video violates someone's copyright, YouTube is under no obligation. If I claim the video violates my copyright, only then is YouTube obligated to take down the video. And this triggers the perjury clause.

Comment: Re:4k at viewing distance isn't that special (Score 3, Informative) 304 304

20/20 is the ability to read things made of lines 1 arc-minute thick. If the letters are smaller, you might not be able to read them, but you can tell tell it's text because the rods and cones are much more dense than that. "General colored images" usually have texture.

Another big value that's not discussed often is that the higher the resolution, the harder the pixels are to see. This is why even 480i content looks better on an HD TV -- it's a much smoother, cleaner picture. Also, through some quirk of physics, when my eyes de-focus I can see pixels.

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